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Nadav Kander

Books

Nadav Kander: The Meeting

Regardless of his sitter―whether family member or influential celebrity―the portraiture of London-based photographer Nadav Kander (born 1961) shows what makes that particular individual human. His aim is to move beyond capturing an accurate likeness―to access the emotions within, the uncertainty, the shadow as much as the light, the complex sense of self that otherwise lays hidden.

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Nadav Kander: Yangtze, The Long River

The Yangtze river flows 4,100 miles across China, traveling from its furthest westerly point in the Qinghai province to Shanghai in the east. The river is embedded in the consciousness of the Chinese, and plays a significant role in both the spiritual and physical life of the people. Using the river as a metaphor for constant change, Nadav Kander (born 1961) has photographed the landscape and people along its banks from mouth to source. “After several trips to different parts of the river, it became clear that what I was responding to and how I felt whilst being in China was permeating into my pictures,” he records; “a formalness and unease, a country that feels both at the beginning of a new era and at odds with itself.”

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Sources

The Steidl Hotel – podcast – with guest Nadav Kander
NadavKander.com
Advice for Portrait Photographers: Learning from Nadav Kander
LA Review of Books – Photographer Spotlight: Nadav Kander
Christie’s – Nadav Kander: ‘Making Pictures is Exploring Life’


Mary Ellen Mark

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Books

Mary Ellen Mark: Tiny, Streetwise Revisited

In 1988, Mary Ellen Mark published a poignant document of a fiercely independent group of homeless and troubled youth living in Seattle as pimps, prostitutes, panhandlers and small-time drug dealers. Critically acclaimed, “Streetwise” introduced us to individuals who were not easily forgotten, including “Tiny” (Erin Blackwell)–a 13-year-old prostitute with dreams of a horse farm, diamonds and furs, and a baby of her own. Since meeting Tiny 30 years ago, Mark has continued to photograph her, creating what has become one of Mark’s most significant and long-term projects. 

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Seen Behind the Scene

Mary Ellen Mark has worked on over a hundred film sets since 1968, including such legendary productions as Apocalypse NowOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Gandhi,as well as recent Oscar-winning productions such as Moulin RougeBabel and Sweeney Todd, among many others. Mark’s film photographs are a rare archive as she is afforded unprecedented access to the actors and the set permitted for weeks at a time to roam freely. Mark is one of the most talented photojournalists working today and her unique ability to capture gesture and expression enables her to fully reveal the story of life on set.

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Sources

Mary Ellen Mark – official website
NPR – PHOTOS: The Essence Of Mary Ellen Mark, The Invisible Made Visible
YouTube – Mary Ellen Mark: There is nothing more extraordinary than reality
Mary Ellen Mark – Wikipedia


Lars Tunbjörk

Books

Lars Tunbjörk (MAX STROM)

Initially inspired by Swedish masters such as Christer Strömholm, as well as Stephen Shore and William Eggleston, Lars Tunbjörk (1956–2015) was one of the great and truly original European photographers. Tunbjörk’s international breakthrough came in 1993 with the photobook Country beside Itself. Celebrated by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger as “an acute observer of modern life,” Tunbjörk’s color images amplified the mundane and the absurd in a quietly surreal fashion using the hard light of flash photography, which became his signature style and influenced a subsequent generation of photographers. His best-known photobook series include Office (2001), which depicts office workers in bizarre chance positions, and Home (2003), in which everyday items such as flowers or armchairs are made to reveal a quiet absurdity in Swedish suburbia. With more than 250 images, this volume constitutes the most substantial overview of his work.

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Lars Tunbjörk: Home

After his earlier series on leisure time and the world of office labor, Lars Tunbjörk returned to his childhood neighborhood to photograph his mother’s house. The experience intrigued him, and he continued shooting in similar areas around Sweden. Saturated with other people’s personal memories, his photographs convey the peculiar atmosphere of silence familiar in middle-class housing districts, not only in Sweden but in other countries as well. If on the surface his images purport to investigate the private domestic realm in terms of architecture, home decorating styles, and garden culture, as seen in Sweden during the latest two decades, under these multiple, quiet surfaces they reveal apocalyptically more. Home is the final book in a trilogy, following Country beside Itself and Office.

