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February 8, 2005

Lens culture

Lens culture looks like an interesting photography site. they have a cool photography weblog too - although, like 'Random Notes', it has not been updated all that frequently in the last few months!

November 9, 2004

Photoblog

Durgesh - a friend of mine - is a gifted ameteur landscape photographer. I had been pestering him for ages to start a photoblog. He finally created one.

Please welcome him to the blogosphere.

September 19, 2004

Gallery hopping

I checked out a few exhibitions in NYC last weekend:

Alex Webb's ongoing exhibition at Ricco/Maresca is good. The other ongoing show in that gallery by Bill Barminsky looked quite interesting too.

Alessandra Sanguinetti's solo exhibition in Yossi Milo is available online. The series is also described here. Her earlier work is displayed here.

Garry Winogrand's exhibition in Pace/MacGill through Oc 16 (review here). You should check it out if you happen to be in the neighbourhood.

Howard Greenberg has an intriguing series of nudes by Kenro Izu against a dark shadowy blue background on large format cyanotype over platinum/palladium prints on exhibition. The prints were intriguing. I know very little about printing; so let me just quote from The gallaery press release:

"Using a custom built large format camera, Izu produces 14x20 inch negatives. He then prints the negatives directly onto a fine watercolor paper that has been hand coated with a platinum emulsion. The addition of one to two layers of blue cyanotype adds nuance of multiple tones, bringing luminous abstract forms out of a rich velvety darkness. ....."

August 6, 2004

Henri Cartier-Bresson is dead

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"In 1932, he stuck his camera between the slats of a fence near the St.-Lazare railway station in Paris at precisely the right instant and captured a picture of the watery lot behind the station, strewn with debris. A man has propelled himself from a ladder that lies in the water. Photographs of puddle jumpers were clichés then, but Mr. Cartier-Bresson brings to his image layer on layer of fresh and uncanny detail ..." (Link)

He was the last of the giants.

Magnum has a very generous retrospective online.

December 1, 2003

I recently discovered Tiffinbox, a cool weblog about art, photography and design in and about the South Asian diaspora. It is run by Seshu Badrinath. His portfolio is here.

PDN has put up an interesting portfolio of Rueben Cox here Cox's interview (available through the same page) is loaded with good advise. PDN Edu also showcased Vincent Laforet's work. As you may had noticed, (if you have checked out the photography links on my nav bar!) he has an interesting photography links page on his site. Vincent Laforet is an NYT staff photographer. That site also houses his Pakistan and Afghan war photographs.

Anyway, he has a story in StortsShooter on creating a digital darkroom. Everything that he mentions is way too expensive. But it is worth checking out if you are into digital photography.

I shoot only film, with (so far) only a passing interest on digital. But then, I am an ameteur photographer. For professional photographers, films are apparently going the dinosaur way faster than most people thought.

November 18, 2003

Matt Stuart photographs

Matt Stuart's London

Also stolen from Metafilter, everything you ever wanted to know some other time.

August 11, 2003

Guy Bourdin

There are interesting photography exhibitions going on in London this summer. Kimmelman made a detour to London on his way back from Venice to catch The Guy Bourdin exhibition in V&A and 'Cruel and tender' show in Tate, (arguably) the first photoography retrospective there. (The article was free when I first bookmarked it, but it is now priced. Unless you have access to the archive anyway, it is probably not worth the price of admission)

From whatever I have seen of Bourdin's photographs (Link NOT work safe), I have always been curious about him. The current spate of coverages in art magazines following the V&A retrospective, gave me the opportunity to catch up. Pre-Bourdin fashion world was largely pictorial. It would navigate the safe territory of conventional female sexuality to sell products. But in the seventies, Bourdin's spreads in Vogue alongwith those of Helmut Newton's blew them away. using loud colors, metaphors drawn from the art world transposed into fetishistic images bordering on soft porn, Bourdin introduced the idea of staged narratives into the fashion world the reverberations of which are still being felt.

