Pieter Hugo | On Reality and Other Stories

Posted: September 9th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Photography, Quotes

Selections from the show “On Reality and Other Stories” in Belgium, including his singular “The Hyena Men” series.

I have a deep suspicion of photography, to the point where I do sometimes think it cannot accurately portray anything, really. And, I particularly distrust portrait photography. I mean, do you honestly think a portrait can tell you anything about the subject? And, even if it did, would you trust what it had to say?

-Pieter Hugo

Abdullahi Mohammed with Gumu, Ogere-Remo, Nigeria, 2007 by Pieter Hugo

Abdullahi Mohammed with Gumu, Ogere-Remo, Nigeria, 2007 by Pieter Hugo

Alhaji Hassan with Ajasco, Ogere-Remo, Nigeria, 2007 by Pieter Hugo

Alhaji Hassan with Ajasco, Ogere-Remo, Nigeria, 2007 by Pieter Hugo

Mallam Galadima Ahmadu with Jamis, Nigeria, 2007 by Pieter Hugo

Mallam Galadima Ahmadu with Jamis, Nigeria, 2007 by Pieter Hugo

Gabazzini Zuo. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008 by Pieter Hugo

Gabazzini Zuo. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008 by Pieter Hugo

Emeka Onu. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008 by Pieter Hugo

Emeka Onu. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008 by Pieter Hugo

Chris Nkulo and Patience Umeh. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008 by Pieter Hugo

Chris Nkulo and Patience Umeh. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008 by Pieter Hugo

Escort Kama. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008 by Pieter Hugo

Escort Kama. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008 by Pieter Hugo

Junior Ofokansi, Chetachi Ofokansi, Mpompo Ofokansi. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008 by Pieter Hugo

Junior Ofokansi, Chetachi Ofokansi, Mpompo Ofokansi. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008 by Pieter Hugo


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SoHo | Some Saturday Afternoon

Posted: September 8th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Film, Leica, New York City

Soho © Doug Kim; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X 400

Soho © Doug Kim; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X 400


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Robert Doisneau | Retrospective

Posted: September 7th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Film, Painting, Quotes

A selection of images from the Robert Doisneau Retrospective at the Château de Malbrouck in 2011.

La Pause, Mine de Giraumont Meurthe et Moselle, 1960 © Atelier Robert Doisneau courtesy of GAMMA-RAPHO

La Pause, Mine de Giraumont Meurthe et Moselle, 1960 © Atelier Robert Doisneau courtesy of GAMMA-RAPHO

The photographer must be absorbent–like a blotter, allow himself to be permeated by the poetic moment…. His technique should be like an animal function…he should act automatically.

-Robert Doisneau

Baiser Blotto, 1950 © Atelier Robert Doisneau courtesy of GAMMA-RAPHO Agency

Baiser Blotto, 1950 © Atelier Robert Doisneau courtesy of GAMMA-RAPHO Agency

The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.

-Robert Doisneau

Be Bop en cave, Saint-Germain-des-prés, 1951 © Atelier Robert Doisneau courtesy of GAMMA-RAPHO Agency

Be Bop en cave, Saint-Germain-des-prés, 1951 © Atelier Robert Doisneau courtesy of GAMMA-RAPHO Agency

Chance is the one thing you can’t buy. You have to pay for it and you have to pay for it with your life, spending a lot of time, you pay for it with time, not the wasting of time but the spending of time.

-Robert Doisneau

Drapé de Grès, Paris, 1955 © Atelier Robert Doisneau courtesy of GAMMA-RAPHO Agency

Drapé de Grès, Paris, 1955 © Atelier Robert Doisneau courtesy of GAMMA-RAPHO Agency

If I knew how to take a good photograph, I’d do it every time.

-Robert Doisneau

Jacques Prevert au gueridon, 1955 © Atelier Robert Doisneau courtesy of GAMMA-RAPHO Agency

Jacques Prevert au gueridon, 1955 © Atelier Robert Doisneau courtesy of GAMMA-RAPHO Agency

I like people for their weaknesses and faults. I get on well with ordinary people. We talk. We start with the weather, and little by little we get to the important things. When I photograph them it is not as if I were examining them with a magnifying class, like a cold and scientific observer. It’s very brotherly. And it’s better, isn’t it, to shed some light on those people who are never in the limelight.

-Robert Doisneau

Le baiser de l'hôtel de ville, 1950 © Atelier Robert Doisneau courtesy of GAMMA-RAPHO Agency

Le baiser de l'hôtel de ville, 1950 © Atelier Robert Doisneau courtesy of GAMMA-RAPHO Agency

You’ve got to struggle against the pollution of intelligence in order to become an animal with very sharp instincts – a sort of intuitive medium – so that to photograph becomes a magical act, and slowly other more suggestive images begin to appear behind the visible image, for which the photographer cannot be held responsible.

