Roger Ballen is a well-known photographer who resides in Johannesburg, South Africa.
I have been shooting black and white film for nearly fifty years now. I believe I am part of the last generation that will grow up with this media. Black and White is a very minimalist art form and unlike color photographs does not pretend to mimic the world in a manner similar to the way the human eye might perceive. Black and White is essentially an abstract way to interpret and transform what one might refer to as reality.
My purpose in taking photographs over the past forty years has ultimately been about defining myself. It has been fundamentally a psychological and existential journey.
If an artist is one who spends his life trying to define his being, I guess I would have to call myself an artist.
David Stephenson photography artist fine art photographs Tasmania Australia America architecture churches domes vaults stars star drawings Light Cities Visions of Heaven Heavenly Vaults...
David Stephenson was born in 1955, and studied at the University of Colorado and then the University of New Mexico, completing an MFA in 1982. He moved to Australia that same year to take up a position teaching photography at the University of Tasmania, where he completed a PhD in Fine Art in 2001. A fascination for the vast in space and time has led him to travel and photograph extensively around the world, with journeys to Europe, the Himalayas, and both the Arctic and Antarctic. His second visit to Antarctica in 1991 motivated his first exhibited work in video, which has continued to be an aspect his practice.
Bernd Becher, b. 1931, Siegen district, Germany; d. 2007, Rostock, Germany Hilla Becher, b. 1934, Potsdam, Germany
Bernd Becher was born in 1931, in Siegen, Germany. He studied painting and lithography at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart from 1953 to 1956 and studied typography at the Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf from 1957 to 1961. Hilla Becher was born Hilla Wobeser in 1934, in Potsdam, Germany. She studied graphic and printing techniques at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where she met Bernd Becher. The two artists first collaborated in 1959 and were married in 1961. They began working as freelance photographers, concentrating on industrial photography.
Born and raised in Lebanon, Rania Matar moved to the U.S. in 1984. Originally trained as an architect at the American University of Beirut and Cornell University, she worked as an architect before studying photography at New England School of Photography, and at the Maine Photographic Workshops in Mexico with Magnum photographer, Constantine Manos. She currently works full-time as a photographer and teaches documentary photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She also teaches photography in the summers to teenage girls in Lebanon's refugee camps with the assistance of non-governmental organizations.
Matar's work focuses mainly on women and women's issues. Her previous work has focused on women and children in the Middle East, and her projects – which examine the Palestinian refugee camps, the recent spread of the veil and its meanings, the aftermath of war, and the Christians of the Middle East – intend to give a voice to people who have been forgotten or misunderstood. In Boston, where she lives, she photographs her four children at all stages of their lives, and is currently working on a new body of work, "A Girl and her Room," photographing teenage girls from different backgrounds.
For sixty years John Gutmann was a photographic artist and educator.
1905 Born Breslau, Germany 1914-1923 Attends Johannes Gymnasium, Breslau, Germany. Abiturium. 1923-1927 Receives B.A., Staatliche Akademie fur Kunst und Kunstgewerbe zu Breslau,Germany. Studies with Otto Mueller as a master student. 1926 Meets Erich Heckel. Travels to London. 1926-1927 Studies art history and philosophy at Schlesische Friedrich Wilhelms Universitat zu Breslau. 1927 Exhibits paintings at Schlesischer Kunstlerbund and in Junge Talente, at the Museum der Bildenden Kunste, Breslau, Germany. Moves to Berlin. 1928 Receives M.A., Preussisches Schulkollegium for Hohere Erziehung, Berlin. 1928-1931 Travels in Europe.
Post-graduate studies at Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin and Berliner Akademie der Bildenden Kunste.
