Thursday, September 17, 2015

All About EverydayClimateChange

"EverydayClimateChange is a collection of photographers from 6 continents who share photographs made on 7 continents to present visual evidence that climate change doesn't just happen "over there" but that climate change is also happening "right here".  Photographers come from the north, the south; the east and the west; and are as diverse as the cultures in which we were all raised.  We document not only the effects of climate change but also potential solutions to mitigate the effects of global warming on our world."
Here are a few photos from the EverydayClimateChange's Instagram to further show how these photographers are  spreading the word about climate change.

"Photo by @gideonmendel for#everydayclimatechange. You can see the mud here but you can't smell it. Today we visited the Palna Village in Northern #Bangladesh and met the Mia family shown here- Tamin (6), Tahomina, Malek and Shamin (19). This region consists of rich agricultural land and is not prone to flooding so when a nearby embankment breached three weeks ago they and all the other members of their community were taken by surprise. They said that no villager was prepared for this and they had never experienced a flood on this scale before. More than 30 square kilometres were under water causing enormous devastation and hardship. Many mud walled houses collapsed, the local rice yield is destroyed and roads are damaged. I am currently here in Bangladesh working with #oxfamnovib exploring the impacts of #climatechange and #globalwarmingon some of the world's most vulnerable communities in the runup to the COP21 Paris Climate Conference. This work is also part of my ongoing #drowningworldproject. With ever growing water quantities coming into Bangladesh from the Himalayas and increasing the siltation of river beds these sort of disasters are likely to become even more frequent and the distress we witnessed today more widespread."

"Photo by Andri Tambunan (@andritambunan) for@everydayclimatechange. A portrait of L-R Hoddayal (7), Josua (8), and Masri (11) wearing face masks to protect themselves from breathing the contaminated air. Thick haze caused by lingering forest and land fires in Riau province, Indonesia, force local authorities to send students home due to poor air quality. According to provisional data, 1,022 people have suffered from health problems because of the haze since the beginning of July. Of them, 757 suffered from acute respiratory infection, 160 from skin irritation, 50 from eye irritation, 29 from asthma and 26 from pneumonia. We need your help! - Our Indiegogo campaign to fund the EverdayClimateChange exhibition at Photoville in New York, 10 - 20 September."


"Photo by @coleenjose | Children played in a suffocating fog of mosquito repellent in a displaced persons camp in the central Philippines. On November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan devastated the region, killing more than 6,000 people and immediately displacing 4 million. Haiyan, among the strongest storms ever recorded, was a glimpse into increasingly intense and frequent storms."

 "Photo by James Whitlow Delano @jameswhitlowdelanofor @everydayclimatechange We need your help! - Our Indiegogo campaign to fund the EverdayClimateChange exhibition at Photoville in New York, 10 - 20 September.Low lying makeshift slum along a river in Manila today, fouled with untreated sewage, & exposed to increased flooding as the global temperatures warm. The Manila megalopolis is one of the world's most vulnerable to rising sea levels."

 "Reposting photo by @sharifaee Every year a lot of internal and foreign passengers and tourists visit Urmia Lake and The national Park. After drying up the Lake Urmia, the amount of tourists who came to the area has been significantly decreased.According to researches, Urmia Lake, on of the Iran’s most famous lake has shrunk by nearly 88% since the 1970s."

Don't forget to check out EverydayClimateChange's Instagram

As well as their campaign: Here

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The 10 Most Iconic Photos of the iconic Marilyn Monroe

"If I'd observed all the rules, I'd never have got anywhere." - Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe was an american actress, model, singer. She was one of the most popular film stars and sex symbols of the 1950's. Even if she left us at a young age (36) the photographs of Norman Jean Baker keep her memory alive. Here we chose 10 iconic photos of the popular culture icon by masters of photography, followed by quotes of the artists.

Eve Arnold 1955

"What has changed is that when I photographed, most people that I photographed didn't have "If I'd observed all the rules, I'd never have got anywhere." - Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe was an american actress, model, singer. She was one of the most popular film stars and sex symbols of the 1950's. Even if she left us at a young age (36) the photographs of Norman Jean Baker keep her memory alive. Here we chose 10 iconic photos of the popular culture icon by masters of photography, followed by quotes of the artists. the right of refusal on their work. It would take a Marilyn Monroe at her height to be able to dictate that."- Eve Arnold 

Cecil Beaton 1956

"Her voice, of a loin-stroking affection, has the sensuality of silk or velvet. The puzzling truth is that Miss Monroe is a make-believe siren, unsophisticated as a Rhine maiden, innocent as a sleepwalker."- Cecil Beaton on Marilyn

Bruce Davidson 1960

Check out the rest of the article on All About Photo

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Magnum Workshops in Hong Kong with Antoine D'Agata, Thomas Dworzak and Richard Kalvar

Magnum Photos is excited to announce an exciting new photographic development opportunity for regional and international photographers in Asia. This event is sponsored by the Hong Kong International Photo Festival Flare 2015 and for the first time is held Hong Kong. 

