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Chasing Obama: A Day In The Life Of A Reuters Photographer On The Campaign Trail

Chasing Obama: A Day In The Life Of A Reuters Photographer On The Campaign Trail | Photography Now | Scoop.it
With the United States’ presidential election decided with Barack Obama as the winner, I thought the timing would be perfect to share this video created by Reuters’ White House photographer Jason Reed.

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In Conversation: Daniel Everett and John Houck

In Conversation: Daniel Everett and John Houck | Photography Now | Scoop.it

So a few months ago I met Lucas Blalock and you came up in the conversation. I was trying to put together how I first met you, but for some reason I couldn’t remember. I knew that I had seen your work around back during the I Heart Photograph days and had been impressed with it. I was also really interested in the Loosee project you were running. I guess I just emailed you.

Mario Pires's insight:

"I do think every generation goes through some fundamental shifts in perception, but each one is similar yet different. The shift the internet has bought about is quite different from broadcast television. Of course there is a continuum there, but they are different models and encourage a different sense of the world. Our metaphors are different than the prior generations. It seems the platform of I Heart Photograph and the internet allowed us to connect."

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Le dialogue photo-littéraire d’Alice Zeniter et Raphaël Neal

Le dialogue photo-littéraire d’Alice Zeniter et Raphaël Neal | Photography Now | Scoop.it
La collection Collatéral des éditions le Bec en l’air croise la littérature et la photographie et établit un dialogue nouveau entre le mot et l’image par la rencontre de deux artistes. Dans De qui aurais-je crainte ?
Mario Pires's insight:

"Comme hors du temps, l’homme aussi étrange que majestueux ne montre jamais son visage. Il apparait comme une réponse à la dépersonnalisation et l’aliénation provoquées par la modernité, la recherche d’un salut face aux angoisses et aux blessures du quotidien."

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Place and Vision: The Artistic Legacy of Masumi Hayashi

Place and Vision: The Artistic Legacy of Masumi Hayashi | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Masumi Hayashi was a tenured photography professor at Cleveland State University for 24 years. I was fortunate to have been a student of hers for 5 of those years, 1994-1999.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Masumi Hayashi is perhaps best known for creating striking panoramic photo collages, using smaller color photographs (typically 4-by-6-inch prints) like tiles in a mosaic. Many of these large panoramic pieces involve more than one hundred smaller photographic prints; the rotational scope of the assembled collage can be 360 degrees or even 540 degrees. Much of her work explores socially uncomfortable spaces, including prisons, relocation camps, and Superfund cleanup sites."

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Jane Dunnewold's curator insight, February 25, 9:04 AM

Thanks to Beth Dubber for this poignant piece on Masumi Hayashi. The artist's story - born in an American detainment camp, a successful and sensitive photographer and teacher, murdered senselessly in her apartment building hallway - traverses the depths of emotion, but it's the photographs that stop you in your tracks with their depth of feeling, and terrible beauty.


Composed of hundreds of smaller photos, Hayashi's images of relocation/detainment camps, cityscapes (Cleveland, Ohio) and other sites of power, often misused or misguided, feel sacred to me. Especially the amazing skies in many of the images. Incredible beauty in settings that are mostly desolate and representative of the worst of what human beings do to each other. Looking at them feels like praying.

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Aira (by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1979)

Aira (by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1979) | Photography Now | Scoop.it

“I never liked Photography… Not photography itself. I like the object. I like the pictures when you have them on hand.” – Robert Mapplethorpe

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Le policier était photographe

Au fil du temps, la police a appréhendé le médium photographique dans ses missions quotidiennes. La photo comme preuve du réel est devenu un indispensable de la panoplie de l’enquêteur. Mais, au contact d’un appareil photo, certains représentants de l’ordre ont développé un véritable talent artistique. Où quand le policier devient un artiste.

Mario Pires's insight:

À travers le monde, beaucoup de départements de police se retrouvent sur Instagram : à New York,TorontoWashington ou même Dubaï. Mais certaines polices locales suivent l’esprit créatif (voire récréatif) d’Instagram.

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everything will be ok

everything will be ok | Photography Now | Scoop.it
The chronicle of a journey that starts with an emotional collapse and ends, through a long healing walk, with the assumption that after all life is always worth the struggle.
Mario Pires's insight:

"The ink on the book’s cover reacts to temperature, changing color whenever it is touched, and leaving the fingerprints of the reader visible for some time. It is, in a way, a living book that mutates and adapts according to the viewer, whose warmth and contact heals the darkness."

