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Maki Maki

Welcome 2 My Room

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Internet is reachable by millions of people each second. They can communicate with each other, and sometimes very private things are told and shown on internet blogs through photos, videos, writings. Although initially it was not intentioned, this is what I experienced with this series called “Welcome 2 My Room”.

Usually, to take a photograph, you have to be physically in front of the person you want to shoot with your camera. It all changed on the internet with chats, webcams and other ways to meet virtually the image of people on the screen of your computer. In this photo work I experienced a new way to take photographs by taking, with an analog polaroid camera, portraits on my computer screen, chatting live with sex workers through their webcams.

The starting point of this series of photo portraits was the discovery of a website in the Philippines. A peep show with chat and webcam. Girls and boys working at home alone, or several persons together in so called “studios”. Omnipresence of precarity. At that time they were more than 300, now there are twice as much…

Sometimes links are created, other times it’s “just business”. All those gazes, those stories intersecting, including mine…

I started taking pictures of them with my old polaroid camera on my computer screen. I used to shoot people I meet, so why not do it by computer screen interposed. Sometimes the exchanges and discussions are intense. Laying bare the feelings, the lives, the bodies… Sincerity encounters with cunning. But of course there’s the money. They will do anything to make you pay. But sometimes on the spot of our conversations, emotion overwhelms… Tears of blood…

Finally thousands of polaroid snapshots (and also some black and white roll films) were taken in my bedroom in front of my computer screen during the highlights of our conversations or private shows…Trying to give a face to sex… As always image rule as a unique weapon… We play with it, we come with it …

 

Bio

Born and living in Marseille (France) since 1964.

He studied photography at the beginning of the 80s and is into photography since then. In 2000 he turns towards a more experimental and intimate photography.

He’s participated in solo and group photo exhibitions in Europe and Japan, and been published in exhibition catalogs, record covers, art magazines, books…

Actually he’s working on a series about Japan called “Japan Somewhere”. Some photos of this series will be published in December 2012 inside the photobook “MONO” about contemporary black and white photographers, edited by Gommabooks together with other photographers such as Antoine d’Agata, Daido Moriyama, Anders Petersen, Roger Ballen, Trent Parke…

Since 2007 he is founding member of the Collective of European photographers SMOKE.

In 2010 he created Média Immédiat Publishing, a book collection actually composed of 9 mini photobooks including photographers like Morten Andersen, Ed Templeton, Onaka Koji, Jukka Onnela, Daisuke Ichiba.

 

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Last December, Gomma publishers—a small imprint in London with a magazine by the same name, or what founder Luca Desienna calls a “bijou” publishing house—set out to find the most exciting new talent working in black and white photography today. To begin the process they assembled an international panel of experts and curators from around the world that included Christian Caujolle, Yasmina Reggad, Peggy Sue Amison, Tom Griggs, Wayne Ford, Jörg Colberg and John Matkowsky to create a new publication called MONO. The fundamental idea for the new publication was to expose emerging talent to a wider audience by publishing them alongside more established artists pushing the boundaries of the medium, such as Roger Ballen, Daido Moryiama, Anders Petersen, Trent Parke and many others.

“Gomma was formed in 2004 by four friends and artists aspiring to create a new publishing space for photographers,” says Desienna. ”Our major inspirations were the influential Japanese magazine Provoke from 1968 and Permanent Food by Maurizio Cattelan. Since the first days of Gomma we’ve been always publishing black and white photography—it is and always will be one of the most extraordinary art forms that enables us to document the world we live in … and also what is beyond it or underneath it.”

This year’s winners of the MONO open call for entries are: Daisuke Yokota, Maki, Tricia Lawless Murray, Francesco Merlini, Jan von Holleben, Jukka-pekka Jalovaara, Sofia Lopez Mañan and Stephane C. Their work will be featured in the first edition of MONO to be released this fall.

Desienna says there has been a renaissance among the image makers working in black and white. “With the advent of digital photography, taking pictures has become sort of more accessible for everyone,” he says. “While black and white photography, which is often associated with analogue photography, has become rarer and rarer. Agfa collapsed, and films and chemicals started disappearing, so as it happens with anything that gets near to extinction, it just becomes more valuable.” At the same time, Desienna says great new digital, black-and-white photography has added to the exquisite and timeless world that monochrome images create. “We don’t see the world in black and white so this is probably why we are so attracted to it,” he says. “In addition I believe that black-and-white photography has the capability to show the inner moods of the photographers better than colors do.”

For more information visit Gomma Books and check out Gomma Magazine online.

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Tomasz Lazar

Theater of Life

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In 2008 we began working on the long term project entitled ‘Theater of life’. Themes are the changes occurring in our society under the influence of culture and technology, which are increasingly present in our everyday lives.

