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Joel Meyerowitz: 'brilliant mistakes ... amazing accidents'

Joel Meyerowitz: 'brilliant mistakes ... amazing accidents' | Photography Now | Scoop.it

"That's when I went out on the streets, a shy kid with a borrowed Pentax who didn't know anything about photography."


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The Soft Hiss of Lead

The Soft Hiss of Lead | Photography Now | Scoop.it
This is an old picture. Taken at least 30 years ago. I’m not sure if they allow such shenanigans these days. Firing shotguns beside a tourist attraction busy with tourists – hmmm!
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Breaking Ground: Contemporary Photography at the College of William & Mary

Breaking Ground: Contemporary Photography at the College of William & Mary | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Photographer and educator Eliot Dudik has created a remarkable exhibition, Breaking Ground: Contemporary Photography at the College of William & Mary, that launches the new photography program in the Department of Art & Art History at the College of William & Mary

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Great work Eliot Dudik, a great way to celebrate photography.


"Photography at the College of William and Mary is not solely a technology; it is a vehicle of visual expression with a history of nearly two centuries. Our approach to it will therefore embrace its newest potentials and also grow out of its history, its historical techniques and processes, and its historical achievements, to integrate contemporary and future practices of photographic art at a deep level into William and Mary’s liberal arts tradition. This is what it means to call photography a new way, our newest way, of engaging humanistic thought."

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Storytelling through a Smartphone: Tenebrogg in Trieste | EyeEm Blog

Storytelling through a Smartphone: Tenebrogg in Trieste | EyeEm Blog | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Giulio, aka @tenebrogg, is a mobile photographer with quite a creative background. Today, he tells us how smartphones rekindled his love for photography and why he loves to tell people’s stories through images.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Four years ago I reconnected with photography, an art form that I had put aside for a while. I have to thank mobile photography for reminding me that photography is also improvisation, immediacy, simplicity and passion. The word “mobile” in front of it is useful, just as long as you’re describing a tool; but photography remains photography in whichever way we can approach it."

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Jennifer Schlesinger Hanson: Utopia

Jennifer Schlesinger Hanson: Utopia | Photography Now | Scoop.it
A few months ago, I presented a Mixtape on Jennifer Schlesinger Hanson to celebrate her roles as gallery director, curator, and educator. Today, we celebrate JSH, the artist.
Mario Pires's insight:

"In this series, I have constructed imaginary landscapes, with the intention to create a physical landscape of which does exist, if only in the paper-imaged form. They are my response to the philosophical question of whether a perfect place can exist, bringing together life’s dualities into a perfect union of beauty."

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Science in Sight by Monika Burri

Science in Sight by Monika Burri | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Since its early days, photography has been both, tool for and subject of scientific research. Developments in photochemistry, camera construction and lenses made photography an extremely successful mass medium.
Mario Pires's insight:

"This rich selection of images ranges from astronomical and micro-photography to laboratory situations to carefully illuminated experimental installations. The introductory essay investigates the interplay between photography and the world of science and changing role over the decades of ETH Zurich’s Photographic Institute."

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Seattle: City Dwellers The Schizophrenic Harmony of India

Seattle: City Dwellers The Schizophrenic Harmony of India | Photography Now | Scoop.it

The current exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum is City Dwellers: Contemporary Art from India, which explores modern Indian cities through work drawn from the collections of Sanjay Parthasarathy and Malini Balakrishnan.

Mario Pires's insight:

"What City Dwellers shows us it that Indian culture likes contrast, the alliance of opposites: the past and the present, the local and the global, the East and the West. It plays with space and time in a “harmonious schizophrenia,” as the writer Pavan Sharma has said."

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Autopanopticon

Autopanopticon | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Behavior is modified and shaped not only through being observed, but also through the shame of negative social feedback when video and stills of bad behavior are released on a national and local stage.
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"If we’re disturbed by the fact that walking around with a camera results in us getting stereotyped as creepers or threats, we can either take a number and get in line behind everyone else who was there first or use our awareness of what it feels like to be stereotyped as a way realize what stereotypes we’re projecting on everyone else we see and photograph."

