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The Bevin Bering Dubrowski Mixtape

The Bevin Bering Dubrowski Mixtape | Photography Now | Scoop.it

One of the reasons that I created the Mixtape series is to get to know the movers and shakers who surround photographers in a more meaningful way.  Often at a portfolio review event, the reviewers feel intimidating or in rarefied air, and I hope these Mixtapes reflect that they are simply dedicated individuals, with families, busy lives, often are photographers themselves, and are much more complex that just the one role they bring to a photo event.  

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IV. Geographies of Photography

IV. Geographies of Photography | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Over the last few weeks I’ve been laying out some ideas about what photography has become, and have begun to articulate some of the ways I use to think about it. In previous posts, I wrote about replacing a more conventional idea of photography with the idea of seeing machines and put forward the idea of “scripts” to begin understanding how seeing machines function, i.e. how they act upon the world.

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Ruin Nation: The Ruin in Art and Photography | Disphotic

Ruin Nation: The Ruin in Art and Photography | Disphotic | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Ruin Lust, a new show at Tate Britain co-curated by Brian Dillion, looks at the figure of the ruin in European art from the eighteenth century, when the intellectual revolution of the enlightenment imbued these sites with entirely new symbolic meaning.

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"Perhaps the camera’s magnetic attraction to these sites and sights of desolation reflects the fact that the photograph itself has something of the sense of a ruin about it. A temporal paradox of sorts, the photograph is always a trace of the past which lingers on into the present. The decay it faces is less clearly physical (particularly in the age of digital media) but rather is interpretive."

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Q & A with Shane Lavalette

Q & A with Shane Lavalette | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Shane Lavalette is the Director of Light Work in Syracuse, NY. I asked him a few questions about Light Work's print program, basketball, and related topics.

Mario Pires's insight:

"The music industry and the art world have a lot of things in common, but there are also many ways in which music and visual art are very different experiences. Viewing photographs online for me personally is in some ways equivalent to the .99 cent download, or even a free streaming service. It’s readily available and completely enjoyable to listen to (or look at). But, to keep the music analogy going, seeing a considered exhibition or photobook is a bit more like sitting down with an LP, opening it up, putting it on, and really listening. And then having something limited or unique is a bit like seeing that band play live, where you know you’re experiencing something special. This is all coming from someone that still enjoys vinyl records, cover art, sleeves, and the physicality of music, so this is all very subjective. I have certainly seen a few online or app-based photographic projects that are immersive and powerful, but not with the same consistency as printed photobooks."

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The Swap

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 Stuart Pilkington is known throughout the community for bringing photographers of all kinds together.  From fine artists to editorial photographers, his projects are designed to showcase various images revolving around a singular prompt.  Not only are they fun pitstops for everyday online browsing, but they have become useful tools, cataloging photographers and their various genres, styles, and subjects.

Mario Pires's insight:

The Swap is collaborative creation, it enables dialog between photographers, something we should all embrace in "photoland". What a great idea.

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Aujourd’hui, caméra est morte

Aujourd’hui, caméra est morte | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Another camera exploded this week. I should be more careful. 
To be more precise, a piece of Instax film exploded inside my camera. You've heard the expression "coming apart at the seams"? This is what the photo did.
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Blake Andrwes had a problem with is Instax camera, and while he was trying to clean it, it produced some unique photographs.

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Art, Hyperinflation and a Financial System on the Verge of Collapse

Art, Hyperinflation and a Financial System on the Verge of Collapse | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Francis Bacon’s ‘Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards’ is expected to make around £48 million.
Mario Pires's insight:

"In this blog post I want to offer an alternative reading behind this supposed boom in the art market. Might it be possible that the value of artworks at the top end actually remains broadly speaking the same? Is it not actually the currency that is used to purchase the artworks that is worth less? In other words, rather than the value of the art work rising, is it not the value of the currency that buys the artwork that is actually falling?"