Solo exhibition of paintings and drawings, Gallerie Gurlitt, Berlin (1931). Included in exhibitions of Berliner Secession and Preussische Akademie der Kunste. Teaches art at various schools in Berlin. 1933 Leaves Germany; begins to photograph. Signs contract as photojournalist with Presse-Foto, Berlin. Journey to San Francisco via the Panama Canal. 1934 Joins California Camera Club, San Francisco, to use their darkroom facilities, meets many members, mostly of the Pictorialist school. Travels along U.S. west coast to British Columbia. Photographs published in international magazines. Meets Walter Heil, an advocate for modern art, fellow German émigré, and director of the M.H. De Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco. 1935 Solo exhibition of drawings and watercolors, Paul Elder Gallery, San Francisco, under the directorship of Howard Putzel. 1936 Teaches art part-time, San Francisco State College. Travels across United States from San Francsisco to New York. Stops include Reno, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Atlanta, New Orleans, San Antonio, Tucson, San Diego and Los Angeles before returning to San Francisco. Ceases affiliation with Presse-Foto and begins work with Pix Inc., New York. Meets George Grosz during stay in New York. 1937 Returns to San Francisco. Continues teaching art part-time, San Francisco State College. Solo exhibition of drawings and paintings, San Francisco Museum of Art. Solo exhibition of drawings, Delphic Studios, New York. 1937-1962 Photographs published in Saturday Evening Post, Life, Time, Look, Picture Post, National Geographic, Pictorial Press, Coronet, Asia, U.S. Camera Annuals and other national and international magazines and periodicals. 1938 Appointed Assistant Professor of Art, San Francisco State College. Establishes studio courses and a comprehensive scholarly course on history of modern art. Solo exhibition of photographs, Colorful America, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, circulated nationally. Solo exhibition of watercolors and drawings, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. 1939 Exhibited in Contemporary Art, Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco(see American Magazine of Art, The America Federation of Arts, vol, 32, no. 3, 1939, p,185). Meets and photographs Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. 1940 Meets and photographs Fernand Leger. 1941 Solo exhibition of photographs, Wondrous World, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco. Exhibited in Image of Freedom, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. 1942 Two-man exhibition, Paintings by John Gutmann and Karl Baumann, San Francisco Museum of Art 1942-1945 Staff photographer for The Dispatch, Camp Roberts, California. Serves with U.S. Army Signal Corps as still and motion picture cameraman after graduating from the Signal Corps Motion Picture School, Astoria, New York. 1943-1945 Serves overseas in the China-Burma-India Theatre, U.S. Office of War Information with the Psychological Warfare Team. 1946 Returns to teaching. Establishes a creative photography program at San Francisco State College. 1947 Solo exhibition of photographs, The Face of the Orient. M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco. 1949 Appointed Associate Professor of Art, San Francisco State College. Produces two documentary films, The Chinese Peasant Goes to Market and Journey to Kunming. Marries artist Gerrie von Pribosic.
1949-1963 Founder of international film program, Art Movies, San Francisco State College. Directs programs of international experimental, documentary, art, and early classic films. 1949-1990 Frequent travels to New York City. 1950 Travels to Mexico; post-graduate work at the University of Mexico. 1955 Appointed full Professor of Art, San Francisco State College. 1956 Meets Wynn Bullock. 1957 Extensive still photography and motion picture footage on modern architecture in Europe during seven month tour through Portugal, Spain, Morocco, France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium and England.
JCP Studios was originally set up in 2004 as part of FINI Frames. Initially called FINI Digital, we worked hard at setting up a studio that would be comfortable for artists working across a broad range of mediums to feel comfortable working and creating in.
This is I-Hsuen Chen, currently a photography MFA candidate in Pratt Institute, New York. Entering my friends private spaces in New York, I try to capture their intimate living scenarios. I would call the whole visit serendipity.
Christy Lee Rogers is a self-taught photographer from Kailua, Hawaii. Her obsession with water as a medium for breaking the conventions of contemporary photography has led to her work being compared to Baroque painting masters like Caravaggio. With an eye for the chiaroscuro qualities of light, her subjects bend and distort; bathing in darkness, isolated by light, and are brought to life by ones own imagination. Without the use of post-production manipulation, her works are made in-camera, on the spot, in water and at night. Her unrestrained joy to excite and inflame the senses, while provoking the audience with vivacious movement and purpose, demonstrates her prolific use of the photographic medium to transform reality into a world of her own. Rogers’ works have been exhibited throughout the US and Europe and are held in private collections throughout the world. She has been featured in International Magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar Art China, Eyemazing, Monaco Matin, Casa Vogue, Photo Technique and others. She lives and works in Los Angeles, California and Kailua, Hawaii.
