Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gueorgui Pinkhassov

He's a photo journalist and is featured in Magnum. He's been photographing since the 80's and photos from japan are something to see. He uses color so powerfully and for this week i kinda wanted to focus on color photographers just to prepare myself for next semester and for my digital photo editting project. I love his use of shadow, it makes it looks mysterious but adds an interesting design to the competiton. I love the bokeh lights behind the man that's in focus. I love bokeh lights in formation like that for some reason.These men seem like mobsters or just someone you don't mess with. Must of took a lot for him to photograph this.

Rineke Dijkstra

Dijkstra's photos mostly pertain to portraits and she shoots in color. Her beach series was very interesting because she had her subjects stand in fron the sea and it was just them and nature. The poses were awkward but that was her point, to show the human's form and vulnerablity. she neatly arranges her subject against the sea and sky and their expressions are very uncomfortable. I read in this book specifically on this photo that the women is posing similar to Botticelli's Venus emerging from the foam. I agree and her expression seems like this is new to her and she doesn't know what to do with herself.

more of her work here  http://www.mariangoodman.com/artists/rineke-dijkstra/

Tim Walker

I was introduced to this photographer's work by a fellow classmate. I really really enjoy his work and find Tim Walker to be a big inspiration for me. His photos are so surreal and the man has no limits with his photography. His photos feel like a dream and the colors are beautiful. Very rich and a bit pastel(ish), He also doesn't photoshop his work and you'd think he would especially with such over the top situations in his photos. He's a master in color and imagination. I find his work to be extraordinary and I will continue to keep my eyes peeled for more of his work.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Something you never told anyone.

For this assignment, I chose to photograph my mother and father. Family is a very personal topic for me to talk about and especially to photograph. So I chose to go beyond my comfort zone and explore my personal thoughts through photographs. The reason i'm photographing my family for "Something you never told anyone" is because i've never photographed my parents or even shared my feelings or interests in photography/art. I would also like to make a connection of their portraits to my personality for those who know me, and show/find out why I am the way I am. I think this will change my perspective on the people who created me and will bring some things in the past back.

Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon is a big influence in my work and his portraits are easily one of the most raw documents of his subjects. I want to expose my parent's true characters and have them put their guard down with me. I would also like to in corporate a white backdrop for at least one of the photographs to isolate them from their environment. Possible start the series with a solid portrait to just show them for who they are and not the environment. Also I would to end the series with a diptych of half of me with my dad and half of me with my mother(my parents are separated)

Phillip Toledano

Phillip Toledano photographed his father and made a journal of his father losing his memory as he got older. It's a painful series to look at, the intensity of each photograph impacts the next one. I want to keep this project as a journal of my parents and to show their way of living and my interaction with them. But, my goal isn't to make necessarily a tragic series i would also incorporate their mannerism and humorous side.

Corrine Day

She documented international supermodel Kate Moss, and captured her true physical and emotional state as a person. I am very found of this contact sheet with these candids of kate moss. I would like to incorporate mini contact sheets of my parents, either two for each parent or one with both on it. I think it's an interesting way to show a range of emotions and personality in your subjects. I might have 4-8 images per contact sheet

Colin Gray

His series is similar to Phillip Toledano but he incorporates both his parents which is what i would do. But his topic on the end of their life and they're dying together. Very powerful and painful to view. But that's not on agenda but I do however, like that he has sort of these abstract portraits of his parents. I think it captures this mystery beauty to them and I would like to experiment with that. Maybe mess with motion blurness and my parents. Here's the link to his website: http://www.colingray.net/galleries/in-sickness-and-in-health

Terry Richardson

I know Ron hates this photographer's work but i chose to imclude this because I enjoy his "mom" series. I think his photos are very provocative and humorous. For the lighter side of this project i wanna capture funny faces my mom and dad make, that's where i get my humor/faces and voices from! Maybe i'd use a flash for some just to try different styles of lighting and show how both parents look in these lightings and situations.

