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Dec 27, 2006

I really like Robert van der Hilst’s “Chinese interiors”.
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Dec 20, 2006

The reason why I wanted to link to Céline van Balen is because I saw her portraits of young Islamic girls. Unfortunately, the quality of the images on the web does not convey the radiant beauty of the photos (which I saw in a book on Dutch portrait photography).
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Dec 19, 2006

Much like Rineke Dijkstra, Hellen van Meene is more well known outside of the Netherlands than many of the other Dutch photographers I linked to recently. (updated entry)
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Dec 15, 2006

Hendrik Kerstens’s work has strong connections to classic Dutch painting. The girl/woman in the photos is his daughter. (updated entry - since it’s Dutch week at Conscientious)
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Dec 14, 2006

If I had to pick my favourite work from Willeke Duyvekam’s work, it would probably be the portraits (many of which were taken at a school for blind/visually impaired people).
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Dec 12, 2006

Frank van der Salm’s architectural photography is quite impressive, and it’s great to see he has been updating his website. (updated entry)
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Dec 11, 2006

Bert Teunissen’s Domestic Landscapes was shot over the range of ten years, portraying people in their homes, using just natural light (or more precisely, in old houses where people rely on natural light). The immense beauty of the photos hardly comes across online, there’ll be a book out (I was told) in early 2007.
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Dec 7, 2006

People who like grainy, stark b/w photojournalism will enjoy Alessandro Franzetti’s work (unfortunately, the text appears to be in Italian only).
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Dec 4, 2006

Picking a representative photo for Jules Spinatsch is quite an impossible task, with the interesting variety (and techniques!) of his work. Make sure to check out all the different projects, in particular the ones on the top that employ interesting uses of digital technologies.
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Dec 1, 2006

Ben Murphy shoots mostly interiors, amongst them the UN Building in New York.
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Nov 8, 2006

Andy Sewell’s photojournalistic work is quite impressive and beautifully shot.
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Nov 7, 2006

I’m not the biggest fan of “fashion” photography. Having said that, some of Kurt Stallaert’s work (under “Fashionised”) is quite nice, especially the b/w stuff.
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Nov 1, 2006

Berim Racaj has compiled a portrait of Kosovo, using both landscapes and portraits.
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Oct 31, 2006

There’s quite a large number of interesting projects in Leonie Purchas’ portfolio - for example the story of Christian, the trash collector.
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Oct 30, 2006

“My work explores the meanings and connotations attached to consumer goods and culture.” - Olivia Beasley
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Oct 25, 2006

Ellen Kooi just got her second solo show in the US. Go and check it out - very nice and creative photography! (updated entry)
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Oct 23, 2006

Heli Rekula’s subject matter “is often the female body and women’s different roles, women both collectively and as individuals. Frequent themes include innocence and the loss of innocence, purity and impurity, and the boundaries between. Rekula views people as cultured animals. She questions the impact of culture on natural sexuality and aggression.”
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Oct 23, 2006

Finnish photographer Stefan Bremer has produced a pretty large variety of photography, of which I personally like the stark b/w work (“Man and Woman”) best. Also see this Page).
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Oct 16, 2006

Tiina Itkonen’s portrait of life in arctic Greenland is very nice. For better samples see this page.
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Oct 11, 2006

Check out Pierre Gonnord’s masterful portraiture.
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Oct 9, 2006

I’m quite impressed with Paul Kranzler’s work. Make sure to check out all of his projects!
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Oct 9, 2006

Comenius Röthlisberger’s website is a bit, how can I say it… underabundant with actual information.
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Oct 3, 2006

Michael Mackenzie shoots his deserted scenes predominantly under low light - and this only adds to the general feeling of desolation.
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Sep 29, 2006

I’m a bit torn about Christiane Zschommler’s work - I can’t seem to make up my mind about it. Have a look for yourself.
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Sep 2, 2006

“[Idris] Khan creates multi-layered photographs, often of appropriated art and books, in a way that both augments the aura of the original and reveals the idiosyncratic trace of his own hand.” I guess I keep coming back to the issue of copyright? Or maybe not? In any case, this is your chance to see all Becher watertowers in one. As much as I like this, I have to note that Idris Khan’s approach was also used by Jason Salavon - this bit of information for those people who just hate to see something that they have seen before. There is a fine article by Geoff Dyer in The Guardian, which you don’t want to miss - regardless of what you think about Idirs Khan’s work. (updated entry)
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Aug 30, 2006

