Stare. It is the way to educate your eye, and more. Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long. -- Walker Evans

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Street photography interviews on Youtube

Anol Bhattacharya has created a 49 item-long playlst on Youtube of Street Photography interviews. It's well worth wading through over the festive season.

You can View the video playlist at Youtube or watch from Ep 1, below.

   

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Henri Cartier-Bresson interview

This lengthy interview with Henri Cartier-Bresson is well worth watching.

   

Friday, November 30, 2012

William Klein: In Pictures

From Tate MediaAn exclusive interview with photographer William Klein and a first-ever glimpse behind the scenes at his Paris studio.

'Almost everything is coincidence and luck and chance.' William Klein is one of the twentieth century's most important photographers and film-makers and in this interview for Tate Media, he discusses his experience photographing on the streets of New York, the challenges in publishing his first New York book and how he worked with filmmaker Federico Fellini.


Klein's work is featured in the exhibition William Klein + Daido Moriyama at Tate Modern, 10 October 2012--20 January 2013.


See also from Tate Media: William Klein: Films, 1958-99


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam: The Future of Photography

From Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam: Unseen is an international photography fair focused on undiscovered photography talent and unseen work by established photographers. The first edition of Unseen took place from 19 to 23 September 2012 at Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek, kicking off the gallery season by celebrating yet undetected, cutting-edge work. 

Unseen Festival Day 2: The Future of Photography

The discussion was opened with an introduction by Marc Feustel, known for his blog Eyecurious. His statement of "future of photography being now" was an interesting start for the discussion. The participants, Simon Baker (London, Curator of Photography and International Art, Tate), James Reid (London, Picture Editor of Wallpaper), Christine Ollier (Paris, Artistic Director of Galerie les Filles du Calvaire), Francois Hébel (Paris, Director of Festival Les Recontres ‘d Arles), and Feustel himself, were moderated by Marcel Feil, Artistic Director of Foam. [Read more...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Street Photography Now

Street Photography Now is a recent book displaying a collection of current work in the genre. It is by no means the last word. No mention of Constantine Manos or Josef Koudelka. This slideshow gives you an idea of the contents.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Conversations in Photography: 25 years of Panos Pictures

Panos Pictures is a photo agency specialising in global social issues, driven by the vision and commitment of its photographers and staff. Panos is known internationally for its fresh and intelligent approach and respected for its integrity and willingness to pursue stories beyond the contemporary media agenda. [Read more...] [See more on Vimeo]
 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

George Georgiou in Turkey

George Georgiou discusses his work in Turkey, as well as the state of documentary photography today.



[George Georgiou Website] [In Transit Blog]

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Canadian Photographers Now Officially Own the Copyright to All of Their Photos

From Peta Pixel: A big win for photographers in Canada: as of today, you now officially own the copyright to all your photographs regardless of whether they were commissioned. The development comes as a result of Canada major copyright reform bill (Bill C-11) taking effect this morning. One of the stated goals of the new copyright law is to, “give photographers the same rights as other creators.” [Read more ...]

Thursday, November 1, 2012

NZ Herald: Marti Friedlander Interview

United Women's Convention 1979 © Marti Friendlander 
New Zealand's Marti Friedlander is surely one of the world's great documentary and portrait photographers (of any era), but is not a household name outside her adopted homeland. The photo opposite is typical of her three-dimensional eye, which characteristically juxtaposes foreground and background subject matter, with acid wit and insight. She may not have been a Magnum photographer, but she is as accomplished as any in all of the great photo agencies of the world.

Sarah Daniell interviewed her for The New Zealand Herald.


Twelve questions with Marti Friedlander


Marti Friedlander was born in 1928 to Russian Jewish parents. She was raised in an orphanage, with her sister, from the age of 3. Marti emigrated to New Zealand from Britain in 1958 and began taking photographs of people, places and protests. Friedlander is 84 and lives in Auckland with her husband, Gerrard. 


1. What compelled you to pick up a camera and start taking pictures of faces that weren't famous?


I started because I came to a country where there was so little recognition of the arts - of artists, musicians, whatever. I decided I was going to seek out all these people who were so gifted but working alone and take photographs of them because one day people would be interested. I was trying for my own sake to find associations with people I had something in common with. [Read more...]


[Marti Friedlander Website]

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Saul Leiter

© Saul Leiter
A lengthy interview with Saul Leiter is found on the Photographers Speak Blog, entitled Saul Leiter: The Quiet Iconoclast.

From
Photographers SpeakSaul Leiter has been redefining the parameters of street photography since the 1940s. Working in both black and white and color, he exhibited from the beginning of his career a distinct visual grammar that features off-center perspectives, compressed spatial dynamics, and a predilection for breaking up the frame in unpredictable and exciting ways. His color work, which went unrecognized for decades, is perhaps even more radical in its asymmetrical visual rhythm and defiantly unsaturated tonalities inspired by Johannes Vermeer. Leiter’s work is further distinguished by its indifference to decisive moments of human intercourse. In fact, Leiter might be regarded as the master of the “indecisive” moment – those in-between moments when nothing of much importance seems to be happening but which resonate with a profound if understated sense of interior drama.

'....I didn’t photograph people as an example of New York urban something or other. I don’t have a philosophy. I have a camera. I look into the camera and take pictures. My photographs are the tiniest part of what I see that could be photographed. They are fragments of endless possibilities.'
 [Read more...]

© Saul Leiter

From Lens Culture: 'I spent a great deal of my life being ignored. I was always very happy that way. Being ignored is a great privilege. That is how I think I learnt to see what others do not see and to react to situations differently. I simply looked at the world, not really prepared for anything.' 

'Art critic Roberta Smith wrote in 2005: .... Mr. Leiter captured the passing illusions of everyday life with a precision that might almost seem scientific, if it weren't so poetically resonant and visually layered.'
[Read full article with photos...]

In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter

A film has been made about Saul Leiter. Look out for it in your next local film festival.  [Film website]

See also: Retronaut.
 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fotofever Brussels 4-7 Oct 2012

© Denis Dailleux - Le Port De James Town La Voile-Galerie 127
From FotofeverFor its first edition in the heart of Europe, fotofever, a contemporary photography fair, brings together leading galleries, editors, institutions, and collectors to thrill an eagerly awaiting public. In the 5000m2  space of “Tour & Taxis” and through a meticulous selection to highlight its 60 galleries, fotofever presents an unseen private collection, a solo-show of the winner of the fotoprize rewarding the work of a young European talent, fototalks, a video space, a VIP programme, etc…[Read more...]

Paddle8 offers international collectors online access to a selection of curated works from the galleries, foundations and fairs, via a 'VIP' personal account. [Create account]

Portrait de femme avec loupe, 1987 © Collection Galila Marc Le Mene
From Le Journal de la Photographie - Fotofever 2012: Diary of Matthieu Wolmark: As a sort of distant homage to the commercial evolution of our developed countries, the fair is as diverse in genre as it is in quality. From one stand to another, the works of superstars appear next to those by inspired photographers, whether or not they’re famous, like those opportunistic works destined for oblivion. Old-school gallerists speak fondly of their photographers as if they were family, and next door, young art dealers and merchants present their works like they were selling stocks. [Read more...]

From Le Journal de la Photographie - Juliette Deschodt: Cécile Shall, founder and director of the festival aims to show to the visitors the diversity of contemporary photography. She also wishes that the festival be a platform for the new artists by promoting new talents. She is thinking about expanding the festival to other continents. The future will tell. The program is mainly european, although a Moroccan gallery is also part of the exhibitors. With more than sixty galleries and fifteen participating countries, the festival is growing. [Read more...]

Monday, October 8, 2012

Adore Noir Portfolio Competition 2012 winners announced

© Eric Kellerman
From Adore Noir Magazine: We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Adore Noir Portfolio Contest! The image which will appear on the cover of "Issue 10" has been selected by Susan Spiritus and will be revealed on October 1, 2012. {Read more...

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Jesse Marlow wins 2012 Bowness Photography Prize


Australian street photographer Jesse Marlow has been awarded Australia’s most prestigious photography award, the Bowness Photography Prize.

From Monash Gallery of Art: This is the first time a street photographer has won the $25 000 prize. Marlow’s winning photograph Laser vision is an ambiguous and disorientating image of a chance encounter during the photographer’s daily travels around the streets of Melbourne. Marlow said, “contrived photographic shoots and intricately designed set-ups have never interested me. Rather it is the uncertainty of street photography that continues to stimulate. [Read more...] [Jesse Marlow website]

Photo 
© Jesse Marlow

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Conscientious Portfolio Competition 2012

CPC 2011 winner Yaakov Israel
From Joerg Colberg, Conscientious: I’m excited to announce the Conscientious Portfolio Competition 2012, the fourth of its kind. As before, the winner(s) will have their work featured here on this website, in the form of an extended conversation/interview. Two guest judges, Robert Lyons (director of the Hartford Art School Limited-Residency Photography MFA Program) and Michel Mallard (one of the masterminds behind the International Photography Festival in Hyères), are joining me to pick the winner(s) - and there’s a twist. Find all the details below. I will introduce Robert and Michel in more detail in a separate post.