As the May/June issue of 'Tate Arts and Culture' notes,

His international campaigns for Charles Jourdan shoes (1967-81) were a milestone in the history of advertising, the first sustained effort at seducing the viewer with an image rather than the product it promotes. Jourdan ads turned magazine readers into witnesses: to uncanny scenes implying shoe fetishism and violence (often evoked withe the most elegant economy, through the absence of the victim herself), to enigmatic scenes with mirrors, snapshots, mannequins and other decoys, confounding our sense of reality ....

Both Gustav Courbet's 'Jo, La Belle Irlandaise' (1866) and Bourdin's image for Charles Jourdan in the summer of 1977 depict a beautiful redhead gazing at a reflection of herself, her flaming hair set off by a contemporary background....Bourdin adds his own signature touches - the high gloss materials, the provocative gamine pose -transporting the scene to the present day, while the contrasting light and darkness add surprising depth and wonderment.

"There is nothing so poetic in the world as the death of a beautiful woman" - Edgar Allan Poe (said). A model lies (nearly) nude in the semi darkness of a hotel room , her Charles Jourdan-sandalled feet overhanging the end of the plain bed. The door to the room is wide open; a small boy passing in the corridor catches a glimpse of her immobile figure. The model's head and shoulders are violently cropped out of the image, and 'replaced' by those of a mime like figure on a television screen facing us, the viewer......"

The resemblance of this woman to a corpse is not imagined. Her position nearly parallel to the picture plane, her rigid, joined legs, the rumpled white bed linen and the pleated white loincloth are virtually identical to those of LE christ Mort by Philippe de Champaigne (1602-74) in the Louvre. The V&A exhibition reveals that Bourdin created a precise, full size drawing of this scene in preparation for the photograph: notably, the woman's feet are bare, as are Christ's.

The suggestion of autobiographical elements in the image - that Bourdin is picturing 'his and our greatest fear', the loss of the mother - is plausible. The boy in the picture is not a professional model, but the artist's son.

Steeped in the works of Poe, Charles Baudelaire, the surrealist artists and those from their pantheons, not to mention Alfred Hitchcock and popular detective stories, Bourdin brought the taste for the macabre to his magazine work. The list of expired heroines he portrayed disguised as fashion models runs from Cleopetra and Snow White to Elizabeth Siddan posing for John Everett Millas as the drowning Ophelia (1851-52, Tate Bretain). Although conceived for supposedly superficial fashion magazines, we can read nearly all of Bourdin's fashion and beauty work as memento mori, pointing to the vanity of the very glamorous world he represents.

Bourdin had a lousy personal life. His first wife is suspected of having committed suicide. His two girlfriends who followed her certainly did. Bourdin actually wanted to be a painter and used to paint at leisure. He did not think much of his advertising work and consistently refused permission for an exhibition of his photographs or publication in a book form. He was also very demanding. It was also the pre-photoshop, pre-digital era. He used to subject his models to rather horrifying ordeals in order to get the effect that he wanted. One model had pretty serious trouble getting stuff off her face after one her shoots. Another almost drowned while a narrative Bourdin was shooting went awry. Some refused to work with him. Others thrived and came back again and again. He maintained fanatical control over his finished image and is probably the only one from that era who did not let the magazine or the advertiser change anything in the photograph (Short bio here).

During the eighties, prudishness came back into vogue. Bourdin's work lost favour with the advertisers. Once grunge took over the fashion scene, Bourdin's name went off the public radar.

It is only now, over the last few years, that Bourdin is coming back into circulation again. Pictured magazine in their June 2003 issue said

"Nick Knight was among the first to reassess his relevance. In 1993 the prevailing grunge look - the thrift store clothes, little or no make-up was finally wasting away. Knight had been spending some quality time in the archive at Pentagram, nursing a growing sense of epiphany as he leafed through back issues of Nova and vintage French Vogue. In the photography of Bourdin, alongwith Helmut Newton and Chris Wagenheim, he had found the antethesis of neo-realism: "It wa so wrong it was right, and I thought I must do something with this."

