documentary

What tools do graffiti writers use? Martha Cooper & others show you

HKwalls’ Tools of the Trade was the first thematic public exhibition held in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, between 8th May and 6th June this year (2021). It tried to give the public an insider’s peek at the very secretive circles of modern graffiti and street art. A wide array of tools commonly used for creating …

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Frederik Buyckx’s almost mystical Kyrgyzstan photos

According to professional photographers, correct exposure is crucial to successful winter photography. While at it, they would also be quick to remind you of the challenges of this type of photography. These include the trickery of snow. Moreover, a good standby filter acts as a perfect polarizer. On top of that, the camera’s focus can …

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Photography pioneer Joachim Brohm & his Ruhr series

Joachim Brohm is one of Germany’s most celebrated landscape photographers. Photography connoisseurs have pointed out that he may have been the link that brought what was largely American photography to Europe. Brohm believes that landscape photography should be an experience of seeing over time and that a single photograph can never tell a story. That …

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Dawoud Bey’s somber Night Coming Tenderly, Black project

Night Coming Tenderly, Black is the work of photographer Dawoud Bey. It consists of large-scale portraits that dive into the literary history as it tries to re-create the practice of the slaves escaping on the Underground Railroad. When Bey visited the outskirts of Cleveland in 2017, he realized that the landscape did not primarily change …

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Mark Ruwedel in Ouarzazate – An artistic capture of ruins

Artists find inspiration for their creations from different places. Some find it in the unlikeliest of places. Others rely on ordinary subjects to get motivation for ideas that help them to create their works. Mark Ruwedel offers a perfect example of this. In his series Ouarzazate, Ruwedel gives the world a glimpse into a small …

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Laurenz Berges’ Cloppenburg & an air of misery and grief

The photographer Laurenz Berges originated from Cloppenburg in Germany. He received his training at the Folkwangschule in Essen. His work has always been shrouded by cultural undertones and connotations deeply rooted in the Second World War and its impact on society. Like many other German artists of his day, Berges has created a reputation for …

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Henry Wessel’s House Pictures – Inspiring or not? You decide

Henry Wessel (1942-2018), the photographer who found a particular interest in houses, was brought up in New Jersey. His visit to California in the year 1970 made him fell in love with the atmosphere and beauty of the state, and eventually moved to San Francisco. Henry Wessel was an American photographer and educator, best known …

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Carl De Keyzer in North Korea, the most mysterious country

North Korea is one of the most enigmatic countries in the world, with limited access by foreign media as well as tourists. Everything in this last communist state is controlled by the government – from an ideological, cultural, and political perspective in the world. Nevertheless, Belgian photographer Carl De Keyzer became one of the few …

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Dan Graham’s Homes for America – Unlocking the madness

For the past half-century, Dan Graham, through art, has been on a mission to illustrate the symbiosis that exists between any architectural environment and those that interact with it. Graham has been involved in projects around the world, but his works that provoke the most interest are made from glass and mirrored pavilions. With their …

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Lewis Baltz’s Park City – Criticism of 1970s real estate growth

Lewis Baltz had his unique way of photography and art presentation. Most of his works focused on bringing out the beauty of scenes where destruction and desolation vibrated. His images reflected power, influence, and human beings’ control over their subjects. In one of his popular works, the Industrial Park in Irvine, he captured the relationship …

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Eric Lafforgue received a lifetime ban from North Korea for these photos

Eric Lafforgue is a French photographer who traverses the world. He has always been fascinated by the world countries, especially those in remote areas, and spent time in Africa when he was about ten years old, Yemen, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. He started his photographing career in 2006, and soon newspapers and magazines from across the …

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Juergen Teller’s Go Sees – Fragile faces of the fashion industry

Juergen Teller is a UK-based German fine art and fashion photographer. Throughout his career, Teller often blurs the lines between his personal and commissioned works in his campaigns, publications, editorials, and exhibitions. Beginning in May 1998, Teller started to take pictures of his project Go Sees, taking over 462 snaps from the doorway of his …

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This is how hermits live in the Russian wilderness

Danila Tkachenko (b. 1989) is a Russian visual artist, specializing in the field of documentary photography. He is known for winning the World Press Photo prize for his series Escape. Tkachenko gained a degree in documentary photography from the notable Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia. Escape is a series about individuals who have disassociated …

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What is Wolfgang Tillmans’ Still Life series all about?

Wolfgang Tillmans is a German photographer. He started receiving recognition in the 1990s with special interests in documentations of youths, LGBTQ culture, and clubs. Since then, he has expanded his practice to accommodate diaristic photography, commissioned magazine work, and large scale conceptual series. Tillmans once commented that he wants his pictures to work in all …

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