This even is happening at the Jockey Club Cultural Art Center (JCCAC) from October 8th to 12th, 2015. It  will also be directed by the three prominent Magnum photographers Antoine D’Agata, Thomas Dworzak and Richard Kalvar. 

The event will be happening over five phenomenal days, and the artists will direct their groups through "a daily program of shooting, reviews, group critiques, mentoring, editing sessions and the opportunity to learn amongst and from their peers, to develop each own visual language," according to the Magnum Photo Blog. 

Conditions of the event

It is important for the Workshop participants to present a positive level of photographic skil and a ambition to be trained. Contestants will have to arrive with their own equipment and ready to photograph. It is important to note that the workshop is limited to 13 participants. Photographers will be chosen on their assistance to their career and advancement.

Photographers should also prepare acceptable exploration to be able to be ready to shoot later in the event. "A story list will be provided for inspiration ; however candidates are expected to formulate realistic projects in the geography and time supplied. Magnum will provide a suitable classroom infrastructure and participants will be responsible for their own time management."

More information:

-workshops will take place at the Jockey Club Cultural Art Center, 
30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei, Hong Kong.Link

-Tuition feesHK$ 8500 / £700 (does not include travel, accommodations or on-the-ground expenses). All fees must be paid within 7 days of acceptance or you will forfeit your space. This does not include photo developing, post-production, travel, accommodations or meals.Refund policies will be emailed with acceptance letter.

-Travel & Accommodation: Participants are expected to make their own arrangements regarding travel and accommodation ; a list of suitable accommodation options will be provided to successful candidates. 

-Applications: for applications visit Magnum (Click here to apply)

-The deadline for acceptance is September 20th

-The photographers include: Richard Kalvar,Thomas DworzakAntoine D’Agata
For additional information please  visit

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

From Bauhaus to Buenos Aires: Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola

From Bauhaus to Buenos Aires: Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola

May 23, 2015 to September 13, 2015
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York, New York - NY10019

The studio is in fact named after their childhood nicknames, and it included "commercial and avant-garde loyalties, creating proto-feminist works." His early works show the blossoming relevance in "new modes of photographic expression that led him to the Bauhaus in 1932, where he met Stern and they began their joint history."From Bauhaus to Buenos Aires: Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola is the first important exhibition to target the German native Grete Stern and Argentinean artist Horacio Coppola. These artist are two major figures of avant-garde photography who established themselves on either sides of the Atlantic.

The exhibition starts in the 1920s with each artist’s "initial forays into photography and typographic design." We leant that Berlin is where Stern began taking private classes with Walter Peterhans in 1927. It is in the Peterhans’s studie where she met Ellen (Rosenberg) a year later. She became the person with whom she opened a "pioneering studio specializing in portraiture and advertising."

Here are a few photos from the show:

ringl + pit Spread from ringlpitis 

ringle + pit Ellen Auerbach

ringl + pit Das Ei des Columbus

Grete Stern No. 2 Ultimo Beso

Horacio Coppola. London

Horacio Coppola. Nocturno Cinematografo

Horacio Coppola. Transparencias

Friday, September 4, 2015


Performance and video installation of Romina De Novellis Presentation of Bill Viola’s videotape Silent Life Laure Roynette Gallery, Paris 16th October – 29th November 2015 

Laure Roynette Gallery has the pleasure to present Italian artist Romina De Novellis' exhibition,  From October 16th. It will also include a short work by one of the most famous representatives of video art: Bill Viola.

The exhibition is titled « To be, or not to be » and will appear a dialogue between two artworks made by Romina De Novellis ("FASE REM, a serie of nine recent videos in which the artist performs her dreams of pregnant woman, and AUGURII, the video of a performance realized during the FIAC Outdoors in 2014, in which she is confronted with death surrounded of vultures", according to the press release) and SILENT LIFE, 1979, a historical video of 13 minutes of Bill Viola. This portrait of a newborn child in a hospital is ver moving and will be a part of a larger work, called The Reflecting Pool – Collected Work 1977-80.

The two artists (Romina De Novellis and Bill Viola) met last year each other during a retrospective dedicated to the American video artist, which took place in the Grand Palais. Roynette had invited Bill Viola to come to discover the work of the performer. The meeting of the artists showed an intellectual and artistic similarity between them. They revealed to have many common inspirations like the time, the body and especially the work of Masters from the Italian painting such as Caravaggio.

