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John Ferguson – Black Britannia

30 Jun
Pioneering black Britions 

Black Britannia features striking portraits by John Ferguson, Fleet Streets first black photographer in the 1980’s, of some of the most well known – and less familiar – black men and women who have risen to the top of their chosen fields in the UK.
Under the title Black Britannia, the full exhibition comprises of 55 portraits of inspirational black Britons who inspired personally the artist in the past or who are currently making great strides in public life. Of the 55 black Britons, some well know names such as Sir Trevor McDonald, Lenny Henry, Naomi Campbell, Paul Ince, Lewis Hamilton, and others from various occupations such as head teachers to supermodels, boxers to lawyers – these are people from all walks of life.
John Ferguson has selected his favourites portraits of individuals which were first shown at London’s City Hall, and opened by the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The exhibition aims to highlighting the achievements of these individuals, by promoting a positive image of black Britons and a message to today’s black youth through these high quality aesthetic portraits. Photographer John Ferguson says:

“The aim being, first, to inspire black youth to broaden their horizons away from street life by providing non-stereotypical role models, and second, to show London at large, the incredible achievements of black individuals away from the all too frequent stereotyping of black people.”

“I believe that all too often black people are portrayed in a negative light. I want to challenge this preconception by also raising people conciseness and awareness to the contributions made to UK culture, economy and life by black Britons.”

“I’d hope to find an accessible venue that’s free to everyone, an important consideration given that part of the target audience I’d hope to attract would be disengaged youth.”

“London is a wonderful multicultural city, and many of the capital’s key strengths come from its diversity. This exhibition is a chance for the young people to become inspired by the portraits and stories of these black men and women.”

The exhibition had a very successful extended run in London, where it then moved on to Liverpool’s slavery museum for a six month run. It is currently being exhibited by Oldham Arts council, Greater Manchester.

1. Ms Dynamite R&B rapper singer/songwriter
2. Naomi Campbell supermodel
3. Nicholas Tung- first black Irish Guardsman to guard the Queen of England
4. Johnny Sarpong- Top international fashion stylist
5. Shevelle Dynott Dancer with England National Ballet
6. Billy Ocean International singer
7.Heneretta Brockway -Top international female golfer
8.Estelle- R&B singer
9.Lenny Henry- Actor and comedian
10. High Court Judge Linda Dobbs
11. Jamelia soul singer
12. David Wabso Head engineering for London Underground
13. Samantha Tross- Leading Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
14. John Coneth Ex- light heavyweight world champion boxer
15. Lewis Hamilton –  World champion F1 racing driver
16. Michael Fuller Chief Constable of Kent, British highest ranking Policeman
17. Sir Trevor McDonald- Britain’s leading Tv News Anchor man
18 Gina Yashere- One of the few leading female comedians in the UK
19.Chris Houghton The UK’s only black soccer manager
20.Courtenay Griffiths QC The UK’s leading black criminal defender Barrister

More about John Ferguson:

  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • John is an experienced documentary and environmental portrait photographer working out of London and UK. He has travelled extensively working for leading national and international newspapers and magazines as well as NGO’s. From the raise of the Aids/HIV pandemic in Africa and Asia, to feature stories from conflicts zones in Afghanistan and Iraq. John as talent for conceptualisation and delivering strong and innovative ideas and works well in a team environment, taking direction as well as working independently. His work as also covered various celebrity and high end editorial and commercial work. In 2009 John’s first solo exhibition ‘Black Britannia’ was opened by the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown at London City Hall. He is currently finishing a two year personal project which as gained interest from a leading Sunday Supplement in the UK.
  • johnferguson.co.uk
  • Exhibition: Black Britannia – Celebrating black success in the UK
  • Ferguson reveals the stories behind his pictures:

Sonia & Mark Whitesnow – Psychospa

29 Jun

Ironic world of Psychospa, the world which reflects a modern man living in a metropolis, unsociable and full of fears and anxieties but “attracted” to nature. A person, who does his best to achieve harmony of his body and soul and in so doing, wishes to stay young and healthy. Driven by a “set of procedures” such as therapeutic mud baths, volcanic minerals, plants, chocolate and honey his inner energy awakes in him. The man turns into a strong and resolute creature with a significant moment of clearing the body of “chemical and toxic waste”.


