Dante Busquets: ‘Sateluco’ (featuring Propeller’s open call for edition #2 – fiction)

SATELUCO Dante’s statement A self-referential photographic analysis of middle-class suburban Mexico City, based on past relationships with people and urban space, that seeks to establish a visual dialogue with them in the present day. I examine social stratification of the Mexican culture in Sateluco. This project, which received the acquisition prize of the XII Photography…

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Fábio Cunha: ‘Zona, An investigation Report’ (featuring Propeller’s open call for edition #2 – fiction)

ZONA – An Investigation Report Fabio’s statement After the housing crisis caused by the economic and political power, the housing authority decided to open an investigation to assess its consequences. Given that previous reports were ambiguous, fieldwork was needed. Thus an investigator was sent to ZONA with the specific aim of preparing a visual report on…

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‘TOO GRAPHIC TO IGNORE’

photo: Palestinian mourners carry the body of eight-month-old Palestinian baby Leila Anwar Ghandoour, who died from tear gas inhalation in Gaza City on 15 May 2018 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency] As of Sunday, a succession of events has once again reanimated a question that often comes to mind, namely: what would make me go into exile? Throughout…

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Lana Mesić: untold stories

Thinking about photography inevitably makes us wonder what is consider truthful. Fiction is not only part of art (and truth); it is perhaps the privileged space of art, in which it reveals itself as an autonomous entity, apart from what we commonly understand as “real life.” However, if art creates new possibilities, photography fights a very…

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Propeller’s second open call is now OPEN

For our second edition, we chose to address the idea of fiction: (fictĭō, fictiōnis) Modeling, shaping, creation; Act or effect of faking, imaginary thing, fantasy; Fable, invention; Dissimulation, pretense, artifice; Falsehood, conjecture, hypothesis. ʘ Send your proposals to propeller@propeller.pt containing: Name (both of author and project) minimum 7 images (with 1500px largest side) Statement (optional)…

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One year of Propeller

I cannot trace this back to its origins, but I remember reading an interview by someone who started a magazine about artistic content saying you had to be crazy to do so. I now realize you really have to. About a year ago, I joined Hélice to found Propeller and during this year we launched…

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Why the past legitimates the present (retromania and the ‘nostalgising effect’)

The misguided parallel between spontaneity and authenticity is often mentioned here. We, in general (and students in particular), not knowing how to address the issues of photographic representation, tend to evoke “spontaneity”, “purity”, “genuineness”, “naturalness”, etc. to qualify the truthfulness of the images. These words are part of the lexicon of authenticity, whether or not…

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Nebreda: my everlasting love

David Nebreda’s work changed my life. It’s no mystery. I remember the first time I encountered his photographs (or they encountered me): it was in a sort of catalog – David Nebreda: Autorretratos (2002) -, that followed one of the author’s rare solo exhibitions, curated by Javier Panera, during the celebrations of the European Capital…

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Photo Requests from Solitary: this could have been so beautiful…

I came across this project while reading Pete Brook‘s Prison Photography, one of my favorite blogs out there. Photo Requests from Solitary became part of a larger project, but was initially founded by Tamms Year Ten, a grassroots coalition of artists, advocates, family members and men formerly incarcerated in Tamms Correctional Center in southern Illinois. Photo requests from Solitary consists…

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Colour #4: Paula Riff

The first group of images featured below is part of a project entitled What’s love got to do with it. Here’s Paula Riff‘s statement about that project:  I believe in love but it comes and goes.  Like the falling of leaves, love often falls gently to the ground; at least that’s my experience. Marbling paper…

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