Romina De Novellis is known to be "captivated by anthropology and by the question of the confinement of the human body" and during her career she never stopped exploring these aspects.  She also "realizes physical performances on the body in procession installed in the public space, followed by the look of the passer-by, in which the gesture is central to real alive paintings," according to the press release form June 12th.

De Novellis was and artist and performer born in Naples in 1982. She grew up in Rome and currently resides in Paris. She dedicated many years of her life to dance and theater (she even graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance of London in 1999), but she also began becoming captivated by the art of performance by "subtracting the speaking, the choreography and the stage direction from her artistic to concentrate on an art of gestures in which the body is installed in the urban space." She then went on to complete a Master of the DAMS of the University Rome 3 in 2008. Romina De Novellis also received a PhD to the EHESS of Paris with a thesis in anthropology.

De Novellis's work was also presented as a performance in the Palais de Tokyo for the occasion of the dinner of the sponsors and Friends of Palais de Tokyo in 2015, and many other occasions including: several Nuit Blanches (2010, 2011, 2012), in the FIAC Outdoors in the Jardin des Plantes (2014), in the Friche Belle de Mai, in the context of Marseille, Cultural Capital (2013), to the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (for the Nuit des Musées in 2013), and in the Venice Biennale within the framework of the events of the Opening Week in 2011 and 2013.

FASE REM (Rapid Eye Movement Sleep), is the installation presenting Romina De Novellis and includes “nine videos, reminding the nine months needed by human beings to form intra uterus and come to life: get out and live the real life”. “I dreamed about all the images of this video installation, FASE REM. So, I performed each dream with a small team of collaborators who contributed to the realization of shots and photos… FASE REM it is not the artistic performance of my dreams, it is the true life of what I have dreamed about. It is an endangerment of my body and of my unconscious which went out every time I lived again my dream by not being any more in phase of REM sleep, but in performative phase".

"Opened in 2011 in Le Marais district (Paris), Laure Roynette Gallery represents the young artistic stage and supports the outdoor works of its artists. Just near to the Picasso Museum, the gallery shows several artists, performers, painters, video makers, French and foreigners. Laure Roynette likes to surprise her collectors and using the expression of Robert Storr « Machines à aura »; she appreciates "works which stimulate, help to think about our vision of the world and maybe even sometimes to change it ". Laure Roynette has been representing Romina De Novellis for two years."

Practical information from the press release: To be, or not to be An exhibition of Romina De Novellis, a video of Bill Viola
16th October – 29th November
Laure Roynette Gallery 20 rue de Thorigny 75003 Paris, France
Press contacts: Agence L’art en plus 11 rue du Bouquet de Longchamp 75116 Paris, France +33 (0)1 45 53 62 74 Virginie Burnet Charlotte Trivini


10th of September – 14th of November 2015

With the 'ROIDS! project, Albert Watson - who has been recently awarded an Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for his lifetime contribution to and achievements in photography - became interested in scanning his Polaroids at a massive resolution. This creates an effect as if you would observe them under a microscope, which shows all their beauty along with all their flaws. Watson is creating a fascinating combination of old technology in the new digital world. By blewing the scan of the Polaroids up to almost 2.5 meters (96 inches), Watson makes their attraction physically perceptible.

Kate Moss, Marrakech, 1993, Chromogenic print from a polaroid positive
Albert has won numerous honors, including a Lucie Award, a Grammy Award, three Andys, a Der Steiger Award, a Hasselblad Masters Award; and the Centenary Medal, a lifetime achievement award from the Royal Photographic Society. Queen Elizabeth II awarded the Scotsman an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in June 2015 for his lifetime contribution to the art of photography.

Over the years, Albert’s photographs have appeared on more than 100 covers of Vogue worldwide and been featured in countless other publications, from Rolling Stone to Time to Harper’s Bazaar many of the photos iconic fashion shots or portraits of rock stars, rappers, actors and other celebrities. Albert also has created the photography for hundreds of ad campaigns for major companies, such as Prada, the Gap, Levi’s, Revlon and Chanel. He has shot dozens of Hollywood movie posters, such as “Kill Bill” and “Memoirs of a Geisha,” and has also directed more than 100 television commercials.

Running Man, L’Uomo Vogue, San Francisco, 1992, Chromogenic print from a polaroid positive

Albert’s visual language follows his own distinctive rules and concepts of quality. With their brilliance, urgency, even grandeur, his photographs stand out so clearly against the world of today’s images. His way of lighting subjects, especially the fetish objects and portraits, creates a nearly meditative atmosphere in the photographs.  

Since 2004, Albert has had solo shows at the Museum of Modern Art in Milan, Italy; the KunstHausWien in Vienna, Austria; the City Art Centre in Edinburgh; the FotoMuseum in Antwerp, Belgium; the NRW Forum in Dusseldorf, Germany; the Forma Galleria in Milan; Fotografiska in Stockholm, Sweden; and the Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow. A major retrospective, with a body of work Albert shot in Benin, Africa, was held at the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Germany, in 2013.

