Monthly Archives: November 2009

Matthew Swarts

Matthew Swarts has a lot of intriguing and really diverse work on his website. He has done some fairly straightforward series on children with cancer and people with developmental disabilities, but in his recent work he seems more interested in exploring the limits of photography and its changing borders as a result of the internet. [...]

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Louis Porter: One Hundred Flowers

One of the nice discoveries I made during Paris Photo was a fellow blogger’s foray into publications. Laurence Vecten who blogs at LOZ has just published her first photo-book of Australian photographer Louis Porter‘s series One hundred flowers. Porter photographed the floral displays that were brought in to beautify Beijing in the run-up to the [...]

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Paris Photo: crossing the finish line

Paris Photo 2009 has just drawn to a close and already the reports are flowing in thick and fast. There is much less of a consensus than for NYPH, which was generally perceived to have been a bit disappointing (see my previous round-up post on this). I am just happy to have survived it all [...]

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Paris Photo and beyond

It’s that time of year: once again Paris Photo is breathing down the back of our neck and my diary is already getting out of hand. As always there is a lot to look forward to at Paris Photo itself, but the key to making it through these five days alive is leaving Paris Photo [...]

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Pascal Fellonneau

Pascal Fellonneau‘s images reveal a different side of Iceland to the quasi-lunar scapes that we are used to seeing from this extraordinarily beautiful and strange country. The sweeping vistas are still there, but he focuses more on the details of how people live on this island. His images are crisp with eye-popping colours and people [...]

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Stormy weather over the US museum landscape

There is a very interesting debate going on at the moment in the US blogosphere and press over the New Museum‘s series of upcoming shows entitled the “Imaginary Museum.” The stir is caused by the fact that this series of exhibitions will be based around private collections, the first of which belongs to Dakis Joannou and will be [...]

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Steven B. Smith

Steven B. Smith‘s Close to Nature and The Weather and a Place to Live “chronicle the transition of the Western landscape into suburbia.” They are studies of the ridiculous ways that man interacts with nature, by turn extraordinarily strange, funny and depressing in their bleakness. The man-meets-nature-and-produces-weirdness thing is not exactly uncommon, but I think [...]

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Photography has died (again)

A couple of weeks ago I attended a talk at the American University of Paris given by Fred Ritchin, the author of After Photography, who has been thinking and writing about the future of photography in the digital age for longer than most people. The session was tantalisingly entitled Photography and human rights, but mercifully [...]

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Yaniv Waissa

Yaniv Waissa is a young Israeli photographer working around memory and landscape. His series Disintegration of a Revived Nation deals with “the urban revolution, manifested in the massive construction of buildings, roads, bridges and all kinds of huge concrete structures,” and “with the changing generations.” His statement on the series contains no overt political messages [...]

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Yamashita Tsuneo

Yamashita Tsuneo‘s website has some great work that shows just how far you can go with simplicity. (via mcvmcv)

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