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May 2003

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May 30

The Empire That Was Russia contains colour images made from negatives produced around 100 years ago by Russian photographer Sergej Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii. “We know that Prokudin-Gorskii intended his photographic images to be viewed in color because he developed an ingenious photographic technique in order for these images to be captured in black and white on glass plate negatives, using red, green and blue filters. He then presented these images in color in slide lectures using a light-projection system [right] involving the same three filters.” (taken from the page which explains how it works).
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May 30

At first, I didn’t get Hiroshi Kamakura’s photograpgh. They looked too much like pictures from a graphical novel. Looking at larger version of them made me change my mind.
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May 30

zonezero.com has a very nice collection of images up called Voyeurism, covering [no anti-pun intended] many different photographers.
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May 30

… there is growing evidence that the general public was not being told the truth as far as Iraqi weapons of mass destruction are concerned. While this might not be a problem in the US - where apparently the public doesn’t expect to hear the truth from its own government - it is getting more and more of a problem for all those countries which were only too willing to trump up the charges against Iraq to help the US go to war. Tony Blair’s political fate is directly tied to finding the whole affair.
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May 29

Excellent article by Slavoj Zizek (thru caterina.net)
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May 29

I’m a sucker for scientific animated movies. Having made a few myself - years back when I was a graduate student and when making those animations was a huge amount of work given the clumsy technologies available - I particularly enjoyed watching the medical animations on this page. Ignore the somewhat not-too-thriling thumbnails and just click to watch them. They’re spectacular! (thru iconomy)
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May 29

Excellent article by Stanley Hoffmann. (thru Mr Cieciel)
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May 28

A couple weeks ago, there was a very nice article in The Guardian about Haruki Murakami. (thru caterina.net)
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May 28

Especially since his big show at New York’s MoMA Andreas Gursky seems to be everybody’s favourite modern German photographer. Most of his literally gigantic photos are way too big to be shown on the internet.
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May 28

Sebastiao Salgado is a photojournalist and a social critic.
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May 27

Also found on photographer.ru: Three amazing portfolios by Alexander Maslenizyn. Click on the photos on that page to get to the different portfolios.
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May 27

Alexander Kitaev’s work is featured on Russian website photographer.ru.
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May 26

The new edition of Leica World features lots of interesting photographers. Finding their work online has been tough, though. I started looking for Herlinde Koelbl and, in the end, all I could really find was not the work I originally was interested in but instead a project called “Spuren der Macht” (“Traces of Power”). For the project, Herlinde Koelbl took one photo per year of a set of German politicians throughout the years 1991 to 1998. Non-Germans wil probably only be familiar with the faces of Gerhard Schröder, the current Chancellor, and Joschka Fischer, his deputy and Germany’s foreign minister. It’s too bad the photos end in 1998 when Schröder and Fischer came to power. It’s very interesting to see how Gerhard Schröder almost doesn’t change at all whereas Joschka Fischer undergoes some transformations (and not just in weight).
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May 26

Shinzo Fukuhara and Roso Fukuhara, sons of Arinobu Fukuhara, the founder of Japanese cosmetics brand Shiseido (make sure you visit the page with covers of Shiseido’s in-house magazine Hanatsubaki), contributed to developing modern Japanese photography. In 1924 they founded the Japan Photographic Society. (Shiseido exhibit link thru wood s lot)
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May 23

Japanese photographer Tokihiro Sato adds extra elements to his photos using a mirror (more photos).
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May 23

All you ever want to know (and much more) about jpg/jpeg compression can be found in this very cool article on photo.net.
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May 23

“Architecture is frozen music,” said German philosopher Schopenhauer. “Music is molten city halls,” replied German comedian Max Goldt about a century later. Regardless of how you look at it it’s tempting to connect architecture and music - and only because it’s fun. German electronic musicians To Rococo Rot (also see this earlier entry) composed music for an architectural project called Kölner Brett. Read a review of the result here. (this entry was inspired by Scores for Stores which I found thru 990000.com) PS: Amazon.com doesn’t carry To Rococo Rot’s “Kölner Brett.” If you live in the US use mail-order through the fabulous forcedexposure.com.
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May 22

On the left you see Miss Germany 2002. That’s what you get when you remove the presentation (make-up, bikini, hair do, …). Obviously, the woman on the right is way more attractive, isn’t she? Bummer, she isn’t real. German scientists composed her face on the computer, using a composite of the faces of the competition’s finalists. And if you’re interested in “plenty of information on a large research project on ‘facial attractiveness’ that has been carried out at the universities of Regensburg and Rostock in Germany” click here. (thru muxway)
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May 22

William Wegman is mostly known for his photos of dogs. No comment on those. But he’s also a painter, and here it’s getting interesting. Here’s an dinteresting review of one of his shows in New York - which includes a bunch of examples to look at. The show featured oil paintings Wegman did around found postcards.
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May 21

“Crazy, artistic, stingy, obsessed with taxes. Sex maniac, master architect, drug addict, genius. Carlo Mollino (1905-1973) is one of the most colorful figures in the world of architecture and Italian design. ” (bio) Carlo Mollino was also a designer and photographer who took tons of Polaroids: samples (1), samples (2).
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May 20

Boris Becker, another Becher pupil (who is not identical with the tennis player), has his own website.
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May 20