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Radical Freedom: Gareth McConnell, From Belfast to Ibiza

Radical Freedom: Gareth McConnell, From Belfast to Ibiza | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Photographer Gareth McConnell speaks to Anne-Celine Jaeger about his recently published book Close Your Eyes. They met in London to discuss civil liberties, mass communion, Ibiza and printing techniques.
Mario Pires's insight:

"The title of the book, Close Your Eyes, refers both to the aspect of getting completely off your tits, that feeling of ecstasy, of losing yourself, but also to closing your eyes to the horrors of all that’s going on. It’s like we’re encouraged to get off our head but discouraged from participating or understanding the world around us."

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Beautiful Lies at Giverny: Vibrant Polaroids by Miranda Lichtenstein

Beautiful Lies at Giverny: Vibrant Polaroids by Miranda Lichtenstein | Photography Now | Scoop.it

At first glance, Miranda Lichtenstein’s Polaroids may seem to be simply vibrant studies of flowers. But look a little closer, and they get just a little less bright – and even more interesting.

Mario Pires's insight:

In a sense, I’m always photographing where I am,” Lichtenstein says. “It’s not necessarily going out on the street and shooting there — but I’m certainly pulling from the environment.”

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Twin Visions: Joel-Peter Witkin and Jerome Witkin

Twin Visions: Joel-Peter Witkin and Jerome Witkin | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Identical twins hold a psychic connection–stories of twins separated at birth leading mirrored lives are not uncommon.
Mario Pires's insight:

"History has been populated with great numbers of artistic families – Marcel Duchamp’s siblings Jacques Villon, Raymond Duchamp-Villon and Suzanne Duchamp come to mind, as do art-dynastic families going back centuries like the four generations of Bruegels in the 16th century, and before them, Lucas Cranach and Hans Holbein and their sons."

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L’image conversationnelle. Les nouveaux usages de la photographie numérique

L’image conversationnelle. Les nouveaux usages de la photographie numérique | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Réalisé par Steven Spielberg à partir d’une nouvelle de Philip K. Dick, le film Minority Report, diffusé en 2002, est réputé pour la crédibilité de ses projections technologiques. Dessinant l’univers de 2054 à partir de propositions d’un groupe d’experts, il est célèbre pour son anticipation des interfaces tactiles. Outre la visualisation des images mentales, il prédit la généralisation de l’identification optique à des fins de surveillance ou de profilage publicitaire.

Mario Pires's insight:
André Gunthert publishes on the blog Culturevisuelle, the article he wrote for d’Etudes photographiques (printemps 2014), to widen the discussion about the issues he writes about.
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François Boutard's curator insight, April 15, 4:45 AM

De la photographie à l'image conversationnelle : passionnant !!!

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fototazo: Photographers on Photographers: Freed's Black in White America

fototazo: Photographers on Photographers: Freed's Black in White America | Photography Now | Scoop.it

When I was a kid—junior high and high school—I used to look through my father's high school yearbooks. He grew up in Oakland in the late 60s. His yearbooks hinted at a very different world than what I saw in his family photos. The war stuff and the race stuff were both heavier than anything I had to deal with as a kid and suggested a different side of my dad than I'd ever known.

Mario Pires's insight:

Photographer Nick Vossbrink writes about a Leonard Freed book, that he looked at when he was a child.

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A Conversation with Bahar Habibi

A Conversation with Bahar Habibi | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Bahar Habibi was one of the winners of last year’s Conscientious Portfolio Competition, having submitted Whispers will become eternal. Juror Ann-Christin Bertrand wrote about the work “This wasn’t an easy decision to make.

Mario Pires's insight:

 "Nostalgia is something that I try to get away from in my work, but it is a by-product of migration, whether I like it or not. I cannot help but embrace aspects of life in Iran that cannot be found in other places, where at the same time, the same things might frustrate someone who lives here permanently."