Ray K Metzker

In my photographs I want to show contrast, juxtapostion as far as tone goes in both my parents. Ray K Metzker is a phenomenal street photographer who payed close attention to contrast. In I will show to extreme black and white lighting situations for my parents. Ever since doing the final book assignment for my street work, i've been thinking how photos look in pairs and how they can make work so much stronger and meaningful. Pairs will be important in this series.

William Eggleston

Eggleston was master of color, but i'm workin with black and white. But however, he also had interesting angles and perspectives in all that he photographed. In this photo I love the space and how much information is revealed about the person's loneliness. I will try some portraits this way expose my parent's environment. Also i will photograph my house in a lower angle perspective and in a dead on 0 degree view. Eggleston-esque.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Marcus Hartel

Marcus Hartel, is a german photographer who has an eye for street photography. When he moved to New York in 2003 he loved photographing the people in this urban jungle. His work is beautiful and give a timeless feel even though they're from 2003 till now. He captures candid and decisive moments in the poeple of the city. I n this particula photo, he captures this child lonely/bored expression and the graffiti on the window makes it more interesting. I love the reflection of the man against the subway steel, i think it adds a mystery to it. His works inspires me to push my street photography skills. He captures great moment in the city.

Donna Ferrato

Donna Ferrato is an american photographer who's been photographing since the 80's. She was working on a project photographing surburben couples and was confronted by domestic abuse. She worked on the series for about a decade and came out with her book "Living with enemy" which awared people of domestic abuse in common homes. Her photographs are painful and full of drama. This particular image, is my favorite from this artist. The intensity is truely so powerful, you can feel yourself be in the photograph/ situation. I like the movement of the photo, it goes left to right. the tones are great, and the boy mimics the man on the tv which is such a rare and perfect moment. The expression on the cops face adds to this drama in this photo.

Ian Berry

Ian Berry is a british photographer from the 50's/60's era. He was worked in south africa working for newspapers there and he taught himself how to photograph. He was invited by henri carter bresson to join the magnum photo club. I love how much this woman stands out in this photo, it's almost angelic. She looks like someone all the other people in the photograph respect. I like the figures out of the focus, that draws my attention to her. Also the shapes and space of the umbreallas are nice to see in this photograph as well. He must of zoomed his lens to get that kind of focus of the people in the front and the woman.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Corinne Day

Corinne Day is a documentary photographer with a background in fashion photography. She's most famous for photographing supermodel kate moss. When she photographed kate, she photographed Kate's personality instead of her supermodel looks. Corinne passed away late august of 2010 due to her long battle with cancer. She captured an essence of character of her subjects and documented her own lifestyle very effectively. In this photographed, she creates a contact sheet feel of kate moss.I love the cool cyanotype look to it. The different expressions on Kate's face, they're very candid and not posed. The rich tonal value in each image is stunning and each image is placed perfectly on this contact sheet.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Charlie Engman

I found this photographer in the new urbanoufitters catalog. He does some fashion but also his own interesting projects that inspire me. He's 24 years old and works with clients such as urbanoufitters, nice magazine, vogue brazil, and many more. I hope to be as succesful as him when i graduate college! But as far as his work his concerned, he uses colors so effectively and very neutral and washed out. Also i enjoy his use of flash in his photos. But in this particular photo i don't think he's using flash, i think it's all natural light with a film camera. The woman's ice and body language is powerful and eerie.I love the color of the fur around her neck and her hair against her surrounding and the snow. he's awesome. please like him.

charlie engman

Ray K Metzer

I discovered this photographer's work through my craft class. I was intrigued and researched him and his work. He photographed in the 50's of a lot of multiple imagery, juxtaposition, ying yang of shadows and highlights in dyptychs. This particular photograph stirkes me because it fits in my series of photographing citites. I think the scale plays a huge role in this photo from the little boy who is the subject matter. I love how the silhouettes are the subject and the background is where the highlights are detailed more. I also find the man's shoulder highlight to be effective and metzker was decisive when taking this photo.