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Apr 14, 2009

I have a bit of a weakness for “old-fashioned” collages (remember those? where someone with glue and scissors assembled pieces of art?), so it was a pleasure to find Sean Hillen’s photomontages: “These are scalpel-and-glue photomontages. The older ones were made between 1983 and 93, were always based on my own documentary photographs made in northern Ireland, and were somehow related to and to an extent engaged in, the northern conflict.”
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Apr 9, 2009

In the light of all the recent shoot outs and mass killings (and then there is this - I suppose people better start reading DMZ [and not just for that reason, the series is excellent]) it’s time to re-examine the culture of violence that is so pervasive in our Western societies, which in its most extreme way, of course, manifests itself in the form of gun ownership (don’t believe me? check this out). Romain Courtemanche’s “Le Feu d’Annie” might serve as another neat view of what we’re dealing with.
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Apr 1, 2009

The other day, a friend asked me about triptychs, and I don’t know why I did not immediately remember Lucia Ganieva’s Factory.
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Mar 9, 2009

“Inta Ruka says that she takes photographs because she is interested in people. The camera is her way of making contact with others. This is why she has worked on developing the art of the photographic portrait. Her vision is to reveal each individual, their personality, and to show that everyone has their own special place and something to tell. Inta Ruka is a vital contributor to the Baltic contemporary photography that related and adapted to the Soviet Union in the 1980s and 90s and then documented the changes in the region during the post-Soviet era.” (source) More images here.
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Mar 4, 2009

“Ismo Hölttö is considered one of the greatest Finnish photographers of all time.”
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Mar 3, 2009

Dorothée Smith’s work mixes video with photography, each using reduced palettes and quiet imagery.
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Mar 2, 2009

Intriguing images from Japan taken by Pierre Faure - I just wish the samples were a little bit bigger.
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Feb 26, 2009

I have recently started to focus looking at contemporary landscapes, and Andrew Lacon’s Excavations Past contains quite a few that I like a lot.
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Feb 24, 2009

“Moldavia is a main source for Eastern European sex slaves. Dana Popa photographed a shelter there for women who had been freed from their ‘handlers’ and returned to their country. Popa wanted to record how these women live in secret with a ‘broken soul’: they cannot tell their mother or husband what happened to them, for fear of being thrown out on the street.” (source) Also see this page and listen to her talk about the work here.
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Feb 23, 2009

While some of Christian Houge’s work might be considered to be a bit on the decorative side, Barentsburg is quite noteworthy. (updated entry)
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Feb 16, 2009

It’s hard to pick a representative image of Philippe Herbet’s projects, since they each combine so many different styles. (Thanks, Toby!)
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Feb 16, 2009

I first saw Roger Cremers’ Auschwitz tourism photos on Prison Photography, and after he won some World Press Photo (WPP) category Mrs Deane featured this body of work. The series is not all about people taking photographs, but I do see an echo of what I mentioned here in this work.
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Feb 13, 2009

I like Alain Cornu’s photography at the sea and in the forest.
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Feb 5, 2009

Via The Sonic Blog I found Rafal Milach’s spectacular project “Young Russia”.
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Feb 3, 2009

There is a lot of interesting photography in Helga Härenstam’s portfolio.
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Feb 2, 2009

Richard Nicholson is neither the first nor the only photographer to document darkrooms, but I like how he decided to show them (thanks, Mark!).
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Feb 2, 2009

I don’t know what Kim Boske’s In Progress is about, but I find the layering of the images (a visual “remix”?) intriguing.
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Jan 29, 2009

Moira Lovell’s After School Club isn’t quite what it looks like (check out the statement to find out more).
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Jan 26, 2009

Gianmaria Gava’s Little Austria investigates the balance between individuality and conformity.
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Jan 23, 2009

Aleix Plademunt’s portfolio contains quite a few interesting projects, some of which having the artist interact with or manipulate particular scenes.
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Jan 7, 2009

More landscapes: Henrik Øvad’s work
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Jan 2, 2009

Found via The Sonic Blog: The photography of Nicolas Savary.
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Dec 22, 2008

The other day, I came across Vanessa Winship’s Sweet Nothings (also see this article about the work) - there’s a wonderful little book out, which - unfortunately - appears to be only available in Europe.
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Dec 4, 2008

“Tourists are funny creatures. They gather from distant parts of the World to form an absolutely homogenous group, that floats and reacts as a single being. Finally it dissolves as quickly as it was formed.” - Kudász Gábor (Tourists; found via Hippolyte Bayard)
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Nov 25, 2008

Espen Eichhöfer is an editorial photographer whose website contains quite a few gems.
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Nov 20, 2008

