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big sista

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inner city vista © norman beierle
It seems that she is definitely cured. The old lady had an operation on her back and I made some adjustments to her one eye, so that the infinity point is set automatically without moving a muscle.
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We Recommend: Laurent Chehere de Fototropía

We Recommend: Laurent Chehere de Fototropía | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Chehere Laurent is a French photographer who decides to leave his advertising work to travel and explore cities, suburbs and countries around the world as an inspiration for his photographs. In his different series he covers from reportage to conceptual photography.

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"According to Chehere, each of the building is a story to tell: freedom, escape, fun, drama, poverty, hope, fantasy, romance, beginning or end; according to the story that every viewer wants to read."

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Giving Away Photos to Make a Profit

Giving Away Photos to Make a Profit | Photography Now | Scoop.it
With the changes sweeping over photojournalism, Getty Images has been anticipating the needs of both viewers and editors.
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If customers are going in a different direction or they find a better way, a cheaper way or a quicker way to get the picture, you better supply it to them or somebody else will.”

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Another country

Another country | Photography Now | Scoop.it
This is a long piece. It’s got a lot of images. Most are being published for the first time, but I hope it doesn’t come over as too self-indulgent, and is perhaps more ‘reflective’.
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"My own slide into photography was gradual. The images I’ve come across reflect this growing interest, illustrated in the negatives I’ve recently been scrutinizing and scanning. Although I’ve worked professionally as a photographer for thirty years, I made a decision early on to combine it with other work, on a part-time basis. There’s a saying in the West Highlands that “If you only have one job, you’ll often have no job”, and it’s something I’ve heeded."

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La ravaudeuse de souvenirs | Léa Deligey

La ravaudeuse de souvenirs | Léa Deligey | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Léa Deligey se décrit comme une ravaudeuse de souvenirs. En effet, à partir de photographies anonymes, sans contexte ni propriétaire, elle crée une histoire, inventée de toutes pièces

Mario Pires's insight:

"Toutes les photographies n’ont pas le même destin.

Il y a les photographies anonymes, promises à l’abandon puis à l’oubli.

Les images traversèrent le temps physiquement, mais leur histoire à chacune s’est perdue en chemin.

L’oubli a tout recouvert, et depuis la mémoire est muette.

Orphelines du temps, je les ai adoptées."

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Dani Gherca – A Diagram of Periphery

Dani Gherca – A Diagram of Periphery | Photography Now | Scoop.it

“Trough photography I am trying to clarify to myself why some contingencies that I live cause me negative emotions, how this reactions are triggered and what is the relationship between rational and emotional. I am using the photography as an interment to understand if my anxiety emotions are triggered by actual events or by the cultural interpretation that I have on those events.

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"The structure of the statement takes in the form of Keywords. These words are traces left by the need that I felt when I took the photos. The Keywords are the bridge between photography the viewer and my own need to know myself through photography."

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Redefining Smartphone Photography - The New Yorker

Redefining Smartphone Photography - The New Yorker | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Henry Jacobson was interested in seeing how professional photographers reacted to the rise of “deeply personal and deeply anonymous platforms” like Instagram.
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“But what makes smartphone photography so different is the instantaneous sharing that this device enables.” 

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LIVRE | Paulo Nozolino, Bone Lonely

LIVRE | Paulo Nozolino, Bone Lonely | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Paulo Nozolino est un photographe portugais. Né en 1955 à Lisbonne, il a étudié à Londres dans les années 1970. Récompensé de nombreuses fois par de multiples prix, l’artiste vit et travaille aujourd’hui entre Lisbonne et Paris.
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« A man stands in the middle of destruction, feeling lonely to an unbelievable degree, bone lonely.He makes deaf images during his blind walks. Dwelling with thoughts about the loss in all conflicts, the feeling that all systems fail and the certainty that nothing lasts forever. He wonders what light shines in loneliness, what sounds come out of a moving body, what can fill the absence. He has no answers. "
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Selfie avec Daguerre

Selfie avec Daguerre | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Il y a pile cent-soixante quinze ans aujourd’hui, le dix-neuf août mille huit cent trente-neuf, Louis-Jacques Mandé Daguerre présentait les détails techniques de son invention, le Daguerréotype, devant les Académies des sciences et des beaux-arts ...
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"Daguerre est né dans ce qui est à présent la boulangerie de la grand’rue de Cormeilles-en-Parisis, ville qui se trouve être celle où j’ai grandi. Je suis sorti tout à l’heure pour me photographier dans le square de l’Église, devant une statue inaugurée en l’honneur de Daguerre en 1883."

