woensdag 31 maart 2010

Collectors Tip Exaltation Images of Religion and Death Desiree Dolron Photography

Dolron, Desiree - Leenheer, Ilonka (ed.) & Manfred Heiting (introd.).

Desiree Dolron: Exaltation - Images of Religion and Death. 
Amsterdam, DDH Foundation, 2000. Stiff folded and pictorial wrappers (softcover), 27,5 x 24,3 cms., 120 pp. with over 40 plates in duotone, 2 colour illustrations, biography.

Girls, girls, girls ... Miroslav Tichý's snatched photographs of women Photography

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maandag 29 maart 2010

the Turtle clan of the matriarchal Delaware tribe of Native Americans in Oklahoma Cuny Janssen Photography

Bartlesville, "OK, USA", 2008. ©Cuny Janssen

AMSTERDAM.- Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam presents the latest project by photographer Cuny Janssen, entitled "My Grandma Was A Turtle". This refers to the Turtle clan of the matriarchal Delaware tribe of Native Americans in Oklahoma. In 2008, Janssen visited the village of Bartlesville in Oklahoma to photograph children of Native American ancestry and their surroundings. She was curious to see whether there was anything about their origins to be seen in today’s Native American children. Her photos of people and her landscape images are relaxed, timeless and remarkable for their subtle lyricism.

Cuny Janssen focuses her lens almost exclusively on children and unspoilt nature. Her landscape pictures are taken in the same environment in which her portrait subjects live. The children in the photos look straight into the camera without reservation. Their candour and the beauty of the surrounding country perfectly match the tranquillity and natural ease exuded by her photography. Trust and an ability to open up to direct experience are essential aspects of the way Janssen works.

Cuny Janssen’s photography fits in a long-established tradition in Dutch art and culture of focusing totally on everyday objects, in which appearance and insight merge together.

Cuny Janssen (1975) graduated in 2000 at Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Utrecht. Two years later she won second prize in the Prix de Rome for photography. Most of her work is produced on her travels, including India (2000), Macedonia (2003), Iran (2004), South Africa (2005), Japan (2008, 2009, 2010) and lately to the United States.

This exhibition is accompanied by a volume entitled "My Grandma Was A Turtle", with texts by Nicky Michael and Sybren Kuiper (Snoeck Verlag).

Museum De Pont is presenting a selection of photos taken by Cuny Janssen while on the Japanese island of Amami in 2007. The show runs from 20 March to 23 May and is accompanied by a publication. Zie verder een interview ...

"My Grandma was a Turtle" is on show from 2 April to 2 May 2010 at Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam. Lees verder ... & nog een recensie ...

zondag 28 maart 2010

Hanami Cherry Blossom Viewing in Japan WassinkLundgren Photography

Hanami is one of the most popular events of Spring. Crowds of people - families, groups of friends, and groups from companies sit under the fully open cherry blossoms, usually on plastic tarps, and have a picnic celebration. The picnic fare consists of a wide variety of foods, snack foods, and sake (rice wine) or other drinks. The activities often include dancing and karaoke in addition to the cherry blossom viewing. In very popular places such as Ueno park and Aoyama Cemetary in Tokyo the competition for prime picnic spots is intense. Company groups and family members claim spots by arriving very early in the morning and sitting all day long until the real celebrations begin in the evening. It is not unusual to see a young man in a business suit sitting under a cherry tree early in the morning reserving a space for his company. The new employees are traditionally given this job of sitting all day long to reserve space for the company celebration.

In Japan, April is the beginning of the school year as well as the business financial year. Since the Heian Period (794-1185) flower-viewing parties were popular among the aristocracy. In the Azuchi Momoyama Period (1568-1600) the cherry blossom viewing spread out to the rest of the population. Lees verder ...

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zaterdag 27 maart 2010

Taboe #2 1960 Ed van der Elsken Joan van der Keuken Photojournalism Photography

Louw, Andre Van Der & Zweers, Marijke (Eds.). Twen / Taboe # 02. Amsterdam: Twen, 1960. First Printing. 26.4 x 33.6 Cm.. Magazine. Good. The first "underground" magazine in The Netherlands modelled after the German Twen magazine. It had to change the name from Twen (First issue only) to Taboe as a result of a conflict with the Springer Press that had taken over Twen. Only 4 issued. The magazine is a who is who of now famous Dutch photographers and writers. Cover picture by Eddy Postuma de Boer. Illustrations by Asto, Gub, Frank Lodeizen, Fritz Muller, Oey Tjong Sit, Tomi Ungerer, K. Smit and Wil van der Zwaan. Pictures by e.g. Ed van der Elsken, Eddy de Jongh, Joan van der Keuken, Eddy Postuma de Boer and Kees Pot. Writers: Hans Andreus, Remco Campert, Ed van der Elsken, Willem Frederik Hermans (Pre-publication? from Nooit meer slapen (Never sleep again)), Frits Muller (LSD - with pictures of Frits Muler and Simon Vinkenoog taking a trip), Tom Pauka, Renate Rubinstein, Arne Zuidhoek, Ina Tammes, Friso Endt (Gerry Mulligan) and Simon Vinkenoog (see above). 102 pp., lavishly illustrated in black and white. Language: Dutch. 

woensdag 24 maart 2010

Lucebert '50s '60s Photography Cobra Joan van der Keuken

Lucebert's chief claim to fame is as a poet, painter and member of the Cobra group. Not many people know of his interest in photography in the fifties and sixties. At the beginning of the fifties, curious about the medium and wanting to photograph his children, he started to experiment. In the years that followed he undertook several journeys which he documented extensively. One of them was to Berlin, where he spent some time in 1955 at the invitation of Bertolt Brecht, followed in 1956 by a visit Bulgaria at the request of the Bulgarian writers' association.

Lucebert was first and foremost a photographer of people: he aimed his camera at colleagues, his children or street scenes, and made remarkable portraits of his artist-friends. Photography was an emotional rather than a rational activity to him. Atmosphere was a particularly important element, for that is what gave his photographs their poetic charge. The important thing about both his photography and poetry was that both were the result of a sudden impulse. By that token Lucebert saw a closer connection between photography and poetry than between photography and painting.

LUCEBERT, Time and Goodbye

This portrait of the artist and poet Lucebert, the author of unseemly, almost child-like drawings, is in fact constructed from three films: black-and-white collages from 1962, a colour film from 1966 and an epilogue which was made in 1994 after the artist's death. These drawings, naive and rudimentary in their expression but also highly charged, seemingly exacted an equally robust form on Van der Keuken's film and its many details. The robust gestures of this distinctive painter dictate the expressive tempo of the director's collage, which overflows with colour, shapes and analogies. The artist's work developed alongside children, and the film's soundtrack often contains the sound of children's games, perhaps the echo of the painter's longed-for innocence. It is not until the very end that the walk through the studio, with its numerous contrapuntal colour-spray images, slows down its pace and lets in the light.... We see a hand which appears to seek shared relief in Lucebert's works.

maandag 22 maart 2010

Saving Polaroid the Impossible Project Photography

As the last quantities of carefully stored original Polaroid films are currently melting like snow in the sun, it is about time to introduce a new chapter of analog Instant Photography. To begin with, please make yourself comfortable at our new Impossible shop and update your bookmarks. In the meantime, we are preparing everything for the Impossible.

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The Impossible Project from Ivo Buigues on Vimeo.