The Photos Angelo Merendino Never Wanted to Take

The Photos Angelo Merendino Never Wanted to Take

It’s an as moving as powerful photographic essay by Angelo Merendino, husband of late Jennifer Merendino. On My Wife’s Fight With Breast Cancer, Merendino follows Jennifer through all the stages of the deadly cancer with his camera, photographing an unadorned eyewitness account of silent pain and his wife slowly falling apart. The images are never […]

Aesthetic Consumerism and the Violence of Visual Culture: The Susan Sontag Guide to Photography in the Age of Digital Culture

Aesthetic Consumerism and the Violence of Visual Culture: The Susan Sontag Guide to Photography in the Age of Digital Culture

On Photography by writer, filmmaker and aktivist Susan Sontag remains a cultural classic of the most timeless kind, with every reading unfolding timelier and timelier insights as our visual vernacular continues to evolve. Complement it with 100 Ideas That Changed Photography and Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop, and you come to understand what happened […]

Food Like You’ve Never Seen Before — The Photography of Modernist Cuisine

Food Like You’ve Never Seen Before — The Photography of Modernist Cuisine

Everyone likes good food. Food photography — some call it foodtography — is not something always whetting one’s appetite. This however is food like you’’ve never seen before.” The Photography of Modernist Cuisine, an amazing photography book for food, is not if you’re looking for recipes. You get enthusiastic descriptions — of food photographs. Nathan […]

Vision and Images, 1981 — Iconic American Photographers on Photography

Vision and Images, 1981 — Iconic American Photographers on Photography

These are some great inspiring time witnesses and documents: long forgotten videos with Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel interviewing some of the greats of American photography. Recorded in 1981, the series portrays the iconic photographers Arnold Newman, Elliott Erwitt, Garry Winogrand, Horst P. Horst, Harry Callahan, Frederick Sommer, Duane Michals, Cornell Capa, Burk Uzzle and Joel Meyerowitz. Especially […]

Julian Lennon, Not Random Photographer

Julian Lennon, Not Random Photographer

Soft, mellow photographs like watercolor paintings, taken by Julian Lennon, son of the iconic father. Lennon doesn’t set his images up. He calls his photography “a lot more random.” Isn’t that, in essence, the smartphone’s snapping approach. Nope. He finds a level of peace and calmness, Lennon says. He just tries to be more aware. […]

Unintentional B&W Photography

Unintentional B&W Photography

Take a cloudy day, a quasi black-and-white motif with dominant dark and light tones — and any camera. Et voilà, without any post-processing, you end up with unintentional black-and-white photography. Subject/object of this series is the marble and granite mountain church San Giovanni Battista in Mogno, Valle Maggia, Switzerland, by well-known architect Mario Botta. Near […]

The Accidental Degas

The Accidental Degas

The other night, at a gala dinner, I dropped into some fashion models. With the camera at home, the iPhone was completely overwhelmed. It resulted in a totally failed image that breaks about all known rules of photography basics — but has kind of something to it. Made me think of Edgar Degas’ Danseuses Bleues. […]

“Never Underestimate the Power of a Still Frame” — National Geographic Photographers on Photography

“Never Underestimate the Power of a Still Frame” — National Geographic Photographers on Photography

This is a must see video for every photographer. Meet some of the National Geographic photographers who want people to remember their pictures, not their names or what they look like. It’s a video interview with 44 photographers talking about how they found photography, and why they never left. Everyone thinks they must have the […]

Film Is Dead — Long Live Film!

Film Is Dead — Long Live Film!

It’s always heartening to see people still swearing by film even though filters and plugins give an exactly same look. Here’s an upcoming documentary — probably shot on digital — exploring the continuing fascination with analog photography. Indie Film Lab, a small U.S. film lab, has teamed up with (now called) Kodak Alaris. The documentary, […]

Camera Tattoos

Camera Tattoos

Want to surprise him or her? What about a camera tattoo. You’re the first among your friends, promised. Hesitating? Hey, you’d not be the first after all. Here’s a selection of some of the finest camera examples that go under the skin. Maybe you have all the gear. But you sure don’t have a camera […]

Photography Between Life and Death

Photography Between Life and Death

While Magnum photographer Christopher Anderson experienced the intense joy of new life and fatherhood with the birth of his first child, a son, his father was diagnosed with lung cancer. With life and death so close to each other, it seemed obvious to Anderson to explore the bliss of life and tragedy of death with […]

