27 Frames – Professional photographers and single-use cameras – a fantastic project


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” .

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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…

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Peter Lindbergh


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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.

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Instagram is art!


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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.

 

Contrast Syria


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.

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Recommendation – “Inspiration Photography – from Makart to Klimt“


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.

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Event: Rencontres d’ Arles Award


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Hey guys,

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”.

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Volte-Face: Oliver Curtis is photographing against the tide


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.

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The World Press Photo Exhibition


Emotional, strong, sometimes terrifying, entertaining, teary and always touching.

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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?

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Martin Parr:  


 

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.

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CP+ Show in Japan


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From 25 February until 28 February 2016, the CP+ show took place in Yokohama, a city in Japan about 30km from Tokyo. This is one of the most important photo shows of the year. The exhibitors are Japanese companies. At the show there are about 160 of them, whereas several are hardly known abroad.  The entrance fee for all days was 1,500 Yen, which equals about 12€. This year the CP+ took place for the seventh time in the Exhibition Center “Pacifico”, where the major attractions were presented; for the first time the show was extended to the “Osanbashi” Hall where many side events were taking place. The exhibition area covered almost all fields of photography, ranging from cameras, photo equipment and lenses to print media, studio equipment, dark room equipment, computers, printers and much more.

 

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Before the show was opened to the public, the press teams and invited guests were allowed to visit the CP+. The companies used the “Press Time” to announce relevant news. On February 28 it was announced that 67,792 visitors had been registered during the four-day show.

The main topics of this year’s show were:

  • New photo award created! Special ZOOM joint photo exhibition celebrating the friendship between Japanese & French photo cultures!
  • New site added! PHOTO HARBOUR: Showing the fun of “creating” photo works
  • 1st CP+ 2016 Visitors’ Poll World Premiere Award
  • The 1st CP+ Used Camera Fair from classic cameras
  • Limited to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!
  • Special exhibition by the NAOJ and events for astrophotography

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Famous companies exhibiting at the CP+ were, among others, Canon, Casio, Carl Zeiss, Dell, Eizo, Epson, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Polaroid and Sigma. You can find the complete list with all exhibitors as well as further information on the CP+ website.

The photo exhibits are, from a historical point of view in particular, highly interesting and valuable – such as, for example, the special exhibition Did You Know= – “Atomic Bombs Dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki” where 60 pictures were presented that had been taken in both Japanese cities in 1945 shortly after the nuclear attacks.

But there were also funny and very thrilling ones – such as, the exhibition in Gallery B:
“Discovery! The world captured by elementary school children”.

Along with the numerous exhibitions and presentations, there were also many interesting panel discussions, workshops and seminars, prizes were awarded and contests were taking place. Beyond that, there were many events suitable or even made especially for children and families, such as a “Family Photo Studio”. Because of that the target audience of the show is diverse. While during the week there are lots of experts attending, on weekends also many families enjoy visiting the CP+.