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Jul 22, 2009

Scott Conarroe’s By Rail beautifully combines landscape photography with a bit of a commentary on the kinds of environments we live in, by focusing on railway lines intersecting towns.
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Jul 21, 2009

A little while ago, I started taking photos of erased blackboards, since I liked the way they looked. Of course, in this day and age it doesn’t take long before you can find on the internet that someone else has had your idea before: Matthew Gamber. His are b/w, though.
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Jul 21, 2009

Rebecca Sittler Schrock’s projects under “The Occupied Landscape” depict landscapes used in a recreational context. If you’re into still-life photography, there’s a ton of that on her site, too (but really, I’ve seen enough photographs of fast-food hamburgers on a plate now - I think there’s a fairly uninteresting idea [sorry, Stephen!] that got way out of control).
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Jul 14, 2009

“For the past year, I have been making pictures of people posing as glamorous movie stars. […] The project came from my fascination with glamour, a remnant of Old Hollywood.” - Simone Lueck (via)
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Jul 13, 2009

You might have heard of Chris Anderson’s new book ‘Free’, which, if what I hear is correct (I haven’t read it, yet), is all about how “free” is the new black. It certainly sounds great, right? After “always low prices” there’s now “free”! Of course, just like “always low prices” comes at a price (a new book, Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture, explores this), “free” does, too. Malcolm Gladwell took ‘Free’ apart, and this review from the New York Times also notes quite a few problems.
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Jul 9, 2009

As someone who loves yard sales, I quite like Greg Ruffing’s series about them. Also don’t miss some of his newer b/w work, to be found here and here. (via)
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Jul 6, 2009

In an email to me, Thomas Jackson wrote that his series with his home-made robot is “meant as a meditation on the roles of boring work and abstract anxiety in our hi-tech, hyper-connected world.”
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Jul 2, 2009

These days, the perks of being a magician are not overly exciting (unless you love to “dazzle” party crowds with doing card tricks and “finding” coins behind the ears of people you want to spend more time with). But as a magician, you do get access to whatever the places are called where magicians hang out - which is great, I suppose, if you’re a magician, and it’s also great if you’re a photographers. Enters Christiaan Lopez-Miro (for effect, you will have to imagine he suddenly pops up, with us not knowing where from - man, how did he do that?) and his series “Smoke and Mirrors”. (thanks, Alesh!)
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Jun 25, 2009

Marion Belanger’s website contains a fairly large number of projects; make sure to check all of them out.
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Jun 24, 2009

“Worth The Trip is a reflection of the cultural landscape; specifically the areas between my former home in Tennessee and my current in Chicago.” - Melissa K Stallard (via)
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Jun 18, 2009

Tina Schula’s website is filled with images that will appeal to fans of staged photography.
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Jun 16, 2009

Ofer Wolberger’s newly re-designed website now features his new series Life with Maggie. (updated post)
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Jun 11, 2009

Sanaz Mazinani’s Iran Revisited shows images from a country that is having presidential elections this week.
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Jun 10, 2009

Maureen Drennan’s Meet Me in the Green Glen portrays an isolated marijuana grower in Northern California.
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Jun 9, 2009

There’s a lot of very nice portraiture in Carlos Alvarez Montero’s portfolio.
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Jun 8, 2009

Nick Johnson’s nudes remind me of Lucian Freud’s (compare, for example, this photo with Freud’s portrait of Kate Moss - not quite the same, but you can see what I’m after).
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Jun 1, 2009

Yishay Garbasz’s latest project retraces her mother’s life during World War II - from exile in Holland to Auschwitz to Bergen-Belsen.
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May 27, 2009

Grace Kim’s Love Hotel shows unmade beds in love hotels just after the people using them left. I like how the b/w works here, btw. (via)
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May 19, 2009

Get your portraiture fix at Erica McDonald’s site. I like “Surf Manor Adult Home”.
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Apr 30, 2009

“Most women over forty are not happy with their bodies. The women in this series, who had the courage to be seen by a 4x5 camera, are no exception. Exhibitionism was not what compelled them to be photographed. […] As I was setting up my camera and lights, I asked each woman to write a page or two about how they see themselves sexually and how their sexuality has changed as they’ve grown older. […] We all have issues in our life that challenge us, and as we grow older physical issues become more important. Resistance certainly shapes form, much as the vicissitudes of age shape our sexuality.” - Sparky Campanella about his project 40 over forty (via)
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Apr 30, 2009

Brett Bell’s website contains quite a few very nice portraits.
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Apr 22, 2009

A long overdue update: Jen Davis now has her own website. Wonderful work.
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Apr 22, 2009

When I heard about Anna Shteynshleyger being awarded a Guggenheim, I remembered her Siberia project, thinking I had linked it already. Actually, I had not - which I noted when checking after finding Pete Brook’s recent post.
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Apr 21, 2009

Benjamin Stern’s “Typologies” aren’t really typologies in the Becher sense. Instead, they’re variants of the kinds of “Supervisions” made popular by Andreas Gefeller. Now that this technique is a few years old, I’d really like to see it used for something other than creating decorative images, though.
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Apr 14, 2009

Here’s a good idea: Taking your own photo while being a nude model for other artists. Enters Mandy Corrado. (via)
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Apr 8, 2009

It seems like I’m finally seeing some of those visual remixes that I have been asking for for so long: Josh Poehlein’s Modern History.
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Apr 6, 2009

Even though they have quite a bit of a commercial/fashion look, some of Shannon Taggart’s portraits are quite inventive and interesting.
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Mar 30, 2009

