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#LightBoxFF: Ruddy Roye and Instagram Activism

#LightBoxFF: Ruddy Roye and Instagram Activism | Photography Now | Scoop.it

This week on #LightBoxFF, TIME spoke with ‘Instagram activist’ Ruddy Roye (@ruddyroye), who punctuates his portraits and street photographs with poetic captions and has an unwavering passion to tell untold stories through a visual platform capable of reaching millions.

Mario Pires's insight:

"The purpose of my feed is to express a feeling of invisibility that I have felt for most of my career. I have always felt irrelevant and voiceless. My Instagram feed is my way of talking about the issues that plague not just me but other members of my community. For me it is not so much giving voice to the issues – I don’t believe I am qualified – but rather an attempt to amplify some of the injustices I see in my community of Bedford-Stuyvesant [in Brooklyn, New York], the African American community and the diaspora."

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Visually Compelling

Visually Compelling | Photography Now | Scoop.it

 Monica Denevan is a contemporary photographer currently based in San Francisco, California, US.
She studied photography at “San Francisco State University”.

Mario Pires's insight:

"I think it is important to make photographs and use whatever process works. For me, I am quite content photographing and printing using traditional methods.

Patience is a huge factor when using film. I often bring 100 rolls of film with me while traveling. Each roll has twelve frames so I have to stop and change film, usually just when things are getting good, and then wait until I am home and the film is processed to actually see how the images look."

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How the Past Shapes Modern Photography

How the Past Shapes Modern Photography | Photography Now | Scoop.it

I’d like to look how today’s photographers take their inspiration from varied sources and rework themes by using collective memory, new media, and old technologies that appear unrelated but are filtered through the modern sensibility of these photographers’ lens.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Drew pays homage to both American Civil War photographers and soldiers who posed proudly in studios and on battlegrounds wearing their uniforms and carrying their gear and weapons. This historical, technological return and the memory of manhood and patriotism during war are powerful."

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The new force in photojournalism

The new force in photojournalism | Photography Now | Scoop.it
It used to be that when trouble hit the streets, autocratic governments would shut access to the media, in particular to photographers.
Mario Pires's insight:

".....Finally, and probably the most potent threat to any regime, everyone in the event can instantly see what others are photographing, thanks to their mobile phones: The crowd can communicate with itself  via a myriad of individuals who would otherwise be isolated from the general view.

None of these could be even remotely matched by any news outlet."

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Anna Ream: Comfort Objects

Anna Ream: Comfort Objects | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Photographer Anna Ream has been documenting family and children for a number of years and has a project about the objects that children use to comfort themselves in their early years.
Mario Pires's insight:

"A comfort object is a toy or blanket that takes on emotional importance to a child. A physical link to a child’s emotional and psychological world, often bearing the stains and scars of tears and play. While I did not have a comfort object as a child, my three children have each had one."

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Exploration urbaine : la démocratisation d’une pratique underground

Exploration urbaine : la démocratisation d’une pratique underground | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Exploration urbaine, Urbex. Des termes sur lesquels on a du mal à poser une définition : Explorer la ville et autres lieux de fond en comble… jusqu’aux endroits où l’accès est interdit au public. Depuis ses débuts, l’Urbex est (presque) indissociable de la photographie, car les explorateurs urbains s’attachent souvent à ce médium pour documenter leurs aventures.

Mario Pires's insight:

« Je trouvais intéressant d’avoir une mémoire de ces lieux là parce que souvent on les détruit plutôt qu’on ne les conserve. » - Mister J

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Photography, Elemental Forms, Narrative, and Music

Photography, Elemental Forms, Narrative, and Music | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Historically, the connection between photography and music goes back at least as far as the oft-told story of how, in his youth, the great Ansel Adams needed a few years to choose between pursuing one or the other. Having obviously chosen photography, Ansel's passion for - and ability to make - music never waned throughout the remaining years of his life.

Mario Pires's insight:

"I'd like to offer a hypothesis of why certain images just seem to "sing" - and others do not - and what this may have to say about the general aesthetic appreciation of images on a fundamental level (at least one that I have not previously encountered in academic discussions)."

