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photography

  • Gaëna Des Bois - photographer of imaginary universes
    Around here, the snow is melting in the mountains, she says in one of her messages. I try hard to imagine the landscape while here, in Rio de Janeiro, the heat barely allows you to stay for long inside the house without turning on the air conditioner. Gaëna lives in a house in the mountains, in Quebec. Gentle and patient, she answered my questions...
  • Miroslav Tichý: outcast, photographer and "voyeur"
    Up until three or four years ago his name was practically unknown. He was discovered almost accidentally and quickly became a phenomenon in the art and photography world. But who is, in fact, Miroslav Tichý? He's an old man, dressed in rags, who chose a life as an outsider after the difficulties imposed on him by the war and the totalitarian regime of his...
  • China seen from the sky
    China never ceases to surprise us; neither does aerial photography, revealing to us shapes, colours and textures that are unlikely and give us a different notion of space. This set of aerial photographs from China underline the contrast between a human dimension and the wideness of the Chinese territory. It's true the population is numerous, but the country is also huge and, if we...
  • Li Wei and the impossible realism
    Born in 1970, in Hubei, China, Li Wei lives in the 2008 Olympics headquarters, Beijing. His work is innovative, different and, why not say it, almost scary. Performing artist, acrobat, illusionist, however many adjectives you can give to describe him, the fact is, Li Wei is truly impressive. And let one thing be clear: as he himself underlines often, he doesn't use photographic editing...
  • Aaron Hawks - Strength and Personality
    Photographer Aaron Hawks walks the fine line that separates art from pornography, or even from unusual sexual practises. Sometimes dominant, other times submissive, his work has strength and personality....
  • Lewis Hine - photographs of the construction of the Empire State Building
    Even though Lewis Hine was a sociologist and a Sociology professor, it was as a photographer that he became well know. Actually, he understood photography as a teaching method, a way of studying and spreading one of the areas in which he always took an interest: work. Hine became famous for his extensive coverage of child labour, which we've already discussed. During the 1920s,...
  • Feng Jiang - photographs of China
    You don't have to have a doctorate degree to take good pictures, but Dr. Feng Jiang has one from the University of York, where he teaches. In this set of pictures he seems to have felt the need to show the wonderful qualities of the country where he was born, China. He does it beautifully, with a wonderful mastery of composition, lighting and colour....
  • Let loose the photographers
    We've already talked about the bizarre positions photographers use to look for the best angle at which to take a photograph; but those were amateur photographers. When it comes to professional ones, it all becomes more serious, as they'll do anything to get a good shot, as if their lives depended on it! When they get it, though, it's complete happiness......
  • Photographs that shook the world: omayra sanchez
    Many see this photo from 1985 as the beginning of what we nowadays call "media globalization", because Omayra Sanchez's agony was followed by television cameras from all over the world. Despite all the footage that was recorded by those tv cameras, it was this photograph, of a shocking reality and humanity, that went down in history as the first broadcast of the pain and...
  • Photographs that shook the world: Tiananmen Tank Man
    Morning of 5th of June, 1989: the Red Army overtakes Beijing. When all protests in the city seemed to have ceased, the world witnessed an act of challenge, despair and courage from one single man, who represented an entire population on the brink of rupture and that obtained, from the commander of the tank squad, a dignified and brave answer....
  • Eva under the look of Irina Ionesco: from the age of 5 to the age of 10
    Her uneven trajectory reflects, with a careful look, what's incomprehensible in a woman's soul. Even before her first exhibit, in 1975, the French photographer Irinia Ionesco had already got the attention of a particular group of artists; but her paradoxal success and acclaim would come with her biggest scandal; the exhibit Eloge de Ma Fille would enter the Nikon gallery in Paris and it...
  • Spencer Tunick
    Artist Spencer Tunick has been documenting the live nude figure in public, with photography and video, since 1992. Since 1994 he has organized over 75 temporary site-specific installations in the United States and abroad. Tunick's installations encompass dozens, hundreds or thousands of volunteers; and his photographs are records of these events....
  • the right moment to photograph
    It isn't enough to choose the best angle from which to take a photograph, it's also essential to know how to capture a precise moment. In that, Cartier-Bresson had a point....
  • Naked men and women under the lens of Greg Friedler
    Professional models are at ease with their body; they work it and are used to showing it off. Maybe that's why photographers seek them: they are familiar with the poses, and that makes their task easier. But photographers aren't only attracted to the sculptured bodies of men and women. They recently seem to have found the bodies of ordinary people. Greg Friedler is one...
