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Apr 6, 2011

Ellie Davies’ photography might trigger questions like “Yeah, but is it photography?” from the orthodox crowd. I personally am not so interested in these kinds of debates, since they tend to get in the way of what photography has to offer, when it is used in creative ways.
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Mar 31, 2011

This is an image from Beso Uznadze’s series Tbilisi Portraits. (via)
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Mar 30, 2011

Some of Max de Estaban’s portraiture comes with heavy theory, but the images work tremendously well. My favourite body of work might be On the Uncertainty of Being.
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Mar 24, 2011

Slightly hit or miss: Fernando Maquieira’s Out of Mind. The good images are very good, though.
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Mar 23, 2011

Abstract and conceptual: Paul Rousteau’s the book of the holy face (bible in facebook).
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Mar 22, 2011

Adrian Tyler’s Corridors is a typology of power, exploring power in all its forms.
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Mar 21, 2011

This is an image from Carlos Chavarria’s Dreamtown, a compelling series of photographs taken in American cities.
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Mar 16, 2011

“Through the use of subtle lighting, I attempt to transport the viewer’s mind to unsettling scenes, beyond the boundaries of the photograph,towards a series of previous and subsequent imaginary moments.” - Lourdes Cabrera
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Mar 14, 2011

The various photographs in Arno Roncada’s Peaceful Mountains of Desire show imaginary landscapes (which, at least on my computer screen, seem to suffer from unfortunate compression artifacts).
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Mar 10, 2011

I really like the mini-series Urban Landscapes by Ignasi Cunill.
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Mar 9, 2011

“Since some thirty years ago, with the coming of the commercial television and the loss of the neo-pedagogical one, we are witnessing a specific phenomenon on Italian screens: the codification of a single female model that schedules the annulment of the personality, the plastic surgery of the body, the must of appearing young and healthy.” - Emanuele Cremaschi, introducing Casta Diva, Beauty Pageant in Italy
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Mar 8, 2011

“In the northern province Friesland in the Netherlands, surrounded by woods and a lake, lies Himmelum. A small village with 579 inhabitants. The land of birth of my parents. Home to my grandparents. Memories from my childhood.” - Kees Muizelaar
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Mar 7, 2011

This is an image from Jan-Dirk van der Burg’s series on a small porn cinema called Venus.
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Mar 2, 2011

Hannah Modigh’s Hillbilly Heroin, Honey is not unproblematic - see, for example, this post - but it’s well worth the look.
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Mar 1, 2011

More contemporary landscape work: Bepi Ghiotti’s Sources.
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Feb 24, 2011

Sarah Mei Herman’s Siblings portrays a group of siblings over a few years. (via)
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Feb 22, 2011

I usually am not so interested in fashion photography. However, Saya Chontang’s portfolio contains many gems.
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Feb 21, 2011

What could possibly be interesting about these spoons? Head over to Nadine Watson’s website to look at Spoon.
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Feb 16, 2011

If this page is correct, the large housing complex (“conceived as a model of modern urban living” - yikes!) depicted in Simon Kennedy’s Heygate Abstracted is scheduled for demolition.
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Feb 14, 2011

Beautiful black and white photography by Dutch photographer Awoiska van der Molen.
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Feb 10, 2011

Via Hippolyte Bayard comes the photography of Tom Janssen who by stepping back a bit reveals the scales of the various spectacles most photographers would have taken photos of much closer: Not much ado about, well, almost nothing (which, after all, might be the essence of most of what we humans are engaged in). What I like about this is the following: You don’t have to step that far back. You don’t have to peek down onto the planet from a satellite or plane. As a photographer, you just have to be willing to walk one hundred meters/yards or so. Which might tell us something.
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Feb 3, 2011

“We [JS and Hans Gremmen] were wondering if it was possible to create a 3D-colour seperation. We tried to do this with a bouquet of fake flowers. We made 4 still-lifes: one in Cyan, one in Magenta, one in Yellow, one in Black. We made photo’s of this still lifes and printed them over each other. In theory it would have been the start-image, but in practice it became fake flowers in full colour.” - Jaap Scheeren
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Feb 2, 2011

“The project Watching you watch me is discovering how a photographer can get as close as possible to others, without acting illegal. I have taken portraits of people through a mirror, when they are totally unaware of the camera inside. This way I get shots of people watching themselves.” - Moa Karlberg
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Feb 1, 2011

This is a photo from Leon Diaper’s S.N.W. Backyard Wrestling, which is about just that: backyard wrestling.
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Jan 18, 2011

A while ago, I had a conversation via email with Colin Pantall about portraiture of children. If memory serves me right, all we could agree on was that it was hard to do. So here’s more of it, Ina R. Devik’s work, which, I think, is tremendously successful.
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Jan 17, 2011

This is an image from Leo Postma’s laconic This was the future. I’ve walked by scenes like these so many times…
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Jan 13, 2011

