As if Dennis Hopper wasn’t already practically the epitome of the word “cool”, here is a gallery of his photographic work to enjoy. Dennis’ “counterculture cred” allowed him to get into some unique situations for a photographer. He perfectly captured images of all aspects of life – fairly straightforward street scenes, bullfighting, and lots of Hippie acitivities, but most notable are his photos of people like Andy Warhol, Ike and Tina, The Grateful Dead, etc. His work behind the lens rivals the work he did in front of it.
Vivan Maier was a nanny, and nothing more than that for all outward appearances. But she lived a double life – part of the time she was a nanny, part of the time she was a street photographer in Chicago, IL with an acute eye for catching people in just the right moment. She never told anyone about her photographs. It wasn’t until after she died that her work was discovered when a real estate agent named John Maloof purchased a box of negatives, with no idea who took the photos or what the subject of the photos was. His discovery was shocking – over 10,000 negatives containing some of the best street photogaphy from decades past that has been seen. Here is a great article from Chicago Magazine detailing Vivian’s life and the discovery.
Also, check out Vivan Maier Prints, the website that John Maloof created to showcase Vivian’s work.
Adam Magyar is a Hungarian born artist with an unusual technique of capturing instants in time. Using gear that he built himself from high speed scanners, he records images from the vantage point of a subway train passing through a station that are unique in that they produce prints that can be as large as eight feet. I can’t even begin to explain the different ways in which he produces his unusual images. Go read the amazing article at Medium.
So today I came across the website Twisted Sifter, an Australian image blog that has some great finds. This is one of them – police photos from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s around Sydney and New South Wales.
Warning – graphic images.
I’m currently in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, a very scenic place. There is lots to look at here – the countryside is very beautiful, the mountains are gorgeous, and there are plenty of parks with hiking trails, waterfalls, beautiful forests, etc.
So one thing I didn’t expect to find here was an abandoned coal mine. It’s probably the biggest abandoned building I’ve ever been inside, not to mention the most dangerous. A couple of buddies from work went there with me – in a couple of shots, you can see Doug setting up for shots of his own. I used my brand new Sunpak tripod. The thing is awesome – it was just under fifty bucks at Best Buy, it has a pistol grip head that has a complete range of movement in a sphere, and it has retractable spikes on the feet for use in outdoor environments. I love the thing.
So back to the creepy old mine (sounds like an episode of Scooby-Doo eh?), we stumbled and burrowed our way around for the better part of three hours. There was lots to see – old equipment, boilers, electrical boxes, some sort of generator / turbine assembly, and a set of four absolutely huge furnaces. Lots of light play was going on, many opportunities for framing shots through windows, and in general it was an incredible all around experience.
If you ever find yourself in Wilkes-Barre, head south from town on highway 309 and wind your way through the village to see this incredible piece of history.
Jim Bryant, a photojournalist and master of photography, shares a blog article called Human Contrast. His images are fantastic, and one in the series stood out to me. It is a street scene, two young boys holding tennis rackets between their legs, face to face, discussing whatever it is that little boys talk about. To their right, and farther away in the picture, are two men, discussing the things men discuss, drawing a perfect parallel with the two boys. An amazing shot to be sure, and one that makes me think.
As these two men are, so will these two boys be.
As these two boys are, once were these two men.
Jim Bryant Photography – Human Contrast