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The African Middle Class: Portraits of Youth in Ghana Navigating a Radically New World

The African Middle Class: Portraits of Youth in Ghana Navigating a Radically New World | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Maccarthy Lomotey is a student concentrating on communication and social entrepreneurship. He co-founded an educational program that teaches other young Ghanaians about social media. The picture is taken in front of a wall that is being used by children for sharing knowledge and short messages.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Danish photographer Ulrik Tofte documents the young people in the middle of this transformative upheaval, their lives a constant balance of old traditions and new possibilities.

The Key Is Not To Blink presents a different vision of Africa than we are used to. Tofte focused on youth in Northern Ghana, determined to capture images contrasting the typical photos of war and starving children so familiar to us."

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Creating Photographic Art - Exclusive Interview With Gregory Crewdson | Fstoppers

Creating Photographic Art - Exclusive Interview With Gregory Crewdson | Fstoppers | Photography Now | Scoop.it
How do you make a photograph that sells for more than $100,000? Gregory Crewdson may not have the answer, and I suspect he probably doesn’t care, but that is what his prints will routinely fetch, if not more. What is it that allows him to create such staggeringly powerful works of art, and what are the struggles he endures through the creative process?
Mario Pires's insight:

"My inspiration comes from a lot of places, though. I watch movies all the time, both old and new. I listen to podcasts both while I'm asleep and while I'm awake. I keep up with pop culture. I find inspiration in my own life and experiences. But I work out most of the ideas for pictures while I'm doing open water swims, which I do religiously every day -- when it's warm enough at least."

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Film Ferrania : New Film – Interview - Silverprint

Film Ferrania : New Film – Interview - Silverprint | Photography Now | Scoop.it

From what i recalFilm Ferrania have annouced production of a brand new film. Silverprint speak to Film Ferrania's Dave Bias to find out more.

Mario Pires's insight:

From what i recall, Ferrania films were never a hit with photographers. We all used Kodak and Fuji films, and Ilford for b&w work (Agfa too, but only a minority of folks). But now, in this times of scarcity, even a new film form this italian company is exiting, and i can't help thinking that cultural bias can change with time, if the conditions lead to it.

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The Photographer’s Manifesto

The Photographer’s Manifesto | Photography Now | Scoop.it
I have seen absolutely beautiful things happen in the photo industry. I’ve seen strangers become best friends, I’ve seen grand ideas being brought to life, and I’ve seen photographers grow from beginners to mentors.
Mario Pires's insight:

"Education rocks, so lets share it. Lets bounce our ideas and work together to be better than we were. Hoarding your secrets for the sake of keeping your style unique is like a cook not telling someone what type of noodles he uses because he doesn’t want someone else cooking a sauce like his."

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A Truth Beyond Photojournalism: Cristina de Middel’s Nigerian Journey

A Truth Beyond Photojournalism: Cristina de Middel’s Nigerian Journey | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Until 2013, Spanish photographer Cristina de Middel had never been to Africa, despite producing the critically acclaimed book, The Afronauts, a work of photographic fiction based on the true story of Zambia’s 1960s failed space program.
Mario Pires's insight:

"My life in the bush of ghosts" was a book, then a groundbreaking record by Brian Eno and David Byrne, and now the inspiration for Cristina de Middel photo book. It's not photojournalism, it's participatory and an authors piece.


This work is a game, but it’s a game I couldn’t play alone. I needed people to take part in it, to understand what I was doing. I was very interested in how the community would participate in the making of their own portraits. Sometimes they did things I didn’t know would happen, and that was the best part of the shoot. That’s what I wanted. In effect, I was generating the performance before acting as a photojournalist by taking pictures of what was happening in front of me.

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La Fondation Carmignac: The Tribulations of a Prize, by Sam Stourdzé

La Fondation Carmignac: The Tribulations of a Prize, by Sam Stourdzé | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Sam Stourdzé wrote this text on the French newspaper Libération yesterday. Thanks to him for sharing it with us. The tumultuous relationship between artists, patrons and cultural players: striking a balance between vigilance and support.

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A important document that addresses the issue of the role of patrons and it's difficult relationship to political engaged art.


