How Photography’s ‘Decisive Moment’ Often Depicts an Incomplete View of Reality | January 2015 | Hillman Photography Initiative

Photojournalism can be like “trying to play Rachmaninoff while wearing boxing gloves,” as former photojournalist Simon Norfolk put it. One looks for the dramatic, the iconic, the universal, and in doing so the photographer then often simplifies the situation, removing it from a specific context that may help explain what the viewer will be seeing.

How Photography’s ‘Decisive Moment’ Often Depicts an Incomplete View of Reality | January 2015 | Hillman Photography Initiative

Photojournalism can be like “trying to play Rachmaninoff while wearing boxing gloves,” as former photojournalist Simon Norfolk put it. One looks for the dramatic, the iconic, the universal, and in doing so the photographer then often simplifies the situation, removing it from a specific context that may help explain what the viewer will be seeing.

Failed Ambitions: Spain’s Economic Collapse

Simon Norfolk’s photographs present the stark reality of Spain’s economic collapse, conveying the sense of uncertainty and foreboding that sheaths the …

Simon Norfolk’s photographs present the stark reality of Spain’s economic collapse, conveying the sense of uncertainty and foreboding that sheaths not only this particular housing complex but also Spain’s economic future. “Everyone wanted this boom and prosperity to go on forever,” Norfolk said. “Everyone wanted to get rich doing nothing.”

Video + photobook review: Burke + Norfolk on Afghanistan Wars

Already an award-winning photographer of contemporary Afghanistan, Simon Norfolk returned this time to follow the footsteps of a relatively unknown Irish war photographer, John Burke, who had documented the Second Anglo-Afghan War (1878-1880). An immensely engaging book presents the works of both photographers, as well as compelling essays that offer context to this subtle and complex work.

“Billions wasted and nothing achieved: nothing, nothing, nothing achieved…”

In October 2010, Simon Norfolk began a series of new photographs in Afghanistan, which takes its cue from the work of nineteenth-century British photographer John Burke. Norfolk’s photographs reimagine or respond to Burke’s Afghan war scenes in the context of the contemporary conflict. Conceived as a collaborative project with Burke across time, this new body of work is presented alongside Burke’s original portfolios.

A Collaboration Across 130 Years

Simon Norfolk’s pictures of Afghanistan in The New York Times Magazine involved collaboration with a 19th-century photographer.

Late last year, Simon Norfolk traveled to Afghanistan to retrace the footsteps of John Burke, a war photographer who once covered much of the same ground. Their work is being presented together this spring, at the Tate Modern in London, as an “artistic collaboration.”

PDNPulse: Former VII Director Signs Prominent Photogs to New Management Company

The artists Institute represents are Jodi Bieber, Rena Effendi, Lauren Greenfield, Rob Hornstra, Nadav Kander, Gillian Laub, James Longley, Gerd Ludwig, Joshua Lutz, Amanda Micheli, Richard Mosse, Zed Nelson, Jehad Nga, Simon Norfolk, James Pomerantz and Paul Shambroom.

National Trust lose high profile photographer in competition rights row.

Editorial Photographers UK says:

Renowned photographer Simon Norfolk has pulled out of a major National Trust photographic project in protest over rights-grabbing terms in an associated competition run by the conservation body.

Various comments on Various Photographs

Simon Norfolk’s presentation was very smooth, this guy has a mind you don’t want to meet in a darkened alley. How this guy gets access to the places he does is a miracle. He basically makes you want to give up photography because the rigor of his ideas sucks all the oxygen out of the room faster than a fuel-air explosion. I think we all felt our innards leaving our mouths at the end

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Video: Kathy Ryan and Simon Norfolk at NYPH

In this clip, curator Kathy Ryan and photographer Simon Norfolk talk about Norfolk’s project photographing missiles and rockets:

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