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Aug 31, 2005

The entry page of Nathalie Daoust’s Hotel Story tells us that “None of the images were created or enhanced digitally.” We can speculate why this is deemed to be important - would the images be less interesting or good if they were the result of snazzy Photoshop work? In any case, the imagery is quite interesting, albeit at times a tad kitschy. Also see this page for “Tokyo Girls” and this page for a summary of the Hotel series with thumbnails. (thanks, Ron!)
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Aug 29, 2005

I have the feeling that many readers will like Roger Minick’s work more than I do. I personally think his work from the 1980’s is quite excellent, but I fail to get as excited about the older and newer stuff.
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Aug 26, 2005

Watch a multimedia presentation of photos and a narration by Paul Fusco about funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq. (found at Martin Fuchs’ weblog)
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Aug 26, 2005

Koji Sekimoto’s photography (review 1, review 2) shows the almost stereotypical cuteness that appears to be so common in contemporary Japan. I read somewhere that supposedly that cuteness has some very deep meaning - but then everything has a very deep meaning in Japan.
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Aug 25, 2005

The American public appears to be becoming increasingly aware of the fact that those splendid little wars in Afghanistan and especially Iraq aren’t going that well - forcing the president to find his last sympathetic audiences in places like Idaho, where he just gave another one of his speeches that show the mix of delusion, callousness and sheer incompetence by which his presidency will be judged in the future. Photographers like Nina Berman have been co-responsible for the war binge to come to and end and reality to set in; and reality in this case (as in all wars) means the costs, especially in terms of human life. Nina Berman took portraits of soldiers wounded in Iraq and compiled it in a book called Purple Hearts. See many more samples - plus text - here, here, and here.
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Aug 23, 2005

Maury Gortemiller’s portfolio contains some interesting projects - I am not sure what any of them means, but…
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Aug 18, 2005

Lisa M Robinson’s portfolio contains a very nice set of projects each of which contains some true treasures. Unfortunately, the samples are all a bit small, and they don’t appear to be reproduced too well digitally. For larger samples of her Snowbound series click here. (thanks, Andy!)
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Aug 17, 2005

Tanya Zani takes photos of the utterly mundane.
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Aug 12, 2005

Julie Blackmon has been following Sally Mann’s foot steps - opting for a more commercial look. You probably might also want to compare her photos with Todd Deutsch’s.
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Aug 11, 2005

For some reason, the teenage years are being idolized to an extent almost inverse to their actual attractiveness. “Joseph Szabo has been photographing his teen-age students for the past twenty-five years, and has perfectly captured the ambivalence of that time of life. As a high school teacher of photography, he takes seriously their pretentions, passions, and confusions, and he knows intimately how students put on, act up, behave, and misbehave.” Well, hmm, OK; the photos are very nice, though. Also see this page.
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Aug 9, 2005

More commercial photography: Dean Kaufman.
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Aug 9, 2005

Nick Meek is a commercial photographer with a very interesting personal portfolio (also see this, somewhat messier, overview).
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Aug 8, 2005

Dash Snow apparently took his Polaroids to capture his life by night (and day). Whether that’s really true is not quite that relevant - even though you might wonder what makes these photos special. Don’t ask me.
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Aug 5, 2005

Check out Nathan Perkel’s photography. My favourite is the “Cement Factory” gallery.
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Aug 3, 2005

Alexandra Hedison’s Rebuilding is currently on view at White Room Gallery.
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Aug 1, 2005

Stephen Shore’s Uncommon Places is one of my favourite photo books. Check out lots of samples from that work here. Find an interesting interview with Stephen Shore here. (updated post)
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Aug 1, 2005

Chan Chao, who first became know for his series “Burma: Something Went Wrong”, more recently finished a series of nudes, actually portraits of naked women. The nude is probably even harder to do than the portrait, and I think Chan Chao has done an outstanding job, avoiding all the cliches that are so common in the world of nude photography.
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Jul 28, 2005

Rachel Hulin’s portfolio contains a mixed set of images.
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Jul 20, 2005

D. R. Cowles’ photos are “contact printed from the original negatives and sometimes from specially enlarged negatives, on printing out paper, using a 19th century process.” Given the sizes of the samples on the website it’s pretty hard to assess the actual richness of the prints, though.
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Jul 19, 2005

It seems to me that if you’re an art/photography student one of the main problems to struggle with is to avoid merely copying your teacher - even if that might get you into a gallery easily. Pablo Zuleta Zahr’s work is an excellent example for how you can have a famous teacher, yet arrive at a different, unique look - which, in this case, I also find quite impressive.
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Jul 18, 2005

I admit I know next to nothing about the kinds of problems Australia might have. It was very interesting to me to see Patrick Ronald and Shannon McDonell’s project Disappearing Tasmania, which documents the decline of cities in Tasmania.
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Jul 11, 2005

Given the politically highly charged atmosphere in the country, courtesy of religious and political extremists, it requires some guts for an American photographer to take photos of fetuses. Tamara Lischka has just done that.
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Jul 7, 2005

In our current culture, creating photos of naked children - even if they are your own - can make you a child pornographer, at least in the eyes of the fanatical religious right. But then, many other people have a somewhat weird understanding of the human body anyway, too. The female body in a very unnatural form - “upgraded” with implants, heavily airbrushed and minus the nipples - is constantly being shoved into your face, whether you like it or not. This all results in a very charged atmosphere for photographers like Sally Mann, who spent a lot of time on taking photos of her own children. Her photos are amazingly honest and in-your-face, and maybe that’s what makes them so uncomfortable for some people to look at. Lately, she has been working on collodion wet-plate glass photography, see some of her newer work here and here. In addition, you can find extra information and many more links here and here. (Updated post)
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Jul 5, 2005

