zaterdag 30 januari 2010

Borinage 1959 Jeanloup Sieff Black Smoke Magnum Photography

Sieff, Jeanloup
Borinage - 1959. [Introduction: George Vercheval; Text: Jeanloup Sieff, Léon Fourmanoit].

Ausstellungskatalog, Charleroi, Musée de la photographie à Charleroi, Centre d'art contemporain de la Communauté françaiise de Belgique, 1986. / Archives du Musée de la Photographie; 6 / Charleroi / Musée de la photographie / 1986 / s. p. / geb. / 21.6x21.3cm / s/w ill. / 2-87183-000-2 / HCA mono / Katalog / Photographie - Monographie - Sozialdokumentarische Photographie - Belgien - 20. Jahrh. - Vercheval, Georges - Fourmanoit, Léon / "Le photographies reproduites dans 'Borinage 1959' ont été acquises par le Musée de la Photographie/Centre d'Art contemporain de la Communauté française de belgique. Elles ont été présentées lors de la Deuxième Triennale internationale de la photographie organisée en mars-avril 1984 à Charleroi".
French photographer who began as a photojournalist in the 1950s, belonging briefly to Magnum. In 1959 he won the Prix Niépce and published his first book, Borinage, containing gritty images of a Belgian miners' strike. But he spent the early 1960s in New York working for leading fashion magazines, especially Harper's Bazaar. He made portraits—notably of Rudolf Nureyev (1960) and Charlotte Rampling (1967)—and landscapes (Scotland in 1972, Death Valley, California, in 1977). Most striking, however, was Sieff's continual output of stylish nudes and near‐nudes, presented either in sculptural isolation, or in surreal settings like train compartments or, waiflike, in sparse interiors. Shadows or designer lingerie evoke mythical enchantment and bondage. For much of his nude and landscape work he favoured ultra‐wide‐angle lenses and grainy monochrome.

donderdag 28 januari 2010

Reinhart Wolf's vision of New York Architecture Photography

NEW YORK Photographs by Reinhart Wolf. Introduction by Edward Albee and Sabina Lietzmann. Architectural Notes by Christopher Gray. Interview of Reinhart Wolf by Andy Warhol. Illustrated. 80 pp. New York: The Vendome Press.

Of all the coffee-table books devoted to photographs of New York City - and quite a few have been published this year -''New York'' has the most coherent photography. It is the product of a single photographer, not a book editor's or art director's compilation; its vision of the city is consistent and unified. There are 30 pictures finely reproduced on pages measuring 16 1/2 by 11 1/2 inches, all of them taking full advantage of the page size (horizontal pictures measure 16 1/2 by 23 inches!) and of the glorious tonalities of color film.

Reinhart Wolf's vision of New York is not that of the man on the street, to be sure. His photographs depict only the tops of Manhattan skyscrapers and apartment buildings, ranging from the venerable Woolworth Building to the gleaming Citicorp Center. His large-format camera reveals a wealth of detail few of us have ever been in a position to see before, unless we have stared, as Wolf did, straight across from neighboring buildings. Despite their attention to atmospheric lighting, the pictures convey an unrelenting air of stolidity and rectitude - a quality that only Andy Warhol, of all the writers engaged in the project, seems to have noticed. ''Reinhart, these buildings make me think of money,'' he says.

woensdag 27 januari 2010

the 50th anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Congo Carl de Keyzer Magnum Photography

On the 30th of June 2010, the Democratic Republic of Congo will celebrate its 50th anniversary since independence from Belgium. Belgian photographer Carl De Keyzer, decided to undertake the long journey to the Congo following the path set by the "Guide Du Voyageur du Congo Belge", published in 1954.

Over six years (2003 - 2009) he made several trips and he visited the places where there used to be factories, missions, prisons, mines, military sites and harbours built by the Belgians that, today, are now either ruins that litter the Congo or serve identical or different purposes.

The portrait of the country that De Keyzer found is quite tough. In fact, from Mobuto’s Zaire to the Hutu militias in eastern Congo, the history of the country has been one of civil war and corruption. In spite of that Carl says: "In the Congo I was surprised to see that people still manage to retain an incredible joie de vivre. When you visit these places, it is as if nothing has happened."

