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Ralph Gibson Mono

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Ralph Gibson's new book “Mono,” which features images taken with the Leica M Monochrom, was released last month at the Leica Store in Lisse.
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Ralph Gibson worked with Leica to develop a special edition of  the Leica Monochrome camera. Technology is no thing more than the means to an end, the result intended by the photographer.

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‘Fifty Shrinks': A Fascinating Look Inside the Offices of Dozens of NYC Therapists

‘Fifty Shrinks': A Fascinating Look Inside the Offices of Dozens of NYC Therapists | Photography Now | Scoop.it

For Fifty Shrinks, New York City-based photographer and psychiatrist Sebastian Zimmermann shot dozens of therapists and psychoanalysts standing or seated within their private offices. The seedling ideas for the project began to take root as Zimmermann built his own practice in Upper West Side Manhattan, where he observed within himself a sense of remoteness from the outside world. While his patients shared with him intimate portions of themselves, the role of psychiatrist necessitated a detached and discrete existence.

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“…When I realized I was visibly pregnant, I faced several dilemmas. The first decision was figuring out whether to tell my patients and if so, when. I was starting to show and I felt that my baby was already in the room. Not to volunteer the information to my patients felt like a denial of what was already happening. I didn’t feel comfortable with that. So I decided to tell them despite the code of non-disclosure that therapists normally abide…” — Dayna Kurtz, LCSW

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Sarah Moon Planche(s) Contact 2014

Sarah Moon  Planche(s) Contact 2014 | Photography Now | Scoop.it

In Deauville, Sarah Moon photographed the beach in winter, her series is titled intitulée Deauville facing the sea, when the city is asleep, numbed by the cold and the storm.

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"Light has changed the next morning – no one on the beach – a tiny horse in the distance. I gaze at the horizon – I photograph the lines – everything is far. I photograph absence, gap, time suspended, reflections of clouds on the windowpanes of the Ciro’s, closed."

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Photographic Dream

Photographic Dream | Photography Now | Scoop.it
“When you take a photograph with thought behind it you are saying that whatever it is you see unfolding at that moment is worth framing, and whatever feeling that scene ignites is something that needs to be shared.
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"I never really thought I would be a photographer or even work in the arts. The first time I took a photo on a 35mm camera I was 21 years old. The process of slowing down and framing life was something that attracted me instantly."

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Instagram: We have to stop by Pauline Auzou

Instagram: We have to stop by Pauline Auzou | Photography Now | Scoop.it

You’re sitting in a restaurant, waiting for your friend to show up. You pull out your smartphone. You’re feeling awkward at a party. You pull out your smartphone. You’re on the subway, headed to work. You pull out your smartphone. Matthew Daniel Siskin, the founder of the studio designedmemory, has created an Instagram account: @WE_HAVE_TO_STOP.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Siskin develops websites and digital marketing strategies. He isn’t some reactionary complaining about how, “it was better before.” What he’s criticizing isn’t the tool itself, which improves our lives in many ways, but the ungodly amount of time we spend using it."

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The icons of photojournalism: visual narration that cannot be admitted

The icons of photojournalism: visual narration that cannot be admitted | Photography Now | Scoop.it
«Sacred images for a secular society1», icons of photojournalism, according to the communication researchers Robert Hariman and John Louis Lucaites, are emblems that impose themselves on the spirit of the time of their own accord.
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"Journalistic mythology describes as a neutral and objective presentation what is fundamentally an exercise in qualifying information. Like the choice of a title or introductory paragraph, iconography plays a crucial part in this job of steering interpretation. But visual forms entail a greater margin of ambiguity than linguistic utterances."

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Photo du Jour: Dandelion Seeds

Photo du Jour: Dandelion Seeds | Photography Now | Scoop.it
For Let Me Fly, Berlin-based photographer David Catá shrouds his model in a veil of dandelion seeds, allowing the remnants of the expired flower to cradle her face like delicate, ghostly hands.
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A Tale of Two Books: Paolo Woods and Arnaud Robert in Haiti

A Tale of Two Books: Paolo Woods and Arnaud Robert in Haiti | Photography Now | Scoop.it
One of the mostly unacknowledged problems of contemporary photography is that most of its – tangible – products are luxury objects.
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I highly recommend that you read this article. It show us ways photographers can involve the communities that made it's books possible.

 "it won’t hurt for many photographers to look beyond their own navels, beyond the world of galleries, photography or photobook fairs, or dedicated photobook shops to get their message out."

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Sasha Saltanova : l’univers dans les pages d’un livre

Sasha Saltanova : l’univers dans les pages d’un livre | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Avec sa série Secrets of the Universe, la jeune artiste russe Sasha Saltanova nous livre sa lecture du cosmos. En photographiant un vieux manuel scolaire d’astrologie, elle explore l’univers lors d’un voyage intime et poétique.

Mario Pires's insight:

"L’écart entre l’image originelle et sa mise en scène photographique devient alors le lieu de la réflexion et surtout, le lieu de la poésie."

