The fifth edition of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair – The Eye of Photography

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair is one of the leading international art fairs dedicated to contemporary African art. It takes place at Somerset House, in London, until this Sunday October 8th, 2017.

The Unseen Eye keeps One Eye Open – The Eye of Photography

American Christopher Rauschenberg is one of the heroes of contemporary photography. He is first and foremost a first-class artist, represented by the estimable Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, Oregon where he lives with his wife, Janet Stein. Stein is mentioned here because she is also a seemingly indefatigable second pair of eyes for Chris. Rauschenberg is the most generous fellow around, looking at any and every portfolio at the many reviews he attends. In Portland, he was one of the founders of The Blue Sky Gallery, a terrific not-for-profit space in The Pearl District.

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Photojournalism has an undeniable diversity problem. In recent years, World Press Photo contest statistics have consistently tracked women’s participation at about 15 percent. The proportion of front-page photographs on leading newspapers taken by female photographers is sometimes as low as just 9 percent, according to Women Photograph, a group launched this year to encourage equal hiring rights. Sexism is a quiet reality that is deeply ingrained in many aspects of the industry, and women continue to have to fight to be taken seriously and given opportunities.

Thibaut Derien, Angèle and the New Word – The Eye of Photography

After Une Ville Phantome, a series he continues to work on since 2013, French photographer Thiqbaut Derien presents his daughter Angèle discovering the “new world”.

Paying It Forward at the Eddie Adams Workshop – The New York Times

For Jimmy Colton, a well-traveled photo editor who will be attending his 27th consecutive session this week, the workshop is about family. He calls himself Uncle Jimmy, and considers all 2,700 students he has worked with to be his nieces and nephews. The barn is also a place of family ghosts for Mr. Colton, whose brother Jay, and father, Sandy, both volunteered as photo editors before their deaths.

Making Visual Sense of Tragedy – PhotoShelter Blog

Becker’s ability and effort as a trained photojournalist matter because there was no one else on the ground photographing the tragedy. By deliberately pointing his camera at a subject, he constructed a story in a way that rapidly panning video did not and could not. His image of a man lying on of a woman is like the bizarro world version of Rich Lam’s image from the 2011 Stanley Cup.

Las Vegas Mass Shooting Photos: What’s Different This Time

I have more than a few colleagues who wonder why I keep writing about photos of gun massacres. That’s because these horrors have become mind-numbingly redundant. The photos of the attack on a country western concert in Las Vegas, however, actually feel different. That is because, after the newest “worst shooting rampage in American history,” the politics are now baked in. As much as the photos are about terror, they are also about stasis. However horrifying they are, we already know they will have no political effect.

Mikiko Hara, In the Blink of an Eye – The Eye of Photography

Based on Japanese photographer Mikiko Hara’s recent book Change, this exhibition features twenty of her color photographs spanning over two decades from 1996 to 2009. Hara’s square color snapshots involve no noticeable high drama. Her portraits – men and women, adults, adolescents, and children are often alone hovering in the bay of everydayness: a schoolgirl at a train platform, mother and daughter asleep in a subway car, a middle-aged woman sternly looking off-camera. Although these scenes were shot in Tokyo and its suburbs, the settings and activities have an ambiguous quality, the images evoke emotion and mood through nuanced facial expressions and body language. Hara’s landscapes and still-lifes complement her portraits in an even more nonchalant style. They reflect the artist’s practice of accumulating fleeting moments in daily life.

David Becker tells the tale of terror during the Las Vegas mass shooting at a country music festival – The Washington Post

“After capturing photographs of the final act of the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, I headed back to the media tent to start filing my photographs.  After about 5 to 10 minutes I heard very loud popping sounds and I went outside to see what was happening and a security guy said it was just firecrackers, so I went back to work. The second time I heard the popping sounds, somebody said to me, “It was just speakers or sound equipment,” and again, I went back into the media tent. Then the noises went again, and that was when the crowd started to flee.