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Lars Tunbjork: Office

*Unfortunately, this book is out of print, so it’s VERY EXPENSIVE!

Offices in New York, Tokyo, Stockholm, are the place of a life that people lose while earning it, they are unbearable. Nightmares made of electric cables, depressing cafeterias, fake spaces, absurd tidy up, they become through the eye of Lars Tunbjork the most radical call for rebellion for a renewed « right to laziness ». This work, which with « Home », constitutes discreetly and without obvious agressivity the most implacable critic of our system, a work extremely political under a perfectly acceptable cover, is only possible with a perfect control of color, which becomes the material of the picture.

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Sources

ARTPIL Profile
TIME – Remembering Lars Tunbjörk: Legendary Color Photographer of the Absurd
ASX – Lars Tunbjörk – Alien at the Office
Shooter Files – Master Profiles: Lars Tunbjörk
TIME – A Stranger in a Strange Land: The Iowa Caucus by Lars Tunbjörk


Sebastião Salgado

Books

Sebastião Salgado. Gold

When Sebastião Salgado was finally authorized to visit Serra Pelada in September 1986, having been blocked for six years by Brazil’s military authorities, he was ill-prepared to take in the extraordinary spectacle that awaited him on this remote hilltop on the edge of the Amazon rainforest. Before him opened a vast hole, some 200 meters wide and deep, teeming with tens of thousands of barely-clothed men. Half of them carried sacks weighing up to 40 kilograms up wooden ladders, the others leaping down muddy slopes back into the cavernous maw. Their bodies and faces were the color of ochre, stained by the iron ore in the earth they had excavated.

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Sebastião Salgado: Migrations: Humanity in Transition

In Migrations, Sebastião Salgado turns his attention to the staggering phenomenon of mass migration. Photographs taken over seven years across more than 35 countries document the epic displacement of the world’s people at the close of the twentieth century. Wars, natural disasters, environmental degradation, explosive population growth and the widening gap between rich and poor have resulted in over one hundred million international migrants, a number that has doubled in a decade. This demographic change, unparalleled in human history, presents profound challenges to the notions of nation, community, and citizenship.

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Sources

British Journal of Photography – Salgado: Gold
Sebastião Salgado – Wikipedia
Serra Pelada – Wikipedia


Ming Smith

Books

Ming Smith: An Aperture Monograph

One of the greatest artist-photographers working today, Smith moved to New York in the 1970s and began to make images charged with startling beauty and spiritual energy. This long-awaited monograph brings together four decades of Smith’s work, celebrating her trademark lyricism, distinctively blurred silhouettes, dynamic street scenes, and deep devotion to theater, music, poetry, and dance―from the “Pittsburgh Cycle” plays of August Wilson to the Afrofuturism of Sun Ra. With never-before-seen images, and a range of illuminating essays and interviews, this tribute to Smith’s singular vision promises to be an enduring contribution to the history of American photography.

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Sources

Ming Smith – Steven Kasher Gallery
Ming Smith – Wikipedia
The New Yorker – Ming Smith’s Pioneering Excavations of Black Femininity
Cultured Magazine – Photographer Ming Smith Reflects on the Milestones That Started Her Career
ARTnews – Ming Smith Shook Up Photography in the ’70s. Now, She is Coming into Full View
Musée – Feature: Ming Smith
VIDEO: Ming Smith | Introduction – Moderna Museet
VIDEO: DREAMWEAVERS: In / Conversation – Ming Smith and Arthur Jafa


Catherine Leroy

Here’s the original version of the TikTok video. This is the one they pegged with the “sensitive content” warning. There are some battles and wounded soldiers receiving medical attention, but nothing graphic.

Books

Under Fire: Great Photographers and Writers in Vietnam

In Under Fire, one of the most daring combat photographers of the Vietnam War, Catherine Leroy, pairs her work and that of other acclaimed photographers-–among them Larry Burrows, Henri Huet, and Don McCullin–with moving, evocative essays from an equally stellar roster of writers, including David Halberstam, Philip Caputo, Neil Sheehan, and Tim O’Brien.

