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August 2003

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Aug 31

Eikoh Hosoe is one of Japan’s most important photographers. More photos here.
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Aug 31

Frank Horvat’s photography covers 55 years. There are lots of photos to discover: 1950s and 1960s fashion shots, portraits, architecture, some late digital stuff. You need to bring some time to browse through the selection.
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Aug 29

These days, I am very much stressed out about various work-related things so I thought I should look into simple, beautiful photography to calm the senses. Like Debra Bloomfield’s.
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Aug 28

It’s all about beat poetry.
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Aug 28

One of the most famous no-name brands in Germany is called “Ja!” Those must be the most affirmative products ever made. The packaging is all white, and there’s a tilted blue “Ja!” written on it. Underneath, in red, it says what you’re buying. So chocolote would be “Ja! Schokolade” and it’s 29 cents a bar (that’s European cents which, at the time of this writing, is around 30 US cents). You also get what you pay for: The chocolate is terrible. Some of the products are quite nice, though. Needless to say, anything as ridiculous as this easily becomes a cult and the no-name brand “Ja!” now is a fairly well known no-no-name brand. A bunch of German artists decided to style a whole apartment in the “Ja!” style, with big blue “Ja!” all over the place and, in red… You get the idea. Even if you have never seen this stuff I’m sure you’ll enjoy the Ja! Fotos website.
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Aug 28

Have a look at Thierry Urbain’s fascinating Desert Archeologies.
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Aug 28

Check it out! Yesterday, planets Mars and Earth were closer than they’ll ever be again, well, at least over the next 60000 years (story). OK, let’s just say “ever” because 60000 years ago humans had no culture and no technology (think of a Bush White House minus all the electronic gizmos). And we don’t know what humans will do in 60000 years. It’s hard to imagine Neanderthals were as excited about all this, though. “Hey, Ooog, I caught this cool deer and did you know planet Mars is really close?”
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Aug 28

There is an official “dullest blog in the world”. On the other hand, I’m tempted to think that competition is quite tough. Many other equally dull weblogs are less terse, though.
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Aug 27

“One Planet Down, Eight To Go” Rover put as a caption on an ad for an SUV (SubUrban Vehicle - for those people who find that life is a constant problem for their self-esteem). Ad Whore dissects ads. Which in principle we don’t need because we’re all so smart that we look right through them, right? So we have a good laugh about them when we drive home to suburbia in our SUVs, taking a sip from that great Starbucks coffee while we tell our families using our new cell phone.
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Aug 27

Alex MacLean is well-known for his aerial photography. His own website features tons of photos (almost too many to browse through them) so if you just want a brief glimpse of some highlights check out this page.
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Aug 27

Anderson & Low “are perhaps best known for their groundbreaking work with the National Danish Gymnastic Team” - which to my German eye uses a certain amount of the kind of fascist aesthtics popularized by Leni Riefenstahl. But it would be somewhat nonsensical to overemphasize this. Even though fascism rested a lot of its power on the display of strong men and women (and of arms) we don’t have to look too far to see these very same mechanisms displayed in democratic nations - especially the ones which want to go to war. As far as this aspect of human life is concerned the Roman “tempora mutantur et nos mutamur in illis” is simply wrong.
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Aug 25

“Between February and March of 2003, I took about 1,500 photographs of ice forms. The forms were made by pouring water into household objects like bowls, vases, and balloons, and then freezing or partially freezing them in the fridge.” - D. Hirmes
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Aug 24

Fernand Fonssagrives “(1910-2003) was one of the most revered practitioners of ‘beauty photography’ in the early 1940Â’s and was married to the legendary model Lisa Fonssagrives, who then went on to marry Irving Penn. FonssagrivesÂ’ unique eye for combining shape, form and beauty and the extraordinary sculptural beauty that was Lisa Fonssagrives, made for a perfectly balanced partnership that continues to be imitated by photographers to this day.”
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Aug 24

Minimalist night-time photography by Yoshi Abe.
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Aug 22

The New Republic has a review of a new Robert Capa biography. Recommended! It’s not just about Capa but also about how journalistic photos have lost some of their impact - this being the times of Photoshop and of staged rescue operations for supposed POW heroes - and about various other, related things.
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Aug 21