Historically, Platon developed the notion of Theatrum Mundi – Theatre of the World. Place where a man is only a puppet, an actor whose role is to play its normal role on stage of life. Planned by the powerful being known as the creator (Demiurg, God). At present, the place of this being has been taken by mass media.  Mass media, with which we have to deal every day. They have increasingly greater impact on us, our life and behavior. People under the influence of mass culture that comes straight from the television or the Internet, get lost in the border of two worlds: the real world in which they live and the world created by the media.

Topics touched upon in his essay can best be seen in most developed countries. Places where people use more and more technology, areas in which technology, the media have the greatest impact on people. Therefore, a further stage of the project is to travel to places like Tokyo (Japan), New York (USA), Las Vegas (USA), Hong Kong and Sydney (Australia). As well as to further develop this theme in my home country and the countries adjacent to it.

 

Bio

I was born in Szczecin(Poland), 31th march 1985. Studied Information Technology at Westpomeranian University of Technology. During my studies I discovered photography . After several months I discovered that it is my passion and that is what i want to do in my life. After three years I decided to begin photography studies at the European Academy of Photography. I studied under the guidance of Tomasz Tomaszewski, Lorenzo Castore, Michael Ackerman, Isabel Jaroszewska and others. Since December 2010 I started being apprentice in the biggest studio in Poland – Makata, to develop my capabilities with using artificial light in practice. I was also involved in various workshops, like with Tomasz Tomaszewski on photojournalism and photo edition. At present, I am planning to expand on my photography knowledge by studying at the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava (the Czech Republic).
Currently I am working on a project titled Theatre of life, whose task is to move aspects of everyday life and cultural changes taking place in society as a result of the development of media and technology in the world.
I am interested in mainly the impact of various factors on human life (such as culture, technology). I get pleasure from every moment of being with people and the possibility of taking pictures.

 

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Gustavo Jononovich

YUMA

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I traveled to Cuba because my girlfriend decided to do an internship in a hospital in La Havana, she’s a Doctor. Until then, I had always made photographs guided by a specific theme, trying to tell something about other people’s misfortunes. I decided to experience photography in a different way this time. I wasn’t interested in telling or describing anything about the well-known political and historical characteristics of the Cuban system. I didn’t want to need to look for ‘useful situations’. I tried to forget that I was there.

Liberating myself of having to tell something about Cuba allowed me to connect in a more authentic way with the place. Photographing using only my instinct allowed me to discover what I was feeling. My method was to walk the same streets over and over again, in silence, just focusing in contemplating. I sometimes felt attracted to the expression of the shapes and textures and to the simple beauty of nature. Other times I felt I was just photographing my own sense of calmness or the mystery that Cuba inspired me. Yuma is the way Cubans call foreigners, I was the Yuma.

 

Bio

Gustavo Jononovich was born in Buenos Aires in 1979. In 2008 he began as a freelance photographer, after two years of training covering local news as a contract photographer for an Argentine based newspaper.

His first long-term book project RICHLAND, currently in progress, is about the over-exploitation of the natural resources in Latin America and the resulting long-term negative effects, both human and environmental. His approach to photography led him far away from covering breaking news, being more interested in providing an in-depth analysis on the stories.
His work has been published in Newsweek Japan, PDFX12, the Black Snapper, Global Post, Bite! and Lunatic Magazine, among others.

AWARDS:
- POYi Latin America 2011 – Migration and Human Trafficking Stories – 2nd prize
- ICP Infinity Award in Photojournalism 2010 – Nominee
- Encuentro Internacional de Foto y Periodismo ‘Ciudad de Gij’n’ 2010 – Finalist
- Environmental Photographer of The Year 2009 – Climate Change – 2nd prize

 

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Emerging Photographer Fund – 2011 Recipient

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Irina Werning

Back to the Future

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I love old photos. I know I’m a nosy photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for those old photos. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today… A year ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future.

It starts when I get together with my subjects and we choose the old picture. I go through their boxes and albums looking for an image that speaks about them. Next comes a bit of a photographic investigation: studying the lighting, the angle, the type of camera and lens it was shot with, etc. Then, from there, the search begins: internet auction sites, second hand stores, borrowing from friends wardrobes, cutting, dying, sewing, attaching, adapting, assembling, gluing, coloring, painting, renting rare and hard to find objects. This project requires a lot of improvising on the run and it involves searching endlessly for stuff in the streets of Buenos Aires. I guess I really like finding things. If I cant find something, then I make it.

Once I have everything I need, we are ready to go back to the future. I dress them up and put them either in the set I built for them or, when possible, back in the real location. Once I get the light right, I ask them to do that thing they were doing in the original photo. I am always amazed that they do it.

Its funny how what you do can show you who you are. I always thought of myself to be the opposite of perfectionist as I live in complete chaos most of the time. However, when I now look at these pictures and see the attention to detail in them, I have to question my self image…

This story has been published in Sunday Times Magazine (Spectrum).

Editor’s Note:

Irina will receive $15,000. from Burn Magazine through the Magnum Cultural Foundation to continue her project.

