UPDATE AUGUST 2010: The film has been nominated for two Gemini Awards. Congratulations to Ian McLaren of Productions Grand Nord in Canada.Watch the trailer
Thanks to Rob Haggart
and Brian Clamp
for sending information about the screening of the documentary "Karsh is History" at Foto Week DC on November 10th 2009. Productions Grand Nord, in association with The Portrait Gallery of Canada and BRAVO! present this 52 minute film about the life and talent of Mr Karsh which debuted at the Festival International Du Film Sur L'Art in Montréal in March. I'm in it, but Annie Liebovitz has a bit more camera-time.
Of Anita Ekberg, Karsh said "Her natural behavior resembled the love goddesses she portrayed - uninhibited and seductive, and totally without guile."Anita Ekberg, 1956 © Yousuf Karsh
From the new book by Aperture Foundation
"On the fifth anniversary of the storm, 'Destroy This Memory', photographs by Richard Misrach, offers unique, revealing human perspectives on the devastation and shock left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. 'Destroy This Memory' presents previously unpublished and starkly compelling material, all of which Misrach shot with his 4 MP pocket camera. Created between October and December 2005, this haunting series of images serves as a potent, unalloyed document of the raw experiences of those left to fend for themselves in the aftermath of Katrina."
Artist's royalties for this project are being donated to the Make It Right Foundation
, which is currently rebuilding the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans.
The images truly speak for themselves, containing the only text in this heart-breaking series.View the magazine full screen photo feature
.Buy the book
Exhibitions: Museum of Fine Arts Houston
, August 7 - October 31, 2010New Orleans Museum of Art
, August 28 - October 24, 2010
Artist's Lecture and Book Signing
August 29, 2:00 pm © Richard Misrach
Sometimes an ex-pat finds herself in the company of a whole new set of people, uncovering shared experiences. Jason Florio and Helen Jones trumped all last night at their dinner table where I chatted with an Englishman who, it turns out, went to the same school as me, same gigs, same clubs, same Nick Cave book signing... Omar Mullick
is not only from my original 'hood, he's also a great photographer and a videographer too, just back from filming in Pakistan.
sent out a newsletter
today about her trip to London: cream teas at Fortnum and Mason, boiled eggs with soldiers... and now I'm feeling homesick. Someone get me a slice of Victoria sponge!
aCurator is proud to support Aperture Foundation
"Following the success of 2005's groundbreaking book and exhibition 'reGeneration: 50 photographers of tomorrow
', 'reGeneration²: tomorrow's photographers today
' turns the spotlight yet again on the next generation of potential stars. reGeneration² proves that the art of photography is alive and well, and that practitioners of extraordinary talent are well on their way to making their mark. The selection was made with one key question in mind: is the photographer likely to be known in twenty years' time?
Through over two hundred images, reGeneration² showcases the inspiring creativity and ingenuity of eighty up-and-coming photographic artists. The variety of subjects and techniques on view in this remarkable reflects the astonishing diversity of worldwide talent that has newly emerged. Useful reference materials include biographical details of each of the eighty photographers included and updates on the winning photographers from the first edition, many of whom have since forged impressive international careers, including Pieter Hugo, Idris Khan, Angela Strassheim, and Nathalie Czech."View the magazine full screen photo feature
.The Cloud, 2008 © Liu Xiaofang from the Aperture book entitled reGeneration²
I'm not sure how Jason found time to put together a photography book, in between walking the Gambia with a large format camera and going on a 50,000 mile round-the-world assignment, but... he has and "Makasutu - Mecca in the Forest
" looks fabulous.Read about the project
.Buy the book
. Ismaila Denba, Gambian boat captain
It is 70 years ago today that Winston Churchill made his famous pronouncement in the House of Commons: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
Of his famous session with the PM, Karsh said "My portrait of Winston Churchill changed my life. I knew after I had taken it that it was an important picture, but I could hardly have dreamed that it would become one of the most widely reproduced images in the history of photography. In 1941, Churchill visited first Washington and then Ottawa. The Prime Minister, Mackenzie King, invited me to be present. After the electrifying speech, I waited in the Speaker's Chamber where, the evening before, I had set up my lights and camera. The Prime Minister, arm-in-arm with Churchill and followed by his entourage, started to lead him into the room. I switched on my floodlights; a surprised Churchill growled, "What's this, what's this?" No one had the courage to explain. I timorously stepped forward and said, "Sir, I hope I will be fortunate enough to make a portrait worthy of this historic occasion." He glanced at me and demanded, "Why was I not told?" When his entourage began to laugh, this hardly helped matters for me. Churchill lit a fresh cigar, puffed at it with a mischievous air, and then magnanimously relented. "You may take one." Churchill's cigar was ever present. I held out an ashtray, but he would not dispose of it. I went back to my camera and made sure that everything was all right technically. I waited; he continued to chomp vigorously at his cigar. I waited. Then I stepped toward him and, without premeditation, but ever so respectfully, I said, "Forgive me, sir," and plucked the cigar out of his mouth. By the time I got back to my camera, he looked so belligerent he could have devoured me. It was at that instant that I took the photograph."
Watch a reenactment of the making of the photograph on the Karsh website
.Winston Churchill, 1941 © Yousuf Karsh
Dipping in to the Karsh archive to get some more prints digitized, I just cleaned up Warren Buffett. Buffett became a billionaire on paper in 1990, the year Karsh photographed him.
In October, East Meets West Music
, the official recording label of The Ravi Shankar Foundation, will release a remastered 'Raga: A Journey into the Soul of India'. Originally released in 1971, the film documents the life of the sitar master in the late 60's.
The Estate of Yousuf Karsh supported the Foundation with the use of this photograph of Shankar from 1966.Read more
/ Watch the trailer
Joanna Steichen met Edward through Carl Sandburg in 1959 and Yousuf Karsh photographed them at their home in Connecticut in 1965. When they married, she was 27, he was 80. She died last month, at home in Montauk.Edward and Joanna Steichen, 1965 © Yousuf Karsh