More here:  whitesnowstudio.com

Tom Hussey – Timeless Reflections

23 Jun

Commercial advertising photographer Tom Hussey photographed an award winning campaign for Novartis’ Exelon Patch, a prescription medicine for the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s dementia. The highly conceptual photographs depicted an older person looking at the reflection of their younger self in a mirror.

More about Tom Hussey:

David Oziel – Little Mexico in Beijing

17 Jun
Fogoncito, a Mexican franchise, opened its second branch in Beijing, China, showing the growing taste for different foods. Almost 200 people a day visit Fogoncito to eat “exotic dishes” like tacos and enjoy the music of Mariachi.

Although such musical groups usually consists of at least three violines, two trumpets, one Mexican guitar and one vihuela (high pitched guitar) one guitarron (acoustic bass) and sometimes a harp, Fogoncito provides a small sample of that with three musicians.  Nevertheless, the Mariachi do dress the part in their silver studded charro outfits and wide brimmed hats. And, they can belt out a song.

This trio is learning how to survive-Beijing style.As China economically integrates with the rest of the world, Mexico products are making inlays. Products such as Bimbo bread are lined on the shopping shelves.

Jan Banning – Bureaucratics

17 May

“It started with the most horrible assignment I ever had,” Banning told me when when he dropped by our office yesterday. The job was in Mozambique: Banning’s editor had asked him to shoot pictures for a story on the decentralization of the administration of Dutch development aid. “That’s not something that makes your heart beat faster as a photographer,” he noted. To make it interesting for himself, he decided to shoot portraits of the bureaucrats themselves. Little did he know that this would be merely the first leg on an absurd odyssey that would take him through thousands of government offices, a world tour of what he calls “the shop windows of the state.”

Content dictated form. “What is bureaucracy?” Banning asked. “First of all, it’s square, so I used a square format. Second, it’s straight lines, and in the middle of that grid you’ve got this round being, this human being. And the camera is a metaphor for the local citizen who enters that space. So I always put myself directly in front of the desk or at ninety degrees to the desk, to get that Mondrian structure.”

The element of surprise was crucial. Given any warning, the bureaucrats would try to tidy their workspaces, but Banning wanted to see each office in all its cluttered glory, just as an everyday citizen would encounter it.

What Bureaucracy around the world looks like

India, Bihar

Sushma Prasad (b. 1962) is an assistant clerk at the Cabinet Secretary of the State of Bihar (population 83 million) in The Old Secretariat in the state capital, Patna. She was hired “on compassionate grounds” because of the death of her husband, who until 1997 worked in the same department. Monthly salary: 5,000 rupees ($ 110, euro 100).

Surinder Kumar Mandal (b. 1946) is circle inspector of taxes in Thakurganj block, collecting taxes in a specific part of Kishanganj district, State of Bihar. Monthly salary: 9,500 rupees ($ 208, 189 euro). Surinder Kumar Mandal (b. 1946) is “circle inspector” van belastingen in Thakurganj Block, Kishanganj district, State of Bihar. Maandsalaris: 9,500 rupees (euro 189, US$ 208).

Typeroom in the Finance Department of “the Old Secretariat” in the state capital Patna. The seemingly rusty old typewriters are awaiting use: the department is supposed to be 40% understaffed. The presence of several snoring employees gives a different suggestion.

China, Shandong

Qu Shao Feng (b. 1964) is chief general of Jining Public Security Bureau Division of Aliens and Exit-Entry Administration in Jining City, Shandong province. Monthly salary: 3,100 renminbi (US$ 384, 286 euro).

