Posts tagged photography
“Now, as hundreds of iPhones capture an arrest at an OWS protest in the name of justice, no one can doubt that some of these images can and will also be singled out at some point in the name of the aesthetic.
But does the time-lag involved in moving from the streets to the museum (or to the hip blogosphere) work against their reciprocity?
When the marginal becomes the fashionable, does a genre like street photography lose its street cred? The financial crisis of the 1930s helped provoke the hard-nosed solidarity of the Photo League, both its politics and its aesthetics, whereas our own crisis is shadowed by skepticism on both fronts.
“Ever since Susan Sontag’s On Photography formalized the conventional wisdom that photography is dangerous—from the presumption of its ‘photographic’ veracity to its powers of exploitation—an acute sensitivity to photographer-subject relationships has bred within the medium an identity politics that’s not easily negotiated.
This discomfort is heightened, in conjunction with technological innovation and class stratification, by the type of camera one uses, the motives for and context of its use, the social background of both artist and subject—all can be seen as capable of compromising the radical camera ethic of the Photo League.”
Bicycle Ride, Japan
Photograph by Sun Jie, My Shot
A couple riding a bicycle in front of me, Shinsaibashi, Osaka
What Makes This a Photo of the Day?
Many times what makes a photograph special are the small details that you don’t notice right away.
I was first drawn to this photograph by the moment captured—part of the blur of city life.
But what I love most are the high-heeled shoes worn by the woman perched on the back of the bicycle. — Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor
As much as I dislike staged photography, I think there is something to this.
The highly conceptual photographs depicted an older person looking at the reflection of their younger self in a mirror.
Commercial advertising photographer Tom Hussey photographed an award winning campaign for Novartis’ Exelon Patch, a prescription medicine for the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s dementia.
His goal was to show the aging process in a positive manner and to provide an interesting visualization of the link between generations.
He didn’t handpick the subjects either — all the participants volunteered through the project’s website (excluding the kids, of course).
Interestingly enough, Janssens himself appears in the project — his self-portrait can be seen at number 50 on the men’s side.
The photographs were also arranged into slideshow videos: