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Cassio Vasconcellos: Noturnos Sao Paulo

Cassio Vasconcellos: Noturnos Sao Paulo | Photography Now | Scoop.it
I discovered Noturnos Sao Paulo, my latest acquisition, in Aperture’s The Latin American Photobook and was immediately drawn to the minimal, graphic qualities of its colour-saturated images.
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Duane Michals: A Quiet Conversation | Sean Kernan

Duane Michals: A Quiet Conversation | Sean Kernan | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Duane Michals had a major retrospective at the Carnegie Museum of Art that has moved to the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusets, which is where I saw it. Shortly afterward I called Duane up and asked if we could talk. A month later we did, and here is the first part of that conversation.

If you’ve ever heard Duane speak in public you know he is a very energetic speaker, but this talk is quite different—quiet, ruminative and thoughtful. It is a Duane Michals not many people see.

Mario Pires's insight:

"If your own photography seems a little unsatisfying, seems to be running up against some kind of invisible blockage, listening to Duane might help to loosen whatever is constricting it. If, on the other hand, you feel that your photographic investigations are going just the way you want them to…then listening could really help."

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Baltimore : Devin Allen, unknown photographer published in Time

Baltimore : Devin Allen, unknown photographer published in Time | Photography Now | Scoop.it

This week TIME led with stories of the Baltimore riots that shook America. The cover reads “America 1968 2015: What has changed. What hasn’t.” The black-and-white photographs shows a young black man wearing a scarf as a mask, fleeing from the police.

Mario Pires's insight:

"The photograph corresponds to the photojournalist codes of a news magazine. But it has created an enormous amount of buzz due to the source of the photograph: an unknown and aspiring photojournalist on the scene who posted the picture on his Instagram account."

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Paris Photo LA 2015 :  Diana Thorneycroft - Fabien Castanier

Paris Photo LA 2015 :  Diana Thorneycroft - Fabien Castanier | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Diana Thorneycroft transports the public to a surreal dimension where staged totems of American culture and identity collide with allusions to her native Canada.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Moments of absurdity are cunningly juxtaposed with layers of serene landscapes and backdrops, interspersed with both somber and lighthearted characters."

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Armenian Association

Armenian Association | Photography Now | Scoop.it

With memorials of the 1915 Armenian genocide circulating through this week’s news cycle, it’s interesting to see how editors at The Boston Globe are using this photograph of photographs as a way to help viewers put a human face on the atrocities of war.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Are these individuals famous for being numbered among the victims of 1915? Or are they famous for some reason that has nothing to do with the war? Are we looking at a scene of admiration or lamentation? Are Globe editors counting on us to fill in the blanks, assuming we are going to see the faces of fame as the faces of genocide?"

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Portraits of Young Men and Women Affected by ‘Iran’s Marriage Crisis’

Portraits of Young Men and Women Affected by ‘Iran’s Marriage Crisis’ | Photography Now | Scoop.it

For Life Alone, Tehran-based photographer Majid Farahani takes an intimate and humanizing glimpse at the decreasing rate of marriage in Iran, focusing his gaze not on the statistics but on the young people whose lives are directly affected by what some are calling the country’s “marriage crisis.”

Mario Pires's insight:

"For the project, Farahani photographed approximately fifty single friends and acquaintances within their homes. Ultimately, he sees this generation as a point of departure from some of the more traditional aspects of Iranian life, but when asked whether he sees this transformation as something positive or negative, he declines to answer. “I prefer to to let my photography speak my mind,” concludes the artist."

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This is What Happens When You Ask the Internet to Help Edit Your Vacation Photo

This is What Happens When You Ask the Internet to Help Edit Your Vacation Photo | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Be careful when asking the Internet to Photoshop a photo for you. The results may be unexpected and you could find yourself turned into the latest Internet meme.
Mario Pires's insight:

This is one of the reasons why the Internet changes everything.

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Antoine D'Agata

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An interview by Alessia Glaviano with Antoine D'Agata.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Antoine is extremely clearheaded, very well-read and endowed with an extra-ordinary honesty and sincerity. To me he is an academic, a man in search of the truth who uses himself, his body and mind violated by drugs and sex, as a means to his search. In D’Agata’s journey, the camera is just a tool – the one which guarantees to produce a result that is the closest to reality – employed to record a piece of experience which could not be depicted otherwise."

