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.


I like this guy.

In November, large format  photographer Evelyn Hofer died at the age of 87. Though she has the same name I do (and who doesn’t google himself once in a while?) , I haven’t seen her work until this year and was very impressed by some of her portraits. There aren’t that many informations online, i definetely need to have a look at her book she did with Steidl.

Some more pictures here.

Yto Barrada – The smugglers

November 23, 2009

The exhibition “Dress Codes”at ICP New York showed some interesting photographs, among them a tableau of Yto Barrada called “The belt”  from the series “The smugglers”.

It shows a elderly marrocan woman who smuggles frequently fabrics from Spain to Marroco, hiding the smuggled items under her blue djellaba.  The tableau shows how she looks with and without the smuggled stuff, revealing layer by layer what the djellaba protects. A longer text on this and other exhibited works of “Dress Codes” can be seen here (check also Richard Learoyd with his room sized camera obscura, Lorna Simpson with her photo booth portraits or Hank Willies Thomas series “Unbranded”).


There is noch such thing as  bad photograph..For his new proejct, fellow student Joscha Bruckert needs your shitty photographs. Send him some!



David LaChapelle: new website

November 19, 2009

..at least I haven’t seen this new one yet. Not quite sure how much I like the new stuff, but I admire him for the great output he had over the years, for his literally fantastic productions and also the other projects he did, like the RIZE film (I unfortunately only saw some parts of it on youtube) or the stage design he did for Elton John (can be found under projects>stage).

The website shows hundreds of pictures and it’s fun to see all the complete editorial shoots he did for Italian Vogue, I-D etc.

I actually came back to his website after I found I really weird editoral David LaChapelle produced for Vogue Hommes, obviously Found Footage photographs from the 70s / 80s with some models/things photoshopped.Very entertaining.

© All photographs David LaChapelle Studio

Adam Bryce (via www.slamxhype.com ) wrote about this work:

“Vogue Homme have just published a series of photographs gathered together by David Lachapelle titled ”The Americans”. Re-opening old family albums from the holiday 4th July, Lachapelle has co ordinated a full volume of images that contain the patriotic pride of the American family which border on debauchery. An aesthetic that differs radically from david Lachapelle’s usual photos that are hyper-stylized, but they still prove to be provocative and disturbing.”

I did a post earlier on Winogrand (here) and everytime I see new videos of him working I am amazed again. He did many great pictures (and some of you might now that I’m hard to please with photo journalism / reportage style – but maybe he was just a documentary photographer?) though maybe even more his attitude, the way he works, the way his passion for photography dominated his life impresses (and shocks!) me most. He did what he had to do, and though it’s not easy to live a life like that it was probably the only way for him.

You find a transcription from both videos via this post at 2point8 blog.

Here are some quotes:

“I don’t lay myself down on the couch to figure out why I’m a photographer and not this or that. Whatever it is, I can’t seem to do enough of it. It’s a pleasure.”

“I think that there isn’t a photograph in the world that has any narrative ability. Any of ‘em. They do not tell stories – they show you what something looks like.”

“The nature of the photographic process – it is about failure. Most everything I do doesn’t quite make it. The failures can be intelligent.”


Related to the first Winogrand videos, see also this one of Joel Meyerowitz, with german comment only.


In a personal project, Berlin/Vienna based portrait/travel/editorial photographer Peter Rigaud takes a portrait of somebody and then asks that person to name another person Rigaud should photograph, what he does afterwards, and so on and so on. The subjects are also asked to write some lines about why Rigaud should photograph the next person, what is so special about them. On his website, you can see some of these texts, unfortunately very small and hard to read – would like to see this project as a book or magazine!

You find these photographs when you click on Projects>Project 1, but also check out the other stuff, some of his work is quite good I think.


Susana Raab and Amy Stein

August 22, 2009


When reading various blogs today I again saw good work  of 2 us-american photographers, Susana Raab and Amy Stein (they both also have blogs). On Susana Raab’s website, there is a lot to see, my favourite is the “Consumed” series from which you see one photograph above.

Amy Stein also has various different projects online, I especially like “Stranded” and “Halloween in Harlem” from which the following pictures are.

I think one reason why it  makes sense to show both photographers in this post is because they both have an interest in us-american topics like Fast Food (Raab) or Halloween / weapons (Stein).