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German street photographer Siegfried Hansen has an interesting way of connecting the dots, with lines. His main focuses are not humans and faces, but rather graphic connections and formal relations, which tell the stories of coincidences in public areas.
While reading a Japanese guidebook about Bolivia in the mid-’90s, Asako Shimizu noticed a small black-and-white photograph of a salt flat with a seemingly endless horizon. The memory of the image stuck in her mind for 10 years until finally, in 2006, she was able to visit the South American country where, inspired by the image, she created the series “On Her Skin.”
Shimizu went to the world’s largest salt flat, Salar de Uyuni, which covers more than 4,000 square miles and is roughly 12,000 feet above sea level. If you have friends who have visited, chances are your Facebook timeline has been filled with trippy photographs that play off the optical illusion of people balancing on odd objects or holding a mini version of fellow travelers in the palm of their hands.
What do you get when you put together an illustrator, his Bull Terrier, and some white walls? An imaginative series of portraits starring the adorable pup, of course! Rafael Mantesso, who works as an editor-in-chief for a Brazilian gastronomy marketing website, has turned to Instagram to document his doodling adventures with his dog, Jimmy Choo (named by his ex-wife, who was a stylist).
Using homegrown bacteria, photographer Seung-Hwan Oh warps and manipulates his photographs, surrendering his art to a higher ecological order. Oh, who also goes by the name Tonio Oh, explains that his intention is to “explore the impermanence of matter as well as the material limitations of photography.” It brings the artist’s studio into the laboratory, marvelously blending the organic and the artificial.
Oh’s website describes the process:
“As the microbes consume light-sensitive chemical over the course of months or years, the silver halides destabilize, obfuscating the legibility of foreground, background, and scale.”
Photography pioneer Oscar Rjlander captured a self-portrait in the 1850s that is being hailed as yet another ‘first selfie ever.’ But whether or not it really is the first (and that doesn’t seem to be the case) it can probably claim to be the most valuable selfie (based on what we could uncover) after being sold at auction for over $100,000.
The portrait appeared in a leather-bound album that consisted of 70 prints made by the renowned Swedish photographer.
Gifted to 19th century naval hydrographer Captain George Browing, the album was passed down through generations where it ultimately ended up with its most recent owner. This owner, who took the album to Morphets auctioneers in North Yorkshire, England, said they had no clue of the significance or value of the book.
For Fatalistic Tendency, Dhaka, Bangladesh-based documentary photographer Tushikur Rahman visualizes his own depression through scenes of violence and confusion. In his unnerving, claustrophobic frames, he confronts the painful suicidal impulses brought on by insomnia and anxiety attacks, using his camera as a means of recording a personal diary and intimate confessional.
The series “Sit Silently” examines the signs of time in the rites of subcultures surrounding the capital of Latvia, Riga. It captures the places where “modern Europe” meets the elements of the Soviet times, which conflict and overlap at the same time. These overlapping elements appear creatively in interiors, exteriors, portraits and still-life images depicting the everyday and leisurely pastimes.
The pictures capture the author’s search for a slower time zone that contains more vivid and open expressions, as well as a sense of home and creativity of daily routines beyond the usual urban experience.
Who do you want to be? Or, more accurately, who could you have been? Czech photographer Dita Pepe takes these musings quite literally, re-imaging her life in a hundred different scenarios in her series Self Portraits with Men. Pepe’s photographs are disarming in their nonchalant subtly, the artist possessing an uncanny ability to become a seamless member of each family.
During World War II, the British government’s Ministry of Information funded a War Artists Advisory Committee. During World War I, it had sponsored a smaller project, with a limited range of painters joining troops in France. This larger-scale midcentury program supported artists who traveled with the armed forces, as well as capturing the happenings on the homefront. Kenneth Clark, the art historian who would later become famous for his television series “Civilisation,” spearheaded the project.
An award-winning book by London-based artists Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Holy Bible continues to resonate—more so with the world seeming to slide toward the brink of collapse.The book was a co-publication, out in 2013, by Mack Books and the Archive of Modern Conflict, and it’s a compelling combination of images pulled from the archive and “pasted” on pages that exactly mimic the King James Version of the Bible. In addition to images, Broomberg and Chanarin have underlined certain phrases on each page in red, in order to highlight some of the repeated phrases (“And it came to pass”) and associations between the images and words on the page.
For Bolivian Busses, Berlin-based photographer Daniel Hofer captures the colorful airbrushed artworks that adorn the public busses traveling from La Paz into the Amazon Basin. Hofer chanced upon the eye-catching vehicles in Villa Fátima, a small neighborhood from which busloads of passengers and extracted products were carried to and from the jungle. He describes Villa Fátima as a relatively poor area with a locally-run market; without the busses, it would stand out no more remarkable than any other neighborhood.
Atomic Occasions is a voyeuristic overhead glimpse of women enjoying an isolated moment of privacy. Created by Australia-based photographer Jessica Tremp, each composition is an explosion of floral patterns and textures that seem to perfectly highlight the feminine forms as they relish in their solitude.