I said a while ago that I was a bit tired of typologies, but for every rule there is an exception. So if you like your houses abandoned Kevin Bauman’s 100 Abandoned Houses is where you want to go. Such a series won’t look nearly as interesting for all those McMansions that are now being foreclosed - what with those big boxes all looking the same.
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Mar 26, 2009

“Daikichi Amano likes to describe himself as the ‘modern day reincarnation of Katsushika Hokusai’.” (source) I will not pretend that I understand this kind of photography, but the comparison with Katsushika Hokusai strikes me as unwarranted.
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Mar 25, 2009

There’s some impressive photography in Paul D’Amato’s “Please Be Free Now”.
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Mar 19, 2009

“In every hotel in China the regular accommodation for guests is known as the ‘Standard Room’. Found on every floor is a maid, a ‘Fu Wu Yuan’, they attend to the guests and the up keep of the rooms. These women usually come from the countryside. Their pay, although better than where they came from is still too little to live in big cities. Thus their lives often only exist within the small confines of the hotel they work in and its immediate surroundings. With little opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of the city they live in they are individuals whose function within society is purely utilitarian. Standard Room is a series of portraits of these women who work in these hotels.” - Wang Wei
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Mar 18, 2009

There’s a lot of interesting work about China on Ian Teh’s site.
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Mar 17, 2009

Sophie Jacobson’s Inside the Box contains some nice portraits, even though I’m a bit puzzled about what it is supposed to do and how (but that might be because I just spent a lot of time thinking - and writing - about exactly the complex Sophie addresses).
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Mar 16, 2009

Some interesting results in this survey. But keep in mind selection effects (it is unclear whether those who responded to the survey are a fair sample of the “population” as a whole).
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Mar 16, 2009

In a new photo series, Paul Shambroom shows public displays of weapons in the US: “My goal is to present a collection of images that addresses the complexities of community response to war and remembrance in America.” (updated entry)
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Mar 11, 2009

Chris Mottalini sent me his website after I posted something about “neglected” modernist architecture and pointed out his own photo series “after you left, they took it apart”. I’d be lying if I claimed I shed any tears for those utterly hideous buildings in Chris’ photos (even though I also am no proponent of simply just tearing down things - how do you get any kind of cultural history if you do that?). Chris’ “winter city” I looked at last, and I ended up liking it the best of all of his projects.
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Mar 5, 2009

There’s some very, very nice portraiture in Lisa Wiseman’s portfolio.
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Feb 27, 2009

“I am photographing the tourist towns that accompany the natural beauty of The Great Smoky Mountains. The most notable of the towns are Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg in Tennessee and Cherokee in North Carolina. The pure spectacle of the towns brimming with shopping, all-you-can-eat buffets, and pure entertainment, stop some visitors from even seeing the nature up close and unmediated. The attractions fascinate me as they speak to our deepest desires, like being close to wild animals and being transported to new fantastic places for escape. I am also interested in capturing the symbols of the area, like Dolly Parton, bears, and Indians.” - Tammy Mercure about her project Big Rock Candy Mountain
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Feb 25, 2009

Jon Edwards’ A Way of Being combines some of my favourite “classic” b/w photography with a contemporary outlook. (Thanks, Juli!)
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Feb 24, 2009

Via Feature Shoot I found Christopher LaMarca’s wonderful Forest Defenders.
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Feb 23, 2009

Tierney Gearon has moved away from photographs of her children (which, a while ago, caused a major kerfuffle in Britain). Her new work - which has caused some excitement online (see James’ and Liz’s reactions) - is made doing multiple exposures in camera. (updated entry)
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Feb 20, 2009

“The subjects of my personal work are the kind of people that I was raised by and have come to admire. People who expect little, for whom nothing comes easy, and are doing their best to make their way through life. In each person I photograph there exists something that I recognize as a part of myself.” - Mike Peters
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Feb 17, 2009

My friend Mark told me about Mark Steinmetz’s South. As much as I wish it was in colour, it’s still outstanding work (as is South Central).
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Feb 17, 2009

I’m sure you’ve seen Hosang Park’s “A Square” at BLDGBLOG. “Square”, of course, is very similar to Andreas Gefeller’s work, with the differences given by the slightly different approaches. In any case, I also like Park’s “Common Place”.
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Feb 12, 2009

Vietnamese artist Binh Danh’s work has centered on the Cambodian genocide, using mostly “alternative” photographic techniques, incl. using plants. I’m a bit torn about the work, but it’s interesting to see this different approach to the subject matter.
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Feb 10, 2009

Satomi Shirai’s photography deals with the expatriate’s experience, with two vastly different, clashing worlds, Tokyo and New York City.
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Feb 9, 2009

There’s an interview with Seba Kurtis over at Zoum Zoum, which contains a lot of background of the work.
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Feb 9, 2009

“For the last three summers I have been documenting small towns and communities in the hinterland regions of Western Canada.” - Thomas Gardiner
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Feb 8, 2009

“Through a family friend, I was introduced to a network of people in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia who have responded to environmental concerns and predictions of societal collapse by moving to the wilderness. Most of my subjects live off-the-grid, build their homes from local materials, obtain their water from nearby streams and hunt, gather or grow their own food. I am intrigued by their desire for self-sufficiency and by the complexity of their relationship with the natural world.” - Lucas Foglia
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Feb 6, 2009

I came across Rena Effendi’s work via Richard Renaldi’s blog. I am extremely impressed with her work covering the 2008 war in Georgia, which easily surpasses all the other photography from that conflict I’ve seen.
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