Christer Strömholm

December 1, 2020

Martien Coppens Exhibition not

November 17, 2020

When arriving back from Spain, I had planned to go to this exhibition. Like so many this year, Covid made sure nobody would ever see it. What a pity. In the same line, an exhibition about the work of Stephan Vanfleteren in the Scheepvaartmuseum in Amsterdam.  https://pf.nl/martien-coppens-in-het-noordbrabants-museum/

Jeff Whitlock I Digital Artist

September 7, 2020

  https://jeffwhitlockdigitalartist.com/ Stumbled upon Jeff’s work in Behance where most think he was the photographer but Jeff is the one doing postproduction in an amazing way and stunning quality. Whitlock is, as he self describes a digital artist specializing in composite images & creative retouching. Just this note to...

Cindy Sherman

August 22, 2020

Cindy Sherman American, born 1954 Self-portraiture, depicting stills from fictional movies or portrayals of female stereotypes found in television, and advertising. Strong sense of time period eg. the sixties or seventies. Sherman uses her self mostly because she cannot articulate what she wants to models or other people sufficiently...

Eugene Smith – Tomoko Uemura in her bath

June 30, 2020

https://iconicphotos.wordpress.com/2009/05/06/tomoko-uemura-in-her-bath/   Again a visually perfect image by Smith. Depicting a human tragedy in his own, almost bombastic style, full of drama and aesthetics.  The images shake but never carves, they engage but keep their distance, as a polite porter, opening a door to another world. Nevertheless, the image...

IMDb: Ze noemen me Baboe (They call me Baboe)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11360960/   https://www.idfa.nl/en/film/1c9c8a63-2adc-45f1-acb7-3fb58f72ba91/they-call-me-babu     The movie made by a montage of existing images. Combined and voiced-over into a story about a “nanny” (Baboe) during the end of colonisation of Indonesia by the Dutch. Baboe is the dutch-indo term for a nanny, actually close being a slave under contract....

Reflection: Using pictures to tell a story (Death of the Author)

Reflection or is this contemplating. A very clarifying thought and differentiation by Hurn, between Picture story and essay, where the latter is apparent a dissertation on a personal view, open to interpretation and control over the viewer’s interpreted narrative; where the story is a much more directive, a more...

Camera Lucida – Roland Barthes

May 29, 2020

An intriguing and inspiring, almost emotional but very personal essay on photography, or better, photograph, by one of the greater thinkers, theorist, philosopher and (photo-)critics if the 20th century.   Bathes tries to find personal meaning and reason in his perceived emotion in photographs. Never in a technical or...

Case Study 1.1: Dzhangal – Gideon Mendel

Case Study 1.1: Dzhangal – Gideon Mendel   Looking at Mendel’s work, I cannot help thinking about Ishiuchi Miyako and her work Hiroshima from a few years before. I have to admit, the work by Ishiuchi Miyako had more impact on me. Is it perhaps this wandering thought alone...

Regarding the pain of others – Susan Sontag (2013 e-book edition)

May 23, 2020

In this, rather well readable essay, Susan Sontag contemplates in a rather repetitive manner about atrocities depicted in photographs and how the viewer is affected by it. She does not really make a firm point, besides her personal findings on the position of an image (context), the possible influence...