My dear photographer friends Jonas Holthaus and Olga Kessler will have their thesis show this Friday, Feb 25th 2011 at Zweites Büro, Dortmund. A must see if you are around in West-Germany !

For more Details see this Facebook Event Page.

 

Looking through my notes and bookmarks from the last months I decided to blog some of my 2010’s favourites. I’ll start with an amazing magazine cover and surprising editorial photography.

Jonas Unger photographed Gerard Depardieu for ZEIT Magazin. Design Mirko Borsche.

For me, this has been one of the best and funniest editorial shoots and cover of a german magazine in a long long time. Loved it from the beginning. Of course, without Depardieu and his willingness to do some funny, very “open” pictures photography like this wouldn’t have happened. But also a big compliment to Jonas Unger to shoot it like that. For sure, looks easier than it was. See all pages here.

Italian photographer Francesco Giusti did a great series on the members of SAPE, a group of men in Congo / Brazzaville who dress up every weekend like that:

Giusti says about this body of work:

“In Congo-Brazzaville SAPE is an old passion that has never stopped, not even during war years. At the arrival of the French in Congo at the beginning of 9oo, the myth of elegance was born among young people working for the settlers. In 1922, Andre Grenard Matsoua, well-known for his resistance to the settlers, was the first Congolese to come back from Paris well dressed like a true French “Monsieur”, and greatly admired by all his fellow citizens. Today’s members of the SAPE consider themselves as artists and are respected and admired by the whole community. The members of the SAPE take a touch of glamor into their humble environment with their refined style and faultless clothes. Everyone has his own repertory of gestures, marking him from all the others. Elegance is not the only important character. In fact, a true member of the SAPE is a gentleman and a pacifist. Every weekend the members of the SAPE, with their eccentric and amusing nicknames, gather in bars and fashionable dancing halls and parade in the streets among amused children and the applause of passers-by. These extemporized and spontaneous parades are the expression of a urban culture looking for new reference parameters and codes such as non-violence and elegance. They reflect the wish of young people in particular not to be left apart by society”

Beautiful subjects, well photographed. A pleasure to look at all the details.

Some more information here, the blurb book can be ordered for 29,95$ here.

Diane Arbus video

November 11, 2010

When visiting photo exhibitions I usually try to take some pictures of the exhibition design because there are so many options to hang photographs and art work and deal with different kinds of rooms and locations. I would love to post more exhibition pictures but it takes some time to stitch the photos and prepare the files… Anyways, these pictures are from a show at C/O Berlin, in Summer 2010, called “The City – Becoming and Decaying” with photographs by various “Ostkreuz” photographers. Please click on the images for a lager view.


The following 2 photographers were my favourites:

Dawin Meckel


Julian Röder


More impressions from various photographers



The hall on the first floor







For the next weeks there are some interesting photo shows in Berlin coming up.

Starting tomorrow 05.1.10 with Fred Herzog at C/O Berlin. Opening reception at 7 pm.

One week later also at C/O Berlin: Glaube, Liebe Hoffnung, the thesis show by Ostkreuzschule.


And on November 11th, Bruce Wrighton’s photographs have finally arrived in Berlin at Only Photography in Berlin Charlottenburg. Opening reception and book launch from 6-9 pm.


Finally, master photographer Stephen Shore shows it’s all time classic “Uncommon places” at Sprueth Magers. Starting November 12th.

Hope to see you!

 

Checking C/O Berlin´s website I just read that they have plans to move not far away from their actual location, the old Postfuhramt, down Oranienburgerstreet to Monbijou Park. Happy to hear that there is progress in finding a new location, and it sound really good until now.

In the preview I read that there will be a retrospective of german-canadian photographer Fred Herzog at the C/O Berlin in November (vernissage Friday, Nov 5th, 7pm). Had never heard of him before, but I immediatelly liked the pictures I saw so I did some research. I´m really into “early” color photography and think Fred Herzog is a great example. One can see a whole bunch of photographs at his gallery´s website, and though not all pictures are that interesting there are some true jewels among the photographs. I´m very much looking forward to see the exhibition in Berlin, and what makes me even happier is that C/O Berlin doesn´t do again a Annie Leibovitz or Peter Lindbergh show (or what “star” photographer there are elsewhere), but that they present some hardly shown and known work to a broader aucience. Congrats for that!

From the C/O´s press text:

“Life may be colorful, but black-and-white photography is more realistic—or so it was said. For many years, color photography was considered an inferior and not particularly valuable medium. Classic black-and-white photography was undisputed in the art world, but artistic color photography was supposedly banal and amateurish, a commercial medium for dilettantes.

In the early 1950s, Fred Herzog began to revolutionize established viewing habits and existing orthodoxies. As a pioneer of color photography, he developed a profound visual sensibility for the ostensibly inconsequential. His subject matter included Vancouver streets, supermarkets, gas stations, bars, urban and natural landscapes—and again and again, people in their environments, visualizing the highs and lows of the (North) American dream.
C/O Berlin presents the first German exhibition of 80 photographs by Fred Herzog. A catalog accompanying the exhibition is published by Hatje Canz.”

All the following photographs copyright Fred Herzog / Equinox Gallery Vancouver / Laurene Miller Gallery, New York.

Man with bandage, 1968

Mexiko City with Chevy, 1963

Boys wrestling, 1969

Magazine man, 1959

Main barber, 1968

Used car lot, 1970

Some blogs/websites  I like and I recently found include:

By Jake Dow-Smith:

triangletriangle.com

herrfrau.com

By Shane Lavalette:

Shane Lavalette Journal

Lay Flat

and finally:

Flemming Ove Bech and his series This is not Broken:

Roderick Henderson

February 24, 2010

© Roderick Henderson, from “Transvoid”

Via Conscientious I found the work of Roderick Henderson. What raised my attention is mainly that his work is / seems so authentic. There is nothing staged in his photographs, or if one says that every photograph is staged than it is on a very reduced level with Hendersons work. For me it was important to read the About text on his website to get a better approach to his work. There he almost tells his whole biography which is very much connected with his photographs as he always documented his and his families life and the people around them.

On his website one can see that he shows the prints veery large (roughly 3 x 4 meters large). I’m sure they have a great impact coming that large, but I’m also more and more sceptical about too large prints – how wonderful can a small (10*16 inches or so), nicely framed photograph be! Art photo world, let’s get smaller again!

I think i also love very much the tonality and colors of his work, especially of the Transvoid and Island series.

© Roderick Henderson, from “Island”

Karsten Kronas with whom I had the pleasure to be part of the “I Object” exhibition in Duesseldorf  spend the last year photographing in Koblenz with a residency called “Stadtfotograf Koblenz” – city photographer Koblenz.

On February 23th, this new work will be shown in Koblenz and will for sure be a good reason to visit Koblenz. There is also the book launch of his project “BEYOĞLU BLUE” (Heterotopien) by Kehrer publishers and as I saw the dummy and the exhibition of this series I can say that it’s great work and I hope it will gain the attention it deserves.

I Just saw portraits of Stefan Ruiz which he shot for Interview magazine. I like this first one a lot. He has also a relatively new website with some great work.

Interview magazine has also a lot of interesting (visual) content on their website, it’s worth to check that out,too.

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