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A square vision

We really need to stop with this “Portrait photojournalism”. Making protagonists of a major event, whether it is a war, devastation, famine, drought, Tsunami, Hurricane and so on pose statically in front of a camera is not only boring as hell but completely useless for those of us who really want to know and experience what is going on. Those square framed pseudo photojournalists should stop treating their story as a bad fashion layouts or worse, fine art photography, and return to real reporting. Or get out.

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Philippe Bernard : « Le flou est une expérience intime entre soi et le monde ».

Philippe Bernard : « Le flou est une expérience intime entre soi et le monde ». | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Philippe Bernard explore les capacités du flou depuis plus de cinq ans. Photographe et regardeur, il remet en question notre perception du réel en créant des univers bizarres où formes et lignes se marient étrangement. Le photographe nous explique son évolution dans l’utilisation du flou en photographie en texte et en images.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Ainsi, le flou tente-t-il de mettre en exergue l’épaisseur qui réside entre le regardeur et le monde. Il lui permettrait de vivre cette expérience de l’écart, une expérience du positionnement."

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On Process (Further Down the Rabbit Hole)

On Process (Further Down the Rabbit Hole) | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Last year, I wrote an article entitled On Process. I’ve long been struggling with how process is treated and discussed in the world of photography.
Mario Pires's insight:

"When teaching photography, there will be the inevitable point where I will ask a student to what end they’re doing whatever it is they’re engaged with. This is not quite the same as asking what is at stake (for either the photographer or the viewers – I ask that a lot as well)."

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Women Beyond the Veil in Mali

Women Beyond the Veil in Mali | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Katie Orlinsky traveled throughout Mali for almost a month, speaking with women who had lived under Shariah law imposed by Islamic radicals.
Mario Pires's insight:

"Ms. Orlinsky mostly traveled around Timbuktu and on the outskirts of Bamako, spending time with women at home, mosques, clubs and family events. She said she was looking for women who wanted to share their stories and didn’t want to pressure those who preferred to remain silent."

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These black men represent a threat………. | duckrabbit blog

These black men represent a threat………. | duckrabbit blog | Photography Now | Scoop.it

The stream of images from Ferguson this week has been truly astonishing. The events they portray depressing and, sadly, predictable as the black community yet again confronts the reality of institutionalized oppression, but rarely have I seen it prosecuted with such a show of police force and threat.

Mario Pires's insight:

"The fight on the streets may (or may not) be over, but the real fight is just beginning, the propaganda one, as public opinion will be manipulated by those with a lot to lose in their fight against a community that is going to have to fight hard for everything it seeks to gain: justice and respect. And, as always, images will play a huge role in shaping that public opinion.

Hyperallergic carries a good piece that explores the issue of representation and misrepresentation through images: Hashtagging racism: The Power of #IfTheyGunnedMeDown"

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Slant Rhymes: Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on “Memory City” - The New Yorker

Slant Rhymes: Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on “Memory City” - The New Yorker | Photography Now | Scoop.it

The photographers discuss their meditation on Kodachrome and the city of Rochester, where Kodak was based.

Mario Pires's insight:

"The rich tradition of photography books has long been my compass while navigating a new project, such as Robert Frank’s “The Americans” and Robert Adams’s “From the Missouri West” for “My Dakota.” So when Aperture approached us last fall about helping them launch their new educational series of photography books, I was surprised that my first thought was of our Two Looks blog, one we’d created a few years ago to connect our online community of former workshop students from around the world. With its mix of photographs—ours and other photographers’—and short text pieces, this blog became the model for “On Street Photography and the Poetic Image.” I love how organic this process was from blog to book—so I wouldn’t be surprised if its next iteration might be some sort of e-book or other online form."

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On the Snowden WIRED Cover Issue: Still Missing

On the Snowden WIRED Cover Issue: Still Missing | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Because the gaze is blank and beyond us, it’s mostly about the hands, particularly the upper, clenched one. Whether freedom and democracy is his baby, his woman or a bit of both, Snowden’s not letting go … and he’s ready to pop you one in defense.
Mario Pires's insight:

"The shots choose to stylize what we understand of his deep risk, commitment and sacrifice from the months of tense news accounts and contentious disclosures. The images, instead, use the motif of the fugitive and the man steeling himself against a government. The net effect is not to introduce or illuminate but to fictionalize."

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The Daily Edit – ESPN/ The Body Issue : Karen Frank

The Daily Edit – ESPN/ The Body Issue : Karen Frank | Photography Now | Scoop.it

ESPN

VP Creative Digital and Print Media: John Korpics

Senior Director of Photography: Karen Frank

Creative Director: Chin Wang

Magazine Art Director: John Yun

Senior Deputy Photo Editor: Nancy Weisman

Project Photo Editor: Kristen Schaefer Geisler

Mario Pires's insight:

Heidi: What type of body celebration are you looking for from each of these shoots?
Karen: We’re looking to celebrate the athletic form – in all shapes and sizes. our goal is to capture the personality of each subject as well, and to create an intimate, intensely personal and radically different look at the most amazing bodies in the world.

