Julia M Cameron PRO 1:25pm, 16 February 2013
Please post images or links to photographs (or well known photographers) you feel are important to you and that you would like to share.
Julia M Cameron PRO 5 years ago
Not a photograph, but a film about Don McCullin...

McCullin, directed by Jacqui and David Morris.

Went to a screening of McCullin (documentary of "veteran war photographer" described as..."documentary that is by turns emotionally demanding and surprisingly uplifting").
Must have missed the uplifting bits. Harrowing would be a better description.
An observation though is that McCullin largely had freedom of movement within the war zones in many parts of the world and was able to rely on his own judgements about the pictures he could take. He declined some on humanitarian grounds. For example, he refused to photograph some executions as he did not want to feel that photographing them would give legitimacy to the action of murder.
McCullin's images also show, with a peculiar sensitivity, the wider impact of war on the civilians in the countries involved. His photographs are graphic depictions of atrocities committed by humans on humans.

Although difficult to watch, the film is well worth seeing.
Julia M Cameron PRO 5 years ago
Mark W Russell 5 years ago
Boris Savalev, Lena 1, Moscow, 1988. © Boris Savalev. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery

I saw this print twice in one day, during a recent trip to London. Firstly I saw it at the Cartier Besson - A Question of Colour show, Then later that day at the Michael Hoppen Gallery show "Finders Keepers".

It is a large scale print on gesso on aluminium. a first it come across as a casual framing, but the more you explore the picture its composition elements strike you from all angles. Add to this the stunning tones and light.

Born in Chernotsy, Ukraine, USSR December 1948. Lives in Moscow, Russia, Savelev is one of the most talented photographers to come out of the “Seventies” underground photography movement. During the Brezhnev “period of stagnation,” Savelev’s photographs formed a sly critique on the false humanism of the Soviet official photography of the day. Savelev was a master at capturing the feelings of listlessness and boredom of the time. HIs 70s and 80s work did not “affirm the socialist values” of Soviet photography and were generally banned from publication and exhibitions.
Savelev's best work aligns cool formalism with expressive emotional content in a rich mix he describes as polyphonic. He has been married to Elena Darikovich since 1980; his wife is also a talented photographer, though a working as a painter today.
Savelev is best known in the west for his color-work but his black and white photography is equally strong. He is a master printer who experiments in many printing techniques.
Savelev works in many media - lith prints, silver gelatin prints, pigment inkjet, platinum, and various color processes including gum bichromate. Most of his early color work was done using 35mm slide film, later printed as C-prints.
bart1eby 5 years ago
Mark Russell123:

Good choice, Mark. I saw this at Somerset House as well and found his work the most impressive of everything on display, it's truly photography that needs to be seen on a wall, but I guiltily must admit that going it to Tim Walker next door somehow wiped it from my mind. It's good to be reminded of it again...
Michael Dooney 5 years ago
I've been reading / hearing a lot about Joel Meyerowitz ( lately, no doubt because he has just released a retrospective book of his work. So on the topic of "must see" photographs I think his 'Cape Light' is worth checking out.
photodrum PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by photodrum (member) 5 years ago
Julia M Cameron:

Nadav Kander is one of my top 10 faves. I've seen this before - numerous times, and it is even more compelling with yet another look. Thanks for posting.
photodrum PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by photodrum (member) 5 years ago
Anyone know of Erwin Olaf? He is another of my favorite image makers. I like all of his work. Some of it is just a tad kinky, but somehow that makes it all the more compelling. Perhaps my favorite set of his is this:,_2008/g...

The lighting here and post processing really has made a 3 dimensional imprint on my brain.

It would be VERY interesting if we could interest him in posing a challenge to the group! (hint, hint, nudge, nudge)
Michael Dooney 5 years ago
Erwin Olaf is one of my favourite photographers, and I was lucky enough to meet him the last time he was in Berlin. I agree that some of his work is little to sexually charged for my liking, however all of his work is amazing. I think his process is also quite interesting in that he constructs practically all of the sets for his photo shoots and makes them look like real locations.

Another stand out for me is Paolo Roversi. He is predominately a fashion photographer, but he has a very distinct style which sets him apart from what most other people are doing.
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