Category Archives: Photography

Stanley Kubrick as a photographer

Stanley Kubrick worked as photographer before entering into film making and took photos with brilliant compositions. You can find a sample of his photographs taken in New York City during 40s here


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“Life is once …forever” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

The Vimeo link seems to be gone. Here an another link with an excerpt.

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Vintage Mugshots from the 1920s

Vintage mugshots taken in Australia during 1920s. I was quite amused to see the confidence displayed by some of the people in the mugshots. The mugshots are far more artistic than, well,  the ones I see in my local newspaper! A partial selection can be found here, and a complete selection from the National Library of Australia can be found here.  Again via Open Culture.

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Shomei Tomatsu

Shomei Tomatsu is one of the most brilliant Post-World War II photographer. His black and white images are often unusual, bizarre and surreal, which captured my imagination. He has a knack, especially when it comes to playing with the shadows.  From an article in the Guardian:

The American curator and critic Leo Rubenstein described Tomatsu’s Nagasaki photographs as “sad, haggard facts”, noting that, as Tomatsu wandered with his camera, “beneath the surface there was a grief so great that any overt expression of sympathy would have been an insult.” Tomatsu did, though, summon up the lasting horror of Nagasaki in portraits of the dreadfully scarred skin of survivors of the blast – pictures that suggest the psychological as well as physical cost of the nuclear attack.

The above image also appears on the cover of one of my favourite books by Haruki Murakami, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, which deserves a separate post.

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Street photography discovered

What better way to start than a story about discovery?

Vivian Maier worked as a nanny for several decades in Chicago and took amazing photographs during those years. She was discovered recently through her photographs which were bought in an auction by John Maloof. Most of the photos are from 50s and 60s See full story in a news item below:

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