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Alison Malone: The Daughters of Job

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Photographer Alison Malone uses both audio and visual documentation to explore subcultures that are overlooked and often misunderstood in American society, and with the project she brought to Review Santa Fe, she is exploring a secret society known as Job’s Daughters.  This fascinating and insightful project reveals what takes place behind closed doors in buildings that we drive by on a regular basis and never enter.

Mario Pires's insight:

"My focus on this group comes from my own history—I was a member of it in the early 1990s. What I remember most from my experience is its intensity, an immersion into a social structure entailing a level of responsibility not usually required of young adults in today’s society."

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Visual Allegories and Media Depictions of the Gaza War

Visual Allegories and Media Depictions of the Gaza War | Photography Now | Scoop.it
As the brutality and ugliness of the war in Gaza takes on a new dimension with every day passing, Western media outlets face a growing dilemma: how can they visually represent the horrors of war?
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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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Atget, Charles Meryon & Rue des Chantres

Atget, Charles Meryon & Rue des Chantres | Photography Now | Scoop.it

After writing about Atget, Kertész and Google’s photographs of a small street last year, I was in Paris and made a detour to the center to see what is happening at the Rue des Chantres.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Searching for more history of Rue des Chantres, I came across this etching by Charles Meryon, 60 years before Atget’s photograph. The photograph of Rue des Chantres seems to be a direct quotation of the Meryon. The photograph and sketch are taken from the top of stairs, and Atget’s use of tripod would have limited where he would/could set up the camera."

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Editing with Rob Haggart

Editing with Rob Haggart | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Fototazo is beginning a new series in which we will be 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:

"Ideally, my first edit on the images has nothing to do with the text. I think this is important. You want to find the best images period. You can always reject them if they don't work with the story and you can always dig into the rejects if you need something specific to go with the story but I like to find the best five or ten images and work backwards from that."

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Simone Fisher - Life Force | LensCulture

Simone Fisher - Life Force | LensCulture | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Life Force (2011 – 2013) explores my view of a disconnected London; its inhabitants alienated, isolated and singular, as they float through this dystopian village.
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the philosopher and the trickster: daido moriyama and nobuyoshi araki

the philosopher and the trickster: daido moriyama and nobuyoshi araki | Photography Now | Scoop.it

i’ve been researching quite alot on two seminal figures of modern japanese photography, daido moriyama and nobuyoshi araki. and i’ve been paralyzed in thoughts of writing about them here, because as i read and look and read some more, i’m struck with a familiar student’s lament: the more i know, the less i know.

Mario Pires's insight:

"as i read first about moriyama, and then coming across araki’s name here and there in that research, i wondered how the two were connected. they are not of the same photographic generation, per se; perhaps solely divided by how old they were while they experienced the end of wwii."

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Pourquoi suis-je photographe #3 | Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques

Pourquoi suis-je photographe #3 | Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques | Photography Now | Scoop.it

J’ai commencé à photographier avec beaucoup de légèreté, il y a un peu plus de 10 ans, essentiellement dans le but de prendre des notes rapides pour l’exécution de peintures que je voulais réaliser à l’époque.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Je considère aujourd’hui la photographie comme le fait d’une construction complexe, partagée entre faits de conscience et réalités imageantes. A ce titre, la photographie que je pratique appartient à un ensemble plus vaste du travail de l’image, de l’art."

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Secret desires » British Journal of Photography

Secret desires » British Journal of Photography | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Lust, desire and the darkness of human nature lie at the heart of a Brighton photographer's cinema-inspired images
Mario Pires's insight:

"At heart I suppose the work’s about the inner conflict that we face as human beings in terms of our rationality as set against our base drives and desires. There’s a strong urge we have as human beings to find this person, this partner, with which to journey through life."

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Interview: Elizabeth Bick

Interview: Elizabeth Bick | Photography Now | Scoop.it
  A performance is, say, the search of a life without memory where the present, the moment gains significance.
Mario Pires's insight:

"The perfect harmony of control and chance is the key to transformative pictures for me. Seeking out non-descript spaces, working in theatrical daylight, and hiring dancers to mimic the gestures of passers-by is a method I used."

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THE COSTLY BUSINESS OF PHOTO BOOK PUBLISHING

THE COSTLY BUSINESS OF PHOTO BOOK PUBLISHING | Photography Now | Scoop.it

The challenges of photography book publishing are well known. Print runs are low, production costs are high, and bookstores and online retailers are pressing for discounts. The rule of thumb in the book industry is that the cost of producing the book equals 20 percent of the retail price. Depending on the number of images to be reproduced, paper stock and size, type of binding, and other factors that raise the cost of production, the publisher can either charge a prohibitively high price for the book, or find another way to defray its costs.

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Caren Cantrell's curator insight, August 11, 10:55 AM

I have some kids photo books that I'd love to take to print but I don't because of this.

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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

Manufactured Landscapes | Photography Now | Scoop.it
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

Carleton Watkins: The Stanford Albums | Photography Now | Scoop.it
I’ve been gradually moving toward an appreciation of the older landscape photographers.
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