Chasing Light, a photography blog
June 1, 2010 2:08 AM   Subscribe

Between the art nudes and fashion shots, Doug Kim's Chasing Light photography blog (front page mildly NSFW, archives more-so) is fast becoming a secret museum of photography with examples and insightful quotes from great photographers. One need go back only as far as December for posts on Dennis Hopper's photography, Cartier-Bresson, Mary Ellen Mark's on set photography, Annie Liebovitz on Hunter S. Thompson, Jousef Koudelka on The Soviet invasion of Prague, Robert Frank's visit to London and Wales, and Akira Kurosawa's group compositions in Seven Samurai.
posted by nthdegx (11 comments total) 42 users marked this as a favorite

Hopper's 1967 shot of Jane Fonda with the bow at full draw is... I don't know what it is, but it comes way after super awesome.
posted by The Mouthchew at 2:32 AM on June 1, 2010 [4 favorites]

Those Prague photos are incredible.
posted by molecicco at 3:23 AM on June 1, 2010

You're right--this guy takes some time to hunt down good photos and great quotes. Thanks for posting.
posted by wallstreet1929 at 6:16 AM on June 1, 2010

That Kurosawa post is awesome. This is a great find.
posted by chunking express at 7:00 AM on June 1, 2010

"Chasing Famous People."

Sorry to be the first snark in the punchbowl, but what you see is what you get.

Dennis Hopper talks about going digital, but the newest photo in his gallery is from 1965.

The blogger's shots are fine. But a whole bunch of photographs of a Vogue magazine from twenty years ago featuring Jean Seberg and Christy Turlington?

Photography (and poetry) fans might do better with wood s lot, which has something new every day or three.
posted by kozad at 7:26 AM on June 1, 2010

Not a bad marketing technique - juxtapose amazing shots from some of the best photographers in the history of the medium with your own personal work.
posted by infinitefloatingbrains at 7:52 AM on June 1, 2010

Thanks for the link, kozad. Interesting blog. Can you point to some examples from the archives that I as a photography fan might be interested in because flicking through the first four pages of archives all I really saw were small stock historical images which, though not without interested, didn't strike me as particularly artistic. Thanks.
posted by nthdegx at 8:00 AM on June 1, 2010

Hopper's 1967 shot of Jane Fonda with the bow at full draw is... I don't know what it is

My reaction was "Artemis-esque."
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:54 AM on June 1, 2010

nthdegx, now that you mention it, I guess wood s lot is pretty heavy on the twentieth century photographers. And aside from the opening Dorothea Lange shots, they are not often famous and almost never iconic shots. You may or may not like the aesthetic sensibility of the site, which includes a lot of academic theory, poetry, politics, and translation theory. Maybe you'll find something you like better next week. Art on the Blue is a funny the ceramic artist a few posts newer...very nice, and obviously skilled, but is she more than a one-note artist (not that I dislike the note!)? Perhaps she is doing this now and has done very different things in the past. Who knows? Usually I withhold critical comment (your favorite artist sucks!) because we get exposed to such a small sliver of an artist's work on an FPP, usually.
posted by kozad at 1:00 PM on June 1, 2010

It's not that I disliked the blog at all -- it seems really interesting.
posted by nthdegx at 12:21 AM on June 2, 2010

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