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Pete Eckert

February 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Pete Eckert is a totally blind person. But through his photography, he proves that he IS a visual person, he just can’t see.

Pete was the Grand Prize recipient of Artists Wanted: Exposure 2008, an international photography competition, and was awarded $2,008 with a formal reception at Leo Kesting Gallery in New York City on Thursday August 7, 2008.

Thank you, Pete! A great story!

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Vivian Maier: A life’s lost work seen for first time

February 9, 2011 3 comments

The photographs reveal teeming streets, children at play in an alley, couples captured in a sleepy embrace, the intricate latticework of an elevated train platform, a drunk smeared in filth.

The arresting, artfully framed scenes from the streets and byways of New York, Chicago and beyond seem alive with movement. And for years, they were probably seen by no-one but the solitary Chicago nanny and amateur photographer who shot them.

But now, two years after her death in a nursing home, Vivian Maier is finally being recognised for her talent after a lifetime of obscurity.

Her life’s work, hundreds of thousands of black and white and colour photographs, was locked away in an abandoned storage unit, only to be revealed to the world after her death.

Maier was born in New York City in 1926, but many details of her life remain a mystery.

She spent some of her formative years in France and when she moved to Chicago after World War II to work as a nanny, she spoke with a French accent that delighted her charges.

Years later, the children she looked after described her as a Mary Poppins-like figure who took them on wild adventures and showed them unusual things.

According to those who knew her, Maier was opinionated and incredibly private. She worked for one family in Chicago for 17 years and as they tell it, she neither made nor received a single telephone call the entire time.
Remarkable trove

On her days off, she would walk the streets taking photographs, poignant and humorous scenes from everyday life. A man sleeping on the beach, children smiling, a woman dressed in her finest climbing into a ’57 Chevy.

Her black and white photographs, many taken in the 1950s and 60s, captured the energy and feeling of the world as she viewed it.

But as far as anyone knows, she never showed her work.

In 2007, John Maloof, then a 26-year-old real estate agent in Chicago, was working on a book about his north-west Chicago neighbourhood.

At an auction of the contents of an abandoned storage unit, he paid $400 (£252) for a box of what he thought were negatives of historical architecture photographs.

But after inspecting them, he saw that none of the roughly 30,000 negatives were architectural photographs and, disappointed, he set the box aside.

About two years later, curiosity got the better of him and he began developing the negatives and scanning them one by one into his computer. And he began to realise he had stumbled across a remarkable trove.

“It wasn’t a ‘eureka’ moment,” he says. “Over time, she taught me that her work was good. I looked at her photos and learned about photography, how hard it is to take a good photograph.”

A novice to photography, Mr Maloof knew little about what he was viewing. Seeking feedback, he posted some of her work on the popular photography site Flickr. The response was overwhelming: hundreds of comments from shocked and impressed viewers.

Maier’s quick eye and artful technical skill have garnered something of a cult following online.

She has been compared to great photographers Robert Frank and Walker Evans, and as more people discover her work, her stature continues to grow.
Seeking clues

Once Mr Maloof realised how special the work was, he set out to learn the photographer’s identity. On the back of an envelope in one of the boxes, he found written the name Vivian Maier.

A Google search revealed a just-published obituary: Maier had died at 83 just three days earlier.

Using clues gleaned from the obituary, he got in touch with some of the families that had employed her over the years, and a picture of her life began to come into focus.

“She was a loner, a solitary person, she died alone with no kids or family or love life,” Mr Maloof says.

He sees her as a patron for the poor, using her camera to give a voice to the voiceless. Many of her subjects live at society’s margins, and her images show the truth about what she saw around her, not just the beautiful, Mr Maloof says.

He says she inspired him to become a photographer, and he set himself to saving the rest of her work.

He estimates he now has acquired 95% of her work from other collectors: hundreds of thousands of negatives, undeveloped rolls of film. He has been diligently developing and scanning her work and posting the photos on a blog he created for the collection.

Although Maier was a private person and kept her work to herself, Mr Maloof has received inquiries from exhibitors, book publishers and filmmakers, and her photographs have been shown in Denmark and Chicago.

“She was using photography to fill in a void emotionally, perhaps to satisfy herself,” Mr Maloof said. “The work has a life of its own. People want to see it.”


BBC (By Katie Beck BBC World News America)

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Happy New Year!

December 31, 2010 Leave a comment

La multi ani tuturor! Va doresc un an mai vesel si plin de zambet si lumina buna!
Sa ne vedem cu bine la anul! 🙂

Si un citat care mie mi-a incalzit sufletul! Pe langa vin fiert cu scortisoara, mar si cozonac! 🙂

Watch, listen, shoot every day, not everyday, look at the best work obsessively, give yourself time, realize you just ain’t got it when comparing your work to the very best, don’t get cynical, reinvestigate hallucinogens to expand your thinking (optional), take more photos (not optional), browse your archive and cringe, and (hopefully) smile that at least you’re not that bad anymore, thank god you didn’t submit any of those to HCSP, ponder what you’ll think of your current work in 12 months, see previous, rethink yourself 20 times before starting a thread on HCSP, kill your television, worship your gods then kill them, with reverence, get off your computer and go outside, take more photos, use less equipment, screw on your balls of steel, treat yourself to a cool bag that doesn’t look like a camera bag (as much), shoot some chromes on a 40-year-old rangefinder, look at some of the best 40-year-old photos taken on a rangefinder, smack your head and say holy **** they were good, take pictures, make glorious failures, take pictures, loosen the **** up, buy an ipod and listen to Tom Waits (vintage) while on the street, and realize that good street photography is ****ing Everest so lighten up, give yourself a break, celebrate good work, learn, learn, learn, shoot, shoot, shoot and most importantly, get the **** out the door.