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Los Angeles: Flash by Lenny Kravitz

Los Angeles: Flash by Lenny Kravitz | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Imagine if you will that these pictures are six feet across, that the faces in them are life size and staring at you with intense concentration and excitement, longing and maybe love. Most of us, if we are lucky have had one or two people stare at us this way in our lifetime, a lover or a child perhaps. Lenny Kravitz had throngs of people who stared at him like that every day. So Lenny stared back. The result is a book, 

Mario Pires's insight:

Staring back at the audience, one look versus thousands of looks.

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Llámame Marta (Call me Marta)

Llámame Marta (Call me Marta) | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Russian photographer reveals personal and professional life of a Spanish porn actress.
Mario Pires's insight:

"This project covers personal and professional life of a Spanish porn actress, from her first steps in the porn industry when she had just turned 23.

Marta is not a victim of circumstances: she does not have small children to feed and doesn’t come from extreme poverty; her work – being a porn actress – is something she chose freely"

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An A to Z of British Photography. B is for Baby Pictures from the Hyman Collection

An A to Z of British Photography. B is for Baby Pictures from the Hyman Collection | Photography Now | Scoop.it

L’Oeil de la Photographie is pleased to link up with a new educational resource britishphotography.org to provide an A to Z of British Photography. Every two weeks we will present the next letter of the alphabet.  Just launched britishphotography.org gives online access to Claire and James Hyman’s personal collection of British photography as well as providing essays on the subject and links to other websites.

Mario Pires's insight:

"The selection ranges from the prosaic to the fantastic, from the playful to the disturbing, to explore the adult’s view of the baby but also to suggest the extraordinary perception of the baby at newly discovering the strange world that surrounds them. The agendas vary greatly."

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Samantha Geballe: Self Untitled

Samantha Geballe: Self Untitled | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Samantha Geballe has a dilemma.  She is a fearless, talented artist who continues to examine her life, her body, and her journey through self-portraiture.
Mario Pires's insight:

"This is not another fat kid’s story.  There are times when I do assume that role, but it does not define me.  I don’t have the body I have for no reason, but it would be all too easy to extend blame.  What people don’t often see are the functions of obesity.  I hide behind my size, mask vulnerabilities and create walls as a way to protect myself.  Something I have learned and portray in my art is that being vulnerable, and forming connection have created new function and even healing.  I share my body and my story not as a way to seek pity or define myself as a number, but as a venue for a viewer to say “I’ve been there too.”"

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Bruce Davidson Talks to ASX about Exploring, Entering a World and Earning Your Dues | AMERICAN SUBURB X

Bruce Davidson Talks to ASX about Exploring, Entering a World and Earning Your Dues | AMERICAN SUBURB X | Photography Now | Scoop.it

I went to visit Bruce Davidson on a painfully cold February morning. His wife, Emily, let me into their large Upper West Side apartment, which overflows with more than forty years of sculptures, art, prints of Davidson’s work and family photos. I asked Bruce questions about his life in photography and he showed me his darkroom and fifty years worth negatives and prints. The following is a slightly edited and condensed account of that conversation.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Look, I’m kind of an explorer. I’m entering a world and it takes time. Young kids, students, they want it too quickly. They should take one thing and really explore it, look at from different angles. With theBrooklyn gangs, I’d read about them, they’d made the front page of something, and I went there and offered to take pictures of their bandages for their lawyers. And the first pictures were made on Kodachrome so I just gave them the slide. That was the beginning; I was coming every once in a while, weekends, no agenda."

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J’ai découvert le portfolio d’un photographe hongrois des 1930s dans mon grenier

J’ai découvert le portfolio d’un photographe hongrois des 1930s dans mon grenier | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Fille et petite fille de marin, j’ai passé mon enfance entourée par des objets exotiques. Mon grand-père a navigué aux quatre coins du globe et a rapporté dans son barda un tas de bibelots et de souvenirs tous aussi insolites les uns des autres. Il y a quelques temps, en farfouillant dans les affaires de famille, je suis tombée sur un ancien portfolio venant du Japon. 

Mario Pires's insight:

"Ce portfolio me fascine surtout pour sa temporalité paradoxale. Si aujourd’hui il a une valeur historique certaine, il ne l’avait pas moins pour ses contemporains. Francis Haar tente de saisir l’essence du Japon et puise dans ce que ce pays a d’intemporel et d’éternel. Aucune trace des années 50 ici, mais une place forte donnée à l’architecture des temples, aux costumes traditionnels et aux visages."

