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Hiroji Kubota. China. 1985.

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Another shot from the Guilin/Yangshuo area.

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Sun Apr 30, 2017 1:26 pm
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Hiroji Kubota. China. Tianjin. Female Welders in Dockyard. As with other shipyards, the majority of the welders are women. 1982.

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Although Kubota has shot extensively in America and often works in black and white, it's his color photographs of Asia that really caught my attention.

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Mon May 01, 2017 10:18 am
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Hiroji Kubota. China. Shenzhen. Guangdong. Grandmother and child of Hakkas. 1982.

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Though I passed through Shenzhen on my way to Hong Kong, I didn't really get to spend any time there.

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Thu May 04, 2017 7:01 am
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Hiroji Kubota. South Korea. Old temple in Kyongju. 1997.

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An interview with Kubota

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Fri May 05, 2017 5:34 am
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It is interesting how many of the photos you post are by people who are so unlike me that they go ahead and take the picture even when not everything is perfectly in place.

Thus, they get photos that I would sigh over in defeat, and believe I could have gotten if only those banners weren't there, or if the light was better, and so forth.

BTW, we need to get one of your featured photographers to post in your thread, now.

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Fri May 05, 2017 6:14 am
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Hiroji Kubota. North Korea. Chongjin, Hamgyongbuk-do. 1986.

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Another brief interview with Kubota

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Sat May 06, 2017 12:33 pm
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I'd like to think he's holding a chocolate bunny in his hand.

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Sat May 06, 2017 4:19 pm
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Hiroji Kubota. Pyongyang. About fifty thousand students and school children were mobilized in a mass game to celebrate the eightieth birthday of President Kim II Sung. 1992.

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Sun May 07, 2017 8:25 am
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At first glance I thought that first Kubota with Kim Il Sung is black and white. Then I noticed the color! And then I wondered if Kubota noticed the same thing and that's why he took the photo.

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Hiroji Kubota. Philippines. San Pedro Cutud, Luzon. Villagers whip themselves with bamboo whips containing glass shards in a Good Friday Crucifiction and flagellatting ritual. 1995.

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Mon May 08, 2017 9:00 am
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Aw man...

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Mon May 08, 2017 10:48 am
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Hiroji Kubota. Cambodia. Phnom Penh. Children play outside a memorial hall commemorating the killing fields of Choeung Ek, where up to three million people were killed by the Khmer Rouge. 1996.

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It takes a while to notice the skulls.

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Tue May 09, 2017 8:41 am
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Imogen Cunningham. Auragia. 1953.

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Wed May 10, 2017 9:32 am
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Murray Becker. The Hindenburg crashes to the ground after exploding on May 6, 1937, at the U.S. Naval Station in Lakehurst, N.J.

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Another, less reproduced perspective on the Hindenburg explosion, and one that gives a grander sense of the scale and enormity of the disaster.

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Thu May 11, 2017 10:15 am
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I've seen that before, but, as you say, less reproduced. Maybe only once or twice before.

The thing about that photo is that the figures are so tiny compared to the dirigible. But only a few seconds' thought makes you realize that the tiny figures are a lot closer to the lens than the dying airship. If the men were just beneath it, not only would they be in mortal danger, but they would be tiny blips in the frame. And that makes you realize just how large the Hindenberg's hydrogen envelope was. Two of the men in the photo are between the running men near the camera and the Hindenberg in the background, and they are significantly smaller in the frame.

Have you seen the MythBusters episode where they checked out a theory that it was the coating with which the envelope was painted that caused the fire to burn so swiftly?

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Thu May 11, 2017 10:30 am
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E.O. Hoppé. 20th Century.

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E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection

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Sat May 13, 2017 8:38 am
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E. O. Hoppé. Workers. Cammell Laird Shipyards. Merseyside. 1928.

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A British site dedicated to his work.

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Mon May 15, 2017 1:16 pm
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Raoul Hausmann. Untitled. February 1931.

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A founding member of the Berlin Dadaists, Hausmann worked in a variety of media, including collage. This photograph is a more subtle expression of his Dada aesthetic.