Wang Ning (b. 1983) works in the Economic Affairs office in Gu Lou community, Yanzhou city, Shandong province. She provides economic assistance to enterprises in her region and is the liaison officer between the government and local enterprises. Wang Ning is not married. She lives at home with her parents. Monthly salary: 2,100 renminbi (US$ 260, euro 228).

France,  Auvergne

Roger Vacher (b. 1957) is a narcotics agent with the national police force in Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome department, Auvergne region. Monthly salary: euro 2,200 (US$ 2,893).

Maurice Winterstein (b. 1949) works in Clermont-Ferrand for the Commission for the Advancement of Equal Opportunity and Citizenship at the combined administrative offices of the Auvergne region and the Puy-de-Dome department. He also is in charge of the portfolio of religious affairs, Islam in particular. Monthly salary: euro 1,550 (US$ 2,038). The young lady next to him is Linda Khettabi (b. 1989), an intern pursuing training as a secretary.


Major Adolph Dalaney works in the Reconstruction Room of the Traffic Police at the Liberia National Police Headquarters in the capital Monrovia. Traffic accident victims at time are willing to pay a little extra if Dalaney’s department quickly draws up a favorable report to present to a judge. Monthly salary: barely 1,000 Liberian dollars ($18, €17).

Henry Gray (1940), acting commissioner for Gbaepo district, Kanweaken, River Gee County. During the Civil War, the office was completely looted and destroyed: only one wall remained. Gray has 11 personnel, of whom only 4 are paid. The rest are volunteers. He has no budget and over two years salary owing. Yesterday, he went to the capital Fishtown to collect last two months salary, two times 975 Liberian dollars (2x US$ 17, 2x euro 16). All he got was 600 dollars (US$ 11, euro 10). Gray is father to 34 children (sic), 13 of them depending, and has 18 grandchildren.

Russia, Siberia

Marina Nikolayevna Berezina (b. 1962), a former singer and choir director, is now the secretary to the head of the financial department of Tomsk province”s Facility Services. She does not want to reveal her monthly salary.

Nikolajevich Ilyich Volkov (b. 1954) is administrator of the village of Alexandrovskoye (some 1,000 inhabitants), Tomsk province. Monthly salary: 9,000 rubles (US$ 321, euro 243).

USA, Texas

Rudy Flores (b. 1963) is one of the 118 Texas Rangers, state law enforcement officers who cover 254 counties between them. He is based in Palestine, Anderson County, Texas, and is responsible for three counties. Monthly salary: $5,000 (€3,720).

Dede McEachern (b. 1969) is director of licensing, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations, in the state capital, Austin. Monthly salary: US$ 5,833 (euro 4,240).


Ali Abdulmalik Shuga (b. 1964) is responsible for the archives of the Ministry of Trade and CommerceÍs governorate s office in the city of Taizz, Taizz Governorate. Monthly salary: 30,500 rial (US$ 171, euro 117).

Nadja Ali Gayt is an adviser at the Ministry of Agriculture’s education center for rural women in the district of Manakhah, Sana’a Governorate. Monthly salary: 28,500 rial ($160, €110).

Bolivia, Potosi

Constantino Ayaviri Castro (b. 1950), previously a construction worker, is a police officer, third class, for the municipality of Tinguipaya, Tomas Frias province. The police station does not have a phone, car or typewriter. Monthly salary: 800 bolivianos ($100, €189).

Marcial Castro Revollo (b. 1942) is shopkeeper and, at the desk in the back, civil servant for the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the village of Millares (350 inhabitants), municipality of Betanzos, Cornelio Saavedra province, Department Potosi. Also, at the desk in the front, he is responsible for the polling station of the Corte Departemental Electoral de Potosi (elections office). Monthly salary: 500 bolivianos (euro 55, US$ 62).

Bolivia (2005) — David Ruiz Doro (b. 1972) is chief of urban and environmental projects at the Department of Public Works’ Technical Division of the municipality Potosí, the capital of the department by the same name. Monthly salary: 2,400 bolivianos (euro 267, US $299).

