Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Original Construction Guys: Lunch Atop A Skyscraper

Brian Finke's portrait series of construction workers is the perfect glimpse into the trade as it continues to evolve in the 21st century, but when someone talks about "construction" one particular image almost always comes to mind. This picture depicts the nonchalance of a group of construction guys set against vitality of a growing urban landscape and has forever been associated with 20th century New York City. This is the 1932 photograph "Lunch atop a Skyscraper".

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Brian Finke: Construction Guys

Photography has always been a wonderful way of revealing everything and nothing, from the majestic landscapes of Yosemite National Park to the hidden faces of plants and flowers. Sometimes it reveals the mystery of deep water creatures, other times it showcases something that's always been in every household. In this case, photographer Brian Finke shows something new in people that have always been part of the urban landscape in his project "Construction".

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Jill Greenberg: Cry Baby

From kids smiling and playing in their rooms to toddlers crying their eyes out, it's time to close this week's feature on children. The images here aren't anything new, but their impact is so far reaching that it's worth dedicating a post here. These are the controversial portraits of crying babies from Jill Greenberg's "End Times".

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Jonathan Hobin: In The Playroom

Almost a decade after the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse story first came to public attention, the photographs are still a topic of much controversy. One photographer however has flipped the controversy on its head and made them the inspiration for his portraiture series featuring children, and then some. Jonathan Hobin entered the spotlight a few years ago when his images were deemed just as controversial as the original images from which he based his "In The Playroom" series.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Mathias Braschler and Monika Fischer: The Eternal Prisoners of Guantanamo

Around the same time news of torture taking place at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq became public knowledge, another series of prison tortures were taking place half-way across the globe. Despite the distance, there were many similarities to the two stories: both involved Middle-eastern detainees and both involved abuse at the hands of US Army personnel. Photographers Mathias Braschler and Monika Fischer look at the former prisoners and find out how the Guantanamo Bay detention camp has changed their lives.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Tim Flach: More Than Human

Last week's image feature on Tim Flach's action portrait of an English Springer Spaniel was so striking that it would be a shame not to feature more from the photographer. With a new publication that's about to come out, it's quite timely to have Tim Flach on this blog again, this time on his upcoming book, "More Than Human".

Friday, September 7, 2012

The PDN Photo of the Day Feature

The previous feature on photographer Tim Flach's action portrait wasn't just picked out of the blue. It's actually one of the beautiful images presented on one of the best photo blogs today: the PDN Photo of the Day blog.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Tim Flach and the English Springer Spaniel

It's been a while since the last post featuring animal portraits, so while everyone else is enjoying their weekend, here's a picture of man's best friend hard at work. This outstanding action photo is just one of the images in the previously featured book "Dogs" by the talented Tim Flach.