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Osamu Kanemura

Osamu Kanemura has a unique vision that makes his photographs stand out. It all started back in Tokyo while he was working delivering newspapers across the city. His work portrays the urban landscape without sticking to any composition rules. His photographs capture the architectural madness and chaos of Japan’s capital from awkward spots. Slightly tilted angles, slightly underexposed and heavily overcrowded, his compositions provide a real insight to everyday life in the streets of Tokyo.
Following massive praise for his work, Osamu decided to pursue his love for B&W urban landscapes into the western world, with his next series in Germany and Finland. While the confusion and complexity of his early work vanished from this latter series, his photographs are still visually intense and continue to offer a different dimension to everyday settings. Each series he produced reaffirms that most modern cities are more “a product of unchecked growth than of design”, to quote MOMA’s introduction to his work. However, there is always a vision behind all his compositions, which rises from the city’s life and culture itself. As Osamu best described it, “you cannot speak of a part of something if you haven´t understood the whole.”

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Cindy Sherman

I have been postponing this for quite some time now (I know it’s been a while since my last post). I have downloaded on my computer a number of photos by Cindy Sherman yet never seem to find the time to post them. Better late than never though (I really need to start working again on this blog since I’ve mostly focused on my Athens66 one. This goes down on my to-do or more appropriately hope-to-find-time-to-do list, along with posting a couple of more tributes to established contemporary photographers and also introducing some new work form new talents. The list also goes on for my personal photography projects, where I need to go out and buy some new lenses and a proper flash, a medium-format set to start exploring this form as well, a Polaroid which I always wanted, an A3 printer and most of all some time to just enjoy photographing again). But back to our current subject..

Cindy Sherman started off as a painter at Buffalo, soon to realize that this art-form was not suited for her and turned into photography for expressing herself. Cindy became known for her self-portrait series Untitled Film Stills, where she betrays different roles of B-movie actresses. The photographs portray different female characters, from housewife and actress, to dancer and prostitute, providing clear social criticism and questioning the role of women in art and society in general.

After “running out of clichés”, Sherman changed her style and besides using other people (in addition to self-portraits) in Disasters, Fairy Tales and History Portraits she uses prosthetic body parts, doll parts and colour lighting to produce more scary and grotesque images. For her next series Sex Pictures, she removed herself completely from the pictures but maintained the prosthetic body parts to produce sexual poses. Amongst her other work, her Clown series is also quite famous, as well as her latest raw and straight-forward portraits. It has to be noted that Sherman also directed a horror film but never really made a success on the big screen. Personally, while the “prosthetic” period of Sherman’s work is quite interesting, I’m still a big fan of the Untitled Film Stills.

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Andreas Gursky

Gursky’s work resembles that of Wall’s, not in style or technique, but merely on size. Born in 1955 in Leipzig, Germany, he was the son of a commercial photographer, giving him the chance to learn the tricks from a young age. It was at the Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf however that he really mastered the art under the influence of Bernd and Hilla Becher. At the beginning, he was part of a movement of Becher students that slowly began to break into the photographic world.

But Gursky’s talent was more than evident and soon differentiated himself from the minimalistic compositions of Becher and developed his own style with rich colors, large scale and plenty of detail. His early work documented the travel and leisure world, with hundreds of people imposed as details in immense landscapes, resembling patterns on a canvas. He later moved into more industrial and contemporary subjects such as warehouses, parliaments, office and hotel structures, capturing in detail and vivid colors humans and object from all corners of the worlds (Shanghai, Brasil, Los Angeles,Hong Kong) emphasizing the effect of capitalism and globalization in modern life.

Gurksy has (at the moment) the exclusive characteristic of having created the most expensive photograph in the world. It is ironically called “99 Cent II” and was sold at a Sotheby’s auction in February of 2007 for $3,346,456. He is also responsible for the 8th most expensive photograph ever sold (“Unitled 5” for $559,724). The full list of the most expensive photographs of all time will be posted here soon…

99 Cent IIShanghai

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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

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