The absurd and surreal vision of Martin Kollar

Photography // Monday, March 24, 2014
Martin Kollar is a Czech documentary photographer. His projects generally focus on fascinating groups of people or places such as the European Parliament, stunt men, or army cooks. He captures the strange in-between moments of his subjects. Kollar shows these people as part of a larger landscape; his documents are filled with strange moments, nudity, destruction, and absurdity.

"Genesis" by Sebastião Salgado

Photography // Monday, March 24, 2014
In "Genesis," photojournalist and social documentarian Sebastião Salgado declares, "my camera allowed nature to speak to me. And it was my privilege to listen". Salgado, it turns out, is one brilliant listener. As his eight-year enterprise composed of over 32 trips around the world culminated with a stunning "love letter to the planet" entitled "Genesis", the divinity he manages to capture bespeaks a pure appreciation for nature and his surroundings. 

video: Flo Fox

Photography // Sunday, March 23, 2014
Despite blindness, multiple sclerosis, and lung cancer, photographer Flo Fox continues to shoot the streets of New York City. No longer able to hold a camera, she instructs her aides to take photos for her. Back in 1980, Tom Snyder interviewed Fox about her photography work right as she begun using a cane to walk and was loosing some of her eyesight. 

“The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater”

Photography // Saturday, March 22, 2014
Throughout the 1950’s, 60’s, and early 70’s, Ralph Eugene Meatyard created a series of photographs titled “The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater” in which he photographed his wife wearing an old hag’s mask in the role of Lucybelle Crater, along with other Meatyard family members and friends who are also wearing masks. 

“The Oldest Living Things in the World”

Photography // Friday, March 21, 2014
“Since 2004 I’ve been researching, working with biologists, and traveling the world to photograph continuously living organisms 2,000 years old and older,” explains photographer Rachel Sussman. The series titled The Oldest Living Things in the World is being released in April 2014 in a photobook form by the University Of Chicago Press. The book is comprised of 124 photographs and four info graphics.

The Ohio suburbs depicted through the eyes of Joachim Brohm

Photography // Friday, March 21, 2014
Joachim Brohm’s “Ohio” looks at the suburbs with brand new eyes. Coming from Germany Brohm was distanced enough to depict the banality, absurdity, and design of marginal spaces of the state with particular clarity. He shows everything from car models and housing to strange fires and deserted streets. 

New York in the '80s by Frank Horvat

Photography // Friday, March 21, 2014
The era of Ektachrome film produced some of the most beautifully colored photographs in photography’s relatively short history and during the early ‘80s the prolific Italian-born photographer, Frank Horvat, used this film to document the complex cultural climate of the Rotten Apple.

Michelle Frankfurter’s “Destino”

Photography // Thursday, March 20, 2014
In 2000, Israeli born photographer Michelle Frankfurter began photographing along the U.S. - Mexico border in an effort to chronicle the journey made by undocumented Central American migrants through Mexico on their way to the United States. The journey is long and hard, with many horrific obstacles, including drug and gang related violence, renegade militias, and kidnapping. 

Gueorgui Pinkhassov's "Sidewalk"

Photography // Thursday, March 20, 2014
Gueorgui Pinkhassov is not a standard documentary photographer; he has a strange minimalistic aesthetic and explores the outside world with an introversion that makes the work abstract and slightly absurd. In his book “Sightwalk” he presents twenty-five candid images of Tokyo. The book is bound in a strange textural purple material, which makes me think of a prehistoric animal’s skin, it also utilizes artisan-made paper. 

video: Visions and Images - Garry Winogrand, 1981

Photography // Wednesday, March 19, 2014
A few weeks ago we shared an entertaining video of Garry Winnogrand walking around Venice Beach as he takes photos and discuses his approach to photography. Aside from enjoying his prolific and vast collection of beautiful photographs, listening to Winnogrand speak about photography and articulate his point of view is fascinating. 

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