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I Reviewed Portfolios at Photo Plus and Here are Seven Things I Said Over and Over.

I Reviewed Portfolios at Photo Plus and Here are Seven Things I Said Over and Over. | Photography Now | Scoop.it

The week that Photo Plus is in NYC is a crazy week. During that time there are so many people in town trying to get appointments with agencies that I have historically avoided visiting.  Well, this year, I decided to embrace the crazy and rather than compete for a share of voice, I opted to be part of the culture instead. 

Mario Pires's insight:

"We are being asked to direct scenes from which to capture multiple images for use in a library.   Therefore, the projects we are asked to bid often read like scripts rather than shot lists."

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Marja Pirila - Interior/Exterior, Camera Obscura Dreams | LensCulture

Marja Pirila - Interior/Exterior, Camera Obscura Dreams | LensCulture | Photography Now | Scoop.it
These pictures began to form not only a person’s living environment but also to constitute an excursion into the mental landscape: reflections of memories, reveries, fears and dreams — delightful!
Mario Pires's insight:

"Working on this series was for me like taking photographs for a family album: visitations to people and also to myself. To take the pictures I transform people’s rooms into camera obscura by covering the windows of the room with blackout plastic and placing on top of the hole cut in it a simple convex lens."

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The difference is what’s missing

The difference is what’s missing | Photography Now | Scoop.it
The difference is what’s missing. In fact, it is only when a photograph does not show it all that it begins to become powerful and potent. Why ? because it forcefully demands viewer participation by understanding the concept.
Mario Pires's insight:

"Photography is all about framing, after all: Making a decision into what to include and what to exclude."

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Flat, soulless and stupid: why photographs don’t work in art galleries

Flat, soulless and stupid: why photographs don’t work in art galleries | Photography Now | Scoop.it
A photograph in a gallery is a flat, soulless, superficial substitute for painting. Putting up massive prints is a waste of space, when the curators could provide iPads and let us scroll through a digital gallery that would easily be as beautiful and compelling as the expensive prints.
Mario Pires's insight:

"That is because when you put a photograph on the wall I cannot help comparing it with the paintings whose framed grandeur it emulates, and I can’t help finding photography wanting."


I believe Jonathan Jones is confusing craft (the process of painting a picture) with artistic merit. You could take a whole year to paint a picture, using all you love, care, and technical expertise, and the result could still be rubbish. But it's good to discuss these matters.

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Go! Go! GuatePhoto 2015!

Go! Go! GuatePhoto 2015! | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Más de 100 fotógrafos, 3,500 mls de tinta; 290,000 pulgadas cuadradas de papel fotográfico; 400,000 correos electrónicos; 19 exhibiciones; más de 400 voluntarios; 7.1 Kms de territorio cubierto en la ciudad; 3 semanas de exhibiciones y actividades...
Mario Pires's insight:

Photo festivals are everywhere, spreading the love of reflecting and seeing photography.

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The Age of Hard and Soft: Photographer's Eye, Joseph Giacomin and Thermography

The Age of Hard and Soft: Photographer's Eye, Joseph Giacomin and Thermography | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Designer and Educator Joseph Giacomin walks us through Thermal Imaging and explains why it's likely we may see more of this kind of imagery in the future
Mario Pires's insight:

"A more intellectually stimulating challenge is however the creative use which can be achieved. Heat is a very different creature from colour, thus thermal photographs have very different characteristics with respect to optical photographs. I find that thermal photographs share some features with black-and-white photos since you cannot capture subtle variations in colour. On the other hand, thermal photos reveal raw physical heat and energy in a way which black-and-white photos can’t."

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Bert Danckaert

Bert Danckaert | Photography Now | Scoop.it
There is a curious tendency to treat the landscapes we inhabit as if they resulted from some kind of abstract principle being imposed on the contingencies of a given place.
Mario Pires's insight:

"What his pictures suggest is the push-and-pull of different intentions, a deeply contested territory within what seems to be the most banal of settings."

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Processing the News: Retouching in Photojournalism

Processing the News: Retouching in Photojournalism | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Every digital image must be touched by software before you see it. But when each pixel is affected, who decides what is true?
Mario Pires's insight:

As Ron Haviv says, there is no "objectivity" in photography, so this is a debate that will never find a globally accepted answer.

 “The audience is in on it now. No one had any idea what photographers did in the darkroom. Now people are trying to find the cutoff point of what is and is not acceptable, though it’s a false pursuit. People talk about objectivity and photojournalism. But there’s nothing objective about photography. I’m not lying to you, but it’s not objective. I’m asking the viewer to trust me that this is a fair representation of reality.

