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Apr 7, 2006

Jesper Ulvelius is a young Swedish photographer with a tremendous amount of potential.
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Apr 5, 2006

In Irene Andessner’s work, the self-portrait (or the staging of the self in all kinds of different contexts) plays an important role.
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Mar 31, 2006

Fulvio Bortolozzo’s empty nocturnal cityscapes are quite interesting, in particular his series about the Olympic transformation of Torino.
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Mar 23, 2006

Herman van den Boom’s Arcadia Redesigned manages to capture the sheer absurdity of so many human endeavours perfectly.
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Mar 21, 2006

Koen Hauser’s digital manipulations are often subtle, often not. Where they’re subtle, the photos never get kitschy but often creepy, even with little children as the subjects.
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Mar 16, 2006

Asger Carlsen’s photography appears to be having fun with stereotypes.
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Mar 9, 2006

Marina Gadonneix’ work deals with “l’observation du monde quotidien dans sa construction et sa mise en scène, faire du monde familier dans lequel on vit le lieu de l’artifice, avec sa part d’inquiétude, d’étrangeté et de mélancolie” - (loosely translated) the constructed world and the consequences arising from that. You can find more of her photos of television studios here and here.
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Mar 8, 2006

Eric Beaudelaire’s personal projects both contain lots of great photos. You can see a slideshow of Manifest Destiny here.
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Mar 6, 2006

Vincenzo Castella produces large-scale views of cityscapes. Find more samples here, here, and here.
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Mar 3, 2006

Josef Hoflehner’s photography follows what you could call the Michael Kenna School. Pleasant to look at, though.
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Feb 6, 2006

Massimo Vitali creates large tableaus of human life. Find many samples here; and check out this feature.
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Feb 2, 2006

“Sarah Pickering’s photographs of controlled explosion practice runs play a fresh riff on the long-standing photographic motif of truth versus verisimilitude. Her unmanipulated images preserve actions whose causality and construction seems to be part of an alternate, but no lesser, reality.” (source)
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Jan 30, 2006

Ever since the immense success of Loretta Lux people will find it hard to ignore digitally manipulated photos simply on the basis of how they were created. Ruud van Empel also works with digital manipulations, and his portfolio is quite a bit more varied. Needless to say, after this introduction people will compare his work with Loretta Lux’s - but that was probably inevitable anyway. In any case, look at, for example, this absolutely fantastic photo; also Works 5 contains lots of photos that only invite comparisons. As it turns out, that’s what people did at the latest Photo LA. (updated entry)
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Jan 30, 2006

Tom Hunter has spent a lot time on photographically re-creating (or maybe re-staging) scenes from old paintings. Some of the results are now on show at London’s National Gallery. Don’t miss this internet special, courtesy of the best English-language newspaper in the world, The Guardian. For more samples, see this page.
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Jan 9, 2006

Valérie Belin’s work offers much for fans of conceptual photography, incl. portraits of showroom dummies and robots. Also see this page.
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Jan 3, 2006

Johannes Romppanen’s portfolio contains some very nice portraits.
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Jan 2, 2006

There are many treasures to be found on Stephen Gill’s very simply designed website. His most recent work was done with a camera worth 50 cents and was self-published. If you want it check out this page at Schaden.com - one of Germany’s finest bookstores devoted to photography and design.
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Jan 1, 2006

While I personally think there is nothing more boring and annoying (at the same time!) than watching any kinds of sports, Hans van der Meer’s “European Fields: The Landscape of Lower League Football” is quite excellent.
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Dec 30, 2005

Sophy Rickett’s work explores the boundaries of what we might be expecting from photography. More samples here.
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Dec 30, 2005

“In her works over the past few years, Jemima Stehli (b. 1961, London) appears in the work herself, as subject or object, most often as both. In After Helmut NewtonÂ’s ‘Here They ComeÂ’, 1999, [image 1, image 2] Stehli has recreated Helmut NewtonÂ’s iconic image Sie Kommen, with herself as the stiletto-ed, naked Amazon striding towards the camera. NewtonÂ’s original is so accurately and minutely reproduced, StehliÂ’s hair and stance resemble almost exactly that of the original model, that on the surface Stehli is as objectified as NewtonÂ’s original.” For another Newton reshoot click here. More samples from the “Strip” series here, and click here to see her recreation of yet another infamous art piece.
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Dec 19, 2005

I like Karen Knorr’s older work better than her more recent stuff. For example, check out the “Belgravia” series.
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Dec 19, 2005

When describing his photos, Geert Goiris apparently speaks of “traumatic realism”. I have no idea what that is supposed to mean, but the photos are very neat (also see this and this page).
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Dec 13, 2005

Julia Fullerton-Batten is a professional photographer with a pretty interesting set of personal work.
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Dec 12, 2005

When you look at the photos by Vincent Debanne you can’t help but ask: Is this really how we live our lives? And then the answer, inevitably is yes. Sad, isn’t it? Turns out that I actually was one of those suits in La Défense for four months in early 1999, and it’s still nightmarish to think back to that.
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Dec 10, 2005

