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south african photographer pieter hugo x-rays his homeland

south african photographer pieter hugo x-rays his homeland | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

World acclaimed photographer, Pieter Hugo, describes his series Kin as "an engagement with the failure of the South African colonial experiment and my sense of being colonial driftwood. South Africa is such a fractured, schizophrenic, wounded, and problematic place…" In 2006, the Johannesburg native started gathering portraits and landscapes focused on his hometown raising some crucial questions such as: how does one live in this society? How do you raise a family in such a conflicted society? Hugo confesses that before getting married and having children, these questions did not trouble him; now they do.

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New York: Ruven Afanador Ángel Gitano

New York: Ruven Afanador Ángel Gitano | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

From now through February 28th, 2015, Throckmorton Fine Arts will be exhibiting the Ruven Afanador’s series Ángel Gitano, a series about men in the world of flamenco music. (The work is also available in a 240-page book published by Rizzoli.) Following Mil Besos (2009), a collection of photographs of flamenco’s women, and his first book Torero (2001), the Colombian fashion photographer continues his exploration of the Iberian soul and Spanish traditions, which are expressed in Ángel Gitano through dance scenes, unusual portraits and many nudes, one of Afanador’s trademarks.

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Eyes as Big as Plates by Ritta Ikonen & Karoline Hjorth

Eyes as Big as Plates by Ritta Ikonen & Karoline Hjorth | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Eyes as Big as Plates started out as a play on characters and protagonists from Norwegian folklore with the Norwegian photographer Karoline Hjorth. The series has since moved on to exploring the mental landscape of the Finns, New Yorkers, French, Icelanders and the Faroese.

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Get your photo taken Magnum style!

Get your photo taken Magnum style! | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

To accompany the gallery's Magnum Photos-related show in new premises in Charlottenburg at the end of next month (after two years without its own exhibition space), the gallery will house photo booths that take your picture in the style of iconic Magnum photographers such as Elliott Erwitt, Martin Parr and Philippe Halsman. 

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Voies Off: John Paul Evans Matrimonial ties

Voies Off: John Paul Evans Matrimonial ties | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Over the last 10 months, the focus of my work has been the performance of various permutations of the wedding portrait. The repetitious act creates multiple generic couples and brings into question the false notion of autonomy promised by existentialism. The philosopher and cultural historian Michel Foucault was opposed to the idea of the existentialist project as it gives the individual the illusion of autonomy. Instead, he focussed more on ‘process’, and the idea of ‘becoming’ rather than ‘being’.

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Portraits of Reconciliation by Pieter Hugo

Portraits of Reconciliation by Pieter Hugo | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

20 years after the genocide in Rwanda, these perpetrators and survivors are standing for forgiveness

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Gisèle Freund's gorgeous photographs of modernist heroes

Gisèle Freund's gorgeous photographs of modernist heroes | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

German-born French photographer Gisèle Freund had one fascinating life. She was a student of Adorno in the 1930s and fled Germany for France and eventually Argentina during World War II. Her portrait of James Joyce—a notoriously difficult get—appeared on the May 8, 1939, cover of Time Magazine. In the 1950s her “liberal” views got her into trouble with the McCarthyites. Her luxurious photos of Eva Perón, which appeared in Life Magazine in 1950, got the magazine banned in Argentina (and also precipitated her departure from that country).

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Soldier documents experience in Afghanistan in tintype photographs

Soldier documents experience in Afghanistan in tintype photographs | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Ed Drew: I like tintypes because it’s not just something simple … you have to set it up and you have to be really physical with it, you can’t just click.

You’re basically making a photo on a piece of metal. You’re exposing it, developing it and fixing it all right then and there.

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Hundreds of photo booth portraits show 30 years of one mysterious life

Hundreds of photo booth portraits show 30 years of one mysterious life | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The pictures belong to photo historian Donald Lokuta, who purchased the set after first discovering a few of the pictures at a New York antiques show in 2012.

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Magnificent Obsession: How Queen Victoria Influenced Photography

Magnificent Obsession: How Queen Victoria Influenced Photography | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The story of Queen Victoria is surprisingly and deeply intertwined with the birth of photography as a medium. In an exhibition opening at The Getty Museum in Los Angeles on Feb. 4, curator Anne Lyden has organized a comprehensive look at Victoria’s relationship to and influence on photography, from her first encounters with it as a young woman to her seminal Diamond Jubilee portrait. Victoria grasped from a young age what it would take the rest of the world many years to realize: that photography could be both an artistic medium as well as a mechanism of propaganda.

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Peter Hujar: Love and Lust

Peter Hujar: Love and Lust | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

What was most radical about Hujar’s project was not necessarily its explicit content, but the more pressing question of what you can depict in a photograph.

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Why did mothers once conceal themselves in photographs?

Why did mothers once conceal themselves in photographs? | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

At first glance, you can't understand why the child in the photo is not screaming its head off. Clamped in position by a sinister shrouded figure, the toddler seems solemn, certainly, but hardly terrified. Look a little harder, though, and you begin to unravel the visual and emotional dynamics in play. The bundled-up figure is actually the child's mother. And, far from spooking the toddler, she is holding it gently but firmly on her shrouded lap.

