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Jacques Henri Lartigue was unknown as a photographer until 1963, when, at 69 years old, his work was shown for the first time in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. That same year, a picture spread published in Life magazine in an issue on John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s death also introduced Lartigue’s work to a wide public. Much to his surprise, he rapidly became one of the twentieth century’s most famous photographers.

Jacques Lartigue was introduced to photography as early as the year 1900 by his father, Henri Lartigue, who gave him his first camera in 1902, when Jacques was eight years old. From then on, Jacques recorded incessantly the world of his childhood, from automobile outings and family holidays to inventions by his older brother Maurice (nicknamed Zissou). Born into a prosperous family, the two brothers were fascinated by cars, aviation and sports currently in vogue; Jacques used his camera to document them all. As he grew up, he continued to frequent sporting events, participating in and recording such elite leisure activities as skiing, skating, tennis or golf.

But young Jacques, acutely aware of the evanescence of life, worried that photographs were not enough to resist the passing of time. How could images taken in just a few seconds convey and retain all the beauty and wonder around him? In parallel to his photography, he therefore began keeping a diary, and continued to do so throughout his life.

He also took up drawing and painting in 1915. After briefly attending the Julian Academy in Paris, he became a professional painter, exhibiting his work from 1922 on in Paris and the south of France. In 1919, Jacques married Madeleine Messager, the daughter of composer André Messager; their son Dany was born in 1921. Jacques and Madeleine divorced in 1931.

Jacques circulated in high society until the early 1930s, when the decline of the Lartigue fortune forced him to look for other sources of income. But he refused to give up his freedom by taking on a steady job, and lived meagerly off his painting throughout the 1930s and 1940s. In the early 1950s, while pursuing his painting career, he also began to receive some recognition as a photographer.

In 1962, with Florette, his third wife, he sailed by cargo ship to Los Angeles. During their travels, they stopped in New York, where they met with Charles Rado, founder of the photo agency Rapho. After seeing Lartigue’s photographs, Rado introduced him to John Szarkowski, the newly appointed director of the photography department at the Museum of Modern Art. Szarkowski was so impressed that the following year, he organized the first-ever exhibition of Lartigue’s work.

A retrospective of Lartigue’s photographs was held in Paris’ decorative arts museum, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, in 1975—the year after the French president, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, asked him to take his official portrait. In 1979, Lartigue signed an act donating his entire photographic output to the French government, the first living French photographer to do so; and mandated the Association des Amis de Jacques Henri Lartigue to conserve and promote his work. In 1980, his exhibition “Bonjour Monsieur Lartigue” was shown at the Grand Palais in Paris. He continued taking photographs, painting and writing until his death in Nice on September 12, 1986, at the age of 92, and left behind more than 100,000 photographs, 7,000 diary pages and 1,500 paintings.

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Tejal Patni

I graduated from the Sir JJ School of Applied Arts and started out as a still photographer. After all these years, I’m happy to report I’m still one. I’ve shot for Harvey Nichols, Chanel, Levi’s and a whole host of some of the world’s most exciting brands. ( I guess I’ve been lucky.)

I’ve always tried to ‘push things a bit’, give people something they haven’t seen before.

Sometimes I’ve managed to do that. Sometimes I haven’t.

Over the past few years or so, I’ve been pushing myself. I still love stills, but I don’t like being static. Cut to London. I’m in a classroom full of kids studying film making. I graduate from the London Film Academy.

I’m moving. I think there is something deeply fulfilling about the whole idea of Locomotion. I’m not too sure where it’s all headed, but it feels good. To be a journeyman, to be on the road. Especially when the light’s just right.

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Mariana Yampolsky

 

 

 

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Para Mariana Yampolsky (Chicago, 6 de septiembre de 1925 – † Ciudad de México, 3 de mayo de 2002), la fotografía fue un modo de conocer, de adentrarse en la memoria y las vivencias cotidianas de los seres humanos, acaso con el propósito de identificar, en los abundantes signos que encierran sus imágenes, las identidades de individuos y colectividades, la manera única en que estos se relacionan con el mundo. Desde su llegada a México, en 1945, fue una dedicada viajera de los caminos mexicanos. Doce años después de su muerte, somos testigos de la enorme curiosidad de la artista por las costumbres de la gente que encontraba en su camino. Pero Yampolsky buscó siempre trascender la descripción antropológica.

