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Bieke Depoorter

‘I Am About To Call It A Day’

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‘I am about to call it a day’ is a sequel on ‘Ou Menya’, a project where I entered the intimacy of families in Russia, while spending one night with them.
This time, I have travelled through the United States. It is a series of portraits of places and people where I spent the night while passing through. I meet my family-for-the night on the streets. The social contact, the short and intense encounters and the mutual trust for them to take me into their most intimate privacy is an important element in my work.

 

Bio

Bieke Depoorter (1986) received her master’s degree in photography from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent in 2009. She is mostly working on autonomous projects. In search of family intimacy, she spends the night at people’s houses. This year her first book ‘Ou Menya’ was published. Since 2011 Bieke is member of the Paris-based photo agency/collective Tendance Floue.

 

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[Edit on Saturday 30 April 2011: I have updated the 'In Memoriam | Tim Hetherington 1970-2011 Chris Hondros 1970-2011' post today. Check the bottom of that post for the most recent link additions. Some news about Guy Martin's condition... BJP posted an update on his situation: 'Injured British photographer arrives in Malta'. ]

From Tuesday’s news…..25 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster…

Appropriate day to watch Paul Fusco’s Magnum in Motion classic ‘Chernobyl Legacy’ again….

Features and Essays – Paul Fusco: Chernobyl Legacy (Magnum in Motion: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Gary Knight: Chernobyl (VII Magazine: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Diana Markosian: 25 Years After Chernobyl, a Village Persists (NYT Lens: April 2011) Markosian’s website.

Features and Essays –  Alvaro Ybarra Zavala: Egypt’s Christians (Reportage by Getty Images: April 2011)

New Ed Ou portfolios on Reportage site as well…including his Libya work..

So is Jerome Sessini’s Libya work.

Features and Essays – Simon Norfolk: Kabul: A Boomtown of Sorts (NYT Mag: April 2011) Related from NYT Lens ‘Collaboration Across 130 Years’

TIME 100 most influential people list or whatever it is… is out… I don’t put much or any importance to the said list… but they have assigned a lot of great photographers for it… Including Martin Schoeller…

Interviews –  Martin Schoeller : Pheasants, tigers and revolutionaries (TIME LB: April 2011) Martin Schoeller’s TIME 100 Tour

On two minds about whether to post this… Not a Bieber fan… heheh… But Ladefoged fan definitely…

Features and Essays - Joachim Ladefoged:  Under the Influence of Justin Bieber (TIME LB: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Jan Banning: Faceless Officials (Guardian: April 2011)

Articles – Martin Parr: Photographic Cliches (Photographer’s blog: April 2011) via @dcuthbert

InterviewsKira Pollack, Director of Photography of TIME (NYPH: April 2011)

Check this Enrico Bossan interview… Enrico is a great guy… I got to know him in quite a funny way… Sometime last summer I received a Skype contact request from someone called Enrico Bossan, with whose work I was not familiar, but I accepted…Enrico gave me call later on the day..He wanted to get in touch to congratulate me for having some of my work published in L’Espresso… I was gobsmacked..I said I didn’t know I had any work published in the magazine.. Enrico was baffled.. He went back to the newsagents’ and came back with a copy of the magazine… It turned out he had confused Andy Spyra‘s work to mine….Needless to say I was teeny weeny bit disappointed that I hadn’t had work in the mag myself, but I’m glad Enrico made the mistake. Otherwise I might have not got to talk with him…We’ve had a couple of rather long chats online since, and I’ve learned a lot from him, especially regarding editing..

Interviews - Enrico Bossan (NYPH: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Simon Roberts: The English at Play (BBC: April 2011) Brighton-based photographer Simon Roberts travelled the length and breadth of England in a motorhome for his book We English – in which he tries to capture a nation at play, and explore the relationship between people and the places they visit.

Essential Roberts interview on a blog that I just discovered…

Interviews - Simon Roberts (Two Way Lens: April 2011)

I am happy  Goldberg won….The rest of the three nominees didn’t impress me at all…

News - Jim Goldberg wins Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2011 (BJP: April 2011)

InterviewsJim Goldberg (Photonet.org.uk: April 2011)

InterviewsMarcel Mettelsiefen : Photographing War in Misurata (Spiegel: April 2011)

photo: Ivor Prickett

Features and Essays – Foto8: The Islam Issue preview (Foto8: April 2011)

Powerful multimedia on prostitution in Nashville by Stephen Alvarez and the NPR team…below is a still from the online article..