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Maricarmen Husson's curator insight, April 17, 7:15 PM

Descubrí lel portfolio de un fotógrafo húngaro desde la década de 1930 en mi ático

Mario Pires visión:
"Este portfolio sobre todo me fascina por su temporalidad paradójica. Si hoy tiene algún valor histórico, no menos tenía para sus contemporáneos. Francis Haar intenta captar la esencia de Japón y dibuja lo que este país un atemporal y eterna. No hay rastro de los años 50 aquí, pero una fortaleza dado a la arquitectura de los templos, los trajes tradicionales y las caras

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Why Having Your Portrait Made Is Important

Why Having Your Portrait Made Is Important | Photography Now | Scoop.it
My friend Matthew Simmons and I did recently did a photo shoot with an amazing little girl named Desi Robinson. After sending Renee, Desi’s mother, the finished images and talking to her a few days after, something really hit me.
Mario Pires's insight:

"I personally believe that having your portraits made with an experienced photographer is such an incredible experience (and I’m not just saying that because I’m a photographer). Especially for women, it’s a wonderful way for us to be able see ourselves and our beauty the way other people see us. Sometimes it’s hard to look in the mirror day after day and uphold that confidence. But having someone who sees you as nothing but beautiful and is able to photograph you in a way that is able to show you that beauty, is an amazing thing to experience."

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Ed Bremner's curator insight, Today, 4:43 AM

Yep, I reckon Portraiture is really important, not just for women, but for everyone.  Is it important that it it taken by a professional....No, not really, but there is no doubt in my mind that it is easier for a 'professional' to get the required 'buy-in' from the sitter that guarantees a really worthwhile result.

Kara Woodward's curator insight, Today, 2:26 PM

nice piece

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Pictures Lie Louder Than Words

Pictures Lie Louder Than Words | Photography Now | Scoop.it

The two faces of "Boston Bomber" Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: Rolling Stone (July 2013); New York Post (April 23, 2015; image from a holding cell
surveillance video, July 2013). 

Mario Pires's insight:

"Seeing is believing—or so we're frequently told.  But seeing can also be deceiving, because we often only "believe" those things that match our existing views of the world. That's why Rolling Stone's dreamy cover photo of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the popular kid who got manipulated by his evil brother, was so widely reviled "

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Celebrating the Negative : Joe Rosenthal by John Loengard

Celebrating the Negative :  Joe Rosenthal by John Loengard | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Seventy years ago, four days after the landing on Iwo Jima, Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press said he heard a rumor “about some guys going up the volcano to replace the American flag flying there with a bigger one.”

Mario Pires's insight:

People that come to photography in the digital age, don't realise the skiils reporters had to have to get great pictures without actualy peering to the camera to check it is ok, you only knew when the film was developed.

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Ed Bremner's curator insight, Today, 4:47 AM

 A wonderfully iconic image, now surrounded with controversy over whether it was set up or not....But does it matter?  Not in the slightest!  At least it was a 'neg' shot in one go, at one time, not a miss-mash of bits of image pulled together out of a series of digital images.

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Yasmine Chatila vous observe la nuit à travers la fenêtre

Yasmine Chatila vous observe la nuit à travers la fenêtre | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Les photographes sont voyeurs. C’est bien connu.
Mario Pires's insight:

"Après s’être amusée avec les jumelles d’un ami, elle s’est mise à secrètement photographier des scènes nocturnes à travers la fenêtre d’appartements."

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Coco Chanel: Behind the sunglasses (by Douglas Kirkland, 1962)

Coco Chanel: Behind the sunglasses (by Douglas Kirkland, 1962) | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Douglas Kirkland, one of Look and LIFE magazine’s most noted photographers, spent three weeks with fashion icon Coco Chanel in 1962.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Over the course of 21 days, Kirkland documented Chanel in her Parisian apartment in the Ritz, traveling in between appointments by car, fittings with models, all while wearing her iconic hat. After proving himself as a fashion photographer, Kirkland developed a comfortable rapport with “Mademoiselle.”"