"We, the cultural institutions, have tacitly delegated the task of funding artistic production to private partners: the artist creates, the partner finances and the institution supports the artistic choice. I am not here to denounce this system. I would even say that I support it, not due to any economically liberal conviction, but to a pragmatic one."

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Robert Shults: The Superlative Light

Robert Shults: The Superlative Light | Photography Now | Scoop.it

I met Robert Shults a number of years ago when I reviewed his portfolio featuring his work from The Small Corners of Existence, where he marked the places he found shelter in when he was homeless for a brief period. That work has stayed with me and I was thrilled to learn that Robert’s new work was being published by Daylight Books.  His new monograph, The Superlative Light, examines the most powerful laser pulse anywhere in the world.

Mario Pires's insight:

"The Superlative Light draws upon the conventions of “grade – B” science fiction cinema, recasting real working scientists as the heroes of an imaginary epic and presenting an interloper’s awe-struck experience of a seemingly sacred space where a brilliant but mortal group of men and women perform work normally reserved for the gods."

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Whatever Evil is, it wasn't in that Room

Whatever Evil is, it wasn't in that Room | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Last night Richard Flanagan won the Booker Prize with his novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North. It's the story that connects to  his father's experiences on the Thai-Burma Railway - as Flanagan says "Between 100,000 and 200,000 died. More than died at Hiroshima. More corpses than there are words in my novel."

Mario Pires's insight:

"And it's the same with good photography, or interesting photography. It gives three dimensions, it tells parts of the story that haven't been told before, it questions our assumptions, and it reaches out to the viewer on the viewer's terms. Certainly there's a place for self-referential streams of consciousness but it should only be a niche; a niche within a niche."

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Street Flutists - Street Musicians, 1852

Street Flutists - Street Musicians, 1852 | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Street Flutists
Street Musicians
Unidentified
ca. 1852
stereo daguerreotype with applied color
Each Image: 6.8 x 5.8 cm
Overall: 8.7 x 16.8 cm
National Origin: France
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In Conversation: Alec Soth and Glen Erler

In Conversation: Alec Soth and Glen Erler | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Alec Soth, from Sleeping by the Mississippi   Glen Erler, from Family Tree 

AS: That’s really interesting about your dad being a painter; that information’s not included in Family Tree

GE: It was just something he did on the side. When you’re involved in the art world and living in London and New York and different places throughout your life, you’re exposed to a lot of different art, so you develop your own taste. So when my dad would paint, he sat in these small places in the middle of nowhere in California and would paint in his spare time. I remember when I was a teenager, I’d be coming home and he’d be painting.

Mario Pires's insight:

Changing the subject a little, I was wondering if you do any lecturing?

AS: Yeah, I do. I was painfully shy, there was no way I could do a lecture or anything like that and I was kind of forced into doing that through photography. Ironically, the reason why I became a photographer is because I like being alone, but it’s opened up this new world and I enjoy it.

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Meet Harlem’s ‘Official’ Street Photographer

Meet Harlem’s ‘Official’ Street Photographer | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Khalik Allah, a 29-year-old filmmaker and photographer who documents the streets of Harlem at night, has been photographing the corner of 125th and Lexington since 2012; armed with little more than a manual camera and a few rolls of film.
Mario Pires's insight:

I tell people that my camera is a healing mechanism. Let me photograph it and take it away from you.”

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Interview with Jen Davis

Interview with Jen Davis | Photography Now | Scoop.it
American photographer is discussing relationship between herself and her body, as well as the prejudices on beauty and sexuality existing in society.
Mario Pires's insight:

"When all the pictures got printed in large scale to get the colour right, it was really hard to look at myself at some point. It was quite a depressive month for me and I kept asking myself these reoccurring questions like “why have I never done anything about my weight?”, “why haven’t I pushed myself to change?”, “what would it be like to be smaller?”. When I got home I looked up the procedure and it seemed easy enough. I saw it as a tool to gain control of my body. I changed my eating habits, started to exercise – took on the new life."