Features and Essays – Stephen Alvarez: Nashville Prostitution (NPR: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Bryan Denton: Battle for Influence in Afghanistan (WSJ: April 2011)

InterviewsBruce Davidson (Guardian: April 2011) Davidson talks about his long career. | Related: Bruce Davidson  seeks British girl he captured on film in 1960 (Guardian: April 2011)

InterviewsAaron Huey (TIME LB: April 2011) Pine Ridge Billboard Project

InterviewsTomas van Houtryve : 130 Editors: Insights from a photographer’s first crowdfunded project (Emphas.is: April 2011)

Initiatives - 3/11 Tsunami Photo Project  / The initiative featured on New Yorker Photo Booth and on BJP

InitiativesA Fixer In Need (TIME LB: April 2011) Photographer Marcus Bleasdale writes about the importance of fixers— a fixer whom he’s worked with is in need of help.  | The Pastor Marrion Fund

Exhibitions - Paul Graham: Smoke and mirrors (Guardian: April 2011) Paul Graham’s exhibition at London’s Whitechapel gallery

Awards – PDN: LA Times, Washington Post Photographers Win Pulitzers for Photos (PDN: April 2011)

ExhibitionsHere and Now Show  : LCC International MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography : HotShoe gallery : London : 11-24 May  : Participating photographers are Yolanda Crisp, Daniel Cuthbert, Ivy Lahon, Greg Laychak, James Morgan, Nektarios Markogiannis, Claudius Schulze, Amelia Shepherd, Alice Smeets and Darrin Zammit Lupi.

Vivian Maier website now launched

Articles – Guardian: Henri Cartier-Bresson in 1950s Moscow (Guardian April 2011)

It has been a very rare occasion for me to write to photographers just to let them know I really like their work… Not a rare occasion because I wouldn’t admire a lot of photographers’ work…of course I do, but because getting in touch just to let people know that has always felt tad awkward, like I’m trying to kiss people’s ass.. Well, I did write somebody once, not too long ago… and that photographer was NYT staffer Damon Winter…and he even took the time to send a short reply despite being on assignment in Afghanistan, which was very thoughtful of him…well, Winter is the latest photographer featured on 500Photographers blog…

Blogs – 500Photographers: #276 Damon Winter (500Photographers: April 2011)

Articles – Newsweek: Photographs from the John G. Morris collection go up for auction (Newsweek: April 2011)

Articles – Guardian: Featured photojournalist: Jon Nazca (Guardian: April 2011)

I’m a huge Patti Smith fan…

Interviews - Patti Smith: Photographer’s Muse (TIME LB: April 2011)

New Statesman Photo editor Rebecca McClelland now on Twitter…

Twitter@rlmcclelland

 GrantsBURN emerging photorapher grant of $15,000 :  Deadline for entry is May 15, 2011

InterviewsPhilip Scott Andrews (NYT Lens: April 2011)

Photographers - Harry Borden

PhotographersNatalie Keyssar

PhotographersTina Remiz

PhotographersPhilip Scott Andrews

InterviewsJohn Stanmeyer (Youtube)

InterviewsTaylor Kitsch on The Bang Bang Club, Honoring Fallen War Photographers (Movieline: April 2011)

Articles - Guardian: Turning Photojournalism Upside Down (Guardian: April 2011)

Tips and Tutorials – Brian Storm: 10 quick tips on editing multimedia (businessjournalism.org: April 2011)

Tips and TutorialsMemory Cards – 15 Essential Tips for Photographers (photofocus.com)

EventsASA collective :  Slideshow on Thursday 5th of May, 2011 :  @ Nomad, Old Street : “This month’s show is totally dedicated to female photographers, with a top class line up that includes:  Andrea Star Reese Ciara Leeming Chloe Dewe Mathews Helen Rimell Laura Hynd Leonie Hampton Marta Moreiras”

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It’s all Egypt again, to start-off with…

Some of the best photos I’ve seen from Tahrir Square…

Features and Essays – Yuri Kozyrev: The Battle for Tahrir Square (TIME: February 2011)

Features and Essays – NYT (various photographers): From the Protests in Egypt (NYT: February 2011)

Features and Essays – Jacopo Quaranta: A Night in Tahrir Square (TIME February 2011)

TIME has also updated Dominic Nahr’s gallery I posted on Tuesday, with some new images..

