Saturday, 14 May 2011

Pinhole photograph of anti-cuts demonstration in London, 26 March 2011

I found an interesting works of Phil Coomes on BBC website. While other photographers use digital camera to capture the moment on March 26th, he use pinhole camera.

from BBC

It is time to put aside your digital camera or phone and get back to basics.
This Sunday, 24 April, is Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, a celebration of the simplest form of photography.
It seems to me there is a resurgence of interest in less complicated styles, where the technology does not overwhelm the end result or indeed the photographer.
There is nothing simpler than a pinhole camera, a black box with a pinhole on one side that allows light to fall on a piece of photographic film or paper.

To show off the work of a few of the many talented pinholers out there I have created agallery on Flickr of their work and you can see pinhole themed pictures from our readers' as part of our weekly themed galleries.Whilst covering the recent anti-cuts demonstration in London I carried a film camera loaded with TMax 3200 black-and-white film fitted with a pinhole body cap, a standard camera cover with a tiny hole at the centre. The results (top and right photos) were somewhat patchy, though you can see a few more examples on my Flickr page, but it was fun to do and something I will explore further.
One photographer who is doing far more than this is Lucy Phillips. I first met her at the Association of Photographers Gallery where we were both exhibiting work at their Celebration of Kodachrome show earlier this year. Chatting to Lucy I found out that she is working on a participative project using pinhole pictures entitled What Cannot Be Seen.  

Pinhole photograph of the anti-cuts march organised by the TUC in London, 26 March 2011

Anti-cuts protester in Hyde Park

Friday, 13 May 2011

Bang Bang (You're Dead)

Chamni Thipmanee one of my favorite photographer is now exhibiting  his work at Kathmandu Photo Gallery on Pan Road in Thailand. How sad that I couldn't be there!! In Bang Bang (You're Dead), Chamni enriches his series of images with the candid simplicity that enables him to voice his concern of neglected everyday violence embodied by the familiar sight of children playing with toy guns. By capturing the scene in situ, pointing out the situation without shouting social criticism, his images engage people in pondering over this much-discussed, but hardly-taken-seriously subject of juvenile imitation of grown-ups' violence.

more info about the exhibition here

Monday, 21 March 2011

Louis Vuitton Launch Double Exposure With Sam Taylor-Wood

Louis Vuitton launched ‘Double Exposure’ last night an innovative
digital film project that encapsulates one of the world’s oldest and most authentic image making techniques with contemporary on-line distribution.
The first execution in the series, featuring globally respected conceptual artist and filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood, was launched with a private view last night, held at Louis Vuitton Maison in London, New Bond Street.
‘Double Exposure’ will reveal two facets of each individual subject. Firstly, personal insights captured on film, via some treasured possessions relating to memories and stories. The second is a photographic exposure brought to life in a uniquely sophisticated portrait.
Inspired by Louis Vuitton’s belief in embracing the contemporary and avant-garde, whilst respecting and supporting authentic craftsmanship, the project invites cultural innovators and creative leaders: artists, filmmakers, and performers to sit for an individual portrait using the 19th century collodion wet plate photographic process.
Amidst the frenetic hustle and bustle of the modern consumer landscape one of the key creative objectives for Louis Vuitton was to slow things down, and take a moment to capture the true essence of the sitter, in order to create something that was unique, exclusive and timeless.
In an ‘on-demand’ digital age where new images are created faster and more frequently than ever before, ‘Double Exposure’ was envisioned and commissioned by Louis Vuitton as a counterbalance to today’s disposable media culture. This age old photographic process is a luxurious and languid medium that depicts time standing still.
The mercurial collodion process requires the sitter to hold a pose for 12 seconds, engaging both the subject and the viewer, with the resulting image being at once strong, intense, captivating and ethereal.
Of the experience Sam Taylor Wood says, “It’s a beautifully slow, arduous and a painstaking process, and I like that. I like the difference between this and how speedy everything is today, including the way we take pictures.”
In addition to the bespoke photographic wet plate images – each of which is a ‘one off’, ‘Double Exposure’ also documents the sitter with some of their most treasured personal objects. Once again these possessions are emotional anchors reflecting a poignant antidote to the transient world that so often surrounds us.
In this first ‘Double Exposure’, Sam Taylor-Wood shares an intimate and diverse collection of belongings, including an inspirational book by pop artist Andy Warhol, a postcard image of Francis Bacon that connects Sam with her home in London’s Primrose Hill, and a cheeky memento from her directorial feature film debut – ‘Nowhere Boy’.
The films also outline a thoughtful value system that shows us that luxury objects do not have to hold significant monetary value in order to be priceless to their owner. The importance of personalisation and provenance are also clearly evident as the films convey a rare insight into some of the sitter’s inner thoughts and memories.
You can see more films at: Louis Vuitton Double Exposure

