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LIVRE | Une femme française en Orient, FLORE

LIVRE | Une femme française en Orient, FLORE | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Une femme française en Orient de la photographe FLORE est un carnet de voyage intime et déroutant. L’artiste nous raconte l’Orient comme une balade sensorielle entre la nuit, la chaleur et les courants d’air.
Mario Pires's insight:

"J’ai dispersé les grains de sable, j’ai emporté avec moi la chambre d’ombre où meurent et renaissent les souvenirs et je me uis promis de conserver intact le secret de mes fables intérieures" – préface de Natacha Wolinski

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Susan B. AnthonyJ. H. Kent, American, 1827 - 1910Susan B....

Susan B. AnthonyJ. H. Kent, American, 1827 - 1910Susan B.... | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Susan B. Anthony
J. H. Kent, American, 1827 - 1910
Susan B. Anthony, American, 1820 - 1906
ca. 1882
albumen print, cabinet card
Image/Mount: 15.5 x 10.5 cm [irregular]
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Colorisation: les vignettes de l’histoire

Colorisation: les vignettes de l’histoire | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Parmi les contenus à haute viralité que l’on retrouve périodiquement sur nos timelines, les séries de photographies célèbres colorisées rencontrent un accueil amical.
Mario Pires's insight:

"Comme les reenactments d’événements historiques, ces reconstitutions soigneusement documentées produisent des objets à la frontière de la réalité et de la fiction. Plutôt que d’essayer d’y lire l’expression d’une vérité historique restituée, il faut comprendre cette activité comme une forme d’appropriation populaire d’une histoire institutionnelle restée longtemps hors d’atteinte. Plus proche de la peinture d’histoire que du document photographique, la mise en couleur installe un reflet où le passé nous apparaît plus séduisant."

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Nothing by John Gossage | Hatje Cantz | fotoblog

Nothing by John Gossage | Hatje Cantz | fotoblog | Photography Now | Scoop.it

There are many books which are made of ‘nothing’. More often than not, a book will amount to ‘nothing’ in the larger world. Publishing books can transform your money into ‘nothing,’ and the painful truth is, most books should have remained as a non-existent ‘nothing.’ Remaining ‘nothing’ can also be a way to preserve an important ‘something’. John Gossage’s new book from Waltz Books called Nothing however, is a shining example of something – great bookmaking.

Mario Pires's insight:

"The notion of ‘nothing’ or ‘nothingness’ in photography might sound odd as photography deals with facts – light on surfaces, objects – the opposite of nothing. Nothing is a vacuum – a black hole. Gossage deals with black holes, or more accurately, blind spots in our vision."

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Robert Polidori, Eye & I

Robert Polidori, Eye & I | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Eye & I, a recent book from Canadian photographer Robert Polidori, is a departure from his usual tone. Known for documenting interiors and exteriors, recording the traces of human intervention.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Helped by the warm colors that brighten the various settings, Polidori manages to discover a radiance and gentleness that contrasts with the usual visual representation of the lives of these people."

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Stiffs, Skulls and Skeletons: Images of the Darker Side of Life

Stiffs, Skulls and Skeletons: Images of the Darker Side of Life | Photography Now | Scoop.it
In the 19th Century, posing with and taking photographs of dead loved ones was a common occurrence, allowing people to have a keepsake of their departed family members. Today, this cultural phenomenon has all but disappeared.
Mario Pires's insight:

"The skull is the most significant and time-honored prop for self-validation in a profession. The physician, the actor, the scientist, the explorer, the holy man, and the warrior all pose with skulls to convey accomplishment and status. In these images, the attitude of those posing with body parts changes over time, as each generation acquired new knowledge and approached the sanctity of the body with new cultural considerations"

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La France est un musée national : interview avec Marc Lathuillière

La France est un musée national : interview avec Marc Lathuillière | Photography Now | Scoop.it

La question de la muséification de la France et de sa représentation est, depuis 2012, au cœur d’un dialogue entre le photographe français Marc Lathuillière et l’écrivain Michel Houellebecq.

Lors du Mois de la Photo, les deux artistes présentent Produit France, une double exposition à l’image de leur échange : Michel Houellebecq a rédigé un texte accompagnant les images de Marc Lathuillière, et le photographe est le commissaire de l’exposition Before Landing du romancier français.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Quand je suis rentré en France en 2004, j’ai eu un choc culturel inversé. La France est à un stade culturel où on fige tout, on gèle tout. J’avais changé et la France était restée la même. Toutes les situations typiquement françaises, me semblaient liées à des référents culturels très anciens qui deviennent comme une espèce de seconde peau que l’on porte sur soi. Cela a une part de fausseté comme un rôle qu’on joue sans trop y croire car le pays ne va pas bien, et on s’habille de ces vêtements culturels pour se sentir mieux dans une France qui va de moins en moins bien. D’où le masque."