What he did ws reference it to the nth degree. "I thought I'd like almost to take the exact idea of the steak on the face, or the girl tied to the tree, or the hosepipe, or the water being thrown or the shiny green backgrounds and the shiny red red backgrounds, and the ring flas and everything ...I wanted to bring it all back in one go, throw it all over the fashion scene and see how it looked."

Re'mi Babinet, creative director of BETC Euro RSCG says "Bourdin was the first person in advertising to say that the image of a product is not just a picture, or a pack shot; it's a whole universe, a whole world.

That concept is now so central to advertising and the milieu of fashion that it's almost impossible to imagine a time before branding really got its claws into the hearts and minds of consumers. But it wasn't just this that set him apart, it has his dedication to the idea that he could sell without ever having to sell out.

Charlotte Cotton (curator of the exhibition) singles out Steven Meisel as Bourdin's most accomplished successor. "He's the best. A huge proportion of the advertising you see is by Steven Meisel - Dolce and Gabbana, Prada, Versace, Valantino - and every campaign is so different." The connections are there to be made; his current campaign for Dolce and Gabbana features model Gisele surrounded by CCTV cameras and monitors, each trained on a different part of her body. The sense of voyeurism, and the play on the act of looking are undeniably 'Very Bourdin'. His advertisements for Valentino echo Bourdin's image of a model with alarge photograph held in front to preserve modesty."

...Perhaps closest of all in terms of artistry are Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. "Their production process strikes me as quite similar," says Cotton "The way that Bourdin worked, he virtually invented a life story for a charecter or a kind of a scene before he took the photograph. Inez and Vinoodh do that as well and the fact that the emphasis is on everything before the shutter has clicked is something which I think puts them in the same league as Bourdin." They too have worked the homage vibe, not least in a campaign for Patrick Cox shoes that recalls the tone of the Bourdin/Jordan advertising."

Art Auction magazine in their last issue went further. It claimed that the cinematic images of Gregory Crewdson and Philip diCorcia or the staged narrative of Cindy Sherman follow directly in the tradition of Bourdin and what he accomplished. (I think Crewdson's current work is more accessible than Bourdin's, but it has the same edginess.)

Pictured quoted Knight as saying:

"I have always wrestled with the dilemma of whether what you do in a fashion photograph can be made to work in a film," explains Knight. Bourdin's early efforts appears to prove it can. "They have as much strength and they bring just as uch sense of unease and danger as his photography brings. It keeps the same tension .....His work has as much artistic integrity as any respected artist, as Jackson Pollack or Damien Hirst. And I think that makes people working in fashion slightly better about what they do. But that validity is something that came at great personal cost."

Other links:
Excerpt from Exhibit A
Shine Gallery that manages sell of Bourdin prints
Other stories

May 15, 2003

In a different league

Two of the most brilliant nature photographers out there have websites of their own:

Jim Brandenburg has some fabulous pics on his site. There is also a short interview with Brandenburg in NikonNet.

Lanting also has a website. Not as many photographs there, but a lot of content that is interesting to browse through.

Steve McCurry has an absolutely awe inspiring gallery of photographs on his website. I am grateful to reader Jeff Halbrook for sending this lnk to me.

April 15, 2003

Art/Photography links, weblogs

PDN's list of 30 emerging photographers for 2003. I always look forward to this particular issue.

Eric Grigorian won the World Press photo award this year. Be sure to check out the winning entries in other categories too.

Arian French has a wonderful art blog that has all sorts of interesting links.

March 4, 2003

Avedon, Struth and Wim Wanders

The first time I looked at an Avedon portrait, I was uneasy. Those were the photographs that Avedon shot of his father who was dying of cancer. It was only recently, that I went back to Avedon. To me, they are still not easy portraits to look at. But his vision and his humanity is more understandable now.

The most eloquent introduction to his work is his essay included in Richard Avedon Portraits. I strongly recommend that you read it if you get a chance.

There is a Thomas Struth exhibition going on in the Met that is worth checking out. I could only spend a little time there and would like to go back again later.

