Friday, October 30, 2009
Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountian parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.
Posted by Matthew Sandager at 11:54 PM
David Hockney's first NYC show in 10 years of crazy color landscape paintings. Apparently he's become quite obsessed with making digital paintings on his iPhone with the Brushes App.
Peter Fischli and David Weiss' piece at Matthew Marks is pages of advertising laid out on several tables that tells a loose narrative.
And Jack Pierson at Cheim & Read shows his found letters sculptures turning more abstract. No photos.
Posted by Matthew Sandager at 8:55 PM
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
"In Martin's case, it's about noticing things; about looking at the way people are and how we live, describing human life as it is rather than as we wish it was. He doesn't add glamour, he see through it. Other photographers like Annie Liebovitz or Mario Testino offer us a perfect vision of glamour - and there's room in the world for that - but what Martin does is show us the gap between how we are and how we like to think we are. Which i think is more interesting."
I don't think this world exists quite like this any longer, but then again when looking back at Slim Aarons that world seems simliar yet miles away.
Posted by Matthew Sandager at 5:43 PM
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
I've been reading a lot of stuff on aphotoeditor.com and it is really great. It's Rob Haggart's site, he was the former Director of Photography for Men's Journal and Outside Magazine. He interviews some awesome people in the photo industry and covers interesting innovations in photo technology. Recently he's posted some cool videos, I particularly love the animation Editor vs. Photographer.
Posted by Matthew Sandager at 6:06 PM
Friday, October 23, 2009
Ok, photo gear nerdness at full blast. I went to the Jacobs K. Javits Convention Center for the PDN Photo Expo today. Backdrops, Photo books, lighting equipment, tripods, bags, more photo books, oh yeah and there were cameras. Besides the big companies there were the usual suspects of little booths devoted to everything from photo business cards to women's "foto fashion". Sony even had a little race track set up and lit to play with their point & shoots. I got to spend a lot more time with my Canon EOS 5D that I WILL own, someday! There are lots of accessories out now to use it as an HD video camera. Canon released the new EOS 1Ds Mark IV and I stared lovingly at the beautiful Leica S system. The big mystery was the absence of the Red Camera, I thought there would be a presence as I'm very curious to see and learn more about it.
Posted by Matthew Sandager at 6:31 PM
Thursday, October 22, 2009
– Susan Sontag, 1977
Posted by Matthew Sandager at 11:00 AM
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
"Jim Bridwell had a quiver of silk scarves and he gave me one he thought suited my personality – bold, but unpretentious. With hair cuts far and few between, these scarves kept our long hair tied back and, over time, became part of our style."
- Mike Graham
Posted by Matthew Sandager at 12:19 PM
Saturday, October 17, 2009
I watched the documentary War Photographer about James Nachtwey from 2001 on DVD last night. He has been a photo journalist for over 30 years, shooting in locations around the world like Kosovo, Rwanda and Indonesia to name a few. I first saw his work only a few years ago in the New Yorker but was immediately drawn to the intensity of his photographs.
They mounted a small video camera on his 35mm and you are able to see what he is shooting and the subjects reacting to their situations in real time. You also watch his finger changing the aperture and the shutter speed and you hear the click of his camera firing.
"I also had to learn in taking pictures how to develop a personal vision, how to express my own feelings about it, in order to do that I had to get in touch with my own feelings and it was through photography, through the discipline of the frame I learned about the world, it became the way in which I discovered the world and it also became the way in which I discovered myself."
- James Nachtwey
Posted by Matthew Sandager at 11:04 AM
Friday, October 16, 2009
I was at a french restaurant last night with a friend who ordered escargot and i was reminded of these images I shot this summer. It's hard to tell the scale of these creatures from the photos but they were almost the size of my fist, the ones he ate were a lot smaller.
Posted by Matthew Sandager at 8:39 PM
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Oil is the name of his show at the new Hasted Hunt Kraeutler gallery. And they are amazing images of industrial wastelands, oil usage and the bi-products of our auto/petroleum based world. I can't wait to get my hands on his new book Edward Burtynsky: Oil published by Steidl.
Posted by Matthew Sandager at 2:21 PM