Después de una trayectoria larga y laboriosa, tuvo la satisfacción enorme de haber dedicado su vida a lo que ella más amaba: México y su gente. Al ver sus fotografías, uno se pregunta qué es México, por qué unos sí y otros no, por qué el hambre, el desasimiento; Mariana da una única respuesta: la de la dignidad. Su rigor es absoluto, sin concesiones. Porque fue maestra, sabe enseñar y si antes enseñó con palabras, con sus imágenes enseña visualmente. En las fotografías de Mariana Yampolsky no hay urgencias, ni prisas, ni ‘instante decisivo’. Para ella, tomar una foto era un viaje al interior que debía hacerse con mucho tiento. Sus imágenes nunca hieren, jamás tomó a un ser humano en su peor momento. Ni a un perro siquiera.

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Pedro Meyer

Creo que es muy importante que las personas se den cuenta de que las imágenes no son una representación de la realidad. Cuanto antes este mito sea destruido y enterrado, mejor para la sociedad a su alrededor. 

Todavía no “hacemos” fotografía, como si hiciéramos una pintura o una olla de cerámica, en el que el contenido es una total invención. La toma en este caso se asemeja más a la forma en que componemos las imágenes en nuestro cerebro, al igual que las reconstrucciones de la memoria. Creamos capas de diversos orígenes y las colocamos en el contexto de qué y cómo percibimos la realidad pero, en esencia, todas ellas son fotográficas en su origen. La imagen es una representación de lo que sería una historia, como dicha por ancestros que recrean mitos de hechos que habrían tenido lugar en algún momento en el tiempo.

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Mariska Karto

 

Mariska Karto is a photographer/illustrator born in Suriname (South-America) and raised in Holland
She started her artistic photography in 2010 with the urge to express her innerworld.
What started as a urge to express her innerworld, is meanwhile mainly inspired, by the old world (she loves the magic of the old and dusty world), the magic of woman and the struggle of human emotions.
A part of her work is translated in visuals from dark to bright.
Human feeling is the key that inspires her, human development related to spirituality is also an important factor.
Her images tells about stories of a world deep within us. They show us a dark world and secret atmospheres, but they also show us a dreamy mood of a tender and soft dreamworld.

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Olivier Föllmi

Olivier Föllmi is a French-Swiss photographer born in 1958 in Saint-Julien-en-Genevois. He’s particularly known for his pictures of the Himalayas, especially Zanzkar, Tibet and its people. He married Danielle Föllmi in 1984, with whom he adopted two Tibetan and two Zanskaris children.
Having received a travel scholarship, went to Afghanistan at age 17. A year later, in 1976, discovered the Zanskar region. In 1988 he took over, along with his wife, two sons of a peasant couple Zanskar to take them to the nearest school, in Leh Ladakh. They spent 14 days in the deep canyon of the river Zanskar in winter. “Frozen River” tells the story of the trip that was also the subject of a photographic award in 1989 with the World Press Photo.
He was also selected in the festival of the image Visa in Perpignan, in 1999, for his reportage “Workers of the Himalayas”. He has performed around the world reporting for Life magazine, Paris Match, Geo, National Geographic, Grand Reportage, Stern, Epoca and Aérone.
Along with his wife Danielle and their four adopted children they recount their lives in the Himalayas, from 1998 to 2008 in the documentary “The fate of Föllmi”.
He has published more than 30 books with his collections of photographs.

Lucie Bremeault

After spending her childhood in Brittany, always a camera in her hands, Lucie arrives in Paris and quickly dedicate herself to professional photography. Altough she began by photographing Paris and its monuments, she quickly discovers the universe of studio. Worshiper of perfection and flawless images, she decides to devote herself to the picture of beauty.

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The new gypsies, Iain Mickell

Ian Mckell is an explorer with an intense eye for detail and composition. When working with models and celebrities Ian manages to penetrate beyond the surface. He is drawn to the character of the person. Often placing his subjects in curious landscapes or intimate interiors, brings a magical and otherworldly quality to his pictures. Clients Include: i-D, The Face, The Observer, Sunday Times, Independent, WSJ, Telegraph, UK Vogue, Paris Vogue, Vogue Italy, L’Uomo Vogue, Casa Vogue, Zoo, Tank, Flair, V Magazine, French and NL L’Officiel, Levis, Wrangler’s, Jig Saw, Max &co, Red Stripe, Vladivar, Tia Maria, Mercedes Benz, Nixon, Pepsi Cola, Vidal Sassoon, Fisherman’s and Sony Playstation. Ian Mckell photographed an unknown Madonna for her first magazine cover just before she topped the British charts.More recently Ian invited Kate Moss to collaborate in his long-term personal project and challenged her to travel, camp and live with New Age Gypsies, creating a unique fashion story along the way that raised questions and challenged perceptions of both supermodel and traveler.In April 2011 he published a book with Prestel entitled “The New Gypsies” which came about as he followed a small tribe of Horse Drawn Travellers in the UK for 10 years. He managed to pay homage to their 18th century lifestyle, which they combine with 21st Century technology. In May 2012 Mckell released “Beautiful Britain” a visual journey that spans 35 years of work on the land that shaped him.

