The life of another person is definitely a mystery to an outsider. Looking at it from a distance, one can of course imagine what the life of another person looks like. One might even be able to get to know the surface of this particular life, be it through conversations or maybe just by observations through the Social Media platforms. Although people are said to become more transparent over the last few years, what the lives of others really look like is still and will probably always be a mystery. Even more so, when this “other person” belongs to a different culture, or is part of what is known as the margins of society.
Almost everyone interested in photography sooner or later comes across the name Peter Lindbergh. The German belongs to the very big and influential fashion photographers of the past 1940s. His employers are nobody less important than Vogue, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair or the Rolling Stone. He considerably took part in establishing supermodels in the 1990s and the celebrities he took pictures of included Tina Turner and Mick Jagger.
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” .
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.
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.
When we think of Syria as a country, images of destruction, suffering and death come to our minds.
At his exhibition “Contrast Syria”, Syrian photographer Mohamad Al Roumi now shows his motherland from another perspective. The exhibition, which can be visited in Berlin’s Pergamon Museum from June 29 to October 9, shows the ordinary lives of farmers and nomads during the 1980s and 1990s. The peaceful times in a war-torn country are displayed. By doing so, the photographer gives us a different impression of his home country. He shows us the beauty but also the ugly faces of everyday life. Syria is home to people of diverse ethnic and religious origins. The photographer tries to demonstrate what life in Syria really looks like.
To all Viennese and Vienna lovers among you –the stunning Belvedere Palace in the Austrian capital currently houses an exhibition called “Inspiration Photography – from Makart to Klimt”. It was opened on June 17 and will last until October 30, 2016, located in the Orangerie in the Lower Belvedere.
last week I wrote an article for you about Dronestagram. Actually I wanted to take a closer look at drone aerial photography in this blog article. This is a very interesting and diversified modern field in photography, even from a legal point of view, and there are many unknown aspects about it. However, while browsing the internet I came across something else, which is why we’ll both still have to wait a bit for my article on drone aerial photography. Since this is the perfect time now for traveling, I have a very special tip for all those who don’t have any plan yet about where to go and for all travelers who will decide spontaneously: Arles.
In Arles, France, a photo festival takes place from July 4 to September 25, 2016, that is a little different and one of the most important festivals in the world – “Les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles”. Its colorful, summerlike, bizarre looking upside-down photographs on the posters already make you curious and motivate you to go there and explore it on your own. You’ll be looking in vain for boredom and tiresome exhibitions, even though the festival has already existed since 1969. The highlight of the festival weeks is the “Rencontres d’Arles Award”.
No matter how different they are, famous monuments and touristic attractions do have one thing in common. They are always the center of attention.
As a consequence, there are countless pictures of those attractions, that all look alike. Huge crowds of people gather around those monuments, with their cameras, smartphones and selfie-sticks, all trying to take a picture. A picture, that already exists a million times.
Not so, Oliver Curtis. Although he is standing in front of the same monuments, his lens is facing in the opposite direction.
Emotional, strong, sometimes terrifying, entertaining, teary and always touching.
The photos at the World Press Photo Exhibition are worth being watched year after year. They document in the same way as they point out the condition of our society. Soon it will be time again –the World Press Photo Exhibition 2016 will take place in Germany and in Austria. But who and what exactly is behind this event?