For some reason, I always heard Struth's name uttered alongwith that of Andres Gursky.I saw the Gursky exhibition in MOMA in 2001, but was not really moved by it. So, I did not really go out of my way to check out Struth photographs. But Struth is different. He is not hard like Gursky. May be I am reading it wrong. But I thought there is something cold about Gursky. Struth is more poignant, poetic at times.

Let me also add that EVERYONE seems to think very highly of Gursky, so I guess could be just that I did not get it. (Incidentally, there is another Gursky exhibition going on in SFMOMA).

Once by Wim Wenders is a wonderful photo journal of his wanderings around the world. Incidentally, Donata Wenders is also a cool photographer. She shot Buena Vista Social Club. Her website is here.

Update: Tyler Green blogged about the Struth exhibition earlier. He did not much like the streetscapes. But I completely agree with his opinion about Met's crowd control.

February 7, 2003

Photography links

Sean Kernan's work.
The new issue of 28mm.
Chin-Chin Yap's article on contemporary Chinese art photography.
The LA Times story on the ongoing Ansel Adams survey in LA county museum of art.

January 30, 2003

NYNITES

There are some interesting photographs of New York night life in Giovannu Del Brenna's portfolio.

January 19, 2003

Bruce Davidson

Tom Vanderbilt wrote a nice profile of Bruce Davidson in NYT.

January 17, 2003

A car wreck

Ed Keating lost his job in NYT over the report that he staged a photograph for a sensitive NYT story. Village Voice seems to the only publication that (kind of) defended him.

"Eddie is a mess," admits his friend, Times reporter Charlie LeDuff, "but at the same time he's a brilliant photographer. He comes back with the goods, and the goods aren't a hoodwink. ....

For example, when Keating was detained by Serb soldiers in Kosovo in 1999, he charmed his captors by playing a mean version of "Mr. Tambourine Man" on the harmonica. In 1991, when Keating was covering the riots in Crown Heights, he was almost beaten to death by a crowd of black men. Two transit cops discovered his bloody body and took him to the hospital, where he got 50 stitches in the back of the head. ....

Keating has always landed on his feet, but few expected him to survive the wrath of Times executive editor Howell Raines and managing editor Gerald Boyd. ..... After all, Columbia's School of Journalism is the home of the Pulitzers and a training ground for Times employees. Given the Times' cozy relationship with Columbia, CJR's allegations carry more weight than they would coming from an antagonist. "

(both links via Romenesko's media news)

Keating was part of the NYT team that won a pulitzer last year for its coverage of 9/11 (he was also arrested by the NY port authority police for photographing the recovery of bodies of their fellow workers). His photo essay Rt 66: A Journey Across America is still available in the NYT archive.

It can be argued that a lot of photojournalism is orchestrated by someone or other. That many more important events are either staged or manipulated by or for photographers. But still this doesn't feel right.

I hope Keating manages to pick up the pieces of his life and continue to make great images.

January 10, 2003

Jason Fulford

Jason Fulford self published Sunbird. Setting up your own publishing company in order to publish your book is a tad unusual. The current issue of PDN (print version) has a story about it.

Go check out his website. Very cool.

January 9, 2003

PDN Galleries

I think PDN's online gallery is slowly emerging as the most interesting collection of images, commentary and soundbites on photography on the net.

December 28, 2002

Best of 2002

The 2002 Moby awards currently on the Mobilives homepage is a hilarious read.

There is a a provocative commentary on "the most overrated and underrated ideas" in NYT

LAT profiles the faces to watch for in 2003. LAT website has an annoying registration process that you have to go through to access this. But they post a lot of good stuff these days. So you may want to swallow your dislike and get it over with now. (via Modern Art Notes)

Yahoo's Year in review is quite good. (via Cyberjournalist)

There is an interesting looking best albums of 2002 list in Pitchfork (via Fimoculous). I am completely clued out out contemporary music and haven't even heard most of the names on that list :(.