Andrea Stultiens is using found photography to create stories, such as Komm, mein Mädchen, in die Berge: “At some point they must have fallen in love - first with each other and then with the mountains. We see a couple slowly becoming old over a period of at least thirty years. Through their double portraits, taken with a self-timer, we are allowed to participate in what is arguably their greatest passion: their holidays in the Alps. Selected from a vast bequest of slides, Andrea Stultiens presents the fascinating love story of D and G, about whom we know very little, other than that they loved travel and photography.”
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Nov 12, 2008

According to the artist, Symon Kliman’s “Gypsies Made Nice” is an attempt for a “completely new gypsy imagery.” I’m not an expert on this subject matter, but I have an inkling that not everybody will agree with Symon’s argument (see the page). The photography, however, makes the site well worth the visit.
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Nov 6, 2008

I just saw a lot of images from Clare Richardson’s Beyond the Forest in a show and after ordering the book I thought I might as well check what I had written about her work on the blog, only to find nothing. “That’s strange,” I thought, because I remembered seeing her work before and looking for it online; so when I did again this morning I found why I hadn’t posted her work before: There’s almost nothing to be found online, with the exception of a feature in Seesaw Magazine and an article, also written by Aaron Schuman, for the invaluable FOAM Magazine (which is, I think, the best photography magazine in existence).
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Nov 3, 2008

I like Maximilian Haidacher’s series showing hotels in the (European) Alps.
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Oct 20, 2008

I am amazed by Kiritin Beyer’s quiet portrait of life in rural France.
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Oct 19, 2008

Guido Castagnoli’s photography from provincial Japan show a side of the country unknown for most Westerners.
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Oct 17, 2008

Poppy de Villeneuve’s “The Strangers” is a portrait of inmates and the environment of America’s largest maximum-security prison: “The folly of mankind remains complicated.” Indeed.
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Oct 8, 2008

Found via Hippolyte Bayard: The photography of Kalle Kataila.
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Sep 29, 2008

Philipp Ebeling’s selection of stories contains a lot of good photography.
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Sep 18, 2008

Catherine Balet’s project “Identity” explores how clothes (and “accessories”) are used to define people’s identities.
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Sep 17, 2008

Rob Hornstra has been in my list of people to link to ever since I found him on Mrs. Deane’s blog. His work on the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict, taken before the recent war in the region, is a welcome reminder of the value of photojournalism.
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Sep 13, 2008

I’m a bit torn about Vincent Fournier’s “Tour Operator”, but “Space Project” I like a lot.
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Sep 11, 2008

Found over at Mrs. Deane’s: The photography of Laurent Gueneau.
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Sep 1, 2008

Mathieu Bernard-Reymond’s series “TV” has just been published. Constructed from photographs and images grabbed from TVs, it shows a sinister world, where it’s not clear what is real and what is not. (updated entry)
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Aug 20, 2008

Via Mrs. Deane comes the photography of Nicolas Grospierre, with its views of crumbling Soviet era infrastructure.
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Aug 14, 2008

Check out Patrick Shanahan’s latest project A Momentary Presence. (updated entry)
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Jul 28, 2008

“This body of work is concerned with the transitional changes of childhood through recent generations, stemming from my observations in the differences between when I was a child and the childhood of my younger siblings today. It appears to me that demands are now placed on children that require them to grow up so quickly whilst simultaneously they are denied the freedom of the childhood i led.” - Andrew Burton
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Jul 24, 2008

“Les Moguichets deals with remembrance and the relationship we have with our past, with eras of our lives we can only remember in fragments.” - Betsie Genou
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Jul 17, 2008

Mrs. Deane pointed me to Benoit Vollmer’s site and I have to agree with her that Ex nihilo is the strongest work.
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Jul 16, 2008

Manuel Vazquez’s “Traces” is an elegant commentary on the anonymity and exposure of city life.
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Jul 15, 2008

A while back, Mark Tucker emailed me to tell me about Tim Simmons’ work, which he had seen on Heather Morton’s blog. It’s very nice work, but I think at the end of the day it might be a tad too decorative for me.
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Jul 14, 2008

The road trip is an archetypical American concept - but then you don’t have to be American to do one, and you don’t have to do it in America, either. Thierry Girard’s somewhat conceptual trips have taken him to China or down the river Rhine.
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Jul 11, 2008

Check out Justin Partyka’s work, especially “Farm Sales in East Anglia”, which is about the death of small agriculture in that region.
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Jul 7, 2008

Einar Hansen’s photography is very quiet and requires the viewer to remain with it for a while.
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Jun 30, 2008

“It is the underlying, the hidden emotions that interest me.” - Flavia Sollner (another fine example of how night-time photography really requires an artistic vision to succeed and to elevate it from being a mere technical exercise)
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