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Photographers whose work I like - No26/ Anton Renborg

Photographers whose work I like - No26/ Anton Renborg | Photography Now | Scoop.it
 
I came across Anton Renborg's beautiful bookwork, Notices de la Corse in Paris last November. Anton was kind enough to agree to a book swap and his book arrived this week. Anton is a Swedish photographer who is based in both Paris and Stockholm.
Mario Pires's insight:

"Notices de la Corse, is a quietly introspective sort of a book, beautifully designed and printed with photographs that transport the reader to another place. Memory is triggered for me as Renborg's pictures bring back to life the nostalgia of my own past."

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Dietmar Eckell : Happy End

Dietmar Eckell : Happy End | Photography Now | Scoop.it

"Happy End is a photo-project about miracles in aviation history - 15 airplanes that had forced landings but ALL on board survived and were rescued from  remote locations. The planes have been abandoned in the middle of nowhere for 10 years and up  to70 years.

Mario Pires's insight:

"My photography is not about documenting the planes condition & details but how they are embedded in nature after so many years. I try to capture the surreal beauty of these settings using high viewpoints or shooting through layers."

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'Landscape is Boring!'

'Landscape is Boring!' | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Landscape is an exhausted medium, no longer viable as a mode of artistic expression.

Mario Pires's insight:

"So there are sections on the sublime, the exploratory, the synthetic and the contested landscape. What's great is that you can think of any landscape work and the how and the why of its making will be covered in some way."

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World Press Photo: As Much About News as About the Human Condition?

World Press Photo: As Much About News as About the Human Condition? | Photography Now | Scoop.it
World Press Photo of the Year 2014 continues a tendency of choosing winners that are less about news and more about aesthetically exploring what it means to be a human.
Mario Pires's insight:

"In many ways, Nissen’s picture also has the quality of a film still tableau. The photograph is not a news shot, it is not a picture of an important event, it is not even a picture of a public event."

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Jean Daubas's curator insight, February 19, 1:08 PM

photo_journalism is definitely intended to be hung on institutional walls if not sold as a specific field of contemporary art market

François Boutard's curator insight, February 20, 11:46 AM

Le @WorldPressPhoto interroge la condition humaine / Human condition for the World Press Photo

Michael Kosmides's curator insight, February 21, 6:27 AM

Excellent analysis on the photos and the awards

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The Earth We Tread On: An Interview with Scott Strazzante

The Earth We Tread On: An Interview with Scott Strazzante | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Recently published in book form, Common Ground tells the story of two families, the Cagwins and the Grabenhofers, who inhabit the same land at different times. Harlow and Jean Cagwin work hard to farm the land and raise Angus cattle for beef, but eventually have to leave when Harlow’s health fails. The Grabenhofers are one of many families occupying the bland suburban subdivision created after the Cagwins sell the land to a developer.

Mario Pires's insight:

"When you do a longer story, each photo should push the story forward, but you don’t have to wow people with every image. Sometimes there’s room for a one that’s simply pretty, or informational. You can relax and explore a person’s character, show who they are in subtle, quiet moments. Still photographs can a bit mysterious, and viewers tend to fill in the gaps and project their own experience onto the images, similar to reading a novel."

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Amani Willet: The Underground Railroad: Hiding in Place

Amani Willet: The Underground Railroad: Hiding in Place | Photography Now | Scoop.it

To say that I am a fan of Amani Willet’s work would be an understatement.  I have probably thought about or shared his project, Disquiet, at least once a week since I first featured it two years ago.

Amani has a new project, The Underground Railroad: Hiding in Place, that examines his own personal history in context to our national history and determines that we have no control over what is real and what is deeply considered.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Time has the ability to bend the truth. As the years have passed, the mythology of the Underground Railroad has grown; some original accounts have become exaggerated, overshadowed by our fascination with mystery and easily digestible history."

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500 Years of Craft and Tradition. Andy Anderson and Beretta

500 Years of Craft and Tradition.  Andy Anderson and Beretta | Photography Now | Scoop.it

A picturesque villa in the Italian countryside, the Scottish Lowlands dotted with bespoke tweed, a lone set of tracks in the sand of an African game preserve. These are beautiful images created for Beretta, a 500-year-old, family-owned firearms company.

