Salgado. Genesis

To say that I was overwhelmed after seeing Sebastiao Salgado’s ‘Genesis’ exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London is to say nothing. I was simply blown away. My first encounter with Salgado’s work took place at the Somerset House in London, which showed some of Salgado’s Brazilian landscapes and Polka Galerie in Paris where…

My Voyage to Italy

If you haven’t seen Martin Scorsese’s celebrated documentary ‘My Voyage to Italy‘ (1999) you should grab your copy now before they get out of stock. This is by far the best introduction to Italian Neorealism I have ever seen. Starting with the early precursors of this movement, ‘Ossessione’ (1942) and ‘La Terra Trema’ (1948) by…

After Photography

The book ‘After Photography’ by Fred Ritchin, the Director Emeritus of International Centre for Photography explores the new role that photography plays in the age of digital inter-connectivity, social media and citizen’s journalism. Continuing in the best tradition started by Walter Benjamin, Susan Sontag and Willem Flusser, the author discusses how our reading of photography,…

Environmental Art at COP23

It is my great pleasure to announce that my environmental art from the “Magical Realism” series will be exhibited at the forthcoming United Nations UNFCCC COP23 meeting in Bonn. Environmental art can be a powerful language to attract attention to the world’s most important problems: climate change, biodiversity loss, plastics pollution in our oceans, the…

Online Photographic Thinking

One of the essays I read this week made me think about the dissemination of our work as photographers at a deeper level. The article written by Jason Evans entitled ‘Online Photographic Thinking’ questions the medium of photography from the point of view of how technology makes our photographic experiences more diverse and allows us…

Art and Sustainability

The ‘Art and Sustainability’ by Sacha Kagan published by Transcript is an immensely rich philosophical text exploring the necessary characteristics of philosophy of sustainability that could inform the new sustainable art. Drawing on the current theories of complexity and sustainability of Gregory Bateson, Fritjof Capra, Ilya Prigogine, Kagan discusses the principles of systems theory, emergence,…

Three Ecologies

‘The Three Ecologies’ by Felix Guattari originally published in 1989 is a rich and complex post-modernist piece devoted to the search of the true reasons of contemporary ecological crisis. ‘Despite having recently initiated a partial realization of the most obvious dangers that threaten the natural environment of our societies, they are naturally content to simply…

Vilém Flusser

Vilém Flusser is one of my recent discoveries. Hugely engaging and a very powerful text re-contextualizing the photographic practice and our relationship with photography. Flusser considers images ‘mediations between the world and human beings’. He describes the nature of photography as a practice of magic and considers the invention of photography an event of a…

The Photographer (1948)

I have found this little gem of a film about Edward Weston, one of several amazing artists who formed a group named f/64, by accident. Seeing unique footage of one of my most favourite photographers at work in his native California, working with a large format camera should bring a lot of joy to all…

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…

Walter Benjamin on photography

Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) proposed a theory that the technology is capable of determining the prevalent art forms of the time and the changing modes of perception, reflecting the historic moment, ideas, beliefs, but also technology of the time. He writes: ‘Artistic production begins with figures in the service of magic’. (Benjamin, p.25). And continues: ‘Art…