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More about Jan Banning:


  • Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • www.janbanning.com
  • Twitter:  @jan_banning
  • Jan Banning was born in the Netherlands in 1954 from Dutch-East-Indies parents. He studied social and economic history at the University of Nijmegen, and has been working as a photographer since 1981. The central theme of Banning’s practice is state power, having produced series about the longterm consequences of war and the world of government bureaucracy.

Source: The New Yorker’s Photo Department and janbanning.com

Das Projekt sucht noch Paare in Hamburg!

16 May

Das Projekt

Das Projekt „Paare – Menschenbilder aus der Bundesrepublik Deutschland zu Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts“ beruht auf dem Konzept von Beate und Heinz Rose. Als Paar haben sie 1971 Paare aus ganz Deutschland fotografiert und ein wunderbares, aber fast vollkommen in Vergessenheit geratenes Buch veröffentlicht. (…)

Dies bekräftigt uns in dem Vorhaben, das Projekt von Mai bis September 2011 fortzuführen und dafür – genauso wie Beate und Heinz Rose 1971 – durch ganz Deutschland zu reisen und in zwölf Städten und Region von Sylt bis München 150 bis 200 Paare zu fotografieren. Hauptziel des Projektes ist es, wieder ein Buch mit etwa 80 bis 100 Fotografien zu veröffentlichen. Der Kölner Verleger und Fotobuchhändler Markus Schaden hat vor rund zwei Jahren die komplette Restauflage von Beate und Heinz Roses Buch aufgekauft und hat bereits großes Interesse bekundet, auch unsere Fortführung als Buch zu veröffentlichen.
Für unser Projekt wollen wir in diesem Jahr 150 bis 200 Paare in ganz Deutschland fotografieren. Natürlich können wir nicht in jeden Winkel unseres Landes reisen, aber wir versuchen, möglichst flächendeckend unterwegs zu sein. 13 Städte und Regionen haben wir dafür ausgesucht und sie auf drei Routen, für die wir jeweils rund zwei Wochen unterwegs sein wollen, verteilt.

Die Nord-Route im Mai

Die Nord-Route führt uns zunächst am 12. Mai nach Dortmund. Danach geht es weiter nach Sellstedt bei Bremerhaven (15. Mai), nach Sylt (18. Mai) und Hamburg (22. Mai).

Wer mitmachen möchte oder aber jemanden kennt, der vielleicht mitmachen möchte, sollte sich schon jetzt bei uns melden
: Wir sind grundsätzlich an jedem Paar, das seinen Wohnsitz in Deutschland hat, interessiert. Sobald wir die konkrete Planung für eine Stadt aufgenommen haben, erhaltet ihr über einen entsprechenden Link auf den Städtenamen weitere Informationen zum Shooting wie Ort und Zeit. Außerdem suchen wir noch nach geeigneten Orte, an denen wir fotografieren können und die uns jemand kostenlos für einen Tag zur Verfügung stellen kann – zum Beispiel Ateliers oder Tageslichtstudios mit mindestens drei Meter Deckenhöhe. Scheunen, Autohäuser, Turnhallen und Foyers mit Tageslicht würden aber natürlich auch bestens funktionieren. Wenn uns jemand mit einer Übernachtungsmöglichkeit unterstützen möchte, wären wir ebenfalls sehr dankbar.

Hier mehr Info über das Projekt oder die Teilnahme.

Banklehrling 18, Berufsaufbauschüler (Elektromechaniker) 20

The power of an image

15 May

President Obama’s decision not to release images of Osama bin Laden’s corpse, and the heated debate it has engendered, speaks volumes about the continuing power of the photograph even in a time when we are overwhelmed by digital images of every hue, from the mundane to the ultra-explicit.

Revealingly, Obama chose to frame his decision in both practical and moral terms. “It is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence, as a propaganda tool,” he said. “You know, that’s not who we are.”

