Regarding the Pain of Trump – Los Angeles Review of Books
by Rebecca Chace
A brilliant reflection on re-reading Susan Sontag’s Regarding the Pain of Others and the power and danger of images and need to be more than passive witnesses.
Images of suffering and atrocity now have unparalleled access to our most intimate spaces. Most of us keep that connection open in our pockets or in the palm of our hands….
We are vulnerable to images just as we are vulnerable to propaganda. Our visceral experience of violent and disturbing images has changed not only because of the unprecedented speed of their transmission but also because there is no longer any mediation between these images and the viewer. Media outlets used to edit what images were permissible to share with the public. Now, if we have access to the technology, we can share directly with each other in real time. There is true political power in the removal of the mediator, but as there is more to respond to, there is proportionally more emotional instability.
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“A book in an object, and its very properties cannot be approached without considering its content.”
The Forms and Functions of Photobooks (1)
from Joerg Colberg’s online photography magazine, featuring photographer profiles, interviews, articles, and book reviews.
This is How a Camera Adds 10 Pounds via Petapixel
It’s commonly said that a camera adds 10 pounds, making you look heavier than you actually are.
Striking example of how lenses and focal length affect what we see. Notice how head and nose change shape.
Cindy Sherman: ‘Why am I in these photos?’| The Guardian
Photographer Cindy Sherman talks about a difficult childhood, her compulsion to dress up, growing older – and why she now prefers to live alone.
…”A flick through the photographs in her current retrospective exhibition in LA reveals her transformed into 20 kinds of matinee starlet, Hitchcock lead, pneumatic Monroe, terrified centrefold, crime-scene corpse, old master muse, cut-up sex doll, Republican wife, clown; both as determinedly absent and iconically present in her work as Andy Warhol once was in his.” [read entire article]
Cindy Sherman in front of her work at the Broad museum, Los Angeles, where a major retrospective of her work is taking place. Photograph: Dan Tuffs for the Observer
Just came across these…
In her “Constructal” series, Juana Gómez prints self-portraits onto fabric and carefully embroiders them with stunning patterns. [more]
Source: Intricately Embroidered Self-Portraits Explore Anatomy and Physics | The Creators Project
Frederick Douglass’s Faith in Photography
How the former slave and abolitionist became the most photographed man in America.
By Matthew Pratt Guterl, New Republic
“New, cheaper techniques of reproduction, Douglass believed, allowed for a truer, more precise impression of the person on display. They also made it possible for the subject of the photograph to determine, to some extent, how people read and understood the image. Frame by frame, the authors of the volume show how carefully Douglass tried—in an age where, for so many people of color, this was simply unimaginable—to control meaning.” [read complete article]
Fashion Photos with Outfits Made from Trash Found in Polluted Areas of Senegal
“The Prophesy” is a striking series of photographs by photographer Fabrice Monteiro that shines light on the problem of pollution in Africa, yet offers a message of hope. Each image is a “high fashion photo” in which the garment is crafted from things found at locations that have been altered by trash.
Partnering with costume designer Doulsy and the Ecofund Organization, Monteiro visited 10 different polluted sites in the country of Senegal. The team created haute couture outfits using bits of things found here and there, and then photographed the models in front of the polluted environment as a backdrop.
from Peta Pixel
The Best of Photojournalism – September 2014 -TIME LightBox
TIME Lightbox has amassed an interesting selection of recent photographs and fantastic group of recent articles looking at recent events in Ferguson, MO, Iraq, and Gaza, as well as the Ebola outbreak and more – LINK