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Nov 12, 2009

I have the feeling photo editors will like this one: Chris Valites’ Water is one of those simple ideas that work very well.
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Nov 11, 2009

About his project Pre-Marital Bliss, Tim Veling writes that it is “a series documenting my relationship with my partner, our domestic surroundings and family, as well as the wider social and cultural environment in which we live.”
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Nov 10, 2009

(Something season appropriate - for those for whom November weather means gray, rainy, chilly days): Don Denton’s Salt Water & Rain.
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Nov 4, 2009

Marten Elder’s Delmarva Beaches contains some beautiful imagery.
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Nov 3, 2009

“Vladivostok amateur photographers often go to the countryside for photo sessions. Anyone can be a model but in general they are young girls and photographers are men of different ages. […] I was photographing what they have created. Postures, looks, everything was as it would be on amateur photographs […] And photographers are eager to touch young girls with their hands […] There is even a certain competition between the photographers - who managed to take pictures of more beautiful girls, and whose pictures are sexier.” - Igor Starkov explaining his series Girls at the Park (via)
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Nov 2, 2009

Western photographers have flocked to China to take photographs of either the boom towns or their accompanying ecological disasters (or both), but, it seems, little else. Stephen JB Kelly’s “Qi Lihe” presents a completely different topic.
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Nov 2, 2009

Elizabeth Heppenstall’s Boys made me laugh - to find out why click on the image above to see the actual version (the above image is just a snapshot, and yes it does get even better than that). As Ian Aleksander Adams noted “taking the things that upset you about the world and turning them into lowbrow kitsch” often helps you keep “sane in a way.” Excellent!
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Oct 29, 2009

More typologies: Julia Baum’s Houses. She writes “As I take a second look at these neighborhoods, I’ve found vast differences in what was once a uniform typology. Over the past 50 years these Houses have transformed from modest white cubes into a vibrant display of personality and present a rebellion against conformity. My work asserts that human individuality cannot be contained.”
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Oct 22, 2009

Gabriel Benaim’s Tel Aviv at 100 contains a lot of interesting photography.
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Oct 21, 2009

“I felt a strong need to create a body of work that goes against what the media has depicted as beautiful. […] The work deals with reality and no photoshop has been used to remove blemishes, scars, cellulite and any other form of ‘imperfection’, but also touches on fantasy.” - Jodi Bieber about Real Beauty
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Oct 20, 2009

“For Japanese photographer Yuki Tawada, the artwork is not considered finished even when the printing process has been completed, as the paper and the image itself can still be manipulated for new visual and emotional effects.” (source)
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Oct 20, 2009

Keisuke Shirota expands photographs by painting around them.
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Oct 20, 2009

Ross Mantle’s In The Wake of an American Dream perfectly portrays the de-industrialized areas around Pittsburgh.
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Oct 15, 2009

Matt Dallos’ Park Forrest Village depicts post-WWII suburbs in the eastern US, with their curious mix of real and artificial landscape.
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Oct 14, 2009

“I have been working on my project ‘our face’ since 1999. In the project, I visit various local areas around the world to take photos of the various groups of people living there. On 35 mm film, I take photos of the people who form their respective communities, both old and new […] Then I create a portrait by evenly layering the images of the members of each group with a precise analog printing technique. In this globalization age, the project attempts to capture the world as an accumulation of localities.” - Ken Kitano (via)
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Oct 13, 2009

I think at this stage I might have seen enough typologies for a (long) while. But you might be someone who just can’t get enough of them. So here are Luis Diaz Diaz’s Music Boxes.
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Oct 13, 2009

For his series “Nachklang”, which deals with Georgia one year after its war with Russia, Uwe Schober created composites of images taken in 2008 and 2009. I don’t think all images work equally well, but there are plenty that are very impressive - and it certainly is a very innovative way of trying to cover the subject matter.
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Oct 12, 2009

Jeremy M. Lange’s “The War at Home” “explores the effects of the US led wars in the Middle East on the people left in the United States, primarily focusing on soldiers and their families, but also looking at the results of the protracted and divisive conflicts on American culture.”
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Oct 12, 2009

“Every now and then, the art world offers up an unlikely story, and Robert Bergman’s is one of them. The 65-year-old photographer went his own way over the past four decades, never selling a work until two years ago, but he nevertheless is about to burst onto the scene with two museum exhibitions this month. One is at the prestigious, conservative National Gallery of Art in Washington. The other is at P.S.1 in Queens, the adventurous branch of the Museum of Modern Art. And next month he will have his first show at a commercial gallery, Yossi Milo in Chelsea.” (story). Find an interview with Bergman here.
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Oct 8, 2009

Beautiful portraiture by Mirjana Vrbaski
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Oct 7, 2009

J. Gilbert Plantinga’s Route 28 is a photographic road trip.
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Oct 6, 2009

“The project ‘Disintegration of a Revived Nation’ deals with the urban revolution, manifested in the massive construction of buildings, roads, bridges and all kinds of huge cement structures. Man is gradually reducing nature and neutralizes the past in its path.” - Yaniv Waissa
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Oct 5, 2009

“These photographs depict the lives of my father, sister, and two brothers, as they take on the burden of my mother’s deteriorating mental state.” - Lisa Lindvay
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Oct 1, 2009

