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photography

  • Ashkan Sahihi - the humanist photographer
    Ashkan Sahihi is an Iranian photographer who has authored unique and shocking projects. Born in 1963 in Iran, he moved to New York in 1987, where he has displayed his work, in both individual and group exhibits. Among his works we can find extremely controversial essays connected with the intimacy of kissing, drugs, screaming, orgasms or even parts of the human body, such as...
  • The beauty of a look
    What is the beauty in a look? Through a set of macro photographs, we can admire the true beauty and complexity of the human eye. An apparently simple pattern, when seen up close, transforms itself and reveals us a complex amount of shapes and colours that are simply extraordinary. What is the look that seduces you the most?...
  • Like cats and dogs
    Amanda Jones lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA. She has been a photographer since 1992, when she graduated from Ithaca College, in New York with a degree in Cinema ans Photography, her specialty took two years to be discovered. It all happened when her best friend brought her Ruby, a Labrador Retriever pup. The little puppy was her first model and it was love at...
  • iain crawford - a colour bath
    A fashion photography expert, you can usually find his photographs associated with brands such as L'Oreal, Givenchy, Harpers Bazaar and Vogue. Iain Crawford's work is simple but produces an un-mistakable aesthetic. Always through the use of simple backgrounds, his pictures stand-out for their colour and patterns surrounding the model. In this essay, Crawford captures the moment a woman comes into contact with a substance...
  • Lomography, voyeurism turned into art
    The term Lomography comes from the name given to the Soviet cameras Lomo, which were mass produced during the Cold War to document the Soviet lifestyle, as seen by the people actually living it. In the 90s, the "western" world discovered the Lomo cameras, which quickly created a culture all their own, of urban daily life, whose motto was taking spontaneous pictures, with no...
  • Work in China - photographs by Edward Burtynsky
    Burtynsky has always been interested in man-made changes in the landscape and territory, especially those to do with the development of industries. There is something philosophical about all this. According to him, the main stages in human evolution are measured by the use and exploration of the Earth's resources by humans: the Stone Age, Metal, Coal, Oil, etc. In his work, he tries to...
  • Child labour: America in black and white
    The american dream. It's hard not to think of the Statue of Liberty, in the New York harbour, greeting immigrants that have left their far-away homes, in search of a better life in the New World. They came from every walk of life. Many arrived still children on their parents' lap, looking around them at the strange and amazing environment of the big city....
  • The wonderful photographs in HDR
    Everyone of us has taken pictures and sometimes we stumble upon difficulties in capturing a particular image, especially those that involve great contrast differences, The classic example of taking a photo through a window, for instance. If we want to capture what's going on outside, the entire room becomes dark, whereas if we want the room to be well lit, the exterior explodes into...
  • Little planets - the worlds of Alexander Duret-Lutz
    Alexandre Duret-Lutz is not an experienced photographer, he became fascinated by art in 2006, when he found out what he could do using a Cybershot DSC-T5, a camera well-known for its good performance in a small package. He quickly became interested in a technique called spheric panoramic photography , which allows him to turn pictures of streets, avenues and beaches into small planets, lost...
  • Lego version of famous photographs
    I was reading bitaites - one of my cult blogs - when I stumbled upon this post by Marco, about Mike Stimpson, a curious person with two passions. He loves to take photographs and play with legos, those tiny objects that are the delight of children and adults alike. The union of these two passions resulted in a work in which Mike reproduced several...
  • The hearts of the Earth
    Mangal em Voh, New Caledonia (photo by Yann Arthus-Bertrand) This pictured travelled the world. It hasn't been airbrushed and it isn't a digital manipulation. The heart shape of this clearing was not designed by men, but is rather a natural process of vegetation elimination due to the water's salinity in the region. It became one of Yann Arthus-Bertrand's most famous pictures and served as...
  • Pinhole panoramic cameras
    Photograph by Chris Lentz It should be mandatory that every aspiring photographer started out in the world of photography through the pinhole technique. It's something as simple as a box with a little hole made by a pin in it, from where the light goes through and projects an image unto a photo-sensitive negative in its interior. Then, it all comes down to light...
  • Alison Brady: photography and surrealism
    It's hard to look at photographs by American photographer Alison Brady without being shaken. There is something disturbing in her images, in the poses, the lighting, the mystery that vaguely resembles surrealistic paintings, something that places us in the uncomfortable role of the voyeur. However, these are not paintings, but rather pictures of real people and real things. This realism makes them even more...
  • Eugenio Recuenco - fashion photography
    Spanish photographer Eugenio Recuenco is revered as one of the best fashion photographers of our time. His work is creative, technically irreproachable and visually stunning. It's no wonder he is one the most sought after artists by the biggest ad agencies to take the pictures for the campaigns of some of the most widely known brands in high fashion....
  • Russian cameras: pure fascination
    The austere lines and peculiar look of a Russian camera during the Soviet Union times are unmistakeable. It's a whole different world. Its weight, representative of it robust built, and indecipherable acronyms in cyrilic letters have nothing modern about them. They might have something of timeless though, as they were built to last. Whoever is the proud owner of a Zenit, or a Chaika,...
