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30 Jan 2009

Interview Blog Two Way Lens

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Two Way Lens

The Frankfurt-based photographer Michael Werner runs the interview blog “Two Way Lens“. Amongst others there are interviews with Alec Soth, Amy Stein, Andrew Phelps and Richard Renaldi.

“On these pages, I will feature the experiences and opinions of other photographers who I have found inspiring, and hopefully the knowledge they have built in their own experiences will be valuable to all of us finding our own way to sharing our creativity with the wider world.” – Michael Werner

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30 Jan 2009

Friday Quote: Christopher Williams

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“The coffee you’re drinking is obviously a product that has a rich history here in Europe, but it’s also just a cup of coffee”

Christopher Williams

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29 Jan 2009

Andrej Balco

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Andrej Balco

Andrej Balco’s portfolio shows a bunch of interesting photography. I specially like his series “Suburbs”, showing life in large blocks of flats, where more than one third of the Slovaks live.

Andrej Balco, born 1973, lives and works in Pezinok, Slovakia.

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28 Jan 2009

John Szarkowski – Photographs

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John Szarkowski - Photographs

The exhibition “John Szarkowski – Photographs” shows 60 photographies of John Szarkowski (1925 – 2007), who worked thirty years as curator for photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

=> John Szarkowski @ Quadrat Bottrop – 05. April 2009

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27 Jan 2009

After The Show: Portraits of Exhaustion

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Portraits of Exhaustion

In portrait photography there is a tradition to take portraits in exceptional conditions to achieve a special image. For example Philippe Halsman, who asked celebrities to jump for a portrait in order to avoid traditional poses. Or Marjaana Kella, working on the presentability of the unconscious, by putting her subjects into a hypnotic trance.

Likewise it is very popular to take a portrait of humans directly after great stress to disclose new unknown faces in front of the camera.

Portraits of Exhaustion

A probably well-known example of this kind of portrait photography is Rineke Dijkstras “Matador-Series”: The series shows Portuguese bull fighters directly after the fight – with blood and dirt smeared faces. Lotte Reimanns series “Faustkampf” (fistfight) follows a similar procedure: Young female boxers, exhausted and sweating, are photographed instantly after a fight. Both series deal in different manners with gender roles.

The photographer Sandy Nicholson examines in his series “2nd: The Face of Defeat” in which state an extreme situation leaves us behind. The work shows portraits of runners-up in various competitions after the match. Matthias Willi is interested in a similar aspect. His series “The moment after The Show” shoots rock stars right after the concert.

Based on the assumption that photography can only display surfaces, all these works perform amazingly well. Maybe the visible codes and subcodes of facial expression and gesturing obtain cracks and distortions under exceptional conditions which can lead to something special, if the photographer succeeds to use them in a creative style.

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26 Jan 2009

Pieter Hugo – Nollywood

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Pieter Hugo - Nollywood

Pieter Hugo’s series “Nollywood” explores the the myths and symbols of Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry. Nollywood is the the third-largest film industry in the world after the United States and India.

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25 Jan 2009

“I, Object” – in Duesseldorf

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I, Object

The group exhibition “I, OBJECT” displays contemporary portrait photography from 30. January – 01. February 2009 at the Gloriahalle Duesseldorf .

The photographic portrait and the infinity of human representational forms is the starting point of the exhibition. Presenting diverse conceptual approaches the photographers provide a dispute about images and reality.

Participating artists are:
Daniel Hofer – Dirk Rose – Eva Baales – Jonas Holthaus – Karsten Kronas – Kay Röhlen -Malte Wandel – Mark Ansorg – Michael Englert – Michael Thieme – Olga Kessler – Sabine Springer – Sandra Muequin – Valerie Schmidt.

“I, Object” – contemporary portrait photography
GLORIA-HALLE – Belsenstr. 20 – 40545 Duesseldorf
Opening on Friday 30 January 2009 at 6 pm.

“I, Object” – Porträtfotografie in Duesseldorf
GLORIA-HALLE – Belsenstr. 20 – 40545 Düsseldorf
Vernissage am Freitag, den 30.01.09, ab 18:00 Uhr

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23 Jan 2009

Ricarda Roggan

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Ricarda Roggan

The works of the Ricarda Roggan deal with space and architectural situations, swinging between document and construct.

Ricarda Roggan, born 1972 in Dresden, studied at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig and at the Royal College of Art in London. She lives an works in Leipzig.

Some more images can be seen here.

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23 Jan 2009

Friday Quote: Novalis

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“The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.”

Novalis, 1772-1801

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