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R.I.P René Burri -Swiss Magnum Photographer

October 20th, 2014
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    René Burri (9 April 1933 – 20 October 2014) was a Swiss photographer known for his photos of major political, historical and cultural events and key figures of the second half of the 20th century. Burri worked for Magnum Photos and has been photographing political, military and artistic figures and scenes since 1946. He made portraits of Che Guevara and Pablo Picasso as well as iconic pictures of São Paulo and Brasília.

    Newsha Tavakolian – Refused the Prize Money

    September 19th, 2014

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    Newsha Tavakolian (see more from her portfolio)

    Keeping True to an Iranian Vision, Minus Big Money

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    She has instead walked away from the prestigious prize after what she considered repeated interference from Mr. Carmignac, whom she accused in a lengthy Facebook post and subsequent interview with Lens of distorting her vision by editing her images, demanding changes to her text and insisting on titling the project “The Lost Generation,” which she thought was not only a cliché, but could possibly provoke Iranian authorities. While she said the foundation had announced it had “adjourned” her prize because of fears for her safety in Iran, she said the only perils she faced were artistic ones from Mr. Carmignac, who she said seemed intent on controlling her take on her homeland and experiences.

    “I had to make a choice between my artistic freedom and my dignity, or the glory of something that is not real or not mine when it comes to what kind of book do I have,” Ms. Tavakolian said in a phone interview from Tehran.

    In the Mood for Fan Ho’s Photography – Hong Kong 1950

    September 10th, 2014
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  • Fan Ho (homepage)

  • Fan Ho: finding love and light in 1950s Hong Kong – in pictures

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    Ho Fan (Chinese: 何藩) (born October 8, 1937) is a celebrated Chinese photographer, film director and actor. He has won over 280 awards from international exhibitions and competitions worldwide since 1956 for his photography

    American Friend in Texas, Dennis, Wim Wenders & Dean Stockwell

    August 14th, 2014
  • On the set of The American Friend

  • Bruno Ganz and Dennis (American Friend directed by Wim Wenders, based on a story by Patricia Highsmith )

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    Dennis Hopper, Wim Wenders, Bruno Ganz, and Nicholas Ray while filming ‘The American Friend,’ 1976 — Caterine Milinaire.

  • Dennis Hopper last movie and photos (See Jean Tingueley, Ed Ruscha etc)

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    Neil Young in Desert Shot – Photo by Dennis Hopper
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    Happy birthday Wim Wenders! (With Harry on the left and Dean on the right)

    Dean Stockwell - Delicate to Delirium

    Photo of Dean Stockwell by Dennis Hopper

  • Portrait of Brando by Margaret Bourke White

    June 14th, 2014
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    Margaret Bourke-White (June 14, 1904 – August 27, 1971)

  • See some great photos here Women at Work

    Margaret Bourke-White (1904–1971) was a woman of firsts: the first foreign journalist allowed to take pictures of industries in the Soviet Union; the first female photographer hired by Life magazine and its first female war correspondent. In fact, her work graced the first Life cover in November 1936. Bourke-White’s interests ranged far and wide, from photographing the drought victims of the Dust Bowl to chronicling the combat zones of World War II and the violence of the India/Pakistan partition.

  • Chantal Akerman at 64 – 2014

    June 5th, 2014

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    Chantal Akerman (Mubi)

    One of the boldest cinematic visionaries of the past quarter century, the film-school dropout Chantal Akerman takes a profoundly personal and aesthetically idiosyncratic approach to the form, using it to investigate geography and identity, space and time, sexuality and religion.

    Don’t Miss Chantal Akerman’s Study of Pina Bausch at Lincoln Center

    What Akerman can’t express in words, she makes piercingly specific with her images.

    One Day Pina Asked me (video)

    Divine Delphine Seyrig as Jeanne Dielman

    Colin Marshall..

    Jeanne Dielman understands what all the best works of cinema do: implication and occurrence are two different things. Where so many mediocre films deal in visual shorthand that merely suggests to us that certain events have happened, this one has its events actually take place. That this builds their importance far beyond any quick-cut battle for the very future of humanity might point toward an answer to the feminist question: these are domestic duties we’re watching, and the film treats them with a gravity that somehow goes beyond aesthetics. You could call its story tragic, but just by existing it demonstrates an artistic fact that’s sadder than anything going on in its content. By letting its content dictate its form — or rather, by letting its content and form exist in symbiosis — the film achieves what most films could if they did the same. But almost no film does.

