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The Painter Constructs, The Photographer Discloses

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

“The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.”
(Susan Sontag)

THE LENS OF FAN HO
The spirit of old Hong Kong lives on in these black-and-white images by master photographer Fan Ho
Fan Ho’s haunting black-and-white photos chronicling old Hong Kong show how much the city has changed since the 1950s. Ho documented the street life of Hong Kong throughout his career as a photographer, offering a glimpse of the lives of city-dwellers with his moody images that were carefully composed with the use of light, shadow, and the contours of architecture.

A hot summer night in London
Midsummer, heavy heat, and London is beside itself: couples kiss by tube station steps, accordion players linger on street corners, the city is alive with the coatless, bare-legged and bewildered. Across the air comes the sound of last orders, police sirens, blurry conversation, while the backstreets stand quiet, lost in the scent of jasmine and dust.
On a midsummer night, after the hottest June day since 1976, photographer Sarah Lee travelled across London with writer Laura Barton to capture the capital’s mood.

The Photojournalist Using His Camera to Level the Score
Wonderful black and white photo set. Over his almost 60-year career photographer Neil Libbert has shot everything from the Brixton Riots to George Best, a young Helen Mirren, the folk working at a DHSS Benefit Office, and children playing on the streets of Harlem in the 1960s.

The Mammoth Pirates
In Russia’s Arctic north, a new kind of gold rush is under way. This is a fascinating photo reportage and natural history writing at its best. Really worth to read.

Why we should learn German by John le Carré
You’ve probably heard the Mark Twain gag: “Some German words are so long they have a perspective.” You can make up crazy adjectives like “my-recently-by-my-parents-thrown- out-of- the-window PlayStation”.

Dennis Stock’s Jazz Street
Dennis Stock evokes the improvisational spirit of the American Jazz scene in the late 1950s.
“I had a passion for jazz. I had listened and attended many jazz sessions from a child on. So I went out for three years and explored the world of musicians all across the United States and had a wonderful time. It was joyful. Just marvelous.”
Have a look on Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Earl Hines, Ella Fitzgerald and many others more.

1000 GESTALTEN / G 20 Hamburg Summit from 1000 GESTALTEN on Vimeo.

The art of taking the perfect Glastonbury photo (Picture Essay)
From stars and politicians on stage to capturing some of the festival’s more unusual characters, Guardian photographer David Levene explains the art of taking the perfect Glastonbury photo.

Gorgeous goats
Meet Ben, Bella, Sherlock and Sydney – the elegant goats turned into portraits by Kevin Horan. As the American photographer explains, he just treated them ‘like customers in a small-town photo studio’.

Chicago’s South Side
The everyday lives of the African-American community in Chicago’s South Side captured by Wayne Miller in a historic photoessay.

How Gandhi’s last day was photographed
In January 1948, French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson took the last photos of Gandhi before the Indian leader’s assassination.

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I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them

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I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them

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

“I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.”
(Diane Arbus)

‘The street is a stage’: photographer David Gaberle’s urban journey
Photographer David Gaberle travelled the world for eight months in 2015 capturing street life and the way people interact in cities, from Tokyo to London, Batumi to New York.

Photo Essay – On Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign trail
Behind the general election in England. Photographer Sean Smith followed Jeremy Corbyn’s throughout the Labour general election campaign from the early days through to the huge Labour victory in Thursday’s general election.

Gavin Doran wrote about the 10 DON’T DO THIS you should never do as a Photographer
7. Over-Edit Your Work
As photographers, we ALL want to make our work look as good as humanly possible. This can include a rigorous amount of editing-especially if you are a perfectionist like me. However, after you spend a significant amount of time editing, it’s always a good practice to step away from the computer or image and come back at a later date.

Backstage at the Bafta TV awards 2017
Wonderful black and white photography. On a very British night of sunshine and showers, photographer Sarah Lee captured all the biggest stars of the small screen.

The forgotton Dream
I would like to draw attention to the Immigrants who wanted to live a better life in America. I tried to connect past and present with visualising these people in today’s environment…Black and white images from the previous century are often forgotten, so I colorised them and retouched the damages to make more connected to the present. The images are fictional, many people couldn’t ever get into Manhattan or live in America.

The Inspiring, Contested Legacy of Dorothea Lange
Black and white photography. Through the lens of social activism. The Inspiring, Contested Legacy of Dorothea Lange.

berlin flat white – government and people
I love the work by street photographer Martin U Waltz. Here to share a selection of his work.

35 Quotes From Master Photographers to Inspire You to Take Great Pictures
While those photography quotes will get you behind the lens, practical advice is also helpful for snapping meaningful pictures. Sometimes, it’s as easy as taking a step in the right direction. “A good photograph is knowing where to stand,” Ansel Adams instructs. But if that fails, just remember, according to Henri Cartier-Bresson, “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”
Quotes about on what is photography, why to take pictures and photographers offering their own photography advices.

How (some) photographers around the world make a living
The World Press Photo Foundation’s annual survey on The State of News Photography paints a broad and generally grim picture of the lives of photographers around the world. Relatively speaking, few have regular employment, women and those outside of Europe and North America are under-represented, income is low, and assignments are rare.