This fall, Rizzoli will publish Beretta: 500 Years of the Sporting Life, a large, 400+ page, coffee-table book, to be written by Nik Foulkes—with photographs by Andy. Fifteen years ago, the last time Beretta published its showpiece, Peter Beard made the pictures. 

Mario Pires's insight:

"Looking at Andy’s photographs, I feel as if I’ve caught a glimpse of days gone by. Rich traditions I didn’t know still existed. You won’t find dead animals. These pictures celebrate the sport, design, tools, quality, craft. From camouflage to the suit and tie, this is a global view of the sporting life. I can hardly wait to see more."

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The Connection PTT an Icon of Dutch industrial photography books Graphic Design Jurriaan Schrofer Violette Cornelius Photography

The Connection PTT an Icon of Dutch industrial photography books Graphic Design Jurriaan Schrofer Violette Cornelius Photography | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Jan Elburg (1919-1992) was a poet and lecturer at the Institute for Arts and Crafts Education in Amsterdam. His poetry was brisk and locked into the dynamics of post-war optimism as proclaimed in the company photobook.

Mario Pires's insight:

"The commemoration book contains full bleeding images of twenty-five years of (professional) looking and choosing, tasting and testing, in everyday life. The language is proverbial and the text fragments are reproduced on thin transparent paper. The edition includes an English language academic text on the book topic."

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Infobésité : la photo peut-elle rendre un data-center sexy ?

Infobésité : la photo peut-elle rendre un data-center sexy ? | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Alors que l’allégé semble une valeur si positive qu’une marque de soda vient récemment de remplacer light par life, le monde de l’information, lui, ne cesse de grossir : infobésité, Big Data, surcharge informationnelle.
Mario Pires's insight:

"Blanche aseptisée : importance de la ventilation et d’un air froid dans ces lieux où les machines dégagent beaucoup de chaleur. La couleur rouge est peu employée : associée au danger et au risque d’incendie, elle reste inquiétante. Le bleu : il évoque les profondeurs océaniques, un monde mystérieux mais naturel ; et surtout la climatisation, le refroidissement des salles."

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New York : Eliot Elisofon at Gitterman Gallery

New York : Eliot Elisofon at Gitterman Gallery | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Eliot Elisofon was born on the Lower East Side of New York City in 1911 to immigrant parents of modest means. His mother ensured that he was well-educated and took him to museums, concerts and parks.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Over the years, Elisofon travelled to six continents, covering an estimated 2,000,000 miles. His work appeared in LIFE for almost 30 years and 19 books of his work were published during his lifetime."

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CHAN DICK. A CONVERSATION WITH THE WINNER OF HONG KONG PHOTO BOOK AWARDS

CHAN DICK. A CONVERSATION WITH THE WINNER OF HONG KONG PHOTO BOOK AWARDS | Photography Now | Scoop.it
BY SHEUNG YIU
Chan Dick (陳的) is a commercial photographer whose personal work has caught as much as, if not more, public attention as his commercial work .
Mario Pires's insight:

"The work I put out in the past, no matter commercial or personal, are conceptual. I spent a lot of time finding venues and subjects. Each photo story is meticulously planned. I spent substantial time and resources on each image and thus each story is composed of few photos only."

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The Art of the Portfolio Show. Minneapolis Art Producers Share Their Insights with The Community Table. Part 2: The Main Course

The Art of the Portfolio Show.  Minneapolis Art Producers Share Their Insights with The Community Table.  Part 2:  The Main Course | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Welcome to our 6th series of posts where we share the results from our conversations held directly with community leaders about top-of-mind photo-industry issues. 

Mario Pires's insight:

"You want to be fair. I don’t want someone taking the job for $5,000 when it’s $10,000 worth of work. We need to make sure we’re keeping industry standards up and not taking advantage of someone that is just hungry for work."

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Kendall McMinimy: Cropping to Circles

Kendall McMinimy: Cropping to Circles | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Kendall McMinimy creates pristine and complex work that could easily be mistaken for drawings or paintings and it is this abstract quality of unknowing that makes the work so interesting.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Inspired by Robert Rauschenberg’s 1960s transfer prints, Cropping to Circles fuses photography and printmaking. Minimal signifiers and uncertain authorship amplify ambiguities, create associations and metaphorical gaps, and stretch the legibility of representation."

