Life’s a Beach

Beaches have always provided inspiration for the photographer. After all, a beach features humanity off duty, with it’s guard down so to speak making it the perfect place to capture the beautiful, the ghastly and the brazen in all their glory.

The Banality of the Belgians

There aren’t that many famous Belgians in the world but by rights Harry Gruyaert should be one of them. He’s produced some of my favorite color work outside of William Eggleston yet remains relatively unknown. He is perhaps most recognized for his work in Morocco and a series he began in 1973 to capture the …

A Most Missed Man

Often great acting performances are great at the detriment of the film they’re in. Not so with ‘A Most Wanted Man’, which features a devastating lead performance by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, playing the seedy, slightly down-at -heel intelligence officer Gunther. The storyline is simple: Issa Karpov, a Muslim suspected of terrorist activity in …

Jeff Koons at the Whitney

The contemporary art world owes a lot to Jeff Koons. He’s one of the few artists post Warhol who can get people into galleries en masse. My recent visit to his retrospective at the Whitney was packed out with lines round the block to see his iconic work, displayed on three floors of the museum. …

The Magic of Musardo

Following in the footsteps of KyleThompson and the Benetels, 19-year-old Giulio Musardo is the latest photographer to breathe new life into the self-portrait with his surreal, fantastical digitally manipulated images that are going down well on flickr. He describes each picture as ‘representing a parallel world where time stands still’. Personally, I think of them …

Fred Stein

Henri Cartier-Bresson, Marc Riboud, Robert Doisneau and Fred Stein. Not heard of the last one? That’s a shame because like his more famous counterparts, has taken some charming images of the eternal city, Paris that deserve to be better known. Born in Dresden  in 1909 he was one of the early pioneers of the hand-held …

Fashion Forward Feurer.

Hans Feurer may not be a name on the tip of every fashion photographers tongue but perhaps he should be. Responsible for some of the more graphic and memorable images of the 80’s Swiss born Feurer is enjoying something of a resurgence of late. So much so there is now a book of his most …

Mosh

Teenagers, you’ve got to admire their energy. Where as their older brothers and sisters would be content to nod their heads empathetically to their favorite bands these intrepid youngsters choose to unleash themselves on a mosh pit. Emily Stein was there to capture the sweat, angst and acne in all it’s glory.

Shanks for the Memory

Growing up on Merseyside in the seventies and eighties it was impossible to ignore the presence of Liverpool Football club. In an area with high unemployment and decaying infrastructure they were one of the few things to swell the city with pride. Yet only a few years before they had been a second tier team …

Ground from Above

A football pitch is not merely a place to kick a ball. For many living in the poorest parts of the world it’s a virtual oasis, a patch of ground where you can escape the reality of your life. Brazilian photographer Renato Stockler pays tribute to the humble playing area with his series of aerial …