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The subject matter is so much more important than the photographer

While browsing through the internet I regularly come across on very interesting article about photography and visual culture. Here is to share a new selection of handpicked articles and links.

“The subject matter is so much more important than the photographer.”
(Gordon Parks)

Technique counts but to make a photo that touches your soul, empathy is the key.
Why Photos Should Be ‘So Much More Than Beautiful’ (National Geographic Story)
“Photographer Ami Vitale covers stories about culture, animals, and global issues with a thoughtful eye. Her work aims to engage viewer’s emotions while informing them about global issues. As part of our “Through the Lens” series, we spoke with Vitale to find out what makes her tick.”

Good and really workable tips”: 5 Things That Will Instantly Improve Your Photography
Tip number 1:  “Have Patience.”
“If you are not prepared to be patient, you’re not going to get many shots you like.”

Behind the photos – The Man on the Bed (Time)
This AFP photo from Aleppo is one of the most haunting, powerful images I’ve seen in a long time. A novel in one shot. A 70-year-old man smokes his pipe as he sits in his destroyed bedroom, listening to music, in Aleppo’s formerly rebel-held neighborhood of al-Shaar on March 9, 2017.

And read the story by the original photographer Joseph Eid: The music over the ruins of Aleppo (AFP)

Follow New York Street Photographer Daniel Arnold´s special look and his really creatively Streetphotography
Daniel Arnold’s Tongue-in-Cheek Take on New York Style (New York Times)

What a photo series. Photographies of giant Pipes in Germany. (Fubiz)
“Robert Götzfried grew up and lives today in southern Germany, surrounded by church, including Catholic churches. Buildings of which he appreciates the architecture and the calm that reigns inside. What intrigued him inside these places of worship are the giant pipes emerging from the organs. His Pipes series below demonstrates this.”

Backstage with “Lady” Billie Holiday. An intimate photo set taken in 1957. Two Years before she died.

How dogs get older: A fascinating and deeply touching photography project
Photographer Amanda Jones has dedicated the past 20 years to an incredible photography project which aims to show just how fleeting the lives of our beloved pets are.

A look back. New York Street Photography in the 70s and 80s
“The 1970s and 1980s were gritty, exciting times in New York City. Manhattan pulsed with energy, with different sides of the city revealing danger and opulence. As the city transformed into the New York we now know, those heady days seem a distant memory.”

How to Spot a Highly Evolved Photographer
Beautiful photo set with inspiring quotes. “Photographers are found in abundance. Exceptional ones, though are extremely rare. Even in the most respected organizations, few can captivate the viewer by evoking wonder, curiosity, and inspiration. Only a handful of highly evolved photographers can capture imagery with the potency and emotion that wins Pulitzers.”

30 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1987
Take a step into a visual time capsule now, for a brief look at the year 1987 (41 photos).

Stunning photo selection of cloud images captured from around the world.
“Roll clouds and wave-like asperitas are among the additions to the new digital International Cloud Atlas, that dates back to the 19th century. It features hundreds of images captured by meteorologists and cloud lovers from around the world.”

Evocative abstract images mark Ray K Metzker out as one of the great masters of photography
Metzker was a modernist who experimented with formal techniques to create new ways of seeing. His evocative cityscapes mark him out as one of the great masters of American photography.

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Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.

While browsing through the internet I regularly come across on very interesting article about photography and visual culture. Here is to share a new selection of handpicked articles and links.

“Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.”
(David Alan Harvey)

Es ist wieder Zeit aus den vielen Seiten im weltweiten Netz in loser Folge handverlesene Artikel und Links aus den Bereichen Fotografie, Visuelle Kultur u.a. zu teilen.

50 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1967
A half-century ago, protests erupted around the world against the Vietnam War, Montreal hosted Expo ‘67, race riots in the U.S. destroyed parts of Detroit and other northern cities, Elvis Presley married Priscilla in Las Vegas, O.J. Simpson was a running back for the University of Southern California, Israel fought and won the Six- Day War against Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, the 20th Century Limited passenger train made its final run from New York to Chicago, and much more.

