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Max de Esteban and the photographic portrait (or anti-portrait) as a conceptual tool

Max de Esteban and the photographic portrait (or anti-portrait) as a conceptual tool | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Since opening his first studio in his native Barcelona in 2009, San Francisco based Max de Esteban has focused purely upon ‘personal project-based work;’ with each of these projects forming in essence an open question about something ‘I am passionately interested in,’ he remarks, and consisting of a series of images that share ‘common structural characteristics.

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Babe Ruth

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Babe Ruth


Nickolas Muray, American, b. Hungary 1892 - 1965

1945

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Stephen Mallon On Perseverance And Transition To Video

Stephen Mallon On Perseverance And Transition To Video | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Over 5 years ago aPhotoEditor wrote a small story on Stephen Mallon's images of the salvage of Flight 1549. The backstory. Prior to the incident on the Hudson River, Stephen Mallon was “surviving” ...
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Manufactured Landscapes

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Bogdan Radenkovic (born 1989) is a contemporary photographer from Serbia.
In this interview he talks about one of his latest projects called “Manufactured Landscapes” and explains what he means by the term ‘camera brain’.
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"When I talk to people I’m often distracted with thinking only about the frame, pull out the camera and interrupt them just to take the photo.

I love to call it ‘camera brain’, it increases one’s ability to capture a huge amount of information in every moment and by time you develop some serious memory issues, we obviously have a limited storage for visuals in our ‘camera brain’."

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Carleton Watkins: The Stanford Albums

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I’ve been gradually moving toward an appreciation of the older landscape photographers.
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Evaluating the Sense of Personal Precariousness in Rineke Dijkstra’s "Beach Portraits"

Evaluating the Sense of Personal Precariousness in Rineke Dijkstra’s "Beach Portraits" | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Rineke Dijkstra's Beach Portraits will always hold a fond place in my heart. It is a series which, inevitably, takes me back to the time during which I wore boys' clothes and would sport T-shirts and surf shirts over my bathing suits, appearing nothing short of pants-less but comfortably secure in avoiding any of the (unwelcomed) changes my body was met with from ages 10-13.

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Hugh Mangum on Main Street: Portraits from the Early 20th Century

Hugh Mangum on Main Street: Portraits from the Early 20th Century | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Portraits never go out of style.  They are, and always have been, the most popular form of photography.  From the daguerreotype to the Instagram selfie, our love for portraits has been one of the constants in the history of photography.
Mario Pires's insight:

"Inside or outside his photo studio, Hugh Mangum created an atmosphere –– respectful and often playful –– in which hundreds of men, women, and children genuinely revealed themselves."

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Will Your Photos Outlast You?

Will Your Photos Outlast You? | Photography Now | Scoop.it

One of my ongoing interests—I won’t use the word concerns because that could imply worry or anxiety—is how long my images will last.

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“Finding Vivian Maier”… vues sur une oeuvre argentique au temps du numérique

“Finding Vivian Maier”… vues sur une oeuvre argentique au temps du numérique | Photography Now | Scoop.it
A la recherche de Vivian Maier (Finding Vivian Maier), le film de John Maloof (et Charlie Siskel), est si ambigu qu’il laisse son spectateur dans une sorte d’excitation inquiète.
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Luigi Ghirri, the Absolute Fascination of the Image

Luigi Ghirri, the Absolute Fascination of the Image | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Luigi Ghirri (born in Scandiano, Italy, 1943 – Reggio Emilia, Italy, 1992) is one of the most influential European photographers of ’900.  A concrete curiosity for the world around us and an interest for the conceptual side of act of ‘Looking’, move his elegant, suspended urban visions and modern landscapes.
Mario Pires's insight:

“Not at photography school, studio, or photojournalist agency, instead my experience born by generally looking for the Image around me, and by an endless passion, a bit naive, just straight pulsing for the Art world” 

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David Bailey | The Talks

David Bailey | The Talks | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Mr. Bailey, would you swear in front of the Queen?


No, if you’re going to accept the Queen you have to accept the tradition. You know, I’ve got nothing against monarchy. I think there are too many hangers-on, but that’s also a cliché thing to say. I doubt she’d be too shocked. She’s been around; she’s not stupid.