Year in Pictures:
Washington Post
MSNBC

December 23, 2002

Abandoned places

Urbanlens: photographs of the abandoned places of New York. (via Thomas Locke Hobbs). There are lots of terrific photography links and some very good photography on Hobbs' weblog/site.

December 6, 2002

Nadav Kander

I was blown away by Nadav Kander's photographs.

Kander, originally from Israel, is one of the foremost advertising photographers in Europe. He is represented by Stockland martel (check out the site) and published by Arena Editions.

Other profiles: BJ Photo, Artscenecal

November 10, 2002

Vietnam war photographs

Piece unique gallery is a comprehensive collection of Vietnam war photographs by some of the most well known war photographers from that era. The photos are categorized by photographers and have accompanying photographer bios and interviews. I feel slightly uncomfortable about the shopping cart in every page.

Update: Catherine Leroy of Pieceunique reminded me on an e-mail that part of the proceeds from the sale of the prints is going to the Vietnam Veterans Assistance fund. (For some reason, she had not been able to post the comment to this post. I'll try to figure that out when I have some time ....)

October 21, 2002

Street photography

In-public.com is a terrific showcase for contemporary street photography (via Consumptive).

Talking of street photography, I had run into this Henri Cartier bresson portfolio in mefi sometime back that I have been meaning to post for some time. (More Bresson portfolios here and here). I also think of Martin Parr as primarily a street photographer. And in spite of Bresson's disdain for him (He was famously disgusted when he heard that Parr has gotten admittance in Magnum), he has gone on to do incredibly well in Magnum. He has a unique eye that captures the ridiculous even in mundane circumstances.

But the street photographer that I really admire from the Bresson era is André Kertész. (Some his works are displayed in Petrimoine Photographique and in Jane Corkin's). I find his images elegant and powerful in a very quiet way.


October 11, 2002

Great photography resource

This is a fabulous photography related resource. You should also check out Gabrielle's black and white photographs while you are there. (via Mood-indigo).

October 7, 2002

'Drugs in the blood'

Drugs in the blood is a heart rending photoessay that was published in yesterday's New York Times. Brenda Ann Kenneally has been photographing ' the legacy of drugs in her Brooklyn neighbourhood ...where she lives with her young son' for a long time. The small images in the Web edition doesn't hit you as hard as those in print edition do, although Adrian Nicole LeBlanc's accompanying story will haunt you.

Brenda won the Eugene Smith memorial award last year and some of her work is displayed there.

September 20, 2002

recent visual treats

recent visual treats:

Shanghai triad. (Better commentary here)

Marc Riboud's "At home and abroad" (This
seems to be a complete list of his books)

Manhattan skyline at night from FDR drive

The lush lush green of South Jersey and its quiet countryside after driving through the industrial ghetto that is New Jersey

June 21, 2002

Ode to film photography

I hope I am not the only one out here who is sad about the way films are fast going out of fashion. This month's PDN has a story about how an increasing number of stock photographers are opting for digital. Apparently, most still shoot slides on location (mainly because of fear of screwing up) and agencies appear to think that their learning curve still have ways to go before the majority start creating acceptable stock on digital. But digital seems to be the way to go. The consumer market is already transformed by digital cameras. For some reason, it turns me slightly cold. I know still photographs shot on slides would still be touched up on photoshop before publication. It bothers me a little. But digital cameras don't turn me on at all. I like the idea of portability and ease with which I can send images captured on digital cameras to my friends and family. But for personal photography, I still like the feel of a Nikon film camera on my hands. Unless my feelings for digital cameras change, I have a feeling that in five years time I would a member of a dwindling minority who shoots on slides/negatives.

June 18, 2002

Wildlife photography of Nichols & Klum

Michael Nichols, the National Geographic wildlife photographer, now has a website. It has some incredibly powerful images. This photograph breaks your heart. this also got to me. But most of the photographs in that site are happy photographs. His pungent commentary adds flavour to the site.

I have been browsing through Borneo Rain Forest by Michael Klum. Klum is not as famous as Nichols. His photographs also have a different personality. But the works of both show the same care for nature and wildlife that differentiate great photographers from the rest.

