Poppies. Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan 2002 © KATE BROOKS If you follow world events at all, you can’t miss Kate Brooks’s photographs. You also might not want to look at them. When her book In the Light of Darkness: A Photographer’s Journey After 9/11 (Schilt Publishing, 2011) arrived at my doorstep, I braced myself. But [...]
Shiprock, New Mexico 2006 The two-lane blacktop slices through the high Nevada desert, as Jane Hilton’s 1966 gold Mustang speeds past sagebrush and tumbleweed toward snow-clad mountains hovering like clouds in the distance. This lonely, desolate stretch of U.S. Route 50 is far from London, England — where she lives — yet she couldn’t [...]
© JUDY DATER, Juggler, 2012 Every Saturday morning, five-year-old Judy Dater eagerly went with her father to the movie theater he owned near Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. While he put away cartons of candy and popcorn and retreated to his office, she stepped into the blackest space imaginable to her, its [...]
She washes the last of the breakfast dishes, gives the children a quick goodbye kiss on the cheek, slings her camera around her neck and heads out the door. It’s another overcast Saturday in a northern Chicago suburb as nanny and housekeeper Vivian Maier takes the train once again into the city. Or [...]
Look at Edgar Angelone’s black-and-white gelatin silver and platinum photographs, and you’ll see more than the beautiful scenes on which he trains his medium-format camera. His images explore the possibilities of darkness and light beyond the visual, in the realms of reverie and memory, intellect and emotion. “My art is a unique expression [...]
Rising up through Tibet’s Himalayas, the snow-covered peak of Mount Kailash glows as if illuminated from within, radiating a hallowed essence. The sacred site is one of hundreds around the world that Izu has photographed since 1979. His 14x20-inch large format, platinum/ palladium contact prints — among them, Egypt’s Step Pyramid, Stonehenge, Angkor Wat, Easter Island, Machu Picchu and the Mayan ruins — appear in Kenro Izu: A Thirty Year Retrospective (Nazraeli Press, 2010), his ninth and most recent book. “It’s not my purpose to photograph the architecture,” Izu tells me from his studio in Rhinebeck, New York (www.kenroizu.com). “I’m trying to photograph the air surrounding it. I feel that the accumulation of prayers over thousands of years is embedded in the atmosphere.”
For the past 30 years, Jim Vecchi’s camera has helped him turn his gaze inward. “My artworks are a reflection of my ongoing search for meaning,” he says. “I rely on beauty and the act of seeing to explore, question and reinterpret the way that we perceive the world.” Vecchi’s photographs offer a way in. It’s as [...]
Their soft, black bodies covered our arms, legs and feet, and a little way into the valley, the pain of the wounds forced us to stop to pull them off our entire bodies. These stops soon began to feel like a matter of survival. Every 20 minutes I peeled some 50 leeches off me, a mixture of blood and sweat covering my arms and legs.
When Julia Calfee clicks the shutter of her camera, she doesn’t just take a picture. She also makes contact. It’s not about looking as much as feeling, not depicting, but rather delving.
PROFILE: Debbie Fleming Caffery: Earth, Sweat and Fire The images in Caffery’s photographic series do more than document, they evoke the mysteries in the stories they tell.