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PORTFOLIO | « Songs of the Road » de Charlotte Strode

PORTFOLIO | « Songs of the Road » de Charlotte Strode | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Si la photographe américaine Charlotte Alexander Strode habite aujourd’hui à Brooklyn, elle n’a pas oublié son Kentucky natal. Elle traverse alors les États-Unis pour rejoindre son Sud d’origine une ou deux fois par an.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Songs from the road est un journal intime photographique. Charlotte Strode y capte les ambiances et les souvenirs évoqués lors d’un voyage dans les États du Sud. Aux photographies de routes et de paysages défilants, l’artiste préfère saisir la nostalgie d’une voiture abandonnée, ou le statique d’une table de restaurant. La photographe introduit le personnage d’un amoureux et saisit alors l’intime du périple, entre scène d’intérieurs et paysages. "

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is Instagram running scared ? - Kaptur

is Instagram running scared ? - Kaptur | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Instagram is now facing the biggest challenge of its short existence. One, remain relevant and second, get the next 100 million users. No easy task.
Mario Pires's insight:

"They should be the company to imitate and steal ideas from, the one that engages its current users, as well as new ones, to adopt new habits and social reflexes. In other words, they should clearly think about where they will be in five year instead of worrying about the next quarter."

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Rachel Wolfe: Bound By Water

Rachel Wolfe: Bound By Water | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Rachel Wolfe has a new project and book, Bound by Water  that interprets Japanese stories told over time as a way to remember history, real or imagined. The photographs were made on the Shikoku and Honshu islands in Japan.
Mario Pires's insight:

"To be bound by water, can be understood to be bound by change, or an idea of progress. The geographical position, relative to countries dominated by a Western world view, facilitates the perspective of Japan as an isolated area. The perception of isolation, or otherness, enacts an idealized stage for the idea of progress."

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Burton on Sherman

Burton on Sherman | Photography Now | Scoop.it
“In her earliest series, including “Untitled Film Still,” Sherman made repeated reference to abstract codes of representation, underscoring the ways in which identity is produced and conveyed within culture.
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Moving Walls 22 - Watching You, Watching Me: A Photographic Response to Surveillance

Moving Walls 22 - Watching You, Watching Me: A Photographic Response to Surveillance | Photography Now | Scoop.it

The Open Society Documentary Photography Project aims to be a place to reflect on how photography can help us understand the world today and provides for the first time a police theme for his exhibition Moving Walls. Spying is no longer reserved for the charming spy named James Bond.

Mario Pires's insight:

"With radical and varied visual responses, the ten photographers in this edition of Moving Walls take a long view of the question of surveillance. The thematic curation orchestrated by Yukiko Yamagata, Susan Meiselas and Stuart Alexander reflects on the scope of documentary photography and the universal means available to decipher the most critical issues of our times - times when, as Mari Bastashevski remarked, there is no real difference in the ways power is managed in the East and West. "

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Francesco Mastalia: Organic

Francesco Mastalia: Organic | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Francesco Mastalia has a new monograph, Organic: Farmers & Chefs of the Hudson Valley published by powerHouse Books,  featuring over 100 portraits of the farmers and chefs of the Hudson Valley photographed using the wet-plate collodion process. It’s a perfect marriage of process and subject, both using hands-on techniques to produce remarkable results.  The amber toned images reflect that the cultivation of land was a manual process that linked the farmer directly to the soil.

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Lucien Clergue is dead (1934-2014)

Lucien Clergue is dead (1934-2014) | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Lucien Clergue just passed away. He was a fantastic storyteller, a beautiful human being and a great photographer.
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Review: Hans Eijkelboom’s People of the Twenty-First Century

Review: Hans Eijkelboom’s People of the Twenty-First Century | Photography Now | Scoop.it
There is something incredibly unsettling about Hans Eijkelboom’s People of the Twenty-First Century. Or rather there are a few of those things.
Mario Pires's insight:

"Whatever distance we can (or simply automatically will) establish between the person(s) in a photograph and us will determine to what extent we will allow ourselves to be affected by what we see. Through the fashions of the days, Eijkelboom’s photographs feel a little distant or fairly close to us. But given there are always grids of photographs, the portrayed become specimen. We don’t really look at those sixteen women, photographed on November 10th, 2013, we look at sixteen pink jackets."

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Glory as a Stage Show: On Mark Peterson’s Vegas Megachurch Photos

Glory as a Stage Show: On Mark Peterson’s Vegas Megachurch Photos | Photography Now | Scoop.it
This is just one selection from Mark Peterson’s photo essay about evangelical megachurches in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mario Pires's insight:

"This photograph blurs ethical boundaries between voyeurism and analysis in the same way that it blurs symbolic boundaries between heaven and earth, and social boundaries between private and public. That’s a fair response given the likelihood that boundary-blurring—dare we say, inhabitation of the gray area—is precisely what happens when light and darkness converge, when the glory of heaven shines down in the shadow of Sin City."

