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February 2004

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Feb 29

You might know formerly Tokyo based artist James Luckett through his weblog consumptive that has been the inspiration for me to start working on conscientious.
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Feb 20

“The lesson of the Dean implosion is not that internet-based campaigns are inherently weak, but that the combined force of traditional media outlets and the Washington political establishment working in concert are still strong enough to contain the new form of political organising.” story “Dean’s big mistake was in not recognizing, up front, that the media are very much part of the existing order and were bound to be hostile to his provocative kind of politics. […] For the record, reporters and editors deny that this occurred. Privately, they chortle over their accomplishment. At the Washington airport I ran into a bunch of them, including some old friends from long-ago campaigns, on their way to the next contest after Iowa. So, I remarked, you guys saved the Republic from the doctor. Yes, they assented with giggly pleasure, Dean was finished—though one newsmagazine correspondent confided the coverage would become more balanced once they went after Senator Kerry.” story
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Feb 19

Check out photography weblog evenings on the lake.
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Feb 18

Corinna Holthusen uses a fair amount of digital manipulation to get her photos. The results are not always particularly tasteful but they’re interesting in any case.
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Feb 18

Daniel Libeskind, the architecturial head behind Berlin’s new Jewish Museum has his own website. In the US, he’s probably only known as the architect behind the new World Trade Center, unfortunately a megalomaniac hideousness.
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Feb 18

“A self-confessed obsessive traveler, James Smolka’s postcards from the road are hardly boastful, sweeping landscapes. Rather, they document the details of a day - details that you probably would have failed to notice, even were you there: The shape of a bush, a blank sign on an empty highway, an impossibly orange car, the way a power line frames the roof of a cabin.”
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Feb 18

Q: What does this show? A: OutKast know nothing about photography and Polaroid has no sense of humour. (thanks, Tobias!)
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Feb 17

Daniel Blaufuks’ Collected Short Stories are very cool.
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Feb 14

A while back, I was complaining about the overabundance of Cuba photos. Desiree Dolron has plenty of them in her portfolio but they’re well worth the visit - as is her other work.
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Feb 13

There’s a fairly remarkable interview with Christopher Browning in The Atlantic Online, with a very interesting final paragraph: “The various perpetrators who became involved in the Final Solution and their decision-making processes were not unique. In fact, I would argue that many of the elements in this were a coming together of quite common factors and ordinary people. That, I think, is very important to recognize if we don’t want to place the Holocaust apart as some kind of suprahistorical, mystical event that we cannot fathom and shouldn’t even try to understand.”
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Feb 13

Jean-Marc Bouju, Frankreich (The Associated Presse):An Iraqi POW consoles his son.
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Feb 12

A while back, I got quite a bit of flak when I compared war photography with pornography. The harsh reaction by some people indicated that I must have had a certain point there. Over at rhinoblog, Paul Roylance discusses this photo that has become quite famous and that now fetches a lot of money.
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Feb 11

Larry Fink just managed to upset conservative students at Lehigh University. A photo that is part of a satirical exhibit shows “man who could be President Bush’s identical twin [who] smirks for the camera, his left hand touching a woman in a negligee.” (story on ABC News) See the whole set, “loosly configurated [photos of] Dix, Groz, [and] Beckmann drawings and paintings”, here. Update (12 Feb): PDN Online reports “The work was originally scheduled to run in The New York Times Magazine the Sunday after 9/11, but the terrorist attacks and shifting mood of the country made Fink’s pictures too hot to handle, even in Europe.” (That can be true, I don’t know who Mr Fink talked to. I doubt he’ll find anybody in Europe who will disagree with his assessment of Mr Bush as “a twice entitled frat boy with charisma informed by homily and stubborn gotcha comfort.”) You can find some of the images and Fink’s quite interesting statement (that will make conservatives foam at the mouth) here.
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Feb 11

Alexey Titarenko uses long exposures for his photos of Sankt Petersburg.
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Feb 10

Have a look at Michael O’Brien’s The Face of Texas.
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Feb 10

For a long time, I couldn’t decide which sample to pick from Bobby Neel Adams’s work. In the end, I decided to go for one of his photos that’s unlike the stuff you’ve seen here before. Make sure you look at all his projects, they’re all very nice.
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Feb 9

