maandag 31 mei 2010

Gold Digging in Surinam Mark Nozeman Photography

Mark Nozeman (b 1971, Netherlands) graduated with a  BFA in photography and history from the St. Joost Academy of Fine Arts Breda in Rotterdam. He has worked extensively in Brazil, Latin America and Europe and has exhibited at The National Museum of Ethnology Leiden (NL), The Royal Tropical Museum, Amsterdam and SESC Pompeia, São Paulo, Brazil. Mark’s awards include the Dutch Silver Camera Award for the Cuban interior series. He has received project grants  from  the Anna Cornelis Foundation, Sem Presser Foundation and The Dutch Foundation for Fine Arts. He is currently working on a  long term project about the relationship between individual identity and nationality in the  shifting European identity of emerging generations in post conflict regions. His work has been published in NRC, De Volkskrant, Noticias, Trouw, De Fotograaf, Camera Austria and others. See for more Dwelling and Belonging, by Mark Nozeman ...
About the Photograph:
The indigenous population of Surinam were called Marrons until 20 years ago.. They did not exploit gold in their part of the Amazon forest. That all changed after the collapse of the Surinam economy due to conflicts ( ‘De Binnenlandse Oorlog’) between the government and the Jungle Commando of Ronnie Brunswijk. During the past ten years Surinam has been invaded by small well organized Brazilian groups called Garimpeiros (gold diggers). Most of them are living illegally in the forest. They came overland through the Amazon Jungle of Pará and Amapá. Pollution due to mercury is a disaster for the environment. Prostitution, robbery and murder are common. Malaria and sexual transmitted diseases are on the rise”.

See also Defending the Secret Slave State - Suriname ...

zondag 30 mei 2010

Marrtin Parr about ParrWorld Collecting Photobooks Photography

Martin Parr talks about his photography, his passion for collecting and his only Uk showing of his exhibition 'Parrworld' at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.Part 1 of 3.

Martin Parr

A View without Illusion

A Martin Parr photograph is like a painting by William Turner, a sentence written by Thomas Mann, the voice of Frank Sinatra or the scent of Chanel No. 5. Parr’s imagery is so characteristic that we recognize it immediately. And it is strong enough to condition our perception: once we leave a Parr exhibition, we find that we, too, are viewing the people and objects surrounding us from Parr’s perspective. And suddenly, the Parr cosmos is everywhere. 
The Parr cosmos? What does it consist of? Martin Parr takes pictures of people: on the phone, eating, standing in line, people at the grocery store, going to church, relaxing on the beach, tourists, dancers, bird watchers, gamekeepers, bored couples – people, young and old. And Martin Parr photographs objects: prefab houses, for example, whose uniformity carries the monotony of British suburban neighborhoods to the extreme. Or British living rooms with the ubiquitous floral carpets, wallpapers, curtains, sofas – and the artificial flowers on the television set. Or food: be it sandwichs, sizzling bacon, hot dogs, fish & chips, plates of French fries, ice cream, lollypops or iced cupcakes. Parr makes them seem artificial, unappetizing.
For more than thirty years, Martin Parr has recorded life and society, mostly of his homeland, Britain. In his early black-and-white works, people and landscapes still possessed a sentimental, nostalgic flair. In the 1980s, however, he began working in color, and his focus eventually lost all softness. Today, Parr is mainly interested in objects or the details of people’s appearances – a grinning mouth, polished nails – which he depicts in a garish, exposing way. 
Oscar Wilde’s definition of a cynic is a rather apt description of the photographer Martin Parr. He shows us the world as it is, not as it is meant to be. The morality of Parr’s bleak, sober view of society, customs and traditions is debatable. His position is like that of a doctor who diagnoses an illness without offering an appropriate remedy. Probably because he is infected, too.
Image: West Bay, Dorset, 1997, 50 x 76 cm

See also Martin Parr on Dutch Photography ...

donderdag 27 mei 2010

Arbeit! Constructivism Bauhaus Paul Wolff Documentary Photography


WOLFF, Paul. Arbeit! Berlin: Volk und Reich; Frankfurt am Main: H. Bechold, (1937). Square quarto, original blind-stamped brown paper-covered boards, original photographic dust jacket.   

