Martin Parr | Miyazaki, Japan

Posted: June 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Books, Film, Photography, Quotes

The Artificial beach inside the Ocean Dome, Miyazaki, Japan, 1996 © Martin Parr

The Artificial beach inside the Ocean Dome, Miyazaki, Japan, 1996 © Martin Parr

Tourism is the biggest industry in the world, only oil comes anywhere close and lot of that is used in the tourist industry anyway. This folio of images shows the tourist (ie you and me) doing what we do when we arrive at the beach or another global honeypot. We queue up, we sun ourselves and spend cash on often useless souvenirs. We then take photos of ourselves in front of the visiting sight. This proves we have been there and are part of the world as we know it.

- Martin Parr


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Jaime Permuth | Yonkeros

Posted: June 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Books, New York City, Photography, Quotes

Yonkeros, Willets Point, Queens © Jaime Permuth

Yonkeros, Willets Point, Queens © Jaime Permuth

This book is entitled “Yonkeros” after the vernacular term that describes businesses that specialize in junk and scrap metal. The word is a corruption of the English “junk” which becomes “yonk” to the Latin ear, and is then conjugated elegantly and correctly in Spanish so that “el yonke” comes to mean the junkyard and “yonkero” the person who works with junk…

I shot the entire series digitally, using a Nikon D700 and an old 35mm, which is my favorite lens.

- Jaime Permuth


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Martin Bogren | Tractor Boys

Posted: May 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Books, Film, Photography

The Swedish photographer has a new book out Tractor Boys in which he follows the rural youth in Sweden, cruising in the cars in the countryside. All shot with a half frame camera.

Tractor Boys © Martin Bogren

Tractor Boys © Martin Bogren

Tractor Boys © Martin Bogren

Tractor Boys © Martin Bogren

Tractor Boys © Martin Bogren

Tractor Boys © Martin Bogren

Tractor Boys © Martin Bogren

Tractor Boys © Martin Bogren

Tractor Boys © Martin Bogren

Tractor Boys © Martin Bogren

Tractor Boys © Martin Bogren

Tractor Boys © Martin Bogren


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Joel Meyerowitz | Taking My Time

Posted: March 25th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Books, Photography, Quotes

Joel Meyerowitz has had a retrospective published in 2012 by Phaidon in conjunction with a traveling exhibit of his work.

For more on his book, click here.

From Le Journal de la Photographie:

His 1962 encounter with Robert Frank encouraged him to walk through the streets of New York with a 35 mm camera and a color film. His first book “Cape Light“ is considered a classic of color photography and features some of his most famous pictures, in which he explores the variations of colors when in contact with light.

He shoots with both a 35 mm camera and a large format Deardorff 20×25. Few photographers are capable of working in these formats, the two being quite different languages. One is able to capture the decisive instant with a 35 mm camera; while the large format camera reveals the beauty of reality thanks to the long exposure.

New York City © Joel Meyerowitz

New York City © Joel Meyerowitz

Paris, 1976 © Joel Meyerowitz

Paris, 1976 © Joel Meyerowitz

Paris, 1976 © Joel Meyerowitz

Paris, 1976 © Joel Meyerowitz

 

 

A young man lies on the sidewalk with his arms outstretched. A workman with a hammer casually steps over his fallen body. A crowd stands at the entrance to the métro, stunned by curiosity into inaction. A cyclist and a pedestrian each turn over their shoulders to catch a last glimpse, while around them the traffic glides by. Which is the greater drama of life in the city: the fictitious clash between two figures that is implied, or the indifference of the one to the other that is actual? A photograph allows such contradictions to exist in everyday life; more than that, it encourages them. Photography is about being exquisitely present.

-Joel Meyerowitz

Roseville Cottages, Truro, Massachusetts, 1976 © Joel Meyerowitz

Roseville Cottages, Truro, Massachusetts, 1976 © Joel Meyerowitz

Smoke in rising sunlight, New York City, 2001 © Joel Meyerowitz

Smoke in rising sunlight, New York City, 2001 © Joel Meyerowitz

Young Girl, Cape Cod, 1979 © Joel Meyerowitz

Young Girl, Cape Cod, 1979 © Joel Meyerowitz

5th Avenue,1975 © Joel Meyerowitz

5th Avenue,1975 © Joel Meyerowitz

Florida, 1968 © Joel Meyerowitz

Florida, 1968 © Joel Meyerowitz

New York City, 1963 © Joel Meyerowitz

New York City, 1963 © Joel Meyerowitz

New York City, 1963 © Joel Meyerowitz

New York City, 1963 © Joel Meyerowitz

Bulgaria, 1967 © Joel Meyerowitz

Bulgaria, 1967 © Joel Meyerowitz

Butte, Montana, 1964 © Joel Meyerowitz

Butte, Montana, 1964 © Joel Meyerowitz

New York City, 1963 © Joel Meyerowitz

New York City, 1963 © Joel Meyerowitz


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Fausto Giaccone | Gabriel García Márquez

Posted: March 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Books, Photography

From Giaccone’s book of photos from Colombia, The World of Gabriel García Márquez.