Carl De Keyzer’s approach diverges substantially from that of press photographers. His vision is personal, not objective and can raise questions rather than supply answers. "I like visitors to my exhibitions to ask questions on leaving them. My projects are more like essays, novels or films." See for a slideshow ... & OUD-MISSIONARIS BEZOEKT EXPO OVER CONGO ...

See also ...

Cas Oorthuys - Guaranteed Real Dutch Congo - (Dutch/English/French)

Photography : Cas Oorthuys
Text : Lieve Joris
Design : Willem van Zoetendaal
ISBN : 90-72971-11-6
Size : 26 x 26cm.

The photo archives of Cas Oorthuys consist of over 550,000 negatives; among them about 7,000 negatives of Belgian Congo. Cas Oorthuys made these photographs in 1959, commissioned by the Belgian Government Information Service. Particularly photo's of people, but also of landscapes, rivers, cities, villages and jungles. In this book only photos of the inhabitants of Belgian Congo are included. 'The brilliant full-page black-and-white photographs show us the inhabitants of the country in the late fifties'. Lees verder ... & zie ook

Mensen aan de stroom : reisimpressies van Cas Oorthuys in Belgisch-Kongo, 1959 : foto-album = Gens du fleuve : impressions de voyage de Cas Oorthuys au Congo belge, 1959 : album de photos / samengesteld door D. Thuys van den Audenaerde & M. Creemers-Palmers.

dinsdag 26 januari 2010

Rotterdam Peripheral Pilgrimages Bas Princen Artist Book Photography

Type: artist book

Publication date: 2007

Witte de With and Rotterdam 2007 City of Architecture proudly present the publication ROTTERDAM – a distinguished volume containing the photo series Rotterdam by local photographer Bas Princen and the story Peripheral Pilgrimages by Ghent-based writer Christophe Van Gerrewey.

ROTTERDAM arose out of a unique commission that Witte de With extended to Bas Princen: to develop a photographic concept for the invitations and brochures that would be published in the 2006 – 2007 season. As Princen’s underlying ambition was to redefine the notion of the ‘non-place’, the photo series challenges the audience to view Rotterdam from a new angle, in terms of what it is now and what it could be. Throughout the past two years Bas Princen’s photographs have presented the peripheral areas and border zones of the city. The images focus on places and locations that – though they form part of our daily surroundings – have no place in our collective memory.
Bas Princen invited Christophe Van Gerrewey to create a text that acts in parallel to his photographic series, which has been expanded to a total of 44 pictures. In the resulting narrative,Peripheral Pilgrimages, the contemporary city emerges as a new kind of protagonist that greatly affects our relations with the world.

Print run: 1250, Bilingual English/ Dutch;
Published by: Witte de With Publishers
Editors: Renske Janssen and Nicolaus Schafhausen; Graphic Design: Kummer & Herrman, Utrecht
Format: 160 x 210 mm; Pages: 164; Photos: 44, colour; Date of publication: 17 December 2007
ISBN: : 978-90-73362-78-9;

© the artist, authors and Witte de With, Rotterdam 2007

zondag 24 januari 2010

the Urban landscapes Photography by Bas Princen Architecture

by iconeye ... & lees verder ...

“I go out to find photographs [...] in which the artificial and the natural take each other’s forms and in which one is unable to see if things are being constructed or destroyed. I think that is the most interesting thing that can be said right now about the cities in which we live, and the landscapes in which we dwell (and vice versa).” Bas Princen explained in a conversation with Mark Pimplott...

Like islands, the buildings in photographer Bas Princen’s latest series are isolated objects in the landscape. Travelling to five Middle Eastern cities – Cairo, Istanbul, Dubai, Beirut and Amman – Princen was looking for urban refuges. Amid the sprawl he found extraordinary suburbs and gated communities but also monumental buildings. The ones we have selected over the following pages have an almost biblical quality to them – unquestionably modern and yet strangely ancient.

“I wanted to see how certain groups are excluding themselves, whether in refugee camps or gated communities,” says Princen. A luxury apartment block in Dubai looks like an early stage of the Tower of Babel but sits next to a mall car park. “The objects stand more or less alone because the people there want to be excluded,” he continues. “There is no clean road leading to this one because the people who live there have 4x4s and they want to be excluded from any infrastructure. They found a way to make it an object but to keep all their surveillance tactics – it’s a gated community with a three-storey wall instead of a fence.”

