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May 11, 2006

It is no secret that a very large fraction of what we buy every day is produced elsewhere. For example, you will have a pretty hard time to find anything made in the US if you go to the store that I only call Hellmart. Somewhere, I read that 10% of all Chinese exports go directly to Hellmart - so that they can sell stuff cheap. And cheap it has to be as smaller businesses are being driven out of business, wages move towards minimal wage, and whole towns are converted into modern-day shanty towns. Michael Wolf captured one aspect of this whole business by going to a Chinese toy factory and taking photos there and by then constructing a gigantic installation out of discarded toys, bought at flea markets and the Salvation Army. You can see the work here. Update (14 Jan 2005): In another, stunning series, currently on view at Robert Koch Gallery, Michael Wolf is showing what he calls “architecture of density” in Hong Kong. Utterly fascinating. Update (11 May 2006): Michael’s latest addition to his portrayal of life in Hong Kong is what he calls 100 x 100 - “photographs of residents in their flats in hong kong’s oldest public housing estate”.
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May 4, 2006

Dave Jordano now has a site that only showcases his personal work. Make sure to look through all the projects - there is a lot to see. (updated entry)
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May 2, 2006

Jay Parkinson’s work consists of very nice portraits. I really like his series of aspiring Baltimore models.
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May 1, 2006

What would this blog be without the occasional eye candy? Check out commercial photographer Chip Simons’ work.
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Apr 28, 2006

Doug & Mike Starn are twin brothers whose work comprises photographic mixed media if you will. See more samples (and larger ones) here, here, and here.
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Apr 24, 2006

Will Steacy lately has been working on documenting the aftermath of “Hurrican Katrina” - don’t miss his series “The Human Stain”. Also see this feature in Seesaw Magazine.
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Apr 24, 2006

Wyatt Gallery is another photographer who has been documenting what’s left after “Hurrican Katrina”. Also see this feature in Seesaw Magazine.
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Apr 21, 2006

Allison V. Smith’s very nice Marfa, TX series is currently being featured in Blueeyes Magazine.
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Apr 20, 2006

Philip Deslippe’s photography covers all kinds of things that do not sound too weird but that then look pretty weird, in particular Catholic shrines and Christian monuments.
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Apr 19, 2006

Julie Moos has been working on portraits of two people, where there is some sort of relationship between them. For example, one series is called “Friends and Enemies” (also see this page), another one “Mosanto Series”. It’s definitely an interesting idea, even though I am not sure I find all series equally convincing.
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Apr 17, 2006

Boogie is a photographer based in Brooklyn, whose “Gangs” project was nominated for the Santa Fe Prize for Photography. Says Boogie: ” My inspiration came from living in Brooklyn and seeing the deterioration of neighborhoods I was walking through. Over the years I gained intimate access into lives of a number of individuals and groups who became the subjects of my study, but also personal friends. This work is devoted to them.”
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Apr 14, 2006

“Apollonia Morrill creates color site studies of places of transition and historic sites in flux. Morrill uses photography to explore the tension between representation and abstraction, creating intimate portraits of place that the artist likens to visual geography.” (source)
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Apr 12, 2006

Sheila Pree-Bright is the recipient of this year’s Santa Fe Prize for Photography.
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Apr 12, 2006

“A city deemed so culturally significant that US military planners during World War II decided not to bomb it for fear of an international outcry. American bombers, however, could never have been as effective as Japan’s ‘concrete state’ - an alliance of construction companies, developers, gangsters and corrupt politicians that have continued to relentlessly smother Japan in cement.” Stuart Isett about Kyotoland, now also available Democratic Books. (updated entry)
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Apr 11, 2006

I had an extremely hard time finding samples of Yoshihiko Ueda’s work online. This page has some more of his flowers.
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Apr 7, 2006

At first, I wasn’t sure what I was looking at when I saw Gil Blank’s work - but it’s all actual photography, digitally assembled and modified.
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Apr 5, 2006

Check out Joel Wellington Fisher’s photography.
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Apr 4, 2006

There is a considerable amount of digital manipulation in Jan Wandrag’s images, and the results are very interesting.
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Mar 31, 2006

Joel Peter Witkin’s photos are not for the squeamish. See more examples here.
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Mar 29, 2006

Roger Ballen won the Citigroup photography prize in 2002 for his work. With his most recent work, he seems to have moved away from documenting the poorest of the poor - see his latest book Shadow Chamber - towards the outright weird. (updated entry)
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Mar 28, 2006

Lili Almog’s very nice project Perfect Intimacy is about to be released as a book.
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Mar 27, 2006

I couldn’t find much information about Erika Ritzel - I really like her nicely composed photos of the mundane.
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Mar 23, 2006

Alix Smith quite masterfully creates interesting environmental portraits, most with interesting ideas or premises.
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Mar 23, 2006

Marie Sauvaitre’s most recent work documents trailer (or tent) parks and their surroundings.
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Mar 22, 2006

“The Black Maps project is comprised of aerial photographs of environmentally impacted landscapes. […] Looking down on these damaged wastelands, where man’s efforts have eradicated the natural order, the views through my camera are both spectacular and horrifying. […] As otherworldly as the images seem, they depict a shattered reality of our own making.” - David Maisel David’s Oblivion can now also be seen at Polar Inertia. Also don’t miss this article/interview. (Updated entry)
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Mar 17, 2006

There are lots of people who take photos of weird places, but it’s rare to see photos where there is some poetry added. Erica Shires’ photography is such a case.
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Mar 16, 2006