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Close-Up on War: The Story of Pioneering Photojournalist Catherine Leroy in Vietnam

From award-winning journalist and children’s book author Mary Cronk Farrell comes the inspiring and fascinating story of the woman who gave a human face to the Vietnam War. Close-Up on War tells the story of French-born Catherine Leroy, one of the war’s few woman photographers, who documented some of the fiercest fighting in the 20-year conflict.

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You Don’t Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War

Kate Webb, an Australian iconoclast, Catherine Leroy, a French daredevil photographer, and Frances FitzGerald, a blue-blood American intellectual, arrived in Vietnam with starkly different life experiences but one shared purpose: to report on the most consequential story of the decade. At a time when women were considered unfit to be foreign reporters, Frankie, Catherine, and Kate   challenged the rules imposed on them by the military, ignored the belittlement of their male peers, and ultimately altered the craft of war reportage for generations.

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God Cried

Recounts the 1982 siege of Beirut by the Israeli Army and describes the pain and suffering caused by the fighting

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Sources

Catherine Leroy – Official Website
C-SPAN 1985 Interview with Catherine Leroy
Catherine Leroy – Wikipedia
New York Times – Lens Blog – “In Her Own Words, Photographing the Vietnam War
New York Times – “The Greatest War Photographer You’ve Never Heard Of”
LIFE Magazine – Feb. 16, 1968 – “The Enemy Lets Me Take His Picture”
TIME Magazine article – “Who is the Enemy Here?”
Independent – Obituary – Catherine Leroy
Casual Photophile – “Women At War”
Lecture by Author Elizabeth Becker on YouTube


Helen Levitt

Books

Helen Levitt: A Way of Seeing

Ever since it was first published in 1965, Helen Levitt’s collection of photographs taken on the streets of 1940s New York City has been revered as a classic of its genre. Made in collaboration with writer James Agee, who provided the book’s introduction, A Way of Seeing was published twice more with modifications during Levitt’s lifetime. This volume seeks to provide a definitive edition of the book with oversight from Levitt’s former assistant Marvin Hoshino, who has taken pains to include the best available prints and negatives of Levitt’s images.

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Helen Levitt – Photofile

The classic Photofile series brings together the best work of the world’s greatest photographers in an attractive format and at a reasonable price. Handsome and collectible, each book contains a selection of the photographer’s most important and representative images in beautiful duotone and/or color, plus an introduction and a bibliography.

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Sources

Helen Levitt NPR interview with Melissa Block
Helen Levitt – Wikipedia
New York Times: “Helen Levitt’s Street Photos Blend the Poetic With the Political”


Lauren Greenfield

Books

Lauren Greenfield: Girl Culture

Revealing and insightful, Lauren Greenfield’s classic monograph on the lives of American girls is back in print. Greenfield’s award-winning photographs capture the ways in which girls are affected by American popular culture. With an eye for both the common and the eccentric, she visits girls of all ages, discussing issues ranging from eating disorders and self-mutilation to spring break and prom. With more than 100 mesmerizing photographs, 18 interviews, and an introduction by social and cultural historian Joan Jacobs Brumberg, this book is as vital and relevant now as when it was first published.

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Lauren Greenfield: Fast Forward

Photographer Lauren Greenfield capures often shocking, always startling images of children at school, at play, or at home in the precocious city of Los Angeles. The stunning color photographs range from the children of the gang culture of South Central and East L.A. to the affluent, often show-business world of the Westside. Underlying is the overwhelming importance of image and celebrity, with its materialistic trappings of fast cars and expensive clothes. 80 full-color photos.

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Sources

Lauren Greenfield – Wikipedia
Watch Generation Wealth on Prime


Garry Winogrand

Books

The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand

Garry Winogrand―along with Diane Arbus and Lee Friedlander―was one of the most important photographers of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as one of the world’s foremost street photographers. Award-winning writer Geoff Dyer has admired Winogrand’s work for many years. Modeled on John Szarkowski’s classic book AtgetThe Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand is a masterfully curated selection of one hundred photographs from the Winogrand archive at the Center for Creative Photography, with each image accompanied by an original essay.

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Sources

Garry Winogrand feature by Michael Engler on YouTube
Garry Winogrand – Wikipedia


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