Another photograph depicts a water cooling plant for the Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai surrounded by blue-boiler-suited labourers. Reminiscent of the Kaaba in Mecca, the image transfers some of that religious sanctity and mystery to the desalinated sea water that keeps Dubai alive.

In Cairo, a puritanically modernist city appears to rise out of a sugar cane field. The lack of windows on most facades anticipates new blocks being thrown up against them imminently. One structure in Istanbul, meanwhile, has accreted layers of construction like a fortified hill town. “You think these things have existed for ages but when you look at them they are super-contemporary without being technically advanced,” says Princen. It is this “doubleness” that he sought to capture in each of these places.

The whole series can be found in his book Five Cities Portfolio, by Sun Publishers. See also

Incredible ‘Garbage City’ Rises Outside of Cairo ...

zaterdag 23 januari 2010

the World a Gallery Women are Heroes by street artist JR Photography

With nearly a decade of public exhibitions behind him, renowned undercover photographer JR this week launched his newest public exhibit in one of Africa’s largest and poorest slums, Kibera, Kenya. Famous for transforming his photos into posters and using them to make “open space galleries out of our streets,” JR’s latest exhibit is not only his most ambitious to date, but also has no set end-date scheduled.

Covering 2,000 square feet of rooftops and train cars with the eyes and faces of Kibera women, JR’s latest action is visible from space and can be seen on Google Earth. The posters were printed on waterproof material, so in addition to beautifying the rooftops they will also protect inhabitants from the brutal downpours expected in the upcoming rainy season.

The exhibit is part of a multi-action project called Women Are Heros, which aims to highlight the dignity, courage and noble struggle of women around the world.

So far, Women has exhibited in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Kenya and Belgium, and plans for installations in various other Western countries are underway. In the coming year, JR also plans to develop Women Are Heros in India, Cambodia and Laos. He is currently in Brazil putting together another action for the project.

vrijdag 22 januari 2010

Piet Zwart Graphic Design IBB: n.v. Ingenieurs-Bureau voor Bouwnijverheid Oegstgeest Company Photography Cas Oorthuys, Jaap d' Oliveira

IBB: n.v. Ingenieurs-Bureau voor Bouwnijverheid Oegstgeest. Photography Cas Oorthuys, Jaap d' Oliveira. Illustrations: Theo Kurpershoek. Layout Piet Zwart.
Oegstgeest / 1950 / 72 p. / hb. / 33x25cm / 188 b&w photographs, in opdracht en uit bedrijfsarchief / bedrijfsreportage en documentaire foto's / gerealiseerde gebouwen, heien gewapend betonwerken). - Ill. 6 b&w photographs, 1 color / frontispice, tekening, topografisch overzicht, beeldmerk / bouwactiviteit van bouwwerken). / NN / Firmenschrift, Festschrift / Photographie - Anthology - Auftragsphotographie, commissioned photography - Nederland, Niederlande - 20. Jahrh. / Printed by Koch & Knuttel, Gouda (boekdruk). - Opdrachtgever: NV Ingenieurs-Bureau voor Bouwnijverheid (25-jarig bestaan). - Foto-typo-taal. In de opmaak wordt voortgebouwd op de functionele typografie. IBB is voornamelijk een catalogus van opgeleverde gebouwen.

Piet Zwart's work was multi-disciplinary and spanned the gamut of industrial design, typography, photography, and most notably graphic design. As an industrial designer, Zwart is best known for his design of the Bruynzeel modular kitchen in 1937, which is still available today. As a graphic designer, the work he produced for Nederlandse Kabelfabriek Delft (Dutch Cable Factory in Delft) and Dutch Postal Telegraph and Telephone Company (PTT) is arguably among the best known Dutch graphic design of the 20th century. His graphic design work clearly shows the influence of Constructivism and, though he was not a part of the De Stijl, his work reflects elements of this movement. Recurring themes are the use of repetitious patterns, lines, circles, primary colors, photomontage and explorations of experimental typography.

In 2000, Zwart was posthumously awarded the "Designer of the Century" award by the Association of Dutch Designers. See for more ...