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Martin Parr: "Photography has Never Been Healthier"

Martin Parr: "Photography has Never Been Healthier" | Photography Now | Scoop.it

I spent Saturday morning interviewing  Martin Parr for a feature in next month's BJP on his passion for books and the upcoming Volume 3 of the Photobook History.

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Martin Parr doesn't have a gloomy vision about the future of photography.

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The Glass Ceiling and Gwyneth Paltrow’s Legs

The Glass Ceiling and Gwyneth Paltrow’s Legs | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Presenting “leading lights from the worlds of technology, business, media, and entertainment,” Vanity Fair’s business feature served up this group portrait from the “Code Conference,” hosted by tech journalists Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg in Palos Verdes.  Though the guest list (below or on the original page) nominally represents a cross-section of fields, the players, along with the branding, skew digital so it also has a Silicon Valley vibe.

Mario Pires's insight:

What is the first thing you notice on this photograph ? What part of it you keep coming back ? It's just a small part of the whole picture and it's not blue.

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Camille Seaman: Melting Away

Camille Seaman: Melting Away | Photography Now | Scoop.it
“There is a numinous and extraordinary presence in Camille’s work. In it, we see the difference between nature photography and art. It is the gift of every great photographer to show us what was concealed and invisible to our minds.
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"She watched firsthand the devastation on the polar bears and local birds caused by melting ice and warming seas. These are already taking their toll on non-Arctic regions, including the larger and more frequent storms in the U.S., such as Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Seaman concludes that going on these expeditions is being a good mother because she wants to protect the world her daughter will grow up in."

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Naissance de la Kodak Girl (1/2) | Les femmes et la photographie

Naissance de la Kodak Girl (1/2) | Les femmes et la photographie | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Lorsqu’en 1885 George Eastman commercialise le premier film négatif basé sur du celluloïd transparent et flexible, coupé en bande étroite puis enroulé, il annonce un bouleversement sans précédent sur le marché mondial de la photographie.

Mario Pires's insight:

"La femme qui a un appareil photo vit nécessairement une vie pleine de choses à photographier, à saisir… La photo est l’événement et elle se déplace, voyage, rencontre, à la recherche de l’événement… Elle découvre le monde à travers l’objectif de son Kodak. L’appareil devient prétexte à l’aventure et à la découverte du monde dont la femme est la spectatrice émancipée, promue par les slogans Kodaks dont l’évolution est un sujet d’étude à lui seul."

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“Things I Want To Remember…”

“Things I Want To Remember…” | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Marion Berrin (born 1982) is a French contemporary photographer currently based in Aix-en-Provence, France.
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"I used to shoot and assemble images afterwards. If they worked together it was fine. I now do the complete opposite. I throw an idea, put a concept on the table and then shoot it. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t but I learn a lot from it."

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What is a photograph ? - Thoughts of a Bohemian

What is a photograph ? - Thoughts of a Bohemian | Photography Now | Scoop.it
In a quest to define " what is a photograph ? " , I reached out to some of my distinguished colleagues. Here are their answers :
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A 2 dimensional representation of what is in front of a wavelength capturing device - Mário Pires, visual comunicator

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The cost of Ego - Thoughts of a Bohemian

The cost of Ego - Thoughts of a Bohemian | Photography Now | Scoop.it
How does the photo licensing industry solve the copyright issue that has plague them for decades ? Maybe by first dropping its ego.
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The Daily Edit – Joao Canziani Dance Series and Fader Magazine

The Daily Edit – Joao Canziani Dance Series and Fader Magazine | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Dance Series: Personal ProjectPhotographer: Joao CanzianiFaderExecutive Editor:  Jessica Robertson
Style Editor at Large: Mobolaji Dawodu
Creative Directors: ETC (Everything Type Company) Geoff Halber and Kyle Blue 

Photo Director: Geordie Wood 
Photographer: Joao Canziani
Mario Pires's insight:

"I find myself looking back to find inspiration or ideas, sometimes ideas that I didn’t use before or that weren’t as successful that I want to try again. In this case, the dancers happened first, so it was funny how I ended up getting this assignment shooting Nicki Minaj that employed a similar method of capturing her still while she moved to the music."

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QUESTION | Mais qui veut la peau de la photographie?

QUESTION | Mais qui veut la peau de la photographie? | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Ils coupent, griffent, frottent, enfouissent, exhument et déchirent les photographies. Ils leur font subir tous les outrages ou ne les aiment que quand elles les ont déjà subis.
Mario Pires's insight:

"Alors que certains déplorent que les écrans soient devenus les principaux supports de l’image , il faut bien constater que d’hier à aujourd’hui, la photographie n’a jamais cessé d’être une surface sensible."

