Archive for March, 2010

Mitch Epstein, American Power

In American Power, Mitch Epstein investigates notions of power, both electrical and political. His focus is on energy – how it gets made, how it gets used, and the ramifications of both. From 2003 to 2008, he photographed at and around sites where fossil fuel, nuclear, hydroelectric, wind, and solar power are produced in the United States. The resulting photographs contain Epstein’s signature complex wit, surprising detail, and formal rigour. These pictures illuminate the intersection between American society and American landscape. Here is a portrait of early 21st century America, as it clings to past comforts and gropes for a more sensible future. In an accompanying essay, Epstein discusses his method, and how making these photographs led him to think harder about the artist’s role in a country teetering between collapse and transformation.
Link to PDF Article

Link to Artist Website with Images

Haiti, 70 days later

In Haiti, the survivors of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck about two and a half months ago continue to struggle, with a few signs of hope as international assistance is beginning to make measurable progress, some international debt is being forgiven, and some businesses and institutions start to come back to life. In a country still mourning the loss of a now-estimated 230,000 citizens (on par with the 2004 Indian Ocean quake), over one million people remain housed in makeshift tent cities, uncertain about their future or security. According to a recent draft summary of the Haitian government’s damage and needs assessment, the country will need $11.5 billion to rebuild. Collected here are a handful of recent photographs from Haiti, a country still in need. (40 photos total)

Rivers from Space

The Lena River is the world’s 10th longest, stretching 2,800 miles and draining almost a million square miles of Siberia. The Lena’s delta, shown here in a false-color image taken by the Landsat 7 satellite in 2000, covers more than 11,000 square miles on the Laptev Sea. The delta is frozen tundra for around seven months of the year. For a few months it is wetlands and is protected as a wildlife reserve.

Slideshow of Aerial Images with Text

Photoshop’s Upcoming Content-Aware Fill Feature Looks Like Magic

Preview of upcoming Photoshop on Gizmodo

Breach, by Richard Mosse

In the Spring of 2009, the photographer Richard Mosse traveled to Iraq, where he captured arresting images of U.S. soldiers working and living in what used to be palaces of Saddam Hussein. These visions of western soldiers at rest in imperial palaces are both intensely jarring and oddly playful, and they underscore the seemingly ineffable experience of downtime during a military occupation. The transformation of an imperial palace into a site of temporary housing also speaks to the notion that our histories are constantly being rewritten—architecturally, sociologically, globally, and locally.

Call For Entries: The Ninth Annual Nora School Photography Festival

In conjunction with the Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival and the Washington School of Photography 

Theme: “The Human Condition,”  Open to Students in Grades 6-12

The Nora School in Silver Spring, Maryland, an independent school for independent thinkers, is sponsoring the Nora School Photography Festival for students in grades 6 through 12 as part of the Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival. The theme of the 2010 Festival is “The Human Condition.” The photographer may interpret this in a variety of ways.  Submission Deadline: Thursday, April 15, 2010, 7:30 pm.
 Download the Paper Version in PDF Format. 

Sealed Memory

Whether he shows us a concentration camp, a former intelligence headquarter, the interior of bunkers or the site of a former mine, the work of Andreas Magdanz seems to be mostly devoted to investigate what a place can hide or show of its past. Vision is deceptive, and memories often try to build themselves through expectations: what do we really do when we try to remember or imagine the past through our eyes? That is what perhaps Magdanz keeps asking through his exploration of one place after the other, theatres of secrets he maybe wants to expose.

LINK to Article

Andreas Magdanz Website (English)

What the Still Photo Still Does Best

Charles Moore was a news photographer who became a photojournalist and died a visual journalist — not because he changed, but because the technology, nomenclature and just about everything else involving his profession did.

Shooting first for Montgomery newspapers in his home state of Alabama, then more famously for Life magazine, Mr. Moore was probably the most influential of a battalion of still photographers who swept across the South to capture, with compelling clarity, the dramatic collision of massive and passive resistance, black and white, right and wrong.

The unsettling images from civil rights battlegrounds, followed closely by the disturbing images from Vietnam battlefields by Horst Faas, Eddie Adams, Nick Ut and others, created a golden era for photojournalism.

Today, everyone with a cellphone is a photographer/videographer and streaming video has become a national obsession. But has the proliferation of images devalued photojournalism and dulled its influence?

Link to NY Times Article and Slideshow

The Green Cart Initiative Documented

One of the things that I was intent on showing in the work I made for Mean Streets was the lack of healthy food options and the ever abundant liquor stores and fast food chains and I wanted to continue this exploration. So for this commission I will be photographing in the geographic locations within the 5 boroughs where the highest reported instances of poverty, obesity, diabetes, illness related to poor nutrition and people living without health insurance overlap with the locations of the Green Carts. My goal is to create a visual record of the food options that surround the Green Carts within this geographic overlap. I’m interested in the impact the fruit and vegetable carts will have on these areas and how they will compete against one of America’s most addictive drugs: fast food. As our country adapts to a changing economy and we debate healthcare, the weight of these national issues can be seen on a local level through the Green Cart initiative and its influence on New York City’s most economically deprived neighborhoods.

Link to Will Steacy’s Blog

Link to Interview on Art + Culture

Greencart Image Slideshow on Aperture

Lost Soldiers

The Shrine Down the Hall:  Seven years after the beginning of the Irag War – and with U.S. troop deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan exceeding 5,000 – a look at some of the bedrooms America’s young war dead left behind.

Karina Lau’s bedroom has not changed. A stuffed teddy bear and floppy-eared rabbit sit on top of her floral bedspread. Angel figurines and framed family photos line her bookshelf and dresser.  The only thing missing is her. Private Lau was killed seven years ago when insurgents shot down her helicopter in Falluja, Iraq. She was 20 years old.

Link to Article – Lens, NY Times Photo Blog

Link to Essay in NY Times Magazine

Link to Ashley Gilbertson’s Website