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May 7, 2013

I had a hard time deciding to pick an image from Marcus Haydock’s large and impressive portfolio. This one is from Inside Out.
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May 1, 2013

“content aware is a collection of edited pictures downloaded from fashion blogs, where the subject is assimilated to the background using content-aware fill in photoshop.” - Enrico Boccioletti
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Apr 24, 2013

Inge Schoutsen’s A Bit of Paradise, but Mostly Utopia is literally that: Photographs from places named Paradise and Utopia.
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Apr 22, 2013

About her series under the surveillance of ancient animals photographer Maria Oliveira wrote me: “I am following the lives of three women, mother, daughter and sister in law, who live together and alone. With this project, I want to explore this relationship between women, the links that unite them despite the difficulty. And there is also this link to Earth, to Nature. Life has a rhythm, the crops cycle, the seasons. Here, there is no hurry, there’s time for the people and for the silence. These three women together turned to Earth as something primordial and eternal.”
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Apr 17, 2013

“In this project I refer to the subject of the first wave of Russian emigration in 1920’s. Combining old photos and flower petals I destroy the original images of people in the photos and make them anonymous. I reflect on how with the lapse of time some details are erased from our memory and every time we recall something from the past, we construct another image replacing some parts by new ones.” - Julia Borissova about Running to the Edge
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Apr 16, 2013

“Be Good is a work about underage married Roma teenagers in Romania, their traditions and rituals of the wedding (night), the importance of virginity and the burden of proof. It shows portraits of married couples with a focus on appearing as individuals and also some teenagers that grew up in this tradition, along with symbolic and metaphoric still lives of flowers and interiors like their marital bedrooms.” - Maria Sturm
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Apr 15, 2013

Jakub Skokan and Martin Tuma’s Zoolandscape “records forms of artificially constructed biotopes and landscape scenes of the environment of European zoological gardens. Zoological landscapes have a specific role. Their purpose is to simulate biotopes of presented animals. The animals’ environment is made artificially out of imitating materials or is reconstructed from original living products of nature. The landscape is simplified, systematized and idealized. It is adjusted to meet the aesthetic demands of a viewer and just like a stage in a theater it aims to present the animal - the performer - in the most ideal way.” (quoted from the project information)
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Apr 10, 2013

“This part of the Existence project focuses of the significance of time and identity within the latter stages of life and the slow removal of our control over them. It highlights the contemplation that takes place when the realities of our physical demise are upon us. Moments of reflection, the acknowledgement of time, the retreat of our physical identity collaborate in an anxious acceptance to the dawning realization at the end of our own mortality.” Gareth Phillips about his Existence II
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Apr 2, 2013

Vivian Keulards’ 80439, Bloody Mary and Sloppy Joe visually chronicles the Dutch photographer’s life in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
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Mar 27, 2013

Erno-Erik Raitanen’s Bacteriograms (Self-Portraits No. 1-9) were created “by cultivating bacteria samples on photographic film.”
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Mar 25, 2013

For his project Postcards from Ameryka photographer Raoul Ries visited 15 locations called Amerika, Americká or Ameryka in the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic
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Mar 20, 2013

Another view of the spectacle of classical music: Iveta Vaivode’s Opera.
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Mar 13, 2013

“My mother was always dreaming of an ideal man. When we were watching movies of 60-70?s with french and italian actors (Belmondo, Delon, Mastroianni, Marais), she was always excited and often said to me ‘I always liked that kind of man’. She met my father in Sochi, it was a ‘resort’ roman, which soon ended up with a marriage. She did not know much of him, only that he was a captain and worked somewhere at North Russia. They never lived together. He usually came for a few weeks and then dissapeared. At some point my mother found out that he has another wife and a child. She could never forgive him and soon they divorced. In her albums there was almost no photo left of my father — not only she divorced with him, but also destroyed all the photos of him including those from the wedding day.” - Natalya Reznik about her project Looking for my Father
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Mar 11, 2013

Microstories by Matteo Tranchesi does not pretend to be a “representation of reality.” Instead, the photographer offer his “point of view” - possibly the best one can hope for (and probably the only feasible approach to photography).
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Feb 26, 2013

In Falling into the Day Christopher Nunn portrays David Blackburn, an artist who is living with Alzheimer’s Disease.
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Feb 6, 2013

