Generation Wealth | Lauren Greenfield

Fahey/Klein Gallery is pleased to present Lauren Greenfield’s incredible documentary project and newly released monograph, Generation Wealth (Phaidon 2017). Acclaimed documentary photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield has been working for the past twenty-five years to chronicle a previously unprecedented global obsession with wealth and materialism. Remarkable in scope and depth, from Moscow high society to Atlanta strip club royalty, Greenfield’s photographs explore the desire for more and succeed in revealing gender dynamics, cult of celebrity, consumerism, power of sex and marketing, and their eventual consequences. Generation Wealth is an especially timely and pertinent body of work that serves as a visual timeline tracing the rise, and fall, and rise of the pursuit of wealth in America.

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Generation Wealth
by Lauren Greenfield

more at Fahey/Kline Gallery

Hong Kong Shop Cats by Marcel Heijnen

Hong Kong Shop Cats
by Marcel Heijnen

Hong Kong’s shop cats are the little emperors of their retail kingdoms. When photographer Marcel Heijnen moved to the city he was immediately drawn to these photogenic mouse-hunters, and this project is the charming result. While the cats are undoubtedly the furry celebrities of his photographs, each shot delivers an insightful context of Hong Kong’s traditional trades. From dried fish and rice to paper offerings, the backdrop of each shot presents a portrait of Hong Kong’s local culture.

The cats are believed to be lucky by their owners. They are each an essential part of the life, business and family of the shops in which they live and hunt. While some were sought out by the shop owners for their hunting skills, other cats made the decision to adopt a shop themselves, just turning up and making it their home.

As per the artist: “In most modern cities there will be all kinds of rules and regulations against cats in shops. Not in Hong Kong, and I’m grateful for that. Here we can still witness this wonderful symbiotic relationship between human and feline, and the very reason for it harks back to why we domesticated cats in the first place, centuries ago: mice-catching and companionship.

Hong Kong Shop Cats by Marcel Heijnen
more at Blue Lotus Gallery

Oxímoron, la contradicción

Oxímoron, la contradicción
César Casona

cesarcasona02a“Oxímoron” es una figura lógica que consiste en usar dos conceptos de significado opuesto en una sola expresión, que genera un tercer concepto.
Cada una de las fotografías de esta exposición incluye una contradicción conceptual. Será el espectador quien la encuentre y quien se enfoque en la imagen, dándole un significado final en función de sus sentimientos, imaginario, vivencias y experiencias personales previas.

cesarcasona02bAlgunos ejemplos en literatura: “Es hielo abrasador, es fuego helado, es herida que duele y no se siente…” (Quevedo).
“Sosiega un poco, airado temeroso, humilde vencedor, niño gigante, cobarde matador…”(Lope de Vega).
Este proyecto nace de la afirmación del gran filósofo griego Aristóteles: “La virtud se halla en el centro”.
De ello puedo deducir que a medida que nos separemos del centro hacia los extremos, hacia la derecha o izquierda, hacia el “sí”o hacia el “no”o hacia cualquier par de opuestos, estaremos alejándonos de la virtud.

cesarcasona02cEs en el equilibrio, en la duda, en la contradicción, allá donde los pares de opuestos se entremezclan, donde encontraremos la verdad. En el momento en que estemos seguros/as de algo estaremos por tanto, equivocándonos.
Muchos fueron los filósofos y los pensadores que a lo largo de la historia centraron sus esfuerzos en explicar el origen de todas las cosas. Heráclito de Éfeso, 2500 años atrás, en Grecia, apunta al fuego como principio natural del que todo parte.
El fuego, metafóricamente hablando, simbolizaba el movimiento y el constante cambio en el que la vida se desarrolla -“Ningún hombre puede cruzar el mismo río dos veces, porque ni el hombre ni el agua serán los mismos.”- Heráclito fundamenta esta permanente movilidad en una estructura de opuestos, afirmando así que “la contradicción está en el origen de todas las cosas”.

