Documentary photographer Vinca Petersen joins Martin Parr for the fourth instalment of the MPF series 'Sofa Sessions: Conversations with Martin Parr'. They discuss Vinca’s seminal work ‘No System’, which explores the sub-culture of travelling sound systems and life on the road. The Foundation holds the original No System photobook dummy and a portfolio of No System prints. Highlights from the portfolio can be seen in the archive section of the MPF website: https://www.martinparrfoundation.org/... Subscribe to the Martin Parr Foundation channel and click the bell to hear from more from established and emerging photographers in conversation with Martin Parr, at the Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol. Produced by the Martin Parr Foundation. Filmed and edited by Alex Parkyn-Smith.
Part 1 (of 2) exclusive YouPic films in which we explore David Yarrow's photography of animals and his unique methods. In part 2 (coming in January 2016) we will show his photography of tribes and people and discover the story behind one of his most famous images “Mankind”. David has built an unrivalled reputation for capturing the beauty of the planet’s remote landscapes,tribes and endangered animals. He is now widely regarded as the UK’s best selling fine-art photographer of his genre. His Encounter Collection, was exhibited in November 2013 in Hong Kong, New York and London’s Saatchi Gallery. For David, time, commitment and patience are the foundation stones of taking great photographs.
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American documentary photographer Stephen Shore will be honored at this year’s Photo London as the Master of Photography—an award bestowed on leading contemporary artists who have made an exceptional contribution to photography. Alongside a headline talk, Shore will also debut Details, his latest series of images that capture found arrangements of natural material and street debris.
Since taking up photography at the age of six, Shore has published over 25 monographs that showcase his unconventional framing and subject matter: parked cars, gas stations, public signs, desolate streets, hotel rooms, uneaten meals… All the while, his unique frame of vision blurs the line between observational and documentary photography.
Shore’s interest in daily life and common objects began when, at the age of 17, he became the de facto photographer in residence at Andy Warhol’s studio and creative epicenter, The Factory. Shore’s early work humanised pop icons like Lou Reed, Paul Morrissey and Edie Sedgwick who frequented the Manhattan space. Instead of glorifying them, Shore’s images labored over the quiet, interstitial moments between The Factory’s famous film shoots and hedonistic gatherings.
Fifty years of empty chairs and cracked pavements later, the work of the ever-evolving photographer has transitioned to Instagram, with his social feed being foregrounded during his MoMa retrospective in 2018. It is of no wonder that his work has flourished on a platform that fulfills Warhol’s prophecy that everyone in the future will have their fifteen minutes of fame. As part of Photo London, Shore will be exhibiting his classic work Los Angeles, California, February 4th, 1969, a series of photos taken over the course of one day that, like social media, chronicles the minutiae of everyday existence.
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Iconic American street photographer, Bruce Gilden, joins Martin Parr for the third installment in the MPF series 'Sofa Sessions: Conversations with Martin Parr'. They talk personal inspirations, being able to instantly engage with subjects and Bruce's recognizable use of flash, isolating the people he photographs. They also discuss if knowing - or not knowing - the history of photography is important to producing engaging and original work. Subscribe to the Martin Parr Foundation channel and click the bell to hear from more from established and emerging photographers in conversation with Martin Parr, at the Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol.
Signed copies of Bruce's recent photobook 'Face' are available from the foundation's website
Produced by the Martin Parr Foundation.
Filmed and edited by Alex Parkyn-Smith.
A wonderful documentary about chance and circumstance. A enjoyable thought provoking journey into the daily life of Mark Reay, Photographer, Model, Actor and Homeless…
HOMME LESS is about the underbelly of the American Dream, the hidden backyard of our society. Mark’s life stands as a metaphor for the struggle of the vanishing middle class in America. But it’s also a film about the relationship between New York City and one of its residents. New York is not simply a beautiful backdrop for this story. She’s the antagonist that dictates the direction M’s life is going in. The joy and pain, the love and hate, the success and denial New York is teasing him with, the hardship he is going through in order to stay in her grace and the inventiveness he comes up with to be with her are all unique. Mark walks the streets of Manhattan looking like a millionaire, wearing designer suits and expensive leather shoes. He seems to be well off, and works in the prestigious fashion and movie business. He is eloquent, charming and good looking, and obviously has a lot going for him. But while during the day he pursues a ‘normal’ life, late at night he goes to a place where the American Dream has turned into a nightmare.
