30 October 2003

As I'm off to Washington DC and New York in three weeks' time for a ten-day trip, here's a quick rundown on photography exhibitions in November:

New York's International Center of Photography is exhibiting Strangers: The First ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, which explores "the different roles that photography now plays in negotiating the boundaries between trust and fear, intimacy and isolation, and public and private life." Until 30 November.

The Dawn of Photography: French Daguerreotypes, 18391855 is on at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 175 of these one-of-a-kind images on silver-plated sheets of copper are on show. Until 4 January.

The Whitney celebrates 100 years since the birth of American photography great, Aaron Siskind. Until 1 February.

DC's Corcoran Gallery is showing Both Sides of the Street, where works by significant 20th century photographers are hung alongside emerging contemporary artists. Until April 2004.

A retrospective of the work of photojournalist, Diana Walker, is on at the National Museum of American History, part of the Smithsonian. Until 4 January.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts in DC is exhibiting Passionate Observer: Photographs by Eudora Welty, who worked as a photographer for Life magazine, documenting the Depression in the 1930s in the rural areas of Mississippi and Louisiana. Until 29 February.

29 October 2003

Beautifully-designed Atlas 6 has the good stuff--live vicariously through these globetrotting photographers: Adam Kufeld visited Cuba, Olivier Laude took a trip to China's countryside, Catherine Karnow hung out at the Bombay Bazaar, and Bob Sacha wandered through New York's underground tunnels (they're even used by elephants!!)

VRMAG is a rather sexy online 'zine dedicated to 3D VR travel photography. The latest issue includes an interview with Charles Evans (of digitalpanos), highlighting his experience at Burning Man this year as well as a conversation with Jook Leung on his switch from tradition to VR photography.

CoolStop highlights two personal travel photography sites that are worth checking out: The Visual Record and CultureFocus. I'm also a regular visitor of Vagabonding, a riveting site with excellent travel writing, documenting Mike Pugh's continuing journey across the world. He started in South East Asia, travelled through the Middle East, and then down all the way to the bottom of Africa, so far.

Ed Kashi shot Saigon's bike culture in black and white. Unfortunately the photojournalism site hosting his photo essay, FocalPoint f/8 is no longer maintained.

28 October 2003

Michael Light has a new book out called 100 Suns, containing 100 photographs culled from the US National Archives and the records of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, documenting many of the 216 atmospheric and underwater nuclear tests that took place in the US between 1945 and 1992. Light's work is currently on show in San Francisco (via PQ+The Poetical Quotidian Plus).

Japanetica35mm is a lovely site by Tokyo-based photographer Kenjiro Nakano which uses thumbnails innovatively for navigation (via featured).

Photos for Peace is a joint photo project and royalty-free stock photography library by members of the Peace Corps volunteering in the developing world.

For two and half years, James Luckett worked as a master printer at a photography lab in Chicago that specialised in meeting the evidential and illustrative needs of lawyers and insurance agencies. He tells his intriguing (and sad) tale in a 'zine published to accompany a recent exhibition.

Photojournalist Josh Levine's portfolio contains a striking photo essay on Vietnam's Cloud People who live in the mountains bordering China.

27 October 2003

Last weekend saw the eagerly awaited opening of the foreign-helmed Mori Art Museum in Roppongi Hills. The inaugural exhibition, Happiness, features three dramatic 2-storey high inkjet photographic prints by Yasumasa Morimura as Eastern deity-cum-drag queen. Until 18 January.

The Kawasaki Art Museum is showing a selection of Moriyama Daido's work focusing on Shinjuku. Until 3 November.

Tokyo's National Museum of Modern Art opens a new exhibition tomorrow, Traveling: Towards the Border (in Japanese), featuring works by photographers Go Watanabe and Hiroshi Ono with his new 'When Tomorrow Comes' series. Until 21 December.

Yesterday, in Grand Central Station, New York, Spencer Tunick photographed 450 naked women as part of the artist's "Naked World" series, in which he has been travelling the world, hoping to gather more than 35,000 people to pose.

Finally today, I am pleased to announce that I am now a contributing news editor on featured.nu. Check there often for the latest news in the international world of photography. Link suggestions welcomed.

23 October 2003

This morning I came across an interesting article on travel photography that really resonated with my own experience: "The best travel photos I have taken--and have seen--occurred because a relationship [with the subject], often brief, was established." Like the author, my strongest images of people have also been captured following one-to-one personal interactions with my subjects, even if our communication had been assisted by the help of an interpreter.

National Geographic has just published a magnificent new photography coffee table book, Through the Lens: National Geographic Greatest Photographs, containing its best 250 images and encompassing all regions of the world. I had a chance to browse through it last night at Tower and, I have to say, though weighty it might be, it contains page after page of stunning photography and is definitely worth spending some time over. It can be picked up for only US$21.00 on Amazon; at 504 pages, it's an absolute steal!

A couple of nights ago, I attended a very interesting FCC dinner meeting with a presentation given by Lewis Blackwell, Vice President of the Creative Division of GettyImages on researching visual trends and forecasting future creative imagery requirements. Reuters reports that the company, the world leader in the stock photography market, posted record profits for the latest quarter.

22 October 2003

If on a Summer's Day a Television is a new photo essay on San Francisco's curbside treasures by Heather Champ on The Morning News.

Recursive Polaroids is an innovative conceptual photo series project where each new SX-70 polaroid incorporates the last one taken. The project spans seven years and 142 pictures, from France, Morocco, and Germany, to Denmark and The Netherlands (via photojunkie zine).

Jennifer Shaw is a New Orleans-based fine art photographer with an elegant new portfolio website containing wonderfully evocative sepia-toned images taken with a Holga.

