Seeing is believing

Some years ago I was having a discussion with a friend about going to visit animals in enclosed spaces and as my friend was arguing for his position, he stated: how else can I see them? Somehow, I’ve never forgotten his argument, so maybe there’s something to it. At fist, it seems just a very…

Read More

Cha Cha, Bang Bang

I’ve been meaning to watch this for some time, but was lacking the courage, until today. I knew I would be troubled and conflicted about the project, so I was struggling to decide whether I should even see it, to begin with. A friend’s description of the movie was what made me sit still, for…

Read More

Max Pinckers’ quest for style

Somehow Max Pinckers‘ work has never excited me much. I though it was too neat, too contrived, too pretty, too arranged, too controlled… After coming across a feature of Magnum Photos Now about Finding Your Documentary Photography Style and reading the words he chose to describe his approach to documentary photography, I went back to some…

Read More

Have you seen this?

I confess: as soon as I heard about this project I was sold. The history is so special, so out of the ordinary, that it would be impossible for whatever projects that went in contact with it not to acquire some of that originality, depth and playfulness. The Wolfpack, i.e., the Crystal Moselle‘s documentary, follows…

Read More

≡ Thick as air ≡

© Lau Ching Ping, Secret Police at Queen’s pier, from Last Glimpse of Hong Kong series, 2012. © Lau Ching Ping, Schoolmate on Park Island, from Last Glimpse of Hong Kong series, 2012. “To 2013, If you are reading this exhibition epilogue, that means you had survived 2012 safe and sound. People of Hong Kong…

Read More

≡ This Sunday, while cleaning up my bookmarks ≡

I all images © Vasantha Yogananthan, from the series Piémanson. “For Piémanson, photographer Vasantha Yogananthan documents the last free beach in France, capturing the vibrant community that emerges on its shores each summer. Every May, the idyllic beach, located the Camargue Regional Nature Reserve, opens its ten kilometer expanse to campers, who build temporary lodgings…

Read More

⁞ Identities defined by stereotipied ideas of nationality ⁞

Street Level Photoworks‘ upcoming exhibition is called Common Ground: New Documentary Photography from Scotland & Wales and is promoted as a show that brings together “diverse themes and ideas associated with distinctive national and cultural visual inspiration, this collective exhibition welds them together into a cohesive narrative, at times overlapping and continuously referencing and complementing…

Read More

٠ Balaclavas hit the beach ٠

© Peng & Chen , from the series Face-kini © Peng & Chen , from the series Face-kini In China, it’s the height of the tourist season for Qingdao’s famed beaches. But while many of the town’s visitors want to enjoy the sand and water, they’re not so wild about sunbathing. So they often resort…

Read More

٠ ornament ‘AS’ crime ٠

© Stephen Dupont, from Papua New Guinea Portraits and Diaries © Stephen Dupont, from Papua New Guinea Portraits and Diaries © Stephen Dupont, from Papua New Guinea Portraits and Diaries excerpts from Adolf Loos‘ manifesto Ornament and Crime (1908). In the womb the human embryo passes through all the development stages of the animal kingdom.…

Read More

٠ ‘Am I Nothing But Black?’ ٠

© Myra Greene, from the series Character Recognition, 2005-08. Ambrotype on Black glass, 3 by 4 inches. © Myra Greene, from the series Character Recognition, 2005-08. Ambrotype on Black glass, 3 by 4 inches. © Myra Greene, from the series Character Recognition, 2005-08. Ambrotype on Black glass, 3 by 4 inches. © Myra Greene, from…

Read More

٠ Adam Lach’s portrait of Stigma ٠

© Adam Lach, Wroclaw 10.03.2013 Poland. Roma girl, Karolina. Karolina escaped from her parents home (from different part of Poland) because of big love to Alex, one of the slums inhabitant. © Adam Lach, Wroclaw 27.03.2012 Poland Florica family in their barack. From left: Aleksander (mental handicapped after car crash), Adam, Florica, Elvecian, Bunia (mental…

Read More