DOCUMENTARY // HOMME LESS, The Mark Reay Story

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.

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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.

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The Most Insightful Photography Docs on YouTube by Oliver Lunn

We mined the Internet for the best full-length photography documentaries so you didn’t have to, feat. Nan Goldin, Tyrone LeBon and William Klein

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from The Ballad of Sexual DependencyPhotography Nan Goldin

Cash-strapped photographers can learn a lot about their medium online. In fact some of the best nuggets of knowledge on the subject, from the very mouths of some of the most legendary lensmen of the 20th century, are just a few clicks away. Today anyone can enter Bruce Davidson’s darkroom, walk the streets of New York City with a camera-wielding Joel Meyerowitz, or witness Gregory Crewdson at work on the set of his mega-budget photo shoots. That is to say this stuff is all online and most of it is free; you just need to know where to look. So here are some of the best photography documentaries we discovered on YouTube. Thanks, Internet.

MASTERS OF PHOTOGRAPHY (1972) – DIANE ARBUS

Diane Arbus, a feted chronicler of the weird and wonderful, is often criticised for exploiting her subjects – dwarfs, giants, nudists, transgender people, etc. Yet she had compassion. She was genuinely curious. She looked at these people head-on and celebrated their peculiarities, the beauty of whatever it was that made them stand out in a crowd. As a result her photos are nothing less than staggeringly original; she never took a bland picture. As a person she was cripplingly shy and spoke in whispers, yet her pictures are like screams that make you sit up and pay attention. Filmed just a year after her suicide in 1971, this documentary features personal insights from her daughter and sheds light on how Arbus got to know her subjects.

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Video // OPEN CULTURE Life and Art of Henri Cartier-Bresson

Widely acclaimed as one of history's most influential figures in the photographic field, Henri Cartier-Bresson gives a revealing interview about his life, work, ideas and beliefs to coincide with three major London exhibitions. Contributors include fellow photographers Eve Arnold and Lord Snowdon, art historian Ernst Gombrich and Lord Healey.
OPEN CULTURE: "The Extraordinary Life and Art of Henri Cartier-Bresson Revealed in 1998 Documentary"

Source (TheSheik1976 Youtube) 

TEENAGE WASTELAND by Photographer Michael Rougier

JAPANESE YOUTH IN REVOLT, 1964

“Happy families are all alike,” Tolstoy famously wrote, “but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Few have ever questioned the validity of Tolstoy’ assertion — but the opposite might well be said of those most volatile family members: teenagers. Every happy teen, after all, is happy in his or her own way; but unhappy teens are all alike.

Such a declaration, of course, hardly diminishes the issues forever bedeviling teenagers: navigating a maelstrom of suddenly unleashed hormones; confronting the riddle of how (or whether) to try to fit in with one’s peers; exploring the limits of rebellion against … everything. Even one of the saving graces of teen misery — namely, the eventual realization that almost everyone, to some degree, suffers the same cruelties during those confounding years — even that saving grace is merely acknowledgement that, at heart, adolescence can be a waking nightmare.

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Photographer // Emiliano Granado and Daniel Wakefield Pasley

Where Advertising and Documentary Photography Meet

 

Getting paid to make photographs is hard. It always has been, but the last fifteen years have been especially so. Here in 2013, this difficulty is rarely if ever disputed. Our interview column onhow photographers make a living proves this out in every installment.

What does often warrant some discussion and argument between photographers is the idea that, hey, surely the internet has created at least a few new opportunities to make money in the process of changing or fully erasing some of the old ones. So, what are they?

Emiliano Granado and Daniel Wakefield Pasley's Yonder Journal, an outdoor-focused website publishing photo-illustrated guides and wilderness "studies" is looking to take a stance in that discussion: Yes, in today's publishing and marketing environment, writers and photographers can find a way to support their own projects financially. Granado, a commercial and editorial photographer, and Pasley, a writer and photographer, founded Yonder Journal with a relatively down-to-earth goal—they were seeking the means to support the kinds of portfolio-building personal projects they were interested in doing anyway. Both have experience with the advertising world and the "brand" side of the equation—Granado's portfolio includes work for brands like Converse, Fjallraven, and Outlier, and Pasley worked as a sales representative for a variety of outdoor gear and clothing brands.  

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Interview // CHERYL DUNN: EVERYBODY STREET

Chatting to the NY street photographer about a new documentary, technology and whether the camera phone has restored photography Dazed Digital are here to share the goods ...

As part of the Nokia Lumia 925 Low Light Photography Competition, we take a look at the inspiring work of Cheryl Dunn. Street photographer and film-maker too, her work on street photography showcases what's possible with a willingness to get outside and the means to capture what you see. Putting the call out for the next great in the genre Cheryl has mastered, Dazed and Nokia have been inundated with entries. Now it's time for you the public to vote - bid for your choice and give the winner a brand new Nokia 925.

When Cheryl Dunn first got into professional photography, she found herself trying to capture the unpredictable and frenetic action going down in the boxing ring. This experience, coupled with a love for graffiti, would later lead her down the natural route of street photography, a genre that has provided much of the subject matter for her subsequent, successful career as a photographer and filmmaker. Her most recent endeavour is the feature length documentary Everybody Streeta film doubling as a historical portrait of New York City’s street photography tradition and an introduction to some of its most important practitioners, from early hip-hop style chronicler Jamel Shabazz to former Photo League-member Rebecca Lepkoff. We talked to Cheryl on the phone from New York – the city that inspired both the doc and her own images – about history, technology and whether the camera phone has the potential to yield a new photographic sensibility.

DD: What was it that first attracted you to shooting in the streets rather than, say, studio work?

Cheryl Dunn: When I started shooting boxing in the 1980s, I suddenly had a ticket into this really inaccessible world. I used this subject as an opportunity to hone my skills, as it’s very difficult to get great shots of boxing since you’re pinned to certain sides of the ring and have to pick where you’re going to stand. You have to be flexible, instinctual and fast, and that was really the foundation of my photography practice. I also documented a lot of graffiti stuff happening on the street, so I guess two of my early practices led me to do more and more street photography. It was just what made me happy, and I could do it all day, every day.

It’s really hard and it requires so much patience, it’s not like you can create things or make scenes happen. You can anticipate something and put yourself in a place where it might possibly happen, but you can never create it. That’s what I love about it, actually. Photography is not a democratic medium – in the business sense. More so than ever before, because in the past you kind of had to know what you were doing technically, whereas now cameras sort of do everything for you. So the photography business is more of a personality thing, or about who you know. That is not democratic to me – it’s not necessarily about your talent or skills. That’s something that bothers me about many aspects of life... I think street photography is just like, if you don’t put in the time it doesn’t matter if you are rich or privileged or whatever – you’re not good at it. 

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Everybody Street will be screened at the Raindance Film Festival, 25th September - 6th October 2013.

 

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