dinsdag 30 december 2008
zondag 28 december 2008
In addition to Asakusa Portraits my "best of 2008" list also contains the following books, which I'm going to list in alphabetical order (using the photographer's last name):
Jonas Bendiksen's The Places We Live shows the "apartments" of inhabitants of slums - a single room, with the fold-out pages showing each wall. The photos come along with the voices of the people living in those places (in the form of text).
Mathieu Bernard-Reymond's TV transcends "pure" photography through its use of additional digital processing. While this is sure to have purists scoff, it shows very well how digital technologies can be used creatively in contemporary photography.
Chen Jiagang's Third Front shows the changing China, using the eyes of a Chinese photographer. A very welcome addition to the often somewhat superficial Westerners' gaze.
Mikhael Subotzky's Beaufort West portrays life in a small town in South Africa. The photography is stunning, in more than just one way. Both Mikhael's and Jonas' work show what contemporary photojournalism can achieve (if it's not frozen in conventions).
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zaterdag 27 december 2008
Lisboa, Edicao C.I.D.A.C. 1974. (ISBN: 90 269 5819 6) Pictorial Softcover, 10" - 8". Unpaginated. 48 pages. 60 b/w photographs by Koen Wessing reproduced with captions in portuguese. Wessing is the author of a famous book on Chile published in 1973 (Chile september 1973).
donderdag 25 december 2008
maandag 22 december 2008
The Island A digital-historical adventure about the relationship between New York and Amsterdam.Organized by the John Adams Institute & the Waag Society.The year 2009 will mark the 400th anniversary of the voyage of Henry Hudson to the New World and the charting of the river that bears his name. As Hudson traveled on behalf of the Dutch, this will be the occasion of a year-long celebration of the beginning of Dutch-American relations, with dozens of events taking place on both sides of the Atlantic. The anniversary is the inspiration behind The Island, a new digital frontier through which high school students will experience history. See for more ...
Photographers of the Night : Carl Wooley, Frank van der Salm, Hans Wilschut ...
donderdag 18 december 2008
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woensdag 17 december 2008
The Beauty Of Street Photography
By Andrew Gibson and Smashing Editorial Team
Street photographers strive to capture the life and culture of city streets, searching for what Henri Cartier-Bresson, probably the most famous street photographer of all, termed the ‘Decisive Moment’.
When it comes to street photography, many photographers traditionally choose to work in black and white, focusing the viewer’s attention on the subject by eliminating the distraction of colour. Wide angle lenses are used by photographers who like to get in close to the action, a method that encourages interaction between the photographer and subject. Another technique is use a lens with a long focal length to take photos from a distance and throw the background out of focus.
Smashing Magazine celebrates the diversity and livelinesss of the world’s streets by presenting you 50 excellent examples of street photography, urban photography and photojournalism.
Please notice: we didn’t feature Garry Winogrand, Bruce Gilden, Martin Parr, Henri Cartier-Bresson and other famous photographers — their works deserve a single post.
See also Rineke Dijkstra An urban history of Photography ... &
Catwalks on the street Streetstyle Fashionblogs ... &
Dutch Eyes Kors van Bennekom Street Family Photography Photojournalism ...
maandag 15 december 2008
Thema: Photo - Mario Carrrieri Milano du. Kulturelle Monatsschrift. 20. Jg., Juni 1960
Mario Carrieri was a leading photojournalist and cinematographer who devoted himself to photographing Milan for two years between 1957 and 1959. The obvious influence here is William Klein, whose book New York was published in Italy (among other countries). As Parr & Badger explain, however, the tone of Carrieri's work sidesteps the humor inherent to Klein's style. As such, he "confines himself to the city's grittier aspects, being drawn to the desolate outer suburbs, and even when photographing the city's glamorous center, he manages to make it look dark and dangerous...It's concentration on the seamier side of life makes Milano one of the most important works of the neo-realist tendency of the late 1950s."
Carrieri was influenced by William Klein"s Life is Good & Good For You in New York and shared a similarly raw view, though his layout is slightly more restrained. Carrieri spent time photographing in the suburbs as well as in the centre of Milan, focusing his attention mostly on the less glamorous working side of this hard Italian city. "One of the most important works of the neo-realist tendency of the 1950s" (Parr). In the same year as Milano, Italia, Klein published his own impressions of Italy in Rome: The City and Its People. Parr, M. and Badger, G., The Photobook: A History Vol.I, p.214; Auer, M. and M., 802 photo books, p.393.
Another year has passed and that basically just means that more books have been published and many more are on the way. This was obviously an exciting year for me with my venture into the world of publishing and this list is a tip of the hat to projects that made me envious. Each exhibits strengths that make them destined for a long shelf life and educates as to the potential for book-making. Certainly I have missed many other great titles that have slipped past my radar but here are my picks for 2008. Check them out and enjoy.
1 Invaze 68 by Josef Koudelka (Torst/Aperture) Many weren't too sure of this one but I love it. I prefer the Torst Czech version with the recycled paper cover but need the Aperture edition for the texts.
2 101 Billionaires by Rob Hornstra (Borotov) The biggest surprise of Paris Photo. Missed out on his first but won't miss out on future ones.
3 Pretend You're Actually Alive by Leigh Ledare (PPP Editions) Great first book (even with the misshapen slipcase) from this young artist and I hope he keeps making 'em with the same intensity.
4 A New History of Photography by Ken Schles (Schaden/White Press) Inventive, witty, smart and great book craftsmanship and concept.
5 Beaufort West by Mikhail Subotzky (Chris Boot) My very first impression was not favorable...needless to say it has grown on me...and grown on me...
6 Sent A Letter by Dayanita Singh (Steidl) Delicate, quiet and very interesting.
7 Wonderland by Jason Eskanazi (De.Mo) A long time coming and well worth the wait.
8 Solitude of Ravens by Masahisa Fukase (Rathole) a reworking of an old masterpiece.
9 South East by Mark Steinmetz (Nazraeli) The second in what will be a trilogy. Mark is well due his moment and this is another that shows why.
10 A Road Trip Journal by Stephen Shore (Phaidon) Way too pricey to the point where I might say it isn't worth it but I like it too much.
11 Living with War/Protest the War by Judith Joy Ross (Steidl) OK, it's two books but they seem inseperable.
12 Avenue Patrice Lumumba by Guy Tillim (Prestel/Peabody Museum).
13 Secrets of Real Estate by John Gossage (Sheldon Art)
14 Bird by Roni Horn (Steidl) Almost too short to be wholly satisfying but still a favorite.
15 Peru by Robert Frank (Steidl)
Last year I caught a lot of grief from friends who joked that my 'best of' list totaled 35 books so this year I am keeping it to just 15. It's a bit easier on your wallet.
Feel free to make your own Best of 2008 list and contribute it to the comments section. I want to know what I missed. See for the list of 2007 ...