Todd McLellan’s idea of presenting dismantled products from our daily life deserves serious attention. First of all, because of the way the different parts of each item are photographed – in motion as air-explosion and in stillness, meticulously arranged as a gorgeous picture itself. The images of stillness reveals his great sense of design. They are really amazing. I couldn’t wonder how he organized all the particles not omitting even the smallest ones like nuts and bolts, showing the beauty of the product from another perspective. However, all these ordinarily products like typewriter, wall clock, telephone, camera, iPod, printer, and so many others, are not only portraits of our technology time, but also show us that there is a whole hidden world of functioning most of us have no idea about it. We have learned how to use and serve with the tools and usually not interested in delving in the deeper layers of how exactly they were made, and thus this project is as well a nice reminder not to take for granted even the world we have created
ALPHABETABUM? What does it mean? As the authors and illustrators of this newly published book, Chris Raschka & Vladimir Radunsky explained, this is an ALPHABET book with an ALBUM of old photos.
And actually it is what they state – a book of letters accompanied with vintage photos of children. Quite original way to help the kids in learning the alphabet. First, because the funny text below the letters describes the child associated with it in view of the pose, expression of the face or what wears or holds in the hands. Such an approach not only gives an individuality to each letter, but on the second place, makes the readers to fantasize stories about the depicted children. After all, with so many letters, we have a whole “neighborhood” full of children and finishing the book opens the door to an imaginary world where the kids could play with all those characters. And thirdly, unfortunately, this is probably their solely experience with such photos. With the new technologies only the professional photographers continue to care about the old-fashioned film, so they are already on their way of vanishing from our daily lives. Therefore, the book is not addressed only to the little ones, but it is a beautiful nostalgic look for their parents too.
Dinah Fried – Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals
Fictitious Dishes is a very unique link between the culinary moments and the contemporary and classic literature where they are mentioned. The author Dinah Fried imagined these moments and conveyed her vision through photographic interpretations. She re-created the meals as described in the books and styled them in a way to feel the ‘spirit of the story’. Moreover, choosing the perspective from above, she puts us, the viewers, in the position of the characters from the famous novels as they were eating these meals, making us present to their experience. Each image is accompanied also with the text from the book that inspired its creation. There are also interesting food facts and entertaining anecdotes about the authors, their work, and their culinary predilections.
Abelardo Morell was born in 1948 in Cuba but since 1962 he resides in the USA. His first experiments with the camera obscure technique started in 1988 as a teacher of photography in art college when he covered the windows in the classroom with black opaque plastic sheeting in order to darken the place and no light be visible. Then he cut a small hole in them and his students were mesmerized with the result. On the opposite wall was projected the upside-down image of the scene from the outside. Simple but so powerful. And as he says “It felt like the moment photography was invented.”
Elliott Erwitt – the “amateur” photographer of the absurd moments
Elliott Erwitt was born in 1928 in Paris but since the mid of 40s he resides in New York. His eyes catch immediately the quirky sense of humor in ironic situations within our everyday life. The ludicrous moments we often find ourselves into but not being able even to recognize them. And here it comes Mr. Erwit – to show us the absurd side of the coin and makes us laugh.
Since 1953 he is a member of Magnum Photos where was invited to join by its founder Robert Capa.
Why Mr Erwitt’s works are so wildly appreciated? Probably because as he describes himself he is still and will remain always “an amateur photographer”, clarifying though that the word “amateur” comes from the Latin and means “to love”.
David Maisel is an American photographer and visual artist born 1961. The Lake Project was made between 2001-2002 and comprises images from a formerly 200 square-mile Owens Lake in California. All of them from an eye-bird view.