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The art of photojournalism

The art of photojournalism | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Over the past 10 years, photojournalists have increasingly captured the attention of the art world as their powerfully affecting images cross over from news agencies to gallery and museum walls. Pernilla Holmes reports
Mario Pires's insight:

Sometimes I find myself thinking, ‘I don’t want to take this picture.’ It’s the sound of your moral and ethical being, which is ever changing. I love what I do, or at least can’t imagine doing anything else. But these days, every time I get all my equipment together to go, I wonder if it will be the last.” - Paolo Pellegrin

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Jon C's curator insight, April 10, 10:06 PM

This does give that feel of a Dutch  artwork, where all the figures have been carefully place - except it is a photo of a meeting of war lord types in Afghanistan. Photojournalism is a complex art. 

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The Weekly Edit: Ethan Pines: Forbes Magazine

The Weekly Edit: Ethan Pines: Forbes Magazine | Photography Now | Scoop.it
ForbesArt and Design Director:  Robert Mansfield
Photo Editor: Meredith Nicholson
Photographer: Ethan Pines
Retouchers: Rebecca Bausher and Gretchen Hilmers
Mario Pires's insight:

"My tough moment came at the shoot when Doug Leone, the head of Sequoia Capital, refused to be out in front of everyone on the cover as Forbes had planned. He wanted this to be about the founders, not about himself. Which is understandable. I’m standing there at the shoot, in front of 14 billionaires who are giving us 30 minutes, thinking, OK, what now? Do I argue on behalf of my client and jeopardize the good vibe at the shoot? No, but maybe there’s a middle ground. We compromised on having him second row, somewhere just off center. I scrapped my pre-laid plan for arranging everyone and did it on the fly."

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Beyond the Photoshopping: Privilege, Poverty and the Washingtonian’s Jay Carney Spread — BagNews

Beyond the Photoshopping: Privilege, Poverty and the Washingtonian’s Jay Carney Spread — BagNews | Photography Now | Scoop.it
If Jay Carney is the public face of the Obama administration, what his family is doing here -- the Washington area being the richest in the nation -- is demonstrating an obscene degree of plenty.
Mario Pires's insight:

Politicians, affluent lifestyle, product placement and pictures of people with shallow pockets. Photos have power, even more when you join such extremes on the same page.

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Paris : Pierre Boulat L'élégance nostalgique

Paris : Pierre Boulat L'élégance nostalgique | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Pierre Boulat, one of the great French photographers who worked for the famous American magazine LIFE, covered current events across the world for much of the second half of the 20th century. Today the Cosmos Galerie, with the participation of Durev Events, is exhibiting a lesser-known but more glamorous aspect of his work: fashion.

Mario Pires's insight:

"With his luminous vision, Boulat was able to capture the ambiance of the postwar haute couture fashion houses, and he brought fashion models, once confined indoors, out into the street, showcasing the seductive, distinguished elegance of these uniquely skilled and creative designers of legend."

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Fashion in the Age of Instagram

Fashion in the Age of Instagram | Photography Now | Scoop.it
The photo-sharing app has changed the way fashion is made, seen and shared.
Mario Pires's insight:

Fashion has become bi-dimensional, It’s just flat. I see that designers, especially young designers, are considering the shapes and volumes in a totally different way; the colors, also. I think they pay much more attention to the photogenic value of an outfit.” Asked why, she replied, “It’s the web, definitely, that has changed the language.”

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Ulrik Tofte - The Key is Not to Blink | LensCulture

Ulrik Tofte - The Key is Not to Blink | LensCulture | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Africa is changing. 
All over the continent you see a growth in the middle-class and with that follows a focus on the individual. Ghana is not there yet, but you see small changes. This series tries to focus on the growing individuality, where personal ambition, expectations and dreams exceed the basic necessities. 

Mario Pires's insight:

Africa is changing, and that is good, but why are we always tend to patronizing them and worrying about loss of "traditions" ?
 