-Robert Doisneau

Les pains de Picasso, Vallauris, 1952 © Atelier Robert Doisneau courtesy of GAMMA-RAPHO Agency

Les pains de Picasso, Vallauris, 1952 © Atelier Robert Doisneau courtesy of GAMMA-RAPHO Agency

If you take photographs, don’t speak, don’t write, don’t analyse yourself, and don’t answer any questions.

-Robert Doisneau

Tir à l'oxygène liquide. Transport des cartouches, Mine de Murville, Meurthe et Moselle, 1960 © Atelier Robert Doisneau courtesy of GAMMA-RAPHO Agency

Tir à l'oxygène liquide. Transport des cartouches, Mine de Murville, Meurthe et Moselle, 1960 © Atelier Robert Doisneau courtesy of GAMMA-RAPHO Agency

A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there — even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity.

-Robert Doisneau


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Meat Packing District | Lauren & the Boys of the NYPD

Posted: September 6th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Film, Leica, New York City

Lauren & the NYPD, Meat Packing District © Doug Kim; Leica MP 0.58, Kodak Tri-X, 35mm Summicron

Lauren & the NYPD, Meat Packing District © Doug Kim; Leica MP 0.58, Kodak Tri-X, 35mm Summicron


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André Kertész | The Fork

Posted: September 5th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Film, Photography, Quotes

Fork, Paris, 1928, Andre Kertesz

Fork, Paris, 1928, André Kertész

I am an amateur and intend to remain one my whole life long. I attribute to photography the task of recording the real nature of things, their interior, their life. The photographer’s art is a continuous discovery which requires patience and time. A photograph draws its beauty from the truth with which it’s marked. For this very reason I refuse all the tricks of the trade and professional virtuosity which could make me betray my career. As soon as I find a subject which interests me, I leave it to the lens to record it truthfully. Look at the reporters and at the amateur photographer ! They both have only one goal; to record a memory or a document. And that is pure photography.

-André Kertész


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Amagansett | Elmer

Posted: September 4th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Film, Leica

Elmer, Amagansett, Long Island © Doug Kim; Leica MP 0.58, Kodak Tri-X 400, 35mm Summicron

Elmer, Amagansett, Long Island © Doug Kim; Leica MP 0.58, Kodak Tri-X 400, 35mm Summicron


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James E. Hinton | Carmichael, Jones, and Brown

Posted: September 3rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Film, History, New York City, Photography, Poetry, Quotes

I say you better get a gun. Violence is necessary—it is as American as cherry pie.

—H. Rap Brown

 

Stokely Carmichael, LeRoi Jones, and H. Rap Brown in Michaux's Bookstore, Harlem, New York © James E. Hinton, 1967

Stokely Carmichael, LeRoi Jones, and H. Rap Brown in Michaux's Bookstore, Harlem, New York © James E. Hinton, 1967

 

The only thing that’s going to free Huey is gun powder.

—H. Rap Brown

 

You see that honky [Robert] McNamara on television? He ain’t nothing but a racist. He says, “Yes, we are going to draft thirty percent of the Negroes in the Army. This is where they can have equal opportunity. Yeah. Yes? yes it’s true that they are only ten percent of the population, but this is a better chance for them.” When that honky talk about drafting thirty percent black people, he’s talking about black urban removal?nothing else.

—Stokely Carmichael

 

I am inside someone who hates me. I look out from his eyes.

—LeRoi Jones


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Hanoi | Still Raining

Posted: September 2nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Film, Leica, Photography

Still raining, Hanoi, Vietnam; Nikon N90, 28-70mm Nikkor, Agfa APX 400, printed on Agfa 111

Still raining, Hanoi, Vietnam; Nikon N90, 28-70mm Nikkor, Agfa APX 400, printed on Agfa 111


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Frank Frazetta | Sketch Series, 1956

Posted: September 1st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Painting

Frank Frazetta, 1956

Frank Frazetta, 1956

Frank Frazetta, 1956

Frank Frazetta, 1956

Frank Frazetta, 1956

Frank Frazetta, 1956

Frank Frazetta, 1956

Frank Frazetta, 1956

Frank Frazetta, 1956

Frank Frazetta, 1956

Frank Frazetta, 1956

Frank Frazetta, 1956

Frank Frazetta, 1956

Frank Frazetta, 1956

Frank Frazetta, 1956

Frank Frazetta, 1956

Frank Frazetta, 1956

Frank Frazetta, 1956


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National Arboretum | Capitol Columns

Posted: August 31st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Architecture, dougKIM photography, Film, Leica, Washington DC

One of the best kept secrets of DC are the 446 acres that comprise The National Arboretum.

These National Capitol Columns were installed on the East Portico of the Capitol Building in 1828 and then replaced in 1958 as part of an addition to the Capitol Building before finally finding a home at the Arboretum in the 1980s.

Capitol Columns, The National Arboretum, Washington, DC; Leica M6 TTL 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Agfa APX 400

Capitol Columns, The National Arboretum, Washington, DC; Leica M6 TTL 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Agfa APX 400


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