"I couldn't face the prospect of my child growing up and asking me, years later, what I had done, and having to say: 'Nothing.'"
Last spring Leslie Thomas, a Chicago-based architect, read a story detailing the fallout of hostilities between the Sudanese government and the rebels -- more than 200,000 dead, 2.5 million made homeless -- and decided to put together DARFUR/DARFUR
: a traveling exhibit
of digitally-projected changing images. The goal: to raise $1m with at least 24 venues in 24 months.
The photographs have been taken in Darfur
by photojournalists Lynsey Addario
, Mark Brecke
, VII's Ron Haviv
, Magnum Photos's Paolo Pellegrin
, Ryan Spencer Reed
, Michal Safdie, and former U.S. Marine Brian Steidle
. On a sidenote, Pellegrin has just been awarded the W. Eugene Smith Grant.
is a photographic essay
and a documentary film
about the treatment of eating disorders
. In 1997, Lauren Greenfield
began documenting the lives of patients
at the Renfrew Center
in Coconut Grove, Florida, a forty-bed residential facility for the treatment of women with eating disorders. She subsequently returned to Renfrew to take more photographs, and was eventually given unprecedented access
to film the daily lives of patients
". (scroll down or search for "Greenfield")
. 2002 MeFi post on Greenfield's previous project, "Girl Culture
"Then my photography started to shift; everything had to be very clean and Republican, straight and perfect... Everything is staged and controlled... It's the complete opposite of war photography."
War photographer Christopher Morris
's new exhibit
: "My America
"Everything is foggy. Everything is not clear. He was alive when we got to the other side. And now I have brought him back dead. Whatever hopes we had, that's where they ended."
The Summer of the Death of Hilario Guzman
Shifting between motion and stasis, he shows a man on a horse, a scarecrow, a dog, another dog seen closer, then even closer as it faces the still camera in the last shot. Superimposed over this still photo is the orange red blast of an atomic bomb and its mushroom cloud—the first appearance of color in the film. The photo catches fire, and the image of the dog is slowly devoured by flames. As the photo turns into ashes, a prayer from the Shiite text Nahjulbalagha appears alongside it in English: “Dear Lord, give us rain from tame, obedient clouds and not from dense and fiery clouds which summon death. Amen.”
In "The Roads of Kiarostami
", his latest short film (.pdf)
, Iranian maestro Abbas Kiarostami
begins with his landscape photographs
and ends with apocalypse
. more inside
He's so penetrating that even I sometimes can't look, because it's so painful. He brings tremendous pain into his vision, and he makes you very aware of what you're looking at.
thinks that Eugene Richards
is "possibly the best walking, living photographer
in the world". Richards, who has recently been working on the War Is Personal
project for The Nation Institute
, has just joined
, Ron Haviv
, Gary Knight
, Antonin Kratochvil
, Christopher Morris
, James Nachtwey
, John Stanmeyer
, Lauren Greenfield
and Joachim Ladefoged
(their portraits are here
) in the VII collective
. More inside.
Virginia Woolf the cricketer, the beach belle posing in a stripy bathing suit or as the March Hare at an Alice in Wonderland-themed party.
For the first time, 1,000 photographs from Woolf's private album
and that of her sister, Vanessa Bell, have been catalogued and published
. More inside. (via litterae)
"To all our sisters who have committed suicide or who have been institutionalized for their rebellion." Throughout her career, but especially in her latest and most wrenching work— Sisters, Saints, & Sibyls, the 39-minute three-screen lamentation that is a duel memoir of her sister's suicide at the age of 19 and her own mortifications of the flesh and battles with addiction—the photographer Nan Goldin has been one of the great living suicides of recent art history... Charles Baxter wrote that novelist Malcolm Lowry captured "the way things radiate just before they turn to ash." At her best Goldin does this too.
He has cavorted naked with Charlotte Rampling [this is VERY NSFW]
and covered himself in caviar for Marc Jacobs
, but Jürgen Teller
thinks "fashion is a wank".
Teller's first solo show in Paris is entitled "Nurnberg"
, it consists of a sequence of images (annoying Flash site, sorry)
taken at the infamous Zeppelintribune
parade ground, site of Nazi propaganda rallies
, which was designed by Hitler's favourite builder, Albert Speer. Over several months, Teller (.pdf)
has photographed the monument, the podium and the steep, ruthless steps, all of which have been left to decay. Or not. "It wasn't really maintained, but if there was a broken step, or a smashed wall, it would be mysteriously replaced with a new one." Teller's photographs show the delicate weeds, flowers and lichen [NSFW]
that have grown up around the stone blocks. "In Germany, there is a saying about letting the grass grow over things, meaning that events will eventually be forgotten".