First edition of Wolff’s highly influential celebration of German industrialism, with 200 photogravure plates in the tradition of Renger-Patzch’s Eisen und Stahl (1931). Beside "Schwarzes Revier" by Heinrich Hauser, "Metal" by Germaine Krull, "Fabrik" by Jakob Tuggener and "Eisen und Stahl" by Albert Renger-Patzsch one of the best ever published industrial ( industry ) photography books.

Rare photographic Nazi propaganda on the importance of the German workforce in Hitler's Third Reich. Illustrated throughout with captioned reproductions of b/w photographs showing the construction of the Autobahn, the Siemenswerk in Berlin, farmers, factory workers, drills and activities of the Freiwillige Arbeitsdienst, construction and maintenance of railroads, etc. Text in German, gothic script.

German photographer Paul Wolff, often working in collaboration with Alfred Tritschler, produced a number of exceptional photobooks through the 1920s and ‘30s, at a time when Constructivism and the Bauhaus influenced many with visions “of an industrialized and socialized society” that placed Germany at “the forefront of European photography” (Parr & Badger, 86). Arbeit! is particularly noted for its architectural framing and lighting of massive machinery, its striking portraits of factory workers, and is frequently aligned with works such as Lewis Hine’s Men at Work (1932) and Albert Renger-Patzsch’s Eisen und Stahl (1931). Introduction by Paul Ehrhardt. Text in German, captions in German, English and French.

woensdag 26 mei 2010

the Lowing Cow Logo of a photographer Martien Coppens Subjective Photography


Eindhoven - Leiden, Van Abbemuseum / De Lakenhal, 1953. 24 pp., geniet. 1e druk. 19 x 26 cm. Inscr.: . 7 en 16 en 1 pagina. Catalogusbij de tentoonstellingen van 53 en 54 over de Stormramp en Ontheemden in Duitsland. Er werden 83 foto's tentoongesteld en 16 daarvan zijn afgedrukt in deze cat.

Open publication - Free publishing - More essay

"Those commonplace and merely beautiful pictures, which thrive mainly thanks to the charm of some actual object, are thrust into the background in favor of experiments and fresh solutions. Adventures into the realm of optics are still for the most part unpopular. But only that photography which enlists the help of the experimental will be able to lay bare all the technical formation of the visual experience in our times." Otto Steinert

"Art would perhaps be authentic only when it had totally rid itself of the idea of authenticity . . ." Theodor Adorno

dinsdag 25 mei 2010

an Artist making Photographs Cindy Sherman Photography

Cindy Sherman, Transformations: The Making of a Documentary - Professor Paul Tschinkel

As an undergraduate, Paul Tschinkel studied painting at the Yale School of Art and Architecture, then, as a member of the New York art scene, pursued video as an art form early in its conception. Since then, he has trained his camera on friends and colleagues in the art world and produced documentaries that have become important accounts of contemporary art and valuable resources for scholars and students of recent art. His video studies capture defining and cutting-edge works by such iconic names as Warhol, Lichtenstein, Basquiat, Koons, Sherman, and many others. CINDY SHERMAN (1954- ) creates innovative work that explores the place of women in society. With photographs she takes of herself, in which she impersonates various fictitious characters, she challenges us to think about our perceptions as she shows us numerous roles women can have in our world, such as house wife, sex symbol, lover, victim. Over the past 25 years, she has produced a much acclaimed body of work that depicts the female persona as seen through the filter of the media. In his lecture, Professor Tschinkel will screen his documentary that covers Sherman's first show of color photographs at Metro Pictures in 1981 and a 2000 show, also at Metro Pictures. Included is a rare 1981 interview with Sherman and recent interviews with Helene Winer, her dealer, and Peter Schjeldahl, art critic for the The New Yorker magazine. He will then discuss the art of making documentaries as well as his passion for art and artist. See also Collecting Photograph$ Rudolf Koppitz William Klein Cindy Sherman Charles Jones TEFAF Maastricht 2010 Photography ...

zaterdag 22 mei 2010

Slow Journalism Ad van Denderen Hans Aarsman Art Amsterdam 2010 Photography

Slow journalism* - a solo exhibition of Ad van Denderen at art fair Art Amsterdam 2010. With a new, short publication including a text by Hans Aarsman and photos by Ad van Denderen.

