January 2013 Archives
Abbas's images are the first ones you see upon entering the rather dark space of Light from the Middle East. There is the photograph of handprints, dipped in the blood of martyrs; the photograph of protestors, burning a portrait of the Shah; the photograph of chadori women, receiving military training. If you are my height, the first visible image is the photograph of the bodies of four executed generals laid out on the shelves of a morgue. These are the first images you see if you follow the exhibition in the direction of the English language, starting in the room on the left, as the exhibition intends you to do, and walking your way around the semi-circular space to exit on the right. If you travel in this direction, then the exhibition invites you to reflect on the work under three headings, in this order: Recording, Reframing, Resisting. There are other ways to "read" the exhibition of course. You could, for example, go from right to left, the direction of Farsi and Arabic. This would give you a very different sense of what is on view here, a point to which I will return.
There is a lot of interest in the contemporary Middle East art market right now. All the photographs in this exhibition belong either to the British Museum or to the Victoria and Albert Museum collections, or to their recently formed joint collection of contemporary Middle Eastern photography (funded by the Art Fund). Moreover, Light from the Middle East is one of at least eight shows in major international galleries and museums that, since 2004, have either featured or focused on Middle Eastern photography. This is timely. Given how much information about the region is mediated through photographic images-whether they are produced by governments, embedded reporters, the global press, or by citizen journalists-it seems important to be paying attention to photography today.
Back in November, Brazilian model Nana Gouvea felt the Internet's wrath after she used the Hurricane Sandy aftermath as a backdrop to further her career. Needless to say, those photos did garner attention, just not the kind she wanted.
Now Vogue is on an eerily similar hot seat after their most recent issue contained a high fashion spread honoring Sandy responders. General opinion seems to be that the photos were in bad taste, relegating the first responders to 'prop' status while the Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors clad models took center stage.
|Pyrenees, 1860 by Farnham Maxwell-Lyte|
If you think your dreams are out of this world, check out conceptual photographer Ronen Goldman's work. The photographer, who lives in Tel Aviv, has been recreating his mesmerizing and haunting dream fragments in a six-year series called The "Surrealistic Pillow" Project. About the inspiration behind the series, he says, "I try and conjure up an image that corresponds with that dream and create the scene in my mind. Once that whole process is done, I switch on the photographer brain and start to try and figure out how I can technically execute the idea." Check out his blog for more behind-the-scenes action, and inspiration for his photos. Goldman's work has been prominently featured on CNN, Huffington Post and Reddit.
|Ruth Harriet Louise Self-portrait, c. 1928|
A collector of vintage photography equipment got an extra bonus when he picked up a French camera at an antique store: never-before-seen images circa World War I France.
Anton Orlov details the story of the lucky find on his blog the Photo Palace, where all of the eight photos from the Jumelle Belllieni stereoscopic camera can be seen.
Orlov writes in his blog that he came across the images completely by accident, as he was cleaning the recently purchased camera. He opened up the film chamber and found the negatives on a stack of glass plates.
He writes, "While viewing the images in their negative form it was difficult to say for sure what was on each of them, but after scanning them it became clear that they dated back to the First World War and were taken somewhere in France. Adding, "I absolutely love finding images that likely have never been seen by anyone in the world."
The photography enthusiast tells Yahoo News by email, "I was very surprised when I found them. " He noted that while he had found "plenty of undeveloped" film in old cameras before, he explained, "those are indeed ruined when exposed to light, and even if I try developing them it would be a very slim chance of getting anything usable from them."
The black-and-white photos were taken in France, and document some of the destruction of the countryside. The images seem to be perfectly preserved, except for a couple that are marred by streaks of light.
Two of the photos seen here show the remains of the war: Two soldiers stand next to a big bomb. Another shows two men on horseback surveying the remains of a crashed airplane.
Reposting from the official PiPho Org site, the clubs October monthly photo contest results popularly known as MPC. Theme for last month was "Seven Deadly Sins". Irving Velasco made the top spot again while the 2nd placer is VP Zer Cabatuan, 3rd is by Nicco Valenzuela and Ralph Licerio, Irving Velasco holds the 4th and 5th places in particular order. Judges are Mark Burgos, Oly Ruiz and Gina Avecilla.
Winner: Grand Prize and Nature
Photograph by Ashley Vincent
An Indochinese tigress named Busaba shakes herself dry after a swim at Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Chonburi, Thailand. Titled "The Explosion!" the photo was the winning entry in the 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest.
The Indochinese tiger--found in parts of Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Laos,Vietnam, and Cambodia--is one of six tiger subspecies, all of which are endangered or critically endangered. It's estimated that only about 350 Indochinese tigers exist in the wild.
The photos were taken in 1964 during the Beatles' first U.S. tour. They include stage shots of George Harrison with his red Rickenbacker guitar, close-up portraits of the group at a press conference at the Las Vegas Sahara Hotel and photos from a private party at the Beverly Hills mansion of Capitol Records president Alan Livingston. Since color film was expensive at the time, most images of the Beatles before 1965 were in black and white.
The photos were snapped by Dr. Robert Beck, a physicist and inventor who left the collection of 65 slides in an archive at his Hollywood home after his death in 2002. They will be sold by Omega Auctions on March 22nd to mark the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles' first album,Please Please Me.