Mark Stainmetz,”Athens, Georgia, 1995”, from “Greater Atlanta” 1994-2009
Mark Steinmetz advice, from “The Playbook photographer”:
"Photograph somewhere you are very uncomfortable
There are all kinds of successful photographic approaches where the photographer is quite comfortable when taking his or her pictures. I don’t think André Kértesz, for example, ever felt uncomfortable when taking a photograph. Someone like Brassaï, however, had a bodyguard with him at various times. So much of good photography happens when one begins to overcome one’s personal limitations. Students tend to be very shy, particularly when photographing people they don’t know. They often retreat to photograph in empty, abandoned places where no one will bother them.
To do photography for the most part one must maneuver one’s body around to actually be in the right spot to take a picture. The photographer must be physically in front of something. So often it seems that students are not getting themselves in front of the things that really interest them because they aren’t quite brave enough. I try to remind them that passion can’t really exist in the absence of risk, the feeling of risk. Over the years a few of my students have gone to dangerous neighborhoods and clubs, to slaughterhouses, or visited their estranged parents, but most of them never really address this assignment directly or fully — many find clever ways to avoid it. But perhaps this assignment gives them something to think about.”
Christopher Doyle - Filming in the Neon World.
Bertien Van Manen, “Moonshine”, 2014
Moonshine is probably the most interesting work I have seen this year. Her approach has a lovely sense of family, and her style of point and shoot photography looks amazing. I can’t wait to put my hands on this book.
Time Lightbox has a great article about her work in Appalachia.
I recently participated in a collective exhibition (“ONZE”) here in my town, and I made a small photo essay, called “Essay on Liberation”.
This exhibition will be at the Gallery of the Town Hall of Vila Franca de Xira, until 18 of Jully, and will be attended by other artists of the town.