Surveillance, big data and the Transparent Man – keywords that have been popping up very often in the media in recent years.
They are often accompanied by articles on Facebook, Google & co who keep observing all our moves and collecting data in order to make profits in the best possible way. Names like NSA and Edward Snowden are also known to most of us and do not really make us feel that good.
An idea that became an experiment. The desire to move a bit further away from the glossy perfection of an Instagram account and to get a bit closer to the essential…
That’s the way Matt Titone felt as he launched his very special art project – he decided to send some single-use cameras away to some of his favorite photographers. They were supposed to create pictures – without being able to make any configuration at all.
Many participated at this experiment. Titone presents the outcome in the “Think Tank Gallery” in Los Angeles in his photo exhibition titled “27 Frames” .
Among others the list of photographers includes Read McKendree or Chris Burkard. For Burkard, who works as a commercial and sports photographer and explores the world with his lens for big labels, shooting with a single-use camera was a new and beautiful experience. He had the impression that by pressing the shutter button consciously, by pre-selecting the subjects in your head and thanks to the awareness of limited shots he got closer to his subjects and to his art.
Photography is reduced to the essential – no buttons, no focus ring, no display – only the viewfinder and the subject and in the end – a wonderful surprise.
Other photo artists like Will Adler from Santa Barbara started the experiment very differently than Burkard, who usually only takes digital photos. Adler, who takes analogue photographers of his environment, considered the single-use camera as a tool of freedom for his subjects. The question about how to take pictures was less important to him than the question of what subjects to select. So he used the camera as something it’s meant to be – as a camera for snapshots. And finally he took his photos which he called “Slices of Life” in the end.
An exciting project that encompasses 88 photographs taken by 30 different photographers. For all those who can’t make the trip to L.A. to attend this exceptional and promising exhibit – on the website of “27 Frames” you can also discover many things.
Even though the trip to L.A. is certainly worth the effort – and not only, but also because of the exhibition. #wanderlust…
I still remember it as if it had been yesterday. Even though I’ve never been affected myself as somebody who grew up in Austria and who had the privilege of going to the sea twice a year. To the sea in Yugoslavia. Even I feel strange writing this name although I never really came to know Yugoslavia and the war there happened at a time I can hardly remember. I was young and didn’t really have much interest in news and in wars. Yet I remember clearly how I was having breakfast with my parents and my sister in Rovinj and my parents kept discussing a bit nervously to consider returning to Austria earlier from our holiday.
SIGMA Germany has started this sunny week with a call on Facebook. Those of you who submit their nicest and most special favorite photo of a structure until this Monday, 20 Feb 2017, 6:00 p.m., can win even twice: According to the advertisement every photo will be published on the Facebook page and can be seen there many, many times. On the other hand the best photo will be awarded a great prize – the SIGMA 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary lens.
Here you can learn more about your prize made of glass.
By the way, you won’t find a lot of inspiration on the internet only. If you focus more on this topic, you’ll discover the most beautiful structures even in your everyday routine, on the street, while taking a walk in the city or in nature and even within your own four walls. So open your eyes and your lens cap – and shoot!
In 2015 refugees were a big issue in Europe. In border areas in particular the agitation and the stream of people seeking refuge could be noticed. Hungary and the train station in Budapest were affected quite a lot as well. Thousands of refugees kept waiting there for transit permits, gathering on the spot. These events were covered by a lot of media and resulted in some impressive photographic creations. The works created by contemporary photographers are now displayed in Vienna’s Galerie Westlicht, showing images of the things that happened at the Austro-Hungarian border in autumn 2015.
They claim that it was him who invented top models. That may be a bit exaggerated. However, nobody can deny that the photo taken by Peter Lindbergh showing a group of stunningly beautiful young ladies strolling through the streets of New York changed the fashion world and started a new era of top models. Because these ladies weren’t any ordinary women but Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington. In the early 1990s this very image appeared on the cover of the British “Vogue”. Until today it’s maintained its cult status, with Peter Lindbergh ranging among the most popular photographers of our time. For decades you can find his photos in every important fashion magazine. He’s been working for a number of famous fashion houses and his pictures have become an essential part of the fashion universe.
As always the world of photography has become calmer after the Photokina. After all big manufacturers have presented their new products and revealed the great surprises there’s now much less news to report about. As all of you know already some new SIGMA lenses have been released on the market and of course we’re aching to test them.
In today’s news article I’d like to present some events where SIGMA will be present in the next couple of weeks. SIGMA is going to announce to the visitors of these events their latest products at the exhibitions of the photo community.
An example of an event that will take place very soon is the house fair Foto Lambertin in Cologne, Germany. It lasts from 28 Oct until 29 Oct 2016 An der Rechtschule 1 in Cologne. Lambertin belongs to the photo retailers that are very popular in this city.
The International Nature Photography Festival, organized by the Society of German Animal Photographers, takes place from 29 Oct until 30 Oct 2016 in Lünen, Germany. Besides a prestigious exhibition visitors can also enjoy a full program including a photography flea market.
SIGMA will also take part at the Fernweh Festival, which takes place from 17 Nov to 20 Nov 2016 in Erlangen, Germany. In these four days visitors are invited to join a thrilling tour around the world. They will see fascinating pictures displayed on a 12m screen and besides that they can get information on the topics outdoor, traveling and photography at more than 50 exhibition stands.
A glimpse at SIGMA’S event calendar for further information on the events, exhibits or shows is always a good hint.
The Belvedere Museum in Vienna is among the most important art museums in the world. The prestigious house owns the greatest collection of Austrian art, among which there is the world’s largest collection of paintings by Gustav Klimt.
It’s quite an honor that a prestigious house like that dedicates an exhibition to a phenomenon that is so new, so far less glamorous and still, such an influence to the contemporary photography scene. I’m talking, of course, about Instagram.
The Social Media platform has like nothing before awoken so many peoples interest in photography. If all of the 95 million photos uploaded every single day are good or do even have artistic value, is something that can be argued about. Nevertheless, fact is that Instagram moved up into the world of fine art. The exhibition “Instagram Now” that is displayed in the course of the “Eyes On – Month of photography Vienna” is also proof of that. The Belvedere museum aims to have a closer look at the phenomenon Instagram and the way it influences contemporary photography.
For me, a devoted Instagram fan, it’s a must go to.
The exhibition takes place from the 20th of October till the 30th of November 2016 at the Spitzhof of the Lower Belvedere in Vienna. Admission is free.