ToiletPaper Magazine – When an artist creates without words

I spend a lot of time as an art rat.

Galleries, museums, sites, pop-up stores, small press runs. You never know what you may see. Many times it’s a bit of the same struggle of vision.

Don’t get me wrong: I love classic imagery. The masters have much to say, to show us, and help us develop our own languages.

When someone grabs you by your unique brain cells, and visually challenges you, I, for one, stand up and applaud.

Toilet Paper magazine is just that.

“On the occasion of his sensational retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Italian provocateur Maurizio Cattelan announced that he was retiring from art. In fact, his new career had already begun in 2010 with Toilet Paper magazine is just that. magazine-cum-artist’s book containing no text, only full spreads of color photographs that appropriate the slick production values of commercial photography to deliver dreamlike (or nightmarish) images. Since the first issue, in June 2010, Toilet Paper has created a world that displays ambiguous narratives and a troubling imagination. It combines the vernacular of commercial photography with twisted narrative tableaux and surrealistic imagery. The result is a publication that is itself a work of art which, through its accessible form as a magazine, and through its wide distribution, challenges the limits of the contemporary art economy. ” Amazon.com

The imagery isn’t always easy to take, or appropriate for the office (the new rating system) but it is worth your $13.00 to have a look at an issue. Today, I was at the Museum of Modern Art store and was reminded of this artists work, as it was featured.

 

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Controversial artists wake us up, question us, offend us, make us angry, make us explore.

I share this magazine info with you with that word of caution. It’s not for everyone and be forewarned.

For adults only.

 

M is for the many things she gave me…..

This article is being reprinted from a previous posting. For Mothers Day, I felt it was a fitting post in her honor. And remember to honor your mother, in what ever way you see fit.
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Sony World Photography Awards : Winners announced!

It’s always a great time of year when the Sony World Photography Awards are presented.

Put down the gear, and for a moment, revel in some of the fine images being feted this year. Along with a sample photo of from the winners, I’ve included a short descriptor from the photographer. I hope next year, your photos will win and be posted here.

L’iris d’Or | Photographer of the Year: Sara Naomi Lewkowicz
USA
Contemporary Issues

Shane and Maggie. Domestic violence is a largely invisible crime. We hear it muffled through walls, and we usually only see it manifested in the faded yellow and purple bruises of a woman who “walked into a wall” or “fell down the stairs”. It is rarely limited to one event, and it rarely stops. “Shane and Maggie” takes a deeper, unflinching look at domestic abuse as a process, as opposed to a single incident, examining how a pattern of abuse develops and eventually peaks, as well as its short and long-term effects on victims, their families, and their abusers.

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SXSW 2014 : When you see things that can’t be unseen

(Please note: there are photos posted after the jump from the tragedy at SXSW on 3/12/14 that may be disturbing.)

Austin, 3/11/14 – I had just finished shooting the ST. Vincent set at Stubbs. One of the most electric shows of SXSW, and the visuals that accompanied the off the chain guitar, made my night. She was incredible!

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But one of the companies I was new to working with, had a venue a block away at the Mohawk. Music and signage. I stood outside Stubbs debating: go home, process the images and get em out, or continue on.

Had to press on.

With my Nikon D800 on the wrist strap and a 20mm lens in place, I set some exposure, and figured I’d get some late night crowded street shots outside of venues. I almost went under a rope to get closer to the sidewalk as I walked to the Mohawk. They dropped the rope so i stayed where I was, closer to the middle of one lane. The street was closed off and people lined up and milled about all over.

To my right, I heard the squeal of tires, and turned. A car that seemed to be going 70-80 miles an hour was screaming down the down, and the horror began. As i turned to my right one person was hit and almost simultaneously another on the other side. I can still hear The deadly thuds and screams as the car continued speeding down the block. After the person next to me was hit, the camera in my hand fired off a series of shots. You could see the police car enter the street and could probably time them by the sequence.

911 was busy, busy, busy. People rushed out to help friends, but I always thought the thing to do was not to touch them in case of trauma. I wandered through the street of innocents, broken and bloodied, and was in a daze. More photos were taken as I walked, still with phone to my head. The police and EMT’s had arrived, and I saw them tending to all and desperately trying to revive certain victims. Some iPhone videographer was asking questions, and everyone had opinions of what happened. Seems that a DUI suspect, fled the cops and went down a street that had been blocked to vehicles, but not well enough. More on that later.

2 blocks away the party continued. There was no sense of the tragedy. By the time I got back to the hotel, about 10 blocks away, I was numb.
Processing the experience was near impossible. I posted on my FB page what had happened but the CF card was still in the camera. Couldn’t face it right then. Hard to do now.
But what to do with the images? Could they be of use?
I contacted the police, and never heard back. The next day, I sent them a set of images. At least with a sequence of timestamped images, they can show how fast they were going in pursuit.
Still no response to this day.
So the question goes to photographers: What do you do? In war, the images are meant to tell us a story. The Kent State tragedy left us with an image burned into our memories.
The iconic My Lai Massacre photo, Nick Ut brought change, once people were confronted by the horror of Napalm, and the innocents destroyed by it.
This is not war. This is a horrific tragedy.
The camera was in my hand and I shot. Would I have reached into my bag to get a camera if it wasn’t in my hand? Probably not.
It was still very hard to look at the images again for this posting.

I can’t reconcile the lives of these poor innocents, just trying to hear some music and party, ripped apart in an instant.

What I do hope is that next year at SXSW, when a road is blocked off, NO vehicle can enter it, til the blockades are moved. In NYC before an event cement blocks appear ensuring no errant vehicles can enter. Maybe a policy of non-pursuit into a known crowded area. However, I don’t know all of the exact details of why that man drove into the crowd.

As a photographer, what would you do? We can discuss on the Photoinduced FB page, or comment here.

For the first time, I’m posting 2 images from that night. After the jump..

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SXSW 2014 : Lexar & Expodisc – 2 bits of gear that let me sleep

SXSW  is one long, stimulating, eye opening, head expanding, visual treat for the photographer.
It does go from the morning hours all around the clock to the wee hours.
And want/have to cover it all.
When I get back to my hotel room at about 2:30-3:00 AM this is the workstation awaiting me:
MacBook Pro 13″,  Toughtech Duo Qr (portable RAID 2.5″ drive) Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1 TB USB 3.0 timecapsule drive, a lifesaving G-DRIVE USB 3.0 1TB Hard Drive ,A color balancing tool that quickly made a difference in my post workflow, and sleep patterns ExpoDisc Pro White Balance Filter ,an external battery for the iPhone, and the latest post addition: The Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Four-Bay USB 3.0 Reader Hub

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So here is the simple magic of the Lexar Workflow Tower: Last year at the same event I used a simple Lexar card reader for 1 CF and 1 SD card slots.
The wait time to download all card the images off of a 32 gb card, and it was never just 1 card, lost me at least hour of sleep at the end of a very long day.
Solution: Lexar Workflow tower with modular readers to configure as you like: 4 slots for any combination of SD,CF and now XQD (yeah, it’s here and about to spread.
You can download concurrently with a software like Photo Mechanic, (consecutively to Lightroom) that is you are on deadline. that is the fastest working post tool out there. Download all, do a fast click edit, send em to PS, fast correction, send to editors, catch some Z’s. Or just get it going, go to sleep and you can be downloaded to Photo-Mechanic or Lightroom.
Plus you can use the modules on their own. No need to take whole tower (which uses ext.power) if you won’t need it.
ot an extra hour, at least, of sleep every night. Winner!

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