If you’re a photographer, you want to have a good website. But what exactly does that mean, a “good” website? When I came across Stefanie Grätz’s I thought “OK, now this is a good website.” To show those photos all at once, but stacked and with different sizes (the above is part of Groninger, visit the site to see what the presentation really looks like) - sometimes, things can be so simple and so effective at the same time. Oh, and I like the photography.
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Jan 13, 2011

This image is from Kenneth O’Halloran’s Fair Trade, a body of work on fairs in Ireland. Also don’t miss Life After Death.
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Jan 12, 2011

This is an image from Ross McDonnell’s The Afghans. Make sure to check out his other projects, too - lots of good images to look at (tough having to pick one!).
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Jan 11, 2011

I rarely link to photography like Thomas Devaux’s, but I might as well feature this work. It’s a tad too decorative for me, but interesting nevertheless.
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Jan 10, 2011

This image is from Alberto Lizaralde’s Frail, which, according to the photographer, “is about those everyday moments when everything collapses.”
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Dec 23, 2010

There’s probably little new that can be said about photographs of the nude human figure, but thankfully, there still are quite a few photographers who are adding new voices. Here is Laura Stevens’ A Woman’s Realm.
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Dec 15, 2010

Simon Burch’s Under a Grey Sky is a beautiful portrait of Ireland.
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Dec 14, 2010

Chiara Tocci’s Life After Zog And Other Stories portrays Albanians that left their home country in the early 1990s, looking for a better life abroad. (via)
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Dec 2, 2010

Eugen Litwinow’s Obratno shows images the photographer took when re-uniting with parts of his family in Russia. (via)
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Nov 29, 2010

“Over the past years, I’ve been mainly interested in photographing space. Before the strength of rhythm, proportion, form and light, the curiosity of the functionality, what interests me the most in my photographic work is the possibility of an unclear narrative.” - Inês d’Orey (source/via)
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Nov 23, 2010

Debby Huysmans’ Sibir is a portrait of Siberia, using two rivers as guides.
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Nov 18, 2010

In this day and age, finding small, old, family-owned businesses is becoming ever more tricky. But they still exist. Claire Laude’s Berliner Jahrhundertläden shows thirty of them, all in Berlin. (via)
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Nov 16, 2010

Birgit Püve’s By The Lake portrays people living at a lake that now divides Estonia and Russia, but it also examines ideas of the past.
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Nov 15, 2010

Nicolas Dhervillers’ portfolio is filled with interesting projects, such as Tourists, taken from Google images and transplanted into other photographs, or, shown above, Sunday: “Sunday activities become an ecstatic torment or an absurd choreography that make strong reference to the very notion of living sculpture.”
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Nov 11, 2010

“The new Totems series by Alain Delorme plunges us into the core of contemporary China and its complexity. Under the blue sky of a highly colored Shanghai, men carry throughout the city unbelievable piles. These precarious columns made of cardboard or chairs appear as new totems of a society in complete transformation, both a factory for the world and a new El Dorado of the market economy.” - Raphaële Bertho (quoted from the Totems essay)
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Nov 10, 2010

This seemingly enigmatic image is part of Stuart Whipps’ The Scenery is Very Wonderful. The Weather is good., which combines photography with text, graphics, and postcards.
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Nov 9, 2010

Nelli Palomäki’s Elsa and Viola contains stunningly beautiful portrait of children. (via)
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Nov 8, 2010

“A Roman Holiday’, 2010, shows videostills from the numerous top models shows. Young women competing in these shows try to realize their dreams of becoming a top model. Often, these efforts end in a carefully directed ‘elimination’ where one of the girls is sent home. This almost always happens with a lot of tears and sadness. By using screenshots that are partially out of context, these, often narcissistic emotions, can be translated into a wider range outside of a television show and lines can be drawn with, for instance, the Columbine highschool massacre or any other human drama that was heavily covered by the media.” - Adriaan van der Ploeg
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Nov 3, 2010

Kate Nolan’s Neither examines the situation of young women in Kaliningrad, Russia. There are a lot of amazing photos, and it was a bit tough to decide which one to use as a sample. In the end, I chose this one, because beyond the project itself it’s saying something about the times - and mess - we live in in general, and how we got there.
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Oct 28, 2010

Gustavo Perillo’s In Between is another fine example of a photographer using the windows of trains as frames for the stages behind them.
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Oct 26, 2010

When Philippe Spigolon emailed me to tell me he had photographed his junk mail, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it, but of course I had to look. “I am interested in the exploration of bad taste,” he wrote, explaining that what those flyers show is clearly at odds with the general ideas people have of French cuisine.
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Oct 25, 2010

Rip Hopkins’ Another Country portrays British expats living in France.
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Oct 20, 2010

Mark Mattock’s website offers a large selection of contemporary landscapes, divided into different sections. The photo above is from a series on shooting ranges.
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Oct 19, 2010

Klaus Pichler’s Skeletons in the Closet isn’t the only series about taxidermied animals in collections of museums, but I think it has the best pictures of the ones I’ve seen.
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