„What I have tried to do is involve the people I was photographing… if they were willing to give, I was willing to photograph.”
In 1954, at the age of 24, Gianni Berengo gardin took his first photograph. From that point, the camera would be his constant companion. After becoming a photojournalist, his simple yet raw language started to develop. For Berengo, it was not about art or about the act
of photography, but the process of documentation. however, his images resonated with people. they did more than just provide information — instead he captured surreal moments which spoke to the subtle oddities of the human condition.
Berengo’s approach to photography relies heavily on the fact that he uses only black and white film, no digital cameras or computerized post-production. he leaves all his images raw, exactly as he shot them. he believes that making an image more attractive in post-production is artificial, clashing with his engrained photojournalistic instincts. the power of photography lies in its close connection to reality. Modifications can make it more beautiful or compelling, but it will no longer be the truth. Berengo’s work, stretching from architecture and landscape to fashion, has appeared in domus, le figaro and time magazine. He has compiled 210 photographic books as well as shot for companies such as procter & gamble and olivetti. His photographs are at the museum of modern art new york and the national library in paris. currently, a twelve piece collection he produced for fantini is being shown at the belvedere gallery.
In Black Book, Robert Mapplethorpe presents an astonishing photographic study of black men today. In their diversity, impact, subtlety, technical virtuosity, erotic appeal, and deep humanity, these photographs constitute a stunning celebration of the contemporary black male.
„all my life they’ve been near me/these men” says Ntozake Shange in her Foreword, „i’ve been holdin your heart in/my hand since i was a child/cause i wanted what all you were/what all you are/now you’re a man.”
I was there! Amazing exhibition! My photos of photos special for FotoBodega’s friends 🙂
The Palau Robert (Barcelona) presents a selection of winning photographs from the last 20 editions of the LUX Prizes, a reference in the world of professional photography. The show is jointly organised by the Association of Professional Photographers of Spain and Palau Robert. The exhibition “20 Years of LUX Prizes. A Gaze at Professional Photography” shows the development of commissioned professional photography and demonstrate the huge variety of styles and tendencies in this field, as well as illustrating the transition from analogue to digital. Exhibition is curated by Michele Curel, Xavi Mañosa and Joan Roig.
Albert Watson (1942-) is a british photographer who has been living in the USA since 1976. He became famous thanks to his fashion and portrait pohotography. Watson has photographed many stars such as Mick Jagger, Alfred Hitchcock, Kate Moss, Johnny Depp, Jack Nicholson, Naomi Campbell and Marylin Manson. Also significant are his images of Morocco. One of his photobooks is devoted to that country – he is also the official court photographer for Mohammed VI.
Shoot The Face is an exciting new monthly photography contest that is designed to inspire, recognise, expose, and reward talented photographers around the globe. This contest gives all photographers a purpose to create powerful portraiture, as well as a regular deadline to work towards.
South Africa in Apartheid and After
David Goldblatt, Ernest Cole, Billy Monk
01 December 2012 – 05 March 2013
This exhibition illuminates a vital, difficult, and contested period in the recent history of South Africa from the perspectives of three photographers: David Goldblatt, Ernest Cole, and Billy Monk. The son of Eastern European immigrants, documentary photographer Goldblatt came of age under apartheid and observed the increasing entrenchment of racial inequality in his country. His early project In Boksburg (1982) portrays a typical suburban white community shaped by what the artist calls „white dreams and white proprieties.” Included at Goldblatt’s request, photographs by Cole and Monk expand the exhibition’s field of view. Cole, a self-taught black South African documentary photographer, observed the other side of the racial divide in the 1960s, making photographs that are eloquently observant and deeply humane. Monk’s work offers a raw and witty record of The Catacombs, a rowdy Cape Town nightclub where he worked as a bouncer in the 1960s. These three groups of pictures are complemented by a selection of Goldblatt’s recent, post-apartheid photographs, sober yet hopeful records of an imperfect, still-evolving democracy.
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