Lee Siegel takes a closer look at Thomas Struth’s objectivity (another review can be found here, and there are six of Struth’s photos online on the MET’s website). Struth is another famous graduate of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.
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May 20

Panos Pictures offers photojournalism which, I think, is much better than what you usually see. There’s way too much stuff to link to here. Tim Dirven’s Afghanistan is just one excellent example.
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May 17

There are still several hundred monarchs” (thru Dublog)
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May 15

Interestingly enough, even though the exhibit of Soviet-era posters is coming from the very university I’m working at, I actually found it through The Solipsistic Gazette (which seems to be everybody’s darling weblog - so check it out!).
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May 15

A very nice collection of colour patterns from everybody’s immediate environment - coincidentally part of which I’m working on myself (in b/w and panoramic, though). (thru esthet.org)
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May 14

“America’s normative authority lies shattered.” German philosopher Jürgen Habermas asks “What Does the Felling of the Monument Mean?”
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May 14

There are two different translations of one of my all-time favourite novels online (1, 2). Who said there was no free lunch? (thru wood s lot)
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May 14

Jens Bennewitz’ started out with a Lomo and now is doing very different work.
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May 14

Jörg Sasse - another Becher student - has his own website with tons of photos in different categories.
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May 13

Robert Häusser won the “Kulturpreis 2000” of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie.
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May 13

Upcoming at the Tate Britain, a retrospective of Wolfgang Tillmans’ work (portrayed above by Norbert Schörner).
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May 13

At the Tate Modern an exhibition which investigates the relationship between documentary photography and art, showing works by Diane Arbus, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Rineke Dijkstra, and many others. The magazine has an article about it.
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May 13

At the Liverpool Tate Gallery, there’s a big Thomas Ruff retrospective. The Tate’s magazine features an article about his work which includes a collection of various images. There also is what they call a Thomas Ruff Montage Maker - which I didn’t look at myself (for technical reasons - it’s designed for Microsoft’s “Internet Explorer” which I refuse to use).
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May 12

Leni Riefenstahl has her own webpage which includes a photo section.
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May 12

On consumptive.org I found a cool like to an article about The Japanese Writing System.
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May 11

Interesting photo portfolio by photographer Donna Ferrato.
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May 8

The Orange Scourge (Vietnam - the effects of “Agent Orange”) and A Depleted Generation (Iraq - before the latest war in which even more ammunition containing depleted uranium was used).
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May 8

Very nice photo exhibit about Bollywood by Jonathan Torgovnik which I was lucky to see two months ago in Frankfurt.
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May 8

Tartart Magazine is quite cool and comes as a pdf file. (thru thingsmagazine.net)
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May 7

Free Old Time Radio Shows (thru incoming signals)
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May 7

Something in me tells me that getting a super-precise pinhole made with a laser takes away a little bit of the fun. However, if you’re looking for a place which can make you such a pinhole check out Lenox Laser’s website. (thru cold marble musings)
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May 6

fotoetage.de is a photo agency from Bremen, a town in the north of Germany. Apart from the snazy presentation they got a bunch of cool photographers (check out Nikolai Wolff!)
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May 6

Feedback on Ebay isn’t exactly what you’d imagine it is. It’s more like American Idol where everybody is Paula and everything is just great. Not for andy46477, though. Sample: “Praise: You’re 15 genes short of HUMAN. But I mean that in a good eBay way. Yes I do!” More of this on page 1 and page 2. (found thru Cheese Dip)
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May 6

I was curious what a Google search for photographic self portraits would result in. In the end, I didn’t find too many photos I liked. Sabina Spaldi’s ones are interesting (albeit too small to be really enjoyable). Gottfried Helnwein’s self portraits are as weird as you can possibly get. And I found some by famous photographers Richard Avedon, Herb Ritts (which I’m just including to show you that famous photographers can do pretty bad work, too), Helmut Newton, August Sander, and Imogen Cunningham.
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May 4

When I first linked to Pep Karsten’s work, he was only known as “Pep”. The name has changed - as has the work.
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May 2

The aforementioned George Eastman House also has a nice gallery of photos by master portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh.
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May 2

If you want b/w slides/transparencies the obvious option is to use Agfa’s Scala film which produces very nice results. However, there’s another option I came across by chance just today. Through a process called “dr5” David Wood managed to turn regular b/w film into transparencies. Check out this fairly enthusiastic article about it. Information about the process, how to treat the films and how to reachthe lab can be found under dr5.com. I’ll definitely want to test this process with Kodak’s (very low-speed) Technical Pan film (for which I couldn’t find a decent link).
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May 2

Beautiful colour photography at the George Eastman House (thru consumptive.org)
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May 1

John Haddock has some of the coolest art I’ve seen in a while: computer game style drawings of real and fictional events (example above) and pornography with the actors removed. (via consumptive.org)
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May 1

People have been saying that “terrorism” now seems to have replaced “communism” as the enemy. There is a certain truth to that but it’s very important to notice that there are lots of differences. Because of these there will be no simple re-run of the anti-communist hysteria of especially the 1950s. The anti-terrorist hysteria will be or actually is already worse and here’s why. To phrase it in somewhat simplifying terms the difference between communism and terrorism is the following.
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