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Slicing, Splicing and Dicing in ‘The Bungalow’ | AMERICAN SUBURB X

Slicing, Splicing and Dicing in ‘The Bungalow’ | AMERICAN SUBURB X | Photography Now | Scoop.it
I could lament on a narrative that these images might convey – a sort of comment on the very conception of human life, of birth and rebirth and memory and the way each of us will find a different meaning for these images – but that would, I feel, be missing the point.
Mario Pires's insight:

"The delirious flow of images in The Bungalow are edited into chapters that I’m not sure I fully understand, and there is so much going on that our minds work overtime in trying to create some sort of order."

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Go Inside the Unexpected Lives of Contemporary Photographers

Go Inside the Unexpected Lives of Contemporary Photographers | Photography Now | Scoop.it
In Reely and Truly, Tyrone Lebon offers an unorthodox, behind-the-scenes take on photography
Mario Pires's insight:

"The 29 minutes and 17 seconds of Reely and Truly serve as a brief socio-anthropological study of contemporary independent photography, which informed by Lebon’s own influences and experiences—his family and upbringing, his education (he has an MA in social anthropology) and his own perspective as a photographer—produce an intimate and raw mash up of material, that ultimately feels like a sketch for a bigger piece."

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Jean Daubas's curator insight, February 19, 1:14 PM

just hoping this movie comes to France...

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On Landscape And Photography

On Landscape And Photography | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Landscape is an imagined construction; it can be used to create place attachments or form national identities.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Landscape photography operates at numerous levels: personal, local, regional, national, and global. Images of Banff National Park have a different meaning for a long time inhabitant (place attachment) than for a Japanese tourist."

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Photographier la relation entre les policiers et les citoyens

Photographier la relation entre les policiers et les citoyens | Photography Now | Scoop.it

De 2008 à 2012, Sébastien Van Malleghem a suivi la police belge d’Uccle, Bruxelles Nord, Nivelles et Mons à raison de plusieurs nuits par mois. Si celles-ci furent parfois mouvementées, les longues heures de veille délièrent les langues et finirent par transformer de simples discussions entre un photographe et des policiers en échanges, voire amitiés, entre un homme et d’autres hommes.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Oui je pense. Quand les gens découvrent mes photos, ils me disent : « Ah tiens, je ne m’attendais pas à voir ça. », ou encore « Ah oui tiens ils sont courageux ces mecs là etc. ». Ils ne pensaient pas que les policiers faisaient un si grand travail social. Mais je ne veux pas faire de la propagande ! Il y a certes des images qui sont un peu plus « sensibles » mais j’ai juste voulu montrer des humains qui bossent et je veux que ça reste ouvert."

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The Daily Edit – Bicycling Magazine: Jesse Southerland

The Daily Edit – Bicycling Magazine: Jesse Southerland | Photography Now | Scoop.it
BicyclingDesign and Photo Director: Jesse Southerland
Art Director: Colin McSherry
Designer: Jimmy Cavalieri
Mario Pires's insight:

"The photo direction is identical to the design direction which is identical to the editorial direction. Everything at BICYCLING is about being exciting, fun, fit, authentic and real. Ideally the photography will contain most of those attributes, but as long as the photo nails at least one of those descriptions we are good, but it has to really nail it. I am most intrigued by authentic and real. Bicycling photography can go really wrong really quick. You may have a really authentic looking person to shoot, but then they put on their outfit, then a helmet, then sunglasses and suddenly that person is reduced to a storm trooper…zero individuality."

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Nude Portraits in Which the Photographer Himself Is Unclothed

Nude Portraits in Which the Photographer Himself Is Unclothed | Photography Now | Scoop.it

For Nude Portraits, Utah-based photographer Trevor Christensen subverts the conventional understanding of the genre by stripping himself—and not his subject—naked before capturing his or her countenance. Making each person is well aware of the artist’s nudity before the fact, Christensen transfers the power back onto his sitters, placing himself in the precarious situation of being exposed, watched, and judged.

Mario Pires's insight:

"The nude figure, though perhaps one of the most familiar to us, carries with it layers of personal and cultural associations, eliciting complex, contradictory, and sometimes liberating emotions. Some of the most powerful sessions have occurred with people who have sought him out as a means of overcoming fears or healing from domestic violence or sexual abuse. In plunging with us into this vulnerable state, Christensen robs nudity of its authority, reminding us that underneath it all, we’re all exposed."

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Terry Hill's curator insight, February 18, 8:27 AM

Strange but there seems to be a purpose to it. Perversion? Or breaking new ground?

Jean Daubas's curator insight, February 19, 1:00 PM

Very unusual situation; an interesting experience