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Yvette Marie Dostatni: The Conventioneers

Yvette Marie Dostatni: The Conventioneers | Photography Now | Scoop.it

I have been a long time fan and friend of Yvette Marie Dostatni–we had the great opportunity to travel to China together when Sarah Hadley curated our work into the Lishui Photo Festival.  Yvette is one of those photographers who has no fear about entering different cultures and communities, bringing a level of enthusiasm, curiosity, wonderful seeing to her work wherever she is. “I have photographed everything from the pimp convention to the Polka Convention.”

Mario Pires's insight:

"I love people who lounge in the gutters of a marginalized America. My work is straight photography in a crooked world. People who interest me grasp at the skirts of eccentricity.. Subjects mirror Abe Lincoln at the Abe Lincoln lookalike convention."

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Monsieur Dirk (by Duane Michals, 1992)

Monsieur Dirk (by Duane Michals, 1992) | Photography Now | Scoop.it

The “chapeau intellectual” is decorative and educational.

Mario Pires's insight:

Duane Michals is a great master and uses humour in is work like no other.

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Three Days in Tharoul

Three Days in Tharoul | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Tharoul is a small village in Belgium, in the province of Condroz. It's deep Belgium, a rural area full of wheat, swedes and cows. I went there for three days last week. I was part of a project called Three Days in Tharoul.

Mario Pires's insight:

"The book stays in Tharoul and becomes part of a place. It was made in a location and it stays in that location. It adds to the embryonic library that was started the previous year, a collection that will build up year on year. It's a mix of slow photography, fast photography and creative dynamism merged with a specific idea of place and very special people; people who were gentle, generous, thoughtful, sensitive and creative."

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Ruven Afanador Ángel Gitano

Ruven Afanador Ángel Gitano | Photography Now | Scoop.it

From now through February 28th, 2015, Throckmorton Fine Arts will be exhibiting the Ruven Afanador’s series Ángel Gitano, a series about men in the world of flamenco music.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Ángel Gitano is also an ode to gypsies and their culture. Afanador shows them in all their vitality by photographing them under the blazing Andalusian sun."

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Prague: Finding Josef Sudek

Prague: Finding Josef Sudek | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Josef Sudek’s studio is not far from the tourist center of Prague but without the address or Siri you must navigate there the old fashioned way; “Do you know where Josef Sudek’s studio is located?”

Mario Pires's insight:

"But rather than going straight there I recommend you walk up the street, looking till you find it. Not having the exact address made it seem to me more of a discovery, a chance for intuition to play its part. It made the finding seem all the better. Josef Sudek’s photographs are like that too, beautiful and waiting for you to find them."

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Fabien Le Coq – Treesome

Fabien Le Coq – Treesome | Photography Now | Scoop.it

“Treesome is an invitation to lay down. To become the third actor of a scene with trees and skies. This project was achieved during various photographic excursions between 2012 and 2013.

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"In the midst of a long walk, there is a break. Time to rest and focus on the journey."

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Ryann Ford: The Last Stop – A Photo Book of America’s Rest Stops

Ryann Ford: The Last Stop – A Photo Book of America’s Rest Stops | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Ryann Ford has collected a great typology, depicting americana in the finest.  Over the last 15 years, she has traveled between 17 states while photographing over 75 rest stops along the way.  These stops, simple yet quirky, are a reminder of how endearing the road can be. 

Mario Pires's insight:

"When interstate highways were first built, passing up many small towns, rest stops were a way to reconnect people to the places they were traveling though. They gave small towns a chance to show their cultural significance. Rest areas have become relics of America’s roadside past. These sites not only illustrate a unique period in the American travel experience, but are significant for the architectural forms found within them."

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Special Books: Fosi Vegue, XY XX

Special Books: Fosi Vegue, XY XX | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Although many Spanish youth remain  worried about their future, an original and quirky photography scene has emerged in the country. Fosi Vegue, who founded the BlankPaper photo school in Madrid in 2006, is in some ways the “big brother” of this up-and-coming collective.
Mario Pires's insight:

"The exaggerated sensitivity used to cut out the subject also blurs and alters the message. This overpowering noise is our own subconscious, the mental sphere were sex operates as a catalyst for our instinct, our desire and our contradictions."

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Special Books : Legends by Marie Baronnet

Special Books : Legends by Marie Baronnet | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Looking for some older performers, I ended up meeting some show girls. The way they looked down on strippers got me quickly intrigued and interested. Outcasts are my kind, they try harder. From strip joints to Burlesque theaters, I went on a quest and met the “Legends”, these dominating characters of the quintessential American art of strip tease.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Together we have played a scene or two of the film of their life and in these moments I could see the changeling of me. As if in the making of all women were the intimate moves and rituals of seduction of the young girls we were. Moves that stay with us for life."

