Alice's website


The photograph above is from Alice's 'Infringement' series. Check out her website for this and more.

Know Thine Enemy

There are a lot of narrow minded people in the world. Here is one who professes to be exposing photojournalism one frame at a time.

www.snappedshot.com

It would be funny except...it's not.


William Klein


Girl Dancing In Brooklyn, 1955.


Hamburger 40 cents, New York, 1955.

The post below on Mikhail Baryshnikov by Lucy made me think about this - If an image is grainy, blurry, out of focus then is it the case that it often gets pushed from the realm of journalism and into art?

How often have you heard the words "It's not sharp. It's too grainy. This is too blurred. It's too confusing. It's not clear what's going on..." Although it's true that the news is occasionally illustrated or told by photographs with these qualities it is often thought of as 'daring' or 'pushing the boundaries'. Seeing as this was the attitude back in the 50's when Vogue hired William Klein and he produced images such as those above then isn't it time we moved on? Are galleries and ubercool magazines still the only outlet for this kind of work?

Dominican Moves


Thought I'd post an image shot by none other that Mikhail Baryshnikov. Saw this collection at the Edwynn Houk Gallery in NY, taken there by Suzanne Opton. I love the grain (its alright, I know Gabby likes grain, he's shown me some amazing grainy images in the past!) These photographs huge were really exciting. It was encouraging to see a gallery showing this type of image. Or maybe its because its Baryshnikov! Lx

Guardian UK daily slideshow

The Guardian Website has a daily slideshow of images from around the world. yesterday's photographs were quite interesting. Click here to see them.

I actually really liked this one by Christopher Furlong. It's of Police raiding a fortified house of a suspected drug dealer. Framing is a bit loose but still... Maybe it's the woman's expression, maybe it's the fact that the guys with cutting tools don't look like Police, or maybe because it's from Leeds, near where I grew up and I've had some fun times with the Leeds Metropolitan Police Force myself over the years. For whatever reason. Here it is.

Zarina Bhimji

Zarina Bhimji is an artist who caught my eye today initially because she is the only artist with photographic work to be shortlisted for this year's Turner Prize. For those that don't know, this is an award given in the UK ostensibly to artists who have been nominated by public vote but in reality is much more of a closed competition available only to the already well established (two of the artists nominated this year have received previous nominations) and usually generates much controversy with accusations often taking the form of "What a load of rubbish, how is that worth £25,000..." (£25, 000 is the prize money).

Anyway, it wasn't Zarina Bhimji's photographs themselves that prompted this. It was their titles. I'm all for art with weird, random, obscure and esoteric titling but the work itself still has to be good, otherwise I'm left feeling like the artist is a better thinker than a doer; a situation I'm not quite comfortable with. Looking through her website I found a minority of photographs I actually liked and the titles often left me with a furrowed brow and a distinct suspicion of pretence. Alarm bells start ringing when an otherwise unremarkable photograph carries a large price tag and a 'poetic' title.

Anyway, here are two of her images - which in themselves I don't think are too bad - lifted from the BBC and Tate Britain websites. Her own website prohibits the downloading of images, which I would understand except bootlegging is one of my favourite activities.

They are titled "Illegal Sleep" and "Your Sadness Is Drunk".

I guess it's better than titling your work "Untitled"...

Check out her website at www.zarinabhimji.com

New Web Gallery

Still not a complete website (hopefully early next year) but I've uploaded a new flash gallery and would like to know what you all think.





Cheers,

Tom.

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Bodybuilder Breast Augmentation

These photos are a continuation of the series about female bodybuilders that I've been working on for the past seven months.  They were taken the day Colette had breast reduction surgery at her home in Long Island.  This was Colette's fourth breast augmentation surgery.  Female bodybuilders often have successive surgeries for breast implants to allow the skin to stretch and better accommodate the implant.  Colette had her implants reduced to a smaller size so they would be more proportionate with her muscles.

I would love feedback on which photo is most effective.

Thanks!!!
Deidre

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Newark Protest


A protest by representatives of various organisations calling for an end to killing and street violence in Newark, New Jersey sponsored by the Black August Anti-Street Violence Coalition. The main protagonists pictured here are members of the controversial 'New Black Panther Party', a group who are completely separate of the original Black Panthers.

Tom White