cesarcasona02dAsí, el oxímoron, la paradoja, la antítesis y la contradicción como concepto, han sido recursos valorados, estudiados y desarrollados a través de diferentes canales, siendo probablemente la literatura el medio más utilizado y profuso. Es de justicia que, en el siglo XXI, la fotografía sirva para trasladar esta idea al mundo de lo visual, en forma de oxímoron, antítesis y paradojas visuales. Cabe destacar que la fotografía ha sido para mí el medio más sencillo y preciso para expresar y exteriorizar esta reflexión, a través de la manipulación de objetos, luz, personas y momentos de la vida cotidiana. Tal vez sea el fruto de un carácter, de una absoluta incapacidad para optar o para afirmar. Quizá la firme creencia en que la verdad se antoja distraída cuando interceden la imagen o la palabra, y cuando arbitran los sentidos. Tal vez el Yin y el Yang en oriente. Quizá mi absurdo raciocinio al interpretar que no habría guerras en un mundo sin amor. Quizá los estragos que produce la fe en busca de razón. Quizá el parecido entre el átomo y las formas más inmensas del universo. Tal vez la comprensión ante la violencia engendrada por quien defiende al indefenso. Tal vez nada de esto. O todo. En cualquier caso, siempre serán las reflexiones de uno cualquiera. Sea bienvenido a usted mismo/a.
César Casona
* En ninguna imagen se ha llevado a cabo la utilización de retoque digital alguno.

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more at DNG Photo Magazine

The Art and Craft of Photographing Birds

Personal Project | Mike Corrado

If you love photography, the personal project is a gift you give yourself—a gift of permission to pursue whatever serious or fanciful subject catches your imagination. That’s the beauty of it: the personal project exists for its own sake.

This is the first in an occasional series of stories on personal projects and the photographers who love them.

mikecorrado01aMike Corrado’s long-time interest in the water fowl of Avalon Park & Preserve in Stony Brook, New York, began with frequent visits to the location with his family. The park is near his home, it’s got a great walking trail and, not the least, he discovered it was ideal for photography—which is not only Mike’s passion, it’s his profession: he’s Sr. Manager; Pro Relations & Marketing Business Development for Nikon.

mikecorrado01bAt the start, Avalon was simply a peaceful place to go, which is no small consideration for a person with a high-activity job. Then it became a peaceful place to go and take pictures—”to get away for a few hours,” Mike says, “quiet and alone with the birds and the camera.”

mikecorrado01cSo just for fun, and to see what results he could get, he began photographing the common birds—the ducks, geese and swans. Then he discovered there were also cormorants, egrets and herons—”the slightly more exotic birds that would frequent the area only in warmer weather.”

mikecorrado01dWhat kicked things into high gear was a certain area—”in the brush, behind an embankment”—that was full of birds. It was there he noticed a nesting swan and found he couldn’t wait until the eggs hatched and the cygnets—the young swans—were out.

mikecorrado01ePersonal Project: The Art and Craft of Photographing Birds
by Mike Corrado

more at Nikon

Blue Sky Days

Tomas van Houtryve is an artist, photographer and author who engages critical contemporary issues around the world.
In 2013, Tomas began working on Blue Sky Days, a drone’s-eye view of America. Images from the project were first published in Harper’s as the largest photo portfolio in the magazine’s 164-year history. The series was awarded the 2015 ICP Infinity Award and honors from POY, World Press Photo, the Photographic Museum of Humanity, and the White House News Photographer’s Association.

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more at Anastasia Photo

My London

A 2017 photography calendar created by people who have been homeless. Unique photos, inspiring stories. A beautiful gift.

The Cafe Art 2017 MyLondon calendar is a social enterprise initiative for London homelessness art groups and individuals who have been affected by homelessness.
In July this year, at St Paul’s Cathedral, 105 FujiFilm single-use cameras were handed out to people affected by homelessness, with the theme “My London”. Training on how to use the cameras was given by The Royal Photographic Society [The RPS] in June, and again on the day of the handout.

It’s a follow-up to the successful 2016 calendar that went viral last year. It resulted in partnerships with projects around the world. As well as running MinhaSao Paulo in Brazil in November with With One Voice, we are helping several other cities including MySydney, MyBudapest, MyNew Orleans who are all doing calendars this year and MyToronto which will launch in 2017. All projects are grass-roots run and funded locally, and we encourage people to support them too!

MyLondon08aGraffiti Area by Saffron Saidi

MyLondon08bSt Paul’s in Reflection by Christopher McTavish

MyLondon08cLondon calling by Hugh Gary

MyLondon08dGroup stretch by Siliana

MyLondon08eThe Coffee Roaster by Leo Shaul

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My London
more at kickstarter

Every Last One

Every Last One
On a deeply personal mission, Joel Sartore is photographing as many animals as he can—before some disappear.

For years National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore worked far away from home—documenting the astonishing wildlife of Bolivia’s Madidi National Park or scrambling up the three tallest peaks in Great Britain or getting too close to grizzly bears in Alaska. His wife, Kathy, stayed in Lincoln, Nebraska, and took care of the kids. “He never wanted to change diapers or be a stay-at-home dad,” she says…

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One man’s quest to document the world’s animals, one picture at a time.

more in National Geographic USA – April 2016

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