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Alvin Langdon Coburn, British, b. United States 1882 – 1966
Miss...

Alvin Langdon Coburn, British, b. United States 1882 – 1966<br/>Miss... | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Alvin Langdon Coburn, British, b. United States 1882 – 1966
Miss Morris and Class ca. 1922
digital positive from original negative, gelatin on nitrocellulose roll film
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The Photobook: A History Volume III, Martin Parr and Gerry Badger - Collector Daily

The Photobook: A History Volume III, Martin Parr and Gerry Badger - Collector Daily | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Of making many books about photobooks there is no end, or so it has seemed in the last decade. Since the turn of the millennium, new histories on this formerly arcane topic have appeared almost every year.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Before these books, scholarly interest in the subject was confined to a few specialists in auction houses and museums. Parr-Badger have treated the photobook with respect, noting its special history, one that has developed parallel and separate from photography for galleries and magazines. Taking Americans out of their comfort zone, they aim to enlarge appreciation for photography books far beyond those select few produced for the art market on these shores. Both their politics and aesthetic is populist, in the left-of-center cultural studies mode that has flourished since the 1960s in British journalism."

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Mexico Notebook: Q&A with Jorge Taboada

Mexico Notebook: Q&A with Jorge Taboada | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Hannah FrieserJaime Permuth and I have begun a collaboration to explore contemporary photography in Mexico. 

Mario Pires's insight:

"Some of us began shooting without a purpose, without a theme. We discovered over time that there are messages encrypted in the images, patterns that repeat themselves. From there came recurrent themes that have much to do with form, geometry and rhythm. Later I found time to learn how to create a well-planned and justified photographic project. I was selected in Programa de Fotografía Contemporánea (PFC '11 ) and then a PhotoEspaña portfolio review in 2012, events that definitively determined my career as a visual producer."

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Munem Wasif - Belonging | LensCulture

Munem Wasif - Belonging | LensCulture | Photography Now | Scoop.it
In this beautiful photobook, we gain an insider's artful and intimate view of the rich variety of daily life in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh (Reminds me why I like black-and-white photography so much — AMAZING scenes that feel like elaborate dreams.
Mario Pires's insight:

"The sequencing of the various scenes creates, as Christian Caujolle writes at the end of the book, a 'reinvention of a story that isn't there but nonetheless has the freedom to exist'. In other words, it allows the viewer to wander the streets of Old Dhaka on his or her own terms, to imagine stories and narratives, and to daydream about what Old Dhaka might be like."

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The Daily Edit: Ian Spanier

The Daily Edit: Ian Spanier | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Photographer/Creative Director: Ian Spanier
Art Director/Design
Warren Mason
Editor: Brian Dawson
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Ian Spanier decided to create a magazine to use as a regular promotional piece.

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Seeing and Being Seen Through the Eyes of Anya Niedringhaus: In Memorium

Seeing and Being Seen Through the Eyes of Anya Niedringhaus: In Memorium | Photography Now | Scoop.it

I was saddened—and more, really, thoroughly distressed—to learn of the tragic death of photojournalist Anya Niedringhuas in Afghanistan’s Khost Province, murdered by a rogue Afghan police officer as she was preparing to photograph the upcoming elections in that country.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Anya Niedringhaus was a master at employing her art—and let there be no mistake, photojournalism is a public art— to display a more nuanced realism that prodded us to see the world in extraordinary ways and thus to imagine what it might mean to associate with others—to see and to be seen—in a more humane fashion."

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Syrian Battlefield Filled With Cameras … But What Are We Looking At?

Syrian Battlefield Filled With Cameras … But What Are We Looking At? | Photography Now | Scoop.it

What if I told you this photo was more related to Kickstarter than the fortunes of the Syrian rebels in a long running conflict with the Syrian regime?

Mario Pires's insight:

The Syrian conflict takes place also on the social media landscape, and with nuances that deserve to be more widely known.

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