Marjaana Kella investigates portraits by doing them in unconventional ways. Also see this page.
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Aug 30, 2006

I had a hard time finding good links for Jitka Hanzlová’s work.
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Aug 23, 2006

Of Edgar Martins’ various projects, I like “The Accidental Theorist” the best.
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Aug 21, 2006

“The Fifth Province is a study of contemporary Ireland through the eyes of the returned emigrant.” - Tadhg Devlin
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Aug 16, 2006

Robert Ball’s portfolio contains an interesting mix of projects.
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Aug 1, 2006

“JH EngströmÂ’s Trying To Dance comprises a photojournalistic ‘diaryÂ’ of his life since 1990: landscapes, still-lives, self-portraits, and snapshots of friends become loosely narrative documents, recording not only the artistÂ’s individual experiences, but a sensitive and provocative engagement with the world at large. Using photographyÂ’s ability to capture the fleeting essence of a moment, EngstromÂ’s Untitled is delicately tinted, transferring specific time and place to the unfixed reference of memory.” (source)
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Jul 26, 2006

For those who feel a bit neglected here since I haven’t linked to grim b/w photography all that much lately, have a look at Gábor Kerekes’ work.
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Jul 14, 2006

Francois Cavelier’s portfolio contains a set of pretty nice projects. It is quite annoying to get pop-up advertizing on the site, though.
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Jul 4, 2006

Lovisa Ringborg’s digital manipulations are cleverly done, but as in the case of Loretta Lux’s work, it’s all a bit too candy-like for me.
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Jun 28, 2006

A few people emailed me the link to Jacob Aue Sobol’s website and told me the Sabine project was quite nice. I’ll have to disagree with that, but even though I’m not one to follow the flock, mine might be a minority opinion (again), so have a peek and decide yourself.
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Jun 19, 2006

The stark images from Valérie Rouyer’s series Still Life led to her inclusion in Aperture’s 50 Photographers of Tomorrow.
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Jun 16, 2006

Weronika Łodzińska and Andrzej Kramarz’s website contains a set of very interesting photo projects (accessible through the numbers at the lower right corner of the frame).
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Jun 15, 2006

Ambroise Tézenas just won the Leica European Publishers Award for Photography 2006.
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Jun 14, 2006

“My project addresses how new towns like East Kilbride in Scotland were conceived as a one-stop solution for urban rejuvenation in the early 1950s. These centers were driven by modernist concepts in urban development and social planning. Unlike older urban developments, new towns offered defined social spaces where neighbourhoods were gridded to accommodate schools and shopping centres; where industries were clustered on the town’ edge estates; and where local road transportation systems were developed strategically around neighbourhoods to enable safer commuter transit.” - Sylvia Grace Borda. Also see the East Kilbride website.
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Jun 10, 2006

Erwin Olaf’s photography certainly is quite interesting, and he has re-designed his website since I first linked to him. There’s a very nice feature about his work at webesteem art (with tons of large samples!).
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Jun 4, 2006

Olivia Gay’s photography has expanded from covering South/Latin American prostitution and strip clubs to nude models or supermarket cashiers in France. And her portraits are also very nice. (updated entry)
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May 23, 2006

Have a look at Steffi Klenz’s photography. There’s some information about Nonsuch over at Photofusion.
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May 19, 2006

Mauren Brodbeck’s digitally modified images are quite interesting.
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May 10, 2006

Raffael Waldner “aims to depict the ambiguity of everyday live. Whether in his series on industrial landscapes or his series on cars […] he observes everyday locations […] and everyday objects […] that have lost their original function.”
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May 1, 2006

Sacha Maric’s portfolio contains quite a few pretty nice images.
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Apr 22, 2006

Paolo Ventura’s War Souvenir uses dolls and other props for staged photos of WWII-time Italy.
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Apr 20, 2006

What I really like about photojournalist Simon Norfolk’s work is that he manages to keep the human component alive. (updated entry)
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Apr 13, 2006

As much as I find it disappointing to see somebody else has done a project that I have been thinking about, Bart Michiels’ The Course of History is nothing but amazing. See more samples here.
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Apr 11, 2006

F&D Cartier produce photograms - something not done by many people.
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Apr 9, 2006

Joan Fontcuberta’s art work explores the relationship between image and meaning on a very conceptual level. For example, in his most recent work Googlegrams “uses the popular internet search engine Google to create large, colorful photo-mosaics that construct an elegant metaphor for the internet-era’s liaisons between mass media and our collective consciousness.” (source)
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