Titusville Pennsylania survived for over a century, defined by the endless flock of men filing in and out of the steel mills every day. To provide their families with sustainable income, they committed themselves to the life-threatening conditions that defined steelwork. Through the eyes of these men we see the dreams of thousands of working class citizens whose grueling hours gave shape to modern America after World War II.

For the past four years, photographer Chris Crisman has returned home to photograph the retired steelworkers still living in Titusville. This project is both his perspective on a generation of Americans and a personal discovery of the culture into which Crisman was born and of the industry in which his father and grandfather served.

Italian photographer Matteo Varsi has been snapping photos with expired polaroids since childhood. His daily documentation of everyday life is a constant search for the beauty and joy of imperfection.

Matteo Varsi was born in Levanto, Italy in 1970. His first photographic research involved photography and literature. After graduating with a degree in Modern Foreign Literature, Varsi won a scholarship at the Italian Institute of Photography, Milan in 2003 where he graduated the following year. His work has been in numerous personal and collective exhibitions including the Festival of Photography in Rome and the Photo Festival in Milan.

Upcoming exhibition: “A Presentation of Cold Cases” collective exhibition at the Italian Institute of Culture, Berlin (6th to 26th of November, 2012).

www.matteovarsi.com

From Guillaume Poli:

Spread between Turkey, Iran, Irak and Syria, the Kurds make the world’s biggest landless minority. In Turkey, they represent 25% of the population and despite this, they face a significant assimilation policy.

Have they not been called “The Mountainous Turks” due to their original lands in the mountains in EasternTurkey ? The ratified Kurdistan at the treaty of Sevres was a born dead country, rebaptised later as « Anatolia ». The Kurds are undergoing discrimination in the workplace and their language is not taught in schools.

The Kurdish Tarlabasi quarter is located in the city center of Istanbul. A stone’s throw away: Istiklal Avenue whose rich-looking buildings, trendy shops and the million of visitors each week earned it the nickname of the « Champs Elysées » of Istanbul.

In this pocket of poverty, doomed to gentrification, the threat of expulsion hangs over the inhabitants. In the name of mass tourism and for political reasons a community lifestyle is in peril.

See the essay at: guillaumepoli.viewbook.com.

WestLicht Photographica Auction is going to sale in November 2012 the largest single collection of vintage NASA photographs ever offered at auction – over 4.600 images in all.
“In view of its importance as an archive the collection will be offered as a single lot” says Peter Coeln of Westlicht. “Its unique strengths are in the depth of coverage of pre-launch astronaut activities and in the many photographic high spots among the 2.100 vintage colour transparencies.”
Both of these subject areas are rare on the market. The majority of the vintage black and white prints are original NASA issues, but the collection also includes an important group of rare and early large-format studies by independent photographers including Cornell Capa and Erich Hartmann.
The comprehensive collection covers the entire U.S. Space program from 1961 to 1974 through the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions and beyond. There are also notable sections documenting the development of Werner von Braun’s Saturn rocket, contractor’s spacecraft designs, splashdown and capsule recovery, astronaut portraits, rocket launches, Cape Kennedy and Houston Mission Control and an impressive group of views of the Moon, both from orbit and from the lunar surface.

Photo: Gemini 12
Estimate: EUR 400,000 – 600,000
Start price: EUR 200,000

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Wojtek Łukowski, owner of FotoBodega, will participate in a collective exhibition in Barcelona!

PANORAMA MIX-miradas diversas brings together 29 international artists in Barcelona

On Wednesday, November 7th, the international art exhibition PANORAMA MIX-miradas diversas, in association with the Friends of UNESCO, Barcelona, will bring together artists from Latin America and Europe.

The intention of PANORAMA MIX–miradas diversas is to set out a new approach to international contemporary art, by giving vanguard artists of different cultures the opportunity to share their experiences, and show how diversity can lead to harmony and beauty, and bring together Latin America and Europe, which have strong historical and cultural ties. Katia Muñoz and Reina Mendoza, are the curators of this exhibition which will be held until November 29th, at the headquarters of the Friends of UNESCO in Barcelona. The exhibition will then start touring around Europe. PANORAMA MIX-miradas diversas is organized by ArtgestionLab+ in association with the Friends of UNESCO, known around the world for promoting cultural diversity.

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Women have always been at the heart of communities and it’s women who have their fingers on the pulse of daily life. Women do 70-80% of all agriculture & food production in the world. Women are responsible for well over half the world’s cash income and now play a central role as compassionate powerbrokers and decision makers. We should be continually reminded that ‘girl power’ is older than mere 21st century pop culture.

Relying on their hospitality and organisational savvy has frequently meant the difference between success and failure on many of my travels and photographic projects. This exhibition is a celebration of womanhood and marks 25 years of travelling to remote, rural and ethnic communities.

 

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There are so many ways that the world around us can take on a whole new look with a little change in perspective. This is one of the things that photographers specialize in. Applying that perspective for us through their artistic captures, underwater photography is a prime example of this. When photographers take their cameras below the surface of the water, so many amazing things can happen. And so many amazing pictures can surface.

Below we have a collection that is sure to inspire, that is filled with stunning photographs captured underwater. From the wildlife that rules over the underwater kingdom, to the models and fashion submerged into the water’s depths to bring new life and context to their artistry, photographers produce some breathtaking pieces by simply looking beneath the surface.

 

 

 

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