Crude Metaphors

Sam Contis: Deep Springs

  • Mike Brodie hopped a freight train to Jacksonville when he was seventeen. He had with him a Polaroid camera, and not a lot else. Ten years on and 50,000 miles later, Brodie has taken over 7,000 images (mostly 35mm) of his life riding the trains and sometimes the roads, photographing his fellow travellers as they criss-cross America. A small selection of these images are presented in a fine book published by Twin Palms entitled, A Period of Juvenile Prosperity.  Brodie’s photographs are of itinerant life - guys and girls clambering into box cars, swinging between carriages, foraging for food, ducking the cops and dossing down. Sporting [...]

  • Turning the pages of the river WINTER is like the rhythm of footfall on a solitary, meditative, hibernal walk. Jem Southam, the renowned British landscape photographer, arranges forty images in date order which, as the caption explains, “follow the passage of a single winter 2010-2011 along stretches of the Exe river and its tributaries in Devon, England”. All the photographs are of water and sky, earth and trees. The palette is blues and greys, browns and greens, and when ice and snow cover the ground, the colours become half tints and tones. There are no people and no wildlife in these images a trace of wire fencing and a mooring pole the only indication of the presence of man. A date is attributed to each image, yet the feeling of the [...]

  • For more than 25 years, David Maisel has looked down upon the American landscape and found shapes and forms that are hauntingly beautiful, yet which also speak to the devastating changes wrought by man’s progress and pursuit of profit at the expense of nature. His images of clear-cut forests, desalination plants, drying lakes, coal mines and American cities have a distinct, scary quality to them that is beguiling. Trained in architecture at Princeton University and in photography at California College of the Arts, he first took to the skies in a small plane over the devastated landscape left by the explosion of Mount Saint Helens with renowned photographer Emmet Gowin in 1983, and since then his career has taken off. [...]

  • HOTSHOE:  To begin with, how did you make the photographs?Anthony Carr: In terms of technique, I mostly use homemade pinhole cameras and film. The cameras are fashioned from old 35mm film canisters so they are nice and discreet which means I can leave them all over the place for long periods, knowing most of them won’t be discovered. It also means I’m able to install them in some strange nooks and crannies. This helps me to get some interesting viewpoints and also explains the strange perspective in some of the photographs due to the curved film plane of the canisters. The other essential element in the majority of my work is an elongated or extended exposure time. These particular photographs were created over 4 days which allows us to witness [...]
  • Joe Faulkner recently spoke to photographer Laurent Kronental about his images of the powerful and ghostly landscapes of the Grands Ensembles in Paris. JF: How did you become interested in photography?LK: My passion for the image goes back to my childhood, but I only started photography at the age of 22, while traveling for six months in China. I was then living in Beijing and was using a small compact digital camera to capture my Asian experience. Fascinated by large cities, I was very excited to be part of one of them and be able to visit the country that had intrigued me for so long. From mega-cities to rural areas, everything in this country is overwhelming. Hong Kong was determinant. I was literally absorbed by its atmosphere: the palpable tension [...]
  • Photofusion and Rockarchive have collaborated to create this timeline of portraits of David Bowie, Silhouettes and Shadows. From an innocent boy playing in front of a small crowd to the Starman we all know. Joe Faulkner spoke to the founder of Rockarchive, Jill Furmanovsky, who is a prolific rock photographer in her own right.Joe Faulkner: How did you find yourself with the opportunity to photograph these people?Jill Furmanovsky: I presume you mean the rock and roll musicians?! As a student in the early 1970s I worked at The Rainbow Theatre in London taking live shots directly for the theatre. There I photographed concerts by the likes of The Who, Pink Floyd, Van Morrison, The Faces etc and could also photograph some rehearsals, which meant I met a few of the [...]