Roger Fenton (British, 1819-1969) (Top) Sebastopol from Cathcart’s Hill, (Bottom) Balaklava, Looking Seaward, 1855, salted paper prints, printed 1856, Museum purchase; ex-collection of Alden Scott Boyer, George Eastman House Collection
Originally a barrister, Roger Fenton studied art with Gustave LeGray at the studio of Paul Delaroche in Paris. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, 1849-1851. His book—Photographs of the Crimean War, 1855-1856—consisted of tipped in salted paper prints. Fenton was sent to the Crimea by the British Government in 1855 and brought back the first photographs of a war zone.
One year ago today, Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chavez, passed away. The legacy of his hard-driving style continues to roil the country - poverty persists in spite of Chavez’s social programs, and violence, often politically motivated, is rampant. Most recently, protestors have taken to the streets to show their dissatisfaction with Chavez’s successor, Nicolas Maduro.
Wolf Strache considered this iconic image taken during WWII one of his best photographs and it has become a symbol of that time. The original negative was confiscated shortly after its production and Strache made another negative in the 1970s with which he made later prints. The sign advertising the film Reise in die Vergangenheit (Trip to the Past) makes the image all the more poignant. (+)
Wolf Strache was born in Greifswald in 1910 and lived in Stuttgart until his death in 2001. In 1934 he completed a study of economics in Munich. Subsequently, he worked as a freelance photo journalist in Berlin for magazines like 'Die neue Linie'; as from 1936, he also published illustrated volumes about Germany’s landscapes. He taught himself photography.
From 1932 to 1942 he worked in the photographic archives and picture service of the Reich’s Foreign Office. Afterwards, as a war reporter, he heroized the German air force in his photographs – complying with the spirit of Nazi propaganda entirely. He produced his most famous shot of a woman wearing a gas mask pushing a pram through a landscape of ruins in the destroyed city of Berlin.
After the war, he began to work in Stuttgart as a freelance photo journalist. As from 1951 he published the series “Die schönen Bücher” about landscapes, art and nature, and he also brought out the year book “Das Deutsche Lichtbild” from 1955 to 1975. He was presented with the Cultural Award of the DGPh (Deutsche Gesellschaft der Photographie) in 1979. (+)
"Ultimately, photography is subversive not when it frightens, repels, or even stigmatizes, but when it is pensive, when it thinks.”—Roland Barthes
Great institutions, like New York’s Museum of Modern Art, have the resources and talent to offer meaningful contributions to our cultural conversation. The recently opened, A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio, draws from the museum’s formidable archives, as well as new acquisitions, to ask us to consider photography’s history of experimentation and development within the confines of the studio.
With the “studio” as theme, there is elasticity to include a diverse and significant selection of artists who have helped us to muse on what photography is and what images can do. Persons interested in the academic/intellectual history of photography will find the show most compelling; those looking for entertainment will not. I suspect that for anyone who takes photography seriously, MoMA’s latest photographic exploration will leave you thinking. —Lane Nevares
Beneath the streets of Montreal, there’s a little-known tunnel system that runs for over 5,000 kilometers.
Lucky for us, photographer Andrew Emond has been steadily exploring the underground network and capturing self-portraits along the way.
The 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) is underway at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. The NPC has over 3,000 delegates and is the world’s largest parliament or legislative assembly though its function is largely as a formal seal of approval for the policies fixed by the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party. (EPA)
(Photos by Petar Kujundzic/REUTERS (2), Kim Kyung-Hoon/REUTERS, Barry Huang/REUTERS(2))
Chaupadi is a tradition observed in parts of Nepal, which cuts women off from the rest of society when they are menstruating. Women who practice traditional chaupadi have to sleep in sheds or outbuildings while they are on their period, often with little protection from the elements. They are not allowed to enter houses or temples, use normal public water sources, take part in festivals or touch others during their menstruation, according to a United Nations field bulletin on the issue. Isolated in sheds that are frequently rickety and unhygienic, there have been cases of women dying while practicing chaupadi from illness, exposure, animal attacks or from fires lit in poorly ventilated spaces. Chaupadi was banned by Nepal’s Supreme Court in 2005, but it is still common in the country’s far and mid-western regions. (REUTERS)
(Photographs by Navesh Chitrakar /REUTERS)
brazil’s yacare caiman was once hunted to near extinction for its valuable skin, but thanks to a global ban on the trade its home in the pantanal — the world’s largest wetland, situated along along the paraguay river — now supports the world’s largest population of crocodiles. the caiman, however, face new threats: deforestation, dams, tourism, mining and seaport development.
photos by luciano candisani, who notes that the caiman are neither aggressive nor fearful but, for the most part, approachable - especially when busy with the shoal fish see here in the pantanal’s shallow, murky waters.
The Commando Memorial, Spean Bridge, Highlands of Scotland
February saw the Scotland/Skye photography book really start to take shape as the final images came into place even though the month was full of distractions.
The book text has also come on in leaps and bounds over the last couple of weeks after a bad case of what could only be called writers block.
So the project has reached the final…