I was shocked to hear that Kuro5hin is broke. If you are one of those who care about k5, have gained from it, you may want to chip in. I rarely go to K5. I get my fix at mefi. But I'll be very sad to see it go, if at all it comes to that.

June 4, 2002

Spamassassin

Simson Garfinkel wrote an interesting column on Spamassassin. I have been using it for one of my e-mail accounts and have had good experience with it, though it tags incorrectly all the e-mails that I forward myself from my hotmail accounts. Need to figure that out.

Check out Lomobar's gallery. It presents photographs is a very unusual fashion. But it doesn't jar and the quality of photographs is quite high i.e. if you like the slight distortions that lomo gives. (via Mood-Indigo.net)

May 19, 2002

Photo annual 2002

I have just been very busy at work for the past one week or so. Hence the prolonged silence. I hope to start weblogging regularly again from this week.

PDN's Photo Annual 2002 showcases the nominated photgraphers. It is a treasure trove of interesting photographs and photography websites. You ought to check it out while it is online.

I need to read the Session Notes from O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference.

May 17, 2002

'Abandoned places'

Vanrens Bergen photographs old abandoned places in his spare time. The site has some terrific photographs of the places that he has explored. The photographs have a haunting quality to them. (via Iconomy).

Amtabh Ghosh's 'Countdown in South Asia' is one of the most lucid, thoughtful and anguished books that I have read on the nuclear situation in South Asia. Unfortunately the book is not easily available outside India. He has now made the notes and the interviews that he took for writing the book available on his website.

May 9, 2002

Edward Weston exhibition in SFMOMA

There is an exhibition of Edward Weston's photographs ('Last years in Carmel') going on in SFMOMA. Weston's photography changed tenor during those years in Carmel. Gone was the cold detached polish of his earlier works. His images of Point Lobos have a lot more pathos. His nudes of Charis; as their marriage was disintegrating around them, have a lot more intensity than the impersonal geometry of his previous works.

Edward Weston led a full and by the social standards of those days, an unconventional life. But by the early forties, it was taking the shape of a Greek tragedy. He contracted Parkinson's disease in 1944. Charis left him in 1945. In a haunting passage, Janet Malcolm described an incident from Maddow's "Edward Weston: fifty years".

She "cites a horrible incident that occurred three years before his death, when he was already completely immobilized. The thirty cats that Weston had accumulated and had fed with his own hands had got into the house and had started a fight that Weston couldn't deal with and that was wrecking the place. His sons arrived on the scene and chased the animals out, and then Brett took a rifle and systematically killed the cats, one by one, as Weston listened to the shots from inside the house"

Yet, we go back now and look at these expensively framed photographs in the immaculately maintained halls on San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and dont feel pity. We feel awe at how the immenseness of human achievements outlasts the everyday tragedies of human lives.

In case you are planning to go and it matters: there are no entry fees on on the first tuesday of every month in SFMOMA.

May 5, 2002

Tracy Chiang

"In America, a woman is respected if she can stand up for herself in a situation that she believes to be intolerable; in Asia, a woman is respected if she has the inner strength to tolerate and survive."

-Tracy Chiang, a photographer quoted in '25 and Under / Photographers'

I thought it was a very acute statement; though her photographs didn't resonate with me.

Now, talking about intolerable situations for men; I am having a terrible time putting together a new style sheet for my weblog. CSS doesn't seem to be as simple as it looked initially. I have a very good mind to stick to the templates! Hopefully I would be through with it by tomorrow and will have moved RandomNotes to my domain.

It of course didnt help matters that I spent most of yesterday kicking around Castle Rock State Park (off highway 35, near Saratoga). It has great vistas and nice rock formations; on a clear day, you can see as far as Monteray from certain places. It was all very nice. But now I have tons of office work to catch up up with too.

