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How Do We Understand a Photograph?

How Do We Understand a Photograph? | Photography Now | Scoop.it

What is the psychological process through which we understand a photograph?
This simple, straight question would require a doctoral thesis to consider fully and I have a few other obligations during the next three years and I'm sure you do to, but that shouldn't prevent us from meditating generally on the question as photographers.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Why talk about this? This type of examination can help us in critiques in our roles as teachers, fellow students, friends or reviewers. It can also give us a way to think about making our own work: understanding how we understand images can allow us to borrow ideas from others, identify problems with and improve our own work and also manipulate the process of understanding to our benefit."

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Finding vs. Found | Conscientious Photography Magazine

Finding vs. Found | Conscientious Photography Magazine | Photography Now | Scoop.it

The photograph at the top of this article is one out of 18 included in a set of slides I found (and bought) on Ebay. The slides came without any information – there is no writing on the frames. Thus, all I know about them is what I inferred from looking at their content.

Mario Pires's insight:

"How did we end up in this spot, where as a society we decided it would just be fine to have our lives be dominated by tools made by people who know a lot about software, but often so little about all those things said software touches?"

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Julian Wasser The Way We Were

Julian Wasser The Way We Were | Photography Now | Scoop.it

The Way We Were presents a collection of images by Julian Wasser. Some are very well known such as an iconic Joan Didion leaning against a Corvette Stingray in Hollywood 1968 and Marcel Duchamp playing chess at his seminal 1963 Pasadena exhibition.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Julian Wasser started his career in photography as a copy boy in the Washington DC bureau of the Associated Press. He was a contract photographer for Time Magazine for many years in Los Angeles."

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Rice on Secular (Consumerist) Culture

Rice on Secular (Consumerist) Culture | Photography Now | Scoop.it
“Unlike Vodou worshippers in Haiti, we in contemporary America acknowledge no deities; we deny a pantheon of supernatural beings who determine our destinies, who have the power to “possess” our bodies or intervene in our lives.
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Roberto Johnson

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Roberto Johnson 
www.FashionInSpanglis.com
@ItsrobertoJohnson
Mario Pires's insight:

I like this picture.

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Mahmoud Maleo's curator insight, Today, 11:48 PM

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An Anonymous Art Producer Shared Her Views on Portfolio Review Events

An Anonymous Art Producer Shared Her Views on Portfolio Review Events | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Portfolio Review events such as NYCFotoworksAt Edge Face to Face and Photo Plus Portfolio Reviewbrought to you by the Palm Springs Photo Festival are right around the corner.  It is an exciting time for photographers who want to show off some new work, meet new contacts or connect with old friends.  We are a big fan of these events and think that any opportunity to make a connection and share your work is positive.

Mario Pires's insight:

"To be honest, I’m not sure it’s worth it for established photographers who have a presence in NY already.  It’s expensive and it’s probably more worth their while to put that money towards promos or testing.  I would, however, suggest it for photographers who are trying to break into the scene and meet reps and art buyers."

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Daisuke Yokota

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Daisuke Yokota
Over the course of the past year, I’ve probably spent more time looking at Daisuke Yokota‘s photography than at any other artist’s.
Mario Pires's insight:

"Yokota’s photographs are heavily process based. They’re not entirely about process, but there’s no way around at least acknowledging the role process plays for this photographer."

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Patrick Chauvel déterre les guerres oubliées - France Inter

Patrick Chauvel déterre les guerres oubliées - France Inter | Photography Now | Scoop.it

L’Association de préfiguration de la Fondation Patrick Chauvel met en lumière des photographes de l’ombre et des guerres oubliées. Lieu à vocation de transmission, elle tombe bien pour un métier qui doit sans cesse se remettre en question.

Mario Pires's insight:

"L’idée est de se servir du socle de mes archives et de remettre au soleil les photographes dans l’ombre et les guerres oubliées. On va aussi faire jouer la transmission : discuter avec de jeunes photographes, devenir un lieu de Workshop sur la photographie, débattre sur l’éthique, entretenir cette envie de raconter et ce travail de mémoire."

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Why I’ll Photoshop Your Face and Why I Believe It’s Okay

Why I’ll Photoshop Your Face and Why I Believe It’s Okay | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Last Spring, Lorde Tweeted the photo above and wrote, “i find this curious – two photos from today, one edited so my skin is perfect and one real.
Mario Pires's insight:

Frank Multari gives yet another perspective from the endless debate about photoshoping faces. 

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Martin Lea's curator insight, September 16, 9:33 AM

whose side are you on with this ?

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Anoek Steketee & Eefje Blankevoort - Love Radio Project

Anoek Steketee & Eefje Blankevoort - Love Radio Project | Photography Now | Scoop.it

The transmedia project Love Radio was created by the journalist and filmmaker, Eefje Blankevoort, and the photographer Anoek Steketee. The story is based on the radio drama Musekeweya (“New Dawn”) which addresses the reconciliation process that followed the Rwandan genocide.

Mario Pires's insight:

Photography has many lives, this is a good example of the way it connects with other media.

