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Oct 20, 2006

Kerry Skarbakka’s photography contains a fairly large performance aspect. For larger versions of his “The Struggle to Right Oneself” check out this page.
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Oct 19, 2006

Bill Owens got famous for his “Suburbia” series. Make sure to check out his other work, too.
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Oct 18, 2006

Benjamin Donaldson’s portfolio contains a set of very interesting projects.
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Oct 17, 2006

Simon Roberts’ series “Motherland” is quite a cool portrait of Russia.
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Oct 17, 2006

Antonin Kratochvil (see some samples here and lots of them here) has just published his Homage to Abu Ghraib. I’d probably be the last person who’d want Abu Ghraib to be forgotten, but I’m not sure that creating photos of an event that became known through photos is really such a good idea. After all, the original photos are chilling enough - and it’s hard to see what re-creations add to them. (updated entry)
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Oct 10, 2006

Juliana Beasley doesn’t shy away from rough subject matters. Make sure to look at “Rockaways” and “Lapdancer”.
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Oct 2, 2006

Somewhat following the footsteps of the usual “Typologies” suspects, Jeff Brouws’ work consists of views of the American landscape. (updated entry)
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Sep 28, 2006

Marc Asnin (whose own website is “under construction”, and whose editorial work can be seen at Redux Pictures) spent twenty years assembling a “visual diary of dramatic intimacy and intensity that chronicles the isolation, dependency, conflict, and death afflicting a mentally ill, impoverished man and his wives, girlfriends and children.” (source) Also don’t miss The Dailiness of Life.
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Sep 26, 2006

Probably nobody will be surprised to learn I like Clint Baclawski’s “Have a Seat in Pennsylvania” the best. The other series are also pretty neat, though.
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Sep 25, 2006

Paul Raphaelson studies (bleak) urban environments, and after years of working in b/w now uses colour.
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Sep 22, 2006

Doug Dubois has assembled a very nice group of photos of members of his own family. I like his style of portraiture.
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Sep 22, 2006

“For the past five years my work has involved the creation of unique cameraless silver images by application of chemicals to black and white photographic paper. These chemicals effect the paper’s response to light. Varying the concentration, flow, and time of contact of the chemicals with the paper allows me to control the lightness, color tone, and composition of the final image.” - Norman Sarachek
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Sep 7, 2006

“The series Remains explores the political and social transformation of the former Soviet Union in the aftermath of the collapse of communism. Rather than concentrating on the global changes in the region, my photographs focus on the more intimate details of daily life; the interiors and exteriors that form an essence of a culture.” - Sasha Rudensky
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Aug 29, 2006

Dan Burkholder’s images of the destruction of New Orleans are a bit too overprocessed and artificial-looking for my taste. Things don’t look quite as real any longer - whereas reality is quite bleak in large parts New Orleans.
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Aug 28, 2006

Matthew Kime is another winner of the Hey, Hot Shot! competition.
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Aug 25, 2006

Sara Macel is one of the winners of the Hey, Hot Shot! competion that I mentioned a few weeks ago.
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Aug 24, 2006

Those who have been complaining about the non-photo related posts here will probably think that Mary Mattingly’s website is like Conscientious under the influence of mind-altering drugs. There certainly is a lot of text there - if you click on “images” you will get to see those, though (and they are quite interesting).
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Aug 24, 2006

Polixeni Papapetrou’s photography is mostly staged and often involves children. I guess it’s the kind of photography that would be perfect for long arguments about whether or not you need an explanation.
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Aug 23, 2006

While my search for Katherine Wolkoff’s images from New Orleans (some of which you can find in Aperture’s Fall 2006 magazine [which, btw, is well worth the money] and some others of which you can see here) was mostly unsuccessful, her other work is quite interesting, too.
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Aug 22, 2006

If you don’t know what to make of Nazif Topçuoğlu’s work, this page tells you: “The coupling of the raw meat and the youthful girl, and the remnants of violence attached to innocence, become crisscrossing clues to decipher the underlying meaning. The associations of temptation and fear, lust and violence; danger and death hover in these photographs.” I see.
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Aug 18, 2006

Originally from Seattle, but with a family background in Lithuania, Andrew Miksys has been living and working in Vilnius for a few years now. Interesting work.
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Aug 17, 2006

Katy Grannan: “Grannan’s process is quick; each portrait is taken within the short span of three hours. She arrives at the homes with only a camera, a light and a fan. Grannan transforms the sitter’s room into a stage, pushing beds and moving tables. There is a performative element to the work, on both sides.” (source) I just had the chance to look at her book Model American, and I am quite impressed. I was also thinking of having a conversation with her, but I just found one elsewhere, posted just a few days ago. Also don’t miss this fine article about her work. (updated entry)
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Aug 13, 2006

Carlos Tarrats’ fine-art portfolio contains an interesting set of photos. Find larger samples of some of them here.
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Aug 10, 2006

“You never catch a whole face, sometimes nothing above the knee and, sometimes, nothing below it. Deborah Paauwe only photographs females, that much is clear, but as for their age, identity and intent, it is impossible to tell. Her models have ranged in age from nine to 39 but, through the lens of Paauwe’s camera, such detail is obscured.” (source) Nice large sample images here.
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Aug 10, 2006

Bill Sullivan engages in what he calls “Situational Photography”. The results are very appealing - and I’m sure Bill is happy that the lawsuit against Philip-Lorca diCorcia was dismissed.
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Aug 9, 2006

Steven B. Smith’s photography depicts the suburban American West.
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Aug 8, 2006

