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A New Day. Platinum Palladium print from waxed paper negative © Peter Liepke

Every day we're faced with more and more 'iPhoneography' or whatever the hell it's being called. If someone wants to turn a little phone-camera file into a platinum print maybe I'll pay more attention*. In the meantime, making me feel calm is Peter Liepke, a photographer working on this series 'Above and Beyond' - "the most ambitious fine art project I've done to date since leaving the commercial photography world."

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Listening to Sinatra. Platinum Palladium print from waxed paper negative © Peter Liepke

"Some people have said that perhaps it's my own visual love letter to New York, and maybe that's partly true, but to me it's much more than just that. To me the series is about each of us chasing a dream, while at the same time finding and exploring our own sense of place, with each of us being a small but valuable individual piece of a much bigger jigsaw puzzle."

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Morning Commute. Platinum Palladium print from waxed paper negative. © Peter Liepke

The prints are already selling well through Peter's galleries "All of the prints are combinations of Platinum/Palladium, Gum Bichromate, and Cyanotype hand made only by me... All of my gallery frames are made from scratch as well."

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Let's Go Home. Platinum Palladium print from waxed paper negative © Peter Liepke

Peter intends to produce about 40 images in the series and is planning the book (with foreword by a secret A-list New Yorker!)

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Sollsbury Hill. Platinum Palladium print from waxed paper negative
© Peter Liepke


*Get off my lawn etc.

Photo-Secession_Steichen_EleonoraDuse.jpgHans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs will present Heinrich Kuehn and the Photo-Secession: Selected Works from May 23rd to  June 29th. This exhibition complements two current exhibitions in New York City: Heinrich Kuehn and his American Circle at the Neue Galerie and Heinrich Kuehn: Viennese Photo-Secessionist at Howard Greenberg Gallery. "Kuehn, an Austrian photographer, was influential in the Pictorialist movement, which strove to create photography that would be accepted as fine art. Before the turn of the 20th century, the Pictorialists experimented with processes and manipulated the photographic image to create tonalities and textures that resembled drawings, prints or paintings. They consciously distanced themselves from earlier approaches to photography that, they felt, emphasized scientific and technical expertise over artistic expression."
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From top:
Edward Steichen. Eleonora Duse, 1903. Carbon print

Julia Margaret Cameron. Sir J.F.W. Herschel, April, 1867. Albumen print from a collodion negative.

Alvin Langdon Coburn. Wings!, 1914. Gum bichromate over platinum print

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© Tabitha Soren

On June 1st, 2012, Tabitha Soren's series 'Running' opens at Indianapolis' Museum of Contemporary Art as part of their 'Natural World' exhibition. Photographing first friends and then strangers, Tabitha says "My static landscapes needed people on the verge of something." The photographer has been shooting this series across three years in Mexico and Canada, and the prints are nice and big.

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All images © Tabitha Soren

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1960s, California © Anderson Smith Sr.

Anderson Smith, photographer and radio show host, told me about having proudly inherited his father's archive. Left in boxes, the logistics and challenges that accompany sorting, editing and digitizing analog materials are complicated and stressful and I wish any of you good luck with that! I am thrilled to publish his work for the first time - here's to you Mr Anderson!

"My father's name was Anderson Smith Sr. He was a machine shop worker who had a passion for photography. He was a part of the Chicago Camera Club and had won numerous awards. He photographed everything. He was very passionate about photography, however never really pursued it professionally."

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Muhammad Ali


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Anderson_Smith_Sr_walk.jpgAll images © Anderson Smith Sr.

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Alice Austen, one of America's earliest and most prolific female photographers broke away from the constraints of the Victorian era to create her own life. Her home, located in Staten Island, now serves as a museum dedicated to her work and life. The Alice Austen House Museum is up for the 2012 Partners in Preservation grant - a grant that will allow the museum to help preserve a very important part of the history of photography.

Partners in Preservation is a community-based program which provides preservation grants for local historic places. All you have to do is Vote! and help Alice Austen house win the grant.

Alfred Eisenstaedt pushes photographer Alice Austen in a wheelchair, Staten Island, New York, in 1951, one year before Austen died. Alfred Eisenstaedt - TIME & LIFE Pictures

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Huldrekall © Felipe Vasquez

You have to love photography students - well, those with vision and skill and determination, anyway. I admire Felipe Vasquez. He took his vision, and costumes, off to Patagonia...

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Mandragora

"'Chimeras' is a photographic project that explores mysticism within different societies of the world, as interpreted through conceptual self-portraiture. This series was shot in the Patagonia region of Chile during the months of January and February of 2012.

'Chimeras' consists of four distinct characters inspired by factual ritualism practiced in primitive cultures, in addition to humankind's faithful beliefs in the supernatural. All of these characters were created with the help of artist Andrew Jordan, whose incalculable expertise was fundamental to the development of my vision.

