In his great wisdom, my ten-year-old son Nathan bought me a new photography-related book for Christmas. Never having been a big Polaroid fan, I probably wouldn’t have grabbed Christopher Bonanos’s Instant: The Story of Polaroid off the shelf myself.
A friend sent me a quote: "There's no correlation between creativity and equipment ownership. None. Zilch. Nada. Actually, as the artist gets more into his thing, and as he gets more successful, his number of tools tends to go down.
Toledano was born in London. His work is socio-political, and varies in medium, from photography to installation. His work has appeared in solo and group shows internationally as well as in Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Esquire, and GQ, amongst others.
Phil Toledano: Here's the secret about starting a project. START THE PROJECT.
At the beginning of this year I posted about the ongoing field research project centering on the kamra-e-faoree, aka the Afghan version of the old fashioned box camera. Since then, a host of new findings have been added to the project’s website, including some extraordinary samples of hand-colored portraits using a variety of techniques.
2012 was not a kind year for photographers. It opened with the death of Eve Arnold, Magnum’s first woman photographer, whose work, as Robert Capa had remarked, was sandwiched between “Marlene Dietrich’s legs and the bitter lives of migratory potato pickers”. She captured secret worlds of women: private lives of the world’s most famous women, lesbian weddings, nunneries, reproductive clinics in South Africa, and harems in Dubai and the Arab Emirates in a major series on Muslim women.
Photobook Club Toledo So much for the radio silence but after seeing this I couldn’t resist an early Christmas present post. A new branch of the Photobook Club is born in the awesome city of Toledo in Spain!
What is there left to say about film photography? I suppose nothing really. At the time of this writing, it is not quite dead, yet, and it might never fully die. But with consumers having abandoned film for the convenience of digital photography, film photography has become a small niche, and that’s just the way it is. The only real question might be whether colour film will survive or not (black and white appears safe in the hands of a small number of very dedicated producers), and that’s mostly a question for that small number of photographers who still use it (me included).
I stumbled across Goseong Choi’s fantastic series titled Meji on Tuesday and I’ve not been able to stop looking it ever since. Choi’s semi-abstract photographs of barren landscapes are both alluring and beautiful at first glance, but come alive...
To mark the end of the year and the start of a new one, I asked the team at Hotshoe magazine to look ahead to 2013, rather than back at 2012, to comment on any trends in the world of photography and to pick out some up-coming events, photographers...
“What is a book?” Believe it or not, the question was asked more than once in the photo department’s informal but very serious deliberations over the best books of 2012. There was much agonizing and jockeying for favorites as we tried to reduce an array of more than 500 books to just 10 favorites. Ultimately, the most important question, the one that ruled the day, was “Which books do you most want to have on your shelf?” Here are the answers, in no particular order.
It's the end of another year, one that - at least for me - by far surpassed the previous one in terms of photobook making. This year, I found it much easier to pick my favourite photobooks. In fact I picked so many that it's anything but a "top ten".
Tokyo is world-famous for its urban density, so it’s no surprise that the legendarily packed city subways would capture photographer Michael Wolf’s imagination. Wolf’s work largely concentrates on how people move within metropolises.
In the universe of serious, meaningful photography, the chance to honor the lives and careers of peers, colleagues and, occasionally, heroes in an end-of-year “those we lost” tribute comes with a grim, one-time-only satisfaction: namely, the...
If I had to commit, I’d vouch for this image as my photo of the year. Why? Part of it has to do with the respectful and dignified way it depicts the fallen rebel fighter (and the underdog’s improvisation, too).
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