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Neal Slavin: Why I Photograph Groups

Neal Slavin: Why I Photograph Groups | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Troupes, clubs, societies and organizations. My work examines people’s public persona as opposed to their private nature. I am interested in the connection between the individual and the crowd.

Mario Pires's insight:

"I am a photographer who is sociologically and relentlessly concerned about the nature of mankind’s need to join in or remain outside the crowd. I believe these are the two issues that define humankind’s existence."

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My Russian Spam Beauties - Dan Hayon

My Russian Spam Beauties - Dan Hayon | Photography Now | Scoop.it

For My Russian Spam Beauties, Paris-based photographer Dan Hayon repurposes the dozens of junk emails that continue flood his inbox after years of persistent spamming. All of the messages adhere to a precise format, including both a beseeching memo addressed from a faraway young woman and a photograph of said woman. My Russian Spam Beauties, now compiled as a book, features one underexposed, come-hither portrait after the next as paired with its original text, its broken English preserved and unaltered.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Many of the images forwarded to Hayon were of the same size and aesthetic, lending themselves perfectly to the casual and imperfect focus that characterizes many polaroid images. In order to create the illusion of polaroids, he cropped the original images, altered their contrast, and added borders. In addition to imbuing each frame with a quality of immediacy and disposability, the polaroid aesthetic also allows the women to become minor objects of sentiment, like absurd snapshots secreted away and quickly forgotten."

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On those Viral Photos of African Migrants atop the Melilla Golf Course Fence

On those Viral Photos of African Migrants atop the Melilla Golf Course Fence | Photography Now | Scoop.it

If you follow the news stream, chances are that you saw this picture last week. By definition, enclaves like the one in Melilla, Spain keep the haves in and the have-nots out – including out of the background.

Mario Pires's insight:

"......the fact that the golfer is aware of the interlopers makes all the difference in the world. Yes, the photos went viral because they show two worlds colliding. The first photo is that much more powerful though for the deniability we imagine shattering inside the golfer’s head."

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Strategies of Seeing: An Interview with John MacLean

Strategies of Seeing: An Interview with John MacLean | Photography Now | Scoop.it

In beginning to consider how we see and encounter the world around us, the complexities involved quickly start to appear nearly insurmountable. After all, the absolute centrality of visual experience to our lives (and what might loosely be called western culture) would seem to obscure the possibility of a truly critical perspective.

Mario Pires's insight:

"At the moment I feel that, instead of starting a project by deciding on a particular idea, and then taking photographs, it is more useful to start by taking photographs and letting photography lead the way. I’m all for playing to photography’s strengths: encouraging it to do what it does best. "

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Follow the Everyday Lives of Artists in Kabul

Follow the Everyday Lives of Artists in Kabul | Photography Now | Scoop.it
When photographer Lorenzo Tugnoli and writer Francesca Recchia, started making The Little Book of Kabul – a crowd-funded work chronicling the lives of artists in the Afghan capital — they weren’t sure what they wanted it to look like.
Mario Pires's insight:

It wasn’t a matter of interviewing someone or taking a picture and then leaving, it’s really quite an intimate perspective on people’s lives.

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The Art of the Personal Project: Grace Chon

The Art of the Personal Project: Grace Chon | Photography Now | Scoop.it
As a former Art Producer, I have always been drawn to personal projects because they are the sole vision of the photographer and not an extension of an art director, photo editor, or graphic designer.
Mario Pires's insight:

"My usual work is portraiture or very lifestyle and shot in environment, so shooting this series has been really refreshing for me. I love that the Zoey and Jasper series looks vastly different than what I usually do and I love the simplicity and minimalism of it. But it still retains elements of what I always do – there’s a lot o color, and they are emotive portraits. I love capturing all the different smiles Jasper can make, and while Zoey looks the same in almost every shot there are small subtleties there that I love getting from her."

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Japanese street photography (by Yusuke Sakai)

Japanese street photography (by Yusuke Sakai) | Photography Now | Scoop.it

“These photographs were taken on the street.
In this series, I regard an impending spectacle as an aggregate of figures.
When I have found my place, I wait for the moment when each figure will harmonize beautifully.”
 – Yusuke Sakai

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Qaddafi Intelligence Room

Qaddafi Intelligence Room | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Agents working for Muammar Qaddafi sat in an open plan room like this one in this six-story building in Tripoli, where they spied on emails and chat messages with the help of technology Libya acquired from the West.

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Tito Mouraz – House of the Seven Ladies

Tito Mouraz – House of the Seven Ladies | Photography Now | Scoop.it

“It is still said around here that the house is haunted. At the house there lived seven ladies, all maiden sisters. One of them was a witch.