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"Well, I avoid celebrities. I’m not really interested in people that come with PR. That’s probably why I can’t work in America, because I don’t take all that bullshit. I don’t know how people like Bruce Weber manage, because it would drive me mad. All these silly people who don’t know anything that come with celebrities and try to tell you what to do. It’s madness! They brought it on themselves, the magazines. They should have been stricter. They should have said, “No, we’re not showing you. We’re doing the interview and that’s that.” But instead they pander to them and in the end they end up owning you. Those magazines are owned by the celebrities, really."

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Water Lillies, Alvin Langdon Coburn

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Water Lillies
Alvin Langdon Coburn, British, b. United States 1882 - 1966

ca. 1907

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#BringBackOurHashtag: Activism, Hacktivism & Photography in the Social Media Sphere

#BringBackOurHashtag: Activism, Hacktivism & Photography in the Social Media Sphere | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Social media activism is an undeniably important part of public protest, and photography plays a particularly vital part in these virtual demonstrations.
Mario Pires's insight:

"It seems hard to justify the claim that social media is supplanting traditional protest, when in many cases the two seem to be working in conjunction. Traditional protest increasingly looks like an opportunity to advertise social media campaigns (think of the ubiquity of signs and banners bearing hashtags) and social media campaigns often catalyze public protest by raising the visibility of issues that drive people into the streets."

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Instagram and Anxiety of the Photographer – Part III

Instagram and Anxiety of the Photographer – Part III | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Over the past few years, iPhoneography has created a new form of photography that has and will continue to re-structure how we interface with technology, gather and generate data, and how we create narratives. iPhone (and similar smartphone) users employ mobile photography to disseminate mass amounts of information, to subvert cultural institutions, and for political rallying. These behaviors parallel the same strategies of the radical Avant-Garde art movements of the 20th century.

Mario Pires's insight:

"I’m well aware that the production of technological devices has looming consequences on the world’s natural resources. High-tech facilities leach natural resources, and new technologies replace prior generations at faster rates than raw materials can keep up with. The anxiety of thisphotographer is the uncertainty of our planet’s ability to maintain healthy human life given our desire for technological progress. As Nature falls apart I’m sure I’ll take a picture and when we get there Nature will already provide the collage."

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The Art of Defusing the Air Strike

The Art of Defusing the Air Strike | Photography Now | Scoop.it
We see people turn to combat, to rhetoric, to reason or to faith as a way to channel the screaming horror of bombardment. What we don’t encounter that often – at least not that publicly or, certainly, in real time, however – is the turning to art.
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Maxine Helfman: Summertime

Maxine Helfman: Summertime | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Maxine Helfman is one of those photographers who can do everything: fashion, beauty, commercial and fine art, and never lose her distinctive focus or style in the various arenas.
Mario Pires's insight:

"In the series, Summertime, I wanted to capture the beauty, emotion and mystery of summer in the South.  Drawing my inspiration from literary descriptives, the images are timeless and familiar.  Despite a hard life of physical labor labor and povery, it is the strength, dignity and physical beauty that I want to portray in my work."

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Cortona on the Move 2014

Cortona on the Move 2014 | Photography Now | Scoop.it
As far as I can tell, small and/or new photography festivals are the best. Not having had the chance to turn into a circus might just be the best thing for any festival.
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No Cameras Allowed: Is it Real or Fake?

No Cameras Allowed: Is it Real or Fake? | Photography Now | Scoop.it
‘No Cameras Allowed’ is an upcoming film that shows the journey of a guy named Marcus Haney who got into Coachella festival with a faked press pass and got exclusive film footage of famous bands.
Mario Pires's insight:

"My way of “sneaking” into the music business was to be honest to bands/managers, because that’s the professional way to do things. That’s what I believe, and if you’re doing things the wrong way in this business, you’ll be kicked out of it faster than you can click your shutter button."

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Dita Pepe - Self Portraits with Men | LensCulture

Dita Pepe - Self Portraits with Men  | LensCulture | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Czech photographer Dita Pepe uses self-portrait photography to explore ideas of how personal identity can seem to change dramatically in relationship to the other people in our lives, and the surrounding circumstances.