The other day, I came across Tatiana Gulenkina’s Things Merging and Falling Apart, “unique type C contact prints created in a color darkroom using long exposures.” I’ve never spent much time with abstract photography, so I really can’t say much about it. Maybe my problem usually is that for me, process needs to be married to something else beyond that process (whatever that might be) - which, somewhat ironically, is why I’ll take this work over most Photoshop trickery any day. That all said, I quite like most of these images - they have an organic-looking beauty to them (sorely missing in most of Academic Photography, which is so popular these days).
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Jan 23, 2013

“The images in this project must be seen into a large game of reference and significations, in which apparently diverse subjects are integrated into a large narrative. The product shots are not only referring to technology and the brand of desire manufactured by capitalism, they are also working in a further game of reference and as counter ideal to nature.” - Jim Campers in his introduction to Let’s Kill The Moonlight.
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Jan 14, 2013

This is a photograph from Miquel Llonch’s beautiful In the fields of gold
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Jan 7, 2013

Stef Renard’s In Search of a Personal History is just that: The artist’s attempt to get closer to a personal past shrouded in mystery.
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Jan 2, 2013

“King Togbui Ngoryifia Céphas Kosi Bansah is an African king. He governs his tribe, the Ewe in Ghana, daily after his shift and on the weekends by phone and e-mail. He works as a master mechanic in his own garage during the day in Ludwigshafen in the Rhineland, Germany. He returns to Ghana several times a year to dedicate his full attention to the issues of his people. He is building schools, bridges and wells, donates water pumps and vehicles. To obtain money for these aid projects he performs as a singer, attends TV-shows and public events. Despite these appearances he is the authentic leader of 2.3 million and the issues he addresses are severe.” - Mirka Laura Severa about her project King Bansah
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Dec 26, 2012

“This series focuses on several teenage girls aged between 13-16 and how they are stuck in-between childhood and adulthood. Their actions and environments show characteristics of both, desperate to grow up but retaining certain aspects of their youth. From getting ready for a party to the decoration of their rooms, this series portrays the different attributes of a typical teenage girl in Britain. The series displays a juxtaposition between the sexualisation of these girls and the surroundings that reflect upon their childhood.” - Susie Brady about She Used to be My Best Friend but She’s a Right Slut Now
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Dec 5, 2012

How do you photographically explore a concept such as “democracy”? Working with Democracy is Baptiste Giroudon’s attempt to do just that.
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Dec 4, 2012

“Yaron Lapid diligently collects found photos from English family archives. He constructs and then deconstructs their meaning by using strategies of selective grouping and masking to allow or deny the viewer straight-forward observational rights into the images.” (from the intro of Partial Moments)
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Nov 28, 2012

“The endless variety of choices that we have to make doesn’t let us decide on anything. Instead of taking up new challenges, we stay at home in our cosy and safe little world which is ready to keep us away from the stream of this impetuous life beyond it.” - Anastasia Tailakova in the introduction to In Vain
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Nov 21, 2012

Paddy Kelly’s Bogland was photographed at “locations that were used as IRA training camps during the 1970’s in Northern Ireland.”
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Nov 13, 2012

This is an image from Anthony Smith’s In Dog Years (Gaskill St).
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Nov 12, 2012

“For two years I have been following the southern border of the European Union, to conduct a documentary project about the immigration crisis that strikes the area.” - Malika Gaudin Delrieu, introducing The Waiting Rooms of Europe
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Nov 7, 2012

“There are reports of violent clashes and untimely deaths pouring in from all over Syria. These are getting mixed up with whispered rumours and half-truths that are all being fed into a virtual world build of binary ones and zeroes. In this second reality all information is chopped up, mixed together and handed back to the people in bite sized, 140 character packages easy to consume but hard to digest. The people of Damascus live in a world shaped by another world that in reality doesn’t really exist. The only thing real is the fear. The fear of what will come. This project is an exploration of the modern theater of war.” - Anders Birger about his This Damn Weather
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Oct 31, 2012

For me, Suburban Scenes by Daniel Mayrit is by far the most interesting Google Street View work so far. Instead of looking for images, the artist artificially creates them, thus adding a whole new conceptual layer: Mayrit asks us to consider both what we see and what we expect (thus indirectly undermining many claims made by other artists working with GSV).
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Oct 30, 2012