The latest issue of the Digital Journalist features a collection of images by David Alan Harvey, from his new book, Divided Soul, a twenty-year photo project documenting the Spanish and Portuguese diaspora around the world.

15 October 2003

Today, here's a selection of gorgeously designed sites with striking photography eyecandy gleaned from some of the best design sites on the web.

featured.nu is a brand new photography portal site with the latest in photography news, showcasing professional photographers' work (via Styleboost).

Jim Erickson photographs architecture, travel subjects, and sexy things (via netdiver).

FireAlarm by Finnish photographer Mikko Rikala contains urban stills and abstract city details (via Design is Kinky).

Mark Seliger is a celebrity photographer with a very sexy (albeit slow loading...grumble, grumble) flash portfolio (via Newstoday).

Norwegian photographer Helge Tenno's cool and elegant work is featured on Norwegian design site guu.nu.

phoot.org is a photo diary containing lovely personal work by Lavanya Patricella (via Scene360).

14 October 2003

Last week, I pointed to Simon Norfolk's images of the bone-adorned cathedral in the Czech Republic. Growbag, the creative agency which houses his photo essays, is sadly closing its doors. Do take the time to check out their feature archives though: Simon Norfolk's chronicle of Afghanistan, Greg Williams' documenting of a daughter born with Thalidomide, and Tom Craig on the world's first gay retirement home.

Over the last 25 years, collector James Allen has uncovered a disturbing collection of 'souvenir photographs' taken at mob lynchings in the US in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Robert and Shana Parkeharrison collaborate on their dark and ethereal photographic images (via Frangipani).

12 October 2003

Christian Frei's documentary film, War Photographer, about American photojournalist James Nachtwey is currently screening at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Until 31 October.

Also on at the Photography Museum is a major exhibition featuring 20 years of fine art photographer Yoshihiko Ueda's work, including portraits of Butoh dancer Ushio Amagatsu. Until 25 October (via RealTokyo).

American Photojournalist highlights a photo essay by Prague-based photo editor Dana Wilson on the adrenaline-charged 'running of the bulls' which takes place each year in July in the Spanish town of Pamplona.

SFMOMA has just received a donation of 100 important photographic prints including Marcel Duchamp's Self Portrait as Rrose Selavy, Walker Evans' subway portraits, and a Yasumasu Morimura Self Portrait as Frida Kahlo.

Zach Gold's portfolio site includes a dynamic selection of carefully staged action photography (via mixinvisuals).

10 October 2003

Photo District News just officially announced the winners of the PDN/Nikon 19th Annual Self-Promotion Awards. In the Digital Promotion category, SugarLove Pictures took first prize (as previously mentioned), second prize went to Andy Batt, with Tony Garcia's site in third place.

PDN Online has also just relaunched its website with added features and functionality. The new look site introduces premium content for the first time, requiring a paid subscription of US$29.95 per year for online only access or US$78-115 per year for a combined print and online subscription.

Digital Web Magazine reviews Extensis Portfolio 6, a digital asset and image management tool which has major appeal to photographers and combines a file browser with a file cataloging system. I've been using it for several months, but admittedly, haven't yet explored the full potential of this powerful image organisation tool.

The enigmatic gang behind Speckled Paint and The Solipsistic Gazette are now back with pennydreadful.cc.

TiffinBox is a new US-based blog on photography, writing and design, focusing on South Asia.

9 October 2003

Even Madonna and her team of stylists and art directors are not above ripping off other creative talent. Guy Bourdin, the late French photographer best known for his work with Vogue from the 1950s to the 80s, is the latest target. Opinions are divided as to whether the Hollywood music video is sufficiently derivative or a direct copy of Bourdin's work. I'll let you be the judge. Another selection of Bourdin's images are available on his Estate website (via geisha asobi).

Better known as a Beat Generation writer and contemporary of William S Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, and Ken Kesey, Allen Ginsberg was also a photographer. A selection of forty black-and-white images, focusing on the friends who surrounded him, is currently being shown in an exhibition at Allentown Art Museum in Pennsylvania.

David Hume Kennerly, the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer behind Candidate Camera describes the experience of photographing Angelyne, Ms 'Famous for Being Famous', and a candidate who ran in the California Gubernatorial Recall on the platform, "Enough gray and brown, it's time for blonde and pink".

8 October 2003

Last week Adobe announced their new Creative Suite, containing updates of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, GoLive and Acrobat. dpreview favourably comments on Photoshop's added features designed specifically for digital photographers, including integration of the Camera RAW plug-in, noise reduction, and removal of chromatic aberrations (purple fringing).

Balance Images contains some striking travel photography from Thailand, Laos and Malaysia (via Pixelsurgeon).

More great travel images by Clive Egginton taken in Portugal, Paris and New York (via netdiver).

ARTnews Online discusses the Diane Arbus retrospective opening later this month at SFMOMA.

Like other cities in Europe, a tiny town near Prague, Kutna Hora, houses a small cathedral decorated with thousands of human bones. The difference here is that this cathedral is adorned with the bones of victims of plague and war. Simon Norfolk shot this macabre sight (via a photo a day).

7 October 2003

Candidate Camera is a photographic chronicle of the 2003 California Gubernatorial Recall and the candidates' campaigns. All photos are taken of or by the candidates themselves (via PDN Online).

Michael from Meccapixel took a recent visit to the Prada store in New York and shot their mannequins.

Picture Editor is a recently launched news and resource site for photographers and photo editors and features a photography news blog.

Finally, esthet.org celebrated its 1st birthday on 1 October.



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