“Intro sequence to “Abstract”. I drew this on the car window while driving with the film crew.”
Chrsitoph Niemann is a visual storyteller and created already many cover for The New Yorker. He connects creativity, humour, art and visual storytelling to an unique work. (via Christoph Niemann)

Behind the scenes at the Baftas 2017 – in pictures
Great b/w photo scenes with some candid shots taken at the Baftas 2017.
With exclusive backstage access, Guardian photographer Sarah Lee captured the stars’ preparations, the parties and the red carpet atmosphere of this year’s British Academy film awards.

Hengki Koentjoro is a master in black and white photography.

Tips for Long-term Photographic Projects (Magnum Photos)
Are you thinking for a long term project in photography. Here are five lessons in developing and sustaining a long-term photographic project from Magnum and industry insiders. for example: Have a mission statement

The city that sleeps: deserted New York City
New York is home to more than 8 million inhabitants but Genaro Bardy has managed to photograph the city devoid of people. Part of a wider project called Desert in the City, which includes London, Paris and Rome.

Photos of NYC in the early 1970s
In the early 1970s, Camilo José Vergara trained his camera on scenes of everyday street life in New York City. His photographs captured kids playing on the street, subway cars before graffiti, sections of the Bronx that look bombed out, and the construction of the World Trade Center in progress.

Landscapes within landscapes
Artist Laura Plageman, who works in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she grew up, manipulates her photographs physically rather than digitally. In her ongoing series Response, she alters sea and landscapes and forest scenes to create something she describes as being “both a truth and a fiction”.

Cut in two: travels along the US-Mexico border
Borderproject2017 aims to document life on both sides of the US/Mexico border. Three AFP photographers, Jim Watson, Yuri Cortez, and Guillermo Arias, spent ten days travelling along the 2,000 mile frontier from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.

Sony world photography awards 2017 shortlist
Some incredible photography shortlisted in this year’s Sony World Photo Awards.

Land of blood and honey: David Rubinger’s Israel
In memoria. David Rubinger’s images of Israel showed the chaos and humanity behind the headlines.

Linda Wisdom – Light Chaser
“My Light Chaser series of images has been an ongoing project for about 8 years, pretty much since I discovered my passion for street photography. As a street photographer and self-confessed ‘light chaser’, my eyes automatically gravitate towards ‘interesting light’ (whether man-made or natural), and using it in a creative manner.”
English photographer Linda Wisdom is a master in street photography and in black and white photography.

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You don’t take a photograph, you make it

While browsing through the internet I regularly come across on very interesting article about photography and visual culture. Here is to share a new selection of handpicked articles and links in English/German.

You don’t take a photograph, you make it.
(Ansel Adams)

Es ist wieder Zeit aus den vielen Seiten im weltweiten Netz in loser Folge handverlesene Artikel und Links aus den Bereichen Fotografie, Visuelle Kultur u.a. in Deutscher und Englischer Sprache zu teilen.

Martin U Waltz is one of my favourite photographer. Living in Berlin, he loves among other things the combination of rain and street photography. Since rain changes the mood and the city completely, he write in his good read article. 3 tips for amazing street photographs in the rain. And the first tip is “Bring an unbrella”.
How to shoot street photography in the rain

The unknown hue of blueish light is hidden for the human eye, but the photography shows us things we otherwise overlook, such as a simple traffic light on the street.
Traffic lights by photographer Lucas Zimmermann

Arcticphotography. Timo Lieber´s aerial shots of the lakes forming on the Arctic ice cap are a beautiful but chilling reminder of the impact of climate change.
Timo Lieber’s Arctic photography

Street Photography from Berlin by Oliver Krumes, 2016/2017.