Don´t miss: Portfolio Sunday Sketches by Christoph Niemann

Why You Should Try Soaking 35mm Film in Ramen Soup
What an idea! Photographer Polina Washington dunked her work in ramen broth, Russian river water and boozy lemonade and the results are really special. She said: “In my work, I try to escape reality and create an imaginary world. Soaking film is a great technique for uncovering unseen forces—the vibrations and energies that affect us and our lives.”

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Think up ideas for stories, go out and shoot them

You don’t take a photograph, you make it

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

The subject matter is so much more important than the photographer

The camera sees more than the eye, do why don´t make use of it?

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The camera sees more than the eye, do why don´t make use of it?

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

“The camera sees more than the eye, do why don´t make use of it?”
(Edward Weston)

Night owls: portraits of life on the night bus
Beautiful Street Photography. In an ongoing project, Guardian photographer Sarah Lee immerses herself in the world of London’s buses, capturing candid portraits of people during their night-time journeys.

Travel 3,000 Miles Through China’s Wondrous Wild West
“It’s one of the longest train journeys in the world—2,910 miles (4,683 kilometers) across China. And when photographer Matthieu Paley was looking for ways to get his wife and two sons from Hong Kong to northwest China, it looked like the perfect option.” (National Geographic)

NORTH – An interactive and illustrated travelogue
This is so wonderful: Christoph Niemann travelled to a Norwegian archipel and made this illustrated travelogue for National Geographic.

Dazed and confused: Joseph Szabo’s portraits of adolescence
Joseph Szabo was a frustrated high-school teacher in need of inspiration – so he started photographing his students, and captured all the angst and excitement of being caught between childhood and adulthood.

Will London Fall? How Dare You! (New York Times)
Very good read. The city of London after the brexit. This is an excellent piece in storytelling with brilliant images.

Pull up to the bumper
From 1978 to 1981, David Freund photographed petrol stations in more than 40 US states – adding up to an everyman portrait of America.

Iggy Pop chats to Mary Anne Hobbs (30 minutes/BBC)
Mary Anne Hobbs speaks to music icon Iggy Pop, as part of his 70th Birthday celebrations. The punk pioneer, born James Newell Osterberg, speaks about love, loss and beauty, and his plans for the future.

New York City after the second world war
Todd Webb’s photographs of postwar New York depict the warmth and diversity of the city. He studied under Ansel Adams, and his beautiful black and white shots reflect that influence.

Diane Arbus: portraits in New York City parks
A new exhibition at Lévy Gorvy in New York focuses on early portraits by Diane Arbus shot in Central and Washington Square parks. The show traces her career from her beginnings as a portrait photographer to a shot of a young man and his girlfriend with hot dogs in the park from 1971, the year of her death.

Modern Blackout Curtains Turn Windows into Penthouse Views of a City at Night
When it comes to window blinds, our options for something that’s truly unique can seem limited. But as Ukrainian designers HoleRoll demonstrate, modern blinds for windows can transcend their practicality and double as spectacular shadow art for your home.

6 Photography Tips for Making Puddles Look Epic
I love puddle photography. Here are six tips for photographing puddles to create epic photos, whether you’re shooting with a DSLR, a point-and-shoot camera, or your smartphone.
For example: 1. Get low to the ground and try different angles.

6 Lessons I’ve Learned After Shooting All the Expensive Cameras
The well known Photographer Erick Kim about the lessons he learned after shooting all the expensive cameras out there.
First Lesson: If your photos aren’t good enough, your camera isn’t expensive enough

Bei ZEITOnline gibt es einen bemerkenswerten Artikel über Digitalfotografie und dazu einige philosophische Gedanken und Betrachtungen. Verschwindet die Digitalkamera und bleiben nur Mobilgeräte in einigen Jahren überig? Hier weiterlesen…Melancholie der Bilddatenbank

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Think up ideas for stories, go out and shoot them

You don’t take a photograph, you make it

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

The subject matter is so much more important than the photographer

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The subject matter is so much more important than the photographer

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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.
(via https://twitter.com/fshields)

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Think up ideas for stories, go out and shoot them

You don’t take a photograph, you make it

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

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

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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

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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.
JOHN CALE’S INVENTIVE RETROSPECTION

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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Bright Side

Bright Side
A short stop in Hamburg Sankt Pauli. Due to a delay to an appointment, I just only had 30 minutes for a walk. When the sun is shining, I am looking especially for light and shaow plays, reflections, where I can use the natural surroundings. I found quick a nice scene. A Window reflection, a road sign, the bright road surface. I stood on the bright side and decided to capture this in black and white. The building is a hotel complex, at the beginning of the Reeperbahn street. I really like days like this.

Ein kurzer Stopp in Hamburg St. Pauli. Durch eine Verspätung bei einer Verabredung, hatte ich nur 30 Minuten Zeit für einen Spaziergang. Wenn die Sonne scheint, schaue ich vornehmlich nach Licht- und Schattenspielen, Spiegelungen, wo ich die natürliche Umgebung nutzen kann. Schnell fand ich ein interessantes Motiv. Eine Fensterspiegelung, ein Straßenschild, der helle Straßenbelag. Ich stand auf der Sonnenseite und entschied diesen Moment in Schwarz/Weiß im Bild fest zu halten. Das Gebäude ist ein Hotelkomplex und steht am Beginn der Reeperbahn. Ich mag Tage wie diese sehr.