The Conscientious Portfolio Competition (CPC) is free to enter. It’s no pay-to-play scheme. There are no costs involved for you other than the time it takes to decide about and send in your work.

CPC is aimed at emerging photographers. The term “emerging” is not extremely well defined. What it means is that photographers not represented by a gallery will get preferential treatment over those that already are (but of course, the quality of the work also plays an important role). ... The deadline is 31 October 2012, 11:59pm ET. No exceptions. [Read more...]

Monday, September 3, 2012

Brian Ulrich: Copia

Granger, IN, 2003 © Brian Ulrich
From Brian Ulrich's Website: Over the past 10 years I have been engaged with a long-term photographic examination of the peculiarities and complexities of the consumer-dominated culture in which we live. This project titled Copia, explores not only the everyday activities of shopping, but the economic, cultural, social, and political implications of commercialism and the roles we play in self-destruction, over-consumption, and as targets of marketing and advertising. 

Initially this project began as a response to the heated environment of 2001. The communal sense of grieving, healing and solidarity that broke down social walls as our nation grappled to make some sense of the tragedy of September 11th was quickly outpaced as the government encouraged citizens to take to the malls to boost the U.S. economy thereby equating consumerism with patriotism.
[Read more...] [View Copia]

Untitled, 2005 © Brian Ulrich
From Lost in E Minor interview, Sept 10, 2008: It does seem the only thing that will change Americans habits is circumstance. You can tell people over and over that driving a huge car is harmful and wasteful and they may even agree but most will only drive less if they can’t afford pay for gas. There may be less people out shopping these days but sadly no one is having the discussion over whether we do in fact need some of these things or what is the economic, and political fallout from building a society that is only as prosperous as it has money to buy things that are disposable and imported.

Belz Factory Outlet Mall, 2009 © Brian Ulrich
My most recent project from this year has been exploring these issues moreso in terms of retail space. The stores themselves seem the real indicator that Late Capitalism is failing. The economic model of basing a nation's well being on the GDP, Dow or profits of the smallest percentage of our country is one I believe terribly misguided. The abuse of that system leaves communities in neglect, unemployment rates rising and skyrocketing trade deficit. [Read more...]

Brian Ulrich also contributed to a discussion of EF Schumacher's book of essays, small is beautiful, for The Guardian's The Big Ideas podcast and gives an introduction to his work on Vimeo:

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Steve McCurry: Food for Thought

Steve McCurry has published an essay entitled Food for Thought on his blog, which looks at food as the universal experience which binds humanity on a daily basis. Three of the image are below, followed by a link to the full essay.

Bakery run by widows, Kabul, Afghanistan  © Steve McCurry

Priyadarshini Park, Mumbai, India  © Steve McCurry

Tibet  © Steve McCurry



[View Food for Thought essay

An Al Jazeera interview with McCurry is below.



From Fotoflock's Interview of the month: Steve McCurry: Immortalized by his iconic photograph of an Afghan refugee girl in 1984 which has become the world's most recognizable photograph, leading documentary photographer Steve McCurry has covered many areas of international and civil conflict, including 30 years of conflict in Afghanistan. He focuses on the human consequences of war, not only showing what war impresses on the landscape, but rather what it shows on the human face. The results are thought provoking photos that move and inspire viewers. He is also an articulate social commentator on the cultures and subjects he photographs.

Could you describe your shooting philosophy?
I like to celebrate people, places and culture through my photography. I also like to tell stories about my subjects through my photographs - especially those I have shot in areas of conflict; and I think this is an important aspect of photojournalism - to show people what is happening.
[Read more...]


[Steve McCurry's Website]

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Erik Johansson: Impossible Photography

Arms break, vases don't © Eric Johannson
Erik Johansson is a Swedish surrealist photographer based in Germany. 