Trekking and dessert photography taken in Iran. Iran’s Dasht-e Lut with its giant dunes, salt plains and kaluts provides an epic journey of breathtaking beauty and wilderness, as seen in these images from a 15-day trek with Secret Compass.
Trekking Iran’s Lut desert: a wild, remote adventure – in pictures

Philippe Halsman’s photos of celebrities jumping (Richard Nixon, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, etc.). For a period in the 1950s, Halsman ended his portrait shoots by asking his famous subjects to jump. The results were disarming. Follow the link and Jump

What makes a photo great? 4 key elements: Design, Information, Emotion, and Timing.
The 4 Key Elements that Make a Great Photo

Excellent article by Amanda Petrusich about John Cale´s Inventive Retrospection and his great back catalogue.

Above and beyond: a selection of the world’s best drone photography from SkyPixel’s 2016 in pictures.

Love this. Harold Feinstein’s shots of ordinary New Yorkers helped kickstart the street photography boom.
Coney Island, baby! The romance of mid-century New York

Ignore the Super Bowl and follow the beautiful photo essay! It is “Superb Owl” Sunday. (with 28 images)

Ein richtig tolles Interview was Jochen Wegner für das ZEIT-Magazin mit dem Amerikanischen Schriftsteller William Gibson, der u.a. den Cyberspace erfand, über die Zukunft. Bitte hier weiterlesen…

Joachen Wegner: Mr. Gibson, warum gibt es noch Bücher?

Gibson: Weil alle Alternativen nicht befriedigend sind. Ein physisches Objekt, das 300 unterschiedliche Screenshots darstellt, aber keine Elektrizität benötigt und für die Ewigkeit ist, wenn Sie es einigermaßen warm und trocken halten, ist eine verblüffende, hochmoderne Technologie. Mit der ersten elektromagnetischen Pulswaffe, die über Ihrer Stadt ausgelöst wird, werden alle anderen Informationen zerstört sein. Aber Ihr Buch ist noch da.

Und in eigener Sache. Seit Januar schreibe ich zusammen mit dem Bloggerfreund Gerhard in seinem Blog “Kulturforum” eine Artikelserie rundum “Black Music”. Im “Soul Family Tree” geht es um Musik, vom Blues über Soul, Funk, Jazz bis zur Moderne was den Hip Hop z.B. mit einbezieht. Bislang sind 6 Artikel erschienen und der nächste wird wie immer Freitags erscheinen. Ich wünsche mir für die Serie viele Leser. Nicht darum weil ich meistens die Artikel schreibe, sondern weil das Thema “Black Music” spannend ist und einfach einen größeren Blograum braucht.
Bitte hier weiterlesen…

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Think up ideas for stories, go out and shoot them

While browsing through the internet I regularly come across on very interesting article about photography and visual culture. Here is to share a new selection of handpicked articles and links in English/German.

Es ist wieder Zeit aus den vielen Seiten im weltweiten Netz in loser Folge handverlesene Artikel und Links aus den Bereichen Fotografie, Visuelle Kultur u.a. in Deutscher und Englischer Sprache zu teilen.

“Think up ideas for stories, go out and shoot them” (Stanley Kubrick/1948)
The New York subway, by Stanley Kubrick. Shots by a 17-year-old Kubrick, for ‘Look’ magazine

Pete Souza ist Fotograf und war in den vergangenen fast 8 Jahren der Fotograf an Barrack Obamas´s Seite. Herausgekommen sind eine ganze Reihe von herausragenden Bildern die bleiben werden.
Official White House photographer Pete Souza spent eight years by the president’s side, capturing more than two million moments, large and small. The resulting body of work documents the work and play that took place in the White House and beyond, with a number of iconic images that will live for years in history books.
The Obama Years, Through the Lens of White House Photographer Pete Souza

Autoportraits aus den 70´er Jahren aufgenommen in New York.
Langdon Clay spent two years in the 1970s roaming the streets of New York at night, photographing parked and abandoned cars, a period when America was producing some of the most distinctive cars ever made.
Eerie portraits of cars in 1970s New York – in pictures

