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Re Runs: Boo Ritson

Re Runs: Boo Ritson | Photography Now | Scoop.it

London photographer, Boo Riston, works in a way that combines sculpture, painting, photography, and well, bodies. Trained and educated as a sculptor, Boo considers herself an artist who uses photography to attain her desired result. After feeling confined by just making sculpture, she began painting her work and herself as a way to incorporate a different medium.

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LEE FRIEDLANDER: “Out of the Cool” (1991)

LEE FRIEDLANDER: “Out of the Cool” (1991) | Photography Now | Scoop.it

‘Just what is Friedlander’s work about? To what does it refer, either concretely, metaphorically, formally, allegorically, or representatively? In what sense are his photographs documents – either of the world or of his true perceptions? Is he confronting us directly with our perception of reality – or merely an abstract, ultimately barren non-reality? Is his work an allegory for his view of civilisation and humanity – or is it only about the medium in its narrowest sense? Is it a series of facile formal manoeuvres? Or even a kind of existential jerking off?’

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2011 BEST PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS | Part I

2011 BEST PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS | Part I | Photography Now | Scoop.it
A few of my choices forThe Best Photography Books of 2011+ + +The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious. Aperture, 2011The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the W.M. Hunt CollectionGeorge Eastman House, Rochester, New Yorkthrough Feb.
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2011 Photographs of the Year: Scarlett Johansson, Vivian Maier and the contemporary self-portrait

2011 Photographs of the Year: Scarlett Johansson, Vivian Maier and the contemporary self-portrait | Photography Now | Scoop.it

“Photographs of the year” photographs mainline emotion, documenting the most awful, dramatic events of the year. Sorting these examples of human conflict and suffering into a list with a SEO’d headline (“top” “best” “most”) doesn’t add any context or understanding. I’m going to take the opposite approach: start with the most insignificant photograph as “photograph of the year” and see where the tush takes us.

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ASX.TV: Bruce Gilden – “Leica & Magnum: The Spirit Lives Here” (2011)

ASX.TV: Bruce Gilden – “Leica & Magnum: The Spirit Lives Here” (2011) | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Bruce Gilden first traveled to Haiti in 1984 and made 19 trips over the course of 10 years, culminating in his book titled, quite simply, “Haiti”. In February and March 2010, he went back to Port-au-Prince to witness firsthand what had happened in the wake of the earthquake. What he found was a city destroyed and people who are poor of everything but grace, pride and a distinctive soul.

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White Shadow (positive/negative) photo series by Tono Stano - lens culture photography weblog

White Shadow (positive/negative) photo series by Tono Stano - lens culture photography weblog | Photography Now | Scoop.it

All old-school photographers know that black-and-white film typically registers a negative image of the subject of a photograph, which can then be printed as a positive image on paper for final viewing. What looks dark on a negative becomes light on a print. But what happens when an artist decides to play with this paradigm by aiming to make the final image a negative image that looks like a positive image?

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The Trouble With Art Criticism

The alarm bells about the crisis in art criticism have been rung many times in recent years, but what exactly is the crisis? Whilst once art criticism was passionate, polemical and judgmental, today's critics are more likely to find themselves tangled in a web of obscure language and neutrality. This Trouble With discussion panel seeks to tackle the nature of the ominous crisis in art criticism and identify what has changed, why, and whether it makes sense to look back at historic criticism for guidance.

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Comparative photography

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Recent landscape photography often focuses on human shaping (and reshaping) of the environment - urbanisation, globalisation, pollution. Even when critical and committed, this approach can emphasise, even glamorise, humankind's power over nature. I'm interested in rediscovering nature's own powers: the elemental forces and processes that underlie and shape the planet.

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Burning Our Bridges

Are we losing the ability to scan film?

I like my digital prints from film much better than my darkroom prints (dye transfer notwithstanding). To those of you who still like darkroom printing of film, I think that's fine! I'm not dissing what you do, heaven knows, so please don't get defensive. Darkroom printing is great! You just happen to be a minority (much as black-and-white photography is a minority of all photography); the majority of serious photographic printers out there see hybrid as the better way to go.

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Editorial Photographers UK | Ethics and photojournalism

Editorial Photographers UK | Ethics and photojournalism | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Award-winning photographer Stuart Freedman argues that the crisis of identity in photojournalism today can only be answered with a greater understanding of subject matter and context.

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Post-processing in the digital age: Photojournalists and 10b Photography

Post-processing in the digital age: Photojournalists and 10b Photography | Photography Now | Scoop.it
10b Photography has established itself as one of the world’s leading digital darkrooms, handling post-production for scores of award-winning photojournalists who trust that the company knows where to draw the line between processing and manipulation.
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José Pedro Cortes THINGS HERE AND THINGS STILL TO COME

José Pedro Cortes THINGS HERE AND THINGS STILL TO COME | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Portuguese Photographer José Pedro Cortes, latest book reviewed.

