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29 Jun 2007

‘Ein Bild und seine Geschichte’ bei Stern online

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The Stern magazine presents a slideshow with 13 famous photographs and their history. Amongst others there is Dennis Stock’s James Dean und Rene Burri’s Ché Guevara.
The background article is available only in German, but the pure slideshow is worth a visit as well.

Via Dokufoto/Fotonews.

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29 Jun 2007

Friday Photography Quote: Lewis W. Hine

Posted by (PF) at 6:15 ...

Again a classic line from a classic photographer and again it is about the photographer’s motivation. Some images of Lewis W. Hine can be found here and here.

If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.
Lewis W. Hine, 1874 – 1940

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28 Jun 2007

Small Insights / Kleine Einsichten

Posted by (PF) at 6:50 ...

Yesterday I pondered about a portrait including some landscape I did last weekend. Although the image wasn’t that bad, something fundamental was missing. But I had no idea what it was.

After a while I started to flip through one of my favourite photo books, Joel Sternfeld’s “Stranger Passing”. After two-thirds of the book I realized that Sternfeld uses very often things to associate his models to their environment. It can be a bag, a newspaper, or just a wall to lean against.

And exactly this was missing in my picture. There was no real connection between the environment and the model. I missed to create a comprehensible relation.

I guess a deeper understanding of things like this is an important part of the pie.

Some pictures of Joel Sternfeld can be seen here. An article about “Stranger Passing” is available here.

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27 Jun 2007

Cindy Sherman Interview in der ZEIT

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The actual issue of DIE ZEIT provides an interview with Cindy Sherman. The German interview is availaible online here.
Recently a big Cindy Sherman review started at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in berlin.

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27 Jun 2007

Weisse Folter – Gregor Schneider im K21 Düsseldorf

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Gregor Schneider, WEISSE FOLTER (Detail) ,K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf 2007, Foto: Achim Kukulies, © Gregor Schneider / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2007

Duplicated and doubled, mobile, magic, briefly appearing and vanishing rooms define the oeuvre of Gregor Schneider. In 2001 he was awarded with the Golden Lion at the Biennale in Venice for his currently most famous work “Totes Haus u r”. The actual exhibition includes works created especially for the show and others dating from the last two years. Guided by his desire to study the unknown the artist has conceived a sequence of corridors and cells in K21’s basement.

=> Gregor Schneider @ kunstsammlung.de – bis 15. Juli 2007

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26 Jun 2007

Roger Melis: In einem stillen Land

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In his new book “In einem stillen Land” (In A Silent Country) presents Roger Melis a selection of his work through a period of 25 years. His body of work shows a comprehensive portrait of the former German Democratic Republic.

Roger Melis, born in 1940, is one of the pioneers of fine art photography in the former German Democratic Republic. He was well-known for his portraits in newspapers and publishing houses in East and West Germany, as well for travel books like “Paris zu Fuß” and fashion series for the magazine “Sibylle”.

Some images of the book can be found here.

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25 Jun 2007

Jessica Dimmock – The Ninth Floor

Posted by (PF) at 6:30 ...

Jessica Dimmock’s award-winning photo essay “The Ninth Floor” documents the lives of heroin addicts living in Manhattan. The series, awarded Fabrica Forma Fotografia’s F Award, the Inge Morath Prize and PDN’s Marty Forscher Fellowship Fund, captures the all-consuming nature of addiction.

An article about this series can be found at PopPhoto. A slideshow is available here.

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22 Jun 2007

Friday Photography Quote: Garry Winogrand

Posted by (PF) at 6:10 ...

People like quotes and so do I, – especially quotes about photography. So I will start a small series featuring common and less common quotes about photography.

For the beginning one very well known from the wonderful Garry Winogrand:

“I have a burning desire to see what things look like photographed by me.”
Garry Winogrand , said when he was asked why he photographs.

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21 Jun 2007

Great Portraits / Großartige Porträts

Posted by (PF) at 6:15 ...

Currently I think a lot about portraits, because it is one of my targets in 2007 to do better portraits by myself.
So I cannot resist to link again to Jen Bekman’s Blog, where Joerg Colberg provides one more time a nice article about portraits.
This time he simple asked the photographers from the show “A New American Portrait” about their favourite portraits.

I specially like a quote from Brian Ulrich:
“I can tell you that one of the most amazing things in the world is to watch someone from behind the camera as they sit, still and motionless in a frozen stance you may or may not have dictated for them. I myself have bad habits that contribute to this obsessiveness. I count lines in people’s face, take notes on fingernails in trains, and generally look for visual clues that might be helpful at some point for a picture, other times just curiosity.”

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