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ERIKA DIETTES: Sudarios

ERIKA DIETTES: Sudarios | Photography Now | Scoop.it
"The rivers of Colombia are the world´s largest graveyard."

I first met Colombian photographer Erika Diettes several years ago when she was exhibiting her very moving project SILENCIOS. Silencios was an ambitious project Erika compiled of portraits and testimonials of the Jewish population in Colombia that had survived the concentration camps of Nazi Germany during World War II. Please read more and view photographs of Erika's human rights projects on her website.

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Gustave Le Gray dans Les Cahiers de Nicéphore | Le Journal de la Photographie

Gustave Le Gray dans Les Cahiers de Nicéphore | Le Journal de la Photographie | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Ten years after the exhibition Gustave Le Gray 1820-1884 presented by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, curated by Sylvia Aubenas, the photographer is once again in the news.
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Marcel Duchamp en casa // Marcel Duchamp at home (by Duane Michals, 1962)

Marcel Duchamp en casa // Marcel Duchamp at home (by Duane Michals, 1962) | Photography Now | Scoop.it

“As I age, while I still have time, I yearn to know now, more than ever, my true self, that random and illusive thing, decorated with personality. We believe ourselves to be this kaleidoscope of passions and distractions." 

(Duane Michals, in ‘I Am Much Nicer Than My Face: and other thoughts about portraiture’ – from Los Angeles Times, 1989)

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Parejas aburridas // Bored couples (by Martin Parr, 1993)

Parejas aburridas // Bored couples (by Martin Parr, 1993) | Photography Now | Scoop.it
In this candid book, Martin Parr delivers piercing social commentary with his view of couples that have lost the sparkle in their eyes.

This series of photographs were taken as an opportunity to explore the veracity of the caption.

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The Americans List: A Salute to Robert Frank

The Americans List: A Salute to Robert Frank | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Photographers the world over need no introduction to Robert Frank’s seminal 1950s work The Americans, an exploration of the American ideal from his outsider’s perspective as a Swiss émigré.
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David Bailey: Papua Polaroids

David Bailey: Papua Polaroids | Photography Now | Scoop.it
The Legendary Fashion Photographer Reveals Unseen Polaroids of Cannibal Tribes

Famed for pioneering fashion photography in the swinging Sixties and inspiring David Hemmings' rambunctious protagonist in Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up, David Bailey shares a long-lost series of portraits taken during a 1974 trip to Papua New Guinea.


Via Lee__Fox, daphne channa horn
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Abrigo, Carmen. París // Coat, Carmen. Paris (by Richard Avedon, 1957)

Abrigo, Carmen. París // Coat, Carmen. Paris (by Richard Avedon, 1957) | Photography Now | Scoop.it
What is fundamentally remarkable about Richard Avedon’s Paris photographs is their dynamic sense of vitality.

This photograph with Carmen Dell’Orefice is one of the most elegant photographs of twentieth century fashion, made of simple elegance, composed of contrasting black-on-white, and a wonderfully keen awareness of the spatial dimensions of the body. It is beautifully elegant: the erect back, the hand in pocket, the long thin legs stretching out into the road.

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Photography and Its Troubled Histories

Photography and Its Troubled Histories | Photography Now | Scoop.it

The exhibition ‘To Photograph the Details of a Dark Horse in Low Light’ by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin is currently on display at Paradise Row in London. The exhibition title is derived from a phrase that was used by the photo manufacturer Kodak to describe the capabilities of a new photographic film released in the early 1980s. The awkward yet rather poetic phrase camouflages an underlining dilemma for the photographic industry as film stock historically performed poorly in capturing black skin.

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EyeEm Spotlight - Back to the Future with Irina Werning

EyeEm Spotlight - Back to the Future with Irina Werning | Photography Now | Scoop.it

n 2010 Argentinian photographer Irina Werning became world-famous with Back to the Future, a unique photo series of people reenacting their childhood portraits. Curious about the look & feel of people 20 years after their early portraits, she took her camera and portrayed hundreds of people as they go back to their future.

At the occasion of Deutsche BahnCard celebrating its 20th anniversary, Irina took a bunch of new portraits for her series. We’re excited to show you some of her new work here and got the chance for an exclusive interview with Irina..

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Lynn Goldsmith The Looking Glass | Le Journal de la Photographie

Lynn Goldsmith The Looking Glass | Le Journal de la Photographie | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Questions of identity are explored through self-portrayals where I assume different guises. By injecting myself into settings which originate with window dressing in New York City, I consider how the act of shopping, how fashion, affects how we see ourselves as well as how we think others will view us. After removing objects from the windows, I create a fictional narrative, adding new elements with additional photographs to turn the store window into visionary windows.

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Synopsis: Mark Power’s ’26 Different Endings’

Synopsis: Mark Power’s ’26 Different Endings’ | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Title 26 Different Endings Author Mark Power Publisher Photoworks, 2007 26 Different Endings IMAGE: 5B4 From the publisher: In this new Photoworks publication, British photographer Mark Power returns to the dialogue between real and imaginary space...
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Do You Have to Push the Button?

Do You Have to Push the Button? | Photography Now | Scoop.it

I think the faith behind art photography is the belief that if one single sentient operator decides a) what to take pictures of and how, and then decides b) which of the results to print or publish or otherwise make available to others, and what format and order to present them in, that this double selection process will let something of that individual's unique outlook, or concerns, or way of seeing, or taste shine through into the picture or pictures, either singly or as part of a group—or even more durably, as a consistent, persistent style. If the effort is successful, the pictures will say something about the unique genius of the person as well as what the picture shows.