The EPF 2011 judges:

Trent Parke – photographer, Magnum Photos
Narelle Autio – photographer, Agence VU’
Maggie Steber – photographer, editor, teacher
Barbara Stauss – photo director, Mare magazine, Germany

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Bio

Born in Buenos Aires
BA Economics, Universidad de San Andres, Buenos Aires, 1997
MA History, Universidad Di Tella, Buenos Aires, 1999
MA Photographic Journalism, Westminster University, London, 2006
Winner Ian Parry Scholarship 2006
Gordon Foundation Grant 2006
Selected for Joop Swart Masterclass (World Press Photo Organization), 2007

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I wish The New York Times would show more of their slideshows in the 800×535 pixels size like this one by Moises Saman, and not in the usual 600×400 pixels (see for instance the one by Eros Hoagland lower in the post)… So much better seeing the photographs bigger…

Features and Essays - Moises Saman: Domestic Abuse (NYT: August 2010) Ramadan highlights difficulties facing domestic workers in Kuwait

Features and Essays - David Gillanders: Street Children in Ukraine (Reportage by Getty Images: August 2010)

Features and Essays - Piotr Redlinski: Nocturnalist | Until Dawn (NYT: August 2010) NYC by night

Features and Essays – Sean Smith: Afghanistan (Guardian: July 2010)

Features and Essays - Eros Hoagland: Taliban Make Inroads in Strategic Province (NYT: July 2010)

Neil Burgess’ comments on the state of photojournalism, originally published on the Editorial Photographers UK website here have received a lot of attention today in the Twittersphere after Guardian picked up the story…

Articles - Guardian: Photojournalism is dead – agency boss laments the passing of an era (Guardian: August 2010) Original comments on the EPUK website

Agencies – Ben Lowy moved from VII Network to Reportage by Getty Images, and Getty have some of his portfolios now online here. The photo seen above is from the Afghanistan Redux series.

Forgot to put up a link to this Franck interview – pun intended – yesterday when I linked to her photos in Nowness…

InterviewsMartine Franck (Nowness: 2010)

Also forgot this.. PhotographersPaulo Monteiro

Twitter - Shahidul Amal

I remember having seen this photo on the cover of Aperture once…

Features and Essays - Trevor  Paglen: Invisible (New Yorker Photo Booth: August 2010) Invisible: Covert Operations and Classified Landscapes,” a new book by the artist Trevor Paglen, is an album of the visual side of secret worlds.

Book review of Little Brown Mushroom’s recent Trent Parke publication. This review’s slightly critical. I’m sure there are other opinions out there too. I can’t offer any personal opinion as I haven’t seen the book…

Books (reviews) – Tom Leininger: Bedknobs & Broomsticks by Trent Parke : Published by Little Brown Mushroom, June 2010 (Fraction Magazine: August 2010)

I tend to shy away from putting links to equipment reviews, but this one about a small portable projector caught my attention.. Alternative way to show your portfolio perhaps…(This is not an endorsement obviously. Haven’t even seen the thing myself…)

Equipment - Product Review: The BenQ GP1, “Ultra Portable Projector” (Daylight Magazine blog: 2010)

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Features and Essays - Ed Kashi: Pakistan’s Heartland Under Threat (NGM: July 2010) West meets East in prosperous, populous Punjab. But the Taliban wants to change the status quo.

Features and Essays – Joe McNally: The 21st Century Grid (NGM: July 2010) Can we fix the infrastructure that powers our lives?  [NB the slideshow includes one image by Vincent Laforet]

Features and Essays - George Steinmetz: A Sea of Dunes (NGM: July 2010) Conjured by wind and water, a magical sandscape on the northeastern coast of Brazil is no mirage.

Books – Trent Parke: Bedknobs & Broomsticks (Little Brown Mushrooms Books: 2010) Related LBM blog post

InterviewsIndre Serpytyte (Conscientious: 2010) 

Articles - Telegraph – PhotoEspana 2010 (Telegraph) PhotoEspana runs from June7th until 25th July.

Articles – BJP: Magnum Photos Collection opens to public (BJP: June 2010)

Articles - NYT – Combing Cambodia for Missing Friends (NYT: June 2010) Tim Page is searching the remains of his friend Sean Flynn, who disappeared during the Vietnam War.

Blogs - PhotoEphemera : “Poking through the dustbin of photographic history”

multiMediaLatest issue of Lens Culture available online

Tutorials – Think Tank Photo: Multimedia DSLR Buyers Guide (Think Tank Photo: 2010)

Twitter - Joe McNally 

Twitter - St Petersburg Times Photo

multiMediaLatitude : “Latitude magazine is a historical record of the world as it exists on one day. On the 20th of March 2010, 41 world-class photographers located in 36 countires around the world, all photographed their immediate surroundings, capturing the daily lives of individuals, communities and workplaces in a manner that expands our understanding of the world.”

Features and Essays – Adam Dean: Afghanistan (Veja.com: 2010)

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