HOMME LESS captures a raw and unfiltered moment in time, our time. Like its title HOMME LESS has different layers and raises the question of how far are we from losing everything, even our homes, and with it a part of our dignity and humanity? How often do we have to pretend that everything is in fine order to keep up the facade of being a well-off member of society? And how far are we prepared to go to take the financial pressure off our shoulders to live a more carefree live, the live that we want to live? What went wrong in Mark’s life? How is he able to keep up his facade of success and fool everyone? What keeps him from going under? What motivates him to put up with this rather unthinkable situation? What were and are his hopes and desires in life? Mark stands lost and alone in the midst of eight million dreams, balanced between the glamorous surfaces of this vibrant and inspiring city and its far from glamorous hidden backyard. He is the Homme Less.
Her principal published work, originally published in 1974, is Elsa's Housebook - A Woman's Photojournal, a photographic record of family and friends who visited her in Cambridge when she lived there during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Many well known people, especially literary figures associated with the Beat generation, are prominent in the book, including Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, Gary Snyder, Gregory Corso, and Robert Creeley, in addition to people who would become notable in other fields, such as radical feminist Andrea Dworkin and civil rights lawyer Harvey A. Silverglate (who would become Dorfman's husband). She has also photographed staples of the Boston rock scene such as Jonathan Richman frontman of The Modern Lovers, and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.
Dorfman moved to New York City in 1959 and found a job as a secretary to the editors at Grove Press, a leading Beat publisher. When she later moved home to Cambridge to pursue her master's degree, she called herself the "Paterson Society" and began arranging readings for many Beat authors who had become friends, maintaining an active correspondence with them as they traveled the world. By 1962, she was teaching fifth grade. A year later, in 1963, Dorfman began working for the Educational Development Corporation whose photographer, George Cope, introduced her to photography in June 1965. She made her first sale two months later, in August 1965, for $25 of a photograph of Charles Olson which was used on the cover of his book The Human Universe. Due to economic limitations, she did not buy her own camera until 1967, when she sent a check for $150 to Philip Whalen who was then in Kyoto, Japan, and he in turn enlisted Gary Snyder, who could speak Japanese, to purchase the camera and mail it to her. In May 1968, she moved into the Flagg Street house which would become the basis of her Housebook.
She is now known for her use of a Polaroid 20 by 24 inch camera (one of only 6 in existence), from which she creates large prints. She has photographed famous writers, poets, and musicians including Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg. Due to bankruptcy, the Polaroid Corporation entirely ceased production of its unique instant film products in 2008. Dorfman stocked up with a year's supply of her camera's last available 20 x 24 instant film.
Netflix this month have a fabulous documentary about Elsa titled ‘THE B-SIDE: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography’ Directed by ERROL MORRIS. If your a Netfix subscriber you can view it here. If not i feel its worth the 1 off monthly subscription, otherwise visit the official site here and purchase it directly for your viewing pleasure. the trailor is at the bottom of this post. … enjoy
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By Damien Woods
News of Kodak bringing back their famous Ektachrome broke about 3 years ago? And eventually coming available late last year, I knew I had to get some. 5 rolls later, my first experience with slide film. I took some with me to a relative's home in sunny Pomonaon the Sunshine Coast here in Queensland. Photographing some of their garden whilst taking a small break over Christmas. With my Canon A1 and 50mm f/1.4 SSC (my current favourite both in size and performance). Different textures, colours, arrangements. Later some more plants in my own backyard. Even in low sun the colours remain vibrant.