David Leventi’s Romania presents an interesting view of the Eastern European country.
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Sep 29, 2009

I like Birthe Piontek’s portraiture when it’s contained in a series with other images - such as in The Idea of North. On its own, it often looks too posed for me.
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Sep 20, 2009

Srinivas Kuruganti’s Industrial Pollution, India “looks at the effect of industrial pollution on the health of local communities in the Patancheru district of Andhra Pradesh and Ankleshwar, Gujarat where over 3000 chemical, pharmaceutical and dye factories release an alarming level of toxic waste into air, ground water and agricultural land.”
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Sep 16, 2009

Sebastian Sabal-Bruce’s 4:48 was “inspired by the play 4:48 Psychosis by Sara Kane. A play of agony. A thread. A play to think about Killing yourself.”
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Sep 15, 2009

“The high school students of inner city Rochester, New York resemble the race and background that I am stereotypically linked to as a Mexican-African American, however, in my adolescence I never experienced our perceived culture.” - Hannah Price
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Sep 14, 2009

Amber Shields’ project Johanne is an honest and beautiful portrait of an elderly woman.
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Sep 10, 2009

I’m not sure I understand the text that accompanies Aaron McElroy’s Doll-Drums, but I like the images a lot.
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Sep 9, 2009

Kenny Trice’s photography of roadside fireworks stands (and shops) in the South contains a lot of great images. Those who can’t get enough of photos that contain stuffed animals, make sure to check out “Living with Taxidermy”.
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Sep 3, 2009

I thought that this photo, from Benjamin Norman’s Wall Street project, was a telling sign of the times…
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Sep 2, 2009

The theatricality of the imagery in Jesse Louttit’s Employees Only reminds me of some of PL diCorcia’s work.
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Aug 31, 2009

In Corina Gamma’s work, the sky is turned into a white canvas against which things are seen.
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Aug 25, 2009

In the “Places” category of his website, Axel Dupeux has a nice collection of interesting topics.
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Aug 24, 2009

Nico Silberfaden’s portfolio almost contains a bit of everything: Cows and farmers, paparazzi, kids on a shopping spree…
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Aug 20, 2009

Abkhazia is one of those various break-away regions in the Caucasus that are being used by the larger powers (in this case, Russia) for their various, usually not so well-intended means. James Pomerantz portrays the region in his project “The Balance of War”.
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Aug 19, 2009

Ana Cuba’s portfolio is filled with very good work, such as Bed Portraits.
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Aug 17, 2009

Common Grave is a series of urban landscape photographs made in Mexico City’s common grave. The work explores mortality, and the coexistence of life and death. Established in 1905, the common grave functions as a mass burial site for corpses of the indigent and unidentified. Centrally located within the metropolis, it is part of the Panteón Civil de Dolores, the city’s largest cemetery.” - Janelle Lynch
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Aug 11, 2009

Ryan Pfluger’s Edited is, in the photographer’s words, “work in progress photographing contemporary decision-makers in photography from photo editors to gallery owners. The work deals with the mystique that surrounds these people as well as switching roles with them.”
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Aug 10, 2009

J. Bennett Fitts has added a lot of new work to his website since I first linked to his website five years ago. Time to revisit the site! (updated post)
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Aug 10, 2009

Carl Wooley is one of the four photographers in NY Perspectives, the counterpart of Dutch Seen. The above image is from an unrelated series called Get in the car.
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Aug 6, 2009

“Over the last four months I have been living in my home in Minnesota. During that time I’ve been working as a contractor, fixing up forclosed [sic!] homes.” - T.J. Proechel
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Aug 5, 2009

Yola Monakhov now has her own website - a good opportunity to see more of her work. Noteworthy: “Once Out of Nature” (which, I think, I originally saw when I posted about her), and “For Beasts and Birds”. (updated entry)
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Aug 5, 2009

Sarah Moore’s Expanse documents her home in South Dakota.
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Aug 3, 2009

“David Trautrimas, a 30-year-old Canadian artist, takes apart old kitchen mixers, hole punchers, waffle irons, staplers, vacuum cleaners, coffee machines and other household objects; photographs the pieces; and then ‘reassembles’ them digitally, into what he calls ‘Habitat Machines.’” (via)
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Jul 30, 2009

Colette Fu’s Photo Binge is probably the spectacularly messiest kind of photo collage (if that’s the right word) I’ve ever seen. There are also pop-up books, which are also well worth the visit.
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Jul 28, 2009

If you want to see something that is way more disturbing than, for example, the Colonel Kurtz scenes in the movie Apocalypse Now, the TV show Toddlers and Tiara should be right up your alley (here’s this season’s trailer). This is the world of Susan Anderson’s High Glitz (via).
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Jul 23, 2009

David Schalliol’s Isolated Building Studies (via) overlap with Kevin Bauman’s, and I think the way to look at them is to think about what the series are about and what they mean.
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Jul 22, 2009

I found Deborah Hamon’s art work the other day somewhere: Paintings of young girls, copied into photographs (at least the work listed under “photography” - kind of an inverse Loretta Lux, who copied photo portraits into paintings, didn’t she?). In her statement, the artist writes she is “interested in the interplay between reality and fiction”.
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