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View from Notre Dame (by Ernst Haas, 1964)

View from Notre Dame (by Ernst Haas, 1964) | Photography Now | Scoop.it

“It’s just you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, bacause what we see is what we are.”– Ernst Haas

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Pétur Thomsen : « La photographie du paysage islandais est devenu un genre en soi »

Pétur Thomsen : « La photographie du paysage islandais est devenu un genre en soi » | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Pétur Thomsen est un photographe islandais. Le paysage de son pays natal, il le connaît par cœur.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Les paysages islandais sont presque devenus un genre en soi. Ils sont très travaillés, souvent contrasté, parfois en HDR. Les images d’Islande sont de plus en plus irréelles. [  ]

En fait, elles ne me parlent pas vraiment. Elles sont très loin de mon expérience du pays. Je ne veux pas dire que ce sont de fausses images, mais elles donnent une vision tellement exagérée de l’Islande que j’ai du mal à y reconnaître mon pays."

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Rich and Miserable: Portraits of Shoppers on Rodeo Drive in 1984

Rich and Miserable: Portraits of Shoppers on Rodeo Drive in 1984 | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Stereotypical ideas about the residents of Los Angeles, in usually sunny Southern California, often revolve around the concept of fun in the sun had by vapid, shallow people who are always smiling.
Mario Pires's insight:

"And while it’s absolutely possible to appreciate this project in a surface way, the real appeal of Hernandez’s Rodeo Drive is that it’s a greater commentary on this social landscape, as well as the interaction between watcher and watched. Promenaders on Rodeo Drive, locals and tourists alike from all ends of the socio-economic spectrum, know they’ll be on a sort of pedestrian catwalk when walking these high-rent streets."

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Olympia and her cat

Olympia and her cat | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Here's Manet's Olympia. It caused a scandal at the Paris Salon in 1865 because she's a prostitute and is looking boldly at the viewer and has a black cat (instead of a faithful dog).
Mario Pires's insight:

"Olympia is inexplicable from any point of view even taken for what she is, a punymodel stretched out on a sheet. The color of the flesh is dirty, the modeling non-existent. The shadows are indicated by more or less large smears of blacking.  What’s to be said of the negress who brings a bouquet of flowers in a paper, or the black cat that leaves its muddy footprints on the bed? "


Can we rely on critics ? It's easy to laugh now at the lack of vision. Can you spot the sparkle of change when it's still not fully developed ? I think that very few people can. Education and openness are key to this ability.

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Brand sponsored photography - Kaptur

Brand sponsored photography - Kaptur | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Apple and U2 is just the beginning. Soon, brands will start offering free photo to expand their reach into people's lives.
Mario Pires's insight:

"Sure, we can pick a few Creative Commons off Flickr but just imagine if we could also go to our favorite brand’s website and use those ?  The market is there. It is now just a question of time and organisation for brands to start filling it in and reaping the benefits."

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INTERVIEW: “Inside Andy Warhol’ (1966) | AMERICAN SUBURB X

INTERVIEW: “Inside Andy Warhol’ (1966) | AMERICAN SUBURB X | Photography Now | Scoop.it
The following interview with Andy Warhol appeared in the men’s magazine, Cavalier, in 1966.

To conduct the interview that follows we took our tape recorder to the “Factory,” as Warhol calls his studio, which is located on the fourth floor of a rickety loft building in Manhattan’s east forties. The interior of the Factory – walls, ceiling, and floor – and everything in it, is painted silver or covered with a veneer of Reynolds Wrap – which produces a curiously timeless, abstract feeling.
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Art Producers Speak: Patrick Fraser

Art Producers Speak: Patrick Fraser | Photography Now | Scoop.it

I nominate Patrick Fraser. I worked with him on extremely complicated projects and he always over delivered. Understanding vision of agency creative, suggesting solution for unusual concepts, delivering beautiful photography and always under budget. What else can an art buyer want from the photographer.

Mario Pires's insight:

"I was skeptical at first of social networking for marketing and promo, I felt like it weakened the work. Now I have started to post more images that I love and behind the scenes shots on Instagram and have begun to use it more, like an online portfolio. I feel like Instagram is the best social network tool for photographers and a good way to get one’s work in front of creative minded people."

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Eddie Adams: 10 Years On, and War Will Never Be the Same

Eddie Adams: 10 Years On, and War Will Never Be the Same | Photography Now | Scoop.it
A decade after the death of Eddie Adams, does photojournalism risk being supplanted by propaganda or fabricated images?
Mario Pires's insight:

"The conversation is alive again: What should we show, what should we not publish? Is today’s picture editor an editor or a censor? The debate applies only to mainstream media, of course, because on the open Internet anyone can publish anything."

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Nadine Boughton: Fortune and the Feminine

Nadine Boughton: Fortune and the Feminine | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Nadine Boughton‘s amazing collage work hit the photo zeitgeist in 2011 when her project, True Adventures of Better Homes, made the Top 50 in Critical Mass, which she accomplished again in 2013.  She is in the running yet again this year, as a finalistwith her new project, Fortune and the Feminine, that examines Mad Men era advertising and the portrayal of gender roles.