At Art Amsterdam, West presents twenty images, most of them never exhibited before, selected from the extensive oeuvre of Ad van Denderen. Black-and-white as well as color photographs about people. This unique work of photography provides a fascinating series that will touch, surprise and be remembered. Especially for Art Amsterdam, West will release a short photo publication free of charge, featuring an personal text by Hans Aarsman (writer/photographer). 

Ad van Denderen (NL 1943) is one of the leading Dutch photographers. Since 1965 he has become well-known for numerous reportages that he made abroad for magazines like Avenue, Geo, Stern, The Independent, NRC Handelsblad and Vrij Nederland. Unlike many photo journalists, Van Denderen is less interested in that one, unique news picture. With a slower, more contemplative way of working he attaches to a movement that is known internationally as 'slow journalism'.

For years he has focused on a limited number of current issues such as the problem of illegal migration and developments around the Mediterranean area. This working method resulted, in large intervals, in books and exhibitions such as Welcome to South Africa (1997), Peace in the Holy Land (2003), Go No Go (2003), So Blue, So Blue (2008) and Occupation soldier (2009). 

Each project differs from the next one, not only in the issue that is brought up, but also because of the investigative approach of Van Denderen. The viewer can watch his perspective changing: from objective to almost obsessive. Color, brightness and composition enhance the informative aspects of the pictures. Human relationships always play the leading role even though the image only contains a deserted road with stones. But Van Denderen does not take a stand. He really hates ‘Palestinian women lifting their hands to heaven when they see a camera.’ Van Denderen avoids clichés and chooses his moments very carefully.

Van Denderen’s work has so far been exhibited in various museums (amongst others in the Dutch Photo Museum, FOAM, the Royal Tropical Institute, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Photo Museum Winterthur and the Bellevue Art Museum in Seattle). In recognition of his achievements in the field of photo journalism, in 2008 Van Denderen received the prestigious oeuvre award of the Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture (Fonds BKVB), in 2002 the Dick Scherpenzeel Award and in 2001 the Visa d'Or award. Recently he got into the list of Top 100 Dutch artists of the magazine Elsevier in thirtieth place.

* Slow journalism is a form of journalistic research that is based on a long term commitment to the subject. Slow journalism focuses on backgrounds and intensification instead of the immediate news that mass media is only interested in, as it seems. 

donderdag 20 mei 2010

an Interview with Willem Popelier Photography

____ and Willem

A Photographic Investigation of Identity and Representation

____ and Willem documents photographer Willem Popelier's search for the creation of identity and representation, based on his own life experience, in a story about the youthful years of separated twins. Using an extensive, graphic family tree and photography, the narrative is systematically charted and developed. Portraits of individuals are created in the same detached manner as objects from the past, such as train tickets and the many keys to the twins' various family homes. Each image is as neutral as possible a documentation of one of the underlying segments that play a role or give insight into the story. By way of his clear, dry photography, Populier steps back from the private history of ____ and Willem, creating a distance that is in turn brought back into perspective with original family photographs.
In this work, Willem Popelier investigates mankind's image of himself, the question of what makes someone unique, how we see ourselves and how we want to be seen by others. He researches identity and how we perceive that identity, making use of photography in order to record the facts. By way of neutral portraits, he undertakes an attempt to focus attention on the individual.

Interview Willem Popelier 2010 from dutchdoc on Vimeo.

Interview documentary photographer Willem Popelier by Mirelle Thijsen/IPhoR and Eefje Blankevoort/Pospektor

dinsdag 18 mei 2010

an Iconographic project 'Toppled' about Saddam Hussein Iraq FLORIAN GÖTTKE Photography

In essence Toppled is a picture book: a close reading of hundreds of photographs of the fallen statues of Saddam Hussein collected from the Internet.
Göttke leads us through the stages of the statues’ expulsion from the public sphere, their dismemberment and incorporation into foreign military museums. We follow the statues’ desecration and humiliation, their transformation from manifestations of Saddam’s totalitarian power into icons of his defeated regime, and their symbolic reinterpretation by anti-war protesters. In moments hilarious to unsettling, Toppled reveals an array of attitudes towards the statues that demonstrates our complex relationship to representation. Even in our modern image culture, we respond to images in ways that are not guided solely by rationality but also by deeply rooted emotions and impulses that make a magical link between a person (Saddam) and his likeness. See for a presentation ...

