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Feb 8, 2010

Francisco Reina’s Strauss’ Legacy is a bit on the obvious side, but his other projects are quite interesting. I’m not sure I understand all of his project statements, though. (thanks, Wesley!)
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Feb 3, 2010

Reinis Hofmanis’ photos of art models might be the best ones I’ve seen so far (via).
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Jan 27, 2010

“These bleak images from Siberia, which I once gave up as lost due to an accident in development, have been brought back to life through careful scanning. By putting contradictory feelings side by side, I tried to recreate the rudeness and the fullness of this landscape.” - Emile Hyperion Dubuisson about his Siberia, the far north (I like the exterior shots much better than the interior ones)
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Jan 25, 2010

Philippe Piron’s portfolio is filled with dystopian images taken in French suburbs and business-parks. Some of the projects could use a tighter edit, but all in all, it’s a chilling reminder what we have turned many of our environments into.
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Jan 12, 2010

The title of this image by Kirill Kuletski is “Allergy hospital smoking area,” which brings up so many questions (Smoking? Underground? In an allergy hospital? Which is really just some underground mine? What part of that corner is that “area”? And what allergy hospital allows its patients to smoke? etc.). The image is part of Speleotherapy.
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Jan 3, 2010

Szymon Roginski’s o mia o, a collaboration with Kasia Korzeniecka, is one of the most inventive fashion photo projects I’ve seen in a long time - the image show actual three-dimensional objects, arranged to re-create the original photographs.
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Dec 29, 2009

Hubert Blanz’s photography is digitally assembled. What makes it interesting for me is that you can see that things are not the way they should be, but the different elements of the images are still believable enough. (via)
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Dec 28, 2009

“Common Place is a visual exploration of Ireland during the recent period of rapid cultural and economic change and trace the visual contradictions embedded in urban and rural topography. Photographed throughout Ireland these photographs look to the everyday landscape, at the often overlooked local place and space.” - Eoin o Conaill
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Dec 22, 2009

Some of Tuomo Manninen’s Group Portraits are very entertaining, in a camp sort of way - not sure that was the intention, but it’s oddly fascinating.
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Dec 17, 2009

Michael Collins’ photography shows contemporary British landscapes, with a focus on industry - out of commission, under construction, or working.
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Dec 16, 2009

Lorena Ros’ project Survivors is “based on a series of portraits of adults as survivors of sexual abuse who believe that showing their faces and disclosing their stories to the world will contribute to the prevention of future abuse.” (via)
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Dec 10, 2009

With his series Rural landscapes in Transylvania, Horatiu Sava is “showing villages far from the main traffic arteries, places where the progress isn’t fully visible.” (via; only after picking the image I realized that it provides support of the idea that if you buy a red car, it’ll really make people look)
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Dec 7, 2009

Some of Jose Javier Serrano’s work might have been inspired by other artists’ work, but once you start looking through the various portfolios you’ll probably be surprised by some of the stuff you’ll find.
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Dec 3, 2009

“For three periods of one month, I have let the Trans-Siberian train guide me alongside forgotten villages, from living room to living room. Some Russian words, scribbled on a little piece of paper, allowed me to be welcomed and absorbed in the warm chaos of a family. Accidental encounters led me to the places where I could sleep. The living room, the epicentre of their life, establishes an intimate contact between the Russian inhabitants. In this room, they sleep, eat and drink as well as cry. For a brief moment, I was part of this.” - Bieke Depoorter
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Dec 2, 2009

Stuart Griffiths has been documenting the lives of veterans in both the UK and the US for years now, and his portfolio is filled with many haunting images. (via)
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Dec 2, 2009

I am very fascinated by unusual people, so Amanda Jackson’s British Eccentrics is right up my alley. I just wish there were a few more pictures.
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Dec 1, 2009

I’m impressed by Margaret M. de Lange’s project Daughters. While it occasionally seems to be a bit influenced by other photographers, it avoids the kind of sentimentality that always risks turning this type of photography into kitsch.
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Nov 30, 2009

It’s tempting to take the use of colour in Trine Søndergaard’s Monochrome Portraits (via) as what makes these images, but I actually don’t think that’s the case - that would reduce everything to visual gimmickry. Instead, the work lives from the photographs themselves and how they work. I am curious how this all will look in the context of the book that is due out - with things being conceptual, there is always the danger of the conceptual bits overwhelming the photography (so that once you “get” the concept there is nothing left to be seen).
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Nov 26, 2009

“Thames town is an English style new satellite town built close to Shanghai as part of the local governments ‘One City -Nine Towns’ plan.” - Dave Wyatt
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Nov 24, 2009

The boys in Flemming Ove Bech’s series of the same time don’t all look as if “Life is a pop of the cherry” (David Bowie), which makes me think there is some humour hidden in here, somewhere.
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Nov 19, 2009

Alexander Gronsky’s Pastoral (via) is the Russian equivalent of Eirik Johnson’s Borderlands. Beautiful work.
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Nov 16, 2009

Eric Lusito’s After the Wall is not the first body of work to chronicle abandoned Soviet bases, but with its mix of photography and found photographs and propaganda material it might be the best I’ve seen so far.
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Oct 28, 2009

If you’re in need of stuffed animals (“taxidermy” makes it sound fancy) Andrew Tunnard shows you how it’s done.
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Oct 27, 2009

You need to be a little bit patient with Liza Faktor’s website (since it loads rather slowly), but there is a lot of photography to discover. Apart from being a photographer, Liza has also been working as a photography producer and curator.
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Oct 26, 2009

Max Sher’s website features several of his stories shot in Russia - lots of beautiful photographs.
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Oct 26, 2009

