October 20, 2014, Magnum Photos announces the death of René Burri.From his family:
"The famous Swiss photographer René Burri left us today, at the age of 81 after a long illness. He leaves behind an important body of work on recent history, which has been published in countless newspapers, journals, magazines, exhibitions and books all over the world. Among his most famous photos are portraits of Che Guevara, Pablo Picasso and Le Corbusier, a breathtaking view into the streets of Sao Paolo and his stories of Cuba and Vietnam.
Born in 1933 in Zurich, early on he went to Paris whilst studying with Hans Finsler at the Arts and Crafts school of Zurich. After the premature death of one of founders of Magnum, Werner Bischof in 1954, he became a member of the prestigious photo agency in 1956. His world embracing engagement as a photographer and film maker led him to what became his credo, we all live in ‘one world’.
Recently he published a collection of little seen colour photographs, in addition to his well known black and white work, which are represented in two impressive volumes published by Phaidon in 2003 and 2013.
Burri was considered very early as one of the masters in photography, publishing brilliant photo stories in the Swiss magazine ‘Du’, such as work on ‘gauchos’ or ‘bahias’, and more recently an issue was illustrated with his collages.
Another story that qualifies him to be counted among the most important figures of this century’s photographic history is Burri’s detailed research on Germany and the Germans after WWII ‘Die Deutschen’.
With René Burri the world of photography loses one of its most powerful artists, a true humanist, who skillfully documented from behind the scenes the suffering and joy of human kind.”
A selection of images spanning his career:
1. Fort Rhotas. Located 109 kms from south of Rawalpindi. It was built in 1540s by Sher Shah Suri, and subsequently extended and developed by the Mughal Emperor Akbar
2. Along the Berlin Wall.
3. SWITZERLAND. Lausanne. Belgian writer Georges SIMENON. 1982.
4. CHINA. 1964. 40 km from Shanghai. People’s commune of “Ma Cheo”. The commune, founded in 1958, has 6700 households; it grows grain, vegetables, cotton, fruits, and practices animal husbandry. The Ching Chung Hwa family having lunch under MAO TSE DONG’s portrait.
5. EGYPT. Alexandria. 1962. Town center.
6. GERMANY. West Berlin. 1961. Lichterfeld district, close to the East German border. US soldiers training for street combat.
"It is nothing to die; it is horrible not to live."
— from “Les Misérables” (1862) by Victor Hugo
Dire Straits - On Every Street
Only when it rains..
Debbie Harry: A ’70s icon revealed
1. Debbie Harry, the lead singer of Blondie, is seen in this photo taken in the late ’70s by her bandmate and former lover, Chris Stein.
2. Harry and David Bowie backstage during a tour in 1977.
3. Harry reads the British tabloid The Sun. Harry and Stein broke up years ago, but they’re still friends and still touring with Blondie.
4. Harry in a vintage motorcycle jacket, circa 1976. In the new book, Harry says Stein’s photos of her are “the most real and unguarded and ultimately revealing.”
5. Harry sits in a car in Los Angeles for a “Plastic Letters” outtake, circa 1977.
She gazes at the camera with feral, wide-set eyes, framed by pouty lips and bleached blond hair — a face that helped sell 40 million records.
As a rock star and global icon, Debbie Harry has been photographed thousands of times. But never quite like this: in spare, intimate portraits, many of them taken in dingy apartments and clubs before she was famous.
“It was casual. There wasn’t much setup or manipulation (of the photos),” said Chris Stein, her Blondie bandmate and former lover who took the photos. “We were together all the time anyway.”
It’s five in the morning, Mr. Tambourine man..
1. Mariam Bakaule lives on a hill in the valley Jarso. Like other villagers, she gets up at dawn and walks for more than two hours to reach the nearest water source - a dry river bed. There, she must dig the sand with bare hands. Ethiopia, 2013.
2. Women and young girls are responsible for the collection of water, four times a day, often at distances requiring them to trek across mountains in the dark. Ethiopia, 2013.
3. After reaching the dry riverbed, women must spend time scratching the dirt until brackish water appears, scoop it into their containers and carry the 20 kilograms back up the mountain.
hell is built
piece by piece
brick by brick
it’s a gradual,
not a rapid
we build our
but hell is
wordly hell is
my hell and
the song of
Beka’s 15th birthday, a series of photographs by Bojan Petrovic.