See also Geert van Kesteren Why Mister, Why?  ... & 
                 Magnum Geert van Kesteren Baghdad Calling Photography ...

maandag 17 mei 2010

the Beauty of Bogotá Colombia Alec Soth Photography

Alec Soth about Dog Days Bogotá

"My wife and I adopted our baby girl, Carmen Laura, from Bogotá, Colombia. While the courts processed her paperwork, we spent two months in Bogotá waiting to take Carmen home.

Carmen's birthmother gave her a book filled with letters, pictures and poems. "I hope that the hardness of the world will not hurt your sensitivity," she wrote, "When I think about you I hope that your life is full of beautiful things."

With those words as a mission statement, I began making my own book for Carmen. In photographing the city of her birth, I hope I've described some of the beauty in this hard place." Lees verder ...

zondag 16 mei 2010

the Last of the genuine Cowboys Jane Hilton Photography

Jane Hilton stumbled across the inspiration for her latest project, Dead Eagle Trail, after coming across a dead Golden Eagle in the middle of a road in Nevada. The experience inspired her to document and explore one of the most romantic and iconic archetypes of American culture and history, the cowboy and his way of life.
Dead Eagle Trail is an empathetic portrayal of 21st century cowboys, photographed in their own personal environments and surrounded by their collections of artefacts and memorabilia.
Jane Hilton has worked in both advertising and editorial photography since the 1980s, with documentary projects providing the mainstay of her work today.
The exhibition, Dead Eagle Trail, runs until 21 May 2010 at the Host Gallery in Honduras Street, London. A book of the same name is published by Schilt Publishing. Lees verder ...

See also Spiritual America Richard Prince Photography  ...

zaterdag 15 mei 2010

Photography World Press-winner Eugene Richards hurts ...

War is Personal

By Eugene Richards
Posted on September 22, 2008, Printed on May 15, 2010 Lees verder ...
At the beginning of 2006 the war in Iraq was about to enter its fourth year. No WMDs had been found. There was sanctioned torture, deteriorating rules of law, tens of thousands of injured and dead in Iraq, more than 2,000 dead American soldiers, a rising suicide rate among American military personnel, scandals involving private contractors in Iraq and deteriorating conditions inside US military hospitals. All the while the media coolly debated what were to be considered legal or illegal killings in Iraq, what the conflict was costing America in image, what the war was costing the president in his popularity ratings and what the war was costing America in "treasure."

I was asking myself for the thousandth time, "What can I do? Write letters, sign petitions, continue to protest, stop paying taxes?" I was a photojournalist and I had been too silent.

Then one day, after coming home from photographing an anti-war demonstration, though I'm no poet, I wrote a kind of poem. And it was this poem that indirectly led to this project and provided me with a focus.

War is personal It's my seventeen-year-old son Sam that I'm thinking of when I say this
War is a reminder of all that we have
and all that we can lose
War is what happens when we fail

In late 2006 I began work on what would be a series of photo and textual essays focused on the lives of people in this country who'd been profoundly affected by the war. The text and the photographs wouldn't be expository in nature, but experiential and of the moment. I spent time with 26-year-old Tomas Young, who had been shot, paralyzed, four days into his tour in Iraq. Tomas had accidentally overdosed on his meds the morning I visited. I photographed and interviewed Carlos Arredondo, whose Marine son had been killed in combat, then traveled to see Mona Parsons, who was trying to prevent her dutiful son from returning to his military unit in Iraq.

In the months that followed I attended a funeral service for Army Sergeant Princess Samuels; spent close to a week in a VA Hospital in Massachusetts documenting a woman's struggle to keep her brain-injured son alive; interviewed and photographed a former combat medic who, upon returning home, had to deal with his escalating post-traumatic stress disorder; traveled to a small town in Minnesota to do a story on a single mom whose guilt-ridden Marine boyfriend had taken his life.

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See for the lecture of Eugene Richards Books ...