From Eric Johansson's website: At the age of 15 I got my first digital camera which opened up a new world. Being used to drawing it felt quite strange to be done after capturing a photo, it wasn't the process of creating something in the same way. Having an interest in computers made it a quite natural step to start playing around with the photos and creating something that you couldn't capture with the camera ....

Deep Cuts © Eric Johansson
Today I work with both personal and commissioned projects, in 2011 I also started doing street illusions and in 2012 I plan to move on to motion pictures as well as starting with a book project. In November 2011 I spoke at the TED conference in London about my images. I've been working with clients such as Google, Microsoft and IKEA. But the personal work and concepts will always be what's most important. Growing up on the Swedish countryside had a big impact on my visual style. A lot of the environments in my photos are captured near places I know, around my parents' home with wide open landscapes and small red houses. Inspiration is everywhere and this is just the beginning. [Read more...] [View portfolio]

In 2011 he gave a TED Talk:

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Bert Stern: Original Madman

Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company
From Stuff.co.nz: August 5 marked the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death and, for several weeks, there has been extensive media coverage about the screen legend. But for years photographer Bert Stern has been used to people asking him about Monroe.

Stern - a legend in his own right - took the last photographs of Monroe only weeks before she died. Now 82, he's not just being asked about them because of the anniversary. It's because Stern's own career is the subject of a new feature-length documentary Bert Stern, Original Madman.
[Read more...]

Monday, August 20, 2012

Martine Franck Dies

Martine Franck in 1972  © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos
From PDN: Magnum photographer Martine Franck, who was best known for her portraits of artists and writers, died in Paris yesterday at the age of 74. The cause of death was cancer, according to a family friend. Franck became a full member of Magnum in 1983, and was married to renowned photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, who died in 2004. [Read more ...


Balthus © Martine Franck/Magnum Photos
From The GuardianMartine Franck, who has died aged 74, was a photographer of great contrasts. She started out by taking pictures in Asia, a continent she revisited for weeks at a time, but she also devoted herself to documenting daily life close to her homes in Paris and the Luberon, Provence. Her work is characterised by a fascination with the little intimacies and interactions in the lives of anonymous poor, marginalised and elderly people, yet she also assembled a matchless portfolio of portraits of famous authors and artists, including Seamus Heaney, Marc Chagall and Diego Giacometti. [Read more...]

A Magnum in Motion slideshow narrated by Franck, entitled A Way of Communicating, is worth watching. See also her Magum portfolio.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Simon Wheatley Interview

In April I blogged about Simon Wheatley's book Don't Call Me Urban, but failed to include a link to an excellent audio interview with him by Martin Fuchs. [Audio Interview]

From Martin Fuch's blog: "Maybe the most important thing I ever did was get away from England and that idea of having a career as a photojournalist. It's very competitive of course and I don't think that's a healthy environment in which to learn." - Simon Wheatley [Read more ...]

From Dazed DigitalOver the past few years, urban subculture has seen a magnificent rise from low-end silhouetted darkness to a bright, brilliant and powerful artform, through the mediums of music, (Dizzee Rascal, Tinie Tempah) films (Kidulthood) and now art. Photographer Simon Wheatley has recently released a book (titled Don't Call Me Urban! The Time of Grime) documenting the often controversial and always stunning culture of urban life. Arriving at his Bethnal Green studio, Dazed sat down to speak to Wheatley about art, culture and of course, snapping photos.


Dazed Digital: First up, why's the book called Don't Call Me Urban?
Simon Wheatley
: It looks behind the glamorisation of urban life which has arisen. To be urban is not a joke, to be born urban is not a joke and in the context of at least this country its a harsh reality and I think that the mainstream media have been shallow in their portrayal. It's an attempt to go a bit deeper into a complex issue and to go beyond the stereotypes of the right wing media.
[Read more ...]

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Greg Weight

Australian photographer Greg Weight discusses his portrait and landscape photography in this video.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Adore Noir Portfolio Contest




We are pleased to announce that Adore Noir magazine's 2012 portfolio contest deadline has been extended to June 30th, 2012.

Enter for a chance to be one of six photographers featured in the October 2012 issue of Adore Noir magazine. Portfolios will be reviewed by: Chris Kovacs, Editor, Adore Noir Magazine and renowned gallerist Susan Spiritus of the Susan Spiritus Gallery. The six photographers chosen will receive a twelve page spread along with a Q&A interview in Adore Noir magazine. One of the six finalists will have an image chosen by Susan Spiritus to appear on the cover. The cover image will also appear on the Adore Noir website with a link to the selected photographers website for two months ($300.00 value). [Read more...] 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Constantine Manos

Below are a couple of narrated slide shows from Magnum photographer Constantine Manos.

