Archive for the ‘Guest Blog Posts’ Category

Craig Semetko: Impressions from St. Moritz Art Masters

© Craig Semetko

I spent last week at the St. Moritz Art Masters in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The first one took place in 2008. In the past seven short years, it has become one of the premiere art festivals in the world, featuring such diverse contemporary artists as Ai Weiwei, Steve McCurry, James Turell and Joel Meyerowitz, among dozens [...]

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David English: Shadow Boxing

Parallel Worlds © David English

I love classic black-and-white films. They can provide both creative inspiration and practical techniques for using an M Monochrom camera. Case in point are the Hollywood film noirs from roughly 1946 to 1958. Some of the more visually interesting ones use hard-edged shadows and large areas of darkness to emphasize the film’s characters or to [...]

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Aaron C. Greenman: Fotopoesía

© Aaron C. Greenman

Spain’s back roads deliver a historical lesson of layered Christianity and Islam: fincas, plazas de toros, pastors, queseros, viñeros, oleicultors; and perhaps more than anything, a story guided by access to light, arable land, and fresh water. The landscape and its people – particularly to this photographer with his reference to the new world – mirror [...]

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36 Pictures on the Roll with Paal Audestad

© Paal Audestad

He only had one chance. This is how it went when Norwegian photographer Paal Audestad was reunited with his old Leica camera. He gave himself a task. Audestad had just been reunited with his old Leica M4 from 1967 after a long time apart. The task was to fill a roll of film with 36 [...]

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Oliver Bierhoff: Photo Impressions of the World Cup, Part 5

© Oliver Bierhoff

Today the German National Team will be facing the host nation, Brazil, for the first of the semi-final matches. After three football-free days, the team has set off for Belo Horizonte, where they will once more put their expertise and their luck to the test on the green pitch. However, the journey shouldn’t end there: [...]

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Jo Michael de Figueiredo: Blind Spots – a Study in Mechanism of Light

© Jo Michael de Figueiredo

“Blind Spots” is a series of photographs of objects that have an industrial past, but no longer an obvious purpose. It is a study of how these objects get penetrated by an exact sidelight, leaving behind a landscape of shadows, as distorted traces of matter. Things are more or less opaque and their shadows are [...]

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David English: Wide Lux Monochrom

Store Mannequins #1 (Leica M Monochrom, 24 mm Summilux) © David English

If you have an M Monochrom camera, should you use a Summilux lens? The Monochrom performs quite well at high ISO settings, so why spend the extra money when you could buy a Summicron or Super-Elmar at the same focal length? The answer is versatility. Once the sun sets, or you go inside, you can [...]

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Oliver Bierhoff: Photo Impressions from the World Cup

© Oliver Bierhoff

Great teams, exciting goals, and the crowning title: since last Thursday everyone’s eyes are focused on the ball; and today the German National Team will have its tournament debut, playing against Portugal. Team manager, Oliver Bierhoff, and his Leica X Vario are on hand, sharing exclusive glimpses of the national team as they live each [...]

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Aaron C. Greenman: Quatre Saisons en France Profonde

© Aaron C. Greenman

Amidst the far-right political rhetoric, there is an old France – a rural, traditional land of common identity and hard-working values – and a new France — a modern country suffering from uncontrolled immigration, high unemployment, a welfare state, globalization and low self-esteem. It’s no great revelation, of course, to anyone with enough intelligence to understand beyond [...]

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Lara Platman: Taking the Col Turini in Style

© Lara Platman

The summer months for most photographers are busy and for me this year especially, I had the Monaco Grand Prix Historic to attend and if you know me by now (might have read some of my other blog entries) I do like to travel in gorgeous cars… This year I took the beautifully designed Jaguar [...]

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Robin Sinha, Transcontinental Serendipity, Part 2

© Robin Sinha

This is the second part of Robin’s journey to Istanbul. Read the first part here. Sometimes it pays to follow your curiosity. On stumbling across a derelict building one afternoon in Istanbul, I pushed open the corrugated metal door and stepped inside. I could hear an animated conversation around the corner that sounded like a [...]

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John Whitaker: Black and White Swan

Espresso Fix © John Whitaker

Last year I walked into my local deli in Manhattan and saw that a new girl was working behind the counter. She had pale skin and an unusual radiance, and she was wearing a fedora. My first impression was that she could be a star in “The Wizard of Oz.” I imagined her as the [...]

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Robin Sinha: Transcontinental Serendipity, Part 1

© Robin Sinha

For me, street photography is a continuous, personal exploration. In the past I have underestimated its difficulty and required discipline. In practice it became immediately evident that a good image takes time and effort. Of course, very occasionally, a gift from the gods presents itself right in front of you. If only the gods were [...]

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Aaron C. Greenman: Uphill in Thailand

© Aaron C. Greenman

In the Thai north – far from the honeymoon beach-oriented oases of the south that are so appealing to western tourists – live the indigenous peoples of Thailand, traditionally referred to as “chao khao”, meaning “mountain or forest people”. To foreign eyes, the setting is a romantic evocation of Asian jungle, with layered, green-coated mountains [...]

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Peter McCollough: A Shifting Line of Art and Advertising

© Peter McCollough

Last year I documented an event in San Francisco for Absolut Vodka that was a little unlike anything I had done before. The idea was to take a city block, paint it white and then have artists from all over the United States paint, sculpt, plant and crochet their work onto the buildings. A commercially-oriented [...]

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