Voir le Mer by Sophie Calle

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This image is from my work Voir la Mer, meaning "to see the sea". I found people in Istanbul who had never seen the sea before, despite living in a city surrounded by it. Then I took 15 people of all ages, from kids to one man in his 80s, to see it for the first time.

I went with each person individually, such as this man in his 30s. Before we arrived I made him cover his eyes. Once we were safely by the sea, I instructed him to take away his hands and look at it. Then, when he was ready – for some it was five minutes and for others 15 – he had to turn to me and let me look at those eyes that had just seen the sea.

I only took photographs of each person's back but captured the whole process on video, including their facial reaction as they turned around. If I had stood in front of them it would not be the sea that they would see for the first time, but the camera instead. I felt that the back held a lot of emotion anyway, and it was stronger being behind them and watching the sea, like them.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/20...

The Sochi Project

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Rob Hornstra and Arnold Van Bruggen have been working together since 2009 to tell the story of Sochi, Russia--site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. They have returned repeatedly to this region as committed practitioners of "slow journalism," establishing a solid foundation of research on and engagement with this small yet incredibly complicated place before it finds itself in the glare of international media attention. As Van Bruggen writes, "Never before have the Olympic Games been held in a region that contrasts more strongly with the glamour of the event than Sochi." Hornstra's approach combines documentary storytelling with contemporary portraiture, found photographs and other visual elements collected during their travels. Since the beginning of the authors' collaboration, The Sochi Project has been released via installments in book form and online. The highlights are brought together for the first time in this volume.


In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter

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  • Saul Leiter could have been lauded as the great the pioneer of color photography, but was never driven by the lure of success. Instead he preferred to drink coffee and photograph in his own way, amassing an archive of beautiful work that is now piled high in his New York apartment. An intimate and personal film, In No Great Hurry follows Saul as he deals with the triple burden of clearing an apartment full of memories, becoming world famous in his 80s and fending off a pesky filmmaker.

    Written by Tomas Leach

Stacy Kranitz: The Island

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Isle de Jean Charles is disappearing into the Gulf of Mexico. Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians first bought land here in 1876. The land is a fourth the size it was when its oldest residents were children. Less than sixty water-damaged houses remain on the island. More than half of them are empty. The road that leads to the Island disappears underwater during storms.

The Levees built by the Army Corp of Engineers in the 1960’s, along the Mississippi River disrupted the marshland and allowed it to be eaten away by the Gulf’s saltwater. A new levee, under construction to protect the towns along the coast from storm surge, will skip the Island. Its residents have been abandoned by the state of Louisiana. Oil pipelines began cutting up the land in the early 1900’s. The Gulf Oil spill coated the islands vegetation with crude oil and chemical dispersants; killing off what is holding the island together and further accelerating erosion.

Both the US government and multinational corporations have posed constant threats to the island through a series of decisions that reflect a callous oblivion toward its existence.


Source: http://stacykranitzprojects.com/island-pho...

"The Holy Bible" by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

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“Right from the start, almost every appearance he made was catastrophic… Catastrophe is his means of operation, and his central instrument of governance."

Adi Ophir

Violence, calamity and the absurdity of war are recorded extensively within The Archive of Modern Conflict, the largest photographic collection of its kind in the world. For their most recent work, Holy Bible, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin mined this archive with philosopher Adi Ophir’s central tenet in mind: that God reveals himself predominantly through catastrophe and that power structures within the Bible correlate with those within modern systems of governance.

The format of Broomberg and Chanarin’s illustrated Holy Bible mimics both the precise structure and the physical form of the King James Version. By allowing elements of the original text to guide their image selection, the artists explore themes of authorship, and the unspoken criteria used to determine acceptable evidence of conflict.

Inspired in part by the annotations and images Bertolt Brecht added to his own personal bible, Broomberg and Chanarin’s publication questions the clichés at play within the visual representation of conflict.

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