Archive for Juni, 2010

99% of Street Photography is crap

2010/06/29
Christian Reister

Blake Andrews‘ blog is one of the best and most extensive blogs about street photography on the web. I’d like to suggest his article Streetwise. 99.98% of street photography is crap, he says. And I think he’s 100% right. Read the article + comments here.

photographer or image maker?

2010/06/23
Thomas Lobenwein

Really interesting interview with WorldPressAward2008-Winner Tim Hetherington about his film ‚Restrepo‘ (together with Sebastian Junger) and the present and future of photography and visual journalism on lens.blogs – don´t miss.

Festival for young photojournalism

2010/06/21
Thomas Lobenwein

This weekend I have been at the Festival For Young Photojournalism in Hannover, Germany where 60 pieces of journalistic photography and several examples of audiovisuals were presented to an audience of about 20.000 people in five days. One can say that was a big success for high class photojournalism, which was said to be nearly dead in times of digital picture flood and a suffering press. But the ability to tell a story through fascinating images of high quality is still attractive to people who like to get good information from  journalists who want to show what’s happening in the world. More and more these journalists find ways to get independent of publishers and present their work in self-published books or as audiovisuals, tools who allow them to spread their work without editorial restrictions. The quantity of amazing quality shown in Hannover gives confidence that ambitious photojournalism is not dead, but rising like a phoenix… And hopefully some near day these photographers can again earn enough money for their living.

LONDONERS at SLPS London

2010/06/18
Christian Reister

LONDONERS by Christian Reister

First we take Berlin then we take London. Just got the message that my LONDONERS series will be part of Slideluck Potshow in London this saturday. Fortunately I’ll be in London anyway so I’m very much looking forward to the event. Check SLPS Website for details.

Alcoholinsanity

2010/06/17
Thomas Lobenwein

Polish photographer visits Wales. Guess what he is interested in? – No, you are wrong! – Maciej Dakowicz from Bialystok in North East Poland was only interested in getting a few snaps of local life during his stay in Britain. What he found was so astonishing that even a hardboiled Polish guy couldn´t believe it. See what he experienced in Cardiff (and read the story about on Mail Online).

Thomas Lobenwein at FENSTER61

2010/06/15
Christian Reister

Thomas Lobenwein / Ringen / at FENSTER61 Berlin

„Ringen / Wrestling“ by Thomas is now on display at my photo exhibition window FENSTER61. The exhibition lasts until July, 16th. If you are around Torstraße, Berlin, make sure to see the original prints. If not, see the series on thomas-lobenwein.de or fenster61.de. I think „Wrestling“ is definitly one of Thomas‘ strongest works so far.

Something about me

2010/06/14
Christian Reister

… and my Urban B’Sides series on US based blog photographyblogger.net

‚I am a Photographer, not a Terrorist!‘

2010/06/10
Thomas Lobenwein

Read an interesting article (in German) on the current issue of „Der Freitag“ (German weekly web-magazine) about street photography in times of terrorism and surveillance. Different photographers out of history and present time of street photography are quoted with their own explanations of what it means to take pictures on the street, their working styles and experiences of how photographers are treated there. – If you like to take pictures on the street you know how difficult it is today to do so.

… just got the link to the original article by Sean O’Hagan. Thanks Christian.

SLPS tonight

2010/06/10
Christian Reister

Kick off for the screenings tonight is 10 pm – not 7 pm as previously announced. Official Website

Documenting the Human Condition

2010/06/10
Christian Reister

There’s a 45 minute video entitled Street Photography: Documenting the Human Condition featured on photographyblogger.net. You might skip the sections discussing slr/range finder cameras (I always get bored with these technical blabla as it’s definitly possible to get good pictures without a Leica, too ;-) but the rest of video is very inspiring to watch. There are also some interesting photographers to discover like Severin Koller from Vienna.

Anders Petersen on ‚Lens Culture‘

2010/06/09
Thomas Lobenwein

Recently I used to have the great pleasure to be in the audience of an evening lecture by Anders Petersen (at Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin), who is not only a godfather of black and white photography but also an extraordinary character, that means a beautyful and striking person. These days I discovered an article about Petersen on Lens Culture, „an online magazine celebrating international contemporary photography, art, media and world cultures“. You can see a selection of his images there, but the best is an 18min audio interview and a 20sec sound bite where he talks about what he likes about black and white photographs. Enjoy, it´s great.

Invitation: SLPS Berlin III tomorrow

2010/06/09
Christian Reister

We are happy to announce that the both of us – Thomas Lobenwein (Wrestling) and Christian Reister (ALEX) – will be part of the Slideluck Potshow Berlin III at MMX, Linienstr. 142 /143, Berlin on 10th of June 2010.
The screenings start at 7pm 10pm. All information about the event here.

Complete List of participating artists: Klaus Muenzner * Christian Reister * OSTKREUZ Agentur der Fotografen * Thomas Lobenwein * Alicia Ross * Andrea Gjestvang * Andreas Gefeller * Andy Levin * Anya Jasbar * Ashe Kazanjian * Britney Anne Majure * Cezary Zacharewicz * Chiara Dazi * Daniel Augschoell * David Rae Morris * Emile Hyperion Dubuisson * Esther-Judith Hinz * Fiona Struengmann * Goodyn Green * Jan von Holleben * Jeff Harris * Jonah Samson * Lindsay Isola * Magnus Bjerk * Michael Grecco * Michael Harris * Mila Teshaieva * Mirko Tsotchew * Nick Shifflet * Nicolo Lanfranchi * Ninna Berger * Olivier Blaecke * Robin F. Williams * Shepard Fairey * Sven Jacobsen * Thomas Graichen

10-Euro Outfits

2010/06/08
Christian Reister

Strolling through a book store yesterday I discovered Hans Eijkelboom‚s lates book 10-Euro Outfits, that’s made like a small broshure.  Eijkelboom bought 32 new outfits for himself through the period of a year. He bought them in several Dutch cities, in Shanghai, Marrakech and New York. One thing they all have in common: the price was not higher than 10 €. The pictures are portraits of himself wearing his new clothes right after he bought them. A very funny book for – guess how much – 10 €!

Dutch Photography – Rob Hornstra

2010/06/04
Thomas Lobenwein

Everywhere you go you hear that Dutch photography is the most interesting in Europe now and one particular name is in every mouth: Rob Hornstra. He is something like a shooting star and in New York they are really keen on him (Winner NYPH Book Award 2010). Not without reason Hornstra is praised for his ideas to find ways of how to make photo books and get them financed. Working on longterm documentary projects (what he calls slow journalism) he is exploring new grounds of journalistic distribution by selling his work in progress (and of course the books already finished) to people who want him to continue. You should have a look at (and if you like participate in) his new project, called ‚The Sochi Project‘, where he is going to show how an area is changing when selected for Olympic Games. This kind of co-working could (and should) be part of the future of critical journalism.

Greta Pratt: Using History

2010/06/02
Christian Reister

I discovered a remarkable book while strolling through a book store lately. Using History by Greta Pratt was published by Steidl in 2005 but to be honest I didn’t know neither the photographer nor the book. Using History is a ten year documentation in bright shining colors about US-Americans responding to the country’s history and their bizarre patriotic urges. As one of my current photo projects is dealing with European Country Fans I found it very interesting to discover parallels and differences between the „original scene“ and the „German Edition“. Greta Pratt is curretly BIG in the press with her later series Nineteen Licolns but – ey! – compared to Using History – that’s fine, but…