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Re: Learning to See

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Josef Koudelka. France. Paris. 1980.

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Part one of an interview with Koudelka at NYT's Lens Blog

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Josef Koudelka. Gypsies. 1975.

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Part two of the NYT Lens Blog interview

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Josef Koudelka. Gypsy. Slovakia. Teplice. 1967.

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The Wall and the Exile, an article on Koudelka with more samples of his work.

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Re: Learning to See

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Josef Koudelka. Italy. 1982.

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A conversation with Koudelka

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Re: Learning to See

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Wonderful angles and light. A B&W Wes Anderson.
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Re: Learning to See

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Josef Koudelka. Portugal. 1976.

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An interview and more info at This Place

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Re: Learning to See

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By the way, sorry I've been rather sporadic about posting. I've been writing/producing/designing a play and the past few months (the last couple weeks in particular) have been hectic. The show kicked off a few days ago, so things should get back to normal soon. I have a wedding to attend this weekend, then I should get back to more or less daily posting.
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Re: Learning to See

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Sat Feb 29, 2020 5:02 pm
By the way, sorry I've been rather sporadic about posting. I've been writing/producing/designing a play and the past few months (the last couple weeks in particular) have been hectic. The show kicked off a few days ago, so things should get back to normal soon. I have a wedding to attend this weekend, then I should get back to more or less daily posting.
no prob, more time for me to see all the previous photos.

also, what is your play about?
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Re: Learning to See

Post by Macrology » Sat Feb 29, 2020 7:11 pm

It is so hard to summarize, but here it goes:

It's a one person show about a man doing a public presentation of an art piece made by his preteen daughter, who has recently died of leukemia. He's a personal property appraiser who studied art history, so he's launching an earnest critical defense of her artwork and, by association, child art in general. Of course, he can't escape his fatherly feelings, so there's this ongoing tension between the academic, the emotional, and the downright silly (since it is in fact a piece of art made by a child who never hesitated over indulging her whims).
The performance itself is something between an art lecture, a memorial, and a children's party - he's attempting to recreate a party she held in the hospital when she showed it off to her friends and family for the first time.
We're calling the piece Magnum Opus, but the full title is Magnum Opus: The Life and Work of Amelia Portendorfer, Age 7-13, Presented by her Father and Collaborator, Lawrence Portendorfer.

This involved not only writing the play (something I'm used to doing), but creating the art piece that he's showing off (something I'm not used to doing). That's mostly what's kept us so busy: since we have limited resources, we had to design and build it ourselves, and we also did all the promotional material and production management (I co-wrote it with a friend).
I made a promo video, which hints at the general vibe of the play without revealing many details:



We also have a website, which shows a couple of the things we made (lots of miniatures - the art piece is kind of a mix of a dollhouse and Joseph Cornell-style shadowboxes): https://www.andrewfarrier.com/magnum-opus
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Re: Learning to See

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Josef Koudelka. Portugal. Douro region. Viana de Castelo. 1976.

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His Instagram, comprised largely of panoramic triptychs.

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Josef Koudelka. Spain. 1965.

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Josef Koudelka. Spain. 1972.

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Josef Koudelka. Turin. Lake in front of the Palazzo del Lavoro.

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Josef Koudelka. Untitled. 1962-68.

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Re: Learning to See

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The last two... holy cow.
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Josef Koudelka. Aquarium. 2008.

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Josef Koudelka. Czechoslovakia. 1960.

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Josef Koudelka. Czechoslovakia. Moravia. Olomouc. Carnival. 1968.

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Re: Learning to See

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Josef Koudelka. Czechoslovakia. Prague. Invasion by Warsaw Pact troops in front of the Radio headquarters. August 1968.

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Koudelka's photographs of the invasion of Prague in '68 are just about the best ever taken of any major political uprising.

A Magnum article on his documentation of the invasion, initially released anonymously.

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Josef Koudelka. Czechoslovakia. Prague. Invasion by Warsaw Pact troops. The Czechoslovakian national flag. August 1968.

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Koudelka's Prague, Fifty Years Later: An Interview

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Josef Koudelka. Czechoslovakia. Prague. Warsaw Pact tanks invade Prague. August 1968.

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A great selection of Koudelka's Prague August '68 photographs.

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Josef Koudelka. Czechoslovakia. Prague. Warsaw Pact troops invade Prague. In front of the Radio Headquarters. August 1968.

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Josef Koudelka. Czechoslovakia. Prague. Vinohradska Avenue. Invasion of Warsaw Pact troops. August 1968.

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Josef Koudelka. Czechoslovakia. Slovakia. Jarabina. Gypsies. 1963.

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Josef Koudelka. Greece. Eleusis.

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Josef Koudelka. Italy. Rome. Gardens of the Villa Borghese. 2002.

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Since the 80s, Koudelka has often favored static, contemplative, panoramic landscapes.

