This competition is now closed, congrats to the winner; Panther Ice-cream.
Issue 07 of BLOW photography magazine is now available and I have a copy to give away. This edition focuses on the art of portrait photography, featuring the likes of Albrecht TÜbke, Hein-Kuhn Oh Wayne Lawrence, Lydia Panas and Jessica Hilltout. To enter all you have to do is tell us what your favorite portrait is, whether photography, painting, sculpture etc. Leave your entry on this post or on the surface & surface Facebook page. I’ll announce the winner during the last week of April. Below are some spreads from this great looking new issue.
I’ve spent the last week in Iceland sitting in hot water, drinking way too much beer and moss, walking through freezing landscapes and checking out Design March Reykjavik. I’ll be doing a few more post of what I saw on the trip but first of all here are some photos by British Photographer James Appleton of the Eyjafjallajökull ice cap in Iceland where back in 2010 volcanic eruptions grounded air travel through out Europe.
By complete coincidence James was shooting a promo video for up coming projects when we visited the Gullfoss waterfall, that’s my photo of him above, putting himself in tremendous danger to take photos of the largest waterfall in Europe.
I went to see the recent documentary ‘McCullin’ about the British Photographer Don McCullin last week and was very impressed. Directed by McCullin’s old assistant Jacqui Morris and her brother David. It is phenomenal what he achieved in his career. McCullin a one point talks of becoming addicted to wars and wished to cover at least two a year.
Don McCullin covered some of the last centuries worst humanitarian disasters including wars and conflicts in Cyprus, Congo, Biafra, Vietnam, Northern Ireland, Cambodia and Lebanon putting himself in immense danger and exposing himself to deeply tramatising circumstances, working principally for the Sunday Times until the 80s when Rupert Murdoch decided, McCullin tells us, that the paper should move away from his kind of harsh realism and concentrate on “the pleasures of life”. McCullin discusses the impossibility of any photographer today getting the kind of access he did as the military are now very sensitive in controlling their public image. McCullin’s very straight and open discussion of his fearless life is countered by his self-doubt, coming back several times to his position of documenting atrocities and feeling like a hypocrite, he describes himself as a humanitarian photographer doing his job but in effect exploiting someones misery, ‘I feel guilty because I’ve made a success out of my photographic life,’ he says. ‘Those pictures were of suffering, dying children. I cannot indulge myself by saying I was proud. I wasn’t. I was ashamed, if you want to know the truth.’
He now devotes himself to recording the British countryside, his reasons succinctly summed up in this quote; “I have been manipulated, and I have in turn manipulated others, by recording their response to suffering and misery. So there is guilt in every direction: guilt because I don’t practice religion, guilt because I was able to walk away, while this man was dying of starvation or being murdered by another man with a gun. And I am tired of guilt, tired of saying to myself: “I didn’t kill that man on that photograph, I didn’t starve that child. That’s why I want to photograph landscapes and flowers. I am sentencing myself to peace.” If you get a chance go see this film.
Thanks to everyone who entered the BLOW Photo Magazine give away, I was really impressed with the response and the variety of Photographers named in the entries. I’ve put together an image from each below, a lot of them I had never heard of so really happy to discover new talent. I’ve chosen the winner at random earlier today and it’s Lisa O’Dwyer who’s now the proud owner of a full set of BLOW Photo magazine, congratulations. Thanks again to BLOW for giving us the prize and you can preview all their publication on their site below.
Henri Cartier Bresson
This Competition is now closed you can find out the winner here.
I’m gonna be announcing the winner of the BLOW Photo Magazine give away on Friday so you’ve still got just about 5 days to enter. All you have to do is leave a comment with the name of you favorite photographer and you could win a full set (6 in total) of the beautiful BLOW Photo Magazine to cherish forever. Follow the link here or on the give away tab on the side bar and leave your comment.
BLOW Photo Magazine Give Away
This Competition is now closed you can find out the winner here.
To celebrate BLOW Photo Magazine’s 2nd Birthday we have a full set of A3/11.7 x 16.5 inch editions (6 in total) the beautiful hand held exhibition that is BLOW; to give away.
“Established in july 2010, BLOW is ireland’s first a3 photography magazine. aimed at photographers of all disciplines, BLOW has set out to offer a platform for both irish and international image makers to have their work seen, debated and discussed.”
To enter all you have to do is leave a comment on this post or on the surface & surface Facebook page letting us know who your favorite photographer is. I’ll announce the winner during the last week of July. Spread the word and best of Luck. Bellow is a few pages from Blow to whet your appetite.
Stunning Photography from New York based Photojournalist / Cop / Animator Antonio Bolfo. After studying animation at the Rhode Island School of Design Antonio worked on projects for Playstation & Guitar Hero. He left the field after loosing interest in the office environment & went looking for ‘street-level experience’. Antonio joined the NYPD in 2006 and began documenting his work with the Police Department in 2008 and 2009.
“It was a hard job emotionally and physically,” he said. “To get the stress off, I would use photography. I would never let it interfere with my police work.”
He now works full-time as a Photographer with Getty Images. Other project of Antonio Bolfo include the aftermath of the Earth Quake in Haiti, mass dumps of Cite Soleil in Port-au-Prince and grave diggers of Ti Tanyen, Haiti. He is currently working on a wildlife project in Asia.
Watch the interview with Antonio Bolfo at Visa Pour l’image Perpignan 2010 below.
Michael Wolf - aod 39
The Prix Pictet has rapidly established itself as the world’s leading prize in photography and sustainability. It has a unique mandate – to use the power of photography to communicate vital messages to a global audience. The theme for the third cycle of the Prix Pictet is Growth.
Mitch Epstein was awarded the third Prix Pictet for his series American Power. Chris Jordan was awarded the Prix Pictet Commission. The Exhibition is currently on show at the Gallery of Photography, Dublin.
Photographers include: Christian Als, Edward Burtynsky, Stéphane Couturier, Mitch Epstein, Chris Jordan, Yeondoo Jung, Vera Lutter, Nyaba Leon Ouedraogo, Taryn Simon, Thomas Struth, Guy Tillim and Michael Wolf.