Maximiliano Matayoshi | Lila

Posted: July 9th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Photography

Lila © Maximiliano Matayoshi

Lila © Maximiliano Matayoshi


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Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen | Byker

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

Girl on a Spacehopper 1971 © Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

Girl on a Spacehopper 1971 © Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

The girl on the Space Hopper! I took that in 1970. She flashed by me in a moment, bounded into a back lane and disappeared. I never found out who she was. Then, quite recently, the Space Hopper girl got in touch. She called and said her brother had found the image on the web. When she saw it she said she was transfixed and her whole childhood flooded back. She got in touch with me because she wanted to let me know that her life had turned out well. She lived in Manchester, had a family and a good job. She thanked me for taking the image. I made a big print of the image and sent it to her.

- Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

Young Couple 1975 © Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Courtesy L. Parker Stephenson

Young Couple 1975 © Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Courtesy L. Parker Stephenson

People were baffled by my choice to live there. Not that many people had any idea where Finland was, but if they did, they thought it such a beautiful clean country, and why would I choose to come to Byker?

- Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

Heather Playing Piano 1971 © Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

Heather Playing Piano 1971 © Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

When I was 14 or 15, I saw a programme about a group of documentary photographers. I knew from then on that was what I wanted to do.

- Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

William Neilson 1971 © Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Courtes

William Neilson 1971 © Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Courtes

Photographing Byker the first time round. It was picked up by the national papers, and it was all about ‘the petite blonde on the wrong side of the lens’. I was even courted for a Page 3 appearance. It’s amusing to look back at now.

- Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

Backlane Avondale Rd 1975 © Sirkka-Liisa KonttinenBacklane Avondale Rd 1975 © Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

Backlane Avondale Rd 1975 © Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

I decided to photograph every household in my street. I wasn’t that happy doing studio portraits anyway because I didn’t like the totally black background. I always feel that in portraiture, every inch of the frame is part of the story whether you like it or not, so I might as well tell a bigger story by doing it in people’s homes.

- Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

Jean Barron with parents Stanley and Margaret wilson, 1980 © Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

Jean Barron with parents Stanley and Margaret wilson, 1980 © Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

To make the work interesting, for me, it’s about building relationships, where people also get to know me. I would visit them several time before I got to the point of taking a photograph.

- Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

Agnes Jolly Smurthwaite, 1975 © Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

Agnes Jolly Smurthwaite, 1975 © Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

There’s a limit to one’s imagination. When you go into a person’s home, what you end up with easily is just a row of people sitting on the settee staring at you blankly, not knowing what you are doing, or what you want from them. I really dislike that kind of portraiture of the blank face, staring at the camera.

- Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

Making up in Mason Street, 1971 © Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

Making up in Mason Street, 1971 © Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

There’s the obvious question of how documentary photography has changed over this period. For me it changed from an observational approach to the more collaborative method, reflecting the change in the access I had to people’s lives. Back then I lived in the area and no one worried about a young woman walking about with a camera. Nowadays people worry if there are people with cameras around children. I don’t think I would have been able to do now, what I did then.

- Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

Byker Park Dominoes Club, 1974 © Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

Byker Park Dominoes Club, 1974 © Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

Often, if you go with the natural light and the fairly casual approach, you tend not to come away with stately portraiture.

- Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

Lady with the Beehive, 1971 © Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

Lady with the Beehive, 1971 © Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

Mrs Potter in Mason Street, 1975 © Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

Mrs Potter in Mason Street, 1975 © Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen


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John Albok | New York

Posted: June 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Film, New York City, Photography

96th & Madison Ave., 1938 © John Albok

96th & Madison Ave., 1938 © John Albok

New York Scene, 1945 © John Albok

New York Scene, 1945 © John Albok


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Havana | Calle F, Vedado

Posted: April 13th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Cuba, dougKIM photography, Film, Leica

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Calle F, Vedado, Havana, Cuba; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim


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Aleksander Bochenek | I Love My Sudder Street

Posted: March 11th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Photography, Poetry

From Le Journal de la Photographie:

This is the story of Roshni Mallick and her family living on Sudder Street in the center of Kolkata, India. Like life itself this is an ongoing project.

It all began 3 years ago in early 2009 when I made friends with Roshni quite by accident, in her home city. What fascinated me during the first few days I spent with her family was their tenacity for life, their optimism, energy and ability to find joy from the simple, seemingly unimportant little things.

The conditions they live in might be perceived as poverty in the eyes of people from so called developed countries: they stay in a confined, rented room where quite often – mainly during visits from the relatives – 15 people would sleep, squeezed into every inch of the floor at night; they have no access to safe drinking water nor any of the hygienic conditions we are familiar with. It’s not an easy life.

Yet, they are quite privileged by Kolkata standards where one third of the population live in slums. The Mallicks at least have a roof over their heads and Raja, the father, runs a small business which brings in a few rupees to keep them going. When the money is there, the kids attend school. Really, it could be much worse.

By staying with them and photographing the family I am trying to understand, or grasp their mentality, their state of mind, and the intuitive knowledge they seem to possess that doesn’t come from books or education. What this project is truly about is how to fully embrace life despite all the obstacles in their way. Roshni once told me: “I love my Sudder Street. I’m really happy and I wouldn’t like to live elsewhere.”