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Cardboard box office! Web Review

Cardboard box office! Web Review | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Once a staid, posed affair, today’s family portraits borrow from the “snapshot” aesthetic. Family memories are documented ad nauseam. They fill up hard drives and are hardly ever looked at again.

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Laurence Rasti | Fisheye

Laurence Rasti | Fisheye | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Alors que l'homosexualité est passible de la peine de mort en Iran, la jeune photographe suisse redonne un visage à ceux qui ont fuit leur pays dans l'espoir de vivre librement. Dans la petite ville de Turquie où des centaines de réfugiés homos attendent un asile, elle signe une série tendre à découvrir dans Fisheye # 10. Rencontre.

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While homosexuality is punishable by the death penalty in Iran, the young Swiss photographer gives a face to those who have fled their country in the hope to live freely. In the small city in Turkey where hundreds of gay refugees wait an asylum, she signed a tender photo series to discover in Fisheye # 10. Meeting.
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From Steve Carell to Jeff Koons, Celebrities Get Their Closeup with Martin Schoeller

From Steve Carell to Jeff Koons, Celebrities Get Their Closeup with Martin Schoeller | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Gracing the covers and pages of The New Yorker, TIME, andFortune, among other prominent publications, over the past two decades Schoeller has captured the vitality and significance of his famed sitters. While it may not be possible to capture a person’s essence with the click of the camera, Schoeller’s images are as close as it gets—and this month, some of his most defining works are considered together in a retrospective exhibition at New York’s Hasted Kraeutler.

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Anne-Sophie Juillard Série 1 & série 2

Anne-Sophie Juillard Série 1 & série 2 | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

I’m interested in the first two series in the transformation of reality, especially the interiority of the subject, its various facets, its cracks, its emotions and imperfection, but also the body as a “vehicle” and witness to the different emotions and cracks in the soul.

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Diego Goldberg The Arrow of Time

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Since 1976, Diego Goldberg has taken a family photo every June 17th. The ritual has become a fascinating photo album which Diego calls, “The Arrow of Time Passing By.

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Melbourne: Rod McNicol Memento Mori

Melbourne: Rod McNicol  Memento Mori | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Australian photographer Rod McNicol has made a 36-year career out of a singular vision; to take portraits in the 19th Century ‘stare back’ style. Now a major survey of his work, ‘Memento Mori’, is on show in Melbourne.

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Y&R grow animal beards for schick's free your skin campaign

Y&R grow animal beards for schick's free your skin campaign | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

for their latest advertising campaign, they've teamed up with Y&R new zealand to create a humorous and bizarre series featuring three men with animal beards.

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Capturing the Stunning Faces of Morocco

Capturing the Stunning Faces of Morocco | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

French-Moroccan artist Leila Alaoui has always been fascinated by the rich ethnic and cultural diversity of her native country. Inspired by the aesthetic and approach of Robert Frank’s The Americans and Richard Avedon’s In the American West, she started traveling through Morocco with her portable portrait studio, documenting the people she met along the way. Her ongoing project, “The Moroccans,” is a celebration of her countrymen and heritage.

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No one photographs creative types like Jeremy Liebman

No one photographs creative types like Jeremy Liebman | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Stark and raw in the style of Juergen Teller but with a heaped spoonful of humour, his photos (or his presence) seems to draw out the extravagant, weird side in people from already-weird creatives to powerful businessmen. Want to hire Jeremy to make your own magazine look much better? You can try, but I imagine he’s probably too busy photographing for every good magazine there is right now, particularly Bad Day which he seems to be doing a lot of work for at the moment.

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saint hoax dresses political leaders for war drags you out

saint hoax dresses political leaders for war drags you out | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

in a political critique with a cutting comical tone, artist saint hoax has created a series of short animated gifs, which transform international political leaders into elaborately dressed-up drag queens.

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Albus: Justin Dingwall and Thando Hopa

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Albus, is the first solo exhibition dedicated to the young South African photographer,Justin Dingwall, in collaboration with Thando Hopa. The exhibition will takes place in Seattle at the MIA Gallery. Albus is a collaborative project between photographer Justin Dingwall and Thando Hopa, a fashion model and legal advisor. It explores the aesthetics of Albinism in contrast with the idealized perception of beauty. Albinism touches every ethnic group and is characterized by the insufficiency of melanin that determines skin and hair color.

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The Art of the ID Badge

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A few years ago, at a yard sale, I came across a pile of small black-and-white photographs, from the nineteen-fifties, of the staff at an electrical company. Dressed in three-piece suits, the employees—all men—wore the kind of passive, proper expressions appropriate for company headshots.

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London Underground life is caught on camera in the 1970s and 80s

London Underground life is caught on camera in the 1970s and 80s | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Bob Mazzer, now 65, and originally from Whitechapel, east London, chronicled life while he commuted to town, where he worked as a film projectionist.

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