Panos Mary is a photographic duo, and this is not their only unusual feat. These Greek islanders belong to the new documentalists. They portray realities through poetic images in pastel color fantasies.
Photography focuses on image, but it may ignore sometimes the essential brilliance of the ideas. Pop culture has always been a never ending source of inspiration for me. That's why I want to present you ten documentaries to broaden your perceptions and schemes.
What if Helmut Newton or Guy Bourdin had been born in The Canary Islands? Well, probably their works would have been kind of similar to what David Rodríguez does. Moving from the surrealist movement to fashion photography, this Canarian artist has created a stylish and chic body of work with soul.
Sebastiao Salgado’s real strength is the extraordinary union between the content of his reports and the formal and compositional perfection of his work. For over forty years, he has been investigating the most urgent social issues to understand the contemporary world. An exploration that intertwines workers’ rights, poverty, and so on, documenting how environmental, economic and political changes affect the life of people. His pictures become a means to inform, to provoke discussions, debates and...
Gibson’s images, in a strong, contrasting black and white, often incorporate fragments with erotic and mysterious nuances, building a narrative meaning through contextualization and surreal juxtaposition.
There is a kind of paradox in Steve McCurry's photography. On a technical level, his photos are practically perfect, serene, characterized by the strength and liveliness of the color, but they tell of disturbing stories of poverty and eradication, hunger and despair.
In order to understand the art of each individual artist, you need to get acquainted with him. I want to tell you the story of my art, about how I became a photographer. This is one of the most common questions that people ask me.
Irving Penn was one of the first photographers to cross the distance between magazine photography and art, during a time where magazine photography was undervalued and belittled, and convinced many to take that discipline with the seriousness it deserved. As a result, all his production, both his portraits and his fashion images, defined the elegance of the 50’s. The American photographer was not, however, only a famous fashion photographer: his works grasped different areas of...
Under the title of "Migrant Mother", this portrait is one of the most iconic and famous snapshots in the history of the United States. The capture of Lange took place in 1936 during her visit to a pea collection camp.
Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville by Robert Doisneau; This photograph is one of the icons of eternal love. A young man stands in the street, surrounds his girlfriend with his arm and kisses her passionately in front of the Paris City Hall, stopping the world around him.
William Eggleston decided to take the risk of breaking the rigid stereotypes of his time, exposing himself to the censorship of those who had been his referents. However, the artist showed that his subject-matter of the banal, day-to-day and sometimes even ugly was something that could catch and baffle spectators.
“Behind All of Us Stands Stieglitz”. He is one of the key personalities in the history of photography. Photographer, publisher, theorist and critic, Alfred Stieglitz was one of the main proponents of the dissemination of the new avant-garde currents and the recognition of photography as art.
Richard Avedon, member of the Royal American Academy of Arts and Sciences, they say that his portraits helped define the image of beauty, elegance and culture; He was the quintessential fashion photographer and a master portraitist.
Lunch atop a skyscraper: This is, probably, the most epic picture of a lunch ever taken. Its protagonists are not influential or known characters (in fact, until today, only 2 of the 11 men photographed have been identified)
Defining Elliot Erwitt based on a category of photographic subjects would be absolutely impossible: in his work, his great sensitivity and his jocular curiosity, led him to cover a broad spectrum of subjects, emotions and impressions.
Man Ray was one of the absolute protagonists of Dadaism, among the most revolutionary artistic currents in the history of art. Thanks to his rayographs, the American and French-born author by adoption has become a full member of the greatest masters of photography.
“You press the button; we do the rest" George Eastman invented the roll film and made photography a real possibility for everyone. Sand Daguerre gave photography to the world, George Eastman put it within everyone's reach.
Ansel Adams is one of the greatest photographers in history, mostly known for all for his black and white photographs of nature, and for being the creator of the zone system. An interesting and daring character, he’s possibly one of the photographers with the biggest contributions for the world of photography.
Robert Frank was the photographer who had the courage to show the unreasonableness and decline of the American dream when he was still an emigrant in those lands. He is the author of the saddest poem about America: "The Americans", where nobody laughs.