Herbie Hancock, Pharoah Sanders, Roy Ayers and more Living Jazz Legends …always dressed to kill.
These 10 Living Legends of Jazz Prove Nobody Can Out-Dress the OGs

Streetphotography in Boston and New York
The eyes of the city: 20 years of street photography – in pictures

Gratitude to London coffee shops and cafes. From “Slice of London Life’s archives.” And by the way the archive is a treasure trove by Nicola Albon.
Working Hard in Cafe´s

Wonderful Black and White Photography (via Jürgen Lübeck)

Harry Benson: “What I’ve learned is that photography is not a team sport. Perseverance counts.”
The photojournalist and celebrity portraitist has photographed every U.S. president since Eisenhower, attended Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball, marched with Martin Luther King Jr., and documented the Berlin wall go both up and down.
‘Photography Is Not a Team Sport

Wise words and professional practice by Magnum Photographer John Morris
“Good composition takes the eye to the focal point.”
Professional Practice: John Morris on Photo Editing

Storytelling at his best via New York Times. Step into the World of L.A. noir through a series of nine virtual reality films & striking b/w photographs.
Great Performers

Missing snow? Street photography that shows a winter wonderland in Russia

Magische Architekturfotografie. Eine inspirierende Balance aus Realismus und maximaler Bildwirkung
Andreas Levers: “Nachdem ich anfangs jedem Trend hintergelaufen bin und versucht habe „Erfolgsrezepte“ zu optimieren, bin ich irgendwann frustriert dazu übergegangen für mich selbst zu fotografieren. Wenn man konsequent seinen eigenen Weg sucht und dann geht, finden sich auch Menschen, die sich dafür interessieren.”
Die nüchterne Magie der Architektur – Andreas Levers im Interview

Es gibt Texte aus 2016 die auch im neuen Jahr aktuell sind. “Die Hoffnung vertieft und erweitert sich dort, wo Menschen aufeinander zugehen…” (Carolin Emcke)
Normalität (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

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Read More Blogs

Other than writing a daily blog (a practice that’s free, and priceless), reading more blogs is one of the best ways to become smarter, more effective and more engaged in what’s going on…
Good blogs aren’t focused on the vapid race for clicks that other forms of social media encourage. Instead, they patiently inform and challenge, using your time with respect. (Seth Godin)

Wer will Seth Godin da widersprechen. Und mit einem RSS-Reader ist es zudem leicht geworden sich sein eigenes Lesemenu zu organisieren. Der Reader ist zu meiner wichtigsten Informationsquelle geworden. Fast jede Seite im Netz verfügt über einen RSS-Feed den man abonnieren kann. RSS steht für “Rich Site Summary” und ist ein Datenformat, das wiederum von RSS-Readern ausgelesen werden kann. So bekommt man ein großes Angebot und kann dies jederzeit im Reader verdichten oder vergrößern. Da Nachrichten in einem unendlichen Strom fließen, behält man mit dem Reader die Übersicht und man kann den Nachrichtenstrom gut und vor allem mit wenig Zeitaufwand organisieren ohne die Webseite direkt aufzurufen.

Oder wie Seth Godin es gut ausdrückt: “RSS still works. It’s still free. It’s still unfiltered, uncensored and spam-free.”

Seth Godin empfiehlt zur besseren Übersicht einen RSS Feed-Reader und im speziellen Feedly. Ich nutze Feedly schon länger und bin damit recht zufrieden. Ich kann einzelne Artikel speichern, zum späteren lesen oder Artikel in andere Netzwerke weiter teilen. Die Verbindung zu anderen Diensten klappt auch. Und bei mir braucht es auch kein modernes Super-Design. Auch wenn es viele Anbieter gibt, bin ich irgendwann bei Feedly hängen geblieben. Mit diesem Feedly-Link kann man meinem FREIRAUM-Blog folgen. Man muss sich nur bei Feedly, z.B. über Facebook, Google +, anmelden und kann dann mit seinem eigenen Lesemenu loslegen.