Julian Germain (London, 1962) became interested in photography at school. He went on to study it at Trent Polytechnic in Nottingham and the Royal College of Art in London. He has published several books, including ‘In Soccer Wonderland’ (1994) and ‘The Face of the Century’ (1999). His first book, ‘Steel Works’ (1990), utilised a combination of his own photographs alongside historical images and pictures from various sources including family albums to examine the effects of the closure of Consett steelworks as well as broader issues of post industrialisation. Julian’s continued belief in the value of amateur and ‘functional’ images is also reflected in his recent book, ‘For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness’, published by SteidlMack in 2005, and also in his project ‘The Running Line’, a sculptural installation in Saltwell Park, Gateshead in 2007, of more than 139,000 pictures made by amateur and professional photographers of the previous year’s ‘Great North Run’. Since 1995 he has been working with Brazilian artists, Patricia Azevedo and Murilo Godoy on a number of photography projects which are conceived and executed as collaborations with groups such as favela communities and street children, who produce the imagery themselves. In 1998, the book ‘No Mundo Maravilhoso do Futebol’ was published by Basalt (the proceeds financing the construction of a library and community centre) and the ‘No Olho da Rua’ project has specialised in bringing imagery made by these marginalised groups directly to the public, in the form of posters displayed on city walls and most recently (July 2007) as a newspaper distributed free on the streets of the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte.
Germain sits on the editorial board of the magazine ‘Useful Photography’ alongside Erik Kessels, Hans van der Meer, Hans Aarsman and Claudi de Cleen. He has exhibited his work internationally, notably at the Photographer’s Gallery, London, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, MASP, Sao Paulo, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead and at Netherlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam. The 2005 exhibition ‘Lifetimes: Portrait Projects by Julian Germain’, at the National Media Museum in Bradford featured a range of work made over numerous years, all sharing Germain’s reflections on the complex nature of existence, including 2 ongoing series, ‘Classroom Portraits’ and ‘Generations’.
He is currently working with the British Council and other organisations on a global project about education scheduled to be a major exhibition and publication in 2012. He is also planning to publish and exhibit photographs made by Brazilian street children over the last 16 years. He lives and works in Northumberland, UK.
After he worked as a newspaper reporter and climbing instructor, Paul became a freelance photographer in 1965. He photographed regularly for The Guardian and The Observer and became director of the Creative Photography course at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham in 1976 - forerunner to all current student-centred higher education courses in the medium. Another notable achievement around this time was the establishment, with his wife, Angela, of The Photographers’ Place – the UK’s first residential photography workshop - at their Peak District home.
He has written two books on photography Approaching Photography and Dialogue with Photography and has had two monographs White Peak Dark Peak and Corridor of Uncertainty published. Exhibiting regularly since 1970 in the British Isles and internationally Paul was the first art photographer to receive an MBE for services to photography and the first professor of photography in a British university...
James Mollison was born in Kenya in 1973 and grew up in England. After studying Art and Design at Oxford Brookes University, and later film and photography at Newport School of Art and Design, he moved to Italy to work at Benetton’s creative lab, Fabrica. His work has been widely published throughout the world including by Colors, The New York Times Magazine, the Guardian magazine, The Paris Review, The New Yorker and Le Monde. His latest book Disciples was published in October 2008 following its’ first exhibition at Hasted Hunt Gallery in New York. In 2007 he published The Memory of Pablo Escobar- the extraordinary story of ‘the richest and most violent gangster in history’ told by hundreds of photographs gathered by Mollison. It was the original follow-up to his work on the great apes – widely seen as an exhibition including at the Natural History Museum, London, and in the book James and Other Apes (Chris Boot, 2004). Mollison lives in Venice with his wife.
Graduated in 2001 from Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design (MOME) in Budapest, Hungary with a degree of Visual Communications. After working for ten years in an Ad-Agency, left the industry in 2010 to work as a freelance designer.
Jon Pack is a Brooklyn-based photographer whose work has been exhibited in galleries in the US and Europe, and has appeared on book covers from publishers including Simon & Schuster and Random House. His previous projects include the limited-edition book Out There; That Thing We Call Nature.
About the Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands The Nationaal Archief in The Hague preserves almost one thousand years of history, in the form of over 110 kilometres of archives, almost 300,000 maps and drawings and more than 2 million photos. The archives were created by the national government, but archives from private institutions and individuals are also preserved at the Nationaal Archief as interesting supplements to the government archives.
Wolfgang Sievers came to Australia in 1938, a refugee from Germany. He became the pre-eminent industrial and architectural photographer in Australia. His work is visually marvellous, and his driving spirit was the dignity of man.
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