  • a bird`s sight - a never-before-seen Russia
    From up there, it seems splendid. And it is. The economical problems, the social wounds, the dirt, alas, everything that doesn't matter and ends up disappearing when you watch the a place in this way. Just like a big bird that looks down while it flies, the helicopter flew over thousands of kilometres. Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladivostok, Rostov, Novosibirsk, along with several other cities,...
  • Michel Tcherevkoff: Shoes made from plants
    Artists share with the insane the uncontrollable urge to always see something beyond what is seen. That's how they transform objects, nature and bodies into new objects, with new natures and new shapes. It's in this category that French photographer Michel Tcherevkoff's productions fit in: photographing things that are simply there doesn't interest me. In this way, from manipulation to manipulation of what he...
  • Julie Blackmon: domestic vacations
    Julie Blackmon was born in 1966, in Springfield, Missouri, the oldest of nine siblings. She says that she draws inspiration from Dutch and Flemish painting, especially from Jan Steen, a Dutch 18th century painter, known for his representations of daily life situations. She wanted to do the same with her own family: her children, sisters and sisters' children....
  • Sudenly, the world steps out of the shadows and into colours - the Lumière brothers
    Far from what the modern techniques of producing colour pictures would be, the Lumière brothers developed a few of their own, inspiring future approaches and technologies in this art. In 1903, a photographic process named "autochrome Lumière" was patented and, afterwards, in 1907, commercialized, remaining the main technique used in the market until the 1930s, when it was replaced, with the arrival of colour...
  • Illustrated photographs by Tebe Interesno
    The images speak for themselves. And even when they are paired up with poetry and simple explanations, they still convey a sort of child-like view of reality. His photo-collages or illustrations about photos play up popular imaginary, take advantage of childhood dreams and have fun with monsters that don't scare anyone a bit....
  • Voluntary image invasion
    Julius von Bismarck created a device that allows you to physically manipulate a landscape while it is being photographed. This ingenious device allows you to project an image, a sentence or a mark of some sorts everytime someone takes a photograph using a flash, altering the scenery or the objects that the unsuspecting tourist might be photographing....
  • Misha Gordin - conceptual photography
    "Do I aim my lens outside, toward the world surrounding me, or inside, toward myself? Should I photograph the existing reality or create my own world, believable, yet non-existent?". It's with these pertinent questions about the nature of photography that Misha Gordin introduces us to her work and, looking at it, there are no doubts about which road she took. Images of minimal shapes,...
  • Salvador Dali / Phillipe Halsman: surrealistic photography
    Atomic Dali is probably the most famous picture of the controversial Spanish painter, shot by Phillipe Halsman. This isn't an isolated action, but part of the outcome of a continuous collaboration between the artists, that started in the mid-1940s, when Surrealism was at its peak. This sort of work wasn't new or unusual, as it may seem at first glance among established artists; Man...
  • The lost America - by Troy Paiva
    Troy Paiva is a photographer like few. Living in San Francisco, for years he wandered the streets at night, like a real urban explorer. During the 1980s, while attending photography classes, he fell in love with the "painting with light" technique. Extended exposure time, coloured gelatine, flash, natural light, alas, every technique that will guarantee fantastic results, with colours and spectacular revelations....
  • Sleeveface - art with a vinyl record
    Originally an idea by a group of people in Cardiff, Wales, this phenomenon is fairly recent and is beginning to attrack a true legion of fans, all over the world. The concept is called Sleeveface and consists of taking a picture in which a part of the body is replaced by a vinyl sleeve. If the picture is taken correctly, in the right angle...
  • Photographs of angels
    Representations of children's death in Brazil, in the eighteen hundreds The study of the representations about death and what it entails, the fatal, colective passage from life to the unknown, gathers us immemorial in rites that denounce the desires and the mentalities of the time and its people. It's true that the death events related to children usually trigger a particular comotion and, in...
  • Bizarre Cameras
    It might seem over the top, but Wayne Belger's speech does make a lot of sense. The act of photographing shouldn't be fleeting and distant, coming down to the mere instant of the shoot, even though that "fleeting moment of light and time", in the words of Wayne himself, is captured for all eternity. So, when he chooses a theme to photograph, he spends...
  • Erwin Olaf - photographs of the Dutch football team
    What image is this? Against an architectonic backdrop that vaguely resembles a Roman circus, with its archs and semicircular benches, a half-naked man, in torn shorts protecting a footbal goal, with a threatening look on his face. He is covered in mud and has a bunch of scars and scratches all over his body. On his right forearm he has a tricolour band, red,...
  • Japanese connections
    When a photographer has, more than technique, enough sensibility, what for many poses as true urban chaos, under the lens of someone like Ken Ohyama can turn into a pure work of art. With a set of breathtaking pictures, the Japanese photographer portrayed as various and different structures as you can imagine. Confused, chaotic, strange, unusual, can so many traffic options be more helpful...
  • Photographs of dolls
    Everything points towards the election of the doll as the oldest toy in the history of humanity: the first examples of female representations may have existed as far back as Prehistory, made out of wood and leather, and apparently used in religious rites. However, clearer evidences date back to 2 000 BC when, in Egypt, small sculptures of girls were found in childrens' tombs,...
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