Übrigens gibt es meine Artikel ungekürzt im Volltext im RSS-Reader. Wer mag darf gern seine Erfahrungen mit Feedly oder Empfehlungen zu anderen RSS-Readern in den Kommentaren hinterlassen.

Short summary in English: Seth Godin wrote an interesting blog post and recommend to read more blogs and to use a RSS-Reader. Who wants to disagree. He suggest the service from  Feedly is a RSS-Reader Service where you can organize your favourite sources in the best of the net. And it works well still the connection to other services. You can save articles for reading later. You can share articles in other networks and many more. Follow the Feedly-Link to subscribe my blog and start with your own favourites. By the way I offer my blog articles in full text. If you like share your experiences with Feedly or other RSS-Reader and leave a comment.


Looking In From Outside

While browsing through the internet I regularly come across on very interesting articles, videos and images. Here is to share a new selection of handpicked articles in English/German.

Kodachrome memories of New York
Looking at Robert Herman’s photographs of New York in the 1980s is a little like watching a movie. Taken in an era of New York City that has become more beloved and romanticized the further we move away from it, Herman’s work has a cinematic quality that is hard to miss.

The Diane Arbus You’ve Never Seen
Wonderful photo set. The Diane Arbus Photos. She was often looking in from outside. The street was the pathway to the private world.

Solitude in the city: Rui Palha Street Photographers (Leica Camera Blog Interview)
Amazing Work. Rui Palha is a Lisbon based photographer. Voted by two separate websites in 2015 as one of the top street photographers in the world, Rui captures the sense of solitude and isolation we can all sometimes feel in a big city. You want more to see. Click on his Web-Site and on his Instagram-Account.

Taiwanese Typhoon Blues
“I focused on the ‘calm before the storm’ moments.”
So when the first typhoon in the season hit Taiwan three years ago, I decided to take the camera and check it out by myself. Since then I’ve experienced three typhoon seasons, photographed 10 typhoons and travelled thousands of kilometers along the east coast of Taiwan.

Scharf wie 140 Gigapixel
Was sich von frühen Fotografieren lernen lässt. Denkanstoß für visuelle Kultur. Es ist nicht die Kamera oder das Objektiv. Es ist und bleibt das Auge des Fotografen.

Zwischen Lizenzen und verschwundenen Metadaten: Der Basis-Werkzeugkasten für Bildersucher
Ein interessanter wie hilfreicher Artikel für alle Bildurheber, die ihre Arbeiten im Netz veröffentlichen. Denn man sollte von Zeit zu Zeit die Suchmaschinen bemühen um nachzuschauen wo z.B. die eigenen Fotos zu finden sind. In der Zwischenzeit gibt es viele Helfer mit denen man gezielt suchen kann.

Das Pep Guardiola Experiment
Eigentlich wollte ich selbst etwas schreiben. Doch dann kam der gute SpOn-Artikel der anhand von 4 Pressekonferenzen ein differenziertes Bild des zweifellos sehr guten wie wortkargen Neu-Trainer von Manchester City. Ein langer Artikel der sich lohnt.

Euro 2016 I
The complete guide to every team and player. Profiles of all 24 teams and 552 players, including tactics, caps, goals, hobbies, tattoos and much more.

Euro 2016 II
CONTENT-MARKETING FÜR DIE EURO 2016 – Uefa greift ins TV-Programm ein
Wer die Spiele zur EM 2016 übertragen möchte, muss auch vorproduzierte Inhalte der UEFA senden. Die Aufregung darüber hält sich in Grenzen, weil dieses System bereits fest etabliert ist. Beispielsweise werden 8 Beiträge bei ARD und ZDF laufen. Das Schweizer Fernsehen SRG muss jedoch 300 Minuten senden.
Zitat aus dem Artikel: “Letztlich lassen sich die Sender erpressen von der Uefa, die ihr begehrtes Produkt Euro 2016 als Einfallstor nutzt für die Platzierung von Content Marketing.”

