It's This or Get a Real Job
is the subtitle to Greg Fallis' blog in which the former military medic, private detective, counselor in the Psychiatric/Security unit of a prison for women, professor at The American University in Washington, D.C. and at Fordham University in New York City, writer and photographer, offers his opinions on a variety of topics, such as mistakes, "After the disastrous Charge of the Light Brigade, Field Marshal FitzRoy James Henry Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan (GCB, PC) acknowledged his error and said, “Well, let’s not do that again.” And he never ordered another cavalry charge against a redoubt with a battery of fifty cannons. That wasn’t Lord Raglan’s first mistake; he also had an arm shot to pieces at the Battle of Waterloo. But as his arm was being amputated, Raglan told the surgeon, “My bad, learned my lesson, sorry to be a bother.” And he never had another arm amputated for the rest of his life. Lesson learned."
For more than 30 years
, New York based photographer Mariette Pathy Allen
has been documenting transgender culture
worldwide; in 2004
she won the Lambda Literary Award for her monograph The Gender Frontier
. In her new publication (amazon)
, Allen focuses on the transgender community of Cuba
, especially its growing visibility
in a country whose government is transitioning into a more relaxed model of communism under Raúl Castro
's presidency. (trans 101)
From 1851 to 1858, Henry David Thoreau noted a number of natural occurrences in detail, including the first flowering dates for over 500 species of wildflowers in Concord. Additionally, Alfred Hosmer, a botanist in the same area
, had recorded the flowering dates
of over 600 species of wild plants in 1878 and from 1888 to 1902. With that data, Richard Primack
, a biology professor at Boston University, and fellow researcher Abraham Miller-Rushing
spent years aligning old plant names with current names to study the change flowering patterns
from the recorded past to present. Their phenological
study concluded that plants in Concord, on average, are now flowering 10 days earlier than they were in Thoreau's time
(full article for the journal BioScience). [more inside]
The Motorbike Girl Gangs of Morocco: 'Kesh Angels by Hassan Hajjaj
"His confident, upbeat portraits of young women wearing veils and djellabah while posing on motorcycles subvert preconceived notions of Arab women; his subjects are traditionally clad but defiantly modern, bearing bright smiles and the markers of youth, independence, celebration, and fun."
More from the gallery's website
"UK-based photographer Andrew Whyte
has documented the adventures of a brave lone LEGO photographer in his 'The Legographer' photo series." (via
Nigerian photographer J.D Okhai Ojeikere passed away last weekend, but at the age of 83 he left behind a truly incredible body of work celebrating Nigerian culture. These photos from his Hairstyles series are part of an archive of nearly 1000 pictures showing the intricate hair-dos of African women taken at work, social engagements and in the streets of Lagos. The beautifully composed black and white images draw attention to the sculptural quality of the hair, almost elevating it to an art form in itself. It goes without saying that his work is a unique treasure of historical and anthropological importance. Via
A short video clip
about an artist who takes pictures of stranges acting like they're old friends or lovers or relatives. Surprisingly touching and beautiful photos ensue.
is a Barcelona-based photographer whose work shows Barcelona and its surroundings with a cool melancholy. Flickr stream here
Once upon a time
, a man explored some abandoned cottages
. The people had left long ago, but the houses were still being lived in
. Fortunately, the man was a photographer.
Greg Marinovich is well known
as a member
of the Bang Bang Club
, winning the Pulitzer Prize for photography for his work during the death throes of apartheid in South Africa
. Less known
are the unique
(and often difficult to
obtain) images documenting
the often secret rituals
amongst the diverse
peoples of his
homeland. As he writes in a recent column
remembering Mandela, making the right choice
can often be a difficult one.
Mandela's release in 1990 was a pretty surreal series of events for me. As a fledgling photographer I was thrilled when a British agency asked me to cover it. It was a great chance to make a break into the business, but I was conflicted. I had also managed to gain access to an otherwise secretive ceremony in the far north of the country, scheduled for the same day. The distance between Pollsmoor Prison, where the news crews of the world were camped out, and the mysterious stockade of the Modjadji was some two thousand kilometres. I had to choose between two competing once-in-a-lifetime shoots.