"Le photographe portugais a vécu neuf mois à Tel Aviv. Il y a connu quatre jeunes femmes juives nées aux États-Unis. Coïncidence, toutes, à l'âge de 18 ans, ont décidé de venir en Israel pour y accomplir leur service militaire. Puis, celui-ci effectué, elles ont décidé de rester vivre à Tel Aviv que Cortes qualifie ironiquement de "cité idyllique du Moyen Orient".

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Publisher Q&A: Lee Grant and Tom Williams of Timemachine Magazine

Publisher Q&A: Lee Grant and Tom Williams of Timemachine Magazine | Photography Now | Scoop.it

In October we posted a short, straightforward conversation with Shane Lavalette about Lay Flat, the independent publisher of limited edition photography books and multiples that he founded in 2009. The questions from the conversation with Lavalette have been adapted and given to 11 more publishers and editors that represent a variety of sizes, orientations, and audiences in the photography publication market - both on and offline. As a whole, the 12 posts aim to provide a snapshot of the current publishing landscape.

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Noah Doely

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Noah Doely was raised in Iowa and earned his BFA in sculpture from the University of Northern Iowa. He works with sculpture, installation, and antiquated photographic processes. Noah crafts elaborate narrative scenes and frames them with the use of historic photographic processes and antique equipment.

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2011 BEST PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS | Part II

2011 BEST PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS | Part II | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Friends and colleagues eachcontributed their unique perspective towards The Best Photography Books of 2011+ + +ELISABETH BIONDICurator and Visuals Editor at The New Yorker Magazine for 15 years"Two books, both probably because I have been loving...
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Jeffrey Stockbridge – Kensington Blues

Jeffrey Stockbridge – Kensington Blues | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Kensington Avenue is a hot spot for drugs and prostitution located in North Philadelphia. Populated by cheap bars, pawnshops, and check cashing businesses, the Avenue is also the major business corridor in the neighborhood.

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Review: Is This Place Great Or What by Brian Ulrich

Review: Is This Place Great Or What by Brian Ulrich | Photography Now | Scoop.it
What is there still left to say about consumerism? We all seem to agree that it is bad, that reckless consumption is the direct cause of many of our current problems, but we're still very much engaged in it.
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The Daily Edit – Wednesday 12.21.11

The Daily Edit – Wednesday 12.21.11 | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Field&Stream

Design Director: Sean Johnston

Photography Director: John Toolan Associate

Art Director: Kim Eddy

Photographer: Plamen Petkov

Food Styling: Roscoe Betsill

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Larissa Leclair - The Best Books of 2011 (self and indie published)

Larissa Leclair - The Best Books of 2011 (self and indie published) | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Larissa Leclair, founder of the Indie Photobook Library, elects the best books of 2011 in the self and indie published category.

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Brea Souders’ Photographs Explore Her European Ancestry

Brea Souders’ Photographs Explore Her European Ancestry | Photography Now | Scoop.it

As an American with typically mixed bloodlines, I started this project to explore the many places in Europe where I have ancestry and their influence on me as an artist and a person. I created the very first photograph in this series in Italy in May, 2010, titled Sunburn in Naples. This image encapsulated my feelings – a desire to own my Italian ancestral roots, to be wholly a part of something, but an inability to do so.

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TIME’s Best Portraits Of 2011

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“I sometimes think that being photographed by a clicking still camera is infinitely more satisfying to me than shifting about for a whirring moving one,” wrote Tilda Swinton for LightBox earlier this month.
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Pete Brook: Prison Photography on the Road

With an eye toward prison reform, writer and academic Pete Brook analyzes prison photography from behind his desk. After three years, he decided it was time to get out, on the road, and meet the people he'd written about.
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High Line Billboard: John Baldessari

High Line Billboard: John Baldessari | Photography Now | Scoop.it

What I like best is that Baldessari's work is more than just a snappy one-liner; it mixes photographic appropriation and Pop art, with a surprisingly current-events relevant Conceptual zinger.

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Interview with Rinko Kawauchi | en

Interview with Rinko Kawauchi | en | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Antonio Muñoz de Mesa interviews photographer Rinko Kawauchi about is book "Illuminance".

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Photobooks 2011: And the winner is… | eyecurious

Photobooks 2011: And the winner is… | eyecurious | Photography Now | Scoop.it

The constant stream of best books of 2011 lists that have appeared in the past couple of weeks got me wondering whether there are any books that are getting all the plaudits. I have pulled together 17 lists so far, including my own, (the sources are listed at the bottom of the post) but there are some big ones still to come.

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