Professional photographer Don Brice does a lot of “toy camera” photography, mainly with Diana cameras. He has his own weblog where he’s showing lots of his photos and talking about how he is doing them. Recommended - regardless of whether you use the Diana or not.
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Feb 9

Many of Chip Forelli’s photos have a somewhat surreal aura; I think his work must be the best long-exposure photography I’ve seen in a while.
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Feb 8

Li Zhensheng “delivered to the offices of Contact Press Images in New York starting in 1999 approximately thirty-thousand small brown paper envelopes bound together with rubber bands in groups according to chronology, location, type of film, or other criteria” - a visual history of China’s so-called Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. Zonezero shows excerpts.
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Feb 8

Check out Zosia Zija’s work. Those of you who like slick Flash interfaces will get a kick out of the interface.
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Feb 7

Lucian Freud is one of my favourite painters. Those famiiar with modern art will undoubtedly notice similarities between Freud’s work and that of Francis Bacon (here they are in a single photo). The BBC has a series of interviews with Freud.
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Feb 6

Occasionally, there’s a post about what’s in my CD player. There has been a lot of hype about what they call “new rock” over here in the US. I don’t really know what the “new” in “new rock” really is supposed to mean. If you think about it musical categories are fairly stupid. Anyway, thing is there are quite a few British bands that’d deserve as much hype as The White Stripes, say, or The Strokes - even though you can’t say for sure whether you really want to wish somebody hype; it’s almost as if you wish them cholera. So who are the bands frequently rotating in my CD player? First, there’s Ikara Colt (there’s an excellent inofficial site here), whose first album I have been listening to for a while now. Their second one is due out in April 2004 I heard. Electrelane just released their second album (that features fairly excellent art work/photography). And then there’s British Sea Power. Browse their sites for audio and/or video clips.
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Feb 6

Studio 360 this week has a show about Soviet Nostalgia. Part of the show is a segment about the Lomo LC-A (Real Audio link) that was written and produced by a friend of mine.
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Feb 5

Gordon Coale - whose weblog is well worth the visit - sent me an email with comments about a recent entry. I didn’t disagree with anything he wrote but I thought that maybe I could just post some of my thoughts about digital photography. Some of them might be a bit provocative but sometimes, you don’t anywhere if you just take what they call “conventional wisdom” for granted.
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Feb 4

Over the past few months I tried to remember the name of the photographer who took the photos of those award-winning show chickens (just to make that abundantly clear - obviously a necessity in these retarded times - that show chickens and not show chicks). I tried lots of searches on Google but all used to get back were links to sites of people who breed chickens and proudly display their most beautiful specimen. Finally, today, I found what I was looking for. I can imagine that Tamara Staples does not want to be known as the photographer who did those chicken photos - she’s doing a lot of other cool stuff - but, you know, those chicken photos are quite cool. Here is an article about the chicken photos.
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Feb 4

Some of David Stark Wilson’s photography reminded me of the work seminal work done by Bernd and Hilla Becher.
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Feb 4

Germans seem to possess an extra gene that makes them categorize and sort things systematically. Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932), as a teacher for industrial arts, systematically took photos of plants to show that “the best engineering solutions for industrial design had already been anticipated in nature”.
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Feb 3

Several people told me about Todd Hido and it’s finally time to link to his website.
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Feb 3

The BBC discusses how scientific images from Mars are obtained.
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Feb 2

London’s National Portrait Gallery honours Cecil Beaton with a major retrospective exhibition. Read a review from The Guardian.
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Feb 2

If you’re into digital photography you might have detected a certain bias here. This author isn’t exactly drooling every time some company announces yet another cooler better more sophisticated digital camera - that, a few months later, will then be soooo yesterday. I feel photography is not how you do it but, rather, what you do. This was one of the reasons why I started this blog. If you buy pretty much any photography magazine - apart from the ones that specifially cater to niches - you’re in for a big disappointment if you don’t use a fancy SLR with tons of equipment. And if you’re looking for contemporary cutting-edge photography you really need to buy a(n import) European art magazine - or visit this site (just kidding). Anyway, if you’re interested in digital photography and especially in cameras or books or whatever else it is that’s exciting about digital photography you might want to check out Visually Speaking, a blog about digital photography.
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Feb 1

Why do people write blogs? Blog Heart @ Work’s editor Lois invited other bloggers to write about it. Go and read it, it’s quite interesting.
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