Elaine McMillion Sheldon: The States Project: West Virginia | LENSCRATCH

When Elaine McMillion Sheldon was a young girl in Logan, West Virginia, her neighborhood was ripe with events that she would observe and write about. She loved writing, and wanted to be a journalist – journalism could be an avenue for her to go see the world, ultimately leaving West Virginia. She laughs at the irony – she resides in Charleston, West Virginia, now, with no want for leaving, and has done a lot of her work about and within the state, including Hollow, an interactive documentary about McDowell county, and most recently, Heroin(e), a Netflix original documentary of the opioid crisis in Huntington, West Virginia. Through her work, though, she reaches beyond the state, “The story of McDowell County is universal – anyone can relate to it.”

Canada and The Times: The Faraway Nearby – The New York Times

“We worry when you look hard at us, but we are also touchy about being overlooked,” then-Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson of Canada told a group of American students in 1963. The quote, reprinted in the June 10th issue of The New York Times of that year, still rings true today, especially as a Canadian like myself goes through thousands of images of Canada from the newspaper’s archives.

Lilian Caruana, Exotic “tribe” – The Eye of Photography

These photographs of the punks and skinheads of New York’s East Village were made between 1984-1987.  There is, in most people, an inclination to be put off by the outrageous styles and symbol’s that characterize this subculture’s rebellion, and for that reason I chose to photograph them in a series of intimate portraits, which were taken in their homes and on the streets where some of them lived as well as in the clubs where they performed their music.

Emil, Towards Horizon – The Eye of Photography

The Russian Emil Gataullin is a master of poetry in black and white, and of photography that recalls that of Henri Cartier-Bresson. It dances in a balance between austerity, deliberate reserve and romantic composition. His theme: the Russian village. A life far from the great decisions scandals, everything is in the light, honest and authentic. His wanderings in the small towns and villages are strolls in an unknown land, introspective walks, a return to his childhood. His photos are neither cynical nor idealist. They are only a moment in life, a declaration of love for a Russia that begins far away from Moscow. 

Carrie Boretz: Street | LENSCRATCH

powerHouse Books has just released an almost thirty year look at the streets of New York, seen through the eyes (and photographs) of Carrie Boretz.  Aptly titled, Streets: New York City – 70s, 80s, 90s, the work reflects a city in flux, more gritty and unstable, but her focus remains with the simple gestures of everyday life in neighborhoods and communities that were familiar. The book is a testament to seeing, Carrie managing to stay hyper aware of juxtapositions and relationships, but it is also a testament to commitment, returning year after year to the streets in search of that split second of something real and beautiful.

Photojournalism and responsibility in Jan Grarup’s epic new book – British Journal of Photography

The Danish photographer has spent more than a quarter of a century documenting conflicts around the world. The West need to recognise their responsibility to help those suffering from war before it’s too late he warns.

Innovative solution providers tackle the ever-growing headaches of photo management and storage – Kaptur

It’s a given: we are all overwhelmed by the sheer number of photos we take, or that are being shared with us. With some of these, it’s no big deal if you accidentally missed viewing them, or if you can’t locate them again after you’ve first enjoyed them. With others, it does matter: According to our recent survey, 58% of photos on average are considered to be “long life” keepers.

Robert Dawson: Public Library Project | LENSCRATCH

Robert’s focus on literacy goes back two decades as he has traveled throughout the United States “documenting hundreds of public libraries, large and small, old and new, urban and rural, in poor communities, and in wealthy ones”.  His book, The Public Library A Photographic Essay captures library across the country . As Bill Moyers notes in his forward, “Robert Dawson shows us in this collection what is at stake: when a library is open, no matter its size and shape, democracy is open, too.” The book includes a forward by Bill Moyers, an afterword by Ann Patchett, and essays, letters, and poetry celebrating libraries by Philip Levine, Anne Lamott, Amy Tan, Barbara Kingsolver, E.B. White, Isaac Asimov, Charles Simic, and others.