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April 2005

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Apr 29

Over the past few years, especially since the US invaded Iraq, you’ve seen lots of reports of and by “courageous” war photographers. Not here - as I made clear in the past I regard most so-called photo journalism from war zones as nothing else but pornography. Things weren’t always this way, though. The Vietnam War has been cited as being similar to Iraq, with lots of people claiming those similarities are just bogus. And they might have a point: Have you noticed that - unlike for the Vietnam War - our view of the soldiers fighting there now centers around a sort of heroism, which - at best! - smacks of a mid-20th Century aesthetic? I think as long as all debate about the war is stifled even visually - with casualties, civilian or military, our own or “foreign”, being hidden from view - the Iraq War is not like the Vietnam War. And, most crucially, it is painfully obvious that what many people claim is simply not true: The claim is that photo journalism from war zones makes people more aware of the violence and, thus, makes war less likely. Is there anybody who would be seriously willing to argue that this is the case? In any case, one of the main photographers during the Vietnam War, Philip Jones Griffiths, has just published a book called Vietnam at Peace, and he is telling the BBC about the book and what he thinks about the Iraq War and photojournalism there.
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Apr 29

I’ve wanted to link to Michael Ackerman’s work for quite a while. Today, I finally found another site - apart from Agence Vu’s - that shows more photos. Update (29 April 2005): Also don’t miss the feature at Webesteem magazine.
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Apr 28

Marleen Sleeuwits’s compositional skills, combined with her tendency towards a certain minimalism, make her work extremely pleasing to look at.
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Apr 28

Doisneau Photo ‘The Kiss’ Sells for $202K we are told. Photography has finally become an established art form. And you get everything that comes with established art forms: Lawsuits about compensation, inflated prices for art work, which puts them out of reach for 99% of all mortals (unless you want to buy a cheaply mass-produced poster), etc.
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Apr 27

Justine Cooper is an artist working on all kinds of art forms. In the photographic context are interesting her current big project Saved by Science (photos from the the hidden spaces and stored collections of the American Museum of Natural History) and Casanuova (” At Casanuova I made near-abstract digital images of the materials used to make the showroom items – porcelain, leather, veneer, metal. From New York I sent the images back to a village in China, where they painted them for me in a photo-realistic manner. After all, China’s economy is partly built on its mastery of the knock-off. Now the painting becomes the copy and the digital image the original. I prefer the painting.”).
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Apr 25

Katja Stuke is the other half of Die Böhm im Netz. See her portraits for something entirely different: Shot directly off a TV set during the Olympics. Make sure you’ll check out all the other stuff, English translations are typically given at the bottom of the pages. My favourite: My personal Hitchcock
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Apr 25

Oliver Sieber has been working on series of portraits, which remind me of Thomas Ruff’s early portraits. Also see Die Böhm im Netz, a large photo project/magazine he has been working on.
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Apr 25

I discovered Jason Oddy’s photos in See Saw magazine; and despite my best efforts I found only two other links, both descriptions of past shows (1, 2).
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Apr 22

Those aware of my own photographic focus will probably understand easily why the work of Colin Miller, especially Performance Spaces, appeals to me.
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Apr 21

Seesaw Magazine is a fairly new online photography magazine, a definitely must-look-at for the consumer of fine photography online. Don’t miss the interview with Todd Hido!
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Apr 21

I admit I am no expert as far as painting is concerned, but I’ve noted an increase in the number of painters doing photorealistic work. Given that even photo-eye got a little confused I thought I’d post some links. Note that when you look at the individual biographies, many of the painters linked to below are actually quite young. Tim Eitel’s paintings are very photorealistic and have already generated some attention beyond his native Germany. Lauren Hegele’s works contain an extra element of humour, and many of them are dyptichs. Lorraine Shemesh’s subject matters are more varied. Her Painted Pools are nothing but amazing. To use photographic comparisons, if Joel Peter Witkin did SX-70 manipulations he’d end up at what Jenny Saville is painting (note, however, that that website seems to be a tad unreliable). It’s interesting that photorealistic painting also seems to cover areas as does photography. For example, Lars Käker (also see this page) specializes in portraits, while the works of David FeBland will probably appeal to fans of street photography or Henri Cartier-Bresson. And while this list defeinitely is not complete in any sense of the word, space here is; so as a final entry let me point out Chuck Close (in order to get an idea of his standing see, for example, this page). (many thanks, Lauren for sending many of the extra links!)
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Apr 12

Andrew, creator of the amazing gmtPlus9 weblog, celebrates his birthday today. Happy birthday, Andrew! If you’ve never visited his weblog there’s something for you to do while Conscientious is dormant for a week!
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Apr 11

Cao Fei is a Chinese multi-media artist whose photography, especially the Cosplayer series is quite interesting.
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Apr 11

Having perused the list over the past weeks already, let me point out that Photo District News’ latest list of 30 emerging photographers to watch is available online.
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Apr 10

“The idea of skill has come to seem woefully outdated in an art world that emphasizes conceptual innovation, and making the right statement at the right time, with the right media.” Thus begins an article about art education, many of whose comments apply equally well to photography. Highly recommended read, regardless of whether you’re attending a photography school or are self-taught. (thanks, Mark!)
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Apr 8

“PDNedu is a print and online publication produced for the student photo community. We were founded by Photo District News magazine in 2002.”
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Apr 5

US Senator John Cornyn has an idea (and this is an actual quote): “I don’t know if there is a cause-and-effect connection but we have seen some recent episodes of courthouse violence in this country. Certainly nothing new, but we seem to have run through a spate of courthouse violence recently that’s been on the news and I wonder whether there may be some connection between the perception in some quarters on some occasions where judges are making political decisions yet are unaccountable to the public, that it builds up and builds up and builds up to the point where some people engage in - engage in violence.”
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Apr 5

One of the side effects of compiling a weblog like this one is that I am fairly familiar with a lot of photography. When I first came across Aneta Grzeszykowska & Jan Smaga’s photography (in New Yorker magazine) I immediately remembered there was a German photographer doing almost the same kind of work (on the minus side, I couldn’t remember his name; on the plus side, those categories here work really well). Andreas Gefeller is the guy - compare his “Supervisions” with Aneta Grzeszykowska & Jan Smaga’s. More samples of their work can be found here and here.
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Apr 5

Karine Laval is one of those up-and-coming photographers who is very willing to push the boundaries in unusual directions. I especially like her personal work, check out this page for another overview.
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Apr 1

The provider of my web hosting told me I was approaching my quota so I needed to do something quick to prevent that from happening. As you’ll see the categories are now listed without the full listing of entries inside. Later this month, I will then have to look into new hosting for this weblog, I guess I might have to do a little fundraiser, and I guess it might be a good opportunity to have a talented person in the know (aka: not me) re-design the page a little bit. (this is no April 1 joke)
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