Month: October 2014

Photography Festivals: An Opportunity Repeatedly Missed?

I have never looked ‘down’ upon the commissioned image or venerated the ‘art’ image purely because of the status placed upon it by others. I am not interested in the ‘Is photography an art form?’ discussion or debate. My love is for all areas of photography and I respect and admire successful images wherever they come from, whoever ...

ARCHIVE VIDEO: Bruce Gilden: WYNC Culture: Street Shots

A short film that documents Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden hunting for images on the streets of New York City. “I’m known for taking pictures very close, and the older I get, the closer I get”.  Bruce Gilden was born in 1946 in Brooklyn, New York and works as a street photographer. He is best known for his close-up portraits of people ...

ARCHIVE VIDEO: Helmut Newton: Frames from the Edge (1989)

In this film from 1989 a camera crew follows Helmut Newton from Los Angeles to Paris, to Monte-Carlo, to Berlin, where as a youth he escaped from the Nazis in 1936. The film captures his working methods and the spirit and attitude of the Eighties fashion and celebrity world as it documents Newton on set, shooting, interviewing models, and ...

ARCHIVE VIDEO: Cindy Sherman: Nobody’s Here But Me (1994)

New York based artist, Cindy Sherman, is famous for her photographs of women in which she is not only the photographer, but also the subject. She contributed her own footage to this programme by recording her studio and herself at work with a Hi-8 video camera. It reveals a range of unexpected inspirations for her work from ...

VIDEO: Ballet: First Edition (1945) by Alexey Brodovitch

This is one of my favorite photobooks. It has it all – moving images, superb design and a great story. It stands as a one-of-a kind testament to the innovation of the photographer, Alexey Brodovitch, who created Ballet having already established a name as a respected and quite brilliant art director. An inspiration to both his peers ...

VIDEO: A Night in London: First Edition (1938) by Bill Brandt

Viewing the images in Bill Brandt’s A Night in London reminds me of Sherlock Holmes. As I turn the pages, I am transported to foggy nights in the capital city, and walks along the river by streetlight. Scenes so often portrayed in the black-and-white detective films made during the same era and starring Basil Rathbone as Holmes. The highly ...

VIDEO: Suburbia: First Edition (1973) by Bill Owens

I have had the pleasure of speaking with Bill Owens about his work, he is an inspiring image maker who even today embraces new technology and practices that enable him to continue on his mission to photograph society and it’s excesses.  Considered to be pioneering work by many photographers Suburbia is a groundbreaking, elegiac and revealing monograph of ...

VIDEO: Life is Good & Good For You in New York: First Edition (1956) by William Klein

Did William Klein know how to take photographs when he created the images that made him famous? If you asked him today he would likely answer he did not. A statement that is possibly true from a historical perspective, but definitely false when you consider the originality of his work. Born a New Yorker, but infused ...

VIDEO: American Photographs: First Edition (1938): Walker Evans

Travelling the land of the free, Walker Evans released photography in America from a cultural lockdown. By training his eye on the effects of the Depression era, he redrew the visual landscape and placed the country firmly at the center of attention. Gone was the nostalgia associated with photography. In its place were images that ...

Interview with the Federation for the Exhibition of Photography

Over the past decade, the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography has produced shows that have appeared in more than 35 countries around the world. In this interview Todd Brandow, FEP’s Executive Director, discusses the group’s drive to present images in communities that might not ordinarily have access to compelling images. Sean: You started this project ...

Michael Dvorak Interview

I admire the isolation in these images from Michael Dvorak. Working on the fringes of events held primarily in his native Minnesota, he has recorded moments of characters far away in their own worlds. It is an endearing look at family – be it his own or the communities of the sub-cultures he finds.  In ...