  • Pat Lee, the photographer of naked men
    While most photographers prefer to portray the beauty and elegance of the human body in female nudes, Pat Lee finds those very same qualities in the male body, in its large, well-shaped muscles, shiny skin, careful poses and distant looks. He uses male models exclusively and has very good reasons to do so....
  • The art of conceptual photography
    Arthur Mole and John Thomas, at a time when photography was taking its first steps, were able to, through their perseverance and technical ability, photograph large groups that created symbolic representations of objects and people. Considering 21st century’s capabilities, such task, which requires as many as 30 000 people to pose at a time, is both complex and filled with details, forcing us to...
  • Photographs that will shock the world: Vulture
    In 1994, the Pulitzer Prize for Photojournalism was obtained with this shocking photograph of a Sudanese child, that would attract the attention of the World due to the humanitarian drama they lived, and we still live, in Sudan and a bit in the whole African Continent. Testing camp of the so called civilized world which has tried for centuries arrogantly impose models of social,...
  • at the right moment
    Waiting for the right moment to capture the perfect image is the dream of every photographer. Many of them, due to their vast experience, are able to take amazing photographs. However, in most cases - to be honest - it's sheer luck. Still, if the perfect moment happens to be caught on film, the results are fascinating....
  • Photographs that will shock the world: General Nguyen Ngoc
    Eddie Adams, war photographer from Associated Press, obtained this photograph on January 1, 1968 on the streets of Saigon. With it he won a ç Pulitzer Prize. The image shows the coldblooded murder of a Vietcong guerrilla, presumably the Vietcong officer Vietcong Nguyen Van Lem, by the chief of police of Saigon, General Nguyen Ngoc Loan....
  • Photographs that shook the world: firing squad in Iran
    This photograph, distributed by the UPI agency in 1980 was awarded the Pulitzer prize without the identity of his author being known. Shot on August 27th, 1979, it captures the shooting of Kurdish men by soldiers of the Iranian theocratic regime led by Ayatollah Khomeini, at the beginning of the Iranian Revolution that overthrew Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi....
  • Fabiano Busdraghi - From science to photography
    Nowadays, Italian born Fabiano Busdraghi is a rare example of love of art and the cause. After several years of a successful career in physics and oceanography, he decided to swap science for photography. In his websites he registers everything he captures during his day-to-day life: the people, the sceneries, architecture, fashion, still-lives etc. Despite being overall interesting, his best pieces are precisely those...
  • Outside portraits of Diane Arbus
    An immediate reaction ranges from awe to fascination and, ultimately, discomfort before the unlikely and the bizarre. Through Diane Arbus' lenses, the meeting with the other person becomes disturbing; a New Yorker, born on March, 1923, Diane's first contacts with photography were through her husband Allan that shared with her the photography lessons he had had during his assignments in the US army. They...
  • Magnum agency, 60 years making history
    In 1947 Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David Seymor founded one of the most charismatic agencies of photojournalism in history, Magnum. A project was born made of photographers for photographers, leaving behind the consumer format fed by other agencies and magazines, coming closet o and enhancing the art of each individual as a photographer. For more than six decades this form allowed...
  • Black and White photographs
    The beauty and fascination of black and White photography conjugated with nudity of bodies. Contrasts, wavy forms, strong textures, stains of light and shade turn this type of register into true plastic art. Expressionism or abstractionism... We´re all voyeurs. To look with a more detailed view....
  • The outstanding landscapes of Bernhard Edmaier
    To overfly the Earth, searching for untouched landscapes created by nature thousands of years ago, capturing vertiginous angles with a Zeiss lens that brings a wide range of colours, shapes and looks close up, which combined produce a flabbergasting effect - like every other first vision that mankind has of the unexplored. And, after cataloguing all of these images, in a partnership with reknown...
  • Edward Quinn - Picasso, photographs from 1951 to 1972
    With a complex and fascinating personality, Picasso had, however, bouts of prolongued bad humour, be it on account of his family problems or dissatisfaction with his work. During those times, he was unbearable - nothing was ever good enough! - which could explain his short-lasting relashionships, especially with women. However, he also showed a generous and tolerant side towards other artists and creative people,...
  • Suicide Girls, art and pornography
    The opinion seems unanimous, that what defines the erotic art of pornography, are its ends of publication,; if they provoke the participation of the audience due to sexual excitement or if they solicit the almost indirect participation of this audience, in the words of Bjr, soliciting complicity from a distance. Followed then by the path of heated discussions that the matter brought up (and...
  • Art Pornography - Naked Men
    Art or Pornography? This has been an issue placed here several times regarding erotic photography. The more audacious the photographs are it seems that the general opinion is that it should be included in the first category. It is true that the nude human body possesses intrinsic aesthetic properties that can be captured in a photographic image and, calmed by this irrefutable reality, the...
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