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A LETTER TO HIROSHI WATANABE about his new book "The Day The Dam Collapses"

A LETTER TO HIROSHI WATANABE about his new book "The Day The Dam Collapses" | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Dear Hiroshi,
I received your beautiful book, "The Day The Dam Collapses." I'm moved by both the images and the text. Actually I'm floored by the text. I relate to it in every way. You have put into words what everyone ignores each day while trying to control their lives and the lives of others around them. It is beyond Zen, even beyond Dharma taunting the principles of cosmic order.
Mario Pires's insight:

"If I have to say succinctly what my point of view is in this book, it will be simply, “there is no point.” I don't know what the truth is for sure, and you probably don't know it for sure, either. But I am thinking about it, and thus I am curious."

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Pourquoi suis-je photographe #9 | Julien Benard

Pourquoi suis-je photographe #9 | Julien Benard | Photography Now | Scoop.it

J’ai d’abord été un spectateur juvénile de la photographie. L’excitation des soirées diapo des voyages de mes parents, les cartes postales, les portraits « volés » par mon père au 300mm, l’album fait par ma mère en hommage à son père… La photo était familière.

Mario Pires's insight:

"J’aime la gourmandise que l’appareil permet. J’aime l’audace qu’il me donne pour m’aventurer un peu plus loin. J’ai besoin de la photo comme caisse de résonance de mes perceptions. J’aime organiser visuellement ce que je ressens."

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Russ Rowland: Through the Looking Glass

Russ Rowland: Through the Looking Glass | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Photographer Russ Rowland is continually seeking to create portraits that are unique and painterly.
Mario Pires's insight:

"I got into photography to get away from words.

As an adopted child I’ve always had a sense of being other or apart and a questioning relationship to what really forms/constitutes identity and family.

Play and experimentation are a big part of my work.

Love giving taken portraits a second life as source material."

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Javier Arcenillas - Sleepers | LensCulture

Javier Arcenillas - Sleepers | LensCulture | Photography Now | Scoop.it

India's city streets are covered with "sleepers"—millions and millions of people who have no choice but to find their nightly rest in whatever spot they can find.

Mario Pires's insight:

"These images of the dalit (or "untouchables") sleeping all over Kolkata impressed on me deeply from the first moment I saw them. This is my testament"

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Alessandro Zanini's curator insight, September 23, 10:58 AM

In India milioni di persone dormono per strada.  Gli intensi notturni di Javier Arcenillas. 

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Sit Silently

Sit Silently | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Latvian photographer captures the places where "modern Europe" meets the elements of the Soviet times.
Mario Pires's insight:

"The pictures capture the author’s search for a slower time zone that contains more vivid and open expressions, as well as a sense of home and creativity of daily routines beyond the usual urban experience."

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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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Barbershop, New York (by William Klein, 1961)

Barbershop, New York (by William Klein, 1961) | Photography Now | Scoop.it

 I enjoyed very much doing fashion photography because, first, I took photographs you might call `poor photography’. I had a camera and two lenses, while in fashion you have attendees, lights, cameras and all kinds of things. One of the series I did was using abandoned shops, painting them and making them scenarios. This guy was not working at the shop because the barber shop was closed, but he worked right next to a cafe and asked him to sit in the window. And, of course, Vogue published the left part of the picture, leaving out the black guy. And there you are. You’re the only person in the world that has seen the complete picture.” – William Klein

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern, the largest steamship
Isambard Kingdom Brunel standing in front of the launching chains of the ship, the “Great Eastern”
"The Leviathan," London, ca. 1858
Robert Howlett, English, 1830 - 1858

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The Daily Edit – Stan Evans: Red Bull

The Daily Edit – Stan Evans: Red Bull | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Red Bull /Olympic HopefulsCreative Directors: Ryan Snyder, Ilana Taub
Photo Editor: Marv Watson
Photography: Stan Evans
Photo Assistants: West Coast: Cory Steffen/ East Coast: Will Crakes
Hair: / MUA/ Laura Fey
Styling: Stan Evans/ Laura Fey
Mario Pires's insight:

"Red Bull wanted portraits that were compelling to mainstream media but could still live within endemic media. Logo placement is always imperative but I try to blend it subtly. It was nice because action was secondary but I think being able to handle both sides of the spectrum was a large selling point for them."