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Tehran: Through the Black Letters by Maryam Saeedpoor at Silk Road Gallery

Tehran: Through the Black Letters by Maryam Saeedpoor at Silk Road Gallery | Photography Now | Scoop.it
The ambiguous world and fantasies of Iranian contemporary writers is filled with suffering, love, melancholic notions and references to politics. But there’s a certain quality to their work that moved the reader’s mind through decades just like players on the stage of a play.
Mario Pires's insight:

"Stories and characters somehow made their way from the black and white lines into my brain, so I took shots (pictures) of them, shots of my own."

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Katrien de Blauwer: The Slowly Cinematic Anti-Narrative; Fragmentary Discourse

Katrien de Blauwer: The Slowly Cinematic Anti-Narrative; Fragmentary Discourse | Photography Now | Scoop.it


Katrien de Blauwer’s “I Do not Want To Disappear Into the Night” for Avarie Publishing
 is a foray into the world of collage ruminating over the slowly cinematic. There are fragments of what appear to be film stills, cut and spliced into intelligent formal arrangements suggesting a heavy pathos of surface and emotion. 

Mario Pires's insight:

"Within, we observe…without language ,the back of things, not their insides. Small gasps from our mouths as we try to enunciate a feeling through the language of a peeling paint universe."

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On Media Visuals of the Migrant Tragedy in the Mediterranean

On Media Visuals of the Migrant Tragedy in the Mediterranean | Photography Now | Scoop.it
If you’re not following the story, more than 7,000 migrants have been pulled from the Mediterranean in the past week and several boats have capsized drowning up to 700 people.
Mario Pires's insight:

"The image above comes from this tweet stating: “ANSA showing first images from the scene of the tragedy in the Mediterranean.” Personally, I couldn’t see past the irony, the screenshot showcasing western technology and maritime resources in the illustration of modest rescue attempts, many too late."

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Bonn: Chargesheimer at Feroz Galerie

Bonn: Chargesheimer at Feroz Galerie | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Feroz Galerie presents its new exhibition devoted to german artist Chargesheimer (Cologne 1924-1971). From the beginning of his career, he pursued different artistic interests. While developing an extensive documentation of Cologne’s ruins in the early post-war years, the artist also worked as set designer and devoted himself to creating metal sculptures, surrealist photomontages and experimental works.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Chargesheimer was very critical of social issues. He was also an artist in the broadest sense of the term and his multimedia practice focused on the two main topics of the 20th Century: the human condition and the life in an urban environment."

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The Art of the Personal Project: Slav Zatoka

The Art of the Personal Project: Slav Zatoka | Photography Now | Scoop.it
As a former Art Producer, I have always been drawn to personal projects because they are the sole vision of the photographer and not an extension of an art director, photo editor, or graphic designer.
Mario Pires's insight:

"Boxing gyms and boxers are one of the most “exploited” subjects in photography and filmmaking. Boxing has been photographed and filmed from all the possible angles: sport, drama, social aspect, form. Who wants to create cliché work and recreate things that have already been shown, photographed? I needed a situation. In the words of Billy Wilder: “An actor entering through the door, you’ve got nothing. But if he enters through the window, you’ve got a situation. I knew I had to at least make an effort to make it worthwhile. Personal projects should have deadlines and budgets just like commercial but I feel like the notions of time and patience are used and explored entirely different when you work on your own, individual project."

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Sally Mann’s Exposure

Sally Mann’s Exposure | Photography Now | Scoop.it
What an artist captures, what a mother knows and what the public sees can be dangerously different things.
Mario Pires's insight:

"The Bad Mother letters usually raised the question of informed consent. But the kids were visually sophisticated, involved in setting the scene, in producing the desired effects for the images and in editing them. When I was putting together “Immediate Family,” I gave each child the pictures of themselves and asked them to remove those they didn’t want published. Emmett, who was 13 at the time, asked me to exclude one picture from the book. He had been playing Bugs Bunny and fell asleep still wearing nothing but long white socks on his arms, meant to look like the white legs of a rabbit. He was uncomfortable not because of the nudity but because he said those socks made him look like a dork. It was a question of dignity."

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Editing with Kevin WY Lee

Editing with Kevin WY Lee | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Various IPA editing sessions with Kevin WY Lee in Singapore and Asia.
We are talking to a range of photographers, photo editors, professors of photography, book designers and others about the physical process of editing images.
Mario Pires's insight:

"On editing. There's a few rounds of editing/selections to be done. The first round is a wide 'kind' edit where you respond to the images purely as images, without any bias aside from visual appeal. You can be kind to yourself and select any image you like, and for whatever reason. This will help you make that first cut."

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