Jordan and I designed the costumes for 'Chimeras' so that they would complement Patagonia's remarkably diverse and rich terrain. Its mountains, lakes, forests and meadows quickly became home to the creatures and through the camera, I was able to capture their metaphysical existence."

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Salamander

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Lilith. All images © Felipe Vasquez

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Li, China, Brazil © James Mollison

"Where Children Sleep" is an important, beautifully executed book and exhibition from photographer James Mollison. aCurator is publishing a selection in two parts.

View the full screen magazine photography feature, part 1.

View the full screen magazine photography feature, part 2.

"When, in 2004, Fabrica (Benetton's creative research centre) asked me to come up with an idea for engaging with children's rights, I found myself thinking about my bedroom: how significant it was during my childhood, and how it reflected what I had and who I was. It occurred to me that a way to address some of the complex situations and social issues affecting children would be to look at the bedrooms of children in all kinds of different circumstances. From the start, I didn't want it just to be about 'needy children' in the developing world, but rather something more inclusive, about children from all types of situations. It seemed to make sense to photograph the children themselves, too, but separately from their bedrooms, using a neutral background.

My thinking was that the bedroom pictures would be inscribed with the children's material and cultural circumstances - the details that inevitably mark people apart from each other - while the children themselves would appear in the set of portraits as individuals, as equals... just as children.

Millions of families around the world sleep together in one room, and millions of children sleep in a space of convenience, rather than a place they can in any sense call their room. I came to appreciate just how privileged I am to have had a personal kingdom to sleep in and grow.

For me, the project became a vehicle to think about issues of poverty and wealth, about the relationship of children to personal possessions, and the power of children - or lack of it - to make decisions about their lives. But this book is not a campaign. There's nothing scientific about the selection of children featured: I travelled where I could, often alongside other projects, and many of the pictures result from chance encounters, following my photographer's nose. I am not qualified to give anyone a lecture on the state of childhood today, or the future of children's rights. Although I have relied on the help of Save the Children, Italy, there is no agenda to the book other than my own journey and curiosity, and wanting to share in pictures and words the stories that I found interesting, or that moved me.

In the end, I hope the pictures and the stories in this book speak to children. Yes, so that lucky children (like I was) may better appreciate what they have. But more than that, I hope this book will help children think about inequality, within and between societies around the world, and perhaps start to figure out how, in their own lives, they may respond." James Mollison Venice, May 2010

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Alex, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil © James Mollison

"Where Children Sleep" was published in 2010 by Chris Boot and is available for purchase.

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This photographer was introduced to me by Elisabeth Aanes who runs NORDPhotography, a center for workshops located in the middle of Norway. 

Ever since she was little, Sissel Annett felt she should have been born a twin. Exploring this feeling has produced this dream-like body of work, using identical models and also turning the camera on herself. More over at Blurb. Oh and she's shooting film on an old Rollei. Yum.

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Blue Lacoste Sandal. © Chris Sellas

Clever Chris Sellas, whose series 'You. I.' ran here in the blog, has stayed in touch which is not only lovely but it's a good idea, people! I went rummaging about on his site and felt the need to publish some germs. "All of the bacterium samples were collected along my Monday commute from New Haven, Connecticut, to New York, New York, November 24, 2007."

This reminds me of the study of the London Underground done recently that showed up never-before-seen bacteria and masses of rodent poo. Researching said study I learned something - that in 1956 Britain's "...Ministry of Defence turned large parts of the country into a giant laboratory to conduct a series of secret germ warfare tests on the public" releasing bacteria on the Northern Line. At lunchtime no less! The Grauniad goes on to say "In most cases, the trials did not use biological weapons but alternatives which scientists believed would mimic germ warfare and which the MoD claimed were harmless. But families in certain areas of the country who have children with birth defects are demanding a public inquiry."

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Webster Bank upper level ATM buttons.

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People's United Debit Card.

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6 Train, handrail.  Not too bad!

All images © Chris Sellas

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Exchange Rate, 2012 © Azhar Chougle

Here's a cheeky little series from shockingly young, Indian-born, Brooklyn-dwelling, SVA photography grad Azhar Chougle : 'Unfamiliar Moments Across the Atlantic.'

"America, in my mind, maintains an amusing state of irony and indecisiveness. These photographs serve as a reflection of my own alienation, frustration and intrigue as I adapt to its atmosphere. Examining random encounters with the American image, the results are a baffling and bizarre recreation of a culture overlaid by a foreigner's perception."

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Preventive Care, 2012

"The portrait I paint of America is an honest and playfully critical inspection that describes the way in which I relate to where I find myself."

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American Spirit, 2011

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Modernization, 2011. All images © Azhar Chougle

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