I should have been blogging day and night the last week as UNSEEN Amsterdam was on fire and I was there to make sure I get close enough. (Well. I am always there, all day every day as a devoted volunteer, ready to serve, ever since the very first festival back in 2012.)
Since it is sort of late to come up with a long and meaningful post I will simply let you know who and what was my favourite. You all are dying to know, after all.
Whoever missed the somewhat hidden Amsterdam Diorama by Sohei Nishino should start Googling it like crazy. It’s one jaw-dropping master piece. (Despite the fact that it’s made of 1000 smaller prints.) If I had the money I would buy the whole thing along with a canal house with a wall big enough for that gorgeous, captivating, inspiring work of art. It was really, really hard to walk away.
Stina Gromark and Louise Naunton’s Human Printer was something I didn’t find very interesting – until the moment I started to help them. I love the concept! And I am the happiest person ever that I was given the chance to work on their biggest piece so far.
It is pretty hard to tell you which photographer’s work I liked the most. 53 galleries… 53 GALLERIES!!! Not to mention the side projects. Nevertheless, Michael Wolf’s series taken in Paris was the first one that made me stop and stand still for long, long minutes. That’s a good enough reason to mention him here, isn’t it?
[Paris Tree Shadows no. 4 by Michael Wolf, 2014]
It was another wonderful week full of stirring vibes. New friends, lovely summer weather, talented artists everywhere. Volunteering at UNSEEN is a highlight of the year. See you there again in about 357 days.
Some articles from last week that I think you should take a look at:
- “There were prototype digital cameras, computers and a very early version of a new software program called Photoshop.” Digital Photography: A Look Back.
- “I can’t shake the feeling that, in these circumstances, screaming is the most rational thing to do.” How can journalists be objective when writing about dead children? by Giles Fraser
- And what they say on the other side: Should news get personal? Emotion and objectivity in the face of suffering by Charlie Beckett
- Announcing LensCulture’s Emerging Talents 2014! To see what the “next generation” is up to.
And here it comes, the list of articles not to miss:
- Jörg M. Colberg’s Forms and Functions of Photobooks (Part 2) is ready for all the ones dreaming about creating their own photobook(s).
- The winners of Pride Photo Award 2014. It really was a wonderful thing to be there with the jury.
Not new but an evergreen:
- Kenneth Jarecke’s superb interview with Karen Mullarkey. Thank goodness there is a 2nd part, right here.
A project to watch:
Great photographers are like children. They’re always curious. They don’t want to grow up, on a certain level. They want to keep that childlike curiosity. That’s another gift great photographers have.
You don’t learn from your successes. You learn from your errors because you don’t want to do them again.
You don’t always get to make the photograph of the idea you had at the moment, but if you’re creative it stays with you in the third eye. You do it over and over again until you get it right. It is your visual unconscious.
When you’re being challenged to be better than you think you are, that’s why I say fear is a great motivator. When you’re scared that you’re not going to pull it off, the adrenalin kicks in. If you’re gifted, that adrenalin makes the third eye open up that much wider.
If I gave out a lot, trust me. I got just as much back.
Some articles from the last two weeks you shouldn’t miss:
- Forms and Functions of Photobooks (Part 1) by Jörg M. Colberg. You know the deal: his words are to be considered, no matter what.
- How to buy a print. “Buying a photographic print is a confusing business, with many expensive pitfalls. We show you how in five steps”
- Documentary Photography and Photojournalism: Still Images of a World in Motion. Totally free course material that has just (re)surfaced. Not to be missed.
And last but not least, the workshop I wish I had 900 Euro for:
- Learn and improve how to build a documentary reportage by covering a story defined with Patrick Zachmann. From 24th to 27th September in Amsterdam, NL, right after UNSEEN 2014.
I have been on holidays, therefore the silence. I am back now, having time again, and I also have LOADS of new pictures, some of them will be shared soon. And the list of articles/news that shouldn’t be missed is here below:
- Atkins Ciwem environmental photographer of the year 2014. Meet the winners.
- Cartier-Bresson’s ‘The Decisive Moment’ is Back in Print 60 Years After the First Run. Less than half a year until Christmas!
- FORMAT EXPOSURE Open Call 2015. “Between 30 and 40 IdeasTap members will get the opportunity to exhibit or present events at FORMAT International Photography Festival 2015.”
These are not from the last couple of weeks but the more important:
My advice to photographers is simple.
It’s all about sheer, hard work. This cannot be overemphasized. You must have the eye, the drive, intellect, ethics and maturity but willing to invest every bit of your life and soul to this.
Last week I skipped the regular weekly post – shame on me. Here it comes now, the list of stuff that really is worth to be checked out, discovered in the past two weeks:
- What makes a great photograph is not what you might think. Just a reminder:
“Great photography is about consciousness. Great photography is about something bigger than the subject shown. Great photography is about illumination.”
- How to develop ideas for your photography projects, by Lewis Bush. Useful stuff.
- Martin Parr in Conversation with Paul Lowe at London College of Communication. Because it is impossible not to like him and/or his photography.
- The Sochi Project has won yet another award. Not that I’m suprised. Congrats on the Dutch Doc Photo Award 2014!
- How Many Lenses Do We Really Need? Against frustration. (I’m so much in love with my 85 mm f/1.8 USM that I hardly ever use anything else.)
This week’s selection:
- The Reading List: Photography. God bless Lewis Bush.
- Robert Capa’s Iconic D-Day Photo of a Soldier in the Surf. Because I’m still obsessed with Capa.
- Michael Schmidt 1945-2014. Someone you have to read about.
- What is contemporary photography? “A new book by [Mark Durden] gets under photography’s skin.” The latest addition to my wish list.