Underage by Ohm Phanphiroj

The series of underage male prostitution in Thailand by Thai photographer Ohm Phanpiroj.

more photo of this series here
Ohm Phanpiroj website

Communication Arts Competition

For this photography competition the winner will be published in Communication Arts 2011 Photography Annual.

Deadline: March 25, 2011  

Enter the most prestigious competition for creativity in photography, the Communication Arts Photography Competition. Any photograph first printed or produced within the last twelve months prior to the deadline is eligible. Selected by a nationally representative jury of distinguished designers, art directors and photographers, the winning entries will be distributed worldwide in the Communication Arts Photography Annual and on, assuring important exposure to the creators of this outstanding work. As a service to art directors, designers and art buyers, a comprehensive index will carry contact information of the photographers represented.
CA's Award of Excellence is one of the most-coveted awards in the industry. If chosen, winning places you in the highest ranks of your profession. Ask any creative director which competitions rank as the most influential and they'll place Communication Arts at the top of the list.
2011 Photography Jury
Leslie dela Vega, photo director, Fast Company, New York, NY
Mimi Haddon, Mimi Haddon Photography, Marina del Rey, CA
Robert Krivicich, creative director, Weymouth Design, Boston, MA
Steve Mitchell, creative director, Hunt Adkins Advertising, Minneapolis, MN
Jerry Takigawa, principal, Takigawa Design, Monterey, CA
Photography Competition Categories/Fees
These categories are judged by the Photography jury and will appear in the Photography Annual:
Advertising: (ads, posters, CDs, packaging, etc.) $35 single entry/$70 series
Books: (cover/jacket and/or interior, must be published) $35 single entry/$70 series
Editorial: (consumer or trade magazine, newspaper) $35 single entry/$70 series
For Sale: (poster, print, note paper, greeting card, licensing/stock, gallery sale, etc.) $35 single entry/$70 series
Institutional: (company/association publication, brochures, collateral, etc.) $35 single entry/$70 series
Multimedia: (time-based media for film, television, video or Web) $80 single entry/$160 series
Self-Promotion: (promotion for photographers, creative firms and vendors) $35 single entry/$70 series
Unpublished: (commissioned but not published, personal or student work, etc.) $35 single entry/$70 series
To enter the competition click here

Friday, 18 March 2011

EYE’EM a Mobile Photographer

Pixel by pixel, mobile photography has been quietly carving a name for itself as a form of photographic expression. Celebrating this new era in visual art, EYE'EM has been fast on the heels of mobile-only photography through their blog & new book ‘The EYE'EM Mobile Photography Book 2010/Berlin Edition'. Showcasing images uploaded from photographers all over the world, the best pics make their way into art exhibitions in select cities. Recently EYE'EM held their mobile photography exhibition at OPENHOUSE Gallery in New York City.

'The Diver' by Max Berkowitz via EYE'EM  © Max Berkowitz

'The Tree of the Fallen Leaves' by Sion Fullana via EYE'EM  © Sion Fullana

for more info click here