Others – most notably more hawkish Republicans and their supporters in the US media – argue that the images should be released precisely to show that this is “who we are”: an America that wants the world to know in the most graphic terms what happens to those who attack their country. Photography, for better or worse, possesses this immediate power in a way that words – too reflective – and the moving image – too animated – do not. It is a moment, freeze-framed forever.

History has shown that the intended message of such photographs can backfire. Back in 1967, when Cuban revolutionary leader Che Guevara was captured and executed in Bolivia by troops loyal to military General Barrientos (with the help of the CIA), his corpse was photographed to leave the world in no doubt of his identity. With his unkempt hair and beard, the dead Che resembled the dead Christ in a Renaissance painting. In his biography of the insurgent, Compañero, Jorge G Castañeda wrote: “The Christ-like image prevailed … It’s as if the dead Guevara looks on his killers and forgives them, and upon the world, proclaiming that he who dies for an idea is beyond suffering.”

Could an image of Bin Laden’s bloodied corpse send out the same message to his followers? Almost certainly, and we will no doubt see that power soon enough when the photographs leak out into the media, as they surely will – with or without Obama’s sanctioning.

More problematic for Obama’s moral reasoning is the fact that other graphic images of the aftermath of the attack on Bin Laden’s compound have already been leaked, showing the bloodied corpses of unidentified men. Why is it acceptable to show these bodies but not that of their leader, a figurehead for global terrorism? Indeed, why show such graphic images at all?

In her recent book, The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence, the American academic Susie Linfield argues that, in the internet age, we must regain our ability to distinguish between gratuitous images of violence and hardship – including “the onslaught of images from the Muslim world that celebrate suicide bombings, beheadings and other forms of barbarism” – and more morally defensible images of war and conflict, however explicit.

“If we want to construct a politics of human rights that isn’t merely an abstraction, we need to look at these photographs of suffering, degradation and defeat,” she writes. “We need to think clearly not only about the relationships among these images, how they function and what they communicate in aggregate, but about the specific conditions each one depicts, no matter how disturbing, shaming and bewildering an experience that may be.” One senses that Linfield would support Obama in his decision, especially at a time when many Americans are in no mood for painstaking and self-searching moral debates of this kind.

Interesting, too, is the group photograph of President Obama, Hilary Clinton and their retinue of advisers in the situation room watching Bin Laden die via a camera fixed to a soldier’s helmet. It gives some indication of the horror of the moment, if only in Clinton’s look of shock and disbelief as well as in the president’s stern gaze. Why, though, was this image released? Perhaps because it shows no trace of celebration or gloating – “That’s not who we are” – but instead a grim acknowledgment of the horror of what is happening in all its cruel radiance. It is a fascinating document, for what it doesn’t show us as much as what it does. That is the often-overlooked power of great photography: to suggest rather than to shock.



It’s no secret that we are a visual culture. The glow of a turned-on television illuminates every house nearly every night. Photo galleries are regularly the best viewed elements of many media sites. Pictures pack power. And politicians know this. That’s why the debate over whether or not to release what has been described as a “gruesome” photo of Osama bin-Laden’s body is so intriguing.

At the moment, the iconic image of the death of bin-Laden is this one:

Taken by White House official photographer Pete Souza, it shows President Obama and much of his national security team receiving an update on the mission that led to bin Laden’s death.

The image powerfully portrays the tension and seriousness of purpose of the people gathered in the room. And, while the picture wasn’t taken with politics in mind, the message that it conveys — serious people doing a serious thing — is politically powerful, reinforcing the idea of Obama as a strong and sober leader.

Releasing the photo of bin Laden would wipe the above image out of the American consciousness and replace it with one that is significantly more jarring and potentially divisive.


