Written by Hannah Abel-Hirsch and Marigold Warner
Robert Frank’s The Americans greatly influenced the course of 20th and 21st-century photography. His contemporaries, and those who followed, reflect on the enduring significance of his work
Robert Frank, the influential photographer known for capturing the hardships of everyday life, died on Monday, aged 94, in Nova Scotia, Canada. He is perhaps best known for his seminal photobook The Americans, which left an indelible mark on the generations of photographers who followed. The project was unique in its refusal to romanticise. It captured the poverty and suffering of post-war America with unprecedented candidness, revealing a country ravaged by poverty, racism and the rise of consumerist culture.
Frank was born in Switzerland on 09 November 1924 and immigrated to New York aged 23. In 1955, he was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship and embarked on several road trips across the US, occasionally accompanied by his first wife, the visual artist Mary Frank, and their two children, Pablo and Andrea. Frank’s 10,000-mile road trip spanned 26 states. He shot a total of 767 rolls of film; over the course of a year, 27,000 images would be annotated, tacked to walls, ripped apart, grouped together, and eventually sequenced into a series of 83 photographs, which formed The Americans.
The 35mm focal length has been a staple of my photography for some years now. I consider it the perfect focal length for general purpose photography, so when Voigtländer announced the new compact 35mm F2 Ultron lens, I was intrigued.
The new F2 Ultron promised a lot — high-quality optics with an aspherical element along with an extremely compact form-factor, so I decided to switch earlier this year.
Photographer Daniel Milnor
With our upcoming PRINT SWAP MEET this Sunday I thought this an apt time to share this great clip expressing one photographer’s views on the printed image, a great vid enjoy.
There are two worlds of photography (1. on line only and 2. professional–covering many genres), and print is important no matter which world you find yourself in. Daniel Milnor discusses why it's important to print your work, how it helps you edit more effectively and some tips for printing your work.
Source (Advancing Your Photography Youtube)
Back in January we had a random drop in..Hi I am Joe Greer…..
Back in February 2019 I went to India with a few close friends to meet up with our good friends at Kamalan to cover The Kumbh Mela celebration. It was beyond beautiful & inspiring to witness. words really cannot describe india's beauty & wonder. so hopefully this video will attempt to do so at least a little bit. this is what i saw. opening words by Dheeraj Reddy, Co-Founder and CEO of Kamalan
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The Vancouver photographs of Fred Herzog are awash with vibrant color. They are complex, mysterious, exuberant, and full of life, much like the city he photographed. Fred Herzog was born in 1930 in Germany, and came to Vancouver in 1953. He was employed as a medical photographer by day, and on evenings and weekends he took his camera to the streets, documenting daily life as he observed it. Focusing his camera on storefronts, neon signs, billboards, cafes and crowds of people, he eloquently depicts the architecture of the street as a framework for human interaction, presenting a view of the city that is both critical and elegiac.
Though Fred Herzog has been making photographs for decades, his images of city life in Vancouver in the 1950's and 1960's have only recently been brought to a larger public. A major retrospective at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2007 was a revelation to those who had known his work only through slides, as well as to a generation of art lovers who had not heard of him at all. Since he was never able to satisfactorily make prints from his slides, the recent possibilities of digital inkjet printing have enabled him to finally print and exhibit this important body of early color street photography.
“I always saw my work as me diving into the world and giving this image back to the world.” Meet the legendary photographer and director Anton Corbijn, known for his iconic pictures of musicians such as Joy Division, Björk and The Rolling Stones. In this video, he talks about working within the framework of simplicity, limitations and imperfection. Growing up as “the son of a preacher, in a village on an island,” Corbijn felt that his world was quite severe and restricted until he came across music from and pictures of e.g., The Beatles, which presented him with something far more liberal: “I gravitated towards that world. I found there was an excitement I guess was lacking in my life.” Later, he moved to England to be closer to where the music was made, and here he photographed the band Joy Division (1979) – photos which later became iconic. “The imperfection in how I work is always there for me.” Corbijn, who prefers to go on photoshoots alone, has been very conscious of avoiding being labelled a “rock-photographer.” When he photographs musicians, it’s always without their instruments: “I want to photograph them more as people in their own world.” Moreover, he finds that when you don’t have a lot of time to photograph somebody, you have to be very inventive and concentrate all your energy, which can increase your focus: “I learned from Brian Eno that you limit how you work. Instead of having four lenses, use one or two… limit yourself and make that work, and you become far more inventive.” Anton Corbijn (b. 1955) is a Dutch photographer, music video and film director, whose iconic photographic expression has defined a whole generation of musicians. Corbijn has been the creative director behind the visual output of Depeche Mode and U2 for over three decades. He is also the photographer behind the defining monochrome stills of Joy Division (1979). His work includes music videos such as ‘Enjoy the Silence’ for Depeche Mode (1990), ‘One’ (version 1) for U2 (1991), ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ for Nirvana (1993), ‘Viva la Vida’ for Coldplay (2008) as well as Ian Curtis’ biographical film ‘Control’ (2007) and the feature films ‘The American’ (2010), ‘A Most Wanted Man’ (2014), and ‘Life’ (2015). Anton Corbijn was interviewed by Kasper Bech Dyg at Brandts in Odense, Denmark in March 2019 in connection with the exhibition ‘Anton Corbijn – 1-2-3-4’. Camera: Jakob Solbakken Produced and edited by: Kasper Bech Dyg Cover photo: The Rolling Stones, Toronto, 1994 by Anton Corbijn. Courtesy of the artist. Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2019 Supported by Nordea-fonden
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by Nick Bedford
From late May into early June this year, my brother and I in his Patrol and his mate Micky, Jimmy and Micky’s father in a Hilux embarked on a 4WD wild camping journey into the outback through Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory.
