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…

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⁞ 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…

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٠ The political function of landscape-family photographs in the context of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict ٠

© Gil Pasternak, Esther Pasternak, 1970s. Esther Pasternak collection of family photographs, 1946–99. Description: The defiant lion is a tombstone monument erected in 1932 to commemorate a group of eight Jewish pioneer settlers who, as the Israeli version of the story goes, fell to Arab village militias in the settlement of Tel Hai in 1920…

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٠ The photo-finders as the inauthentic photographers ٠

Le Fabuleux album d’Amélie Poulain […] The photo-finders will refer to themselves as artists or curators, editors or collectors—often, as an unclassifiable mixture. Depending on their self-described status, the archives of found, anonymous photographs they produce will be labeled works of art, exhibitions, projects, or studies—or something in between. Departing from an understanding of the…

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┐ Eiffel Chong └

© Eiffel Chong, Untitled, from the series Royal Malaysia Police “I came across an abandoned police station and found identity photographs of the police personnel being scattered around. Most of them still look good, except for a layer of dust on top of the photographs. However, there were some that have been destroyed by the…

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┐ Sara Rahbar └

© Sara Rahbar, Untitled, from the series Love arrived & How red, photography, 2008 © Sara Rahbar, Trapped in Dark Night with Nowhere to Run, I Have Died a Million Times Every Night in this Bed (left) + Kurdistan Flag #5 (right), from the series Flags, mixed media + textiles, 2005-2010 © Sara Rahbar, Solitary…

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┐ Hannah Villiger (1951-1997) └

© Hannah Villiger, Untitled, 1980 – C-print from Polaroid © Hannah Villiger, Sculptural, 1993 © Hannah Villiger, Untitled, 1980/81 – 12 C-prints of polaroids “When trying to describe physical feelings of any kind, we find ourselves shortchanged by language. I arrived at this conclusion after several, always hopelessly crude attempts to describe fundamental moments in…

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┐ Robert Seydel – Book of Ruth └

© Robert Seydel, all Untitled, from Book of Ruth, collages, c. 2000-09 Robert Seydel’s “Book of Ruth is an alchemical assemblage that composes the life of his alter ego, Ruth Greisman—spinster, Sunday painter, and friend to Joseph Cornell and Marcel Duchamp. Through collages, drawings, and journal entries from Ruth’s imagined life, Seydel invokes her interior…

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┐ Scott Alario └

© Scott Alario, all Untitled, from the project Our Fable “I’m in the process of building a folk tale for my daughter. It is a paternal inevitability to make up stories for one’s children, and for me, doing so has recently become the passion in my creative practice. There are two photographs I remember from…

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┐ Martin Seeds └

© Martin Seeds, from the project I have troubles[…] © Martin Seeds, from the project I have troubles[…] © Martin Seeds, from the project I have troubles[…] “I never set out to document anything. It was more of a search, an investigation. I wanted to understand more of myself. To find others like me. I…

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┐ Pierre Dalpé └

© Pierre Dalpé, Manny and Josephine, 1999 © Pierre Dalpé, Saul, Sarah and Johanne, 1998 “Capitalizing on the multiplicity of an individual’s personality and the many selves housed within all of us, Pierre Dalpé approaches each of his subjects with a duplicitous heart: he twins his subjects within the frame to expose the construction of…

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┐ Modern Battlefields └

photo by @ Juan Manuel Serrano/Associated Press, more images here and here miners struggle for working conditions in Asturias, Spain. It’s been going on for weeks… You can read a personal account of what’s happening here “The total absence of limitation to the thirst for power which wants to hold everything under its thumb, even…

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┐ Elise Victoria Louise Windsor └

@ Elise Victoria Louise Windsor, untitled, from the series mise en abyme @ Elise Victoria Louise Windsor, untitled, from the series mise en abyme “A champion of minimalism, visual artist Elise Windsor creates optical illusions that truly captivate the eye. Her three bodies of work leave you wondering: “How did she do that?” Without breaking…

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