Photographers

James Nachtwey - War Photographer.

"I have been a witness, and these pictures are

my testimony. The events I have recorded should

not be forgotten and must not be repeated."

-James Nachtwey-

James Nachtwey is possibly one of the most important war photographers of the last thirty years.  His vivid black and white imagery from countries such as Afghanistan, Kosovo, Rwanda and India are extremely provocative.  They show human suffering and conflict in a way that is not really presented by any other photographer. Shooting mainly with wide angle lenses, he gets himself into the thick of the conflict and this results in an energy and brutality that hits hard.  There is not much I can say that cannot be seen through his images so head over to his website and check them out for yourselves. 

In 2001 a documentary was released called "War Photographer" and was made by Swiss director, Christian Frei.  The film followed Nachtwey as he worked in Kosovo and India, using on board cameras filming "camera point of view" footage.  It includes interviews with Nachtwey and people who have worked with him.
Overall it is an excellent insight into war photography and one of the greatest documentary photographers ever. It is interesting to see how Nachtwey works and also how he deals with being exposed to so much horrible stuff. It is compulsory viewing for every photographer of all disciplines.  It makes you realise what some people deal with on a regular basis.
Buy the DVD from here

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Mimi Mollica

I came across the work of Mimi Mollica whilst flicking through some books the other day.  There were a couple of images from his Terra Nostra project.  The project is an intimate look at his homeland of Sicily, specifically the myths surrounding the Mafia.He has a variety of work and his reportage work is really interesting.  His style differs from project to project and I think this makes viewing his extra interesting.

 

One particular project I am not too sure about is his work documenting London busses through the cctv screens.  Different idea, but not sure I like it too much.  Have a look yourselves and let me know your thoughts, view the work Bus Stories.

Witness 8: Photojournalisms

Wow, it's been a really busy September. I've had a few trips and projects on which I will tell you about in the up coming blog posts.Today though, I just felt a bit bad for not blogging for over a month.

Any way I just wanted to blog about something I have read recently and found really interesting. I am a photojournalist by nature and one the biggest inspirations when I was starting out was Ed Kashi ( www.edkashi.com). His book on oil in the Niger delta was what made me realise the power of photography.

Anyway he has just released a new book and iPad app called Witness 8: Photojournalisms. The book contains excerpts from journals written by Ed to his wife between 1992-2010.

These are really intimate musings talking about the situations and sights as well as just general thoughts. At first it a feels a little uncomfortable reading things that were intended only for the eyes of his closest loved ones. What becomes apparent, though, is that these writings were meant more as a way for Ed to express his feelings and deal with what he had seen and photographed.

I found it really interesting and a rare insight into the world of a successful photojournalist and the confusion, stress and strain that it puts on your mind, body and relationships.

The iPad app is well worth a look at £2.99, it includes all the journals from the book, plus images and some multimedia pieces.

The accompanying multi media piece can be seen here Ed Kashi Photojournalisms

Thanks for reading, more to come.

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Veiled Rebellion: Women in Afghanistan by Lynsey Addario

Lynsey Addario has visited Afghanistan a number of times, making her first trip in May 2000.  She went to document the lives of women under the Taliban regime.  From the early images it is easy to see that women were an almost invisible section of society.  Limited to grabbed images or confined to the home.Over the last decade Addario has visited Afghanistan at least once and year.  The images taken after the fall of the Taliban are what tell the real story of what life must have been like before hand.  The images become more expressive and the women featured in the images are often holding more important roles within them.  The images also show the role in which female NATO troops have had with encouraging this change.  This was something I was personally unaware of before visiting the exhibition.

There are some moving images in this collection, no more so than the images of self inflicted harm that show the lengths some women will go to to try and escape an oppressive marriage.

The collection is currently on display at the Side Gallery until the 13th September and is well worth a look.

See more of lynsey's work at www.lynseyaddario.com

 

Martine Franck 1938-2012

Sadly on the August 16th 2012, Martine Franck passed away at the age of 74.  She had been a member of Magnum photos for 32 years and was the second wife of Henri Cartier-Bresson.Martine Franck was a talented Documentary photographer and specialised in Documentary style portraits of Artists and Marginalised populations.  Although she was less well known than Cartier-Bresson her photography is no less engaging and I particularly like her series in Nepal.  She also visited the North East in the 70's and produced a series of interesting images.

 

Here is a video with Martine talking about her photography.

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The Space in between

On Friday night three of my friends opened an exhibition of thier work at the Cluny. I went along to photograph the event and to look at some very good work.The exhibiton is on until the 31st of March and I recomend popping along for a look. The Exhibition includes work from photographers Al Palmer, Dave Park and Christopher Moody.

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Thanks for reading.

www.darrenobrien.co.uk

Gabriela Herman

When trawling one of my many blog readers I recently came across the work of Gabriela Herman. There was a collection of images from her Beetlebung Farm diary and I was immediately hooked. There is a subtle innocence about these images and at the same a certain sense of menace, which I cannot quite pinpoint. It possibly has something to do with images of knives and the graphic use of beetroot juice. Any way on with the images

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Thanks for reading, to see more of her work visit www.gabrielahermen.com

Steve McCurry

As I have mentioned a few times in previous blog post, I am a big fan of photojournalism and have taken a large part of my inspiration from it. A few weeks back I posted about one my all time favourite photographers Sebastiao Salgado, well here is another of my favourite photographers, Steve McCurry. What I admire about his work is the connection he has with his subject, especially in his portraits. He often builds relationships with his subjects, even if he is only with them for ten minutes, allowing him to capture people in a natural way. He gets invited into a moment of their life and when viewing the image we are also transplanted there.It's amazing stuff, but I have to admit that I have only recently began studying his work in more detail. I have always been aware of his famous work such as the "afghan girl" and the "smoking miner", but it's his consistency that is truly awe inspiring. Shot after shot is pure gold, obviously we don't get to see the bad frames in between, but if I could put together a collection that was half as good at the end of my career I would be happy.

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Thanks for reading!

Sebastiao Salgado

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As I've mentioned before, my early inspiration came from photojournalism. The style and the stories really struck a cord with me and influenced my work, but one photographer in particular made me want to pick up a camera. My early experience with Salgado's work came when I found a copy of "Archaeology of the industrial age" in the local library. Everything about it mesmerised me from the subject matter and compositions to the beautiful print reproduction. The images have such beatuiful contrast with deep tones, but its the silk like nature of the prints that I really like. Any way here are a few of my favourite images.

Al Palmer - Coastal

From my blog you can probably tell that I am quite into fashion photography, but I do appreciate good photography of all kinds. Al Palmer is a good friend of mine and his work differs considerably from my own and although not all to my tastes his work is very good. The coastal project has inspired me to start working on some projects of my own. In these images I really like the tranquil yet brooding nature of the images which instantly screams England, but yet could really be anywhere. Anyway enjoy the images and hopefully we will see more from this project in future.

Thanks for reading.

Find more about Al Palmer and his work at www.alpalmer.co.uk and read his blog at http://shoutingtocommunicate.wordpress.com