Some other samples of E100 shooting a local car meetup, with occasional spot of cloud, waiting for early morning sun to bring out some colour in vintage cars.
Favourite colours: burnt orange and green. Perfect.
Low Speed (100) Color Transparency Film (E6, Slide)
Exposed from 100
Film Manufacturer - Kodak Alaris *Probably Rochester New York
All shot on Kodak E100 Ektachrome, Canon A1, Canon 50mm f/1.4 SSC
Dev/ Scan - Racquet Studio
Photographer and journalist Gordon Parks used his camera as a tool to help the world understand the experience of African-Americans in the U.S. A current exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, titled "Gordon Parks: The New Tide," examines the first ten years of his career, and exhibit curator Philip Brookman sits down with Jeffrey Brown to share more about the artist's life and work.
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In this rare interview, photographer Robert Frank discusses his seminal book The Americans (1958). He reflects on specific images from the series and gives insight into his process at the time.
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WECC member Nick Bedford recently took a look back at some Kodak Portra 400 scans from his time in Kyoto, Japan last year in 2017. While the scans are a bit rough in terms of image quality, they still show the lovely colours and look of everyone’s favourite Kodak Portra 400 film stock.
See Nick’s black and white film work from the Japan trip as well.
Our ILFORD Inspires 'Legends of Skateboarding' series concludes with Jason Lee's ‘THE AMERICAN PHOTO ROADTRIP’. Discover the philosophies behind Jason's signature aesthetic during a journey through rural Texas highway 380 to document the abandoned yet cinematic American landscape. A former Pro Skateboarder, Jason has established himself as a pillar of the film community making him better placed than most to identify the parallels between skateboarding and photography.
Filmed and edited by: Exploredinary (Sarah Reyes & Daniel Driensky) Score by Raymond Molinar End credits song "At The Cathedral" by Jason Lee and Eric Pulido Image credits copyright Exploredinary. Shot on ILFORD HP5 Plus
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Joe Brook's film ‘SKATEBOARDING IS OUR RELIGION’ is a pilgrimage to the epicenter of skateboarding, San Francisco, in Joe's iconic van ‘Big Blue’. In this rare look behind the scenes we watch Joe capture skateboarders using various photographic techniques for his work at Thrasher Magazine.
WARNING: The following film features skateboarding tricks performed by professionals. HARMAN technology and the producers insist that no one attempt to recreate or re-enact any of the activity in this film.
Filmed and Edited by Exploredinary (Sarah Reyes and Daniel Driensky) With additional GX1000 footage by Ryan Garshell Original Music by New Fumes Joe's Subjects: Ben Gore, Corey Duffel, Max Schaaf, Ryan Garshell, Brian DeLaTorre, Yonnie Cruz, Al Davis and Andrew Torralvo End Credits photos on ILFORD HP5 Plus film by Daniel Driensky Special Thanks to Joe Brook, Ben Gore, Corey Duffel, Max Schaaf, GX1000 and Michael Bain Joe's film processed by Blue Moon Camera and Machine
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Ray Barbee's film ‘A COMMON THREAD’ is about finding enjoyment in things that are challenging. This is a captivating insight into a humble yet remarkably talented skateboarder, musician and photographer who believes that all 3 passions are crafted by various factors outside of the artist's control. From making prints in a darkroom to making music in a studio, Ray embraces the imperfections of analogue formats.
Filmed and Edited by Exploredinary (Sarah Reyes and Daniel Driensky) Original Music by Richard Carpenter with Outro/End Credits Remix by Ray Barbee Modular Synth Jam by Ray Barbee Studio Jam by Vulcho Bonev, Ray Barbee, and Matthew Roi Rainwater End Credits photos on ILFORD HP5 Plus film by Daniel Driensky Special Thanks to Ray Barbee, Michael Bain, Matt Parry, Vulcanic Studioz, and Contact Photo Lab
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ILFORD PHOTO (Harman Technology Ltd) presents one of this generation's greatest photographic storytellers, Giles Duley. With a special ability to connect with people and an unfaltering empathy for the plight of others, Giles Duley has become one of the world's leading documentary and humanitarian photographers. His mission - to tell the stories of those impacted by the long-term effects of conflict - all through the medium of photography. As a result, Giles has made storytelling his art.