Here is a showcase of the works
he has made publicly available as prints as well as collections
from his close colleague, Joao Silva
*. [more inside]
This past September, Jessica Ann Lum
won a "Best Feature" award in the student-journalist category from the Online News Association, for her Master's project: "Slab City Stories
." Less than four months later, on January 13, 2013, she passed away
. She was 25. "Jessica loved to tell people’s stories. This is hers." [more inside]
"Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice — pull down your pants, and slide on the ice." - Dr. Sidney Freedman, M*A*S*H.
Allan Arbus, actor, photographer, and amateur clarinetist, passed away last Friday
. He was 95. [more inside]
Long known by photographers, the Helsinki Bus Station Theory explains the creative process
in an interesting way.
"Outcasts are my kind, they try harder. From strip joints to Burlesque theaters, I went on a quest and met the 'Legends', these dominating characters of the quintessential American art of strip tease. Hours of confidence on tapes, intimate photo sessions, they peel off and reveal the hidden layers of their life with throaty emotion. Their memories reflecting the memories of the land. Vietnam vets and bikers are their loyal patrons..." The Living Art Of Risqué
, a photo essay from Marie Baronnet, features portraits of former strippers aged 60 to 95, accompanied by short bio-vignettes in their own words. [NSFW; nudity] [more inside]
"Cameraman Captures What It’s Like to Be Targeted as Food by a Polar Bear."
Does what it says on the tiny, flimsy, Plexiglas shelter with some promising gaps.
The permanent collection of the (US) National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago contains more than 2,500 pieces of art by 250 artists, all of which can be seen at NVAM Collection Online
. The site includes biographical material on the artists who created the work. Featured Artwork
. A small selection
. (Via. Images at links in this post may be nsfw, and/or disturbing to some viewers.)
Goodbye Martine Franck
My grandfather killed himself falling off the dike in Ostend while photographing my two cousins.
This can happen so easily when looking through a lens: for a split second nothing else exists outside the frame…
Here she explains her choice of an iconic photograph
She followed the Theatre du Soleil
from it's conception and sought out the Tibetan Tulkus
Here is a Magnum slideshow
and her Magnum Albums
Picture a tiny Italian woman gesturing continuously as she uncorks a full brain dump (from a very, very creative mind) on all of the little things that many people never think of when photographing others.
"... the first time I had to photograph someone that wasn’t myself, I spent the night before puking, and it was half a disaster. Ten years later, these are the things I wish someone had told me back then." Sara Lando
's On Photographing People: Pt. 1
, the first in her three-part series on photographing people on Strobist
. [more inside]
was born in Germany in 1908 .
In the 1930' she photographed ( 9 pages
) the Who's Who
of Paris intelligensia, esp. James Joyce.
A charming Video
of some of her stills.
In January, 1933, Hitler became chancellor of the Reich and established his dictatorship in Germany. Many of those I photographed on that May Day in 1932 became members of the Nazi party; others ended up in concentration camps
In exile in Argentina
(invited by Victoria Ocampo
) she explored Patagonia
; and her pictures of Evita Peron
together with her political stance later caused her problems with the Americans.
L’Oeil Frontière Paris
1933-1940 and some later photos
"There are growing number of people who have decided to live light on the earth to not be a part of problem anymore. I spent the last few years with four of them
striving for harmony with nature in the most pristine corners of United States." Photos by Eric Valli, but they don't have captions. Check out his other photo sets on the site.
Roger Spottiswoode looks back on his 1983 film Under Fire
is an LA-based fine-art photographer
. (Note: none of the directly linked images are NSFW but there is some fine-art nudity in the photostream.) [more inside]
Eve Arnold was regarded as one of the finest photojournalists of the 20th century. Invited to join Magnum Photos
in 1951 by Robert Capa
, it was with Magnum that she travelled the world documenting areas of America, China, the Middle East and the United Kingdom. A master of both black & white and colour, Arnold thrived in the golden age of photojournalism, when publications gave photographers great resources and freedom to practice their art. A world-travelling photojournalist whose subjects ranged from the poor and dispossessed to Marilyn Monroe, she has died at age 99 : Her page at Magnum Photos
from a recent London exhibition. A 1987 audio interview
, after the publication of her book of Marilyn Monroe images.