Mario Pires's insight:

"This series gives an account of a persistent return to the same place, so as to scrutinize its differences (the slow deactivation of agricultural practices, the gradual transformation of the territory, aging…), in spite of listening to the same owl, to the same fox, to the same stories. "

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Plain Sight: The Visual Vernacular of NYPD Surveillance

Plain Sight: The Visual Vernacular of NYPD Surveillance | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Josh Begley’s Plain Sight draws on AP-released documents to create an installation of photographs, text, and maps used by the NYPD’s Demographics Unit in its surveillance of Muslim-affiliated businesses and institutions.
Mario Pires's insight:

"Each location entry includes: a photograph of the exterior; location name, address, and phone number; ethnicity of the owner(s); and other "information of note" collected by plainclothes detectives."

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The Daily Edit: Steven Simko – Hollywood Stars Promo

The Daily Edit: Steven Simko – Hollywood Stars Promo | Photography Now | Scoop.it

What prompted to you start the body of work?
Much of the inspiration for the Hollywood project was derived from Richard Avedon’s “In the American West.” I wanted to capture that intimacy and authenticity that Avedon had in his subjects for that series.

Mario Pires's insight:

"...convincing takes time and patience…lots of patience ! This is such a departure from my editorial work for Vogue, but I think the fact that I shoot for them provides some “legitimacy” and trust the subjects are looking for."

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E. Brady Robinson: Art Desks

E. Brady Robinson: Art Desks | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Do our work spaces reflect who we are? Photographer E. Brady Robinson examines that question with a series of portraits of the desks and working spaces of artists, curators, art dealers, and critics throughout the East Coast.
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Duane Michals: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Duane Michals: Looking Back, Moving Forward | Photography Now | Scoop.it
A major retrospective of the ever-prolific Duane Michals opens this weekend in Pittsburgh, the city that is his spiritual home.
Mario Pires's insight:

 "Spirit lingers in the heart. Spirit is never cool. You can’t explain it. It’s what you love."

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The Rising Stars of Fashion Photography

The Rising Stars of Fashion Photography | Photography Now | Scoop.it

If the keys to success are authenticity and 
having something to say, these three rising fashion photographers set the bar. While each is stylistically distinct, they are all creating fresh work that exem-plifies emerging trends in today’s fashion world.

Mario Pires's insight:

It's interesting to hear "authenticity" and "fashion" on the same sentence.  Authenticity can exist from the part of all those In the sense that all the people envolved are doing their best to come up with photos that create a good piece of fiction, but that's it, it's fiction.

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10 of the Most Collectable Photo Books of All Time

10 of the Most Collectable Photo Books of All Time | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Online book marketplace AbeBooks — probably the first link you’ll see if you try to search for a rare, signed or early edition of your favorite novel or photo book — has a list of the 10 most collectable photography books of all time.
Mario Pires's insight:

The  PhotoBook as a a "collectible propriety", as a prized possession, something we should only trade when it's value is much higher than what we paid for it. And if you show it, or read it from time to time, it's value will decrease with the use. Some books should be reedited even, i it was in electronic format, that way we could see them, and be inspired by it.

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Magnum Contact Sheets: 139 Contact Sheets by 69 Photographers

Magnum Contact Sheets: 139 Contact Sheets by 69 Photographers | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Luise, who lives in Germany, loves Raymond Depardon’s contact sheets of the Berlin Wall.

Mario Pires's insight:

Luise Heiderhoff: "It’s interesting to see the process of drawing up a shortlist, and making the final pick and then to compare the procedure of the different photographers.

But what I especially like is to look at the contact sheet and think about which photo I would have chosen or to see what else has happened during the shoot or the event."


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Frances Farmer by Brigitte and Hans-Jurgern Tast

Frances Farmer by Brigitte and Hans-Jurgern Tast | Photography Now | Scoop.it
In this season of books there are a lot of ‘best’ photobook lists but where are the ‘worst of’ lists? I came across this crazy little gem at a free book exchange here in Kalk, Koeln.
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‘Fifty Shrinks': A Fascinating Look Inside the Offices of Dozens of NYC Therapists

‘Fifty Shrinks': A Fascinating Look Inside the Offices of Dozens of NYC Therapists | Photography Now | Scoop.it

For Fifty Shrinks, New York City-based photographer and psychiatrist Sebastian Zimmermann shot dozens of therapists and psychoanalysts standing or seated within their private offices. The seedling ideas for the project began to take root as Zimmermann built his own practice in Upper West Side Manhattan, where he observed within himself a sense of remoteness from the outside world. While his patients shared with him intimate portions of themselves, the role of psychiatrist necessitated a detached and discrete existence.

Mario Pires's insight:

“…When I realized I was visibly pregnant, I faced several dilemmas. The first decision was figuring out whether to tell my patients and if so, when. I was starting to show and I felt that my baby was already in the room. Not to volunteer the information to my patients felt like a denial of what was already happening. I didn’t feel comfortable with that. So I decided to tell them despite the code of non-disclosure that therapists normally abide…” — Dayna Kurtz, LCSW

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