Monday, February 27, 2012
Red Boy, India, 1997
Fishermen, Weligama, Sri Lanka, 1995
Mother and Child at Car Window, India, 1995
Caretaker at the Tha Promh Temple, Angkor, Cambodia, 1999
Dust Storm, Rajasthan, India, 1983
Monday, February 20, 2012
"Purse Seine Guardian"
"Throw Down the Mountain"
Monday, February 13, 2012
Today I'll show you a photographer from Barcelona named Alvaro Sanchez-Montañes.
A couple of years ago, after hearing about Namibia's spent diamond mines, he went there to document the vacant homes that were being reclaimed by the desert. He captured a haunting, poetic reminder of the impermanence of all things, or as he puts it, "the beauty in the abandoned, of the useless, or the time passing by."
He also has an evocative series of landscapes he photographed in Iceland entitled "Landnemar," which is Icelandic for "The Settlers."
Monday, February 6, 2012
Dreams Towards Reality is an exploration of the work of Andrew Hem, whose introspective, otherworldly paintings describe realities one step away from our everyday waking life. What if our thoughts flickered across the surface of our skin like ephemeral silent movies? What if spirits walked among us, trying to find their path? What if there were no racism, and even the most outlandish people were accepted? What if the children of his native land had been allowed to live in peace and thrive?
In addition to a survey of Hem’s recent paintings, this volume includes selections from his early work, graffiti, sketches, murals, sculptures and collages, as well as photographs from the extensive travel in Southeast Asia and South America that has informed his vision. With an in-depth essay by Amanda Erlanson that examines how Hem’s Cambodian heritage, urban upbringing and innate empathy merged to open his unique window into the invisible territories of the human spirit, this beautifully produced monograph is a fascinating view into the soul of an artist.
Today I will show you the work of Jonas Bendiksen, a Norwegian photographer who has spent the last decade or so traveling to far-flung places to photograph people who live on the margins of society.
I bought his book Satellites when it came out in 2006, and the volume has since become quite sought-after and valuable. At the age of 20, Bendiksen set out to photograph life in the outlying areas of the Former Soviet Union. More recently, he has visited slums around the world to document the surprisingly rich lives of the people who live there, and collected the photographs in a book entitled The Places We Live. He says, "I love working on stories that get left behind in the race for daily headlines — journalistic orphans. Often, the most worthwhile and convincing images tend to lurk within the hidden, oblique stories that fly just below the radar." You can read more about him here.