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Peter Lindbergh for Reporters Without Borders

Peter Lindbergh for  Reporters Without Borders | Photography Now | Scoop.it

The choice of Peter Lindbergh for the 2014 Reporters Without Borders 100 Photos album may come as a surprise to some. However, during a fascinating discussion organized by Peter Lindbergh at the Silencio in Paris, he revealed himself to be an avid consumer of the news, spending his nights on the internet, trying to understand the issues behind policy decisions, searching for truth, as he does in his photographs.

Mario Pires's insight:

Lindbergh, who was born in 1944 in a German region that became Polish again in 1945 and who grew up in the Rhineland, is by nature sensitive to accurate information and the movements  that govern conflicts. He is also sensitive to propaganda and lies, which he says are, “created to manipulate everyone and everything, to weaken journalists. The result is that it’s become more difficult to hold those who govern us accountable.”

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David in bed, Leipzig – Germany (by Nan Goldin, 1992)

David in bed, Leipzig – Germany (by Nan Goldin, 1992) | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Accustomed to the constant shooting of the artist, the camera was not an intimidating tool for her friends. The third eye naturally Nan managed to record the private moments. Her photographs are not an outsider looking in, but in a strange familiarity. They are pictures that have value for those who are part of them, they are personal and immediate.

Mario Pires's insight:

"The people who appear in my photos says being with my camera it’s like being me. It’s as if my hand was a camera. As far as possible, I do not want there to be no mechanism between the time of photographing and me. The camera is part of my daily life, such as talking, eating or having sex. For me, the moment of photographing, instead of creating distance, is a moment of clarity and emotional connection. There is a popular notion that the photographer is by nature a voyeur, the last guest to the party. But I’m not an infiltrated; this is my party. This is my family, my story."

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America Latina Photographs 1960 – 2013

America Latina Photographs  1960 – 2013 | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Last year an exhibition catalog, America Latina Photographs – 1960 – 2013, was published jointly by the two exhibiting museums, one in Paris and the other in Mexico for the exhibitions subsequently occurring in 2014.

This is an expansive survey of America Latina photography that includes almost every country in South America, Central America and the nations of the Caribbean Sea.

Mario Pires's insight:

"The hard cover book has an exposed taped binding (Swiss Binding) thus the large text block is hanging by the endpapers on the back cover, which seems pretty substantial, yet makes for an interesting photobook design. Another text was provided by Luis Camnitzer, and there is an illustrated Biography section for each photographer that attempts to provide additional information, a selected Bibliography on Latin American Art and a Timeline of Latin American Histories to provide additional context."

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Kazuma Obara's Silent Histories

Kazuma Obara's Silent Histories | Photography Now | Scoop.it

The shortlist for the Aperture First Photobook Prize is up and there are so many really good books in there (including old favourites like  Hidden IslamFather FigureWar Porn and Euromaidan as well as great books like Epilogue, Red String and Andrea Botto's Number Book!). It's strange how the First Photobook Prize seems so much more interesting than the other Aperture book awards. It's also strange how small some of the editions are. And how concerned they are.

Mario Pires's insight:

The author, Kazuma Obara is looking for a publisher.

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Art Producers Speak: Tania Quintanilla

Art Producers Speak: Tania Quintanilla | Photography Now | Scoop.it

She has an excellent command of studio lighting and impeccable retouching skills. On set, she is fun but also very focused, she’s a great leader and she knows what she wants and how to get there. In my opinion, she is the best fashion photographer in central Texas and I feel her career is about to take off in other markets in a big way.

Mario Pires's insight:

"I view my work as a team sport. I’m easily inspired and aim to be a great collaborator. I surround myself with talented people and we all bring our own experiences and ideas to the game. My job is to collect ideas and stay flexible; I want to be a conduit for the group energy."

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Justin Wilkes’ Cairo Diary

Justin Wilkes’ Cairo Diary | Photography Now | Scoop.it

These days, photojournalism has got to be one of the most thankless photographic practices. As a photojournalist, you’re essentially besieged by all sides with almost insurmountable challenges.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Photojournalism brings us views of the world that often are incredibly hard to look at. But photojournalism also reflects our own position of comfort and privilege. I’m tempted to think that this reflection is a very important part of the profession. The conflict between the horrible events we see and our comfort and privilege unfortunately cannot be resolved easily."

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