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Review: Upset Down by Paul Bogaers

Review: Upset Down by Paul Bogaers | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Paul Bogaers' Upset Down might well be one of the most unusual photobooks I own. The book doesn't really have a front and back.
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LIVRE | Paulo Nozolino, Bone Lonely

LIVRE | Paulo Nozolino, Bone Lonely | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Paulo Nozolino est un photographe portugais. Né en 1955 à Lisbonne, il a étudié à Londres dans les années 1970. Récompensé de nombreuses fois par de multiples prix, l’artiste vit et travaille aujourd’hui entre Lisbonne et Paris.
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« A man stands in the middle of destruction, feeling lonely to an unbelievable degree, bone lonely.He makes deaf images during his blind walks. Dwelling with thoughts about the loss in all conflicts, the feeling that all systems fail and the certainty that nothing lasts forever. He wonders what light shines in loneliness, what sounds come out of a moving body, what can fill the absence. He has no answers. "
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Selfie avec Daguerre

Selfie avec Daguerre | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Il y a pile cent-soixante quinze ans aujourd’hui, le dix-neuf août mille huit cent trente-neuf, Louis-Jacques Mandé Daguerre présentait les détails techniques de son invention, le Daguerréotype, devant les Académies des sciences et des beaux-arts ...
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"Daguerre est né dans ce qui est à présent la boulangerie de la grand’rue de Cormeilles-en-Parisis, ville qui se trouve être celle où j’ai grandi. Je suis sorti tout à l’heure pour me photographier dans le square de l’Église, devant une statue inaugurée en l’honneur de Daguerre en 1883."

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Brands will define pro photography for the next decade.

Brands will define pro photography for the next decade. | Photography Now | Scoop.it
There is a massive subterranean shift (no, not paradigm) happening right now in pro photography and it will define photography for at least the next 10 years. Like the movement of the continents, it is slow, hardly perceptible but irrepressible .
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"It will not be surprising, it is happening already, to see editorial photography influenced by brand photography. In an effort to keep pace with current trends, online and print publications are more and more looking into what works for brands and applying it to their spreads. After all, if that type of photography can sell products, it can also attract large amount of viewers."

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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.

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"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.

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"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.

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"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.

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"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
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"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.
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"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, 1:55 PM

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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Review: Pandora’s Camera by Joan Fontcuberta

Review: Pandora’s Camera by Joan Fontcuberta | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Joan Fontcuberta is a bit of an unusual photographic artist. His approach is rooted in conceptualism.
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With Pandora’s Camera Fontcuberta now reveals the thinking behind his work. A collection of essays about photography, the book is a most welcome addition to the growing canon of writing about the medium in English (the original Spanish language version was published in 2010).
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Andre Dubus III on process

There’s a profound difference between making something up and imagining it. You’re making something up when you think out a scene. You think, “I need this to happen so some other thing can happen.” 

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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.

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"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.
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"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.
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"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.

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"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.
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"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

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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

Alison Malone: The Daughters of Job | Photography Now | Scoop.it

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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