See also: Magnum's Constantine Manos page.





Thursday, May 31, 2012

Alessandro Imbriaco wins European Publishers Award for Photography

© Alessandro Imbriaco
From British Journal of Photography: Italian photographer Alessandro Imbriaco is the 19th winner of the European Publishers Award for Photography, and will see his project - The Garden - published in a book in five European countries .... Imbriaco won the prize for his work on Rome's housing problems. "This led him to explore the peripheral and hidden spaces of the city," say the judges.  [Read more...]

From dewi lewis publishing: The European Publishers Award for Photography was established in 1994 and celebrates its 19th year in 2012. Previous winners have included Bruce Gilden, Simon Norfolk, Jeff Mermelstein, Paolo Pellegrin, Jacob Aue Sobol, Ambroise Tézenas, Klavdij Sluban, Christophe Agou and David Monteleone.

The competition requires the submission of a substantial, completed and unpublished photographic book project. The winning project is then published in book form simultaneously by each of the publishers. 
[Read more...]


The interview below is from World Press Photo.
























See also: Lens Culture.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Bruce Gilden: Coney Island

Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden's Coney Island essay must be one of the strongest, wittiest street photography essays of recent years.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Matakana Pictures 2012: Images

From Rodney Arts Notes: A group photography exhibition featuring both local and national photographers is taking place in Matakana, at Art Matakanafor Auckland's 2012 Festival of Photography.

The exhibition will run from June 
2nd to 24th, with the opening taking place on Friday June 1st, at 5:30pm.


The photographers exhibiting are: 
Mark Adams, Richard Collins, Barbara Cope, Di Halstead, Sue Hill, Paul KoningsMaria KrajcirovicAndrew Martin, Davina Monds, Richard SmallfieldMurray SavidanJenny Tomlin and Karen Williamson
. [Read more...]


Friday, May 25, 2012

Nadav Kander: Yangtze, The Long River

Kander's 2010 book Yangtze, The Long River traces development along China's Yangtze River as a potent case-study of our unprecedented and irreversible transformation of the environment.

Yangtze, The Long River
is one of the most timely books – photographic or not – in this age of industrial escalation (most notably in Asia). Along with Edward Burtynsky, Kander's work is among the most sobering accounts of humanity's reshaping of the environment and the implications of our addiction to material consumption. Consequently, it will appeal to broad current affairs and environmentally-interested audiences, in addition to the smaller photo-book market.

There is a disquieting beauty in these photos, however, shot with the clarity of large-format film. Here is work, not only of a master who knows 
aesthetics and technique, but which, when coupled with a timely message, creates a photographic masterpiece. This window on a changing world will resonate decades from now, when future generations will look back on our era and soberly reflect upon the ravages of overpopulation and our hunger for material advancement on a finite planet.


One aspect of the book which interested me was the accommodations locals have had to make with these new developments, in order to carry on lives as normally as possible, while being overshadowed by huge construction projects (and often being displaced by them).

From The Guardian: Kander won the 2009 prix Pictet for these photographs. The award focuses on sustainability and climate change, and last year's theme was the Earth itself. The Yangtze "is a metaphor for constant change", as Kander puts it, and also a literal indicator of the destruction and devastation China is visiting on its land and its people as it ruthlessly pursues economic development on an unprecedented scale. It is the world's third-largest river and its banks are home to more people than live in the USA. Or, to put it another way, one in every 18 people on Earth lives along the Yangtze. [Read more...]


The following slide show, with commentary from the photographer, provides an insightful overview of the project.



[Kander's Website]  Buy at: Fishpond / The Book Depository / Amazon

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Don McCullin: Darkness in Me

This is a very personal interview with Don McCullin, probably the world's best-known war photographer since Robert Capa

He delves into the trauma and personal conflict involved in immersing himself in the world's most tragic locations, while making a living from this suffering; of at times being excited by war, at times driven mad by it, but trying above all to retain humane motivations and not shirking opportunities to help people when possible. 


Of his war photos, he says that he does not want people to resist looking at their horrors: he wants to be the voice of the people he has photographed. Sadly, he has concluded that his war photos have changed nothing; today he takes landscape photos to uplift both himself and the viewer.







