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Aug 25, 2003

“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, 2003

Minimalist night-time photography by Yoshi Abe.
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Aug 20, 2003

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, 2003

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 17, 2003

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, 2003

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, 2003

Carter Potter’s work is very hard to find online.
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Aug 15, 2003

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 13, 2003

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 11, 2003

For fans of toned black and white photography: Jack Spencer
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Aug 11, 2003

Richard Misrach’s photography is very simple and very beautiful.
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Aug 9, 2003

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, 2003

It somehow escapes me who and/or what is behind negativ3 but the photos are really quite nice.
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Aug 8, 2003

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, 2003

Jimmy Abegg told me about Michael Wilson. I wish he had more photos in his portfolio online!
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Aug 7, 2003

On zonezero.com, Pericles Lavat is showing Your father waz here motha’ fuckers - photos from an abandoned prison.
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Aug 5, 2003

Bill Kouirinis’ “Tremor” series is really quite interesting.
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Aug 1, 2003

A somewhat sentimental post: David Fokos’ minimalist scenes, many from Massachusetts where I lived for four years.
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Aug 1, 2003

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, 2003

Sharon Harper’s “photographic landscapes are inchoate documents of herself rapidly passing through Germany.”
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Jul 31, 2003

Ami Vitale has some very interesting photojournalistic work on her website. For each subject she offers a brief introduction to explain the circumstances people are living in. Her “Kashmir” project has some stunningly beautiful photos.
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Jul 27, 2003

Erik Refner’s photography is mainly black and white, using stark contrasts. I especially like the “Rockabillies” section.
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Jul 17, 2003

Christopher Wray-McCann’s site Rotten Oasis has a bunch of very good galleries to look through.
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Jul 17, 2003

It’s hard to find photos by Uta Barth online. No seriously, the one above, hairs and all, is what I managed to find. This page - an article about “In Between Places” - has some. Here are a couple more. What really got me interested, though, was this interview.
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Jul 16, 2003

Nadav Kander’s photographs are nothing but breath-taking. I personally like his portraits - including very honest portraits of old people - the best.
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Jul 15, 2003

Mark Tucker is a commercial photographer and occasional blogger.
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Jul 10, 2003

It’s hard to pick a sample photo from Roxann Arwen Mills’ portfolio - simply because there are so many different styles, all of them done very elegantly, that picking one at the expense of others just doesn’t seem to be fair.
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Jul 8, 2003

… Amy Arbus, Tillman Crane, Michael Kenna, and many more on John Paul Caponigro’s website.
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Jun 30, 2003

A fotolog using Polaroids. (also thru oink!)
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Jun 28, 2003

Excellent minimalistic photography by Amanda Marchand.
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Jun 26, 2003

“Jillian Edelstein attended the hearings of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and returned with startling images of the perpetrators of the worst horrors of apartheid and their victims.” A 24-page essay, adapted from the book “Truth and Lies”, can be downloaded as a pdf file. (thru coldtype.net)
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Jun 25, 2003

Taryn Simon’s “The Innocents” is on show at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center until August 2003: “In the summer of 2000, Simon was assigned by the New York Times Magazine to photograph men who were wrongfully convicted, imprisoned, exonerated and subsequently freed from death row. This project inspired her to apply for and be awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Photography to travel across the United States photographing and interviewing individuals who were unfairly convicted.” More about the show: Mrs Simon’s foreword for her book, a review in Village Voice, a review on alternet.org (originally in LA Weekly). Update (17 July 2003): The book “The Innocents” is available through Umbrage Books. And there also is a website for The Innocence Project with a lot of background information. The new image and the two links were kindly provided by Andrea Dunlop (Umbrage Books).
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Jun 22, 2003

Tod Seelie is a photographer from Brooklyn. I especially like the Road 02 gallery.
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Jun 22, 2003

