Photographers

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Having just been avidly reading about Lithuanian photographer Rimaldis Viksraitis in my colleague Charles Taylor's magazine, Hot Shoe, the next day I was happy to see a few prints by him at AIPAD. Viksraitis won the Discovery Award at Les Rencontres D'Arles last year, and Martin Parr presented the body of work "Grimaces of the Weary Village" at the festival, calling the images "slightly insane and wonderfully surreal". I say fascinating.

Grimaces of the Weary Village © Rimaldis Viksraitis
MP_new_age_women.jpgThis has always been a really popular Putland image. Michael photographed the women in Kensington, London, for New Musical News and it was quite unusual to get such an assortment of musicians together. Referring to this photo, Pauline Black recently hosted a half hour segment on BBC Radio 4 and talked to Viv Albertine and Poly Styrene about what it was like to be a woman on the punk and rock scenes and what impact strong women in rock have had.

Chrissie Hynde, Debbie Harry, Viv Albertine, Siouxsie Sioux, Poly Styrene and Pauline Black, 1980 © Michael Putland
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This landed in my inbox from Niels and I really enjoyed the colours on an otherwise dull day - perhaps not what one might expect from a shoot at a tyre factory. It's always good to see what Niels is up to so subscribe to his Photo of the Month newsletter. I'm getting spell-check underlines, it must be tire in American. Sometimes, no matter how long you've been here, you just forget.

Tyre factory, Bogota, Colombia © Niels Van Iperen

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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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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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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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In April (forsooth, spring is right around the cold, wet corner) ArtJail (excellent name) will be showing Steve Pyke's autobiographical Acts of Memory series, in conjunction with the  paintings of André Petrov. The show, titled (appropriately enough) Petrov and Pyke opens at 'the amorphous border of Chinatown and the LES', aka 50 Eldridge, on April 9th. Of the project, Steve says "I make one every three years. So I have ten of them now. They are made of multi media containing everything from tissue to chinagraph and of course hundreds of images." I personally spy gorgeous dancer Michael Clark in a tutu, inducing my own memories of the 80s.

Acts of Memory III 1985-1987 © Steve Pyke

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McLallen_self.jpgI know Christopher mostly as a stills photographer, he's got a great variety of celebs and musicians in his portfolio, but he's also a film director - I enjoyed the 'Teaser' reel on his website. I'll let Christopher's own blurb tell you the rest.

Ève Salvail © Christopher McLallen





Page_Putland.jpgAs previously mentioned, Michael and I celebrate the anniversary of the sale of our agency this week, he's nearly finished the living room, why not celebrate with more Putland posts? Today's notable request was for Jimmy Page in his dragon suit, close-ups of the arms and back. I asked the guy if he wanted to buy a print, but he just wants to make a Jimmy Page costume so I sent him over to Corbis to scalp review their files instead of ours. Clearly this is not Jimmy in said suit but I like this look better.

Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin © Michael Putland

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Fresh out of Michael Putland's darkroom is this lovely Micktych. I always felt a pic of Mick could go either way, he can look a bit unattractive, or he can look cute and dimply like he does here. Michael spent a lot of time with the Rolling Stones as their tour photographer in the 70's and is considered to have taken some of the better, more intimate images of the band.

Mick Jagger, 1973 © Michael Putland

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