Monday, May 21, 2012

Francesca Woodman

A new retrospective book of Woodman's work was published in 20111, to accompany an exhibition at SFMOMA. (This is one of a handful of books that has changed the way I think about photography; check out the interview with Corey Keller, the book's editor, at American Photo, which named it one of the four best photo books of the year.) Coupled with this book and exhibition, an internationally touring exhibition has brought about much media comment on her work of late. 

Tragically, In 1981, after a period of depression, she committed suicide, aged 22. That this influential work was created during her educational years, is astounding. 


Space2, 1976
From The New York Review of BooksGiven that her complete catalogue is composed almost entirely of work she produced as a student, the posthumous critical esteem for American photographer Francesca Woodman is astonishing. Unlike music or math, where precocious displays of talent are not uncommon, photography tends not to have prodigies. Woodman, who committed suicide in 1981 at age 22, is considered a rare exception. That she has achieved such status is all the more remarkable considering only a quarter of the approximately 800 images she produced - many of them self-portraits - have ever been seen by the public. [Read more...]

From The Economist
With their spectral figures dissolving into Gothic ruins, the black-and-white photographs of Francesca Woodman look so antiquated as to be thoroughly modern in our nostalgia-riddled digital age. She shrouded herself in sheets of plastic, smeared Vaseline on mirrors, and tucked herself into vitrines. In some of her pictures her nude body appears as a solid form, all contours and negative space, like a prop in a Man Ray photograph. In others the only evidence of her body is a pair of legs underneath a diaphanous blur. [Read more...]


On being an angel #1, 1977
From The GuardianFrancesca Woodman has been called a modernist, a surrealist and, even, a gothic artist. Her work carries echoes of all three traditions, but it evades categorisation. As a young woman, she photographed herself obsessively but often she appears as a blur of movement or a half-hidden figure, someone constantly trying to escape or hide. The end result is not self-portraiture, but a series of stills from a continuous performance in which she plays with the notion of the self, disguising, transforming and defacing her own body. [Read more...]
Untitled, from Eel Series, 1977-78
From American Photo: Some three decades after her untimely suicide at the age of 22, Francesca Woodman remains a powerful presence in photography. As a young artist exploring themes of the female body and its perceived impermanence, her work immediately became a focus for feminist theorists and art historians around the world. But as is often the case with an artist's work viewed posthumously through the lens of tragedy, that's only a part of the story. 

A new exhibition at SFMOMA, curated by Corey Keller, hopes to tell the full story. It is the first major U.S. retrospective of Woodman's photographs, on view through February 20 in San Francisco and appearing at New York's Guggenheim museum next spring.  Its accompanying monograph, Francesca Woodman (D.A.P./SFMOMA), is one of our books of the year. We spoke with Corey Keller on the challenges of curating the work of a young artist taken by tragedy, and the unexpected themes that emerge from Woodman's photographs when viewed in a less tragic context.
[Read more...

From The Tate Modern Artist Rooms YouTube Channell:
 American photographer Francesca Woodman has eighteen rare vintage black and white photographs in the ARTIST ROOMS display, from a collection once owned by the artist's boyfriend. Woodmans photographs exhibit many influences, from symbolism and surrealism to fashion photography and Baroque painting. They have a timeless quality that is ethereal and unique. [Read more ...]








1 Francesca Woodman, Corey Teller (ed), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in association with Distributed Art Publishers, New York, 2011. Buy at: Fishpond / The Book Depository / Amazon

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Josef Koudelka

This 1990 video with commentary looks at some of Koudelka's contact sheets and discusses his photographic philosophy.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Black and White with Ultrachrome K3 Inks: Fade Tests for Three Workflows

I have conducted six month fade tests for three black and white workflows using Epson K3 Ultrachrome inks. Scans of the results,which give a rough idea of how the workflows compared, are below. 

The full report is on my website, including Lab values for all results. [Read more...]


Please
email me with any questions, comments or suggestions.



Saturday, May 5, 2012

DUFFY: The Man Who Shot the Sixties

Brian Duffy was one of the greatest British fashion photographers from the late fifties to the late seventies, when he grew disenchanted with it, burned most of his negatives and gave up photography altogether, turning instead to shooting commercials. He died in 2010. 

In 2009, a retrospective exhibition was held at Chris Beetles Gallery in London (a few photos from the exhibition are on
The Guardian website).

