Christopher Auger-Domínguez makes photographs of kids that I actually enjoy looking at. At a recent portfolio review it was a real pleasure to see Christopher again; his demeanour is reflected in his photos.


Auger-Dominguez_02.jpg All images © Christopher Auger-Domínguez


John Logan Pierson with Lucky the one-armed squirrel monkey © Kevin Steele

Kevin "Just-back-from-Ecuador" Steele found a local assistant during his three-week shoot. Nice work if you can get it. Check out the wonderful Compassionate Adventure story at Kevin's blog.


Phil Penman is a New York-based photographer with some grand, breath-taking images on his website, and a happy and colourful blog. Phil submitted images from his series on celebrity shooters right as I was receiving unwelcome news from my past life, which I spent licensing images from celebrity and music photographers, including the red carpet hoppers. As the desire grew to catch celebs increasingly unaware (unless they'd already had their publicists advise where and when their star would unexpectedly be...) we still resisted the creepier photographers snatching pics of celebs in sweatpants eating tacos (I think we actually got that specific request once).



Penman_Phil_04.jpg"The life of a celebrity photographer may sound all glamour, red carpets, hanging with the stars, the Hollywood lifestyle. But fundamentally it is shivering your days away in the middle of the winter waiting for today's name in lights to come out of a building, whilst constantly responding to the ever-present question from passersby "Who Are You Waiting For?"" - Phil Penman.

All images © Phil Penman


If you're going to have a rep, you'd be lucky to have one like Mollie Jannasch, of Agency MJ. She's charming, enthusiastic, unpretentious and tenacious. We met at NYCFotoworks where she showed me portfolios from the photographers in her stable and these two series from Claudio Napolitano stood out. Generally speaking, I steer clear of photos of kids, but I love Claudio's emotive fantasies.




Plus, people still smoke! A few of Claudio's dark portraits.





All images © Claudio Napolitano

I met Mr. Toledano at a shi-shi event a couple of years ago. We wore similar outfits and shared an accent. I remember being embarrassed that I didn't know his work at the time, which I discovered to be bloody clever.

Since then, he put out the moving and beautiful "Days With My Father", an incredibly personal project to which we can all relate. Then came the quite brilliant 'Kim Jong Phil' "It occurred to me that being an artist is a great deal like being a dictator." and 'A New Kind of Beauty' "Beauty has always been a currency, and now that we finally have the technological means to mint our own, what choices do we make?" and now he's further along his glittery path to world domination. Toledano is a gift that keeps on giving, for want of an appropriately terrible cliché.


"I just went to Egypt to get in touch with the Arab Spring, the second part of the revolution and of course I didn't want to just photograph only protest. I want to photograph the people around Tahrir as well. It is interesting that so many young kids take part and during the day you see so many families on Tahrir.

Of course I was curious about the mood, one year after the first protests occurred there. I spent one week there, not enough time to go deep enough into the whole matter." Ole Elfenkämper










All images © Ole Elfenkämper

Dirk_Anschutz_soccer_03.jpg The ever-entertaining Dirk Anschütz has a new post on his Heavy Light blog about a shoot he did with his football mates (soccer buddies) 'Chinatown Ballers - The Miracle on Turf': "Some of the regular highlights of my New York existence are the amateur soccer games I play in Chinatown. Some fellow kickers and I started to get together quite a long time ago for a midweek pick-up game on a 7-a-side pitch at the edge of Barrio Chino. The game proved to be very robust and survived the cold winters, hot summers, stretches of low popularity, stretches of too much popularity, and many personnel changes for over a decade now. Even though soccer has its fair share of whiners, complainers, braggers, spoiled brats, bullies, people teetering dangerously close to sanity, as well as people that are all of the above, we managed to keep the game clean, competitive, friendly and fair." Read the back-story.
All images © Dirk Anschütz


Muay Thai / Thai Boxing © Sara Rubinstein

As regular readers will realize, during the few hours I spent reviewing portfolios at NYC Fotoworks I met several great photographers. I think the vetting process serves good purpose.

Sara Rubinstein and I talked about this body of work and naturally I was thrilled when she contacted me to let me know she'd taken my advice about how to show the series. And with that, here's the story:

"Minneapolis based photographer Sara Rubinstein spent six weeks outside of Bangkok, Thailand, documenting the lives of a group of Muay Thai Boxers. Muay Thai, also known as Thai Boxing, is the National Sport of Thailand. In a culture where it is considered bad luck for a woman to so much as touch the boxing ring, Sara enjoyed the challenges of creating this series in a foreign environment. Children as young as 5 or 6 participate in this 700-year-old martial art that includes punches, kicks, elbows and knees. In impoverished rural areas, these children stand to make money for their families or camps by winning matches. A mother of young children herself, Sara hopes to return to Thailand to continue exploring this project and publish a book on the subject of young children and Muay Thai. This project, born out of a personal passion for martial arts, was a new and inspiring challenge from the typical commercial and editorial portrait and lifestyle work that Sara photographs in the United States."

All images © Sara Rubinstein






Longhair Oriental

Keith Barraclough is one of the warmest photographers I've ever encountered. Never heard a bad word about him, or out of him. He photographed an awful lot of dogs last year - they are great portraits but I'm a cat person so upon seeing these that he shot for Animal Planet, I had to run some. I'd like to sic one or two of these on the incessantly yapping dogs in my building.









All images © Keith Barraclough


Dragon's Blood Grove


Khamis Benisa'ad Farm Workers

Superb photographer Don Whitebread sent in a series of photographs he took in Yemen last year. When you're done here, head to his website. I am loving his Star Tracks series (one of which just won a Silver Award in the Black and White Magazine Single Image Issue.)

** Update: Exhibition opens at World Affairs Council where Don will be speaking on April 5th, 2012

Shibam Street Game


Khalilla Bokshan Palace Hotel

"In 2010, before the current protests, I was able to photograph throughout the surprisingly diverse and traditional country of Yemen with the help of a friend who lived there. Sana'a, Yemen's capital, is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world.

Despite some serious research, Yemen was unlike anything I imagined. The landscape that I came to photograph was much more visually diverse, and historically richer than I expected. The people and culture of Yemen are firmly but comfortably locked in centuries-old traditions. I found the Yemeni people to be hospitable, confident, and apparently unenvious of the lifestyle much of the rest of the world embraces.

I have chosen to include both color and black and white photography in this series. The natural and urban landscapes of Yemen lent themselves easily to my usual style of black and white work. This was the photography I had in mind when I went to Yemen. The precarious cliff-top towns of the Yemeni highlands are surrounded by hypnotic patterns of terraced farmland. The strangely shaped Dragon's Blood Trees, and the cliffs and dunes of Socotra Island rival anything photographed in the parks of America. After a few days in the cities and villages of Yemen, it was clear to me that the images capturing the lives of the Yemeni people had to be in color. We are familiar with the vintage appearance that attempts to enhance much photography of the Middle East, but the lifestyle of Yemen needs no enhancement."

Images from the series have been exhibited and published, and two are currently nominated for an international Photography Masters Cup award. Don is now working on a book with writing by his friend who lived in Sana'a, before he was arrested and deported during the height of the protests.


Serious Dominos in Shibam


Bajil Qat Market


Boys Playing After Sunset on Ar Har Beach

All images © Don Whitebread

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