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The Daily Edit – Monday 10.1.12

The Daily Edit – Monday 10.1.12 | Photography Now | Scoop.it

V Man
Editor-in-Chief / Creative Director: Stephen Gan
Photo Editor: Evelien Joos
Consulting Creative / Design Direction: Greg Foley
Art Director: Sandra Kang
Associate Art Director: Cian Browne
Photographer: Mario Testino

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4. Photography and Authorship

4. Photography and Authorship | Photography Now | Scoop.it
My previous post touched on the complications that arise from photography’s dependence on a negative-positive system of reproduction, a system that divides the photograph from itself but also divides the act of photographing into a number of...
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The Internet as a Photography Archive

The Internet as a Photography Archive | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, social-media behemoth Facebook announced that every day, its user were uploading 300 million images per day. That's a pretty impressive number, the relevance of which, I think, is debatable, though.
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Book Du Jour: The Afronauts by Cristina de Middel

Book Du Jour: The Afronauts by Cristina de Middel | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Title of publication: The Afronauts
Name of artist: Cristina De Middel
Design: Ramon Pez
Editor: Laia Abril
Publication date: May 2012

Description of the book: In 1964, still living the dream of their recently gained independence, Zambia started a space program that would put the first African on the moon catching up the USA and the Soviet Union in the space race.
Only a few optimists supported the project by Edward Makuka, the school teacher in charge of presenting the ambitious program and getting its necessary funding. But the financial aid never came, as the United Nations declined their support, and one of the astronauts, a 16 year old girl, got pregnant and had to quit.
That is how the heroic initiative turned into an exotic episode of the african history, surrounded by wars, violence, droughts and hunger

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Random Excellence: John Bohn

Random Excellence: John Bohn | Photography Now | Scoop.it
For your delectation today, a T-Max P3200 picture, which seems only appropriate.

The photography staff at The Boston Globe were among the first photographers to ever use the film—they received several pre-production batches, in unmarked black cassettes and plain yellow boxes. Among themselves they referred to Kodak's gift as "magic film." Former staff photographer (and TOP reader) John Bohn says, "Lots of smiles on those of us shooting sports at night!" Months later, the film officially went on sale, and they finally found out what they'd been shooting with.

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Getty Museum : Herb Ritts - L.A Style | Le Journal de la Photographie

Getty Museum : Herb Ritts - L.A Style | Le Journal de la Photographie | Photography Now | Scoop.it
The glamour and beauty of the human body will be on display in an exhibit straight from breaking attendance numbers at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles California. Herb Ritts: L.A.
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Kodak discontinues T-Max P3200 black-and-white film

Kodak discontinues T-Max P3200 black-and-white film | Photography Now | Scoop.it
The T-Max P3200 is the latest Kodak film to bite the dust following the discontinuation of the Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100G, Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100VS Film and Kodak Professional Elite Chrome Extra Color 100 films, as well as Kodachrome in 2010.

 

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How to possibly approach writing about photography

You might have noticed that certain topics serve as strange attractors of contemporary photography discussions. They just keep going (or coming back), again and again. There is nothing particularly wrong with this per se, because there are quite a few topics we still need to figure out. But those topics aren’t the one frequently discussed. Instead, it’s Instagram and whether or not that’s helping or hurting photography, or Google Street View and whether or not that’s even photography. You get the idea. To be honest, what frustrates me about those kinds of discussions is not that I don’t want to talk about Instagram or Google Street View. I do think there are quite a few aspects that deserve to be discussed. But there are only so many articles I can take about whether or not Google Street View is photography or not, or what “curation” might mean in the digital age. How about talking about the merit of that work?

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Brian Rose: The Lost Border

Brian Rose: The Lost Border | Photography Now | Scoop.it
When I first leafed through this book, it took a moment to appreciate Brian Rose‘s photographs. They are deceptively simple.
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ON PHOTOGRAPHY: Interview with Walterio Iraheta

ON PHOTOGRAPHY: Interview with Walterio Iraheta | Photography Now | Scoop.it

What is the most important thing to you when you take a picture?
A few years ago in Galicia I was joking with friends about "the impossible photo" to refer to a picture that nobody else had, to a "special photo" ,to a photo unparalleled magical, unique and unrepeatable. I write about it and it still makes me laugh now, but I admit that every photographer has a bit of this cliché in his thinking. Beyond that, I would say that the most important thing when capturing an image is to be aware of why it is important to retain that piece of time.

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What Is Conceptual Photography?

What Is Conceptual Photography? | Photography Now | Scoop.it
These three films released by Source Photographic Review explore that very question.

To be honest I’m not sure the answer (or any number of answers) really matters. I think its much more interesting to explore what photographs might mean to different people then get lost in a debate about which filing cabinet they should be placed.

Don’t let that put you off the films though!

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Laura Pannack Young British Naturists | Le Journal de la Photographie

Laura Pannack Young British Naturists | Le Journal de la Photographie | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Nakedness is usually reserved to the private realm. We make sure the curtain is pulled before we undress. On the beach, we wriggle awkwardly behind towels to preserve our modesty and a dropped corner is a cause for deep blushes.
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Dappled Things: Pinkhassov on Instagram – The New Inquiry

Dappled Things: Pinkhassov on Instagram – The New Inquiry | Photography Now | Scoop.it

We are not mayflies. We have known afternoons, and we live day after day for a great many days. This long experience of how days turn—how afternoon becomes late afternoon and late afternoon becomes night—informs any photographic work we do with natural light. The time of day at which the light is at its most glorious photographers call the golden hour: you’ve seen them toting cameras on street corners and in abandoned lots, coming at 5.30 pm or 6.30 or later, depending on the latitude and time of year. They wait for a certain intensity of shadow, for the yellow sunlight to spill just so, before it dies away into the night. But Gueorgui Pinkhassov (Russian, b. 1952, based in Paris) has done something more than wait: he has detected the golden hour in unexpected hours.

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