Mario Pires's insight:

"My intention is to deconstruct these images of mid-century advertising, creating narratives of ambiguity with humor and a dark edge. What are the different relationships men and women have to power, beauty and longing? The images play with the convergence of interior and exterior domains; abstract ideas and the mystery of the female form."

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Inside the Unseen Photo Fair, Where Photography is 'Under Construction' - TIME

Inside the Unseen Photo Fair, Where Photography is 'Under Construction' - TIME | Photography Now | Scoop.it

The Unseen Photo Fair and Festival might be the best kept secret in the art-fair circuit.

Not that Unseen is unknown, but the Amsterdam-based photo fair is for its third year unveiling a cache of new work to the art world that not only promises to be unusual and enlightening, but backs up its claims to promote groundbreaking new work by encouraging an open dialog around the purpose of photography, its evolution as a medium, and its place in the art market.


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Mario Pires's insight:

"Unseen has embraced what is sees as a new generation of artists, who are questioning the very nature of photography itself, and see no reason why a photograph can’t be self-referential while drawing from classical Greek sculpture, 1980’s abstraction, performance art, and the internet, all within the same frame."

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1. The Current Scene of Photo Book and Art Book Publishing, As I See It

1. The Current Scene of Photo Book and Art Book Publishing, As I See It | Photography Now | Scoop.it

I am not a theoretician, nor overly intellectual, nor an art historian, nor a regular writer – just a manic art book publisher who, after 25 years in the business of making art and photography books, has taken a break to consider the years gone by. 

Mario Pires's insight:

"Looking at the current scene of photo book publishers, I can say, that, yes, there are still independent publishers (independent from the big media companies or institutions) but they usually depend (so they are not so “independent” as they appear to be) on funding (more or less) for the books they publish."

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A War Photographer Embeds Himself Inside a Video Game

A War Photographer Embeds Himself Inside a Video Game | Photography Now | Scoop.it
The Last of Us Remastered is a post-apocalyptic video game released earlier this year on PlayStation 4 with an in-game Photo Mode, which freezes the game and lets players shoot, edit and share photographs of their achievements.
Mario Pires's insight:

Now, virtually anyone can be a war photographer from the comfort of the couch, and make breaks for coffee or food. The mythology is still strong, despite all the facts that deny it.

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Minna Kilpeläinen's curator insight, September 17, 7:00 AM

What is it like to play a role in a war game, when you have been on the scene in real life - as a photographer: "I initially played the game at home. But after a short time playing it, I noticed I was having very strong reactions in regards to my role as the protagonist: I hated it. When I covered real war, I did so with a camera, not a gun. At home, I’d play for 30 minutes before noticing I had knots in my stomach, that my vision blurred, and then eventually, that I had simply crashed out." - Ashley Gilbertson

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#LightBoxFF: Jeff Riedel’s Instagram Anachronism

#LightBoxFF: Jeff Riedel’s Instagram Anachronism | Photography Now | Scoop.it

This week on #LightBoxFF, we speak to commercial and editorial photographer Jeff Riedel, (@jeff_riedel_polariods) whose meticulous approach to photography has not only landed his work on the pages of GQ, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and Vogue, but has also helped him accumulate a massive collection of Polaroids, which he has used for years to test and fine-tune variables during shoots and is now posting to his Instagram feed.

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We Recommend: Ann Mansolino de Fototropía

We Recommend: Ann Mansolino de Fototropía | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Ann Mansolino is an American photographer with a bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of California, Riverside and an MFA from Ohio State University.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Her photographs are constructed by symbolic elements that represent the self and the other, the reality and the idealised. In her photographs she talks about her rough and inspired moments."

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Martin Lea's curator insight, September 16, 9:40 AM

Art, Photography and Literature ..........all together ..............sounds or should i say looks like bliss to me ..........

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Heinrich Harrer’s Tibet

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As 65th Anniversary of the Communist Takeover of China approaches, Iconic Photos is looking back at the world it changed.
In April 1944, Heinrich Harrer escaped a British internment camp in India to begin his 20-month journey across the Himalayas.
Mario Pires's insight:

 "As Court Photographer, he had taken over 2,000 negatives, of which a selection was published in 1991 in the album Lost Lhasa. His book was an unparalleled and sole account of nomadic, feudal, and monastic life as lived by the Tibetans well into the 1940s and 50s."

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The iPhone is NOT for Photographers | Blair's Blog

The iPhone is NOT for Photographers | Blair's Blog | Photography Now | Scoop.it
My take on the iPhone and its role, or lack thereof, in professional photography
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Do you agree ? But are we talking about professional comercial photography ? And even then, are not many uses when it is conceivable that the images are a match for the target ?

When i bought the iPhone4 i used it as a artist would use it, i have a total creation studio in my pocket, and that feeling did not change. For some jobs i use my DSLR and all the gear i find necessary for the intended use of the images. But besides those exceptions, it's my constant companion on many art projects. And i love it.

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Martin Lea's curator insight, September 16, 9:39 AM

I have to agree with this Blog.........just my opinion but i am etitled to it