April 26, 2002

Still Journal

Noticed:
Still Journal: A Photography portal (via mood-indigo.net)

April 9, 2002

A very neat collage

Noticed:
-A very neat collage of some of the best in Photographica. (via Kottke.org)
-A slice of childhood

March 20, 2002

Vincent Laforet

Vincent Laforet's website has some very good photographs. He is a staff photographer on NYT. The website is not very well designed. But dont get put off by that. He also has some of the best photography links that I have seen recently.

March 14, 2002

Photography links

Photography links:

'With these hands' is an interesting site that chronicles the lives of four very different farming families through photos and audio commentary. I hate it when I dont have control over how I want to view images. But otherwise its good site to browse through.

PDN has profiled 30 emerging photographers in its website. There are some amazing photographs out there. And some great links. I am still going through them.

Raffaele Ciriello was killed by Machine gun fire by Israeli troops in Ramallah (via mefi). I didn't know his name. But I knew of 'Postcards From Hell', a site created by him. You have to go see the site (I linked to an archived version, the actual site is down) to realize why its such a great loss for humanity.

March 11, 2002

Kashmir photographs

Two photogalleries about Kashmir in camera works (Washington Post). Without getting into a discourse on the subject, it does a very good job of showing you what is going on in there.

March 8, 2002

The plight of the French photo agencies

The plight of the French photo agencies seems to have been largely ignored by the press here. ‘Le photojournalisme agonise' (in French) chronicles the layoff and the other problems at three of the most legendary French photo agencies Sygma, Gamma and Sippa. (A bad English translation is available here). The French press and the Sygma photographers are of course blaming Bill Gates, big business, American greed at al. But the decline of the great photojournalism agencies seem to be a worldwide phenomenon. Russell Miller pointed out in 'Magnum: Fifty Years at the Front Line of History' , how increasingly hard it has been for photoagencies to stay sustainable doing just journalism. I would be curious to know whether there are photo agencies out there that are making money doing great photojournalism work.

(PDN has good coverage of this in their print edition)

February 26, 2002

Elinor Carucci

Noticed:
Elinor Carucci's photography.
Carucci, a young Israeli photographer captures human intimacy. She photographs herself, her family and people around her. 'Nerve' has a small selection of her work that are better presented (registration required). But I found the images in her own site a lot more powerful.

Not work safe.

February 18, 2002

art and photography links

Interesting art and photography links:

The Open Photo Project: Very cool.
ibiblio: An interesting art portal.
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam: The website of the famous Dutch museum. The artworks displayed and the quality of display are amongst the best that I have seen on the web.

(Links via Kingshuk)

February 14, 2002

Frankieboots

Noticed:

frankieboots: A great photo blog of New York. Loved it.
Missingmatter: A cool, slashdotlike weblog. Not much traffic yet. But that may change fast. (via Mefi)

February 4, 2002

Interesting links

Henry Darger's Art

"Darger's 15,000 page art work, discovered after his death, is filled with images of young naked girls, at war, committing atrocities upon each other, often being subjected to torture and mutilation, all of which has caused some to call him a pedophile, at the very least. What he was, was an insane obsessive devout Catholic who had an incredibly harsh childhood and lived a solitary recluse's life. His work was discovered in the last days of his life. He died a pauper, much money has been made from his work......"
(via mefi)

Eyestorm: A British gallery of art and photography. Lots of interesting stuff with expensive price tags. Check out 360 delve

MSNBC's The Year in Pictures 2001

On a different note: Please go and see Without Sanctuary: A Photographic history of lynching in America. (Via Mefi)

January 29, 2002

Raphael Just

Raphael Just's photography (via Dooce).
His photographs made me stop. Even though I am not into that kind of remote, posed images, his photos are seductive in their own rights. Very well executed site too.

December 28, 2001

Raphael Carter

Raphael Carter's Home Page from Sylloge.
Very cool personal site. Want to go back there and explore.

December 23, 2001

nomadic photo gallery

nomadic photo gallery Nice photography

December 18, 2001

Journal E

Journal E: Real Stories From Planet Earth is an incredibly beautiful site. There are a few new features. The story on the WTC tragedy by the Magnum photographers present some of most powerful images of 9/11