Is this really such a riddle?

- Aleksander Bochenek

 I Love My Sudder Street series © Aleksander Bochenek

I Love My Sudder Street series © Aleksander Bochenek

I Love My Sudder Street series © Aleksander Bochenek

I Love My Sudder Street series © Aleksander Bochenek

I Love My Sudder Street series © Aleksander Bochenek

I Love My Sudder Street series © Aleksander Bochenek

I Love My Sudder Street series © Aleksander Bochenek

I Love My Sudder Street series © Aleksander Bochenek

I Love My Sudder Street series © Aleksander Bochenek

I Love My Sudder Street series © Aleksander Bochenek

I Love My Sudder Street series © Aleksander Bochenek

I Love My Sudder Street series © Aleksander Bochenek

I Love My Sudder Street series © Aleksander Bochenek

I Love My Sudder Street series © Aleksander Bochenek

I Love My Sudder Street series © Aleksander Bochenek

I Love My Sudder Street series © Aleksander Bochenek

I Love My Sudder Street series © Aleksander Bochenek

I Love My Sudder Street series © Aleksander Bochenek

I Love My Sudder Street series © Aleksander Bochenek

I Love My Sudder Street series © Aleksander Bochenek

I Love My Sudder Street series © Aleksander Bochenek

I Love My Sudder Street series © Aleksander Bochenek

I Love My Sudder Street series © Aleksander Bochenek

I Love My Sudder Street series © Aleksander Bochenek

I Love My Sudder Street series © Aleksander Bochenek

I Love My Sudder Street series © Aleksander Bochenek

I Love My Sudder Street series © Aleksander Bochenek

I Love My Sudder Street series © Aleksander Bochenek


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Killeanny, Inis Mór | The Molloy Family

Posted: February 5th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Film, Nikon

Surnai, Inis Mór; Nikon F5, 28-70mm Nikkor, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Surnai, Inis Mór; Nikon F5, 28-70mm Nikkor, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Dara, Inis Mór; Nikon F5, 28-70mm Nikkor, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Dara, Inis Mór; Nikon F5, 28-70mm Nikkor, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Ania & Laura, Inis Mór; Nikon F5, 28-70mm Nikkor, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Ania & Laura, Inis Mór; Nikon F5, 28-70mm Nikkor, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Tess & Anu, Inis Mór; Nikon F5, 28-70mm Nikkor, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Tess & Anu, Inis Mór; Nikon F5, 28-70mm Nikkor, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Bernie, Inis Mór; Nikon F5, 28-70mm Nikkor, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Bernie, Inis Mór; Nikon F5, 28-70mm Nikkor, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

The Molloys, Inis Mór; Nikon F5, 28-70mm Nikkor, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

The Molloys, Inis Mór; Nikon F5, 28-70mm Nikkor, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

The Molloys, Inis Mór; Nikon F5, 28-70mm Nikkor, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

The Molloys, Inis Mór; Nikon F5, 28-70mm Nikkor, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

The Molloys, Inis Mór; Nikon F5, 28-70mm Nikkor, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

The Molloys, Inis Mór; Nikon F5, 28-70mm Nikkor, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Tuwan, Inis Mór; Nikon F5, 28-70mm Nikkor, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Tuwan, Inis Mór; Nikon F5, 28-70mm Nikkor, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Tess & Jacinta, Inis Mór; Nikon F5, 28-70mm Nikkor, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Tess & Jacinta, Inis Mór; Nikon F5, 28-70mm Nikkor, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Martha, Inis Mór; Nikon F5, 28-70mm Nikkor, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Martha, Inis Mór; Nikon F5, 28-70mm Nikkor, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Tess &Martha, Inis Mór; Nikon F5, 28-70mm Nikkor, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Tess &Martha, Inis Mór; Nikon F5, 28-70mm Nikkor, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim


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Malibu | El Matador

Posted: February 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Film, Leica, Los Angeles

El Matador, Mailbu; Leica M6 TTL 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

El Matador, Mailbu; Leica M6 TTL 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

El Matador, Mailbu; Leica M6 TTL 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

El Matador, Mailbu; Leica M6 TTL 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim


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Morocco | Marrakech

Posted: March 31st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Film, Leica, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Marrakech, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim


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Morocco | Dait Hashles

Posted: March 13th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Film, Leica, Morocco

Kind of crushed that these images were under exposed. This was along a side road near Dait Hashles on the way back to the M13 highway in one of the many barren stretches of the Middle Atlas mountains. It was cold and there was snow on the rocky ground and the light was stunningly harsh so much so that I even had trouble looking through the viewfinder as the glare left spots on my eyes.

Dait Hashles, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Dait Hashles, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Dait Hashles, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Dait Hashles, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim


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Morocco | Imouzzer du Kandar

Posted: March 9th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Film, Leica, Morocco

Imouzzer du Kandar, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Imouzzer du Kandar, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Imouzzer du Kandar, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Imouzzer du Kandar, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Imouzzer du Kandar, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Imouzzer du Kandar, Morocco; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim


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