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Sleuth of the week is Mike O'Shea who found this blog and guessed it was mine. I worked with Mike at ZOOZOOM magazine when he shot several features as well as a large number of live shows during fashion week. He worked like a trooper at Bryant Park amongst the madness that is the runway photographer pool, but his quiet studio portrait and location work is a more appropriate reflection of the man.

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In 1995 an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 struck the city of Kobe and its vicinity. Ryuji Miyamoto's photographs show Kobe as it was just after the earthquake - buildings suspended in time before being demolished are visibly straining, buckled and warped. On view from March 9th, 2010 at Amador Gallery in New York's midtown.

Ryuji Miyamoto - Mitsui Trust and Banking Building, San-no-miya, Chou-ku 1995. Gelatin Silver Print, courtesy of Amador Gallery
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A girlfriend of mine sent me a text message that read "Hissy fit from boss then apology. I feel like Tina Turner, not in a sexy leggy way"

Ike and Tina Turner, 1975 © Michael Putland
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I am this happy to announce my working relationship with St Louis, Missouri photographer Mark Katzman. If I have to label him, Mark is an advertising and lifestyle photographer with a huge love of photography and its processes. Constantly working on commercial and personal work, his website includes not just his Jack Daniel's ads and editorial commissions but also a lovely selection of his wet plate collodion images. Go for a quick look, stay for half an hour!

The new Mark Katzman blog is live. Mark also manages the Art of the Photogravure website, and is a member of FK Stock.

Creek © Mark Katzman

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Opening March 18th is a new exhibition by Eric Ogden. Eric has put together "a collection of new and selected work from my career (personal & assignment work) that is unified by one vision." He goes on to say "I have been for years recreating... a mythical version of my youth. As years pass, fact increasingly blends with fiction, memories and personal myths turn in on themselves, and you ask yourself: is the truth what events you can recall, or the feelings you have about something, even if it never happened?"

Eric's nostalgic photographs will be at Hous Projects through May 8th.


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Alexander Haig was a US army general who served under Presidents Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
On a side note, Mr Haig was the recent winner of the Largest Number of Press Prints in the Karsh Archive competition. 

Alexander Haig, 1982 © Yousuf Karsh

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Police across the UK are attempting to limit photography in public places under the auspices of the Terrorism Act. Watch how an amateur photographer who knows his rights is treated by his local coppers. 

The Police © Janette Beckman

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Coming next to ClampArt (opening February 25th) is a group show. The clue is in the title - "the exhibition addresses artists' fascination with natural history museums as seen by their depictions of museum displays, including dioramas and taxidermy, in addition to artists' interest in viewing animals through a pseudo-scientific lens" says Brian Clamp. The show includes Clamp staples Jill Greenberg, Blake Fitch and Amy Stein alongside Richard Barnes, Marisol Villaneuva and more.

This image by Ms Villaneuva is from "Uncaged: The Unnatural History of Caged Birds" a project wherein the artist "hope(s) to create a connection between the original wildness of birds, and the sense of freedom they evoke within those who view them."

© Marisol Villanueva, "Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata), Summit Rock, West Side between 81st and 85th Streets, New York," 2007, C-print (Edition of 7), 28 x 42 inches, Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City

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It's making me incredibly happy to run this great shot of James Carville, one of my favourite political commentators, which I happened upon whilst browsing the ASMP website. Bill Bernstein is a New York photographer who's pretty well known for his long working relationship with Paul McCartney but there's much more than the Macca files - the body of work he did with the homeless at Bowery Mission is quite a world apart.

James Carville © Bill Bernstein

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It does get a bit tiresome waking up to blog spam every day and I'm surprised that it's often from sites just selling tires or spatulas. Then came Magic SEO. Everything about this company screams "unprofessional" from the very idea that they perform SEO by spamming the likes of me to the layout of their website. With a web guru as great as mine is, and a blog built accordingly, I wouldn't need their silly SEO, I'm hopeful my blog will show up in a search on Magic SEO down the road all by itself.

It's really the photo that made me make this post.

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