Monthly Archives: May 2013

Don McCullin: a Goya with a camera

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McCullin carrying a woman to safety, Cyprus 1964

McCullin carrying a woman to safety, Cyprus 1964

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Don McCullin was born in 1935 in a poor section of northern London, UK. After serving as an aerial photographer for the RAF during his national service, he became well known in the 1959 when the Observer published his photo about a criminal gang. From 1964 to 1984 he covered battlefields in Cyprus, the Congo, Biafra, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, El Salvador, and the Middle East, becoming one of history’s great war photographers.

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Vivian Maier: the treasure in the storage locker

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When in 2007 John Maloof bought for few hundreds dollars an unknown photographic archive at a local thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side, he didn’t know his life was near to be changed. Developing and trying to sell some of the photos on Internet, Maloof met the critic and photograph scholar Allan Sekula who was impressed from the quality of this mysterious material. Those photos showing the American life during the fifties and sixties were impressive. However those pics had an unknown author. From that moment Maloof started a meticulous investigation and continued to develop those films bought which were a proper treasure. In this way Maloof discovered Vivian Maier.

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Mario De Biasi: an Italian master photographer

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Mario De Biasi passes away two days ago, May 27th. He has been one of the most important Italian photographers of the past century.

Mario De Biasi: "Gli italiani si voltano", Milano, 1954

Mario De Biasi: “Gli italiani si voltano”, Milano, 1954

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Sebastião Salgado: the beginning of a Genesis

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One of the most important photography exhibition running now in London is Genesis by the famous documentary photographer Sebastião Salgado.

Sebastião Salgado was born on February 8th, 1944 in Brazil and presently lives in Paris.
Having studied economics, Salgado began his career as a professional photographer in 1973 in Paris, working with the photo agencies Sygma, Gamma, and Magnum Photos until 1994, when he and his wife Lélia Wanick Salgado formed Amazonas images, an agency created exclusively for his work.

He has travelled in over 100 countries for his photographic projects. Most of these, besides appearing in numerous press publications, have also been presented in books such as Other Americas (1986), Sahel: l’homme en détresse (1986), Sahel: el fin del camino (1988), Workers (1993), Terra (1997), Migrations and Portraits (2000), and Africa (2007). Touring exhibitions of this work have been, and continue to be, presented throughout the world.

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Ruben Ireland: backgrounds and silhouettes

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Among ink, acrylic, Photoshop and watermarks, Ruben Ireland creates a world of silhouettes and shadows. In the London based artist’s illustrations, nature, humans and animals are mixed together, showing stunning situations in which the the protagonist is the opposition between the figure and the background.

Here some of his works:

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Creativity development: from a little prince to the masters of design

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Sometimes in my life I feel the necessity to read again “The Little Prince” by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry.
It is redundant to present the book, but today I’d like to remember you it’s first chapter to show you the importance of adult opinion in the development of children’s abilities and to compare it with an interesting TED Talk with David Kelley, the founder of legendary design firm IDEO, the company that created many icons of the digital generation as, to give an idea, the first mouse.

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Vadim Stein: sensuality of composition

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Vadim Stein is an Ukrainian artist resident in St. Petersburg (Russia).  He worked as an actor and a lighting designer in the Theater of Plastic Drama and later on decorative sculpture and graphics. Taking photos of his own works he became keen on photography. His photos are able to recreate a parallel universe, to tell a story made of eroticism and mystery through  a great mastery of the light and the elegance of bodies.

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