Stéphane Missier alias Charles le Brigand (and/or Carlito Brigante)
is a Brooklyn-based urban photographer and filmmaker. "From the Bronx to Brooklyn, I capture the real New York, the one I like to call 'RottenbutBeautiful'." Flickr Sets
. [more inside]
My Life with Science, Art and Food
: "Using scientific laboratory photo equipment, I journey over the surfaces of both organic and processed foods: my own favorites and America’s over-indulgences. The closer the lens got, the more I saw food and consumers of food (all of us!) as part of a larger eco-system than mere sustenance." [more inside]
German photographer Peter Langenhahn
has an unusual approach
to sports photography: he combines multiple images
from numerous times
in the competition into a collage, with striking effects
passed away a couple of weeks ago aged 76 (NYT obit
He was a friend and collaborator with William Burroughs and Brion Gysin and authored the Hashish Cookbook.
He made several short films including The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda
In Kathmandu in 1979 Ira Cohen photographed
the Tibetan Buddhist cremation of his friend Angus MacLise, poet and original drummer with The Velvet Underground.
He has been described as an "electronic multimedia shaman
His photographs range from a psycadelically distorted Hendix
to Joujouka musicians
; whom he described in his book Gnaoua
Ira was also a poet
who had several volumes
"All my life I’ve focused on the poor. The rich ones have their own photographers."
Social documentary photographer Milton Rogovin
's 'life was about seeing.
In the literal sense, he was an optometrist. In a more figurative sense, through the lens of his camera, he saw things and people that were often ignored — the poor, the oppressed, the "forgotten ones
," as he called them.' "A librarian in Buffalo's Communist Party, he was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee
in 1957, and was named "Buffalo's Top Red" in the Buffalo Evening News. Losing business and facing intense social persecution, Rogovin turned to photography in order to create images that conveyed his desire for a more equal and just society, and to give voice to others who were persecuted, who were invisible to most."
Mr. Rogovin died on January 18th at his home in Buffalo
at the age of 101
. Previously on Metafilter [more inside]
makes art (photos, sculpture) primarily about the body.
Matthias Heiderich takes colorful pictures
of Berlin, among other things
. I think this one
is my favorite. [via] [more inside]
Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera
is an exhibition at the Tate Modern in London which examines voyeurism through the medium of photography. In addition to works from professionals such as Brassaï, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lee Miller, Shizuka Yokomizo, Guy Bourdin, Nan Goldin and Robert Mapplethorpe, it includes amateur and CCTV "stolen" images taken both with and without the knowledge of their subjects
-- all intended to "explore the uneasy relationship between making and viewing images that deliberately cross lines of privacy and propriety." [more inside]
Behind the Surface
: Underwater Ballet Photography by Nadia Moro
Agence France Presse's slap to photographers.
The AFP sues a photographer after using his photographs illegally: "On Monday, Agence France Presse filed a complaint in the United States District Court Southern District of New York against Haiti-based photographer Daniel Morel. Agence France Presse claims Morel engaged in an 'antagonistic assertion of rights' after the photographer objected to the use by AFP of images he posted online of the Haitian earthquake of 12 January."
is a Belgian painter, illustrator, portraitist, caricaturist and photographer. His recent project, Pencil vs. Camera
, is an amalgam of illustration and photography, creating something similar in a single image showing two different actions. His Flickr Photostream
Touchless Automatic Wonder
is a web-based series of photographs by Lewis Koch, emphasizing found text.
As part of his Masters project at Ohio University, Francis Gardler created a series of ten video clips
about photographer and teacher Dave LaBelle
. In clip 5, Dave talks about the empathy and compassion needed to photograph other human beings
. The title of the first clip: “Connecting The Eye With The Heart
” sums up the series perfectly. [via
] [more inside]