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30 Oct 2009

Friday Quote: Lewis Carroll

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“Photography is my one recreation and I think it should be done well.”

Lewis Carroll, 1832-1898

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29 Oct 2009

Guido Castagnoli – Provincial Japan

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Guido Castagnoli - Provincial Japan

Guido Castagnoli’s project “Provincial Japan” explores the urban landscape of small Japanese cities, avoiding the stereotypes which are normally associated with Japan.

Guido Castagnoli, born 1976 in Turin/ Italy holds an degree in Advertising Graphics and Communication. He lives and works in Geneva.

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28 Oct 2009

Matthew-Robert Hughes – This-Has-Them

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Matthew-Robert Hughes - This-Has-Them

I’m not sure if I can follow Matthew-Robert Hughes’ artist statement, but I like his indefinite portrays.

“This-Has-Them is a project that is focused on the photograph itself as an art object, its time-based properties, and its effect upon the subject. (…) The title, which is a play on words of Roland Barthes’ This-has-been (1980), refers to the three elements with which I am concerned. This- the photograph as an art object, Has- the embalming properties and the effect this has upon Them- the subject matter.” – Matthew-Robert Hughes

Matthew-Robert Hughes, born 1979, studied Photography at London College of Communication. He lives and works in London.

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27 Oct 2009

Simone Donati – Return to the Motherland

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Simone Donati - Return to the Motherland

The Crimean Tatars are Turkic people who inhabited the Crimean peninsula, now part of Ukraine, for over seven centuries. (…) The idea was born as a continuation of my long-term project on people in exile (…) concentrating on the people, their living environment and the landscape. This is how I usually work, analysing the landscape and how people interact with it.” – Simone Donati

Simone Donati, born 1977, lives and works in Florence / Italy.

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26 Oct 2009

Sarah Stolfa – The Regulars

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Sarah Stolfa - The Regulars

Sarah Stolfa’s portrait series “The Regulars” was photographed while bartending at McGlinchey’s, one of Philadelphia’s oldest taverns.

Sarah Stolfa, born in 1975, received an MFA in Photography from Yale University School of Art in New Haven.

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23 Oct 2009

Sophy Monk – Gamblers All

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Sophy Monk - Gamblers All

“I wanted to document the dog races – the hope and despair and the dreams of instant wealth. There is an underclass realism of a subculture dominated by old aged men and like-minded social kin. (…) The photographs in this series were made at the Portsmouth Greyhound Races and The Ladbrokes in Winchester.” – Sophy Monk

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23 Oct 2009

Friday Quote: Orson Welles

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“A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.”

Orson Welles, 1915 – 1985

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22 Oct 2009

Paul D’Amato – Please Be Free Now

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“The subject of public housing, its sudden eradication, and its significance to the history of race and class issues in the U.S, though fascinating, is beyond the reach of photography.” – Paul D’Amato about ‘Please be Free Now’

Paul D’Amato, born in 1956, lives and works in Chicago.

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21 Oct 2009

The Limits Of Control: RJ Shaughnessy

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RJ Shaughnessy

The Los Angeles based photographer RJ Shaughnessy was so kind to send me his book “Your golden Opportunity is Comeing Very Soon“.

As often I’m a bit late with my article and in the meantime the book has been already reviewed in a well-meaning manner in several blogs. So it is still a good idea to send around something physical in our virtual age to promote the own work.

RJ Shaughnessy’s self-published book shows black and white images of gateways, road signs and parking posts at night-time in Los Angeles – destroyed and damaged by cars.

Many of the damaged objects are seemingly not recent victims of the night, but persistent and repeatedly battered by passing vehicles.

Stepping back a little bit, the book could be a laconic, but quite friendly comment on our technicalised, controladdicted world: Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. Imperfection and improvisation are an unavoidable element of our lives. And that’s a good thing!

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