Sunday, October 24, 2010

"Yet other environmental threats — less visible, but potentially more devastating — often go largely unnoticed".

This NASA satellite image captured the extent of red sludge spilled after a waste-retaining wall broke at the Ajkai Timföldgyár alumina plant in southwestern Hungary. Visible on the right side of the image — near the bright blue and orange reservoirs of the plant — is the point where the plant's retaining wall broke. The red-orange streak runs west from the plant for miles where the torrent of sludge flowed into a stream and inundated nearby towns, including Kolontar and Devecser. read the article at yale environment 360

read the whole story on the idea of photogenic disasters. I think this is a very good point being made. if we are to actually say anything about the world we live in (and not just inform, because that's why we have Google maps for -or so it seems-), we somehow need to open up the discourses behind our image-making and somehow make visible the invisible (culturally, politically, etc.)...literally

Saturday, October 23, 2010

mauricio palos: mi perro rano

mauricio has a new book out called mi perro rano. see more details here

weekend favorite Julian Röder

some amazing images that portray the battle of subjectivity that globalization pushes and those who look for alternative views of our world. see the whole series here

"No, these are not battle scenes in the art historical sense. Even if Julian Röder does have a strong understanding of pouring the confrontational situations of crowds - their clustering and the bursting apart – into striking pictures. The old masters Altdorfer and Uccello come easefully to mind. What Röder shows is not the compacting of an historical occurrence; it is the immediate present. However, it is precisely because he helps himself to art - or more generally speaking, historical image - motifs that these photographs possess deeper intensity and permanence than a fifteen second take from the news. Because pictures are always pictures about pictures. We have them in our memory - more or less consciously - and incessantly align them with that which purports to be reality". Matthias Flügge

Monday, October 18, 2010

taylor glenn

you can find some very beautiful portraits by talyor glenn here. he has a great sense of light and composition.

Monday, October 11, 2010

intense pizza

Sunday, October 3, 2010

more on faith-beliefs; natan dvir and john faier

john faier

natan divir

christopher churchill and jose luis cuevas

i really enjoyed looking at christopher churchill´s series american faith.

the documentation of faith seems something a bit off in a "less faith seeking world" but maybe it is the strangeness of people sticking to their beliefs what seems interesting to photographers. a mexican counterpart of the idea of faith as subject is jose luis cuevas and his exploration of the expressions of faith.