Amazonas

Mads Nissen is a Danish documentary photographer who has won many prestigious prizes like World Press Photo of the Year amongst others. Of his work, perhaps my favorite series are those captured in the book Amazonas published in 2013.

Police Work

Perhaps encouraged by some recent shootings on my New York street, I’ve been looking at the work of Leonard Freed.He was a Magnum photographer perhaps best known for his pictures of the police going about their daily business in the 1970’s. Gritty and realistic his work reminds me of another photographer obsessed with crime, Weegee.

Detroit 68

Once, long a go, Detroit was an industrial capital. A vibrant, multi-racial urban center that produced the cars that America drove. It’s all recorded in Enrico Natali’s book Detroit 68. First published in 1972 under the title ‘New American People’ the book depicts a city 40 years ago that was at the beginning of a …

Growing Up Black

Dennis Morris is a photographer, designer and musician previously known to me through his photographs of Bob Marley and The Sex Pistols. However he was also a fine documentary photographer as witnessed by his book ‘Growing up Black’ a chronicle of his East London neighborhood during the sixties and seventies. A snapshot of an era …

The World of Yesterday

Hong Kong in the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties is beautifully captured in Fan Ho’s The World of Yesterday. Rather than just attempt to capture candid moments Fan Ho would often find a spot and wait for the perfect light before capturing his images. The result are some dreamy and ethereal pictures that seem to hark …

Deep In A Dream

Photographer Michael Massaia is the latest photographer to find inspiration from Central Park. However you’d never know it to look at these brooding artful images. Sunbathers lie supine in a dark dream world that seems removed from time and place. Yet in fact these unsuspecting New Yorker’s were photographed as they lay on the grass …

Sea Coal

When Chris Killip came across a bunch of men working an open cast mine on the coast of North East England he knew it was something he had to photograph. Several years and a couple of violent , punch-in-the-face refusals later he managed to get his wish. A barely remembered acquaintance happened to know the …