    Google mapping Jeanne Dielman 23 Quai de Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

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    La Captive
    Here was a review by Hoberman (scroll down)

    Chantal Akerman’s La Captive is another sort of psycho-epistemological inquiry that asks: How can we know another?


  • Aurore Clement in Rendez Vous D’Anna (youtube)


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  • Previous post (D’est, her photographs exhibition, Pina Bausch on youtube etc)

    Portraits by Rineke Dijiskstra

    June 2nd, 2014

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    Below are some examples from one of those series. She did a large series of photos of young men and women who were joining the military (in different countries). She’d shoot an image of the individual just before they enlist and then go back and shoot other images of them at different points over the course his or her career. The resulting images show just how much the military changes a person, both physically and (evidenced by facial expressions and posture) mentally. See if you can find any examples of your own. (via)

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    Rineke Dijiskstra (Hyperallergic)

    After hearing Richard Armstrong rightly classify Dijkstra as a “peerless” artist in an era of artmaking that often seems to lack authenticity, it is hard not to wonder why Dijkstra’s artwork does indeed feel so singular. The answer seems to be something of a paradox: because Dijkstra’s photographs are so openly inspired by the 17th century Dutch master painters, they are uniquely compelling as 21st century hyperrealist portraits. The Guggenheim retrospective, which includes seventy photographs and five provocative videos, shows us how Dijkstra draws from the artistic history of the Netherlands, and translates that inspiration into her unique contemporary work.

    Rineke Dijiskstra - born on June 2 1959 in Sittard is a Dutch photographer. She lives and works in Amsterdam.

  • Director of Distant Nuri Bilge Ceylan Won Palm d’Or with Winter Sleep – 2014

    May 24th, 2014
  • Winter Sleep is loosely based on Chekhov, written by Nuri and his wife.

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    Cannes Jury discussion (youtube)

    One of the characters from Distant is a photographer, Ceylan used his own apartment.

  • Speaking of Distant.. great distance lies between these photos.


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    Right photo by Fung Lin Hall (Tempe Arizona) – left photo was posted by Roxanne Rogers who lives in Istanbul

  • Young Nuri..
    Self-portrait.. he was a photographer.

    His bio and his family photos here

    His photos here

    DaVinci Chianti & The Last Supper – Hiroshi Sugimoto, Foster Won Isamu Noguchi Prize

    May 16th, 2014
  • Norman Foster, Hiroshi Sugimoto receive Isamu Noguchi Award

    Norman Foster (Arch daily)

    Acts of God – Hiroshi Sugimoto (see more here)

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    Mao’s Last Banquet by Zhang Hongtu

    Stanley Theater by Sugimoto – (scroll down)

  • Camille Lepage – Young Photo Jounalist Killed In Central Africa

    May 14th, 2014
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    Bearing witness, losing her life (Lens blogs NYtimes)

    French photojournalist Camille Lepage killed in Central African Republic
    French president orders immediate despatch of team to ‘shine light on circumstances of assassination’ of 26-year-old

    Seeking justice for Camille Lepage

    Camille Lepage (Portfolio)

    Remembering Camille Lepage (New Yorker – slideshow )

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    2nd week of August 2013, South Sudanese professional and amateur models gather to be cast to participate in a catwalk at Festival for Fashion and Peace (FFPA) in Juba, South Sudan. © CamilleLepage_hanslucas.com

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    See more photos here – Vanishing Young

  • The Gold Bird Variations – Some Images by Fung Lin Hall

    April 13th, 2014
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    Vanishing Point page 128. David Markson

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    Three Oracles and Three Sculptures Snake or Spoon

    Rainbow Trouts, Jackson Pollack and Birds

    Last Life in the Lens Universe - (with bonus film links)

    Above images by Fung Lin Hall

  • R.I.P Anja Niedringhaus (1965-2014)

    April 5th, 2014

  • One of Anja’s final photos.
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  • R.I.P Anja Niedringhaus October 12, 1965, Germany – Died: April 4, 2014
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