Showcase: Life Behind Glass – Lens Blog – NYTimes.com:
Michael Wolf composed his photographs, eliminating any horizon by cutting off the tops and bottoms of the buildings in his frame. There are no visual paths out of his images, making them feel claustrophobic. He calls this “no-exit photography.”
It was so easy, I laughed. Caught a trolly to the border, went through the lab maze and was spat out in Mexico. Jumped into a cab and there I was, taking photos of all the folks dressed in Lucha Libre masks. My face hurt that night from all the smiling.
lens culture: Les Rencontres d’Arles Photographie 2009 Preview:
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Les Rencontres d’Arles festival of photography, and we’re delighted to feature 94 preview images from the official festival selection. As always, it’s an eclectic mix.
It takes a second to realize that Deborah Hamon has combined painting and photography to produce the series, Girls. The project explores the identity of girls by creating universal portraits that play between fiction and reality. “I want to capture that moment when confidence and insecurity, whimsy and seriousness, innocence and knowledge can all exist.”
Moises Saman does not need a timetable to know that things have changed in Iraq — however tenuously — since his last rotation there a year ago as a photographer for The New York Times. “You hear music on the street sometimes,” he said Monday in a telephone interview from Baghdad. He’s also noticed that people linger outdoors at night. (Indeed, the music from the park opposite The Times’s bureau was so loud last night that it was hard to hear Mr. Saman sometimes.) “I think there’s more life on the street,” he said. “Without painting too rosy a picture, there’s a definite sense that life is moving.”
William Hundley was born in St. Paul Minnesota and studied at Southwest Texas State University. He has been part of numerous group and solo exhibitions, including 2006’s Outside In at Okay Mountain and the Predator/Prey show at Halcyon. He lives and works in Austin, Texas
Showcase: A Magazine Worth Its Price ($25) – Lens Blog – NYTimes.com:
Gary Knight can’t help himself. He has to go against common wisdom.
When photo agencies were converging and getting bigger, he helped found VII, a collectively owned boutique agency that produces the finest photojournalism. When experts on popular opinion said that content wanted to be free and that audience attention spans were shrinking, he helped start Dispatches, an intellectual journal, in words and photographs, that costs $25 for each quarterly edition.
Photographer Lucia Ganieva likes to photograph women. And with the three series featured below, working women. Born in Russia, Lucia now lives in the Netherlands and explores women in all walks of life. She still does much of her photographic work in Russia, and the images below reflect Russian factory workers, aging stars, and museum guards.
Don’t let the term “summer intern” mislead you — if it brings to mind a novice in need of basic schooling. The three young photographers who are working at The Times this summer have already accumulated a lot of professional experience. And it shows in their work.
Work by Jenn Ackerman, Jessica Ebelhar, Justin Maxon.
As darkness fell, it brought with it a sense of loneliness. I had been to Siem Reap in Cambodia some years ago when it had felt different. The roads were dustier, the people more… well, visible, and the town was a sleepier one.
There are plenty of distractions at the circus, where every character seems slightly larger — and a whole lot more colorful — than in real life.
That’s exactly what Damon Winter didn’t want when he envisioned a series of portraits of the circus performers in the Coney Island Boom a Ring, a special summer presentation by Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey that opened on Thursday.
Oliver is a photographer who hails from Munich, Germany. Currently he lives and works on the Canary Island of La Gomera. His specialty areas are reportage, portrait and what has come to be recognized as street photography. He has become more widely known through numerous features with reputable magazines and publishing houses.
Through his 2007 exhibition “Humans” (Galerie Foto 21) in Bredevoort, Netherlands, Oliver Weber became more broadly accessible to an international audience. This occasion also saw the publication by Kulturbuch Verlag of his first book of photographs which was nominated for the German Photo Book Award.
I came to Canada at the age of 28, not knowing a word of English. I never felt comfortable expressing myself in this language. However, photography has given me a voice. The camera has allowed me to “listen to” and re-examine, in their photographic retelling, my Russian memories, to sail back into the world that had seemed lost to me while I struggled with my new life and new identity in Canada.
Following up from last Friday’s entry about Iran’s Presidential Election, Tehran and other cities have seen the largest street protests and rioting since the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Supporters of reform candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, upset at their announced loss and suspicions of voter fraud, took to the streets both peacefully and, in some cases, violently to vent their frustrations. Iranian security forces and hardline volunteer militia members responded with force and arrests, attempting to stamp out the protests – meanwhile, thousands of Iranians who were happy with the election outcome staged their own victory demonstrations. Mousavi himself has been encouraging peaceful demonstrations, and called for calm at a large demonstration today (held in defiance of an official ban), as Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has just called for an official inquiry into accusations of election irregularities.
Here are 14 photographs from Benjamin Lowy’s ongoing Iraq | Perspectives project which he began in 2005. Shot from the confines of a Humvee, Lowy creates a tableau vivant of life in Iraq offering a glimpse into the bleakness and desolation of a country ravaged by war.
Nina Berman is not an objective photojournalist. And she doesn’t want to be.
“I don’t believe in the notion of the objective photographer, that somehow a photo is balanced and you’re dispassionate,” she said. “I don’t think that would have value. That’s like a security camera.”
My project, “In the Mood for Love,” examines the celebration of love through the intimacy of couples. I recently started making photos of couples during their daily life: when they are working, sharing private moments, experiencing pain, anger or joy, and when they are passionate.