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Perhaps one of the most understated lessons of life as an artist or creative individual is this. A great watch.
Nick Bedford has just posted his latest photo blog, Photo Vol. 131 full of 35mm Tri-X street photography and more. Nick also briefly reviews Joel Meyerowitz’ Masterclass course.
I would recommend this course for advanced photographers who are well beyond the learning curve of exposure, composition and cameras and who are now venturing into the rich and infinitely subtle world of expressive and artistic photography, which is most often driven by deeply personal motivations.
Anywhere from 50-100 photographs per post, the goal of Nick’s long running photo blogs isn’t to show just the best work, but all of the work that strikes his interest and feels like sharing. From there, collections of images can be selected for later use in book projects way down the line.
To be connected with everything and everyone: this is the meaning of Ubuntu, a Congolese concept borrowed by photographer Rebecca Fertinel (b. 1991, Romania) to title her latest body of work, which recently won the Dummy Award at Unseen Amsterdam 2018. The series shows a Congolese family living in Belgium as they try to maintain their heritage and traditional values through community events, such as weddings, parties and funerals.
By David Walker
“New York City, 1963,” by Joel Meyerowitz. From 1962 to 1965, Meyerowitz and Garry Winogrand “pounded the streets every day” with their cameras cocked and ready, looking for the “fragment of perception that stimulated our consciousness,” Meyerowitz recalls.
When we asked photographers to define “street photography,” they cited the work of several photographers as examples: Helen Levitt, Eugène Atget, Diane Arbus and William Klein, among others. But the photographer most frequently mentioned is Garry Winogrand (1928-1984). To photographers who knew Winogrand personally and those who know him only through his incongruous, witty work, he epitomizes the genre. Photographer...
Alongside a preview of his new book, ‘Joel Meyerowitz: Where I Find Myself’, the photographer gives us a masterclass in the medium
TEXT Douglas Greenwood
The street has always been a place where life unfolds unexpectedly. For the past 56 years, American photographer Joel Meyerowitz has tried his best to capture as much of it as he can.
Now considered one of the founding fathers of the medium, Meyerowitz found himself at the epicentre of a movement when he first picked up a camera in early 1960s New York City. Shooting in colour was considered crass back then – used only for commercial purposes – but as it was all that he had to hand, he was able to capture the chaos and jubilance of a generation in crisp, vibrant detail. It would be the start of a highly influential career that saw Meyerowitz create some of the most admired collections of 20th century photography, including Cape Light, his series shot over a summer in Cape Cod, Massachusetts; and his beautiful photos of shorelines at dusk in Bay/Sky.
Joel Meyerowitz: Where I Find Myself is the biggest published retrospective of his photography to date. Presented to the reader in reverse order, it chronicles Meyerowitz’s best work, from his sobering photos of a post-9/11 New York City in mourning to his romantic, mid-20th century shots of the carefree lives of those living in towns and cities across America.
“[It was] a bittersweet and yet fascinating experience to look at 50,000 photographs and say goodbye to most of them,” says Meyerowitz. All of that work brought him to where he is today. Having recently celebrated his 80th birthday, he still continues to take still-life photographs of objects he finds in the junkyards of his Tuscan town.
Now, Meyerowitz says times have changed for street photographers – particularly those looking to capture an organic, fleeting moment. “[Back then], you could feel the sensual mix on the street,” he says. “Today, it’s very different. Most people have a cell phone to their ear, or are communicating – they think – with others. They’re somewhat distanced from the real world, so it’s not as sensual, erotic or playful as it used to be.”
That doesn’t mean modern photographers can’t adopt the style to make beautiful pictures, though. Here, Joel Meyerowitz shares five tips on how to take masterful, honest photographs of life on the street.