Steve McCurry: Iconic Photographs

How did I get to know that Steve McCurry was coming to London to sign copies of his new book on Afghanistan I cannot remember. What I can remember is how eager I was to meet the Magnum master of travel and portrait photography. So without hesitating I boarded a red double decker Oxford Tube…

Black Maps

The Black Maps album by David Maisel offers a life retrospective of this master environmental photographer covering a whole range of his projects, from Black Maps (1985), The Forest (1986), The Mining Project (1989),  famous The Lake Project (2001-2002), Oblivion (2004), Terminal Mirage (2003-2005) and American Mine (2007).  The visually striking works depicting the environmental…

Manufactured Landscapes

Edward Burynsky’s book, ‘Manufactured Landscapes‘ published by Yale University Press is an important environmental photography album focused on the impact of our production and resource extraction activities on the Planet. Exploring the otherworldly entropic landscapes  of copper and coal mines in the USA, urban waste collection sites, nickel tailings river in Canada and the ship-breaking…

Earth from the Air

This post will start a series of short articles paying tribute to some of the greatest environmental photographers this world has ever seen. We will start with one of the most known, Yann Arthus Bertrand. His book, ‘The Earth from the Air‘ and the accompanying exhibition, which initially started at Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris…

Light Keeps Me Company

A brilliant documentary, ‘Light Keeps Me Company‘ featuring a celebrated cinematographer Sven Nykvist, directed by his son Carl-Gustaf is a sincere and detailed story of a master filmmaker, who collaborated with Ingmar Bergman on ‘Persona’ (1966) and many other films. Filled with warm and highly personal memoirs by Ingmar Bergman, Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Vittorio…

The Daybooks of Edward Weston

Rarely a photography book could be more exciting and captivating than ‘The Daybooks of Edward Weston“. A good copy is hard to find and they can be expensive, but all suffering is justified when you could connect and explore the world of one of the most renowned fine art photographers this world has seen. The…

Salgado: From my Land to the Planet

The little autobiographic book ‘From my Land to the Planet’ by the celebrated photographer Sebastião Salgado is a highly personal and hugely valuable memoir shedding light on Salgado’s life, influences, projects and publications. Starting with the description of his father’s farm in Brazil, where he grew up; his education as an economist at an elite…

Rencontres d’Arles

Rencontres d’Arles is full of amazing personalities: famous and not-so-famous photographers, gallery owners, museum curators, journalist, photography enthusiasts, contemporary art aficionados, bloggers, journal editors, professors of contemporary art history and book publishers. This year the OFF programme (those exhibitions that didn’t get to the official selection of the Rencontres d’Arles festival) or off OFF programme…

Rencontres d’Arles

Visiting Rencontres d’Arles is always a moveable feast. Portfolio reviews, exhibitions, talks, discussion forums, meetings, cafe life, private views, film screenings, the list goes on. In the next few posts I will be sharing some of the images made during my recent trip to Rencontres d’Arles capturing the spirit of the festival, the festival goers…

Jouer contre les appareils

While in Arles at the world famous Les Rencontres d’Arles photography festival (https://www.rencontres-arles.com/) I came across this wonderful new book by Marc Lenot. Written as a PhD thesis under the guidance of Michel Poivert, professor of art history at La Sorbonne in Paris, this book explores experimental photography from 1960s to the present day. A…

Joel Meyerowitz at Les Rencontres

At the recent talk held at the world famous Les Rencontres d’Arles photography festival, Joel Meyerowitz, a celebrated American street photographer said something fundamentally profound about his practice. “People are spending years to learn the art of choreography to make sure ballet dancers create dramatic and visually exciting composition on stage. My job as a…

Ansel Adams on Photographic Education

This week I came across a brilliant article by the great Ansel Adams, both a photographer, a theorist of photography and a committed environmentalist, which was originally published in the third issue of the celebrated Aperture Magazine. In this article Ansel Adams discusses his vision for the perfect education of a master photographer and mentions…