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Josef Koudelka. Portugal. Norte. Near Braga. 2004.

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A photographer so good that Leica designed a camera specifically for him.

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Josef Koudelka. Romania. 1968.

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Josef Koudelka. Spain. 1971.

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Josef Koudelka. Spain. Andalucia. Grenada. Guadix. 1971.

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Josef Koudelka. Spain. Valencia. 1973.

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Josef Koudelka. Ireland. Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage. 1972.

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This last batch of pictures (including the past few) is from Koudelka's book Exiles, which I own. It struck me as the European equivalent of Robert Frank's The Americans: an exile traveling through places he's never been, viewing them with a fresh and lucid gaze. While it lacks the political pointedness of Frank's work, both books are portraits of national (or continental) alienation shot through with wonder and loneliness and a sobering curiosity.

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Josef Koudelka. France. Nord-Pas-de-Calais. Calais. 1973.

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More on his book Exiles

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Josef Koudelka. France. Hauts-de-Seine. Parc de Sceaux. 1987.

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Koudelka, from a brief intro to Exiles wrote:I once met a great guy, a Yugoslavian gypsy. We became friends. One day he told me, "Josef, you've traveled for so many years, never stopped; you've seen lots of people and countries, all sorts of places. Tell me which place is the best. Where would you like to stay?" I didn't say anything. Just as I was about to leave, he asked again. I didn't want to answer him, but he kept on insisting. Finally he said, "You know, I've figured it out! You don't want to answer because you still haven't found the best place. You travel because you're still trying to find it."
"My friend," I replied, "you've got it all wrong. I'm desperately trying not to find that place."
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Chris Johns. A shadow of a man holding a bicycle is cast on a wall near the Zambezi River. 1996.

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Photojournalist who later became editor-in-chief of National Geographic.

An interview with Johns

(Most of Johns's work feels straightforward and workmanlike, but this one has more going on, a metaphysical quality. An intangible poetry suffuses this picture. Traces of Tarkovsky and Malick.)

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Jan Saudek. The child sees that the heaven is sometimes grey or blue, but today it is a checkered heaven. 1963.

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His Website

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Jan Saudek. Olga. 1987.

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Saudek's Instagram

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Jan Saudek. The Mother and the Disobedient Daughter. 1992.

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More examples of his work

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Jan Saudek. Details unknown.

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Saudek's portraits, with their hand-me-down set dressing aesthetics and antiquated hand-coloring techniques, very consciously evoke the idiosyncrasies of early erotic portraiture, especially French postcards and the works of early nude photographers like E.J. Bellocq (who I'll post later). This picture in particular recalls the amateur photographs of Pierre Louÿs, who repeatedly shot his subjects in this pose.

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Jan Saudek. This Star is Mine. 1975.

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Michel Tournier, from his introduction to Saudek's photobook Life Love Death & Other Such Trifles:
I was profoundly struck by the power, darkness and tenderness of these images, the more so as they were hand-coloured by the traditional technique used before the invention of colour film - they were adorned with a whole array of outmoded junk, lace, garlands of flowers, sunshades, mirrors with heavy gilt frames, painted screens, ballet shoes, straw hats, etc. These faded knick-knacks, worn by creatures almost invariably young - child, adolescents - recall a genre much in vogue in the sixteenth century, especially in the Low Countries, the vanitas. This was a still life using symbolic objects to evoke the rapid passage of time and the insignificance of the things of this world: skulls, snuffed-out candles, hourglasses, dried flowers.
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Jan Saudek. Those Golden Days of Childhood.

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More of Saudek's work

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Jan Saudek. Victory on The Sea. 1993.

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It may seem odd to say, but one of the things I like about Saudek's work is how distinctively Czech it is. He's working in a cultural tradition that loves to toy with the plasticity of the photographic image, that has a complicated romance for the ephemera of bygone days, that revels in anarchic playfulness - especially the polymorphous erotic playfulness characteristic of Saudek, with its displays of fetishism and wide array of body types, which can be glimpsed in the eroticized surrealism of Jan Svankmajer and Karel Teige, in Milan Kundera's meditations on sexuality, and in the films of Gustav Machatý.

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Henri Cartier-Bresson. Altar boy in street.

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A Magnum Photographer, and one of its founders.

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Re: Learning to See

Post by MrCarmady » Fri Apr 17, 2020 8:53 am

Fantastic. Didn't know he was Renoir's second assistant director on The Rules of the Game until I read about it the other day.
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Henri Cartier-Bresson. An Eye at The Museum of Modern Art. 1947.

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Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Henri Cartier-Bresson. Barcelona. Barrio Chino. 1933.

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"The narrow street of Barcelona's roughest quarter is the home of prostitutes, petty thieves and dope peddlers. But I saw a fruit vendor sleeping against a wall and was struck by the surprisingly gentle and articulate drawing scrawled there."

NYT's The Lens Blog on Cartier-Bresson

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