The 
Duffy Photographer website is devoted to his work and an excellent BBC documentary was made about his career, called DUFFY: the Man Who Shot the Sixties, which is well worth watching.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Burke & Norfolk: Photographs from the War in Afghanistan

From Tate Modern YouTube ChannelOn October 2010, Simon Norfolk began a series of new photographs in Afghanistan, which takes its cue from the work of nineteenth-century British photographer John Burke. [Read more...]


From Lens CultureSimon Norfolk's 2002 book Afghanistan: chronotopia is now recognized as a classic of photography. It established Norfolk's reputation as one of the leading photographers in the world and has been exhibited at more than thirty venues worldwide.

Simon Norfolk: Jaw Aka Faizal Nahman and his daughter Nono 
In 2010 Simon Norfolk returned to Afghanistan. This time he followed in the footsteps of the nineteenth century Irish photographer John Burke, a superb, yet virtually unknown, war photographer. [Read more...

[
View lens culture slideshow]
[View Burke+Norfolk Website]
[View Simon Norfolk Website]

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Blog Changes

Having discovered that hardly any of this blog's readership is local (Russia interestingly accounting for more than ten times the New Zealand audience), I have started another blog called Rodney Arts Notes and transferred all local (non-photographic) arts news from The Developing Tank blog to the new one.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Anne-Celine Jaeger: 'Image Makers, Image Takers'

I've just read this revealing book of interviews with a number of prominent photographers and related professionals, which probes their motivations, practices, values and experiences. Jaeger has the ability to ask relevant and interesting questions, seeking insights into the philosophies and approaches of the interviewees.

The cast list ranges from well-known photographers such as Stephen Shore, William Eggleston, Sebastiao Salgado, Mary-Ellen Mark, Alec Soth and David LaChapelle, to others who were new to me, but interesting nonetheless. Genres range from documentary, to portraiture, fashion and beyond.

In addition to photographer interviews are encounters with curators, an agency director (Diane Dafour, Magnum's European Bureau Chief), publishers (including Gerhard Steidl) and Joerg Colberg, who runs the influential Conscientious photography blog.


If there was one book I'd recommend to an aspiring photographer,
it would be this one: it's compulsive, easy reading and a valuable resource.
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Thames & Hudson (2nd Edition; Release Date 13 Sept 2010)

NZ RRP: $57.99
Available at Fishpond: $28.97

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Harvey Benge: 'Against Forgetting'

From Photoforum BlogHarvey Benge will be showing work from his autobiographical series Against Forgetting at the Corbans Estate Arts Centre .... The show opens Thursday April 19th at 6pm and runs until May 27th.

Harvey will give an artist talk about his exhibition, at 6pm  on Thursday 26 April.


See also Havey's blog post about the book Against Forgetting.

Corban Estate Arts Centre
426 Great North Rd
Henderson

Ph: 09 838 4455
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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Yanina Boldyreva

From 591 Photography Blog: Twice One Artist's Statement: The project reflects my vision of consciousness of the person who is in a condition of mental bifurcation. We often feel one thing and we declare another. We try to lay our person in frameworks and representations which are created for us by a society. [Read more...]

Photos from the
Twice One essay are displayed in the 591 Photography Blog gallery as well as (more attractively presented) on her website.

Yanina was interviewed for the Satellite Voices websiteIn my head there are always a lot of different ideas related to countless fields of visual art. Some ideas are brought to life in a moment, some may take a while, others become irrelevant. Implementation of ideas depends on the complexity of execution, availability of time and effort. Inspiration comes from anywhere. It is not included into things or actions, but rather in ways of perception and analysis of reality. The ability to see the ideas and sift for the most interesting ones... [Read more...]

See also photos from her essay Equation with Unknown Quantities on the site copypaste culture.

Yanina's website reveals a kaleidoscopic visual wit; when viewing her recent essay Nonsens, I felt I was looking at the work of a proto-Koudelka. In addition to the overtly conceptual Twice One essay, her other essays display exceptional graphic instinct, which, with their contemplative underpinnings, convert everyday personal and environmental realities into often forceful and abstract art.

I have no doubt that time will solidify her work and reputation.
 (Viewing her website, I almost drowned in the quantity of images, however, which I felt might be edited down a bit, so that people don't stop at the point of being overwhelmed by quantity.)

Photos © Yanina Boldyreva, from the essays Twice One and Nonsens.