“Sebasti縊 Salgado is embarking on the last of his great photographic projects […] over the next eight years. He is seeking out places that are still as pristine as they were in primeval times, places that provide hope.” And the photos will appear in The Guardian, probably the best English language newspaper in the world. The full series is available online, as are the individual parts: Galapagos Islands, Virunga (home to the world’s only mountain gorillas), Patagonia (amongst the right whales), and Antarctica. (updated entry)
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Jul 5, 2005

Torkil Gudnason’s non-commercial work is quite a bit more interesting than his “beauty and fashion” (aka anorexic girls in expensive clothes) or advertizing photography. Notice how “Sleepwalker” (originally shot for the Russian edition of “Elle” - so it’s not quite that un-commercial) is quite Crewdson-esque.
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Jun 22, 2005

Have a look at Elizabeth Heyert’s The Sleepers and The Travelers.
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Jun 22, 2005

Sara Padgett’s work is a good representative of a style of photography, which is fairly popular these days (is there a name for it?). Update (8 July): There’s a feature about Sara Padgett’s work in the latest editon of MakingRoom.
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Jun 14, 2005

Chris Buck is a professional portrait photographer some of whose work you have seen someplace already - unless you don’t read magazines.
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Jun 13, 2005

Erik Boker’s portfolio contains a fairly large number of interesting portraits.
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Jun 13, 2005

It was probably only a question of time before a photographer would show images taken with an airport’s X-ray scanner. Mauricio Alejo used one - and more.
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Jun 8, 2005

David Burnett is a very successful photo journalist whose work you will have seen someplace (like, for example, this photo). What’s interesting about him is that he sometimes uses a Holga plastic camera (see above).
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Jun 8, 2005

“The places we inhabit inherently reflect upon us and can help in the exploration of the definition of ourselves as individuals, communities, and societies. […] I want to document these landscapes that are on the fringe of what is man made and what is natural. All of my images are photographs of the edges of major transportation paths. […] These are non-places that in a way define what our society is doing to the natural landscape in the present.” - Chase Browder
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Jun 2, 2005

Have a look at Dan Holdsworth’s mostly eerie landscapes.
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Jun 1, 2005

South African photographer Pieter Hugo, featured in the latest edition of photo website ak47, has been working on a set of very interesting projects. Of the work shown on his website, Rwanda impressed me the most (if I may use the word “impress” in this context). These photos have a harrowing power.
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Jun 1, 2005

It took a while for Mike Smith’s You’re not from around here: Photographs of East Tennessee to grow on me (more samples). I don’t even know why.
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May 29, 2005

I’m a fan of Meghan Petersen’s website - and not just because of the photos.
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May 25, 2005

Mary Farmilant’s series Columbus Hospital is quite amazing.
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May 17, 2005

Noé Montes’ portfolio contains a set of fairly interesting shots from Los Angeles. Check it out!
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May 16, 2005

Izima Kaoru started his series “Landscapes with a corpse” when being chief editor of a Japanese fashion magazine. He invites models and actresses to pose as corpses, wearing expensive clothes. Each scene results in a set of photos, as can be clearly seen here. Also see this brief description of his work.
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May 12, 2005

Ten years of Bill Schwab’s photography will very soon be on show at The Halsted Gallery. The photos will also be shown in a new book, for which there exists a pdf preview.
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Apr 29, 2005

I’ve wanted to link to Michael Ackerman’s work for quite a while. Today, I finally found another site - apart from Agence Vu’s - that shows more photos. Update (29 April 2005): Also don’t miss the feature at Webesteem magazine.
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Apr 27, 2005

Justine Cooper is an artist working on all kinds of art forms. In the photographic context are interesting her current big project Saved by Science (photos from the the hidden spaces and stored collections of the American Museum of Natural History) and Casanuova (” At Casanuova I made near-abstract digital images of the materials used to make the showroom items – porcelain, leather, veneer, metal. From New York I sent the images back to a village in China, where they painted them for me in a photo-realistic manner. After all, China’s economy is partly built on its mastery of the knock-off. Now the painting becomes the copy and the digital image the original. I prefer the painting.”).
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Apr 22, 2005

Those aware of my own photographic focus will probably understand easily why the work of Colin Miller, especially Performance Spaces, appeals to me.
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Apr 11, 2005

Having perused the list over the past weeks already, let me point out that Photo District News’ latest list of 30 emerging photographers to watch is available online.
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Apr 5, 2005

Karine Laval is one of those up-and-coming photographers who is very willing to push the boundaries in unusual directions. I especially like her personal work, check out this page for another overview.
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Mar 31, 2005

Kim Stringfellow has been working on an impressive set of projects, which include environmental issues. The website has links to very detailed separate sites - you can definitely spend quite some time there.
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Mar 30, 2005

Matthew Mahon definitely takes the cake (or biscuit if you’re British) for the best use of Flash on a photographer’s website. And I mean it; as much as I dislike what most people do with Flash this one I actually like. It takes a little bit of time to get used to the navigation, but the little extra stories are worth it.
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Mar 23, 2005

Mitch Epstein has been taking photos for thirty years, and his many projects showcase aspects of American history very well.
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Mar 23, 2005

Harlan Erskine’s portfolio features a set of interesting projects, such as “convenience” stores at night.
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Mar 16, 2005

Angela Strassheim first solo exhibition is just coming up. “Photographs of Strassheim’s born again Christian family are juxtaposed with images of domestic narratives, inspired by childhood and adult life experiences. The result is an unsettling world involving complacency, control, and belief.” (from the press release)
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