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Brands will define pro photography for the next decade.

Brands will define pro photography for the next decade. | Photography Now | Scoop.it
There is a massive subterranean shift (no, not paradigm) happening right now in pro photography and it will define photography for at least the next 10 years. Like the movement of the continents, it is slow, hardly perceptible but irrepressible .
Mario Pires's insight:

"It will not be surprising, it is happening already, to see editorial photography influenced by brand photography. In an effort to keep pace with current trends, online and print publications are more and more looking into what works for brands and applying it to their spreads. After all, if that type of photography can sell products, it can also attract large amount of viewers."

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Atget, Charles Meryon & Rue des Chantres

Atget, Charles Meryon & Rue des Chantres | Photography Now | Scoop.it

After writing about Atget, Kertész and Google’s photographs of a small street last year, I was in Paris and made a detour to the center to see what is happening at the Rue des Chantres.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Searching for more history of Rue des Chantres, I came across this etching by Charles Meryon, 60 years before Atget’s photograph. The photograph of Rue des Chantres seems to be a direct quotation of the Meryon. The photograph and sketch are taken from the top of stairs, and Atget’s use of tripod would have limited where he would/could set up the camera."

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Editing with Rob Haggart

Editing with Rob Haggart | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Fototazo is beginning a new series in which we will be talking to a range of photographers, photo editors, professors of photography, book designers and others about the physical process of editing images.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Ideally, my first edit on the images has nothing to do with the text. I think this is important. You want to find the best images period. You can always reject them if they don't work with the story and you can always dig into the rejects if you need something specific to go with the story but I like to find the best five or ten images and work backwards from that."

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Simone Fisher - Life Force | LensCulture

Simone Fisher - Life Force | LensCulture | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Life Force (2011 – 2013) explores my view of a disconnected London; its inhabitants alienated, isolated and singular, as they float through this dystopian village.
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the philosopher and the trickster: daido moriyama and nobuyoshi araki

the philosopher and the trickster: daido moriyama and nobuyoshi araki | Photography Now | Scoop.it

i’ve been researching quite alot on two seminal figures of modern japanese photography, daido moriyama and nobuyoshi araki. and i’ve been paralyzed in thoughts of writing about them here, because as i read and look and read some more, i’m struck with a familiar student’s lament: the more i know, the less i know.

Mario Pires's insight:

"as i read first about moriyama, and then coming across araki’s name here and there in that research, i wondered how the two were connected. they are not of the same photographic generation, per se; perhaps solely divided by how old they were while they experienced the end of wwii."

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An interview with Trent Parke - Try Hard Magazine

An interview with Trent Parke - Try Hard Magazine | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Your most recent series, The Black Rose Diaries, seems to be an ever-evolving body of work, which you have spent the last six years making. Could you explain a little about the project and perhaps how it came about?

The Black Rose Diaries initially started as a Magnum project. Each year my agency, Magnum Photos, gathers for the annual AGM in either the New York, London, or Paris office.

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"I have always been a storyteller and I am always working towards the book as the final work. It’s very hard to tell a story with those types of single stand-alone street images. I am interested in ideas. I am not interested in doing the same thing over and over again. The reason I take photographs is to make discoveries for myself. Always trying to piece together the puzzle, that’s where I get my rush. Once I find the answer I am looking for that’s usually it for a project, the excitement and energy is gone. I move onto something else, or away from that subject matter until I can view it with fresh eyes again."

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Dorthe Nors on Bergman

He lived on a small island called Faro, north of Gotland, where he would plan his films, write the scripts, make the screenboards, and everything. He limited his activities: Besides working and thinking, he might go for a stroll. In the late afternoon or evening, he would have visitors over to go and look at a movie in his cinema. And that was his routine, every day.That’s pretty disciplined to me — living primarily in service to one’s art.

Mario Pires's insight:

"We can separate artistic pain, the experience of feeling deeply, from leading a painful life. One is not a requirement for the other. What’s interesting about Bergman — he shows you can use your demons to pull your way through life. You can use them for good things instead of trying to let them destroy you."

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Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe, American, 1809 - 1849
ca. 1847
daguerreotype

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How Nazraeli's Chris Pichler Determines Book Prices and Print Runs

How Nazraeli's Chris Pichler Determines Book Prices and Print Runs | Photography Now | Scoop.it
The founder of Nazraeli Press explains how photo books are traditionally priced, and what photographers need to know about the changing business of book publishing.
Mario Pires's insight:

"I'm surprised sometimes by how many people—photographers or otherwise—imagine that all books are printed in editions of tens [of thousands] or hundreds of thousands of copies. Very, very few books, especially art books, are printed in runs that even begin to approach that figure. Our highest print runs are closer to 5,000 copies, and standard runs are closer to 1,000 copies."