Features and Essays – Dominic Nahr: The Clashes in Cairo (TIME: February 2011)

Features and Essays - Guy Martin: Clashes in Cairo (WSJ: February 2011)

It’s not surprising photographers are moving in small packs in conditions as in Cairo during this week and end up with similar photographs. It does however give an interesting opportunity to compare, how two photographers see and capture identical scenes….As pointed out by @melissalyttle, Dominic Nahr and Guy Martin for instance seem to have moved together as both of the two slideshows above include several photographs that have been taken as if the two men have been standing, in Lyttle’s words, “shoulder to shoulder”….See for yourself in the below examples…I find especially the first example striking… The two photographs are pretty much identical…only slight differences in contrast and saturation…About the photo of the man wiping blood off his head, I’m almost 100% certain we are looking at the same man, despite the fact his jacket does look different colour…this might be due to post processing… I’m pretty sure the wall is the same, and its colour is slightly different as well in the two photograps…

Dominic Nahr for TIME:

Guy Martin for Wall Street Journal:

Egypt in New Yorker Photo Booth…

Features and Essays - Kate Brooks: Postcard from Tahrir Square (New Yorker: February 2011)

Features and Essays - Joao Pina: Postcard form Tahrir Square (New Yorker: February 2011)

Features and Essays – Nadia Shira Cohen: Postcard from Tahrir Square (New Yorker: February 2011)

Features and Essays – Ron Haviv: Egypt (VII: February 2011)

From LA Times…

Features and Essays - Caroly Cole: Egypt (LA Times: February 2011) audio slideshow

Features and Essays – LA Times (Carolyn Cole and Michael Robinson Chavez): Protests in Egypt (LA Times: February 2011)

Features and Essays - Sean Smith: Egypt protests: events in Tahrir Square (Guardian: February 2011) Another Guardian gallery by various photographers

Great photos by Ivor Prickett on the Panos site…and it’s not 6×6…

Features and Essays – Ivor Prickett: Days of Anger (Panos: February 2011)

Features and Essays – Jason Larkin: Cairo’s Ornate (or Odd) Portals to the Past (NYT Lens: February 2011)

The harrasment of journalists and photographers has been worrying…

Articles – NYT Lens: Even the Middle Ground Is Perilous in Cairo (NYT Lens: February 2011)

Articles - PDN: Photographers Beaten, Robbed as Pro-Mubarak Gangs Turn on Press (PDN: February 2011)

Articles – MSNBC: Hotel staff take photojournalists’ cameras in Cairo (MSNBC: February 2011)

Interviews - Chris Hondros interview regarding the madness in Tahrir Square in Egypt (BagNewsNotes: February 2011)

Interviews - Magnum photographer Peter Van Agtmael tells of ordeal in Cairo’s streets (BJP: February 2011)

Interviews - Ron Haviv : Mob mentality creates dangerous conditions for protesters and journalists (MSNBC: February 2011)

Articles – Andrew Burton: Account of an Attack (Photographer’s blog: February 2011)

This is from week ago…

InterviewsScott Nelson (NYT Lens: February 2011)

NewsABCNews ongoing list of journalists arrested/injured/attacked/threatened in Cairo

I wondered how they all filed during the internet shut down..

Articles - PDN: From Egypt, Photographers Persisted in Filing Photos (PDN: February 2011)

Elsewhere in North Africa…

Features and Essays - Christian Als: Postcard from Algeria (New Yorker: February 2011)

Something completely different…

Features and Essays - Piotr Malecki: The Knacker’s Yard (Panos: February 2011)

Features and Essays – Alvaro Ybarra Zavala: Silent Murmur (Photographer’s website: 2011)

Features and Essays - Gerd Ludwig: Chernobyl (Huffington Post: February 2011)

Features and Essays – Jerome Sessini: Referendum in Southern Sudan (Reportage: February 2011)

Features and Essays - Tomas Lekfeldt: AfriChina (Moment Archive: 2011)

Features and Essays – David Moore: Inside London’s Secret Crisis-Command Bunker (Wired: February 2011)

MoviesHow to Make a Book With Steidl

Books – A Million Shillings – Escape from Somalia by Alixandra Fazzina is voted number 10 in a list of Amazon’s bestsellers in photojournalism

Awards - Sony World Photography Awards Finalists and Shortlisted (SWPA)

Awards – Announcement for female documentary photographers: The 2011 Inge Morath Award is now open for submissions

World Press Photo judging…

InterviewsDavid Burnett, Vince Aletti, Ruth Eichhorn and Heinz Kluetmeier : WPP judges (World Press Photo: February 2011)

Another great blog post by Burnett…A must read!