The Asana Index. There are literally 1000s of asana variations in Hatha Yoga.
We are attempting to collect the most descriptive pictures of these asanas from all over the Internet, published materials, and individual donations, listing them in an alphabetical index. (via chattering mind)
Faith in Chaos.
Photojournalist Pep Bonet
(previously mentioned in this excellent post
) has won the 2005 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, a $30,000 prize, to support his project on post-war Sierra Leone
. The W. Eugene Smith Grant
was founded in 1976 to provide financial freedom to photojournalists working on long-term projects in the humane tradition of W. Eugene Smith. Past winners have included Stanley Greene
, Brenda Ann Kenneally
, Sebastiao Salgado
, Eli Reed
, Eugene Richards
and Gideon Mendel
. More inside.
Wrestling with Diane Arbus
"She set up no lights, just pulled out her Rolleiflex, which was half as big as she was, checked the aperture and the exposure, and tested the flash. Then she asked me to lie on the bed, flat on my back on the shabby counterpane.
I did as I was told. Clutching the camera she climbed on to the bed and straddled me, moving up until she was kneeling with a knee on both sides of my chest. She held the Rolleiflex at waist height with the lens right in my face. She bent her head to look through the viewfinder on top of the camera, and waited".
"I am at war with the obvious",
photographer William Eggleston
once said, explaining his attraction to a ceiling lightbulb engulfed in a shock of red or an old Gulf gasoline sign sprouting like a giant weed against a rural skyline. Attempting to understand that battle
, filmmaker Michael Almereyda
trailed the photographer in action
and in repose
over a period of five years. The resulting film
is "William Eggleston in the Real World
". More inside.,
The Peleliu Project.
The tiny Micronesian island of Peleliu
was the site of one of the bloodiest battles
of World War II. The U.S. invasion
of the Japanese occupied island began in September of 1944
, and was expected to last only a matter of days. Casualties
on this 5 square mile island
reached 20,000 by the end of the two-month struggle
. U.S. soldiers were forced to pour aviation fuel into caves and ignite them in order to end the standoff of those who refused to surrender
. One determined group of 34 Japanese soldiers remained in hiding until they were discovered in April of 1947.
Pharmacist Mate 3rd Class Russell Fee
returned from Peleliu with a fierce, uncompromising vision of America which would have a profound impact
on the life and work of his son. Fifty-three years later, armed with his father's snapshots and diary which he had just uncovered, James Fee
went to Peleliu to see with his own eyes the place where his father's vision had taken shape. The result
of his five year quest is The Peleliu Project
. more inside
's photographs have documented
of refugees in camps
across Central and East Africa and the Middle East. However, his photographs
are distinctly different
from the images of refugees we commonly see in printed news articles
. Sheikh's photographs implicitly assert that the individual refugees
share humanity with their oppressive rulers. He does so by depicting the individuals
rather than as victims of a social and political drama. Sheikh, an American citizen, was just awarded the Grand Prix International Henri Cartier-Bresson
Little visual miracles.
For more than forty years that most American of photographers, Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters Lee Friedlander
, has recorded modern American
urban life -- with its jumble
, and cars
, and television sets
. He likes to turn a common blunder of amateurs
-- photographing something nearby with one's back to the sun
-- into a leitmotif
. His shadow plays the role of alter ego
, sticking to the back of a woman's fur collar, clinging to a lamppost as a parade of drum majorettes passes by, reclining like a stuffed doll on a chair. Clever jigsaw puzzles, his pictures frequently reveal themselves to be laconic, austere poems
to what Friedlander
has termed "the American social landscape
',' meaning mostly ordinary places and affairs. "Friedlander," an exhibition of more than 480 photographs and 25 books
covering decades of work, runs at MoMA through Aug. 29, before traveling to Europe until 2007. More inside.
Strand's roving gaze "My work grew out of a response, first, to trying to understand the new developments in painting; second, a desire to express certain feelings I had about New York where I lived; third...I wanted to see if I could photograph people without their being aware of the camera."
Three Roads Taken
: The Photographs
of Paul Strand
. more inside.
What Was True.