“Not Neutral: Contemporary Swiss Photography presents the work of nine artists, including better-known figures such as Annelies Štrba and Ugo Rondinone. Also featured are emerging photographers such as Daniele Buetti, Hans Danuser, Katrin Freisager, Claudio Moser, Cat Tuong Nguyen, Marco Poloni, and Peter Tillessen. […] Not Neutral […] is on view at NYUÂ’s Grey Art Gallery from April 15 through July 19, 2003.” (many thanks, Mr Cieciel!) Update: There’s an extensive site with tons of photos by Daniele Buetti here.
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Jun 20, 2003

Susanne Friedrich has an amazing gallery of images taken with a “Holga” toy camera at night.
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Jun 12, 2003

For her new album “Bare” Annie Lennox decided to bare it all. I don’t know why she thinks she has to compete with the likes of Cristina Aguilera. But then what do I know about music and the music industry? Maybe female singers who want to reach large audiences have to strip. Anyway, in Mrs Lennox’ case some of that photography she got done went horribly wrong. When I ran across the cover of “Bare” - by chance - I almost couldn’t believe how unflattering and bad the photography is. She looks like an unwrapped mummy. The fan page Eurythmistan has more photos from the session some (but not all) of which are grotesquely bad (especially this one and this one). And this hasn’t anything to do with Mrs Lennox herself. Whoever decided on that makeup must have been on crack.
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Jun 12, 2003

On the WHO’s website, there’s a page with photos to download. It’s a very odd page because on the left-hand side it shows WHO officials and on the right-hand side it shows some amazing photos of Mental Health Patients. And as if this combination wasn’t odd enough when you click on those thumbnails you get huge versions of the photos (by ‘huge’ I mean huge). The photos are very moving - and I’m not talking about the officials’ ones.
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Jun 7, 2003

Today, I came across Michael Kenna’s work - probably the most well-known exponent of this style of work.
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May 30, 2003

At first, I didn’t get Hiroshi Kamakura’s photograpgh. They looked too much like pictures from a graphical novel. Looking at larger version of them made me change my mind.
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May 30, 2003

zonezero.com has a very nice collection of images up called Voyeurism, covering [no anti-pun intended] many different photographers.
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May 28, 2003

Sebastiao Salgado is a photojournalist and a social critic.
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May 23, 2003

Japanese photographer Tokihiro Sato adds extra elements to his photos using a mirror (more photos).
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May 20, 2003

Panos Pictures offers photojournalism which, I think, is much better than what you usually see. There’s way too much stuff to link to here. Tim Dirven’s Afghanistan is just one excellent example.
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May 15, 2003

A very nice collection of colour patterns from everybody’s immediate environment - coincidentally part of which I’m working on myself (in b/w and panoramic, though). (thru esthet.org)
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May 13, 2003

At the Tate Modern an exhibition which investigates the relationship between documentary photography and art, showing works by Diane Arbus, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Rineke Dijkstra, and many others. The magazine has an article about it.
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May 11, 2003

Interesting photo portfolio by photographer Donna Ferrato.
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May 8, 2003

Very nice photo exhibit about Bollywood by Jonathan Torgovnik which I was lucky to see two months ago in Frankfurt.
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Apr 29, 2003

Mike Perkowitz went on a tripto Japan and took lots of photos. Certainly interesting to look at, even though I personally find the presentation a bit messy.
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Apr 2, 2003

“These images are my journal. They reflect my everyday life, thoughts, events and moments. Living in the United States at this time is an incredible experience, I believe it is like living in Rome at the peak of the Roman Empire, it holds the world power and technology of our days. I come from a very different country and culture, Brazil, I had a model in my mind of what USA would be like from what I’ve seen on TV and magazines and previous short visits. But the everyday life revealed to me another place and I started to see and notice things I was not expecting. Under the shiny surface there’s homelessness, ignorance, insane people on the streets, hypocrisy, a certain coldness and strong individualism in people in general. Opportunities as well as freedom have attracted an incredible amount of people that seek a decent life quality.” from Rafael Dabul’s statement on his fascinating photo essay Limit Horizon
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Feb 14, 2003

Nice Photography (found on the fabulous thingsmagazine.net)
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