Also interesting:

Amazon.com ReviewSince the early days of photography, critics have told us that photos of political violence—of torture, mutilation, and death—are exploitative, deceitful, even pornographic. To look at these images is voyeuristic; to turn away is a gesture of respect.With The Cruel Radiance, Susie Linfield attacks those ideas head-on, arguing passionately that viewing such photographs—and learning to see the people in them—is an ethically and politically necessary act that connects us to our modern history of violence and probes our capacity for cruelty. Contending with critics from Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht to Susan Sontag and the postmoderns—and analyzing photographs from such events as the Holocaust, China’s Cultural Revolution, and recent terrorist acts—Linfield explores the complex connection between photojournalism and the rise of human rights ideals. In the book’s concluding section, she examines the indispensable work of Robert Capa, James Nachtwey, and Gilles Peress, and asks how photography has—and should—respond to the increasingly nihilistic trajectory of modern warfare.A bracing and unsettling book, The Cruel Radiance convincingly demonstrates that if we hope to alleviate political violence, we must first truly understand it—and to do that, we must begin to look.

Congrats Alejandro Chaskielberg!

10 May

-The Hunter-

An Argentinian photographer who began his career on local papers last night picked up one of his art form’s leading awards for a portfolio of pictures he took while living with islanders in the Paraná river delta, Argentina.

Alejandro Chaskielberg’s dramatically luminous images of a community going about their daily lives won him photographer of the year – known as L’Iris D’Or – at the Sony World Photography Awards, presented last night at a gala ceremony at the Odeon Leicester Square in London.

Chaskielberg, 34, spent two years with the islanders, immersing himself in their daily lives and taking photographs of precisely staged scenes at night. The chairman of this year’s judges, critic Francis Hodgson, said of Chaskielberg’s High Tide series: “These carefully directed pictures tell solid truths – about toil and community and marginal survival – in a splendidly allusive way.”

Buenos Aires-born Chaskielberg, who took his first job on a local newspaper aged 18, said of the project: “Using photography, I have been able to present another version of the Paraná river delta and its community that has been photographically ignored throughout the years.” (…)

He beat considerable competition, with 105,000 images entered from 162 countries.


Auf Deutsch y en espanol.

The High Tide Portfolio

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If you find his work intersting then check the interview at the Brighton Photo Biennial (10.2010):

For those of you who speak spanish, here the complete “Documental mágico” (more than one hour!) by Marcelo Brodsky:

Here Chaskielberg’s Blog and Web.

All the Sony World Photography Awards 2011, winners and categories can be found here.

Bruno Bisang: Supermodels auf Polaroid

26 Apr

Der Modefotograf Bruno Bisang hat nicht nur mit den ganz großen der Modelwelt zusammengearbeitet wie Carla Bruni, Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks oder Monica Bellucci. Bisang ist auch Fan von Polaroid-Fotos. Und so hat er am Set nicht selten auch auf den Auslöser seiner Sofortbildkamera gedrückt. Diese Bilder werden jetzt in einer Kölner Galerie gezeigt.

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Aufgewachsen in Ascona

Bruno Bisang wurde 1952 geboren und verbrachte den größten Teil seiner Jugend in dem Städtchen Ascona im italienischsprachigen Teil der Schweiz. Mit neunzehn Jahren besuchte er die Fotografieklasse der Kunstgewerbeschule Zürich und absolvierte anschließend eine Fotografenlehre.

Seit 1979 ist Bruno Bisang als freier Fotograf tätig, zunächst in Zürich, dann eine Zeit lang in Mailand und München. Heute arbeitet er abwechselnd in Mailand, New York, Paris und Zürich.

Bruno Bisang. Polaworld
Galerie Kaune, Sudendorf
bis 26. Mai 2011
dienstags bis samstags 13 – 18 Uhr
Zeughausstrasse 13
50667 Köln

Source: tonight.de


Carpe Diem!

13 Apr

Aunque usted no lo crea, la primavera llegó a Hamburgo!  Believe or not: spring has finally arrived!

Ich wünsche euch einen sonnigen Tag!

Piped music: