I was absolutely stunned by the batch of strong photos posted this past week. They're amazingly unique images and represent a diversity of views from around the world. The representative photo for this post was a difficult choice but the one below really resonated with me for its subject matter and composition. Many thanks to all the photographers for sharing their works.
Last night, the International Center of Photography held its annual awards gala in New York City, announcing the 2013 recipients of the Center's Infinity Awards. Recognizing eight photographers in the fields of art, photojournalism, fashion photography and publishing, the awards pay tribute to the highest levels of achievement.
For this year's awards, ICP commissioned the award-winning interactive design studio MediaStorm…
Behind the Scenes with One of Canada’s Most Renowned Portrait Photographers
“Koyannisqatsi” is the first film of “The Qatsi Trilogy”. The film is directed by Godfrey Reggio with Ron Fricke and Philip Glass responsible for cinematography and musical score respectively.
Ground breaking for its day, there is no plot or dialogue in the movie. Koyannisqatsi consist entirely of synergistic music and imagery which is shot and played back in time lapse or slow motion. The scenes range from the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon to the destructive power of the nuclear bomb to provide a breath taking critique on modern life which as the title suggest is a crazy and out of balance existence.
Some of my favorite montages in the movie include sequences from sausage making machines cutting to Grand Central escalators crowded with people at rush hour. Or the ariel view of the city morphing into a microscopic view of computer circuitry. These montages induce a hypnotic like trance in the viewer by going from slowmo to time lapse and back to slowmo all set to Philip Glass’ organically composed minimalistic musical score.
The shots go from very formal composition such as the view of the stock exchange floor that has multiple exposures with ghostly trails of people going backwards and forwards in time. To the handheld time lapsed street photography on the side walk. The amount of fun the film makers had while making is translated directly to the viewing experience.
Koyannisqatsi is a definite must see for all film and photography fans alike. It will make you think twice about what exactly is important to you. Godfrey believes that we are now living in the “host of technology” and freedom comes from knowing when to reject or embrace IT and not let IT determine how or when we use IT. Looking forward to watching the other two films in the series and also seeing the director’s latest film “The Holy See”.
Photographs—Analytical and Emotional at Once
The photographic works of Viktoria Binschtok (b. Moscow, 1972; lives and works in Berlin) explore the idea of visibility. The artist uses surprising displacements of context to examine which contents are transmitted within the firmly defined boundaries of the picture and which exceed these boundaries, being a matter of our own knowledge. In addition to her own photographs, Binschtok accordingly avails herself of the Internet as a no less fertile source of visual material. In her most recent series, “World of Details,” Viktoria Binschtok combines analogue and digital imageries. She begins by selecting New York street scenes from the vast archives of Google Street View, and then travels to these places to take her own picture of the reality she finds there. The reference images render streetscapes from a distance; Binschtok, meanwhile, expands on details, counterbalancing the straightforward photographs taken by a programmed automatic apparatus with what ultimately distinguishes man from machine: intention. In “World of Details,” Viktoria Binschtok not only visualizes how we see the world; she also goes beyond documentary photography without relying on the expedients of staging.
With an essay by Matthias Harder.
This gallery contains 7 photos.