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How Many Photos Are Too Many Photos?

Posted on April 22nd, 2013

Sports Illustrated Boston cover

Last week was full of horror, disbelief and touching compassion. It was also a week driven by photographs and discussion about photography. From the iconic photo by Boston Globe’s John Tlumacki on the cover of Sports Illustrated, to the hundreds of citizen photos turned in to the FBI, the story and the events that followed were driven by photography. It’s fair to ask whether that has been a good or bad thing. Thousands of people uploaded photos and the online…

Caracas Day 4: People Are People

Posted on March 15th, 2013

Los Dos Caminos4 Stella Kramer

Today we finally met our students and looked at their personal work to get a sense of their abilities as photographers. I have to say I haven’t seen such a group of talented photographers in ages.  Every one of them had fascinating work. The work ranged from portraiture to documentary to landscape to autobiography to travel to reportage. It was so amazing to see such strong work and meet such motivated students. Janette and I were excited to begin our…

Caracas Day 3: We Go To Petare And Find Tuki

Posted on March 11th, 2013

Tuki music is electronic music that grew out of the barrios of South America. In the same way that “punk” was a slur, so is “tuki.” The dancer we saw on YouTube, Elberth “El Maestro”, seems to be a pretty well-known dancer. Tall and skinny, with rainbow kicks, his body is like a rubberband-malleable and bendable in extraordinary ways. We watched in awe as he and the other dancers in the crew showed their stuff. All around the yard were stenciled images of Chavez: as a b-boy, dunking a basketball, ever present and being whatever people wanted him to be.

Caracas Day 2: Radio, Radio!

Posted on March 7th, 2013

Archive of Attitude

Driving around Caracas the one thing you see plenty of is color. From the red of Chavez supporters to the multi-colored graffiti, to the red, yellow and blue of the Venezuelan flag, you are swept up in the vibrancy of the city. The sky is clear blue, and looming on one side, the green mountain. On other sides, the rust colored barrio houses layer the hills to the far east. Greenery dips from all the balconies, and it makes the city seem so alive.

Hugo Chavez is Dead: Journeys in Caracas

Posted on March 6th, 2013

Hugo Chavez graffiti Janette Beckman

I returned from Caracas on Monday, and yesterday’s announcement of the death of Hugo Chavez was not unexpected. Just before we left last week, there was a close-up photo released of a smiling, rosy-cheeked Chavez and his daughters. It was the first public photo and mention of Chavez in more than two months. And since the last photo I remember seeing of him had him bloated and hairless from chemo, I wondered when the photo had actually been taken.

Teaching & Lecturing in Caracas at the Roberto Mata Taller de Fotografia

Posted on February 24th, 2013

roberto mata taller fotografia

I’m heading down to Caracas, Venezuela to lecture and teach for a week with the incredible Janette Beckman. Having never been there before I’m really excited, and have heard great things about the Roberto Mata Taller de Fotografia, and the students there. Stay tuned to this space for more blogging as I hope to tell you all about it, and show the work of our students.

Bill Eppridge: “If It Moves, I’ll Shoot It”

Posted on January 24th, 2013

Bill Eppridge Robert Kennedy Assassination

Bill Eppridge is one of the giants of photography. I can’t emphasize this enough: Bill Eppridge didn’t just photograph history, he made history (more on that later). As a LIFE photographer, in the days when photo essays would run for pages and there might be 20 or more photos, he was able to examine the world through his photographs. It’s a shame that this no longer exists.

National Geographic: The Past And Future Present

Posted on January 17th, 2013

Eclipse of the Sun by the Earth, 1930s

Eclipse of the Sun by the Earth, 1930s Charles Bittinger / National Geographic Society / Steven Kasher Gallery What a great way to start the New Year, with the National Geographic show, “The Past and Future Present” at Steven Kasher.  Mixing vintage illustration with photography, we glimpse the beginning of the world, both real and imagined.  From the bottom of the ocean to planets far away, we see things that no longer exist. What was once the ultimate source for…

My 2012 Shout-Out

Posted on December 28th, 2012

So 2012 is finally drawing to a close, and I for one am not sorry it’s ending. In fact, good riddance! I always have ambivalent thoughts about the beginning of the New Year, but I do want to thank the people who made 2012 for me.