Examples of his photomontages: 1 2

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Tue May 16, 2017 9:23 am
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Ooh, that one makes me think of Vivian Maier.

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Tue May 16, 2017 3:54 pm
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Zarina Bhimji. Uganda. Masaka. 1999.

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Wed May 17, 2017 9:21 am
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Jonas Bendiksen. Bangladesh. Men moving community mosque threatened by river erosion. In this floodprone area, buildings are built to be able to be dismantled and moved in a single day. 2010.

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Sat May 20, 2017 9:38 am
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Jonas Bendiksen. Bangladesh. Padmapukur. 2009.

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His Website

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Sun May 21, 2017 7:50 am
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Jonas Bendiksen. Bangladesh. Sathkira District. During a storm squall, a girl walks a long an embankment that was broken by the 2009 cyclone Aila. 2010.

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His Instagram

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Tue May 23, 2017 7:37 am
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Jonas Bendiksen. Bangladesh. Sirajganj. 2009.

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His Facebook page

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Wed May 24, 2017 8:39 am
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Jonas Bendiksen. Delhi. People get into a frenzy when the daily fresh water delivery arrives, rushing to siphon off precious water. 2009.

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An interview with Vice as part of the Vice Loves Magnum series.

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Thu May 25, 2017 1:58 pm
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Jonas Bendiksen. India. Mumbai. 2006.

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The Places We Live, Bendiksen's interactive site about slum conditions around the world.

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Fri May 26, 2017 8:13 am
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Jonas Bendiksen. Russia. Altai Territory. Villagers collecting scrap from a crashed spacecraft, surrounded by thousands of white butterflies. 2000.

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What do you say about a shot like this? You can hardly even discuss photographic merit because the magic of the shot lies in the confluence of circumstances; the photographer is just the conduit through which we receive it. Sure, Bendiksen's photographic prowess helped him capture an ideal shot, but he was graced with this moment. It's otherworldly, like something out of a Tarkovsky film. One can only sit and wonder over the fact that this actually happened.

Bendiksen discusses the shot in this Behind the Picture video.

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Sat May 27, 2017 9:03 am
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I just have to say that I love this thread, thank you.


Mon May 29, 2017 12:45 am
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It's always good to hear it's appreciated. I'll keep on truckin'!

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Mon May 29, 2017 8:55 am
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Riccardo Moncalvo. Cold Morning in the Suburbs of Turin. 1955.

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Mon May 29, 2017 8:56 am
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Ekinflog wrote:
I just have to say that I love this thread, thank you.
Seconded big-time; keep it up, Mac.

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Fred Kruger. Wreck of the ship George Roper, Point Lonsdale. 1883.

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An article about his photographs of 1800s Australia which includes more examples of his work.

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Alex Harris. Schoolhouse fire. Selawik, Alaska. April 1974.

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Wed May 31, 2017 10:43 am
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Macrology wrote:
Fred Kruger. Wreck of the ship George Roper, Point Lonsdale. 1883.

I suspect that the image of the shipwreck would lose the bulk of its artistic merit had it been shot with color film. Somehow the grayscale and sepia monochrome allows the eye to focus on the ship, the figures, the rock escarpment, with equal vigor. Nothing seems to overpower anything else, yet each subject can become the focus for a few seconds.

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Wed May 31, 2017 10:46 am
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Boris Savelev. Lobe. 1982.

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Savelev has captured Russia in muted colors since the Soviet era.

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Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:20 am
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Boris Savelev. Riumka. 1980.

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A short article on Savelev with more examples of his work.

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Fri Jun 02, 2017 9:10 am
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Mikhael Subotzky. South Africa. Porterville. Exercise yard, Voorberg Prison. 2004.

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Sat Jun 03, 2017 8:28 am
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Paul Strand. Wall Street. 1915.

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Modernist photographer and cinematographer on films such as Redes and The Plow That Broke the Plains.

