Every year the Press Photo of the Year receives the World Press Photo Award. It’s not unusual that this particular award has stirred up some controversy.
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.
Whoever has been on vacation within the last ten years must have noticed one obvious trend –cameras and smartphones are everywhere. Sometimes, when visiting a spectacular or meaningful place, all you encounter are people experiencing it through their lenses or screens.
I’m not one to judge here, because I regularly catch myself doing the same. I wouldn’t want to miss my photo memoirs, but one thing for sure, whenever I see scenes like that, I wonder if this whole, “capturing the moment on photo or video”- thing didn’t get out of hand and it might rob us from the real experience instead.
Ever since I was a child Russia has fascinated me. The reason for this may have been all those old Russian fairytales or the simple fact that, when compared to other parts of the world, I hardly knew or, to be more exact, I do not know a lot about the real Russia.
As a child I imagined Russia as a snowy fairytale land, as a country where people cuddled up in warm furry blankets ride horse-drawn sleighs. As I grew older I kept reading a lot of Russian classics such as Anna Karenina or The Seagull. Of course, I had a very romantic and unrealistic image of Russia in mind, and the older I grew the more I started to realize that things actually weren’t this way in reality. But to be honest, up until today I don’t really know much about life in Russia and I still haven’t been there.
The other day I found this article about Frank Herfort, a German photographer who lives and works in Moscow and Germany.
“Photography is a strange phenomenon. In spite of the use of that technical instrument, the camera, no two photographers, even if they were at the same place at the same time, come back with the same pictures. The personal vision is usually there from the beginning; result of a special chemistry of background and feelings, traditions and their rejection, of sensibility and voyeurism. You trust your eye and you cannot help but bare your soul. One’s vision finds of necessity the form suitable to express it.”
Inge Morath, Life as a Photographer, 1999
The war in Syria is a very up-to-date issue for more than five years now. Nevertheless people don’t really look at it and many people, primarily those in the Western world, aren’t aware of the extent of this tragedy. A man who wants to change this is Szymon Barylski.
I think it’s time again to present one or, to be exact, four of the most important photographers in history and the great photo agency they founded. I’m talking about Magnum Photos, of course.
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.
His images tell a story – they lead the observer into other worlds. His extravagant creations are dreamy and romantic and his style is unique – I’m speaking of TIM WALKER.
„Why didn’t I come up with that?“ That is exactly what I’m thinking whenever I look at photographs that stand out in creative and extraordinary ways. Just like the pictures by Nicolas Rivals.