IBTABA Nº #241543903 — David Horvitz

not an opening act, though at the time a collaborator with Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu. the collaboration resulted in a book Xiu Xiu : The Polaroid Project (2007) and was present at this concert for a solo Jamie Stewart performance. somehow, we got to talking before the show, and somehow, I took this photo….

the way to video

for its many ills, and there are many (making me to be currently logged-off**, as an alternative to deleting), Instagram by itself and also by users (Anna and Peter) have instigated a call to video. this is not a natural visual for me. the quote: « The way I think of filmmaking – it’s such…

the way to lost

“Helena” by Jose Ángel González Balsa ( @jagonzalezbalsa on Twitter, and oriaciones sucias on Tumblr ) in the most modern of clichés, I got lazy because of photo-social media. it was not quicksand, but perhaps the fabled grey-goo of “creativity” in these networks. thus, it is that the best way to get back to the…

(all about) Saul Leiter quotes + photos

Early Color has been a book that has shaken the photography world, as well as the latter years in the life of Saul Leiter. now in its 6th printing, one can hope it remains in-print forever, and perhaps begin to rival Robert Frank‘s The Americans in terms of influential books. after perusing All About Saul…

when Kertészian goes towards Leiter-ism

I have been pursuing a project in Instagram, under Kerteszian, to bring simplicity onto a photograph with a sense from André Kertész‘s The Polaroids. a kind of emotional Haiku in a simple photo, be it made to look like a Polaroid or BW. the main thing is to reduce the visual noise when looking, before…

Alex Webb: « The Suffering of Light »

the appeal of Street Photography still alludes me, and while I truly admire some of the work/ideas from Henri Cartier-Bresson and Brassaï, I do not find much that captures my appreciation**, never mind the “I wish I could do that”. then there are two books from Alex Webb that hold my attention, and appreciate that…

Czech Photographers: Jaromír Funke

at least the way that I manage to find out about photographers, the Czech contingency is quite the blind spot. luckily, because of first discovering Josef Sudek, and the instant connection it made with me, then I was suggested to look at the work of Jaromír Funke. surely, there is a feeling of German Expressionism…

shadows in portraits

one advent of digital photography, mainly as shared online, seems to indicate a love for no-shadows photography. this is also very apparent in the candy-coloured photographs found in modern «New Topographics». yet, obviously,  shadows can be embraced and forget about “expose for the shadows” suggestions. one classic example of embracing the shadows right away is…

Deborah Turbeville & subversiveness via integration

like many industries, it is difficult to accept changes in fashion photography. yes, fashion is about quarterly/yearly changes to the clothes, though we can see that fashion photography was pretty stale for many years— and that stale view can still be found today. it seems that that Deborah Turbeville was not a fan of the…

Sibylle Bergemann & Polaroids

there seems to be a flood of Polaroid books in recent years, and I personally, have been lowering my threshold of what is a good book to buy. it is not a “pass”, rather, it has to do with an attempt to understand a distortion/transformation (or two). that is, there is the transformation that Polaroids…

Sarah Moon & simplicity

one of my favorite mantras for photography comes from Albert Einstein: « make it simple, but no simpler ». it rings true, yet, in something as objective as mathematics, or even algorithm design, it is quite the challenge: there are no instructions. in the subjective field of photography, the liberty of seeking simplicity can lead…

Albert Renger-Patzsch

one goes to museum, as one can do here in Paris where there is so much access to photography exhibit. I had not heard of Albert Renger-Patzsch before, though it is clear now that in 1920s he was having some thoughts/approaches on what we would later see from the New Topographics: from the Bechers, all…