The Cool Frog and Photography Cruelty

The Cool Frog and Photography Cruelty

It may be a sign of our photoshopped times that many don’t trust their own eyes anymore. Everything can be completely fabricated in Photoshop. Take Paul Hansen’s Gaza Burial, awarded the World Press Photo of 2013. Many say it’s doctored, the light’s just too perfect. Now here comes a cute innocent little frog clinging to […]

Rediscovered 1971 Interview — Henri Cartier-Bresson: Living and Looking

Rediscovered 1971 Interview — Henri Cartier-Bresson: Living and Looking

The New York Times’ Lens Blog just published a beautiful two-part series with journalist and filmmaker Sheila Turner-Seed interviewing Henri Cartier-Bresson in his Paris studio in 1971. The interview was only discovered in 2011. Not much to add. You have to read the whole thing for yourself. Straight-forward answers of a blessed photographer who never […]

Salgado’s $9,000 Primeval World

Salgado’s $9,000 Primeval World

There goes Eve. She’s wearing only head, chin and arm ornaments. Balancing on a fallen tree trunk, she crosses a stretch of jungle water. In search of Adam? Eve is not Eve but a member of the Zo’é tribe in Brazil. But the famous photographer, Sebastião Salgado, presents the young beauty in Old Testament style: […]

“The Leica of Photography Magazines” — Inspired Eye #2 Is Out

“The Leica of Photography Magazines” — Inspired Eye #2 Is Out

Must confess, am probably the biggest fan of Inspired Eye, a mind-blowing, mind-altering and mind-opening feast for the discerning photographer. It’s been called “The Leica of Magazines,” and as its curators, photographers Don Springer and Olivier Duong, say themselves, “For the price of a latte, you get a magazine that helps you develop your photography.” […]

Lost Paradise Chernobyl — Prypyat Mon Amour by Alina Rudya

Lost Paradise Chernobyl — Prypyat Mon Amour by Alina Rudya

By ALINA RUDYA “Prypyat Mon Amour” (2011-2012) is a project that documents photographer Alina Rudya’s journey back to her hometown of Prypyat, Ukraine, which she and her family evacuated in 1986 following the nuclear power plant catastrophe at Chernobyl. At the time, Prypyat was a young and small town built three kilometes away from Chernobyl […]

Yoga and Photography

Yoga and Photography

Nah, you never feel restless, are always in perfect harmony with people and your surroundings and your body can take it all. Seriously, being on an shooting assignment can be one of the most exhausting tasks. Depending on the climate you’re soon covered in sweat, full of dust and tired — or you have to […]

Adore Noir — Showcasing the Fine Art of Black & White Photography

Adore Noir — Showcasing the Fine Art of Black & White Photography

By CHRIS KOVACS Adore Noir is a fine art PDF black-and-white photography magazine which was conceived in February 2011 by husband and wife team Chris and Sandra Kovacs. In just over two years they have produced thirteen issues and have featured emerging, established and world renowned photographers. It is this eclectic mix along with Adore […]

A Next Big Movie — True Skin

A Next Big Movie — True Skin

As some of you might know, I’m based in Bangkok. An Thai actor, Vithaya “Pu” Pansringarm who plays the Oscar-worthy lead supporting role in the latest Ryan Gosling flick Only God Forviges, over a few bottles of red wine drew my attention to this short movie called True Skin, directed by Stephan Zlotescu who’s envisaging […]

What Ali Wore — The Everyday Story of Ali and Zoe

What Ali Wore — The Everyday Story of Ali and Zoe

So many photo blogs out there. A photo a day, travels, reflections, whatever can be photographed has its own dedicated blogs. Now this one’s unique: What Ali Wore by Melbourne photographer Zoe Spawton is devoted exclusively to Ali, an 83-year-old migrant gentleman who lives in Berlin, fathered 18 children and owns nearly a hundred suits. […]

Substance Above Style — Documentary Photographer Joseph Rodriguez: “A Cheap Camera Saved My Life”

Substance Above Style — Documentary Photographer Joseph Rodriguez: “A Cheap Camera Saved My Life”

Joseph Rodriguez was a 20-year-old heroin addict when he was released from prison for the second time. Through photography he found his voice. The Latino from Brooklyn, New York, documents stories the lives of social outcasts. Today Joseph Rodriguez is an internationally acclaimed and award winning American documentary photographer whose visual storytelling even lets him […]

Documentary — Henri Cartier-Bresson et le Nord

Documentary — Henri Cartier-Bresson et le Nord

This is not only for our French friends. Yes, this documentary on Henri Cartier-Bresson is in French. It’s as visually remarkable as surprising in many aspects. The documentary dates back to 1976, four years after HCB gave up photography. But he was willing to once again pick up his Leica (actually two Leicas each with […]