It is no secret that a large part of the American population harbours very unhealthy ideas about guns and, by extension, about violence. As somebody who did not grow up in the US, I have a very hard time understanding this. I’ve had people tell me that guns really are not the problem - and you just have to take this a little bit further to arrive at the absurdity of “guns don’t kill people, people kill people”. In any case, Greg Stimac’s series “Recoil” depicts people at shooting ranges, and this is complemented by the “Gun Portraits”.
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Aug 7, 2006

Aline Smithson’s website contains a set of quite interesting projects.
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Aug 1, 2006

I quite like Jennifer Loeber’s “Zeig Mal.”
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Jul 18, 2006

Todd Deutsch has been using photography as a means to trace the history of his family while it is happening. His most recent project Gamers shows us the fairly odd world of computer game addicts. (updated entry)
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Jul 17, 2006

Rocky Schenck’s b/w photography is almost showing us a different world. For his most recent work see this page. (updated entry)
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Jul 7, 2006

According to this article, Petrina Hicks “personifies much that is typical in contemporary photography. Her work is cool and elegant, with just a slight infusion of humanity.” (just in case you were wondering what what “contemporary photography” is all about)
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Jun 29, 2006

“As an artist I have created photomontages to reveal a personal vision about the nature of children, animals, and their interactions. These images illustrate the fleeting moods that can’t be captured by a traditional camera or seen by the naked eye.” - Tom Chambers
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Jun 27, 2006

One of the many ideas for future projects (the vast majority of which will never get done) was/is to take photos of extremely dedicated hobbyists, something that Jennifer Litterer has done already.
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Jun 26, 2006

Simen Johan is another example of a fine-art photographer who has been using digital manipulations quite extensively, with quite a bit of commercial success. His Breeding Ground might serve as a counter-point to Loretta Lux’s kitsch paradise (or maybe not). You can find his work at some of the big galleries here, here, or here. (updated entry)
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Jun 19, 2006

Phillip Toledano has expanded his work from his depictions of offices of bankrupt companies, life in cubicles, the faces we make when we play video games, and car salespeople. His “Hope and Fear” series he describes as “the external manifestation of internal desires and paranoia that are adrift in America”. (updated entry)
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Jun 16, 2006

As much as I enjoy Bertram Kober’s photographic work, the fact that clicking on the mini-thumbnails results in barely larger thumbnails is quite regrettable.
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Jun 13, 2006

“For off peak, I found myself searching for magic and longing for innocence in the Wisconsin Dells: a place I had always dreamed of visiting—as every child growing up in the Midwest does. My first experience with the Dells, however, was only recently (and somewhat unintentionally) on a return trip from Thanksgiving in Chicago with the in-laws. We needed gas and food and found ourselves halfway from home in this sleepy resort town already closed for the season. The surreal quality of the hyperconstructed landscape devoid of people stuck in my head, and soon I was taking the car to fulfill my unrealized, and now altered, dream. At 30, I was less interested in enjoying the self-proclaimed waterpark capital of the world during the height of its summer season. Instead, I imagined myself as explorer of the weirdness and desolation quietly pervading its winter months.” - Kerri Jamison
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Jun 13, 2006

For his “on air” photographs, Atta Kim “employed extended exposures - sometimes as long as eight hours - to explore fundamental questions of time and perception.” (source) See some of the images here.
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Jun 9, 2006

Caroline Shepard’s environmental portraits are digitally composed of a whole set of source photos.
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Jun 7, 2006

Naomi Harris’ website contains a lot of very interesting photography. I have the feeling that most of the photos in the Dirty Pictures section might serve as some sort of antidote for the more glamourized photography done by other fine-art photographers.
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Jun 7, 2006

Have a look at David LaSpina’s photography.
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May 30, 2006

Doug Aitken’s “complex multi media installations address the elaborate inter-relationships between man, media, industry and landscape and the nature and perception of time.” (source) See more samples here, here, and find a review of his work here.
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May 26, 2006

Have a look at Jason Hanasik’s work, mostly portraits. It’s interesting, to me there appears to be a fair amount of ennui in the lives of those portrayed - am I mistaken?
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May 25, 2006

Taiji Matsue “photographs the surfaces of the earth all over the world in the black and white. His unique ideas and techniques take away the distinctive features from cities and places and make them flat landscapes.” (source) See more of his work here and here.
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May 24, 2006

Ken Botto “resorts to staged tableaux of his own making. Using toys, props and other miniature domestic objects, he fabricates and photographs worlds that reveal much of how we view our cultural identity.” More photos here and here.
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May 19, 2006

Luis Gispert’s work (also see this page) is somewhat hard to find online. A very good page, which gives explanations and nice examples and which I missed in the original version of this entry, can be found here. (updated entry)
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May 17, 2006

Mara Bodis-Wollner has done an interesting photo study of the relationships between women, called The All Girls School.
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May 16, 2006

Muir Vidler’s project list contains a set of very interesting shots, with lots of unusual subjects. Make sure to look at all of them, it’s worth it.
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May 15, 2006

Brian Ulrich shows us aspects of our daily (Western) lives that we probably don’t even notice any longer. If you look at all those displays from shops and malls you realize how utterly ridiculous that all is. Brian also covers the opposite end of the spectrum (if you will), thrift stores. Add to that the great “threeseven” portraits, and you got an amazing portfolio. There are fairly regular photo updates and links to other interesting photographers on his own weblog. In addition, some of his work will be published as part of MP3, a set of three books. (updated entry)
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