Martin Callanan from Gosh Photographic (“gosh” was basically when I said when I saw that site!) pointed out David Callanan’s photos from Russia. And while you’re at it check out Martin’s work, too.
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Aug 21

Simon Larbalestier’s b/w photography is quite interesting. In his early works you’ll find some images which you might have seen in your record collection.
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Aug 20

If you want to amuse yourself read this article about prehistoric art and imagine that all those artists who left us the works described here were surrounded by a mob yelling “I could do that!” or “We don’t to give them any more money! They should all get a proper job!”
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Aug 20

I’m sure many people would simply refuse to consider Randy West’s work as photography. Probably many people would even refuse to call it art (“I could do that.”). But that needn’t concern us.
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Aug 19

Theme: You don’t link to still lifes of flowers, right? Let’s face it, partly it’s because if you’ve seen one b/w flower still life you’ve basically seen them all. But have a look at Masatomo Kuriya’s gorgeous colour photos!
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Aug 19

I’ve never had a theme on this weblog. I just kept posting whatever I fancied or found. Today, there’ll be a theme. It’ll be “Nice photos of otherwise overphotographed things or places”. I guess I don’t have to explain what “overphotographed” means. I don’t know whether it’s a real word but it definitely describes a concept we’re all familiar with. Overphotographed places and things include (but are not limited to): New York City (especially in b/w), Cuba, b/w flower still lifes (this gotta be one of those cases - like walkmans - where the plural refers to the concept and not the base parts of the word), b/w female torsos, colour photos of the night sky.
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Aug 18

You really need to bring some time to browse through the Posters from the WPA. (thru speckled paint)
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Aug 17

Korean photographer Bohnchang Koo has some very interesting material in his gallery, incl. the “White” series (example shown above).
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Aug 17

If you’ve been here before you know that my completely subjective selection of photographers always includes creators of somber semi-abstract b/w photos. Pavel Banka is an obvious example. I have to admit, though, that even for me that’s maybe a tad too somber.
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Aug 17

Sally Gall is one of the few photographers where the difference between her commercial and her fine-art work is not that big.
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Aug 17

Carter Potter’s work is very hard to find online.
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Aug 15

It should be pretty much obvious to anybody who uses Microsoft’s shoddy products that you’re leaving your internet connections wide open. Downloading the latest patches is a good idea. If you don’t want to rely on Microsoft’s crap alone (and don’t have the money to buy a MAC) get Zone Alarm - a free personal firewall. Easy to install and configure and good reviews on CNET. You can also upgrade to a “pro” version but that will cost you money.
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Aug 15

poLaroid imAge features photos taken with Polaroid 600 and SX-70 cameras. It’s by far the best website dedicated to Polaroid photography I’ve seen in a long time. Totally amazing. (Note it uses Flash and, unfortunately, it loads a lot of stuff before you can finally look at it)
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Aug 14

It’s probably a fair statement to note that I’ve lost the plot as far as weblogs Speckled Paint and Solipsistic (or The Solipsistic Gazette) are concerned. Maybe somebody can fill me in. Anyway, I’m pleased to see that the former is up again.
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Aug 13

Mark Mann’s Wish You Were Here series is about expressing “the ironic, irrational and sometimes pathetic elements of the human condition through the use of appropriated imagery from 1960’s and 70’s postcards”.
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Aug 13

Have a look at seascapes by Dodo Jin Ming.
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Aug 11

For fans of toned black and white photography: Jack Spencer
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Aug 11

Richard Misrach’s photography is very simple and very beautiful.
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Aug 11

“Despite this album being in the planning stages for over a year, it has suddenly found a whole new position in the world. Instead of being seen as a personal soundtrack to western society’s deliberate and malicious empirical ambitions, it feels defensive in its attacks on an America so tragically transformed. I do however see a link between the position we find ourselves in now and the attitudes and aspirations of the influential anti-globalisation movement. Whilst it would be disrespectful and dangerous to trace a direct link from the behaviour of large corporations to acts of terrorism, there is now such a mass of evidence to show how the relationship between commerce and state has become so deeply entwined, it is impossible to imagine western governments acting in matters of war where there isn’t the promise of profit.” - Read Matthew Herbert’s texts and download his album for free!
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Aug 10