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The Eye of Photography Turns One!

The Eye of Photography Turns One! | Photography Now | Scoop.it

L’Oeil de la Photographie turned one year old today.
At  year one, we have seven sponsors, a team of 38 people, a few hundred friends and over 200,000 visitors every month from 188 countries.On the horizon are several new projects, including a complete overhaul of the site. 

Mario Pires's insight:

I salute the team that keeps The Eye of Photography, everyday it has excellent content to marvel and reflect.

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Fractal State of Being by Sara Skorgan Teigen

Fractal State of Being by Sara Skorgan Teigen | Photography Now | Scoop.it

This is the first post in a series of book recommendations by Heartbeat, and we start with the new book from Sara Skorgan Teigen - Fractal State of Being (Journal, 2014).

Mario Pires's insight:

"To study patterns in nature and draw them small and concentrated gives me time to meditate on the forms, shapes and expressions they give. Abstract forms are fascinating because they are not familiar to us and therefore when presented or seen -we have to accept them."

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Juul Kraijer - Penumbrae — Modern Dutch Surreal Photography | LensCulture

Juul Kraijer - Penumbrae — Modern Dutch Surreal Photography | LensCulture | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Uncanny, cruel, queasy, creepy, wonderful — all of these words fail to capture the haunting feeling of the images in this great new photobook — Enjoy!
Mario Pires's insight:

"Without being literal, I'm employing the Surrealist grammar of alienation; mirroring, fusing of disparate entities, animating an object, objectifying a human body part, or casting a dazzling web of shadows on it."

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photo-eye | BLOG: Book Review: Photoshow

photo-eye | BLOG: Book Review: Photoshow | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Since the publication of Fotografia Publica in 2000, there have been a mass of books about photobooks. The Parr and Badger series are the most notable but there have been individual books on the Dutch, German, Swiss, South American and Spanish photobooks to name but a few. 
But what about the exhibition? You can find little snippets here and there on the best known exhibitions of the photographic age, but there seems to be no publication dedicated solely to the fabrication and exhibiting of photography.

Mario Pires's insight:

"It’s a book about spectacle, layout, storytelling, sequencing and scale, but it’s also about cultural transformations in how photography is made and shown. So we see the very modest scale of Diane Arbus and Gary Winogrand prints in Szarkowski’s New Documents exhibition, their size no indicator of the impact they would have on photographic culture."

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Robert Frank at 90: the photographer who revealed America won't look back

Robert Frank at 90: the photographer who revealed America won't look back | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Filled with images of loneliness and shadow, Frank’s The Americans stands as one of photography’s greatest works, while later works personal loss
Mario Pires's insight:

Robert Frank is 90 years old on Sunday. The great pioneer and iconoclast has become a survivor, celebrated and revered, but still resolutely an outsider. One thing we can be sure of: he won’t be looking back.

The kind of photography I did is gone. It’s old. [...] There’s no point in it any more for me, and I get no satisfaction from trying to do it. There are too many pictures now. It’s overwhelming. A flood of images that passes by, and says, ‘why should we remember anything?’ There is too much to remember now, too much to take in.” 

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Art Producers Speak: Chris Baldwin

Art Producers Speak: Chris Baldwin | Photography Now | Scoop.it

I nominate Chris Baldwin because he is a fantastic photographer that can work in any environment. He is really professional, flexible and has a great attitude. He and his crew are a pleasure to work with.

Mario Pires's insight:

"I’m not sure a client can ever hold me back, creatively.

My personal experience is that I have the freedom to choose my projects and my response to that project’s challenges and obstacles, regardless of circumstance."

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Everyday Iraq: Beyond Islam and Primitivism

Everyday Iraq: Beyond Islam and Primitivism | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Have you’ve been following the “Everyday” feeds on Instagram?
Mario Pires's insight:

"If newswire images of that country are filled with war, pestilence and plenty of sand, not to mention ramshackle surroundings and hives of men fervently prostrating themselves in dusty streets as if lost in time, this couldn’t be more different. Praying beside his aircraft, the photo of this pilot flies in the face of difference, primitivism and all that is ancient."

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See beyond seeing

See beyond seeing | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Do you see what I see? I’m out with a number of crews in Newcastle training them in videojournalism-as-cinema.
Mario Pires's insight:

"The way semioticians state we perceive the world is through patterns. Cognitions make a similar statement, but the way they access signs is different.

Television news plays on patterns. When you watch a newscast, it conforms to a way the journalists sees his/her world is shaped and so is yours. That world is black and white — sometimes literally e.g. Fergusson."

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