Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Julius Schulman - Visual Acoustics

This documentary on Julius Schulman is showing in the IFI on Wednesday 4 Nov @ 6.30pm....
Well worth a look...!

Monday, August 10, 2009


The Library of Congress has an outstanding collection of Photochroms dating from 1890s-early 1900s.
These are not colour photographs, but ink-based photolithographs
They were primarily used as travel-postcards, but still serve as an example of beautifully composed landscape and city photography.

Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin.

Klampenborg Hermitage with view of the park, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Loen, Kjendalskroenebrae, Nordfjord, Norway.

Gols Church with Hovenstuen and Staburet, Christiania, Norway.

Fingal's Cave, Scotland

The road from Eide to Voss, Hardanger Fjord, Norway

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Encounters

'What is a camera? "why do people take photographs?" I am always brought back to this very basic question when I take photographs or think about photography.'
- Daido Moriyama

As part of 'A Day in the Light' workshop for now what?, we were talking about how to photograph a place that has been photographed and re-photographed countless times by tourists...Mohammedreza Mirzaei's 'The Encounters 2007-08' came to mind.
Here, he addresses this by photographing the tourists who are in turn photographing the place...

"What emerges is the idea that people seem locked into their insatiable craving to take pictures while on holiday more so than the actual experience of the spectacle itself."
-Tim Clark, Editor and director of 1000 words

"Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs. The very activity of taking pictures is soothing, and assuages feelings of disorientation that are likely to be exacerbated by travel."
- Susan Sontag -
On Photography (1977):

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Julius Shulman 1910-2009

Case Study House #22 (playboy), 1960 LA.
Architect: Pierre Koenig.

Kramer House, 1953, Norca CA.
Architect: Richard Neutra.

Singleton House, 1960 LA.
Architect: Richard Neutra.

Recreation Pavilion, Mirman Residence, 1959, Arcadia CA.
Architect: Buff, Straub & Hensman.

Case Study House #22, 1960 LA.
Architect: Pierre Koenig.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

camera truck images

Photographer Shaun Irving made these images using a truck as a camera - check out his work at Camera Truck....

and here's how he does it

Monday, July 13, 2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Photographic Scale #2: The Sea

Just in time for the bank holiday weekend...

Nicholas Hughes, In Darkness visible, Verse 2, Image #7, 2007.

Nicholas Hughes, Edge, Verse 1, Image #29, 2007.

Asako Narahashi, Jonanjima, 2008.
from the Series 'Half awake and half asleep in the water'

Nicholas Hughes, Edge, Verse 1, Image #34, 2007.

Gary Coyle, from the series 'The daily practice of swimming', 1999.

Hiroshi Sugimoto, from the series Seascapes, 1980

Marine Hugonnier, N9, 2001.
From the series 'Towards Tomorrow - International Date Line, Alaska',

Richard Misrach, from the series 'On the beach', 2002-2005

further to Alice's selection, see also Naoyo Hatekayama's series Blast

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Seeing the Unseen: Time & Exposure

Niepce, View from the window at Gras, 8 hour exposure - First Photograph, 1826.

Eadweard Muybridge, The Horse in Motion, 1878.

Harold Edgerton, Fencer making the foil blade fly, Stroboscopic Study, 1938

Harold Edgerton, Nuclear explosion photographed with a Rapatronic Camera I millisecond after detonation, 1952.

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Tri-City Drive-In, Exposed for length of film. 1993.

Michael Wesely, 29 July 1996-29 July 1997, Office of Helmut Friedel, 1997.

Ori Gersht, Galicia, Liquidation Series, The Clearing, 2005.

Michael Boran, 3 hours, 2005.

Branislav Kropilak, Landing no. 02, 2006.

Seamus Sullivan, Untitled, 24, 2007.

Ori Gersht, Time After Time: Blow-Up no. 6, 2007