Saturday, February 26, 2011

Josef Koudelka

Josef Koudelka, born in Moravia, made his first photographs while a student in the 1950s. About the same time that he started his career as an aeronautical engineer in 1961 he also began photographing Gypsies in Czechoslovakia and theater in Prague. He turned full-time to photography in 1967. The following year, Koudelka photographed the Soviet invasion of Prague, publishing his photographs under the initials P. P. (Prague Photographer) for fear of reprisal to him and his family. In 1969, he was anonymously awarded the Overseas Press Club's Robert Capa Gold Medal for those photographs.

Known for his highly formalized, sensitive images of the vestiges of gypsy life, Czech photographer Josef Koudelka has been traveling the world since 1962, documenting their communities in Eastern Europe, England, Ireland, France, and Spain. Living as his subjects do, constantly on the move and defiantly independent, Koudelka has always refused magazine and commercial assignments, and has worked for years without a permanent darkroom. Focusing on the rituals of everyday life, on birth, marriage, and death, he has produced years of work, including Theater, Gypsies, Prague 1968 (Invasion), Exiles, and Chaos.
"I try to be a photographer. I cannot talk. I am not interested in talking. If I have anything to say, it may be found in my images. I am not interested in talking about things, explaining about the whys and the hows. I do not mind showing my images, but not so much my contact sheets. I mainly work from small test prints. I often look at them, sometimes for a long time. I pin them to the wall, I compare them to make up my mind, be sure of my choices. I let others tell me what they mean. [To Robert Delpire] My photographs, you know them. You have published them, you have exhibited them, then you can tell whether they mean something or not." -Josef Koudelka
What interests me and inspires me is his methodology that he employs, much like Annie Leibovitz in her early days of photographing for Rolling Stone, where many of her piers attributed her ability to 'blend in' and not be noticed, thus giving her the complete trust and confidence of her stubjects. Although admitted that Josef Koudelka project may have been otherwise motivated, his passion and results are something special. 
This follows on a series of Documentary Photographers I'm looking at.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Carol May's Ballet school

I've made the start of a on going project relating to Ballet in the Arts field. So with arrangements made and consent from Adults, I started with some documentary shots informally placed within her dance studio. These are the first bunch from a preliminary edit.

The series will lead onto more studies. Last night I completed a studio session with the same three girls, all of these images need to be post-produced so I'll post some in the next few days.

The Project should lead onto a documentary series, based on the next show the entire school will perform. I'll follow this with updates coming over the next few months.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Shaul Schwarz

Another Photographer: some incredible and shocking images of Haiti

The story of Haiti has some interesting stories coming around from use of images and copyright - Story of Morel and his Twitter images used by AFP.

Documentary Photographers - William Widmer

As part of the studies I need to research various photographers and practices. I found this project which I found interesting.

This Project 'Between Giants' reports a balance between images and text. The Photographer also spent time with his subjects to gain trust, and reflects with impartiality.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Shoot and send

Images like these just make me aware of the ever demanding desire for images now!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Nikon Timelapse (not my own work)

Nikon tips and Tricks day

I've just returned from a complimentary training day provided by Nikon. I had an email from Nikon regarding these days as I gained NPC status buying my last camera. I went along with Marianne as she has the same camera set up as myself.

The day was pretty good, although a feeling of overwhelming technophobia came over me half way through. I did gain some useful tip and short cuts, all things I guess you could find in your instructions given enough time. Some useful setting for saving short-cuts and saving your pre-sets - so that when some messes about with your camera you are back to your starting point.

However one thing that did interest me was using the camera interval timer. I'm going to have a play with this setting and see what I can produce. It's nothing I can see that would have great market appeal, but more just for another creative aspect. I've found a nice clip that I'll make into the following post, this illustrates this feather well.

One other thing that did impress upon me was the video feature. The trainer mentioned how some known photographers have lost clients as they haven't embraced the video feature for short clips... again looking back at my last post of Calumet day (link) this was considered a new shift then. So for now an interval timer and keep my options open. Unfortunately my D700 doesn't facilitate video so something to consider on the next camera/or second body.