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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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Think up ideas for stories, go out and shoot 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 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)
A JOURNEY TO GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

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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Schnell, schnell, schnell

Linktips and reading recommendations about Photography, Future Cities, Glenn Greenwald, tricks and tips to help you to stay anonymous online, the Apollo Archive, Roger Willemsen, Jürgen Klopp, Streetphotography und das Layout vom Tagesspiegel (English/German).
October, 09, 2015

8 CITIES THAT SHOW YOU WHAT THE FUTURE WILL LOOK LIKE
L.A., Shanghai, Medellin, Eindhoven, Mekka, Nairobi, S.F., Dubai

»In this year’s design issue, we’re telling the stories of some of those projects, from the detail of a new streetlight to a sacred city in flux, from masterful museums to infrastructure made for bikes (and the algorithms that run it all). The cities of tomorrow might still self-assemble haltingly, but done right, the process won’t be accidental. A city shouldn’t just happen anymore. Every block, every building, every brick represents innumerable decisions. Decide well, and cities are magic.

21 tips, tricks and shortcuts to help you stay anonymous online
A helpful selection from the Guardian. Avoiding being tracked online is nearly impossible, but here are a few ways to reduce the risk. Block and Manage Trackers, destroy cookies, use alternative search engines…

When a Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer is Asked for Free Photos…

»Want to see how a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer responds to a request for free images in exchange for “credit” from a major news corporation? You can, because that exchange happened a few days ago.

Yale launches an archive of 170,000 Depression-era photos
Yale has made 170,000 Library of Congress photos of the US from 1935 to 1945 available online, searchable and sortable in many different ways.

»In order to build support for and justify government programs, the Historical Section set out to document America, often at her most vulnerable, and the successful administration of relief service. The Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) produced some of the most iconic images of the Great Depression and World War II and included photographers such as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Arthur Rothstein who shaped the visual culture of the era both in its moment and in American memory. Unit photographers were sent across the country. The negatives were sent to Washington, DC. The growing collection came to be known as “The File.” With the United State’s entry into WWII, the unit moved into the Office of War Information and the collection became known as the FSA-OWI File.

The Radically Changing Story of the U.S. Airstrike on Afghan Hospital: From Mistake to Justification

»As a result of all of this, there is now a radical shift in the story being told about this strike. No longer is it being depicted as some terrible accident of a wayward bomb. Instead, the predominant narrative from U.S. sources and their Afghan allies is that this attack was justified because the Taliban were using it as a “base.” by Glenn Greenwald

 

Exploring the Apollo Archive
The Project Apollo Archive is an independent effort to acquire and display the full collection of photos from the Apollo missions. Thousands of high-resolution raw images were recently compiled.

KULTURELL ENGAGIERT
Hier geht es um eine Rede von Roger Willemsen am Dresdner Staatsschauspiel sehr. Er spricht über Engagement und Kultur. Im Originalbeitrag bei stepanini gibt es die Links zur Rede, zum nach nachlesen- und hören.

»„Das ist die Großherzigkeit von Leserinnen und Lesern, von Menschen, die in Museen gehen, von Menschen, die sich in ein Theater setzen, um eine Opern- oder Theaterinszenierung anzusehen.

Es ist die Bereitschaft, sich für etwas durchlässig zu machen, das aus der Fremde bzw. Ferne kommt, das Ihnen zum Teil vertraut und verständlich, zum Teil unvertraut und unverständlich ist. Sie alle zeigen eine Bereitschaft dafür, sich selbst als jene gemischten Individuen zu zeigen, die unter Umständen hier gefordert, überfordert oder unterfordert werden, die ein ganzes Paket an verschiedenen Emotionen aufbringen müssen. Darin zeigt sich etwas, das am Anfang aller Formen der Generosität, aller Formen des Engagements steht: Es ist nicht wichtig, dass Sie in erster Hinsicht Initiativen materiell unterstützen. Als Erstes ist es wichtig, dass Sie die Bereitschaft mit sich bringen, von der Fremde überhaupt Kenntnis zu nehmen, das heißt wahrzunehmen, was außerhalb von Ihnen selbst ist”.

Tagesspiegel-Titelseite
“Wir bitten, die geschmacklose Verbindung von Bild und Text zu entschuldigen”
Zum verunglückten Layout des Tagesspiegels in dieser Woche soviel. Jedes Satiremagazin hätte es nicht besser machen können. Denn eigentlich kann niemand so blind sein, die Vermengung von dem Titelbild und dem darunter stehenden Artikel über die Flüchtlingskrise nicht bemerken.

Streetpotography -Es geht auch darum, unsere Geschichte zu schreiben
Viele glauben, man müsse einfach auf der Strasse fotografieren und fertig ist die Streetphotography. Das dahinter mehr steckt, ist in diesem lesenswerten Interview mit dem Hamburger Fotografen Hinrich Schultze nachzulesen.

»Frage: Wenn Sie mit drei Adjektiven Ihre Street Photography charakterisieren müssten, welche wären das?

Antwort: Schnell, schnell, schnell. Die schönen Augenblicke sind schneller als der Wind.

Jürgen Klopp’s best quotes: from heavy metal to hair transplants
After agreeing to become Liverpool’s new manager, we look at Jürgen Klopp’s most memorable quotes.
Good Luck! You´ll Never Walk Alone (YouTube-Link)