Don Hong-Oai’s photography follows classic Chinese imagery.
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Aug 9

Mexcian photographer Herminia Dosal chooses to work with selective focusing (something for which you’d get stoned on all those internet forums/websites where self-proclaimed experts “rate” photography).
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Aug 9

It somehow escapes me who and/or what is behind negativ3 but the photos are really quite nice.
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Aug 8

Jennifer Shaw told me to look at Hiroshi Watanabe’s work. I remember I had seen it before but maybe I hadn’t taken enough time to look more closely.
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Aug 8

Jimmy Abegg told me about Michael Wilson. I wish he had more photos in his portfolio online!
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Aug 7

Berlin Mitte - Explorations of an Urban Conversion shows the transformation of what used to be the death strip, dividing West and East Berlin during the Cold War, into the center of a re-united modern Berlin.
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Aug 7

Two more photo weblogs to regularly look at: eye-imagine.co.uk and pretty serendipities.
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Aug 7

On zonezero.com, Pericles Lavat is showing Your father waz here motha’ fuckers - photos from an abandoned prison.
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Aug 5

Aleksey Kozlov and Marina Khlebnikova combine photography with painting to get some fairly interesting results.
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Aug 5

Bill Kouirinis’ “Tremor” series is really quite interesting.
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Aug 5

Rainer Zerback’s photos show empty, slightly surreal worlds.
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Aug 4

Bill Maher has a weblog: “President Bush is off to a month-long vacation at his Crawford, Texas ranch. What is he, French? Americans donÂ’t take month-long vacations – or if they do, they spend them behind the wheel of a Winnebago. This will be what they call a ‘semi-working vacation’ for the President, which means heÂ’ll get a daily briefing, attend some fundraisers, and maybe do some light conniving. But no big lifestyle change, really. Instead of formal deception on a national level, heÂ’ll just be lying around the house.”
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Aug 4

Lothar Wolleh’s work includes portraits of many modern artists such as Gerhard Richter (see photo above), Rene Magritte, and many many others. For Beuys lovers there’s a series of photos of the artist installing one of his works in Stockholm in 1971. Note how every word on that page contains a link…
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Aug 4

“We do not know how we become unaware of the unbearable heaviness of inbustry and industrialization. What wealth can they create, what a wonderful world-we tell ourselves. What we do not see is this: In many of the industrial seators, what people have been doing is not only physically demanding. […] When labour is a source of pride, material return is less of a concern for the labourers. When this pride wears out in the course of time and as money sneaks in to be a standard measure, the glory is lost and survival instincts take over.” Zhou Hai’s The Unbearable Heaviness of Industry is one of the finest works of photojournalism I’ve seen in a while.
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Aug 3

Twelve Years after their last release, a remix album with the unsurprising name “The Mix”, and exactly twenty years after the release of an EP called “Tour de France”, Kraftwerk’s new album, “Tour de France Soundtracks”, is out. There is a German saying “Der Berg kreisste, und es ward ein Mäuslein geboren” (“The mountain was pregnant, and a little mouse was born”) and this pretty much sums it all up quite nicely. Here we got our little mouse.
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Aug 3

pretty serendipities noted a canning similarity between paintings by Amedeo Modigliani and photos by Loretta Lux. How odd is that?
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Aug 3

Jonathan Olley’s “Modern Castles in Northern Ireland” shows barracks and police stations in Northern Ireland.
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Aug 2

“There is a difference between knowledge of other peoples and other times that is the result of understanding, compassion, careful study and analysis for their own sakes, and on the other hand knowledge that is part of an overall campaign of self- affirmation. It is surely one of the intellectual catastrophes of history that an imperialist war confected by a small group of unelected US officials was waged against a devastated third world dictatorship on thoroughly ideological grounds having to do with world dominance, security control and scarce resources, but disguised for its true intent, hastened and reasoned for by orientalists who betrayed their calling as scholars.” full text
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Aug 1

A somewhat sentimental post: David Fokos’ minimalist scenes, many from Massachusetts where I lived for four years.
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Aug 1

Barbara Mensch’s toned black and white photos evoke different times. Another one of her projects is called Startling Developments.
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Aug 1

Sharon Harper’s “photographic landscapes are inchoate documents of herself rapidly passing through Germany.”
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