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Sunday Vid – Joel Meyerowitz

Joel Meyerowitz and his Street Photography.

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The Making of ‘The Protester’ Portraits by Peter Hapak

Peter Hapak’s Website

Numbers Visualized

Some statistics are just too mind-blowingly incomprehensible to digest. Luckily there is an artist who tries to translate incomprehensible data into comprehensible works of art. His name is Chris Jordan. Chris visualizes statistics in his series “Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait”. For example, he visualizes the consumption of plastic bottles in the United States every minute by using 400,000 plastic bottle caps in his artwork called Caps Seurat. And he shows us 2.3 million folded prison uniforms, equal to the number of Americans incarcerated in 2005.

Chris isn’t pointing any fingers. He just wants to show the U.S. who they are at this moment in time. His visualizations are making it very clear that certain things in American culture, maybe even western culture, are open for reform. Visit his website to see at all of his visualizations. You can zoom in on the works of art to really dig into the statistic. Below you also find the talk he gave at TED in 2008.

Website: www.chrisjordan.com

Foam and The New York Times Magazine

If you find yourself in Amsterdam you should really try to bring a visit to Foam. The museum that is all about photography. Go there to look at some new talents, works of the greatest photographers around or a collection of photography presented by The New York Times Magazine.

If you’re interested in the way a major magazine goes about the choices of selecting and commissioning photography, then a visit to Foam now will be a true treat. From the 23rd of April to the 30th of May Foam presents “The New York Times Magazine Photographs”. Please watch the video below for a more detailed explanation of this exposition.

Websites:
Foam Amsterdam – The New York Times Magazine
The New York Times Magazine
Foam Amsterdam

Carefully Composed Works of Art

Photography has evolved through out the years and is getting more and more respected as an art form. Perhaps Man Ray really kicked off the conceptual kind of usage of the camera.

Still-life photographer Maurice Scheltens and visual artist Liesbeth Abbenes are artists, like Man Ray, that have a truly conceptual approach to photography. The photos they compose are created by looking at shape and color. The overall composition is the important factor in their creations. Some of their work even reminds me of paintings by Mark Rothko.

Scheltens & Abbenes take ordinary objects like hangers or chairs and manage to place them in such a way that their shapes or colors brings about something truly abstract. They make us look at the objects not for what they are but for what they can be. Shape over function. It makes us look differently towards any given object. Wonderful photographs that will look beautifully on any living room wall.

Website: www.scheltens-abbenes.com

Kunstuur (Dutch) – In Sight: Scheltens & Abbenes

Sunday Vid – Gregory Crewdson

And if you click here you will find a lecture by Gregory Crewdson. With behind the scenes footage.

On a need to know basis

Everything we know about the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is what they want us to know. And see. People who are visiting the country will get a tour along the various iconic communistic achievements and symbols. Charlie Crane, British photographer, visited North Korea to photograph different places in the capital of Pyongyang. He decided, if he wasn’t allowed to get deeper underneath the surface of this ‘Stalinist Disneyland’, he would just photograph the surface itself. Resulting in a wonderful photo series of places and people of this ever so closed-up country.

365 days of Femke

Young and talented photographer Femke van Veen has just started a new project. A photo series that will cover 365 days. She is 5 weeks into her project now. On her blog she will share the photos with us. A 365 photos kind of project has been done by others before, of course, but knowing the kind of photographer she is, it might be a very interesting blog to follow. Beautiful photographs guaranteed.

Click here for her Blog

Depth and Softness

Aernout Overbeeke, Dutch photographer, seems to approach a portrait in a similar way as Arnold Newman did. To portray a person he doesn’t just shoot the person up close and personal but includes his surroundings as well. And often takes a few more steps backwards then Newman did. By doing so Newman created an abstraction where Overbeeke creates an amazing depth in his photographs. And the softness he puts into every image is just beautiful.

Whether it’s his portraitures or his commercial work, the softness and the depth is always recognizable. A signature of a photographer that understands light. By using natural light in combination with strobes he never makes it look like a studio shoot. The natural and strobe lighting give a wonderful mix to create the perfect atmosphere.

Personal Space

Alec Soth, member of Magnum since 2008, documents people and places. He uses an 8×10 camera. Important for him is to photograph a person when he or she is at ease. He said: “My own awkwardness comforts people, I think. It’s part of the exchange.”

The use of a large format camera brings about a softness that corresponds with the photographed subjects. The softness equals the comfortableness of the person photographed. As if Soth has found a way to reduce his own presence  to that of the comfortable vibe a person has in their own personal space. And looking at his projects (Sleeping by the Mississippi, Broken Manual, The last days of W and others) he manages to truly tell a story by creating a mix of portraits, landscapes and interiors. As if we, the audience, get a look into a world we know not much about. A world that only comes about when a stranger is not present.

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