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A Photograph Never Stands Alone

Interesting read from NY Times written by Teju Cole. Teju Cole is the magazine’s photography critic and the author, most recently, of the essay collection “Known and Strange Things.” Read more in the full article!

Images make us think of other images. Photographs remind us of other photographs, and perhaps only the earliest photographs had a chance to evade this fate. But soon after the invention of photography, the world was full of photographs, and newly made photographs could not avoid semantic contamination. Each photograph came to seem like a quotation from the great archive of photographs. Even the earliest photographs are themselves now burdened by this reality, because when we look at them, we do so in the knowledge of everything that came after. All images, regardless of the date of their creation, exist simultaneously and are pressed into service to help us make sense of other images. This suggests a possible approach to photography criticism: a river of interconnected images wordlessly but fluently commenting on one another.

A photograph can’t help taming what it shows. We are accustomed to speaking about photographs as though they were identical to their subject matter. But photographs are also pictures — organized forms on a two-dimensional surface — and they are part of the history of pictures. A picture of something terrible will always be caught between two worlds: the world of “something terrible,” which might shock us or move us to a moral response, and the world of “a picture,” which generates an aesthetic response. The dazzle of art and the bitterness of life are yoked to each other. There is no escape.

 

Was Diane Arbus the Most Radical Photographer of the 20th Century?

If you have ever seen a Diane Arbus photograph you will remember it, and her very personal style. That can only be said about few photographers.                                               Thank you Leif Skoogfors for sharing this interesting article.

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A new biography and Met exhibit show how she sacrificed her marriage, her friendships, and eventually her life for her career as an artist living on the edge.

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Diane Arbus’s last known negative is labeled “#7459.” She found herself unable to imagine past that number.

http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/07/diane-arbus-c-v-r.html

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For the love of a good camera – in pictures

From Lily Cole posing with a supersized Pentax to Bill Brandt hiding behind his Kodak wide-angle, cameras are the stars of this collection of snaps and selfies. 

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Many photographers are posing on their selfies with a camera, this is only natural. I guess. As you can see also the top photographers have thought of the same idea for their work. I wish I could visit the exhibition to see some of my favorites. 🌞 Pelle

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Trash, or Not Trash!

It sometimes happens that you see photographs that you wished you had done yourself. For me, like these. The gloves I have made, but not the other. I like this. It is colorful, playful and provokes a thought about our consumption society.

Stuart Haygarth walked from Kent to Land’s End, picking up the trash he found on beaches – and arranged it into collections that show us how weird the ordinary objects in our lives can be.

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2016/apr/11/stuart-haygarth-strand-book-beach-trash-flotsam-england

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Up up and away, again

At the time for the first moon landing I read all there was and cut it out from all magazines and newspapers. I still got it all in my files. Now some of those famous photographs, and some not known,  are up for auction. That was also a historical moment for Hasselblad, the Swedish camera manufacturer. A small step for man, but a giant step for mankind…

https://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2017/jan/31/spacewalks-and-moon-landings-nasa-auctions-archive-photos

😊  Pelle

Snowflakes up close

Look at this amazing story about a farmer that documented snow flakes with a camera. Not just any camera! Amazing, isn´t it?

More than 5300 different flakes. A warm and interesting story about photography.

In 1904, Wilson Bentley, who developed an apparatus to photograph snowflakes in the 1880s, beseeched the Smithsonian to care for his collection. – http://wapo.st/2jvEKAa

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/01/11/the-man-who-uncovered-the-secret-lives-of-snowflakes/?utm_term=.ee2380dc6548

This Vermont farmer’s snowflake photos were a lifelong passion.

I found it in The Washington Post.

😊  Pelle

Harry Benson Shooting Rock History

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/pictures/revered-photographer-harry-benson-talks-iconic-shots-w454843

Being a music nerd myself I find these images wonderful. Some truly amazing images and stories to go with them.  Some images are composed while other let you hear the wings of music history. All the way from Sinatra to Beastie Boys. And now Dylan is coming to Stockholm, still going strong.

In a new documentary about his life and work, Harry Benson: Shoot First, his famous subjects-turned-admirers.

“what makes his photographs so memorable: they’re surprisingly candid and humanizing in a way that’s often lost in more controlled photography settings. “I hate studio pictures,” he told Rolling Stone earlier this week. “I like everything out of control. Like myself!” 

The article from Rolling Stone and all images © by Harry Benson.

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London as seen by homeless photographers – in pictures

 

A great idea with some great photos.

I found the article in The Guardian.

😊    Pelle

Long ago

I made this series of posters. And it was long ago. Then what did I do? Nothing much. It is that long ago that I spelled my name with a hyphen.

😊   Pelle

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Don´t miss!

I am afraid I will, and I am very sorry for that. If you live close enough you SHOULD go there. Paul Biddle is a very good friend of mine, and one of the best photographers that I know. And know of. He has the gift to always creating interesting and surprising images from his imagination.

Photography  is also, among many other things, capturing dreams. Seeing the inner vision and to let that come out. Paul is one of the best. I am sure that he and his colleagues will create a wonderful exhibition that will open up your fantasy as well. Go see!

Labels: Cartography of Dreams, Dimbola Museum and Gallery, Fran Forman, Jonah Calinawan, Maxine Watts, Paul Biddle, Reclaim Photography Festival, Surrealist Photography, Tami Bone
Labels: Cartography of Dreams, Dimbola Museum and Gallery, Fran Forman, Jonah Calinawan, Maxine Watts, Paul Biddle, Reclaim Photography Festival, Surrealist Photography, Tami Bone

http://paulbiddlephotographer.blogspot.se/2016/09/the-cartography-of-dreams.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+PaulBiddlePhotographer+(Paul+Biddle+Photographer)

😊 Pelle