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El Raval (by Joan Colom)

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Intuitive and with a half hidden camera, Joan Colom, captured the everyday witness of a picturesque neighborhood. Images that view today give us an objective view of the cultural transformation that has lived the Raval. Although Chinatown was, during the gold rush of the Great War, a bohemian neighborhood of artists and cabarets, Colom shows us Chinatown after the war and the Franco regime, which evokes popular life, poverty, prostitution.

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Alban Lécuyer – Here Soon

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“Can contemporary cities project themselves in some sort of tangible future? Are places transformed in conformity with the architects plans and with the artists visions destined to promote luxury housing projects?
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Notes from Natalia Lopera, Microgrant Photographer

Notes from Natalia Lopera, Microgrant Photographer | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Donors to the fototazo microgrant program raised the necessary funds to purchase a Nikon d3100 camera for Medellín, Colombia-based photographer Natalia Lopera in April of 2011.
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German Photography today...

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The Goethe-Institute have published a comprehensive overview online, outlining the state of German photography. It's well worth a read. Topics covered are: How’s photography doing at the dawn of the 21st century?

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“Men at Lunch”: A Documentary About One of the World’s Most Timeless Images

“Men at Lunch”: A Documentary About One of the World’s Most Timeless Images | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Everyone knows the iconic photograph taken in 1932 entitled Lunch atop a Skyscraper by photographer Charles.C Ebbets, depicting a group of eleven construction workers taking a break in New York City while casually dangling their legs off a long steel girder, 850 feet high above the ground!

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Thoughts from Across the Cultural Divide: #13 (Dave Winfield, Part 2: You Can’t Handle the Truth)

Thoughts from Across the Cultural Divide: #13 (Dave Winfield, Part 2: You Can’t Handle the Truth) | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Last week I wrote at length about image overload vis-à-vis a portrait of Dave Winfield I drew when I was a teenager. The point wasn’t merely to note that the information age has altered how artists parse the world, though it has, but to get at this notion about how wisdom and magic co-exist on a sliding scale; that wisdom might be seen as the accumulation of information, while magic, conversely, arises in the vacuum of concrete information.

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Shoot, Print, Repeat: An Interview With Daisuke Yokota

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A young Japanese photographer re-photographs his prints up to ten times, adding successive layers of handmade distortion each time around...
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Marco Delogu – I Trenta Assassini – The Thirty Assassins

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The subject of Marco Delogu’s photobook The Thirty Assassins are the jockeys who have participated in of the bi-annual horse race in Sienna, called the Palio. The introduction provides the back story that this horse race, ridden bare back, is a throwback contest to an earlier age as well an event intertwined with ancient treachery and sinister intrigue. How else can a jockey who finishes 8th end up with more cash than the winner?
We know not of the danger and intensity of this particular race, in which the rider does not need to be mounted on the horse at the end of the race to become the winner. Instead Delogu tightly crops and frames these portraits and narrowly focuses his lens on their eyes at the exclusion of almost all else. It is about the gaze of the subject and the direct connection with the photographer, and ultimately with us, the viewer.

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Colony Music

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I first went to Colony in the late 80′s, the Daily News commissioned me to photograph  jazz musician Lionel Hampton at what was his ‘ favorite place’ in NYC.
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Photographs of a Middle Class Utopia

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This series, Middle Class Utopia, focuses in Austrian allotment gardens in and around Vienna, called ‘Schrebergärten’.
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Provoke: Takuma Nakahira and Yutaka Takanashi

Provoke: Takuma Nakahira and Yutaka Takanashi | Photography Now | Scoop.it
A few years ago, when I’d go off on a tangent about postwar Japanese photography and photobooks with friends, I’d usually get polite yawns or blank stares.
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This Week In Photography Books – Mitch Epstein

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The oversized hardcover features several essays, and an insightful interview with the artist that alone makes the book a worthy purchase. It is impeccably produced; basically divided into two sets of plates. The first features a set of photos made in the 70′s and 80′s: very obvious temporal references. The photographs are big, each spilling from the right page to the left, and they are terrific. Talk about implied narrative.

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Lucian Bran – Promised Land

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These photos bring to your attention a series of mural wallpapers from Romanian living-rooms, representing waterfalls, mountain views, lakes, forests. The nature landscape wallpaper used to be a very popular interior design piece in 80′s Romania.
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Transformation

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I’m reluctant to wade into the troubled waters of women’s beauty, but the water temperature seems right, so I think I’ll go in for a deep swim.
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Conscientious Extended | Photography and Writing

Conscientious Extended | Photography and Writing | Photography Now | Scoop.it

This is not a good time for writing, since it’s such a bad time for reading, especially on the web. I’ve been castigating photography for its increasing reliance on what I call one liners - quick photo projects that require at most five minutes of your time and that, of course, are ideal fodder for online consumption. But photography really is just part of a larger culture that does not value thoughts any longer that can’t be summed up in a single sentence or, god forbid, thoughts that can’t even be summed up at all. The horror, the horror!

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Malcolm Browne: The Story Behind The Burning Monk

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Photographer Malcolm Browne, known for his shocking and iconic image of a self-immolating monk in Saigon, died on Monday at the age of 81.
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on the edge….

on the edge…. | Photography Now | Scoop.it

I have never been one to follow any “routine” for long. I always want to get as close to the creative edge as I can. The status quo tends to get boring quickly.

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MoMA | New Photography 2012

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New Photography 2012 presents five artists—Michele Abeles, Birdhead (Ji Weiyu and Song Tao), Anne Collier, Zoe Crosher, and Shirana Shahbazi—whose varied techniques and backgrounds represent the diversity and vitality of photography today.

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Shooting (from the hip) | we produce beautifully crafted multimedia

Shooting (from the hip) | we produce beautifully crafted multimedia | Photography Now | Scoop.it
The responses to the recent NYC shooting made me stop and think. I saw this exchange between duckrabbit and a few folks.
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Le Journal de la Photographie

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Today is dedicated to the memory of Martine Franck. It's an hommage, a farewell, composed of testimonies from people who knew her. These are the memories and anecdotes that we'll keep with us. There are also three texts, beautiful and concise, written by Martine herself for French television...

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Joshua Hobson Currents | Le Journal de la Photographie

Joshua Hobson Currents | Le Journal de la Photographie | Photography Now | Scoop.it
My image making plays many roles in my life, but one of them is organizational. In response to a strange environment, dissecting it one frame at a time is a mechanism for seeking understanding, or at least a kind of symbiosis.
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Art Space Tokyo

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Tokyo is not an easy place to get to grips with, especially for those of us who are used to the structure and scale of most European cities.
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Instagram and Murder

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There has been quite a bit of discussion about the Instagram photos of shooting victims at the Empire State Building yesterday, with as much debate on the actual photo threads as off.
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Everyday Life and Eccentricities of Africa Photographed by Jonathan May

Everyday Life and Eccentricities of Africa Photographed by Jonathan May | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Jonathan May is a advertising and fine art photographer originally from Australia. He is currently based in Moscow but lately finds himself spending majority of his time shooting in Australia and Africa.
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