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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

Mario Pires's insight:

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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The Art of the Personal Project: Grace Chon

The Art of the Personal Project: Grace Chon | 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:

"My usual work is portraiture or very lifestyle and shot in environment, so shooting this series has been really refreshing for me. I love that the Zoey and Jasper series looks vastly different than what I usually do and I love the simplicity and minimalism of it. But it still retains elements of what I always do – there’s a lot o color, and they are emotive portraits. I love capturing all the different smiles Jasper can make, and while Zoey looks the same in almost every shot there are small subtleties there that I love getting from her."

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The Shooting at the Canadian National War Memorial: What’s Going to Last

The Shooting at the Canadian National War Memorial: What’s Going to Last | Photography Now | Scoop.it
With all the fear emanating from yesterday’s shooting spree at the Canadian Parliament and the grief for the corporal killed at Ottawa’s National War Memorial, the last thing most people are thinking about right now is the nature of monuments,...
Mario Pires's insight:

"How strange, though, that the grey-and-blue protective vest and the automatic weapons seem to cascade off the platform of the tomb in continuance of the metal helmet, the sword and the branches that Cirillo must have known so well."

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We Recomend: Anna Katharina Zeitler

We Recomend: Anna Katharina Zeitler | Photography Now | Scoop.it

A few days ago we were at the Pingyao International Photography Festival where we ran into the magnificent work of Anna Katharina Zeitler. We leave you with a sample of her series “No shoes to dance with”. Enjoy!

Mario Pires's insight:

"Her images explore how life is inside the theatre and the regimen dancers are exposed to in order to achieve high levels of requirements that the profession deserves. Selflessness and devotion are compensated with applause after a performance in the auditorium."

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How 12 Exhibitions, Two Museums and One Gallery Changed Photography Forever

How 12 Exhibitions, Two Museums and One Gallery Changed Photography Forever | Photography Now | Scoop.it
The history of photography is often explored via moments, movements, and individual practitioners. Strangely, these watershed events are typically removed from the vehicle which allowed them to be experienced by a wider audience: the exhibition.
Mario Pires's insight:

"In the book, Photo Show, published by Contrasto, editor Alessandra Mauro has identified a series of landmark exhibitions that, she says, shaped not only the history of photography, but its evolution as a distinct art form and modern means of communication."

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Death of René Burri 1933 - 2014

Death of René Burri 1933 - 2014 | Photography Now | Scoop.it
I met René Burri in Vevey, Switzerland, on the sunny terrace of a lakeside hotel. He told me, in the space of a few minutes, several stories about the good life, as his eyes sparkled and his cigar moved gracefully through the air.
Mario Pires's insight:

"With his irresistible verve, he started a tradition at Magnum, which he joined in 1955: every year at the General Meeting, Burri turned into a flamboyant ringleader, cheerfully directing the photographers to pose for a wacky group photo that everyone would remember. These family portraits alone reflect his importance at the agency, spreading his aura beyond his incredible photographs."

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Bernard Rentier's curator insight, October 23, 3:24 AM

Un tout grand de la photo...

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A Realist Imagination (or is it An Imaginary Realism?)

A Realist Imagination (or is it An Imaginary Realism?) | Photography Now | Scoop.it
By some persistent, traditional accounts photographic representation is driven by a technological determinism that derives its power from the mechanical capture and reproduction of an event.
Mario Pires's insight:

"The point here is that photographs –whether analogue or digital—operate in the interspace between reality and imagination. The camera records the surface of the world like no other instrument, but the truth of what is shown can be realized only through an act of imagination."

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Art Producers Speak: Chris Simpson

Art Producers Speak: Chris Simpson | Photography Now | Scoop.it
We emailed Art Buyers and Art Producers around the world asking them to submit names of established photographers who were keeping it fresh and up-and-comers who they are keeping their eye on.
Mario Pires's insight:

"I truly enjoy the collaborative process of working with a team of creative folks and clients. Usually clients are excited to work with me because they love my work and trust me. I like working with other people and I’m comfortable articulating my vision to people that may not see what I’m seeing. Developing this trust is important and ultimately leads to the best end result."

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Shanghai : Gérard Rancinan, La trilogie des Modernes

Shanghai : Gérard Rancinan, La trilogie des Modernes | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Septembre et octobre ont été un triomphe pour Gérard Rancinan qui a eu trois expostions à Shanghai: La Trilogie des Modernes, A Small Man in a Big World, au Shanghai Himalayas Museum et China 83: Out of Blocks! à la galerie Beaugeste.
Mario Pires's insight:

"La trilogie des Modernes, c’est une révolution en trois actes : Métamorphoses, Hypothèses et Wonderful World.
Entre comédie et tragédie, elle dresse le constat d’une humanité bouleversée, qui avance aveuglément, guidée par le désir absolu d’un bonheur généralisé."

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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.

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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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