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Photo by George Valdez
Holding Hands - Puppets
Photographs by Lauren E. Simonutti
“Sometimes the difference between living and dying is just a little bit.
Sometimes the difference between living and dying is just a sigh.
Over (five) years I have spent alone amidst these 8 rooms, 7 mirrors, 6 clocks, 2 minds and 199 panes of glass. And this is what I saw here. This is what I learned. I figure it could go one of two ways- I will either capture my ascension from madness to as much a level of sanity for which one of my composition could hope, or I will leave a document of it all, in the case that I should lose.”
” I have been a photographer all my life….and have made photographs of many things and for many reasons. But one thing that becomes more and more apparent is that I am simply only as good as my next photograph. That’s the one that counts the most….For this reason I find it a delight to face a new day, and to develop that new roll of film. It’s a great way to live.”
Thomsen started to take these photograps with starting to create new landscapes which is unnatural in Iceland. When these started, lots of conversials appered. Because of, these project insert in terms of changing landscapes to synhetic lake, glacial river etc. Therefore, environmentalists elicit and try to stop it because of nature does not damaged.
For these reason these project is the biggest of their times as well as most conversial project also… Therefore Thomsen decide to follow these how it will to return.
When Thomsen take the photographs, he specially accent of naturalness and artificiality and although photographs give us a feel about naturality, actually they tell about a story damaging naturality to convert another view. Thomsen intentional touch on these subject to compose contrast.When he compose a natural view, actually it is gived chapter and verse about this.
And he touch on unnaturality with compozing object on them. While we look at that, we see the compozing object. Actually these objects are huge and staying but Thomsen take them in terms of their balanced views. As if, they look like to locate.
New York - Window and Reflections, Jeff Zaruba
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Jeff Zaruba explores patterns and abstractions created by human and found in nature. Most of his images have a strong graphic element. He looks for the interplay of shapes, forms and shadows, reflections and light. He was a featured artist in Black & White Magazine – February, 2001 as well as Silvershotz – December, 2006. Jeffs’ works have also won him some top awards like the Spider Awards (an International Competition) and first place as the Photographer of the Year for 2005.
‘I have lived in eight houses in six cities. I’ve learned not to be attached to them. They’re just nice places. My house as a child was always my grandmother’s. For more than fifty years, my family met there for parties and vacations. That never changed, never went away. My grandmother died last year. I felt a lot of sadness when I returned to the house. In the morning, there was no longer the smell of coffee. Every object recalled the past to me. It could not be otherwise, for everything was the way it had been the day before, as though she was going to return any minute. I tried to save my memories and feelings of life which were still in the house, through the ordinary things, like the daily newspaper. Some places still carry a sense of what was, but most of the house is now empty. I felt as an intruder, a foreigner. This is for me an anonymous house, that I do not know anymore…’
Sophie Calle is a French artist who works with photographs and performances, placing herself in situations almost as if she and the people she encounters were fictional. She also imposes elements of her own life onto public places creating a personal narrative where she is both author and character. She has been called a detective and a voyeur and her pieces involve serious investigations as well as natural curiousity.
Cruel and Unusual
Worldwide, prisons are ʻhomeʼ to more than 9 million people, and their numbers will only increase over the coming decades. But what do our various societies seek to accomplish by locking up such massive numbers of offenders? From 18 February through 1 April, in Cruel and Unusual Noorderlicht Photo Gallery presents revealing, and quite unexpected photography dealing with life behind bars. For this exhibition the guest curators Hester Keijser and Pete Brook have brought together work by eleven women photographers, most of which has never before been shown in Europe. As background for the exhibition Noorderlicht is publishing a newspaper with articles, interviews and extra photo material. Andrea Stultiens will conduct the opening on 17 February, at 5:00 p.m.
Cruel and Unusual looks at how the prison system is presented in images, and how these images are created, distributed and consumed. How do citizens – tax payers and empathetic humans – come to an understanding of life in prisons on the basis of the information – politicized or not – which they receive? Cruel and Unusual takes a startling and sometimes disconcerting look behind various prison walls around the world. Each photographer confronts her viewers in her own way with the question of how current practices of mass incarceration of offenders reflects our changing sense of decency and justice.
Cruel and Unusual Punishment. The title of the exhibition refers to the English Bill of Rights from 1689 and the Eighth Amendment to the America constitution, which stipulates that citizens must not be subject to ʻcruel and unusual punishmentʼ. But when is punishment cruel and unusual? To assist in the public discussion of this issue, photography helps by providing insight into the various facets that play a role in the question.
Participating photographers. The photographers selected, Araminta de Clermont, Amy Elkins, Alyse Emdur, Christiane Feser, Brenda-Ann Kenneally, Jane Lindsay, Deborah Luster, Nathalie Mohadjer, Yana Payusova, Lizzie Sadin and Lori Waselchuk, each use their own strategies, materials and techniques. Given the extent of access to prisons, they work with amateur photography, alternative processes, texts, painted images, digital manipulation or traditional black and white documentary photography. Much of the work is being shown in The Netherlands and Europe for the first time.
Catalogue. Cruel and Unusual is accompanied by a unique catalogue in the form of a newspaper. In addition to visual material from the main exhibition, the publication includes articles, blogs, interviews, sketches and supplemental material from other photographers who Pete Brook has come across during Prison Photography on the Road.
Exhibition. Noorderlicht Photo Gallery, Groningen, The Netherlands. From 18 February to 1 April 2012. Find out more here