Sorry for missing an entire. It has been a fiery and explosive month for me here. (I even lagged behind my Streettogs Academy duties) but all is well right now. Here’s another round of links, reads, and finds for all of you to digest. Here you go:
She is a Berkley California based photographer who has been at it for over 30 years. Her series “South of Market” linked above shows the changes during the 80’s and the development of the Moscone center. Call it gentrification or urban transformation, the documentary approach is classic and introspective.
Charlie Kirk He is currently on the process of wrapping up his book and leaving photography forever. Love him or hate him, the musings and words he now has shows a huge change in perspective. This is one of those times someone is really worth following just to see how everything goes.
I’ve heard of Patrick Gookin’s work through his series L.A. by car wherein he goes around and photograph L.A. from the perspective of his car. It became a self-published work but it seems he continued the work in his instagram. Give it a follow.
The Heavy Collective features an excellent set of photographers they feature every so often. My favorite of theirs their Q&A. It’s a fixed set of questions they ask various photographers to answer. The diversity of their answers show personality and they style that reflects on the images the photographers take. Check it out.
Articles and Reads:
An interesting theory from American Photo mag. I still think it was Atget who introduced it and HCB who perfected it for everyone. Nonetheless, Paul Strand is one of my favorites just because of his contribution to photography.
Those traditional gatekeepers in the world of street photography—the museum curators, the gallerists, the newspaper and magazine editors—still hold significant sway. But through Instagram, photographers have found that amassing a vast following can provide a fast track to those power players who, in previous generations, would have been elusive, if not impossible, targets.
There is now doubt of Robert Frank’s impact to the world of photography but there is a rare time when pointing the lens also points to the socio political traits of an entire nation. His Legacy will make him immortal.
Raghu Rai is probably one of the best photographers to come out of Asia. His magnum nomination came from Bresson himself! Just goes to show how good he is. Read to see his method of shooting.
When so much is happening around you, immerse yourself in the chaos. Feel the rhythm, connect with the energy of the scene, and the calm will emerge. When it does, seize the moment immediately. That is your moment of honesty. That is your picture.
If you are in Hong Kong, you might now want to miss this exhibit by some of Japan’s best photographer both new and old.
For those like me who are tired of the “This is not the Golden Age of Photobooks” stupidity, Colin Pantall made an excellent reaction blog post. Just because the traditional methods is not working anymore, doesn’t mean people shouldn’t create. It has to be about the energy, interaction, and most importantly about the craft. If you can earn a buck or two, that would be great.
I don’t actually think too much about photography – what really makes me engaged in something is when it’s a good story. I never think, “I want to go there, because that will be a great picture”, I think “wow, that’s a great idea because it’s a great story”. That’s the part of photography that engages me; the story telling. Of course single photographs can move me, but when I really get fired up about something, it’s because it’s a good story waiting to be told. I guess that’s the best answer to what my process and all is; I’m more interested in the story than the photography.
Rest in Peace:
Mary Ellen Mark
Cheers! Stay safe everyone!
See you again next month!