From the mid 1950s through the early 1980s, William Gedney (1932-1989) photographed
throughout the United States
, in India
, and in Europe
, and filling notebook after notebook
with his observations. From the commerce of the street outside his Brooklyn apartment to the daily chores
of unemployed coal miners
, from the lifestyle of hippies in Haight-Ashbury
to the sacred rituals of Hindu worshippers, Gedney was able to record the lives of others
with clarity and poignancy. Gedney's America
is a nation of averted eyes, and broken automobiles, and restlessness, a place Edward Hopper would recognize, but so, also, Walt Whitman.
Somewhere along the back roads
of small towns
dotting the Louisiana and Mississippi and Mexico landscape
is Jack Spencer
, a self-taught photographer, searching
. More inside.
Showing Off a Little (Inner) Cleavage.
Author Geralyn Lucas
wore bright, red lipstick to her mastectomy. "It was my way of saying I knew I would still be a woman when I woke up with a blood-soaked bandage where my breast used to be... women have sacrificed breasts and hair to try to save their lives. We have traded in our beauty for some kind of cure. But something strange often happens when we lose the bling
— the big boobs and big hair — of womanhood. We're left with what I call 'inner cleavage
,' and no plastic surgeon can sculpt it. It is the beauty that exists when everything else has been stripped away".
. More inside.
The Cheerful Transgressive
Ever since 1971, when Larry Clark
, an austere series chronicling his meth-shooting pals in sixties Oklahoma, Clark has made it his mission to document teenagers at their most deviant, their most vulnerable, their most sexually unhinged (possibly NSFW)
. And now “Larry Clark
” the first American retrospective of Clark’s work, currently on display at the International Center of Photography
, demonstrates the richness with which he’s mined this single subject (NSFW)
. More inside.
"George earns a $1 some days usually 75 cents. Some of the others say they earn a $1 when they work all day. At times they start at 7 a.m. and work all day until midnight"
(1874 -1940), a New York City schoolteacher and photographer
, felt so strongly about the abuse of children as workers that he quit his teaching job and became an investigative photographer for the National Child Labor Committee
. Hine traveled around the country photographing the working conditions of children
in all types of industries. He photographed children in coal mines
, in meatpacking houses, in textile mills
, and in canneries
. He took pictures of children working in the streets as shoe shiners
, newsboys, and hawkers
. In many instances he tricked his way into factories to take the pictures that factory managers did not want the public to see. He was careful to document every photograph with precise facts and figures. Hine
's original photo captions are here
. More inside.
Touch Me I'm Sick.
Photographer Charles Peterson
helped America see grunge from the inside out. His dramatic black-and-white images
portrayed the energy
of the music
being performed in crowded basements
and dingy dive bars featuring such bands
, Mudhoney, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Hole, Black Flag, Fugazi, and Sonic Youth, among others. "Touch Me I’m Sick: Rock ‘n’ Roll Photographs by Charles Peterson"
will be on view at the Chrysler Museum of Art through May 1
. More inside.
A Tale of Two Chinas,
by photographer James Whitlow Delano
Whole swaths of cities have vanished
, to be transformed with developments that have quickly made them look more like Houston, Qatar, or Singapore than the ancient China
of our mind's eye. The old hutong, or alleyways, of Beijing that once formed a mosaic of passageways and the siheyuan, or walled courtyard houses, have been largely razed
. The old brick rowhouses of Shanghai, are now being leveled and replaced by modern high-rises. Traditional marketplaces, residential neighborhoods
, streets where medicine shops or bookstores bunched together, are now either gone or have been rouged up as tourist destinations
, part of a new synthetic, virtual version of China's incredible past.
The energy fueling this transformation bespeaks a powerful but often blind, unquestioning faith
in an inchoate idea of progress that takes one's breath away
, often literally. (Unrestrained growth has left China with the dubious honor of having 9 of the 10 most polluted cities in the world). Delano
's new book is
"Empire: Impressions from China
". More inside.
'Falling in love with the truth'.
On Dec. 10, 1956, exactly one month after Soviet troops crushed the last hopes of the Hungarian Revolution
, 13-year-old Sylvia Plachy
lay hidden in a farm cart that was carrying her toward the Austrian border. That night, Plachy and her parents escaped, finally making their way to the United States. The family settled in Queens, New York, where the teenager grew up to become one
of the most incisive photographers
of her generation
Many of the photographs
will be displayed this spring at the Rose Gallery
in Los Angeles, and are on view now at New York's Hunter Fox Gallery
, where Plachy (scroll down)
recently talked about the book and her career. Her pictures
"have to do with what memory looks like,' she explains. "How you remember things. Not so much how they are, but how they get translated." Oh, she's Adrien Brody's mom
and she uses
From muse to master
started out as a Vogue model, but by 1930 she had moved behind the lens
to take piercing photographs
-- culminating in her rage-fuelled portraits of Nazi
kitsch. The "Lee Miller: Portraits
" exhibit is at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from February 3 until May 30. More inside.