Arnold Newman was a man who didn't like labels. He invented a proper and modern style of photography that, in addition to breaking with the different schemes and classic traditions that defined the portraits
Andre Kertesz was a silent but important influence on photojournalism and the art of photography. For more than seventy years, his subtle and penetrating vision helped define a medium that was in his childhood.
Pioneer of photojournalism; Tina Modotti was a very multifaceted woman, as photography was not the only thing that characterized her life. Model, actress, nurse and possibly Comintern agent. She sacrificed much of her artistic sense to give a place to her political beliefs.
Hiroshi Hamaya, a pioneer man of the generation that inaugurated the reportage photography in the Japanese press, but whose work did not focus solely on the journalistic aspect. Defined as "photographer of the sky" by Japanese poet Daigaku Horiguchi
Helmut Newton, always a worshiper and lover of beauty, knew how to capture it better than anyone with his camera. His works crossed boundaries over and over again, demonstrating the diverse facets of women who were seeking their new identity during the sexual revolution of the moment.
Diane Arbus forced her audience to face the horrors by making them see the incommodious. The so-called "portrait photographer of the freaks" redefined the boundaries of what can be photographed and challenged the concepts of beauty and abnormality.
Berenice Abbott immortalized the passage of time as nobody had. Full of rebellion against a period that was small-fitted for her free spirit, she took photos of a past on which the world was being built
Weegee was born as Usher Fellig on June 12, 1899 in Zolovich, Austrian Poland (now Ukraine). In 1909, his family emigrated to the United States and his first name was changed to its American equivalent, ‘Arthur’.
Gerda Taro was the first woman to register a war with her lens. She captured the images that show the coldest side of humanity, keeping her eyes open where many prefer to look the other way. Many photographers return to give us a small eyesight to the hell of others; and sometimes, they just don't come back.
The charm of Robert Mapplethorpe is such, that he was able to captivate not only a city but become an icon of American culture. He didn't need many words or colors to achieve that. His black and white odyssey created a revolution that changed the stigmas of the epoque.
Paris is one super aperture, set in deep focus for over a thousand years, and it encompasses many variegated thematic apertures: thresholds, that yield a myriad perspectives on the specific facets of this ancient cultural capital.
In the art of the letters, the artist can render his work in degrees of ambiguity to attain the sublime, but, the abstract art of poetry is where its effect is more obvious. This is the only aspect, that might position fine writing, as equal, if not greater than music, which is a punctilious art form.
Art Shay, the master visual diarist of America, passed away exactly a year ago. His gargantuan library of photographs, almost two million, were sifted once again, by his indefatigable and loyal archivist: Ms. Erica DeGlopper, for some unpublished masterpieces.
By what mechanism do I see beauty in decay or distress? Why does a defaced-distressed message incite me? And, how can defacement delineate the mundane mess, from aesthetic magic? The answers may reside in the cognitive theory, which, for the most part, is concerned with the development of an individual's thought process
A face is more than just a face. It's a message board, that offers more than we can read. Or it can be a billboard, revealing the inner most condition. The face always conveys the compressed energy of life being experienced in a myriad details – that in retrospect, only a fecund imagination and acute sensitivity can correlate and coalesce.
I am a writer by passion and a photographer by design. What I mean by this is that writing requires a lot of practice, dedicated labor every day, just to attain mediocrity. It is a very discouraging avocation.
Ten years before India's independence, in 1937, a little after 7.00 pm, four men and a five year old boy, after some hearty afternoon snacks at a local eatery, seeking novelty, sauntered into a photo studio, in Kakinada
Our sense of sight guides our life. We touch, taste, listen and even feel with our eyes. Our entire economy and statecraft are dependent on it. Which business brand does not depend on our sense of sight? Which politician is not cued on optics?
“You are a naughty man!” responded an amused, flirtatious and nude Simone de Beauvoir to Art Shay, who had sneaked from behind the open door and shot a whole strip of her nudes, while she groomed herself in the bathroom.
What is a romantic photographer? The romantic photographer is a visual alchemist, an organic perceiver. Someone, who projects his inner being: emotions and experiences outward, through the lens, in search of resonance and congruence in his subject matter
Alfred Stieglitz was a revolutionary who, at some point, got the society of his time to change the perception of photography to make it what it is today. Alfred Stieglitz was born on January 1, 1864, in Hoboken, New Jersey State.