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December 2003

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Dec 30

Stan Banos sent me the link to a very nice animation that the viewer canactually control him/herself. It shows a couple of spots during the day and you can make the time pass. Thanks, Stan!
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Dec 29

Chances are you’ve never heard of John Deakin but you’ve seen paintings done using Deakin’s photos. I had never heard of him until I stumbled upon a retrospective of his work the other day. John Deakin got commissoned by painter extraordinaire Francis Bacon to do photographic studies that Bacon then used to paint. You can see (bad scans of) some of those photos here - including the utterly brilliant portrait that shows Bacon holding the halfs of a slaughtered pig (compare the painting). Deakin never took any care of either his photos or his equipment so many of the photos are literally taken from the floor of Bacon’s studio. What a shame! Anyway, this article discusses Bacon’s use of photography and here are a few more of Deakin’s photos.
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Dec 19

I almost forget: consumptive.org - the weblog that inspired this here - is a toddler now.Three years! Happy birthday!
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Dec 19

Richard Ballarian “prints use techniques he has developed since 1995. The colors and the print’s painted look in these silver gelatin (black and white) papers is a result of normal darkroom printing: exposure (multiple), developer bath, fixing, wash, toning and rewashing. Some toner baths and delays (oxygenation) have given these prints coloration.”
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Dec 19

Laurent Askienazy has some very good photos in his portfolio.
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Dec 16

Paolo Roversi is an Italian fashion photographer. I especially like his Nudes.
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Dec 14

“Award-winning war photographer James Nachtwey and another Time magazine journalist are in hospital after being wounded when a hand grenade was thrown at U.S. forces they were with in Baghdad, a U.S. military official says.” story I’m not a big fan of war photography - the pornography of violence - but I do wish Nachtwey will be well again.
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Dec 14

And while we’re at it: Visit Pierre et Gilles’ garish wold!
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Dec 14

Richie Fahey’s photos look like pulp-fiction illustrations - yet they’re hand-coloured photos. Thus, it made a lot of sense for a publishing company to pick Richie to do the covers of a series of James Bond novels.
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Dec 12

wood s lot pointed to an excerpt from the first translation of Thomas Bernhard’s novella “Gehen” (“Walking” as that translation is called). I started reading the translation and, frankly, I was put off. It just doesn’t work. “Gehen” works so well because it uses the way you can use German, something that is not easily possible in English. In German, you can chop up sentences to an amazing extent, then juggle the pieces around and if there ever has been a master of this kind of stuff it was Thomas Bernhard. In German, this chopping up is being preserved as the language forces you to use commas a lot - otherwise there’d be no way to understand the whole thing - something you just don’t do in English. On top of that Berhanrd used to place his own commas to create completely different rhythms - so the novella “Gehen”, that very intimately relates “to go” with “to think”, has its own rhythm most of which comes from the (German) structure of the sentences.
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Dec 12

I’ve admired Gregory Crewdson’s work since I first saw it. Many of his photos are quite elaborately staged. Find more of his work at Luhring Augustine.
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Dec 11

“If the 21st century wishes to free itself from the cycle of violence, acts of terror and war, and avoid repetition of the experience of the 20th century - that most disaster-ridden century of humankind, there is no other way except by understanding and putting into practice every human right for all mankind, irrespective of race, gender, faith, nationality or social status.” - Shirin Ebadi
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Dec 10

Rankin’s photography looks like the stuff in Dazed and Confused magazine? Well, maybe that’s because Rankin founded that magazine.
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Dec 9

Brent Stirton has done some very amazing photojournalistic projects, many in the poorest parts of the world. I was somewhat surprised to see that he also does “fashion” (almost naked anorexic girls), “sport”, and “corporate” (men in suits - yuck!) photography - maybe that’s what you have to do to make a living.
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Dec 9

It’s that time of the year again - at least here in Pittsburgh. Snow. Thomas Flechtner has taken lots of photos that make snow pretty appealing.
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Dec 8

Poppy Berry’s Ulster Cowboys are quite excellent.
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Dec 8

I like Peter Haakon Thompson’s work.
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Dec 4

Michel Gasarian’s Cellules shows photos on the walls of French prison cells. (thru ashleyb.org)
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Dec 4

“WE HAVE LOST CONFIDENCE in what we are seeing, hearing and reading: too much infotainment and not enough news; too many outlets telling the same stories; too much commercialism and too much hype. Every day, this commercial information system distorts our view of the world. […] “WE IMAGINE A DIFFERENT SYSTEM – a media democracy. We see great promise in the open communications of the internet and want that openness expanded into every form of media. We envision a global system of communications that has as its foundation the direct, democratic participation of citizens. To this end, we demand the timely transfer of key media sources back to the people.” Media Carta
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Dec 4

Here is a tutorial on how to do huge digital panoramas. (thru 990000)
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Dec 4

I keep getting emails (or comments here) where people think I am identical with a photographer whose name is completely different from mine (call that a split personality disorder I seem to be suffering from, eh? some of my split personalities are already dead!), asking me for prints or other information or criticizing “my” work. You’d think it was obvious that - apart from my own photography which is more than clearly marked - this weblog only links to other photographers who, in most cases, I have never spoken to. Apparently, it isn’t. So let me state this very clearly: If there is an entry in this weblog whose subject title is a name that is not identical with my own name then I am not identical with that other photographer and I am neither willing nor able to act as some sort of agent of any kind for any kind of transaction/communication between any reader of this weblog and that other photographer. Also, this weblog is not some sort of market place - so if you have prints of some photographer whose page is linked to here don’t use the comments section to try to sell your prints (I’ll delete those comments).
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Dec 3

Antoine d’Agata’s photography is as stark as life can be.
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Dec 3

On the new Johnny Cash boxset “Unearthed”, there’s a cover of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” that Cash did with Joe Strummer. You want to listen to it here.
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Dec 3

I am excited to report that two of my favourite weblog are back from some sort of hibernation: dublog and iconomy.
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Dec 2

The official Philip K. Dick website has just opened. Seems like nobdy can make a science-fiction movie any longer without either using one of his novels (e.g. “Paycheck”) or ripping one of (e.g. “The Matrix”).
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Dec 1

“This on-going project tries to examine our immediate surroundings and reflects upon the human condition at the beginning of the 21st Century, through looking at the spaces we create and inhabit.” - Patrick Sundqvist
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Dec 1

George Packer’s What Washington doesn’t see in Iraq, that recently appeared in New Yorker magazine, is a long read but it’s worth it.
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Dec 1

Ulf Lundin is doing everything he can to get away from conventional portraits. Interesting.
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Dec 1

Ashley B initiated something she called grid blogging, “a group of bloggers tackling a specific topic on a specific day/time. […] Temporary in nature, the first grid blog is set to happen today. The topic is the ‘brand’.” It seems like there’ll be lots of contributions - you can find a list of participating weblogs here.
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