Gary Sauer-Thompson: May 2010 Archives

I mentioned the New York Photo Festival in an earlier post on the Altfotonet blog. I've since discovered the 3D coverage project by Martin Lenclos. The 3D coverage, gives website visitors the chance to experience the festival "virtually" by offering photos and video interviews of the NYPH's curators, attendees and exhibitors in an evocative rendering the festival's actual environment.

It is fascinating to explore --but you need fast broadband for it to work effectively:

I managed to catch Close-up: Photographers at Work: Portraits produced by Rebecca Dreyfus on the ABC's IView before it was taken down. The film was originally produced for Ovation TV by Maysles Films and it featured the following photographers: Albert Maysles, Andrew Moor, Sylvia Plachy, Timothy Greenfield-Saunders and Gregory Crewdson, as well as curators, artists, authors and writers.

My interest was caught by Albert Maysles hanging out on the streets of Harlem taking street portraits; the work of Sylvia Plachy and the large format work of Andrew Moore: MooreACubaELPentagono.jpg Andrew Moore, El Pentagono, Cuba, 1998-2002

Moore is known for his Known for his large-scale photographs of dilapidated buildings in places like Cuba, Russia, Times Square and Detroit.
There would be few Australian photographers working with an 8x10 view or field camera in these digital days. One that I know of is Murray Fredericks and his Lake Eyre series.

Each year since 2003  Fredericks has camped for 5 weeks alone on the surface of Lake Eyre immersed in space with his  8" x 10" Toyo field  camera. The subject of Fredericks' photographs is emptiness, infinity and the void.

FredericksMsaltlakeeyre5.jpg Murray Fredericks, SALT 5, Lake Eyre series

Often the only reference point is provided by the razor sharp horizon devoid of features as can be seen in the image over the page:
The New York Photo Festival 2010 has just ended. The main exhibitions are here whilst the satellite exhibitions are here if you want to go exploring. The exhibitions themselves do not seem to be online but we are given links to the various photographers participating in the exhibitions. In addition to its four main exhibitions, runs a programme of talks, lectures and panel discussions on the future of contemporary photography.

One of the most interesting body of photographers exhibited is Marc Garanger's Femmes Algériennes--images of Algerian women unveiled during the Algerian war (1954-1962)--which featured in the "Bodies In Question" exhibit, curated by Fred Ritchin the author of "After Photography" (2008)

GarangerMAlgeria.jpg Marc Garanger, untitled,  from Femmes Alg√©riennes

The background is that the images were made in a French internment camp and the Algerian women were forced to be photographed and Garanger, the military photographer, had to take the picture for French identity cards given to Algerians during their mid-20th Century War of Independence. Garanger was ordered by the French military to force the women to show their faces in public, often for the first time.The colonial period in Algeria ended in 1962.

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