I was unable to find much about Rosa Rendl other than that she has done a fair amount of fashion assignments. I’m personally not very interested in fashion photography, but Rendl’s work is one of those rare cases where something interesting seems to be happening.
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Oct 29, 2012

Ilse Frech’s Zjeitu: Document Nederland 2010 portrays the Antilles. “A matriarchal culture exists on these islands: the women work, bring up their children and pass life on from generation to generation.” (quoted from the project’s text)
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Oct 23, 2012

Nanna Hänninen’s latest photographs (2012) might be my favourite of all her work so far.
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Oct 17, 2012

Dany Peschl’s To the Mountains was named after a song by Norwegian death metal band Satyricon (if you must know this is it).
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Oct 16, 2012

Large parts of Iñaki Bergera’s personal work refer to parts of the history of photography, such as, for example, 26 Gas Stations.
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Oct 10, 2012

The sheer number of images in Lee Mawdsley’s archives is almost overwhelming. The Sci / Tech / Med might provide a good jump-off point. (via)
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Oct 8, 2012

This image is part of Tina Hillier’s project USA - Hillier’s USA, a very interesting place.
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Oct 2, 2012

This is an image from Metsästä by Anne Golaz, a complex visual drama, imagined somewhere in Finland.
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Sep 24, 2012

For Draped, Eva Stenram works with vintage imagery, obscuring the pin-up models after the fact.
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Sep 12, 2012

This is a photograph from David Barnes’ Are Friends Electric? - an ongoing project, begun in 1999.
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Sep 11, 2012

“In my work as a psychotherapist I have come to appreciate the importance of the space between the therapist and the other person, where the dynamics of the therapy relationship come into play. As a photographer I try to explore a similar space co-created in my encounters with the people, or things, that I photograph. This is a space where tension builds up, curiosity evolves and a certain kind of experiential understanding may be reached.” - Andreas Tsonidis about The Space between
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Sep 10, 2012

“At the centre of my creative practice is a HYBRID CAMERA: a digital camera with a Victorian lens, which carries with it a past. Using this hybrid camera my subjects are “consumed”, piece by piece during a period of sometimes up to one hour. This act of photographic consumption can feel awkward and penetrating. Some people have likened the experience to being examined or scanned. But there is a positive side to being taken apart: subjects have the potential to be seen whole again. Therefore the final part of my process is digitally piecing the photographic parts back together, presenting them as a familiar yet unfamiliar whole.” - Gary McLeod (via)
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Sep 4, 2012

Aino Kannisto uses herself as a model, to create photographs in which the protagonist is the narrator of a short story, the person who helps convey an emotion. (via)
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Sep 3, 2012

I’m intrigued by Catherine Hyland’s The Dust Bowl (unfortunately, there are only two photographs) - a strange moonscape.
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Aug 27, 2012

North of the Map by Anna Filipova portrays the arctic in black and white, producing an occasionally surprisingly abstract imagery.
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Aug 8, 2012

Most people are probably familiar with Gregory Crewdson’s recent photographs of the Cinecittà backlots. Here is Gianluca Gamberini’s version - shot in colour, across the seasons, matter-of-factly.
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Aug 7, 2012

Since it’s that time of the political season in the US again: Here is Philippe Brault’s view of a week in Pennsylvania during the 2008 presidential election.
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Aug 1, 2012

“Contours is a study of the landscape that can be found in the suburbs of Paris; it looks at how it is used by its citizens and managed by its state. It tries to get past the stereotypes that have come to be associated with the territory and document it as a region in its own right, not only as a periphery. The work focuses on a selection of natural areas, which illustrate the relationship between the landscape and those that form it.” - Shane Lynam
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Jul 31, 2012

A view of the contemporary Romanian landscape: Michele Bressan’s Into the Ordinary. Also make sure to check out Landscape Study #1 (try not to get too irritated about the way the scrolling works).
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Jul 30, 2012

Tiane Doan na Champassak’s Spleen and Ideal “form[s] the first part of a larger body of work in progress, born out of a persistent urge to photographically confront questions regarding gender and sexuality.”
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Jul 24, 2012

Thomas Humery’s Utopia mixes different types of photographs (incl. archival ones) and presents them in a way online that I’m sure will annoy the purists (who prefer to see one photo at a time).
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