3 years ago today my 6-month solo trip came to an end and my life, as I had previously known it, too. But before I get into how it changed everything and what I learned from the experience, let me tell you how it all began.
Photography is a medium that absorbs almost everyone, they call it the universal language; a photograph can be read by anyone from any country or culture, and that not only gives us great power as creators, but also as people.
You know how sometimes you listen to a song and you feel like it’s about you? That’s how I felt the first time I went to a conference given by Tino Soriano. OK, so it wasn’t EXACTLY about me or my life (his is much more exciting)…
This is a bit of a trick question because those of you who usually shoot analogue probably find it practical and better for a number of reasons. If you’re a die-hard digital photographer on the other hand, just thinking of travelling with film can cause a headache.
Although the second-hand market for analogue cameras is large, some cameras are more popular and therefore have seen large increases in price, to the point that they are actually quite expensive.
1. Closer: Robert Capa used to say that: if your photos are not good enough, you’re not close enough. This is very true, particularly so when it comes to street, documentary and travel photography. Being closer to the scene means being part the action and this in turn allows the viewer to feel like they too are part of it all. At a couple of meters away from the story, your photographs transmit much more power and emotion.
Gandhi said that if you want to change the world, start with yourself. It’s a statement that has always seemed very accurate to me and very valid for all fields, including photography.
Constant connectivity, faster everything…what’s next, a camera that uploads straight to social media? Oh wait, it already exists…
The title of the book comes from a Goethe quote: “Colors are the deeds and suffering of light.” This book is not about a place, or a specific subject, or even a theme. It is about a way of seeing in color…
In this era of social networks and immediacy, a documentary work done with affection and patience, allowing the photographer to get to the bottom of the matter is not common so when you find it, it is appreciated. It is not without reason that Javier has labeled his agency ‘oak stories’: Like a good wine, stories taste better when you give them time and care.
When you travel it can sometimes be a little overwhelming to decide what to use to carry your camera. There are backpacks, messenger bags, large sizes, smaller ones, different colours. What do you choose and are there any other options? Keep reading to find out!
Considered by some as the American version of Brassai because he photographed at night, Usher Felling A.K.A. Arthur H. Fellig A.K.A. Weegee was one of those photographers who had the audacity to re-invent himself, invent a career, a style and a way of working that we take for granted today, but that in the 30s and 40s nobody had thought of.
This was the first time that the guys from “The Raw Society” included the small town of Tafraoute Sidi Ali in their Morrocco Photo Tour itinerary and it was also my first trip with them, even though I have known them for more than a year now.
For some time now, analogue photography has been making a comeback which in my opinion is great news. There are many benefits to shooting in analog, from the process of photographing with old cameras to experimenting with different types of film, and as with most things that become popularised, this leads to many discussions and reviews on which film is better.
Rai. The surname will ring a bell, especially since just last week we made many references to it in our blog and have no doubt that you all read us religiously ;). For the few of you who don’t anxiously wait for Thursday to come along to be able to read our blog, last week we wrote an article about Raghu Rai, the Father of Indian Photography, and that’s the Rai we are referring to.
A couple of weeks ago I watched “Raghu Rai: An Unframed Portrait”, a documentary directed and produced by Avani Rai, daughter of the legendary photographer and once protégé of Henry Cartier-Bresson. In it one is made privy to some beautifully intimate moments of this Magnum photographer’s life and his extraordinary work.
Is it possible to be influenced by a photographer whose work you barely know? It’s a strange question and yet, it applies to myself personally with the work of Jean Dieuzaide.
Almost all photographers fantasise from time to time, about having a brand-new Leica M, perhaps with the idea that Henry Cartier-Bresson’s spirit will suddenly possess us and guide us towards capturing decisive moments in every corner and with every shot we take.
We’re always on the lookout for talent. Photographers who stand out from the crowd and inspire us. Who give us a glimpse into the beauty of this world and the unknown. Who tell untold stories. However, with so much visual ‘noise’, we sometimes miss out on a lot of good stuff and that might have been the case with Rory Doyle, had he not emailed us one fine Friday morning.
If there is something that we as a society love, it’s curious stories and surprising discoveries. In the international photographic scene, after the acclaimed documentary “Finding Vivian Maier” was released, she and her photography were both: a character with a very curious story and certainly a discovery.