Category Archives: Great Photographers

Constantine Manos – America at the Beach

A few days ago I saw this article from Magnum:

America at the Beach: A Colour Study – by Constantine Manos

These are some of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen. He uses the lights and shadows so beautifully to characterise the colours and scenes. Additionally the photos radiate a deep respect and love for his subjects. They are presented favourable and he took care of protecting their privacy and making them unrecognisable.

The pictures tell about the fun and lid back athmosphere of beach life

Here are two Low res examples. Be sure to look up the full article and gallery, really worth it.

https://www.magnumphotos.com/arts-culture/travel/constantine-manos-america-at-the-beach/

https://www.magnumphotos.com/arts-culture/travel/constantine-manos-america-at-the-beach/

Andante: An Exhibition by Alex Majoli in Ravenna, Italy

Andante: An Exhibition by Alex Majoli in Ravenna, Italy

I just saw this announcement for Alex Majoli’s exhibition in my FB feed. This is so amazing.

EGYPT. Cairo. November, 2011. Mohammed Mahmud is one of the main streets leading to Tahrir Square. This street will remain a memorable space for the revolution because it witnessed some of the most dramatic and violent moments this past November, December, and February, including the gassing, killing and disfiguration of hundreds of protesters by Egyptian police forces.In the aftermath of clashes between protesters and security forces that took place between 19 and 24 November 2011, Mohammed Mahmud Street witnessed the erection of a cement block-stones-wall that cuts it in the middle and separates it into two different areas.

Mohamed Mahmud by Alex Majoli

The technical brilliance of the pictures is awesome but the emotional contents is overwhelming. I can cry when I see these pictures.

Naadam, Ulambaator, Mongolia by Alex Majoli

Naadam, Ulambaator, Mongolia by Alex Majoli

This is photography at it’s very best. I have some pictures of which I am really proud. But I am not sure whether I could ever compete with Alex.

Fishing with net, Republic of Congo by Alex Majoli

Republic of Congo by Alex Majoli

This is a true master!

Requiem

Requiem – edited by T. Page and H. Faas

The book Requiem is a deeply moving tribute to the photographers who died or disappeared in the Indochina wars. They are portrayed by their pictures and by articles of their colleagues and friends.

Requiem – edited by T. Page and H. Faas

The editors Horst Faas and Tim Page are accomplished and highly regarded professional photo journalists who survived this war and are deeply involved in the fate of some of their colleagues. Tim Page tried to clarify the fate of Sean Flynn and Dana Stone who disappeared in Cambodia and Horst Faas was involved in identifying the remains of Larry Burrows, Henri Huet… on the crash site of their Helicopter in Laos. This deep involvement is clearly palpable and makes this book so moving. They made huge efforts to be complete and include biographies and photos of all photographers who became victims of this war. After huge efforts on their side the Vietnamese government gave the biographies the photographers accompanying the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong who vanished in this war. These photographers were professional soldiers involved in propaganda and psychological warfare.

Requiem – edited by T. Page and H. Faas

The French army had similar military photographers and film makers. For example Piere Schoendoerffer took part as camera man and contributed a tribute to his colleague Jean Peraud to this book.
On the American side the army journalists never were a match for the independent press.

These 135 photographers left a huge collection of marvellous pictures which are shown in this book. As expected in a photo book about war there are true horrors depicted and many pictures are very tough and disturbing to watch. Some of them give me nightmares.
Other pictures however are deeply sensitive and human. The works of Larry Burrows and Henri Huet contain beautiful examples. The empathic quality combined with true artistic sense of composition inspired me and draw me to photography years ago.

Requiem – edited by T. Page and H. Faas

Requiem – edited by T. Page and H. Faas

Requiem – edited by T. Page and H. Faas

Jay Maisel

this is the link to Jay Maisel’s homepage

www.jaymaisel.com

Read his books “Light, Gesture and Colour” and “It’s Not About the F-Stop”. In these books he takes us by the hand and teaches us in an easily understandable way how to see photos. The writing style is highly readable and the photos beautiful.