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Orgie d’images

Orgie d’images | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Dans le cadre du festival Images, présenté actuellement dans la ville de Vevey en Suisse, une installation suscite de nombreuses réactions. Il s’agit de l’œuvre d’Erik Kessels, intitulée 24hrs in Photos, qui a pris place dans l’église Sainte Claire.
Mario Pires's insight:

"Passé le premier moment de surprise, beaucoup de visiteurs s’approchent, mais hésitent à marcher sur les clichés – geste qui transgresse trop délibérément l’idée même d’œuvre d’art. Pourtant, il est impossible d’y échapper. De même qu’il semble difficile de ne pas piocher dans le tas pour en sortir quelques images à regarder de plus près. Rapidement, certains comprennent qu’ils peuvent les emporter avec eux : cet infime prélèvement ne saurait réduire la montagne qu’ils ont devant eux. Voici donc une œuvre sur laquelle on peut marcher, que l’on peut toucher et même piller sans être rappelé à l’ordre. Pour la plupart des visiteurs, c’est très inattendu et leur comportement ponctué d’hésitations révèle bien le trouble qu’ils ressentent."

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Ed Grossman: Sunday Drive

Ed Grossman: Sunday Drive | Photography Now | Scoop.it
What if we could collect our memories and place them in a box to sift through on a rainy day?
Mario Pires's insight:

"Sunday drives with my parents expanded my horizons. Two dollars worth of gasoline would fuel hours of exploration.

Joining us on those rides was the family Polaroid camera. Time and time again, I marveled as layers of plastic, chemicals, and paper turned into keepsakes of the places we visited. Years later, mental images from my childhood are still bordered by the familiar Polaroid frame."

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Li Biaoming: The Art of Printing the Walls with Pictures

Li Biaoming: The Art of  Printing the Walls with Pictures | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Located at the west foot of Taihang Mountain,  the city of Yangquan , in south of Shanxi Province of China, is celebrated as the biggest producing area for coal in China. In the 1950s, a large number of miners’ coming from other places were employed there .

Mario Pires's insight:

"The Photographer Li Baoming became a specialist of dressing brick and roughcast walls of his photographs. Li has realised the dream of his life when he exhibited his reportage on the walls during the festvals of Pingyao and Lianzhou in 2007 and hope to do it in Arles to show China has it was."

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Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age – Barbican

Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age – Barbican | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Architecture is such a huge part of our lives, and yet we overlook it way too often. “Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age”, open until January 11th at the Barbican, gives us a chance to appreciate it properly.

Mario Pires's insight:

"what makes “Constructing Worlds” such a great exhibition is the ability to feature not only the beautiful and classic in architecture, but also the documentation of the fast pace of urban development from the 30s until now."

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Dragana Jurisic - YU: The Lost Country

Dragana Jurisic - YU: The Lost Country | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Yugoslavia is a place that doesn’t exist anymore, except in the memories of those who once called it home.
Mario Pires's insight:

"The series is structured around West’s classic, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, so Jurisic’s contemporary journey across what was once Yugoslavia becomes a measure of what exactly has been lost - and also of what could not have been sustained. Jurisic’s own images of this present day landscape are broken up by photographed spreads from a well-worn and heavily annotated copy of the book. "

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Colin Pantall's blog: Morning Suns and Poetic Pregnancies

Colin Pantall's blog: Morning Suns and Poetic Pregnancies | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Morning Sun by Matej Sitar continues the fatherhood and book theme. But where Reluctant Father and Father Figure used text to take you into personal and cultural corners of fatherhood, Morning Sun takes a more poetic line; it's a love letter from Sitar to his pregnant wife.

There are no words in the book itself, but these are the words on Sitar's website. They set the scene

Mario Pires's insight:

"Morning Sun is not a pregnancy timeline but a book that flows with the seasons, the early morning and golden theme heading towards its inevitable end. Maja appears light, heavy and not always delighted with what is happening to her (or possibly the fact that Sitar is taking so many pictures."

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Jeffrey Yuan

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In 2010, I began an exploration of the intersection between photography and classical Chinese landscape painting, with the Homage to Ni Zhan and Bada Shanren series.
Mario Pires's insight:

"As in the original series, this new series’ sensibility continues to be grounded in the 13th century landscape painter Ni Zhan, who is known for his spare style of thin ink work, and in the 17th century painter Bada Shanren, who is known for his impressionistic style and unsettling compositions."

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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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