I am proud that he is my good friend and my photography teacher.
A bit about him:
Bojan Petrovic – Bokac, He was born 01. 01. 1983.
Lives, works and creates in Paracin.
He owns one of the most prestigious man hair-stylist saloons in town.
He made his first photography steps 2002-2004 using regular analogue camera, while he approached photography more seriously in 2010. when he had bought his first DLSR camera.
He’s a member of Photo-Cine club Paracin and Photo association of Serbia, where he has F1 honour. In 2013 he has got FIAP – AFIAP honour.
He is ranked amongst ten of the most successful authors in Serbia.
He participated in more than 130 group exhibitions, mostly those with FIAP patronage, in over 25 countries and had won over 80 medals and honourable mentions in 11 different countries, amongst which the most important one is FIAP gold medal on exhibition “16th International Exhibition of Photography – Sri Lanka” and the most cherished one is FIAP bronze medal on “14th International Biennial Zena Strakonice- Czech Republic”.
He has had two solo exhibitions, the first in his home town Paracin, whilst he’s opened the second after invitation of Photo Club Kozjak in Kumanovo and he marks that exhibiton as his greatest by far accomplishment.
Alongside exhibition photography he often takes commercial photos for foreign and domestic companies, fashion photographs, photographs for advertising in political campaigns and photos for wedding books and finances his creative work that way.
He managed to combine his enormous passion for woman as the most beautiful divine creature with photography, which completely occupied his life. His first choice in photography is fine art nude.
Whilst working exclusively with completely regular girls and women, not with paid models, he makes an effort to find out more, to get to know the person his working with in order to show their character in his photographs as well as possible, using emotions, colours on their bodies, light or sometimes photographing beauty as itself. All of that has one goal: to bring closer to you, viewers of his works, things he experienced himself while talking to those persons for a long time and to show you his thoughts and emotions in moments of making those pictures.
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy (Cover) by Daniela Andrade
Love her. :)
'The Lyrics: Since 1962,' out this fall, will collect every verse the singer has officially recorded.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/every-bob-dylan-lyric-ever-to-fill-13-pound-960-page-book-20141008#ixzz3FbIprQFy
I can not remember since when, but like others, I often repeating: Just to pass… And that is the definition of this life: Just to pass.
“Tunguska’s photos compose, like pieces of a mosaic, the characters of his story. And are his photos that speak”
“for him. He begins, defines himself and ends in them.”
“Don’t need words to read this life and these pictures. But you need eyes and heart, yes, to be able to understand”
“and interpret the codes of his language.”
“With his photos he wants to express a particular state of tension. A state of tension which originates from the”
“inability to combine, in a harmonious way, the size of desire (willingness and a state of fullness) with the size of the possibility of realize actually such a condition.”
“Is this tension that moves and draws the pictures. That fills them with light, but empties of humanity. Cold lunar”
“landscapes, sterile, immersed in the wind. Tides that rise as caustic mist that chokes the lungs and clouds the mind.”
“A hymn of an ancient time. Seascapes as the dawn of time. Before that motion of the tides arises and, with it,”
“the life. Even before human feeling could trample the pristine shores. Landscapes of silence, fog and endless horizons of cold light. And every thing has the feel and the sound of the salt.”
“So the city, crowded with bodies, like perpetual flow or oscillatory movement of men with no name and no”
“history. Shadows that roam without identity saturate the space, they pass through and expand the time. In mutation continues. The urban context, our daily life, this society, things that seem tangible, coherent and familiar, in the photos of Tunguska turn. Cities become a new limbo, a new purgatory, a new suspension bridge.”
“And, to our sight, everything, even hidden, is revealed. Disappears the objective data and the ephemeral”
“emerges. ephemeral which feeds fears, anxiety, imbalance.”
“The urban world of Tunguska appears, then, like a river of people without identity. located within a circuit that”
“is our little garden made of small everyday things. Dipped in a complex sea. A sea rough by the definition of the white and the black and by the countless abstract “indeterminations” of the nuances of gray.”
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