At least that’s what I tell myself, and I have to commute.

Oh yeah, and smile. Always smile.

– Tom Hyde

The Third & The Seventh

January 13, 2010 Leave a comment

The Third & The Seventh

by Alex Roman

 A FULL-CG animated piece that tries to illustrate architecture art across a photographic point of view where main subjects are already-built spaces. Sometimes in an abstract way. Sometimes surreal.


Please, fullscreen.



|Modelling – Texturing – Illumination – Rendering| Alex Roman


|Postproduction & Editing| Alex Roman


Sequenced, Orchestrated & Mixed by Alex Roman (Sonar & EWQLSO Gold Pro XP)

Sound Design by Alex Roman

Based on original scores by:

.Michael Laurence Edward Nyman. (The Departure)

.Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns. (Le Carnaval des animaux)

Directed by Alex Roman

Done with 3dsmax, Vray, AfterEffects and Premiere.

EDIT: Original MP4 torrent if you’re interested. Thanks to Brennan 😉

Help Portrait day!

December 12, 2009 Leave a comment

Remember, today 12.12.09, is HELP PORTRAIT DAY!

A few things to do today:

1. Find SOMEONE in need
2. Take their PORTRAIT
3. PRINT their portrait
4. and DELIVER them.

Help-Portrait is a movement among photographers doing portraits of people that aren’t able to afford traditional avenues of family portraiture. This could be single mothers, orphans, the lonely, the sick, people in 3rd World Countries, your Neighbor, the homeless. The time to help is now. “Grab your camera. Go Love.”

Scopul este de a face cuiva un cadou din suflet, cadou care se rezuma a printa o poza si a da-o cadou acelei persoane pe care ati fotografiat-o, nu de a face o expoziţie de lucrări sau un portofoliu tematic. Puteţi face acest cadou complet anonim, fără să spuneţi cuiva şi fără să puneţi fotografia undeva public.

Este in scop umanitar!

Un weekend minunat si cat mai multe portrete printate! 😉

Just Print It!

Alegeri si Mos Niculae

December 10, 2009 2 comments

S-a pus de un banc odata cu alegerile intre fotografi si nu doar : Adobe a hotarat ca verisunile de Photoshop distribuite in Romania nu vor mai salva fisierele in format .psd, ci in format .pdl. Cica se impute rau treba. Becali si-a bagat nasu in parlament. Png-u e prin zona, asa ca la un urmator update m-ar mira o extensie de genul prm. 🙂

Intre timp, ziua de 6 decembrie mi-am petrecut-o cu Virgil, pe pietonal, printre o multime de copii, parinti si in special jucarii! Si frig! Si o vreme mohorata, de inceput de iarna.

Se faceau donatii, prin cumpararea unor jucarii mai noi, mai vechi, mere coapte, ceai cald. A fost frumos. A fost si trenulet tras nu de locomotiva, ci de un tractoras, condus de un nenea cam plictisit si mirat de imbulzeala care era in vagoanele care le tragea in viteza melcului turbat. Un mic deliciu pentru copii.

Lumina a fost pe masura…vremii! Asa ca a fost un chin si o joaca de copil in acelasi timp sa fotografiem. O lumina fara contrast, fada. Nu prea aveai la ce sa faci poze. Am ales o tema politico-distractiva. Era ziua alegerilor, nebunie si forfota in oras. Cu toate astea, lumea era imbracata de duminica, iesita la plimbare, linistita, cu copii de mana sau in carucioare, unii cu cateii sub brat sau in lesa, ca intr-o zi cu soare. Nu era vreme de a te plimba pe pietonal, dar se pare ca ziua aceasta a rupt lenea si comoditatea din oameni, unii iesind din casa cu mic cu mare.

Frigiderul a fost bun cu mine si am primit doua role din 2002, Azo Pan PS 21, asa 100.  Profitand ca aveam la indemana doua Nikon F100, am scos din panza de paianjen, Nikon AF-D 20mm f/2.8 si AF-D 105mm f/2 DC. De altfel 20-ul a primit un mic test de toamna.

Sper ca ati fost cuminiti si mos Nicolae v-a rasplatit pe masura…2 nuiele 🙂

Revin cu update ulterior. O sa postez si cateva poze din ziua de 6 decembrie. Scaner first! Sorry.

The Magnum Expression Photography Award

November 15, 2009 Leave a comment

The Magnum Expression Photography Award

The Magnum Expression Photography Award was established by Magnum Photos and HP with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring change through campaigns using photography as an expressive medium. Its mission is to discover and illuminate compelling documentary photography employed in innovative ways to affect social awareness and propel humanitarian compassion.

The inaugural theme for the award is Communities.

A sense of community is at the core of our lives, in some cases it unites us and in others it divides us from one another. This universal force is omnipresent in humankind and our diverse forms of expression, from acts of benevolence and kindness to movements of oppression and isolation. Each manifestation of human action has its causes and effects, its beneficiaries or victims. These impulses and actions are shaped by our individual identities and reflect our collective spirit. The judges urge participants to embrace the theme of communities and consider the expansive nature of how it pervades our lives and affects our perceptions. Participants’ submissions may be for a completed project or one that is ongoing.

Criteria for Evaluation
» Excellence & inventiveness in building a photographic narrative.
» Singularity of vision and compassion for the subjects.
» Ability to produce a thought-provoking visual presentation.

And the winners for 2009…

The Magnum Expression Award 2010

The Magnum contest for next year.

Theme: “Documentary”
Deadline: September 30, 2010.

The 2010 Magnum Expression Award encourages photographers word-wide to share their documentary projects. There are no limitations on the subject matter of your submission. The judges will be looking for compelling projects that go beyound the surface level to provide fresh and engaging perspectives on the chosen subject.

Click here to enter contest

Good luck!

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