There’s a price to be paid for war, and that price is death. Those people who started the Iraq war, now widely accepted as a huge mistake, know why they wanted to keep that price out of the public’s consciousness. Todd Heisler is one of those people who wouldn’t let that happen. Final Salute is a report on those people who do what is called “casualty notification”.
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Mar 14, 2006

Amy Elkins is a young photographer whose portraits are very interesting. You can see more of her work - and some ongoing projects - on her blog.
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Mar 14, 2006

Tom Fowlks’s “out there” series contains many nice shots.
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Mar 13, 2006

Christopher Lane is a British photographer who lives and works in the US. I’m often tempted to think that being an ex-pat, while taking away your home and putting you right in the middle between two places both of which you feel somewhat reluctant to still/already call your home, offers you a somewhat unique look at those two places: Since you know both very well and - at the same time - you feel like a stranger, you get to see things that other people don’t see. So check out Christopher’s Thinking of England and America on Parade.
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Mar 13, 2006

Jonathan Gitelson’s photographic work contains a set of pretty cool projects, most of them organized as books. Also don’t miss the car project.
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Mar 10, 2006

David Southwood hails from South Africa. Find some more photos (plus text) here.
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Mar 6, 2006

Kelli Connell’s photomontages show her dating her digital self, the idea being that “the importance of these images lies in the representation of interior dilemmas portrayed as an external object - a photograph. […] I am interested in not only what the subject matter says about myself, but also what the viewers response to these images says about their own identities and social constructs.” (quoted from her statement)
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Mar 6, 2006

Barry Frydlender’s photography consists of digital composites of many individual shots. Find some excited reviews here and here.
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Feb 28, 2006

Alec Soth made quite the splash with his magnificent series Sleeping by the Mississippi. His new series Niagara avoids safe terrain - if you will - and deals with “true love, sexuality and the promise of ‘happily ever after’” (source). I don’t think this is what many people would have expected after the Mississippi series, and this is part of what makes it so interesting. The series is now featured at Digital Journalist. Also check out this beautiful feature at slate.com. (updated entry)
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Feb 27, 2006

Bill Jacobson’s photography shows a blurry world - proof that depth-of-field (and other technical issues that so often are mistaken for important criteria for good photography) is irrelevant.
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Feb 24, 2006

“David Goldblatt’s photographs have documented the prosaic details of South African life for over five decades now. Whether photographing the stolid white suburb of Boksburg, or recording the invisible assault of apartheid by taking an early morning bus ride with the transported of KwaNdebele, his photographs have consistently impressed because of their eloquent humanism.”
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Feb 23, 2006

“After the unexpected death of my grandfather, I gathered with my family to grieve and to try and put things in order. We began to sort his belongings, going through each room cleaning and packing. After several trips the house became empty of these things that were his. As this process became complete I was struck by the differing voids left as a result. Here was a place, now absent of its occupant, the belongings and life.” - Adam Holtzman
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Feb 21, 2006

Several people have recommended Tracey Baran’s work to me. I have to admit, though, that I have not been nearly as excited about the photos as the people who told me about them. If you feel like reading some articles about Tracey Baran’s work, go here or here.
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Feb 20, 2006

Scott McFarland’s photography is quite a bit more complex than what a first, casual impression might want to make you believe. See some examples here and more information here and here.
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Feb 19, 2006

“For me real photography does not lie in the end-product, which exists as a mere tool and process. My images have been chosen as a means of metaphorical expression; not a representation of the actual world or a reconstitution of visual beauty, but a basis for fundamental meditation.” - Jungjin Lee (source of quote). See more examples here, here, here, and here.
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Feb 13, 2006

Judith Joy Ross specializes in portraiture. Have a look at more examples of her work here, here, and here.
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Feb 12, 2006

New Orleans photographer Jennifer Shaw has just returned home - luckily finding no flood damage. Some of her work - as well as that of other photographers from New Orleans - will be featured in a group show at The Darkroom.
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Feb 12, 2006

Kyungwoo Chun “puts portraiture in a new position. The core of Chun’s intriguing method portraiture lies in the prolonged exposure time. Often the exposition time lasts the subject’s age in minutes, but it can also go up to several hours. The effect of this method is that the subjects being photographed become blurred figures, nonetheless with a certain expressiveness.” (source). Find more samples and/or texts here, here, and here.
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Feb 8, 2006

Nicholas Prior offers “up a view of childhood as serious business, an impenetrably private, somber condition not easily breached by adults. Though all of the pictures are undoubtedly staged in some way, the least elaborate (and the most successful) of them do not seem artificial.” (source)
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Feb 7, 2006

Hiroshi Sugimoto’s photography is fascinating. Links: brief article (recommended read for those interested in techniques!), interview, gallery (1), gallery (2), article/photos about/of his portrait series.
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Feb 2, 2006

I guess I missed the big wave around Ryan McGinley (who “really is an extremely talented photographer with good-looking friends who look like they’d be really funny and smart”) by a couple of years or so. Read an article and interview here, and see more samples here.
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Feb 1, 2006

“Converging Territories is a series of large-format color portraits of women and children taken in a large, unoccupied, family-owned house in Morocco, the same house that as a young woman Lalla Essaydi was confined to for a month at a time whenever she transgressed her permissible roles.” (source)
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Jan 29, 2006

Eirik Johnson’s Borderlands show the fringes of our human habitats, where our dwellings (and mostly our trash) meet the natural landscape (whatever is left of that).
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Jan 27, 2006

Bill Henson’s twilight portraits have landed the artist in the occasional hot water because of the nudity. See many more samples here. Find a nice article about his work here.
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