Mona Kuhn: (NSFW) Photographs
. An interview with the artist
, other images are here
. Kuhn is among the photographers
whose work is on display now at the Photo L.A.
art exposition (Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
). Again, her images (nudes, non-graphic) and most of this post's links are generally not safe for work. This one, instead, is SFW
The sun beats down insufferably on the rust coloured landscape
, stretching for mile after mile under a cobalt blue sky. In the distance, a convoy of rented farm trucks packed with thousands of penitents
kicks up a serpentine cloud of dust that rises and then dissipates over the land. Through the dry air comes a jingling of chimes and a clicking of rosaries, a shuffling of processions, and with eyes heavenward
, a ceaseless chanting of invocations. This is a holy
and sun-scorched land, the Backlands
of Brazil's northeast - the Sertão
. Some believe Jesus is buried here
Christian Cravo, the photographer, is Mario Cravo Neto's son.
In search of lost time
It was Jack Kerouac
who first defined Robert Frank
, who found in it some echo of his own vision
of a vast, broken-down
, but still epic
with restless and lonely dreamers
. 'Robert Frank, Swiss, unobtrusive
, nice,' wrote Kerouac in his now famous introduction to Frank's collection The Americans
, 'with that little camera
that he raises
and snaps with one hand
he sucked a sad poem
right out of America
on to film
, taking rank among the tragic poets
of the world
Frank's exhibition, Storylines
, opens this week at the Tate Modern
My Heart vs the Real World "He's a normal kid. He's a good kid. He's a real normal kid. And we get him to do the drums and we take him for tryouts and we do everything we can to keep his life as normal as we can make it. We've never lollypopped him. You know, mollycoddled or – we let him try everything. 'Cause if we didn't it would be a big crutch for him. We don't want that to happen.
Like I said, we waited – we wanted to have another child right away. We wanted three, we always did. We were scared to death after him. To have another one, to have another baby. What if the third one, you know – what if it were Cheryl and I? Our genes?
-- The father of Grant Skowkron, Fifteen years old, Single Ventricle, Transposition of the Major Vessels, M.V. Prolapse, Implanted Pacemaker.
er Max S. Gerber
has had a pacemaker implanted
because of his bradycardia. In his website, he tells the story of ten other heart patients
-- all of them kids
-- with his images, and with their parents' words.
Memories of a Dog
. Moriyama Daido
in the streets
of Japan's major cities
. Made with a small, hand-held camera, they reveal the speed with which they were snapped
. Often the frame is tilted vertiginously, the grain pronounced
, and the contrast emphasized
. Among his city images are those shot in underlit bars, strip clubs, on the streets or in alleyways
, with the movement of the subject creating a blurred suggestion of a form (warning: NSFW images if you scroll down the page)
rather than a distinct figure.
best known picture, Stray Dog
, (1971) is taken on the run, in the midst of bustling street activity.
It is an essential reflection of Moriyama's presence
as an alert outsider in his own culture.
Moriyama is also a toy-camera
enthusiast (his favorite
is the Polga
. He has worked in the US, too
: "N.Y. 71
". (more inside)
XXX: 30 P9RN STAR PORTRAITS (a bit NSFW, obviously)
by photographer Timothy Greenfield
, is a book
that features paired portraits (one clothed and one nude) of the top stars in p6rn, straight and gay, from legends like (best
) Jenna Jameson
, Ron Jeremy
and Nina Hartley to (ahem) rising stars like Sunrise Adams, Belladonna, Chad Hunt. The book
includes short essays on the intersection of p6rnography and culture by a wide range of writers, from Salman Rushdie
to AM Homes
. XXX is, essentially, about the much-dreaded "p6rnification" of the culture at large
, recently featured in the New York Times
As Gore Vidal
writes in the book's introduction, “Doubtless, sex tales were told about the Neanderthal campfire and perhaps instructive positions drawn on cave walls. Meanwhile, the human race was busy establishing such exciting institutions as slavery and its first cousin, marriage.” (more inside, with totally NSFW Terry Richardson)