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Moscow Metro

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Photographer Tomer Ifrah visited Moscow’s metro system. The Russian capital has an underground metro system which transports an average of  6.5 million people per day. If I look at the images of Tomer Ifrah, it gives me a feeling I get when I look at old movies. A romantic depiction of the day-to-day lives of so many Russians.

Tomer Ifra’s website www.tomerifrah.com

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Cue the tune for Jaws

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Los Angeles based photographer Michael Muller is a big fan of the outdoors. And being a photographer with a great knowledge of lighting techniques he shot some extraordinary photos. Timeless as he puts it. We’ve all seen photographs or footage of the great white shark. But all shot with available light. Michael Muller went out there to shoot this majestic animal with strobes. And the resulting images are just amazing. Visit his website to see more of the photos Michael took of sharks. And other wild life. Below you’ll also find an inspirational video of Michael Muller talking about his work at the Luminance 2012 conference.

Michael Muller’s website: www.mullerphoto.com

Femke’s World

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Femke van Veen’s project 365 was featured earlier on PforPHOTO. Last month her 365 blog has reached over 10.000 visitors. On behalf of PforPHOTO I would like to congratulate Femke on this milestone! The project is still ongoing since the 365 days haven’t been reached. So many more wonderful photographs to come.  Please check it out if you can find the time. Femke really has a creative mind and knows how to transfer her ideas and experiences into wonderful photographs. Below both the link to her portfolio website and her blog.

365 blog: femkevanveen.blogspot.nl

Femke’s website: www.femkevanveen.com

The Road to the Olympics 2014

One way to cover an event is to do it with a bunch of photographers and film crews at the moment it all goes down. Typically this is called journalism. Another way to tell the story is not to tell what is happening, but more why it’s happening. Slow journalism. Dutch photographer Rob Hornstra and writer/filmmaker Arnold van Bruggen are currently working on a series in Sochi, Russia. To cover the events leading up to the Olympic games in 2014. The whole town of Sochi will change in many ways. This is their subject. You can follow their project on www.thesochiproject.org.

Rob Hornstra’s website: www.borotov.nl

Close Up: Photographers at Work

Everything you’ve got

Ever wondered what it would look like to showcase everything you own? Well Huang Qingjun thought exactly that when portraying the people living in the remote places of China. In his series Jiadang (Family Stuff). He asked if he could photograph them with all their worldly possessions. A strange question to say the least. But an interesting way to capture something that looks so humble and yet tells us so much about the changes in China. Positive changes can be seen. Electricity for instance. Now available to people who live in those remote places. In every photo a TV-set can be seen. The people now can learn about the rest of the country and perhaps even the world. And still I get the feeling that he is portraying a dying generation of people. People who are not able or willing to be consumers like all the rest of us.

Huang Qingjun is now trying to photograph more people of different backgrounds. This would really make his series an interesting piece of work. And a very important historic document.

Huang Qingjun’s bio at 798 Photo Gallery

International Photography Awards 2012

Normally I don’t use PforPHOTO to talk about my own work. But today I found out that two of my photographs have been awarded an Honorable mention at the IPA, International Photography Awards 2012. Always nice to see something like that. Visit their website to see the winners and the other honorable mentions. Both professional and non-professional photographers have been awarded. So a lot of inspirational work to admire.

IPA’s website

Winner’s Gallery

People of the West

One of the great photographers of the 20th century, and it’s a shame he hasn’t been mentioned on PforPHOTO before, is Richard Avedon. He was famous for both his fashion as his portrait photography. His photos were published in different magazines. E.g. Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Life. But before I get lost in all of his work for magazines, I like to focus on his portraiture work. And especially his series In the American West.

In the American West came about during 1979 till 1984. He portrayed the working people of the west. Such as miners and oil field workers. But also unemployed drifters and the teenagers who grew up in the West. He photographed each individual on a plain white background. By using a large format camera the details of the photographs are just amazing. You really get to see the people of the American West, up close and personal. This series really shows the power of photography. With only a white background and a camera Avedon shows us a simple yet effective way of portrait photography.

Flower Power

Karl Blossfeldt photographed flowers and plants early in the 1900s. Documenting them as study subjects for his textbooks and later photo books. The study of things is a thankful and very important subject in photography and art. How better to describe something then by showing it in full detail. And thus creating a typology like the famous works  of Bernd and Hilla Becher.

Brendan Fitzpatrick has taken the works of Blossfeldt to a whole new level. He photographs the same study subject Blossfeldt did, only he did it with an x-ray camera. Showing things Blossfeldt could only dream about. The beauty of nature captured in electromagnetic radiation.

Brendan Fitzpatrick’s website: www.brendanfitzpatrick.com

Capturing History

The UEFA Euro 2012 tournament is about to kick off. This time it takes place in Poland and Ukraine. Many squads visit different historic places before or during the tournament. One of the major ones: Auschwitz. One of the concentration camps where many people have lost their lives during World War II. And I think it’s a good thing to educate many people about this horrible chapter in our  history through their national squads.

Roger Cremers, Dutch photographer, made a remarkable photo series about the concentration camp and its visitors. The tourists of today. One might look at the photos and see some kind of joke or mass tourism as a contradiction on what has taken place at that very same location so many years ago. But Cremers doesn’t necessarily take a position on the reason for the visitors to be there. He merely shows the visitors and their way of trying to document and remember this place.

Roger Cremers’ website: www.rogercremers.nl

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