Articles – David Burnett: To Photography and To Photographers (Photographer’s blog: February 2011)

Anastasia is everywhere…and to my surprise it’s not 6×6 this time…

Articles - Verve: Anastasia Taylor-Lind (Verve: February 2011)

I heard by the way, that her Gaza Zoo feature is published in today’s Telegraph Magazine, if you are interested…

[NB. the below link did work when I was doing this post, but not when I later checked. Fingers crossed it's OK, again]

Articles – BJP: French retail chain offers three photojournalism grants (BJP: February 2011) FNAC, a French entertainment retail chain, has unveiled the recipients of its inaugural photojournalism grants with photographers Jan Banning, Cedric Gerbehaye and Anastasia Taylor-Lind each receiving €8000

Articles – BJP: New World Order : Images from the frontline of the recession by Christian Lutz, Marchand & Meffre, Ian Teh, etc (BJP: February 2011)

Articles / Tutorials – Joyel L: How to find a fixer (Photographer’s blog: February 2011)

Articles / Tutorials - Assignment Chicago: Two Essential Ingredients of Contest-Winning Photos (Chicago Tribune: February 2011)

Articles / Tutorials – Reuters: Want to know how to cover street protests? Here’s some useful photo tips and what to look out for (Reuters: February 2011)

A must read….

Articles – Justin Mott: Now What? Vol. 1: Why Being Busy Can Mean Being Broke (Photographer’s blog: February 2011)

Articles - Chip Litherland: i’ll just shoot some weddings (Photographer’s blog: February 2011)

Articles - Guardian: Featured photojournalist: Alexandre Meneghini (Guardian: February 2011)

AgenciesMagnum Photos February 2011 Newsletter

Multimedia - New issue of 1000 Words Magazine is out

MultimediaEverybody Street

Articles / Interviews - Misha Erwitt : The Woman in the ‘Family of Man’ Family (NYT Lens: February 2011)

Twitter accounts I’ve just started following…

Twitter - David Guttenfelder

TwitterScott Nelson

Twitter - Kevin German

Twitter - David Walter Banks

TwitterAutographABP

TwitterShit Photojournalists Like

Twitter - David Axelbank

JobsPanos seeks multi-media intern

Books – Phil Coomes: 64×64: Farewell to Kodachrome (Blurb)

WorkshopsWorkshop in Slovenia with Antonin Kratochvil and Marcus Bleasdale : March 2011 : Slovenia

To finish off, again, a joke: “Conan O’Brian’s advice to Egypt: “If you want people to stay at home and do nothing, you should turn the internet back on.”

As for me, I’m now going to turn off this computer and go cycling on the Brighton seafront. Even if it rains. Have a good weekend everybody.

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“If you are interested in mass communication, then you have to stop thinking of yourself as a photographer. We live in a post-photographic world. If you are interested in photography, then you are interested in something — in terms of mass communication — that is past. I am interested in reaching as many people as possible.” – Tim Hetherington

Interviews - Tim Hetherington (NYT Lens: June 2010)

Features and Essays - Tomas Van Houtryve: The Alien Beauty of Socotra (TIME: June 2010) An island off Yemen is home to 100s of plants found nowhere else

Features and Essays – Seamus Murphy: My Fair Lady (VII Network: June 2010) Royal Ascot is one of the world’s most famous race meetings

Features and Essays – Zack Canepari: Borderland (Panos Pictures: June 2010)

Features and Essays - Andrew McConnell: The Last Colony (Panos Pictures: June 2010)

AwardsJérôme Sessini and Matt Eich Win F Awards (PDN Edu: June 2010)

AwardsTerry O’Neill Award calling for entries (BJP: June 2010) Award website : Deadline 22 October 2010

Articles – BJP: Vanessa Winship receives top PhotoEspaña prize (BJP: June 2010)

Interviews - Sally Mann (Guardian: May 2010) slideshow

InterviewsStephen Crowley (NYT Lens: June 2010)

Features and Essays – Lucie and Simon: Scenes of Life (LensCulture: June 2010) A new exhibition at Galerie Baudoin Lebon in Paris showcases the work of young Franco-German photographers Lucie and Simon, who were recently awarded the2010 HSBC Prix pour la Photographie

Tutorials - PhotoShelter: Steal These Marketing Ideas (PhotoShelter: June 2010)

Features and Essays – Danny Ghitis: Polish President Elections (Photographer’s PhotoShelter: June 2010)

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