Andrej Krementschouk’s portrayal of Russia is subject of his book No Direction Home (this page contains higher quality images than the photographer’s site - thanks, Leo!).
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Oct 14, 2009

“What I struggle with is that every thing excites me, cities, supermarkets, roads, dirt, rubbish, car parks, advertising, people, deforestation, excavation, fires, floods and violence. All of these things can be beautiful, yet I see the damage; the pain the obscenity of everything. When I am in the city, I long for the country the open space around me, yet in the city I enjoy all that goes on around me.” - Teo Ormond-Skeaping
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Oct 5, 2009

My posting of Patrik Budenz’s Post Mortem made Robert Phillips (thank you!) send me the link to Maeve Berry’s Incandescence. The gallery page has larger images and an artier description, but I like the artist’s better: “The images we will never see of ourselves.”
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Sep 30, 2009

For those interested in conceptual portraiture (if we want to call it that), there is Natalia Pokrovskaya’s Control: Portraits of people while they’re listening to music (compare this with Bettina von Zwehl’s work btw).
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Sep 28, 2009

This is “Miss Toe Tease” from Kate Peters’ Yes, Mistress (probably nsfw), which, however, has nothing to do with the meaning of the word “mistress” so well known from recent US politics (for nitpickers: granted, it could, but that’s not what the project is about).
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Sep 19, 2009

Toby Coulson’s “Allaleigh” very nicely mixes portraits with landscapes and still lifes. I just wish I knew a little bit more about the work…
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Aug 27, 2009

More portraiture: Laura Pannack (via)
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Aug 12, 2009

Peter Funch’s photographs look like street photography, even though in reality it’s constructed from many different individual images. In some images the effect is pretty obvious, in others less so.
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Aug 6, 2009

Matthieu Raffard spent some time in the Ukraine and took series of photographs there (“Ukraine”, “Sanatorium”, “Teenage”) - the above photo is from “Sanatorium”, probably my favourite of those three.
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Aug 4, 2009

“The ‘Serbian War and Liberation Monument Installation’ is a recent work in which I chose to isolate war memorials from their surrounding and de-historicise them by placing them on to a neutral background. The Monuments that where built between 1919- 2000 represent many wars that where fought in that time and their different ideologies.” - Benjamin Beker (compare Jan Kempenaers’s work; thanks, Stuart!)
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Aug 3, 2009

While David Trautrimas’s buildings are not real, Jan Kempenaers’ are: “In the context of his ‘Spomenik: The End of History’ project, Kempenaers has photographed monuments erected by the communist regime of former Yugoslavia.” (source)
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Jul 13, 2009

“The unregulated recycling industry in India takes place in thousands of extremely small, backyard workshops. Many of these locations are also people’s homes.” - Sophie Gerrard, in her series E-wasteland
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Jul 7, 2009

Eric Rondepierre produces his images using decaying old film material and other sources - there are a lot of great images/ideas to be found on his site!
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Jul 1, 2009

I really like Annabel Elgar’s series Refuge, and I wish I could find out more about it. Unfortunately, on the website there is only a text written by someone else, which, with its combination of vague art speak (“process of allegorical bricolage”) and bad cliches (“a bleak Orwellian vision of sad bedsits, neglected kitchens and subterranean basements”), I find offputting.
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Jun 22, 2009

Lens Culture just published a feature on Adam Panczuk’s Actors - great work. Check out his other work on his website, especially Foster Family.
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Jun 17, 2009

I had a tough time picking a single representative image out of Désirée Good’s portfolio, because her work is so diverse - so make sure to look at the different projects! (via)
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Jun 15, 2009

Not that I’m particular fond of circuses, but Meg Elena Escude’s circus images are very nice.
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Jun 4, 2009

Olga Chagutdinova’s website contains a lot of very interesting photography taken in Russia.
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Jun 3, 2009

“In his most recent series of works entitled ‘Icy Prospects’, Jorma Puranen […] painted a piece of wooden board himself with black, glossy alkyd paint, took it outdoors in winter and photographed the fragmentary reflection of nature on the surface of the board. The result was a series of extremely painterly, painting-like, works, in which the brushstrokes and the uneven features of the board are mixed with the reflected subject.”
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May 28, 2009

A large part of Kirill Golovchenko’s work covers the Ukraine and its changes under a market economy (the site is German language only, but straightforward to navigate).
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May 26, 2009

Another discovery from the recent New York Photo Festival: Venetia Dearden. See a nice presentation of “Somerset” (plus some text) here.
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May 21, 2009

I saw Virginie Otth’s work at this year’s New York Photo Festival, and I remember I was torn about what to think about it. I do like her willingness to explore the aesthetic of low-end digital imaging (cell phones etc.), and I’m curious where it will take her.
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May 11, 2009

Massimo Siragusa’s work about shelters of illegal immigrants in Italy won third prize (“stories” category) at this year’s World Press Photo awards.
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Apr 29, 2009

Anna Skladmann’s Little Adults portrays children of the ultra-rich in Russia.
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Apr 16, 2009

“Turkey is often seen as the country that will bridge the gap between the West and the Middle East. At the moment Turkey is at a political crossroads that will define the very nature of the country. With a large, dynamic, and young population there is always hope that a truly democratic and liberal country will emerge, and that Turkey will be able to fulfill its role as a bridge between cultures and religions. My work seeks to address and question this process of modernization, urbanization, and national identity that is happening at breakneck speed against a rising tide of nationalism and religion. I have chosen to represent the changes by focusing on the quiet everyday life that most people in Turkey experience.” - George Georgiou
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