Venturing straight west from Brisbane via Toowoomba, we made our way out to Thargomindah for our first wild camp high on a plateau. After reaching Cameron Corner the next day, we struck south west towards the Flinders Ranges in South Australia via Arkaroola where we tested out the vehicles on the Echo Back 4WD Track.
After witnessing the grandeur of the Flinders Ranges, we turned back north, aiming for the arid desert along the west side of Lake Eyre, stopping on the edge of the enormous salt lake for a windy and stark night in the middle of absolutely nowhere. We then followed the famous Oodnadatta track and beyond into the Northern Territory where our sights were set on the national icons of Uluru and the Olgas.
The showcase ‘Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Eye of the Century’ will be on display at the Leica Gallery Los Angeles from 13 June to 31 July 2019.
Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) is considered one of the most significant photographers of the twentieth century. Leica Gallery Los Angeles presents a selection of 87 images, spanning the great master’s seven-decade-long career.
When Cartier-Bresson’s monograph ‘The Decisive Moment’ was released in 1952, it represented a milestone in the evolution of photography. The artist, who originally trained to be a painter, was fascinated by the camera’s ability to record everyday moments as an immediate sketch, imbued with exceptional grace. This inspired him to tirelessly capture people around the world with his Leica camera.
The images featured in ‘The Eye of the Century’ show scenes from Cartier-Bresson’s travels to countries such as India, Spain and Greece. The selection also includes candid and authentic portraits of public figures such as French philosopher and writer Jean-Paul Sartre, or Albert Camus, who went on to become Pope Pius XII.
For details visit Leica Gallery Los Angeles
Sergey Melnitchenko’s exhibition From Dusk till Dawn will be on display at Hong Kong’s f22 foto space from 6 June to 31 July 2019. Excerpts from the series Behind the Scenes(which earned Melnitchenko the Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award in 2017) are combined with 77 monochrome works, which the Ukrainian artist captured in the streets of China whilst working as a nightclub dancer in 2015.
The black and white series presents an intimate view of Chinese society from the vantage point of an outsider. Rather than focusing on the glamorous or materialistic elements of a rapidly growing economic power, the photographer was drawn to fleeting scenes of ordinary life – from a homeless man sleeping on a park bench to the detached faces of passengers inside a crowded bus.
For further information visit f22 foto space
Bill Pickle trying out an old 90s Canon Eos 500n film camera he picked up in a pawn shop for £5 He stuck on the nifty 50mm 1.8 and loaded up a roll of tri x and took a walk around on a cold misty Glasgow morning.
Filmed on a go pro hero 5 mounted on a wg2 gimbal attached to the hot shoe of the camera. Music by himself.
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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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by Ulrich Mack
In this episode, we take a look at "Ruhrgebiet 1959" by Ulrich Mack and Hans-Michael Koetzle (ed.) which was published in 2009 by the Munich-based publisher Moser. The book is limited to 400 copies - all of which are signed by Ulrich Mack himself. Most importantly, the book uses the Skia photography print technique by Dieter Kirchner which comes with particularly dark blacks and a fascinating tonal range. If you are interested, the book can still be found here: https://www.lindemanns.de/shop/fotobu... https://www.zvab.com/buch-suchen/tite... https://www.buch-und-foto.de/Buch-und...
Source (Analog Insights Youtube)
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.