The Observer likes to hunt

Half a dozen years ago I was a romantic. Everything bordered on being overwhelming. As I started to understand what that dark romantic feeling was all about, I feared I might become a cynic. Luckily, I’ve managed to keep my distance from such a corrosive approach to life, but sometimes not to photography. As I…

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٠ The ‘ancient’ art of cut & paste (using one’s own hands, if you can imagine) ٠

© Christine Gensheimer, Hunde, 2007. Photo-collage. © Christine Gensheimer, Eberhards, 2010. Photo-collage. © Maria Kassab, Fauve. Paper collage. © Maria Kassab, Sans-titre. Paper collage. © Maria Kassab, Slow This Bird Down, 2013. Photo-collage. © Isabel Reitemeyer, Herr A. und Frau I., 2008. Collage. © Isabel Reitemeyer, Frau L.. Collage. © Isabel Reitemeyer, Auf dem Arm.…

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٠ 21st century food styling ٠

© Henry Hargreaves, in collaboration with chef/stylist Caitlin Levin, from the series Mark Rice-Ko. © Henry Hargreaves, in collaboration with chef/stylist Caitlin Levin, from the series Mark Rice-Ko. © Sarah Anne Ward, in collaboration with food stylist Heather Meldrom, Pollock-rice krispie treats © Sarah Anne Ward, in collaboration with food stylist Heather Meldrom, Mondrian-jello jigglers …

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٠ Sandro Ferreira, memory code: 6174 ٠

© Sandro Ferreira, Não lhe digas para onde vais amanhã (Don’t tell her where you’ll be tomorrow), from the project “6174” Set of a hundred booklets, with dimensions identical to those with speeches of some dignitaries of the Portuguese dictatorial regime: “Estado Novo”. © Sandro Ferreira, from the project 6174. The left card reads The…

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┐ Heidi Kirkpatrick └

© Heidi Kirkpatrick,Mother, 2001 © Heidi Kirkpatrick,Mahjong tiles, 2011 “Portland based photographerHeidi Kirkpatrick uses photographs to transform found objects into playful pieces of art. Her images reveal a view of the world experienced by women and she prints them on film positives which she mounts within or on found objectssuch as vintage tins, blocks, boxes,…

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┐ Kevin Van Aelst └

I don’t usually post on photographers whose work is being highlighted by other photography bloggers, since people who visit this place are often the same. I like to offer something else, and for that I trust my own parallel research. There are times like this when I shred that “rule” to pieces given the impact…

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┐ Jan von Holleben └

© Jan von Holleben, Untitled #14, from the series Mystery of Monsters, 2009 © Jan von Holleben, Untitled #15, from the series Mystery of Monsters, 2009 “Like amateur pornography, the pleasure of von Holleben’s work derives from its honesty. “People appreciate I’m not over-constructing an image: changing it in Photoshop 25 times, and their sense…

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┐ Tim Roda └

© Tim Roda, Untitled #24, 2004 © Tim Roda, Untitled #138, 2007 “I started using photography, not for the love of the technical aspects of the medium, but because of its properties, both abstract and physical. It is the only medium I can use to best depict my vision of life, art and time. Although…

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║ Janieta Eyre ║

© Janieta Eyre, Motherhood, from the series Motherhood © Janieta Eyre, Two pages from my diary, from the series Lady Lazarus “Speaking of photographs of racing horses, Rodin once said ‘It is the artist who is truthful and the camera that lies because, in reality; time does not stand still”. When Janieta Eyre states that…

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║ Viktoria Sorochinski ║

© Viktoria Sorochinski, Room 2, from the series The Space Between, 2007-2008 © Viktoria Sorochinski, Room 4, from the series The Space Between, 2007-2008 “The haunting feeling of dislocation and alienation in any place I live (due to several immigrations) was the main inspiration to create a series of contained spaces that represent my attempt…

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║ Susanna Hesselberg ║

© Susanna Hesselberg, No Title, 1998 © Susanna Hesselberg, Desperate Men, 2005 “…Several of Hesselberg’s figures are women who are frozen in physically limiting positions. As such, the photographs can be read as feminist commentaries on the reality of women, but one can also find a corresponding interest in the existence of men – both…

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║ Kanako Sasaki ║

© Kanako Sasaki, Outcast, from the series Wanderlust, 2003-04 © Kanako Sasaki, leva, Riga, Latvia from the series The World of Groping, 2006 “Kanako Sasaki’s photographs are largely self-portraits. Not only does she pose in her pictures, but the works are also inspired directly from her own childhood memories and imagination. Sasaki’s photos capture the…

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║ Brad Moore ║

© Brad Moore, Trini Circle, Westminster, California, 2006  © Brad Moore, Islands, Westminster, California, 2007 “These photographs were shot in modest, well-worn, suburban cities in central and inland Southern California. Built in the 50s and 60s, these cities provided a new home and future to a post-war population. While Southern California’s coastal cities flourish, cities…

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