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‘A Tale of Two Cities:’ Bushwick and Disco Collide in These Photos of NYC in the 1970s and 1980s

‘A Tale of Two Cities:’ Bushwick and Disco Collide in These Photos of NYC in the 1970s and 1980s | Photography Now | Scoop.it

For A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick, photographer Meryl Meisler delves into two distinct archives of New York City history, merging under one volume her snapshots of a thriving Manhattan night life and a struggling Bushwick, Brooklyn. In her 20s, Meisler frequented such hot spots as Studio 54, Paradise Garage, or Xenon. Just a few years later in 1981, she took a job as a public school art teacher in Bushwick, where she began shooting in daylight, capturing an untold story that persisted just a few miles away from a flourishing Manhattan.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Under Meisler’s gaze, Bushwick and Manhattan run parallel to one another as an unlikely set of twins, obviously divergent yet united under the ineffable energy of a particular era in a single city. Despite the social tensions that at times divided disco-era New York, both bodies of work exude a palpable thrill of vitality."

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García de Marina: Still Lifes

García de Marina: Still Lifes | Photography Now | Scoop.it

 appreciate when people see the world differently, and Spanish photographer García de Marina happens to see the world with humor and possibility.  His images celebrate “the greatness of the everyday” making us consider household objects in a whole new way. I appreciate the simplicity and humor in his images.

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Review: Pandora’s Camera by Joan Fontcuberta

Review: Pandora’s Camera by Joan Fontcuberta | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Joan Fontcuberta is a bit of an unusual photographic artist. His approach is rooted in conceptualism.
Mario Pires's insight:
With Pandora’s Camera Fontcuberta now reveals the thinking behind his work. A collection of essays about photography, the book is a most welcome addition to the growing canon of writing about the medium in English (the original Spanish language version was published in 2010).
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Andre Dubus III on process

There’s a profound difference between making something up and imagining it. You’re making something up when you think out a scene. You think, “I need this to happen so some other thing can happen.” 

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Philippe Bernard : « Le flou est une expérience intime entre soi et le monde ».

Philippe Bernard : « Le flou est une expérience intime entre soi et le monde ». | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Philippe Bernard explore les capacités du flou depuis plus de cinq ans. Photographe et regardeur, il remet en question notre perception du réel en créant des univers bizarres où formes et lignes se marient étrangement. Le photographe nous explique son évolution dans l’utilisation du flou en photographie en texte et en images.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Ainsi, le flou tente-t-il de mettre en exergue l’épaisseur qui réside entre le regardeur et le monde. Il lui permettrait de vivre cette expérience de l’écart, une expérience du positionnement."

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On Process (Further Down the Rabbit Hole)

On Process (Further Down the Rabbit Hole) | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Last year, I wrote an article entitled On Process. I’ve long been struggling with how process is treated and discussed in the world of photography.
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"When teaching photography, there will be the inevitable point where I will ask a student to what end they’re doing whatever it is they’re engaged with. This is not quite the same as asking what is at stake (for either the photographer or the viewers – I ask that a lot as well)."

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Women Beyond the Veil in Mali

Women Beyond the Veil in Mali | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Katie Orlinsky traveled throughout Mali for almost a month, speaking with women who had lived under Shariah law imposed by Islamic radicals.
Mario Pires's insight:

"Ms. Orlinsky mostly traveled around Timbuktu and on the outskirts of Bamako, spending time with women at home, mosques, clubs and family events. She said she was looking for women who wanted to share their stories and didn’t want to pressure those who preferred to remain silent."

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These black men represent a threat………. | duckrabbit blog

These black men represent a threat………. | duckrabbit blog | Photography Now | Scoop.it

The stream of images from Ferguson this week has been truly astonishing. The events they portray depressing and, sadly, predictable as the black community yet again confronts the reality of institutionalized oppression, but rarely have I seen it prosecuted with such a show of police force and threat.

Mario Pires's insight:

"The fight on the streets may (or may not) be over, but the real fight is just beginning, the propaganda one, as public opinion will be manipulated by those with a lot to lose in their fight against a community that is going to have to fight hard for everything it seeks to gain: justice and respect. And, as always, images will play a huge role in shaping that public opinion.

Hyperallergic carries a good piece that explores the issue of representation and misrepresentation through images: Hashtagging racism: The Power of #IfTheyGunnedMeDown"

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