Liza Nguyen’s main photographic projects explore what you could call her history, one (“My father”) exploring the life of her father and the other one (“Souvenirs of Vietnam”) trying to trace the Vietnam War. I haven’t been this impressed by a photographer’s work in quite a while.
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Dec 7, 2005

Matthew Georgeson’s photography of locations like London or Sicily isn’t exactly what you’d naively would expect to find, and this is what makes it very interesting.
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Dec 7, 2005

Have a look at Luke Stephenson’s photography, especially his portraits.
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Nov 27, 2005

Martin Kollar is a member of Agence Vu. Lately, he has done a series of very interesting projects, make sure not to miss “New Orleans TV”.
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Nov 24, 2005

There’s a fairly large number of German photographers who, at some stage during their career, spend/t time in England. The results are often - but not always (especially not when striving for the most trashy look leads to sad results) - quite interesting. Esther Teichmann belongs to the group whose work I find very interesting. You might have seen the feature in Seesaw Magazine.
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Nov 24, 2005

I usually try to say at least something about the photographers linked to here, but sometimes, I just want to tell people to go and look. So go and look at Gareth McConnell’s photography.
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Nov 22, 2005

Isabel Muñoz, member of Agence Vu, has worked on a fairly large set of non-run-of-the-mill subjects, such as portraits done in Africa.
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Nov 22, 2005

Richard Mosse has done a lot of work in disaster and war areas. His work definitely has a strong fine-art feel to it, but it’s also likely to make some people feel a large amount of uneasiness, and deservedly so. Compare the controversy about the photo of the dead Taliban by Luc Delahaye (on that page, scroll to the very bottom to see the photo).
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Nov 17, 2005

I personally find Sergio Berlinchón’s photography strongest where he focuses on architecture (exterior or interior), but this is just my personal bias. (updated)
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Nov 9, 2005

Speaking of England, check out Paul Reas’ photography. There’s a lot of good stuff to see.
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Oct 31, 2005

“Though undeniably photo-documentary in nature, Sarfati’s work is defined through an opposition to the editorial urge to fix narratives to her subjects. Her images create a loose, layered and intensely rich visual project that allows us, the viewers, to consider the complexities of any place or time, triggering emotions and thoughts that move well beyond the ostensible subjects of her photographs.”
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Oct 26, 2005

Check out James Deavin’s photography.
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Oct 24, 2005

Alex ten Napel shoots portraits. My personal favourites are “Faces of Alzheimer” and “Bathing People”.
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Oct 11, 2005

Victor Bergen-Henegouwen’s portraits look very modern. Given the lack of information on the page, I find it hard what to make of them, though - they appear sterile.
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Sep 28, 2005

“In First World countries, the new forms of poverty are caused less by material need than by an absence of human contact, by loneliness and isolation. Those who are most at risk are people who are unable to adapt to the constraints of an ever more rationalized working world.” - Stephan Vanfleteren
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Sep 23, 2005

Common-Eye are photographers Liz Lock and Mishka Henner. They have an interesting set of photos on their website (updated again), and it seems they’re getting better and better. I like the depictions of utterly unglorious landscapes the best. (updated post)
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Sep 21, 2005

Rudo Prekop’s and Vasil Stanko’s photography are not my cup of tea, and you haven’t seen much of stuff like this here - and this is why I’m linking to it. This kind of b/w/ photography is quite popular, and there appears to be a lot of it in Eastern Europe. It is always good to be exposed to different stuff. (thanks, Roy!)
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Sep 19, 2005

Astrid Kruse Jensen (blurb) is a young Danish photographer who has started to build an impressive portfolio. Some of her newer work can be seen here.
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Sep 12, 2005

Marrigje de Maar predominantly shoots interiors. Unfortunately, you need to be able understand Dutch to find out what the photos are about. But that shouldn’t prevent you from looking; make sure not to miss the series “maidensong” and “mothersong” - both shot in Finland/Russia.
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Sep 12, 2005

Torbjørn Rødland is a video and still photography artist with quite an interesting portfolio.
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Sep 7, 2005

Raphaël Dallaporta’s portfolio contains some neat collections of photos, some of which depict things that aren’t all that neat.
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Sep 6, 2005

Leo Fabrizio’s website contains quite a few gems, some of which are a bit hard to find, though. So keep clicking on links. Don’t miss the “Bunkers” (under “2004”).
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Sep 5, 2005

Anoush Abrar and Aimée Hoving have been working as a team since 2004. You’ll have to click on the individual images to see the series (and you probably want to ignore some of the more commercial, run-of-the-mill stuff). In particular, check out the portraits of Iranian jews in LA and there’s some Ferrari work (for all those poor neglected car lovers who never get to see this stuff on this weblog). Also don’t miss Aimée Hoving’s personal work.
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Aug 19, 2005

Have a look at the impressive minimalist photography of Mark King.
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Aug 11, 2005

David Balhuizen’s photos from the aftermath of a storm in Florida are very cool.
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Aug 10, 2005

Martin Amis has a good eye for great photos, with a nice sense of humour lurking right underneath the surface. I especially like the Racing Seen series.
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