Nadav Kander

763d9d5d40e74b26c1aa6f7bdb4f889a

Nadav Kander‘s work is some of the finest portrait photography I’ve ever seen.

There are so many that stand out: David Lynch, Toby Jones, Christopher Lee (brilliant).

The work is stylistically diverse, technically superb, and not afraid to play with different approaches.

Impressive.

Image copyright Nadav Kander.

Advertisements

Susan Burnstine

3_theapproach

(Image copyright Susan Burnstine)

Like many photographers I’ve experimented with toy cameras, pinhole cameras, instant cameras and various filters in an attempt to capture something more mysterious and ethereal. My experience, with the rare exception of some instant shots, has been that the results simply look crap. I’ve not found any mystery underlying reality using these methods, just a bunch of rubbish-looking shots.

Susan Burnstine however, by constructing her own medium format cameras from all sorts of materials, seems to have tapped into an alternate world. With lenses and bellows made from a variety of materials, including magnifying glasses, rubber and garbage bags, Burnstine has created a beautiful collection of photographs. It’s worth noting that her images are created in camera and not via digital post-processing.

This is great work. It almost inspired me to get my toy lens out again – but deep down I know I’d simply end up with another bunch of pointlessly awful shots.

Tamas Deszo: Notes for an Epilogue

Tamas_Dezso_Epilogue_0007_558

Tamas Deszo has been taking photos in Romania and Hungary for a number of years. His series, “Notes for an Epilogue“, includes some of the most beautiful photos I have seen for some time. Deszo documents the decaying ruins of the Soviet era and the people who still live in these strange transitional zones.

It really is stunning and haunting work.

The series can be seen at the Photographer’s Gallery between 17 April and 13 June 2015.

(Image copyright: Tamas Deszo)

Saul Leiter published by Kehrer Verlag

IMG_20141130_130915_1

Saul Leiter is currently a serious challenger to Ray Metzker for the position of my all-time favourite photographer. He was a real artist whose colour street work was relatively unknown during his lifetime.

He used colour in the most beautiful, painterly manner and his photographs often give the impression of a carefully controlled palette. His unusual, strong compositions are precise and delicate abstractions. He would often shoot through glass to render the image indistinct and frequently made impressive use of the spatial compression that longer lenses create.

He was simply an astonishing photographer and by all accounts a humble and lovely man.

A large number of the photography books that interest me cost many hundreds of pounds, despite being only a few years old, so it was a pleasant surprise to find a superb hardback overview of Saul Leiter’s entire career published by Kehrer Verlag.

IMG_20141130_131120_1

I paid just £31 for it brand new. Go get a copy before it costs £900!

The printing is good quality, the colours are great and there are numerous essays. There are even some smaller page inserts with reproductions of some of Leiter’s paintings.

I’d be over the moon if I took just one or two shots that are as good as some of the photos in this book.

You can see some of Leiter’s work on the Gallery51 website.

There is a recent documentary about him available on dvd here.
 
IMG_20141130_131148_1

Ray K Metzker: Light Lines

Regular visitors will be familiar with my complaints about the cost of some photographic books. Especially annoying for me, given that he is one of my favourite photographers, is the cost of Light Lines by Ray K Metzker: currently £324 (!) on Amazon UK.

IMG_20141130_130417_1

Well, I recently found a way around this.

The more linguistically capable of you might recognise what this is in the photo.

Yes, it’s the French edition of Light Lines. Identical in every way apart from the language of the essays. The photographs are the same.

It cost just €66 from artbooksonline.eu.

It’s simply a wonderful book. Go get it!

What can I say about Ray Metzker? He was one of the finest photographers, with a singular vision and a fantastic eye. His stark shots of shadows and light are astonishing.

IMG_20141130_130632_1