Iconication | Anatol Kotte

Not just a façade: what turns a photograph into an icon?
Rihanna, John Turturro, Angela Merkel, Martin Kippenberger, Mario Draghi, and Miss Piggy share two things: they are world famous, and they have all stood in front of the camera of Anatol Kotte. His unique portrait photographs have featured in publications such as Time, Die Zeit, Stern, or L’Uomo Vogue. But what makes Kotte’s photographs special? At first glance they are cool and distant, and at second glance emotional and dramatic. They permit those being portrayed to discover very different aspects of themselves. Kotte approaches them candidly, seeks a special gaze, an unexpected demeanor or environment—preferably in black and white, always moving. The portraits are also interspersed with surprising views of cities and landscapes. The world and individuals become icons, and we can take a very new look at them.

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Iconication | Anatol Kotte
via Hatje Cantz

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Rafael Rojas | Timeless

“In a digitally oriented world, I want to honour more than ever the existence, presence and permanence of the photography art book. I endeavour to create books with soul that delight all senses and are destined to be collected, enjoyed and cherished for many generations to come”

Hasselblad Master (Wildlife, 2014) Rafael Rojas explains the creation of ‘Timeless’, a photography monograph awarded as Best Fine Art Photography Book 2016 in the last IPA International Photography Awards and with a Silver Medal as Best Monograph 2016 at the Px3 Prix de Photographie de Paris.

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Rafael Rojas | Timeless
more at Hasselblad

Tell Better Stories, Make Stronger Photographs

The Photographic Story

How to use storytelling to make more powerful photographs
by David duChemin

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more at Craft & Vision

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The Selous: Africa’s great unknown wilderness

A new wildlife photography book explores the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania, one of the last great wildernesses in Africa.

robertjross01aPhotographer Robert J Ross spent four years on safari in Tanzania. Four years navigating and documenting the huge but little-known Selous Game Reserve – Africa’s largest and oldest protected area, a place bigger than Switzerland, which has the most remarkable and diverse ecosystem. It teems with wildlife. Elephants, lions, buffalo, in great numbers.

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The Selous: A Long Way from Anywhere
by Robert J Ross

more at Condé Nast Traveller

Little Kids and Their Big Dogs

Little Kids and Their Big Dogs
by Andy Seliverstoff

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Through the prism of Seliverstoff’s magic lens, impossibly big dogs (Great Danes, Saint Bernards, Leonbergers, Newfoundlands, Irish Wolfhounds, to name a few) and some rare ones (like Komondorok and Bracchi Italiani) telegraph the special relationships they have with the children in their lives.

“The state of endless joy and mutual confidence – that has become the main idea of the series,” Seliverstoff says.

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by Andy Seliverstoff

get it at Revodana Publishing

More is more — the beautiful, colorful world of photography

Bling Bling Baby!
Glitz, Glamour, Grotesque: The Art Of Exaggeration

More is better: Hatje-Cantz’s new publication, Bling Bling Baby!, celebrates artifice and isn’t afraid of camp. In more than one hundred works, thirty-three photographers explore the boundaries between art and cliché. It’s colorful, it’s garish, it’s weird, and one thing is certain: “In bling we trust!”

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© Suresh Natarajan

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© Olivo Barbieri, Courtesy of Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York

blingblingbaby12cFeaturing works by Miles Aldridge, Maxime Ballesteros, Christto & Andrew, Markus Henttonen, David LaChapelle, Izima Kaoru, Anatol Kotte, Pierre et Gilles, Rankin, Martin Shoeller, Ruud van Empel, Pierre Winther and others.

via Hatje Cantz

Jazz – 100 photos pour la liberté de la presse

RSF s’associe à Magnum Photos pour un album consacré au jazz.
Depuis ses débuts, le jazz, surtout live, captive l’attention des grands photographes. Des éclats de musique dans la pénombre des clubs aux silhouettes fantomatiques des petits matins, RSF et Magnum Photos rendent hommage à toutes les lumières du jazz.

La sélection unique de photos qui compose le portfolio met l’accent sur ce qui constitue l’essence de cette musique, l’improvisation, la collaboration et l’innovation, à travers le regard de grands photographes de l’agence Magnum Photos : Guy Le Querrec, Dennis Stock, Leonard Freed, Burt Glinn, Robert Capa, Philippe Halsman et des archives exceptionnelles de la Collection F. Driggs. Chacun a su rompre avec une certaine esthétique nostalgique et léchée, toute en volutes de fumées et contrastes accentués, pour imposer un autre regard, décentré, intime, frondeur, complice.

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Jazz – 100 photos pour la liberté de la presse
via Reporters sans Frontières