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Josef Sudek: Fotografie (Signed in 1959).
EM: I started working with photo-eye in January of 2004, just a few months after the auctions launched. Initially, I was hired to do cataloging. As with many positions at photo-eye, job descriptions have a way of rapidly expanding to include many other tasks. Thankfully, in my case, most of these had to do with administering the auctions: cataloging, scanning, and working with consignors. Within about six months, they had become more or less my exclusive domain. For this reason, the move to NY in the fall of 2007 was pretty much seamless. Being in NY, I obviously get out more and am able to secure more and better consignments.
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Ed signing books in his New York apartment. copyright Dan Milnor.
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Former Santa Fe resident and PDN Photo Editor Amber Terranova gives her wrap up of Review Santa Fe and and interview with one of Center's 100 Jason Florio.
While in the bookstore I asked some folks to share with us their favorite book of the moment. Here's what some said:
Norman Mauskopf – Walker Evans and the Picture Postcard. Norman says he likes it so much because, "Evans has a big postcard collection and so do I."
Maarten Schilt – Looking at the US. 1957 – 1986 by Wendy Watriss and Frederick C. Baldwin
Ferit Kuyas – Brian Finke's Flight Attendants
Darren Ching – James and the Other Apes by James Mollison with text by Jane Goodall
Carlan Tapp – Robert Frank's, The Americans
Laura Wzorek Pressley - Pitch Blackness by Hank Willis Thomas
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copyright Malick Sidibé from Bagadadji, published by Gwinzegal, 2007
As a rule, when I was working in the studio, I did a lot of the positioning. As I have a background in drawing, I was able to set up certain positions in my portraits. I didn't want my subjects to look like mummies. I would give them positions that brought something alive in them.
When you look at my photos, you are seeing a photo that seems to move before your eyes. Those are the sort of poses I gave them. Not poses that were inert or lifeless. No. People who have life need to be positioned that way.
In '57, there was a young lady who wanted to be photographed. One day she came in and I placed her in front of the camera. I had a Semflex. I positioned her and said, "Right, let's take your photo."
Read more of the interview at lens culture. The interview was transcribed from the video produced by Jerome Sother for Gwinzegal. Recorded in Rouen, 2008.
Since Joerg Colberg is very much the lover of photographs of the human figure, the conversation between him and photographer Steve Pyke primarily focuses on his Pyke's portraits.
Pyke goes on to discuss photographing the homeless in the 1980s in Britian, French philosopher Helen Cixous and General Pinochet. Read the entire conversation at Conscientious.
copyright Steve Pyke
copyright Joel Meyerowitz
JM: Back in my day it was like laying bricks. Slow and steady and labor intensive. Probably today it's similar for those who believe in themselves and the medium, in that it always takes a deep personal commitment to the mystery and craft of this special system we love. But what is different today is the means at your disposal for transmitting the work that you do. In my time it was a one-on-one means of showing/sharing work and it had to be done in person so the person you showed it to could clearly see that you were a young, wet behind the ears, photographer. Now you can shoot a "slide" show to people across the globe and they don't know who you are and only have the work to deal with. But that's really a plus for all of you.
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copyright Mikhael Subotzky
copyright Mikhael Subotzky
Mikhael Subotzky: In 2004 we had our third democratic election in South Africa, and there was a prominent Constitutional Court case going on which was to decide whether prisoners could or couldn't vote. This question interested me in relationship to our history of disenfranchisement, but also in relation to the experience of living in South Africa at a time when crime levels were supposedly peaking.
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Taj Forer and Michael Itkoff are the co-founding editors of Daylight Magazine which launched the Debut Issue in March 2004 with the work of Sara Gomez, Tom Rankin, Alec Soth, Jen Szymaszek. They have followed with themed issues on Iraq, Sustainability, Isreal/Palestine, and the current issue on Agriculture. In addition to being magazine editors, Forer and Itkoff have both published monographs with Charta. Threefold Sun, Forer's book is on Waldorf communities in the United States and has a enlightening essay on these communities and its founder, Rudolph Steiner, by Carol Mavor. Michael Itkoff's book, Street Portraits, with faces from London, Sydeny, Hanoi, Bangkok, and New York is due in the US in February. Here Forer and Itkoff discuss the publication of the magazine and not-for-profit organization, Daylight Community Arts Foundation.