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Jeff Wall

Canadian photographer Jeff Wall has been a real influence in bringing photography into galleries as a real form of art. His work can be characterized simply as contemporary art and resembles more to the basics of painting rather to photography.

He has become famous for the use of large-scale backlit phototransparencies, resembling those of bus-stop advertisements. Instead of following the photographic method of framing, waiting and shooting, Wall produces photographs that represent scenes and places he has witnessed before. He would then stage on location or even build entire sets duplicating the scene and carefully planning and executing his photographs. Much like a painter, Wall carefully works on each of his photographs for long periods of time, sometimes even months (his work dates only around 130 pieces).

For more information, read the amazing article by Arthur Lubow in the New York Times, “The Luminist”. And for the music lovers, get a hold of Sonic Youth’s compilation album with Wall’s album cover (and title) “The Destroyed Room”.

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Nouvelle Vague

Love them or hate them, Nouvelle Vague have a unique style of transforming classic new wave and post-punk songs into bossa nova lounge hits. I can’t say I’m a big fan of the band but I just visited their site and its unique style and design was worth the visit. The same goes for some of their photos and especially their album covers.

Web photo mag

And on the same note, another excellent free mag is webphotomag, which has one of the best layouts I’ve seen in free press. Each issue includes a set of portfolios and accompanies each photograph with the story behind it. Another great mag, with emphasis on more “classic” photography rather than experimental or contemporary.

Büro am Meer

As promised (sooner than I expected), one of the free pdf mags that is really worth checking out is Sven Hoffmann’s Büro am Meer. Each issue (with 36 currently available for download) showcases a different portfolio with a unique theme. The quality and ingenuity of some of these issues are really impressive.

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2 weeks alone on the road

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I just found out a really cool site offering links and updates to free pdf mags around the world, revolving mainly around arts. Pay them a visit for your daily inspiration and I will be posting my view on some of the most ineresting mags available (mainly concerning contemporary photography).

It only seems right that my first post is about Greek photojournalist Yannis Kontos, since I’m also Greek and a real fan of both photography and his work. I have seen Yannis work and it is just amazing, combining photojournalism with fine art and a unique way of capturing the subject’s emotions and the scene’s momentum. His pictures have been published in numerous papers and magazines including Time, Life, The New York Time, Der Spiegel and many more. To find out moer, visit his homepage.

Iraq before the War

Iraq after the War

Life as an Amputee

Life as an Amputee

North Korea

North Korea

Kulina

Kulina

River66 First Post

Finally decided to open a personal blog at WordPress. After all the hype, I’ve decided that I will give it a try and start blogging alone about all things that I like or just find interesting enough. Perhaps someone else out there shares the same interests and will actually read what I’m posting (but only time will prove this).

So welcome everyone and hope you enjoy reading..