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Japan Week: Kazuo Yoshida: Air Blue

Japan Week: Kazuo Yoshida: Air Blue | Photography Now | Scoop.it

This week, I am thrilled to have friend, photographer and Editor of Fraction JapanYoichi Nagata, as a guest editor for Lenscratch this week.  He will be sharing the work of 5 contemporary Japanese photographers, starting today with Kazuo Yoshida.  Kazuo was born in Hyogo, Japan and now lives and work in Tokyo.

Mario Pires's insight:

Photography today seems to be becoming something that does not so much lay down and comment on facts as it intervenes in an ever-shifting present, offers perspectives into a new world, and indeed, pulls the world itself toward new directions.”

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Madness, Madness . . .

Madness, Madness . . . | Photography Now | Scoop.it

The day started with this photograph front page above the fold at the national print edition of the New York Times.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Perhaps some day we will look back and say, “Oh, there clearly was a logic to it.”  But that will be more than hindsight, for it also will be a mistake.

Whatever is happening, it is madness."

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Forms and Functions of Photobooks (Part 1) | Conscientious Photography Magazine

Forms and Functions of Photobooks (Part 1) | Conscientious Photography Magazine | Photography Now | Scoop.it

The physical form and shape of a photobook matter immensely. Photobooks are objects, designed to be looked at, to be handled, to be stored. This is a fairly obvious statement. 

Mario Pires's insight:

"The question ultimately is: does the concept of this book require the use of gatefolds, which will have the viewer interact with the book in a very specific way, and which will drive up production costs?"

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Arles 2014: An Off Year? Worse—A Disaster!

Arles 2014: An Off Year? Worse—A Disaster! | Photography Now | Scoop.it
The name of this year’s festival was “Parade.” The fatal mistake is right there in the title. A parade is festive, friendly, flamboyant. But this parade was a motley commemoration of a few nostalgic veterans celebrating a soldier whose name isn’t even unknown: François Hébel.
Mario Pires's insight:

"It’s never easy to revive the “Good old days.” The public could feel that it wasn’t a good year, but they don’t give a damn about the program! They came because they also feel that Arles is in transition, that it’s becoming a buyer’s festival, that galleries and collectors and agents are crowding in, that deals are being made, that guys and girls from all over are bringing an astounding creativity to the “off” and “off-off” sections of the festival."

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Sexisme ordinaire dans la photo : le combat de Chloé en 2014

Sexisme ordinaire dans la photo : le combat de Chloé en 2014 | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Loin des grands discours et des grandes dénonciations, Chloé s’est attaquée à ce qui est le plus difficile à dénoncer : le sexisme ordinaire. Pas celui des agressions ou du harcèlement, pas ce sexisme qui révolte tout le monde (quoique…). Non, le sexisme du quotidien, celui des petites remarques qui ne sont pas très graves, des petits coups d’œil de travers, des petites blagues. À ce sexisme qui n’a pas l’air méchant, mais qui est pourtant le symptôme d’une société inégalitaire.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Parfois, pour des séances de portraits, je me suis retrouvée avec des hommes qui n’étaient pas clairs. Ils s’approchent très près de moi, me font des allusions bizarres. D’ailleurs, l’une des raisons pour lesquelles écrire cet article m’a fait du bien, c’est que je me suis rendue compte que je n’étais pas la seule à vivre ce genre de situation."

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V. After Liberalism

V. After Liberalism | Photography Now | Scoop.it
One of the most idiosyncratic yet unrecognized trends of the 1970s is how it was precisely then, when the prewar documentary culture from the 1920s-30s began to appear in a new light.
Mario Pires's insight:

" Are we still in the 1970s? Or, following my “crisis = documentary shift” hypothesis, might the present crisis initiated in 2008 correspond to a new documentary experience? What current experiments in the representation of emerging political subjectivities can we understand as reinventions of documentary?"

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Photobook Reviews (Week 28/2014)

Photobook Reviews (Week 28/2014) | Photography Now | Scoop.it
It’s summer, and what better way to kick back than to sit on a porch or beach or in a cafe somewhere with a good book. Or photobook. After all, who says your reading material has to be literature?
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