“Thinking about what might have happened, what could have happened, is a necessary element in trying to understand what did happen.”
(Fritz Stern)


Keep Moving

While browsing through the internet I regularly come across very interesting and inspiring articles, videos and images. Here is to share a new selection of handpicked articles and stories in English/German.

Rules of Writing
I like those kind of inspiring lists. Neil Gainman´s 8 Rules of writing:
“Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.”

Everything About These Pictures Of A Tiny, Adventurous Lego Photographer is Awesome
U.K. photographer Andrew Whyte took pictures of a tiny Lego man taking pictures every day for a year on his iPhone, and they’re all tiny treasures.

Misplaced Design New York
Ein bemerkenswertes Projekt um verschwundene Gebäude die irgendwo im Nirgendwo stehen?
Eleven New York City landmarks have been misplaced, their current location unknown. Photographs of unclear origin appear to show them scattered across the globe – on sand dunes, mud flats, “lunar” plains, and rocky beaches. Nobody knows exactly what happened or why. (via)

North Korea. This special gallery photographed by Michael Huniewicz will focus on getting into the country. An interesting view in 2 Parts behind.

Graphic and surreal aereal images of swimming pools across southern Germany
For his latest project Pools, German photographer Stephan Zirwes studies one of earth’s most precious and vital resources: water. In these aerial shots of swimming pools across southern Germany, Zirwes contemplates our tendency to privatize what is a public asset.

The next Rembrandt
A project called The Next Rembrandt has aimed to do just that with its attempt “to distill the artistic DNA of Rembrandt” using everything from building and analyzing “an extensive analysis of his paintings [ … ] pixel by pixel,” to performing a demographic study determining his conclusive portrait subject (“a Caucasian male with facial hair, between the ages of thirty and forty, wearing black clothes with a white collar and a hat, facing to the right”), to creating a height map to mimic his physical brush strokes. (OpenCulture)

Andrian Kreye fragt dazu in der Süddeutschen Zeitung: “Große Malerei löst große Gefühle aus. Auch, wenn sie digital erschaffen wurde?”

Ein nagelneues Rembrandt-Bild wurde vor kurzem in Amsterdam präsentiert. Das Ölbild mit der charakteristischen Pinselführung, dem Licht und den Farben kommt jedoch aus einem 3D-Drucker. Es ist das erste Ölbild einer künstlichen Intelligenz. Die Universität in Delft fütterte, für ein Forschungsprojekt, deren Computer mit allen Daten, Details und Aspekten von Rembrandt. Ich glaube nicht, das sozusagen als künstlicher Beltracchi nun von anderen Künstlern weitere Bilder erscheinen werden. Dafür ist das ganze Verfahren zu aufwendig. Dennoch bieten sich dabei auch Möglichkeiten an, wie z.B. bei Teilzerstörten Gemälden, diese mittels KI (Künstlicher Intelligenz) wieder zumLeben zu erwecken.

Timmendorfer Langzeitbelichtungen
Schöne von der Natur stimmungsvolle Langzeitbelichtungen und Betrachtungen am Timmendorfer Strand. Ein Abend – Eine Nacht – Ein Morgen.

Steve McQueens Kultfilm “Le Mans”
Der Deutsche Schauspieler Siegfried Rauch erinnert sich an die Dreharbeiten und die Zeit mit Steve McQueen. Ein lesenswerter sog. Longread (langer Artikel) mit vielen Fotos und Anekdoten.

Wie soll Street Photography sein?
Sehr wahr: “Spontan, neutral, lebendig…” sollte Street-Photography sein, sagt Fotograf Julius Schrank. Ein lesenswertes Interview mit ebenso inspirierenden Fotos.