Do you like old paintings? For me Maria Ivanova’s photos are like paintings from XIX century.
Photographer Karen Knorr asks you to see India in a whole new light. After a life-changing journey Rajashthan, India back in 2008, Knorr decided she would explore its rich culture heritage in a series called India Song. These carefully crafted photographs plant live animals into sacred and secular sites so that can celebrate the visual richness found in northern India’s fables, mythes and stories. She first photographs the color-rich interiors with a large format Sinar P3 analogue camera. Then, she adds live animals into the sites, thereby fusing high res digital images with analogue photography. The animals are first photographed in sanctuaries, zoos and cities and then transplanted into palaces, mausoleums and holy sites. „Cranes, zebus, langurs, tigers and elephants mutate from princely pets to avatars of past feminine historic characters, blurring boundaries between reality and illusion and reinventing the Panchatantra for the 21st century,” she says. (One of India’s most influential contributions to world literature, the Panchatantra is a collection of Indian animal fables.)
Herb Ritts revolutionized fashion photography, modernized the nude, and transformed celebrities into icons.
Through hard work and a distinctive vision, Herb Ritts (1952–2002) fashioned himself into one of the top photographers to emerge from the 1980s. Ritts’s aesthetic incorporated facets of life in and around Los Angeles. He often made use of the bright California sunlight to produce bold contrasts, and his preference for outdoor locations such as the desert and the beach helped to separate his work from that of his New York-based peers. Ritts’s intimate portraiture, his modern yet classical treatment of the nude, and his innovative approach to fashion brought him international acclaim and placed him securely within an American tradition of portrait and magazine photography that includes Richard Avedon, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Irving Penn.
Angèle Etoundi Essamba (1962) is a native of Cameroon. She lives and works in Amsterdam where she learned photography at the Nederlandse Fotovakschool. The varied cultural environments in which the artist has evolved profoundly influenced her view of the world, largely dominated by her African roots. Her work combines the grace of stylized lines echoing the female body. Woman in general and black woman in particular are the key element in her approach. A woman who is sure of herself and who breaks with the clichés conveyed by the Western media. More here.