On 23 February 2017 the sad news of Ren Hang’s death was published in many different art magazines and newspapers. The Chinese photographer, who with his emotional, special and highly aesthetic analogue photographs counts among the most prominent representatives of the new, word-renowned generation of photographers, died at the early age of 29.
David Uzochukwu, born in the Tyrol, Austria, in 1998, is called a child prodigy in photography. At the age of 18 he already collaborated with Adobe and Instagram, presented his work in New York and was finally discovered by Vogue Italia.
It’s his particular style to combine strong and brilliant colors in wonderful intense tones and special backgrounds given by nature with the fragility of often naked and imperfect bodies. His models symbolize vulnerability and human strength at the same time, arousing different emotions when you look at them. When you look at his photos you get drawn into an apparently surreal world he’s produced and you get carried away by the somber scenes he’s created in his photos.
Architecture and desserts aren’t really two topics relating to each other at first sight. At least that’s what I’ve thought till I saw Dinara Kasko’s incredible desserts. The photos of her creations are shared all around the world, her Instagram account is booming. Some of her works may not look very appetizing in the beginning but rather nice to look at. But in her videos the artist shows you what the contents of her masterpieces actually is, making you quite hungry for some chocolate and other desserts.
Adrian and Gidi (Adrian Woods & Gidi van Maarseveen) are two young Dutch artists who are having their breakthrough with a new style in photography. Their only tool is a lot of colorful paper, patience, precision and their camera of course.
Since 2012 they’ve been working together as still-life photographers and since then they’ve been attracting more and more small and big customers. Their popularity is increasing and their style is unique.
Summer is almost over and life is slowly but steady going back to its common ways. With summer ending, comes the end of vacation season for most of us as well. At least those kind of vacations which include the ocean.
I am one of those people who would be totally happy with a yearlong summer and who already misses the ocean while standing at its shores on the last day of vacation. For me the ocean definitely plays a major role during summer and I’m sure it is the same for at least some of you. 😉
In my yearning for the sea, I stumbled across Pierre Carreau a couple of days ago and I was instantly fascinated by his AquaViva series. He showed me a whole new side of my beloved ocean.
The artist manages to capture something as vivid as a wave in the ocean at the exact right moment and makes it look frozen in time. His pictures let you observe the waves in detail and one cannot deny its spectacular beauty.
Asked on what fascinates him most about photographing waves, Pierre Carreau answered, that water itself is simply amazing to him. Water, which basically has no color, can, through the reflection and refraction of light, possess all of the colors in the world.
His photo results are always a surprise, even to the photographer himself, because, you can’t plan or stage something as wild, vivid and unpredictable as water. For a great wave picture, like the ones below, he needs a lot of patience and most of all luck.
To me, his Idea is simply genius and impressive. Pierre Carreau is truly a photography inspiration to me. What do you think of his work?
Many colors, impressive portraits, photos showing real life, authentic images from war areas… These are the trademarks of Steve McCurry, the renowned and admired NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC photographer.
Steve McCurry was born in Philadelphia in 1950 and graduated in 1974 in film studies and history at the Pennsylvania State University. Then he started to work at Today’s Post before becoming a freelancer for diverse international magazines in India.
Martin Parr, who was born in England in 1952, is one of the most popular photographers worldwide. The exhibition in the KUNST HAUS WIEN is the first great retrospective of the famous Magnum photographer in Austria. It provides a comprehensive insight into Parr’s works.
I must confess that Martin Parr wasn’t really a big name to me, before I’ve visited this exhibition. If his name still doesn’t mean anything to you, you simply have to continue reading this article! He had his international breakthrough in the mid-1980s with his photo series “Last Resort”, where he took pictures of British beach vacationers.
Some time ago Korea was one country. After many years of tensions and conflicts it was divided into North Korea and South Korea in the year 1948. Since then, both countries have chosen quite contrary paths.
There’s basically been a standstill in North Korea’s development; the reporting about the country in international media is most often negative because of its tyrannical dictator, and its economy isn’t doing very well either.
South Korea is the complete opposite. Ranking among the Asian tiger states, it has experienced a cultural and an economic upswing for many years and its population lacks nothing. In 2006, photographer Dieter Leistner traveled to Pyongyang in North Korea, and few years later to Seoul. He was searching for locations and everyday life scenes that are similar in both parts of Korea, while they still show the contrast between the once unified countries quite clearly. He published his pictures in his book “Korea – Korea” which will leave you speechless when you browse it.
Bryan Adams, with more than 100 million records sold, is a world famous pop singer and songwriter. But he’s more than just that, he’s also a photographer! You didn’t know that? Well, up until now ,neither did I.
His photos include musicians’ portraits and fashion images in particular, but he also impresses with a photo series on war-disabled soldiers. The series gets deep under your skin.
Adams began to focus on takingphotos at the end of the nineties, after a world tour that lasted four years. He was looking for more than just a distraction and he even started an apprenticeship with Herb Ritts. That and the inspiration he got from many of the very great photographers such as Helmut Newton or Annie Leibowitz had an influence on his style. Even in photography Bryan Adams has reached the top, as he shoots already for “Harper’s Bazaar” and “Vogue”.
I was stunned by his photo series on British war veterans from Afghanistan. Burnt and scarred faces, amputated limbs and still a profound connection with life – captured by Bryan Adams with a large-format camera in front of a white background in a very neutral way.