His photographs have also been featured in many group museum shows, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, the International Center of Photography in New York, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Deichtorhallen. His photographs are included in the permanent collections at the National Portrait Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, the Scottish Parliament, the Deichtorhallen, and the Multimedia Art Museum, among others. 

Patty Owen, New York City, 1986, Chromogenic print from a polaroid positive  
 Without a doubt, Albert Watson is an artist who greatly enriches our perception with his unique photographic view. Though the wide variety of his images reflects an effortless versatility, they are nevertheless identifiable as Albert Watson photographs by their sheer power and technical virtuosity whether it’s a shot of a forest in Scotland, a Yohji Yamamoto dress on a supermodel, a close-up of the spacesuit worn by Astronaut Alan Shepard on the moon, or the iconic black and white portrait of Steve Jobs. This single-minded commitment to perfection has made Albert one of the world’s most sought-after photographers. 

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Mystery clouds Times Square kiss for 70 years

The photo bellow shows an anonymous U.S. sailor and woman in a white dress kiss euphorically in the middle of New York's Times Square.

This is the famous — and often recreated — photo that is most commonly associated with the day Japan surrendered in WWII, ending the war on Aug. 14, 1945. This historical day America celebrated, and it is so memorable that students of the future got one of the most ubiquitous posters ever put up on a dorm room wall.

It is safe to say that the image is ingrained in pop culture, it's long remained a mystery. It is a mystery: from who starred in the world's famous public display of affection, to when the photo was taken.

Because their faces are almost completely hidden, many people have claimed to be the famous couple. Conflicting stories are published in books, affirmed by facial recognition experts and sworn by dozens, year after year. The photo is captured by photojournalist Alfred Eisenstaedt and later showed across the nation on the cover of Life magazine, but even he does not know the identity of the famous couple.

It is just in time for the photo's 70th anniversary, and experts at Texas State University have brought science to the debate and found a dominent piece of the puzzle: the exact time the photo was taken.

USA Today notes that physicist Donald W. Olson and his team, in an article published in the August edition of Sky and Telescope magazine, report that the photograph was taken at 5:51 p.m. ET.To figure out the exact time the shutter went off, Olson's team used maps, archival photos and blueprints to interpret time based on the shadows of the buildings in Times Square.

"As the sun moves across the sky, the shadows of tall buildings in Manhattan move and can be used, just like the gnomon of a sundial, to determine the time of day," Olson explained.

And while "astronomy cannot provide a positive identification of a person ... knowing the precise time of the photograph does appear to rule out some candidates," he told the USA TODAY Network in an email from a research trip in Scotland.

It is rumored that 7:03 p.m., the time President Harry S. Truman announced Japan's surrender, or around 6 p.m., is the time of the photo (as one person claiming to be in the background of the photo had told the Times.)

According to the detailed maps of Times Square, circa 1945, was how they could "understand precisely how the shadow of one building will fall onto a nearby building." Once they figured out which building cast the shadow on the Loew's Building, which is the backdrop to the theatrical kissers, "the astronomical calculations are not difficult."

According to The Kissing Sailor: The Mystery Behind the Photo that Ended World War II by Lawrence Verria and George Galdorisi, a book published in 2012 by the Naval Institute Press, the kissers are George Mendonsa and Greta Zimmer.

"However, the book claims that Mendonsa and Zimmer locked lips at 2 p.m. — three hours before Olson's scientifically proven timing.," according to USA Today.

Co-author Verria says "as far as timing, this has absolutely no effect on who is in the picture." USA Today concludes that "The book places Mendonsa, a sailor from Rhode Island, and Zimmer, a dental assistant, in Times Square in the early afternoon. It offers details: Mendonsa was seeing a movie with his future wife when the screening was interrupted with news that the war was over. They left to get celebratory drinks, and wound up in Times Square. At the same time, Zimmer was taking a late lunch and passed through the hub to check out the celebration. As the story goes, a stranger grabbed her, kissed her, and the rest is history."

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

ART ON THE TRACKS: Teens Photograph Forgotten Railways

September 19, October 17 and November 8

Railroad Landscapes photographer John Sanderson and painter Janina McCormack lead this 3-session workshop for 9th-12th graders to hone photography fundamentals, composition, and self-expression. The group will explore the Transit Museum's collection and Grand Central Terminal and will also embark on abandoned railway photography journeys in the New York region.

For ages 13-18.

Material fees for travel costs and film processing.

Preregistration required - please contact Virgil Talaid at 718-694-1792 for more

New York Transit Museum