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Jake Shivery: Contact

Jake Shivery: Contact | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Several years ago, photographer, Diffusion Magazine and One Twelve Publishing founder/editor Blue Mitchell gave me the heads up about photographer Jake Shivery’s terrific work. 

Mario Pires's insight:

"What starts out as a simple concept-the photographs of loved ones in a common setting-becomes something much grander: a beautiful and thoughtful collection of souls ready for viewing. Working with an 8×10 film camera and printing in contact sheet form, Jake’s tools and approach are less about capturing a moment as they are about capturing a mood and a life. His photographs are haunting, intimate, and layered with pieces of visual narration that together tell the story of both the subject and the artist."

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Rebecca Senf: Creating Artist’s Books

Rebecca Senf: Creating Artist’s Books | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Today’s post is written by Rebecca Senf, a significant voice in our community holding positions at both the Phoenix Art Museum (as the Norton Family Curator) and the Creative Center of Photography in Tucson, Arizona.  She was featured in a  Lenscratch Mixtape in 2013. Earlier this year, she hosted and co-juried an exhibition on self-published books and after the experience, felt she could provide some feedback into creating personal books.  Thank you to Rebecca for these insights!

Mario Pires's insight:

"Think of the book like a poem where each word must be exactly right, and where each image must strike exactly the right tone. Is every picture doing its part? Are any pictures redundant or superfluous? Would fewer pictures tell the “story” more clearly or effectively?"

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Women on the frontline: female photojournalists' visions of conflict

Women on the frontline: female photojournalists' visions of conflict | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Women are coming to the fore in a profession long dominated by men, and telling stories their male counterparts couldn't get, writes Tracy McVeigh
Mario Pires's insight:

"Female photojournalists are often telling the stories that are hidden from male eyes, and would otherwise never be covered. Only by getting inside homes in Afghanistan during the rule of the Taliban could anyone find out how women were living their lives, while access to other culturally sensitive issues like child marriage and female genital mutilation, while difficult for a western female, are a non-starter for a man."

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Jurgen Novotny - Camera Selfies

Jurgen Novotny - Camera Selfies | Photography Now | Scoop.it

But what if our cameras grew tired of pointing only at us? After all, these poor lenses can only take in so many pouty lips, sideways smiles, theatrical winks and staged kisses. What would it look like if the photo cameras decided to take their own selfies for a change? 

Mario Pires's insight:

The cameras strike back at us, if only they could.

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THOMAS RUFF: “photograms” (2013) | AMERICAN SUBURB X

THOMAS RUFF: “photograms” (2013) | AMERICAN SUBURB X | Photography Now | Scoop.it

In his recent work, Ruff engages with the photogram, the cameraless technique advanced by Man RayLászló Moholy-Nagy, and others in the early twentieth century. The photograms series depict abstract shapes, lines, and spirals in seemingly random formations with varying degrees of transparency and illumination. Both the objects and the light in Ruff’sphotograms derive from a virtual darkroom built by a custom-made software program.

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When Photographers Become Self-Publishing Companies

When Photographers Become Self-Publishing Companies | Photography Now | Scoop.it

An increasing number of photographers are bypassing traditional photo book publishers, setting up, instead, their own imprints.

Mario Pires's insight:

"For these photographers-turned-publishers, the logic goes as follows: if they’re going to spend thousands of dollars to see their series turned into a book, they might as well pay for the freedom to do it the way they want. And, if they’re going to jump through the many hoops that come with publishing work independently, they might just as well do it twice."

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Why one of Instagram's most popular photographers is deleting all his photos

Why one of Instagram's most popular photographers is deleting all his photos | Photography Now | Scoop.it
When the post appeared in my Facebook feed the other day, I was shocked. Richard Koci Hernandez, a well-known photographer and an early Instagram fan, announced he was deleting all of his pictures ...
Mario Pires's insight:

"Deleting these images gives me a sense of freedom, of potentially shedding an old skin and developing a new one. It’s very liberating. I’ve taken this idea to the extreme and many of my close friends and in particular my wife have had to prevent me from permanently deleting the original files themselves."

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The touching hug photo from Ferguson protests is a blatant lie

The touching hug photo from Ferguson protests is a blatant lie | Photography Now | Scoop.it

The camera is a superb liar. It only shows one moment, and has no obligation to explain the bigger picture behind it. The selective use of photographs can therefore replace truth with whatever visual detail we choose to fix on. Horror or schmaltz, the effect is the same, to simplify reality and turn a story into a deceptively straightforward image.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Has truth itself become a popularity contest now? Countless photographic images are produced every day, recording multitudinous events. The process by which a few of those pictures become “iconic” is not rational and does not have any responsible superego in charge of it. It surely seems absurd – given the seriousness of what happened in Ferguson – that a nation’s new, yet old, encounter with its most destructive division can be summed up by this soppy picture of a tearful hug."

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