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While agreeing with photographers like Stieglitz on the idea that photography was indeed an art form rather than a hand maiden or visual aid to painters, Paul Strand disliked soft focus and other manipulations that were typical of the Pictorialist movement. Instead, he proposed what he called “straight photography.” Strand’s pure and direct style, with a keen eye for geometric patterns and perspective, took photography into its next phase: modernism.

While the aesthetic aspects of Strand’s images are so striking that they cannot escape our attention, Strand was convinced, like Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine before him, that photography could serve as a tool to initiate social change. He believed that maintaining a balance between the rational or objective on one side and the emotional on the other was essential in attaining such goals.

This 1915 picture of Wall Street is a perfect example of this balance. The unadorned building with its austere shapes takes up most of the space. With its repetition of lines and shapes, the image borders on the abstract. The giant rectangular holes do not reveal what goes on behind them; rather, it looks like the small figures could be swallowed up by them at any given moment. People are reduced to subordinate, indistinct puppets, their shadows nothing more than parallel lines in the overall pattern. In all, the image confronts us with the realization of how insignificant the individuals are in comparison to the huge J.P. Morgan Bank, a symbol of capitalism. Thus, while the first impression may be very factual, if we pause and ponder we can discover its implied personal message: a warning against greed and the power of money, and the loss of humanity that this may lead to.

Pauline Dorhout, text source: The World According To Art

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Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:37 am
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Those pictures of Bangladesh make you realize that is does not have long to live once the sea waters rise.


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Flat as a frying pan and mostly five meters below sea level, Bangladesh is among the nations most vulnerable to climate change. While the country’s citizens have done little to create the environmental problems they face, millions risk a future as climate refugees. With the added challenges of poverty and one of the highest population densities in the world, it would be easy to think the fight against nature is already lost. But the people of Bangladesh are fighting back with resilience and creativity. In this feature Jonas Bendiksen looks at how the effects of climate change impacts their environment and how the Bangladeshis are pushing back against the rising tides.


More pictures and info from Bendiksen's Bangladesh feature, if you're interested.

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Raghu Rai. Bangladesh. 1971.

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Raghu Rai. Bangladesh. 1971.

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Raghu Rai. Bangladesh. 1971.

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Rai's Facebook page

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Raghu Rai. India. Bhopal. Burial of an unknown child. Killed by Bhopal gas leak, the world's largest industrial disaster. 1984.

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It resembles a baptism, and it brings to might this image from The Thin Red Line (which might be a deliberate allusion).

An interview with Rai, where he discusses this picture.

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Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:41 am
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I've seen a lot of photo albums/collections before. Usually, I'm able to find a decent amount of photos which don't interest me. However, I've liked pretty much all of the photos you've posted here so far. Your collection is definitely one of the best I've ever seen to be honest. I'm going to be sure to follow this thread.

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Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:57 am
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Raghu Rai. India. Delhi. Daily life inside Turkman Gate. 1979.

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An interview with Rai about a school for photography he started in India.

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Raghu Rai. Untitled - Trees Series.

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Many photo series get bogged down by pushing some thematic agenda; others don't feel quite unified enough to constitute a series. Rai's Trees straddles the delicate line between these pitfalls, possessing the lucidity necessary to capture its subject clearly while allowing that subject to breath. Every photo contains a tree (or at least the signs of a tree -- its roots or shadow or fallen flowers), but he renders this unassuming subject in so many ways that it never grows stale.

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Raghu Rai. Untitled - Trees Series.

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In Trees, Rai often situates the trees within a broader context, showing their place in the environment or their relationship with the people and animals who live among them. One could browse through many of the photos and not even realize the unifying element, but as soon as you're told, it revitalizes the way the photograph is seen; by focusing on the trees, he makes them central to the way we read his photographs, even when the trees are situated on the periphery. We begin to define the world according to the trees that populate it.

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Raghu Rai. Untitled - Trees Series.

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In which the leaves of the trees and the people in the crowd become indistinguishable.

Rai collected the series Trees into a book of the same name. You can see more images from the series here.

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Raghu Rai. Untitled - Trees Series.

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A review of the book Trees (you'll have to zoom in on the newspaper image).

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