The World of Gabriel García Márquez © Fausto Giaccone

The World of Gabriel García Márquez © Fausto Giaccone

The World of Gabriel García Márquez © Fausto Giaccone

The World of Gabriel García Márquez © Fausto Giaccone


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Munem Wasif | Larmes Salées

Posted: February 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Books, Photography

The Bangladeshi photographer Munem Wasif has a new book out which chronicles global warming and his country’s delicate ecosystem.

You can view more from this book here.

Larmes Salées © Munem Wasif, Agence VU

Larmes Salées © Munem Wasif, Agence VU

Larmes Salées © Munem Wasif, Agence VU

Larmes Salées © Munem Wasif, Agence VU


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Dennis Hopper | Jasper Johns, 1964

Posted: January 28th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Books, Film, Photography

Jasper Johns, 1964 © Dennis Hopper

Jasper Johns, 1964 © Dennis Hopper


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Watabe Yukichi | A Criminal Investigation

Posted: November 8th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Books, Cinema, Film, Photography

The book A Criminal Investigation released by Le Bal a few years ago, displays the work of freelance photographer Watabe Yukichi as he follows police detectives assigned to a grisly murder investigation in 1958 Tokyo.

The cinematic quality, the heavy noir tone, the procedural elements of the investigation harken to the great Hollywood noir classics but especially to the Kurosawa police procedurals, High and Low and Stray Dog.

Read more about the book here or purchase the book here.

A Criminal Investigation, 1958 © Watabe Yukichi

A Criminal Investigation, 1958 © Watabe Yukichi

A Criminal Investigation, 1958 © Watabe Yukichi

A Criminal Investigation, 1958 © Watabe Yukichi

A Criminal Investigation, 1958 © Watabe Yukichi

A Criminal Investigation, 1958 © Watabe Yukichi

A Criminal Investigation, 1958 © Watabe Yukichi

A Criminal Investigation, 1958 © Watabe Yukichi

A Criminal Investigation, 1958 © Watabe Yukichi

A Criminal Investigation, 1958 © Watabe Yukichi

A Criminal Investigation, 1958 © Watabe Yukichi

A Criminal Investigation, 1958 © Watabe Yukichi

A Criminal Investigation, 1958 © Watabe Yukichi

A Criminal Investigation, 1958 © Watabe Yukichi

A Criminal Investigation, 1958 © Watabe Yukichi

A Criminal Investigation, 1958 © Watabe Yukichi

A Criminal Investigation, 1958 © Watabe Yukichi

A Criminal Investigation, 1958 © Watabe Yukichi

A Criminal Investigation, 1958 © Watabe Yukichi

A Criminal Investigation, 1958 © Watabe Yukichi

A Criminal Investigation, 1958 © Watabe Yukichi

A Criminal Investigation, 1958 © Watabe Yukichi


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André Kertész | Chagall Family, Paris, 1933

Posted: August 18th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Books, Film, Painting, Photography, Quotes

Chagall Family, Paris, 1933 © André Kertész

Chagall Family, Paris, 1933 © André Kertész

Everything is a subject. Every subject has a rhythm. To feel it is the raison d’être. The photograph is a fixed moment of such a raison d’être, which lives on in itself.

- Andre Kertesz

If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.

- Marc Chagall


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Paul Fussell | Chickenshit

Posted: January 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Books, History, Quotes

A wonderful breakdown and etymology of the word chickenshit by the author Paul Fussell from his book Wartime, a second lieutenant with the 103rd Infantry Division in WWII. Found and quoted from the book Citizen Soldiers by Stephen E. Ambrose.

The guys who were permanent jerks were the usual suspects — officers with too much authority and too few brains, sergeants who had more than a touch of sadist in their characters, far too many quartermasters, some MPs. The types were many in number and widely varied in how they acted out their role, but the GIs had a single word that applied to every one of them: chickenshit.

Fussell defines the term precisely. “Chickenshit refers to behavior that makes military life worse than it need be: petty harassment of the weak by the strong; open scrimmage for power and authority and prestige… insistence on the letter rather than the spirit of ordinances. Chickenshit is so called — instead of horse — or bull — or elephant shit — because it is small-minded and ignoble and takes the trivial seriously. Chickenshit can be recognized instantly because it never has anything to do with winning the war.”

- Stephen E. Ambrose, Citizen Soldiers: The U. S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany


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