Monday, 31 May 2010
Graham Miller, born in Hong Kong 1966, is a photographic artist and co-founder of FotoFreo a biennial international festival of photography based in Fremantle, Western Australia. His work has been exhibited internationally and throughout Australia.
Miller says " 'Suburban Splendour' materialised from encounters observed while driving through the United States, from the direct observation of daily life, from eavesdropping and casual conversation, but more often than not the photographs were inspired by literature and cinema. Films by Paul Thomas Anderson and Ray Lawrence contributed, as did writing by Richard Ford and the painting of Edward Hopper. But the background soundtrack that remained constant was the voice of the American short story writer Raymond Carver. Carver's vision depicts ordinary blue collar people living lives of quiet desperation, people who are feeling their way in the dark with the hope that maybe next week things will get better."
"Like Carver’s stories and Hopper’s paintings, these images depict everyday struggle and ordinary tragedy. They touch upon areas of experience simmering just below the surface, and explore the notion that the lives of others, no matter how close we are to them, will always remain fundamentally unknowable to us. That, in essence, we all exist as unitary individuals. These characters are troubled, but not irretrievably lost; they carry a dignified endurance and a sense of bruised optimism. These people are survivors. They have a desire, as we all do, to be transported from darkness into light."
Saturday, 29 May 2010
It was while visiting his grandmother in Harlem every summer that Paris-born Jérome Lagarrigue increasingly became interested in depicting New York City urban atmospheres. The people, the architecture, the sounds that one can only witness in New York have become his areas of exploration. Lagarrigue has always decided to explore themes and subject matters close to him.
Lagarrigue is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe Award for Best New Talent, the Marion Vanett Ridgway Award for Best Illustrator, and the Villa Medicis grant and residency in Rome.
Friday, 28 May 2010
Gez Fry is an illustrator based in Tokyo, Japan. He has developed a distinctive manga style, utilizing computer-generated and hand-drawn techniques, and influenced by both traditional Japanese woodblock prints and contemporary anime imagery. His unique combination of eastern and western techniques reflects his dual British and Japanese nationality.
His clients include Industrial Light and Magic, New Riders, Plastic Animal Studios, AP Comics, Future Publishing and Carbon Industries.
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
Stinkfish is a street artist based in Bogota, Colombia. He has collaborated in several collectives and currently he's working with Bastardilla with a collective called Hogar. These pictures come from Bogota and recent work in Oaxaca southern Mexico.
Monday, 17 May 2010
Scraper Bikes are a phenomenon that came out of East Oakland California on the back of the Scraper craze amongst young men in the area. Scrapers are 80's and 90's luxury cars that are tricked out with candy paint jobs and flash rims so that often the value of the accessories are more than that of the vehicle.
"Let's set the record str8 once again. A scraper is an old or new school, primarily Buick or Oldsmobile. That is a scraper by itself. Now since riding scrapers like they are a luxury cay originated in The Town, Oakland, CA USA, we stunt our scrapers with 22's dvd's candy paint, etc. And for the record, we don't ride whistle tips no more...so stop saying that ancient stuff. We ride suction tips that make a totally different sound. Str8 up!"
"Straight Outta East Oakland where it all started.......
A scraper is any G.M. car from tha 80's and 90's century,park ave,regal,le saber jus to name a few..Yo shit aint a Scraper till u put that G-thang on some 4's(24 inch rims if u lame)wit hella clap in yo trunk and like 4 coats of paint that make that thang look like a sucked on Jolly Rancher... "
The Scraper Bike thing is based on the same principals of customising your ride and has become a way for the youth of East Oakland to feel like they belong to something, show off and just have fun whilst keeping out of gangs and staying out of trouble.
Sunday, 16 May 2010
Lyon’s early documentary career was established and defined by his gritty photographer-as-participant approach. His first book, The Movement (1964), evolved from his experiences as a staff photographer for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee during the Civil Rights Movement. In the Bikeriders series(1968) Lyon rode and lived with the bikers he photographed. Lyon’s work belies the standard detachment of documentary humanism and objectivism in favor of a more complicated subjective involvement.
Danny Lyon’s photojournalistic style is marked by its staunch pursuit of the unembellished moment. “You put a camera in my hand, I want to get close to people,” he said. “Not just physically close, emotionally close, all of it. It’s part of the process."
DOCUMERICA was a program sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency to photographically document subjects of environmental concern in America from about 1972 to 1977. Lyon photographed America's inner city, it's ghettos and it's slums showing the lives and humanity of the young people who resided there.
After years of continued critical success, books and exhibitions Lyon now takes things easier. Although he's still working, he fishes quite a bit these days, in the Chama Valley in New Mexico and in Maine, where he has a cabin.