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Glenn Capers

I’ve come to realize that my art has diversity with powerful individual vision, that chronicles the life of individuals. People draw me into their lives to tell their story to anyone willing to listen and validate their reason for living. My attraction to story telling grew as my life developed behind a camera. I discovered that it’s not how a photographer looks at the world that is important, it’s their relationship with their fellow human beings and these moments of connectivity that are frozen in time for all to see.

I am now teaching street photography and journalism around the world. Helping people to find their stories after they identify their personal pilgrimage.

As a photographer I have won a John F Kennedy award, Leica Medal of Excellence for outstanding achievement in Humanistic Photojournalism, NPPA region 10, award, and many more

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Wladyslaw Pawelec

Generally, the idea of nude [photography] is unambiguously identified with the image of female body. Only naked woman looks naturally. Naked man looks not dressed

Thierry Bansront

 

French photographer, since january 2014, living in Uzes in the south of France.

I am primarily a portrait painter, lover of faces and emotions that can restore a look, an expression of body movement.
I have a preference for rendering homage to the painting of the neoclassical period. the set of lights and colors that highlight the natural beauty of the models.
A style that tries to get away from the dictates of modern representation of women to return to ue some form of grace and gentleness.

I also love fashion photography allows me to working in a more modern way

Gueorgui Pinkhassov

Pinkhassov’s interest in photography began while he was still at school. After studying cinematography at the VGIK (the Moscow Institute of Cinematography), he went on to work at the Mosfilm studio and then as a set photographer.

In 1978 Pinkhassov joined the Moscow Union of Graphic Arts and obtained the status of an independent artist. His work was noticed by the prominent Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky, who invited Pinkhassov to the set to make a reportage about his film ‘Stalker’ (1979).

Pinkhassov moved permanently to Paris in 1985. He joined Magnum Photos in 1988. He works regulary for the international press, particularly for Geo, Actuel and the New York Times Magazine. His book, Sightwalk, explores individual details, through reflections or particular kinds of light, often approaching abstraction

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In my work, I search for a bright and strong artistic effect, for a charming photographic language in shape, color and with the use of light. I pay great attention to the setting of the picture in an effort to combine the objectivity of the external world with my interiority, to obtain an image which represents both the “momentum” and my “artistic conception”. Following this general concept, I created my artwork “Mother and Son. Jiming Lv

New generations will see boundaries fade and determine for themselves what is normal. There is beauty in the unusual. Celebrate difference! Justine Tjallinks

Liza is a very special model- her face is child-like and innocent but her gaze is strong and deep. That was my first impression of her and I have tried to capture it in this portrait using soft but assertive balance between light, shadows and with a delicate asymmetry introduced into a symmetrical centered composition that dominates this image. Paul Apal\’kin

This is my favourite image from a series of photos inspired from the American TV series “Sons of Anarchy”. It took me two years to finally get a team together and be able to complete the first part of this project. The photographs were taken in the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland. Marek Biegalski

Slum children play football in a muddy field in the Gazipur district in Dhaka. Although Bangladesh’s football team is positioned 162 in the FIFA rankings, the country has millions of football fans, most of them supporting their national team. Probal Rashid

With this shot the author successfully captures the unlimited joy of some Indonesian children enthusiastically playing together trying to catch a fish jumping in the sea. Agung Anom Manik

Mud park, located in Xiushan island of Zhoushan City, is the first mud theme park in China. My work represents two visitors completely covered with mud, with a group of “muddy people” in the background. I used the contrast between light and shadow to show childish enjoyment. Changming Liu

I took this photo in Shangri square in China. I was attracted to an old thoughtful man. It was difficult to convince him to let me take his picture as we couldn’t communicate in any language. After much effort and the use of body language, he allowed me to take pictures of him. I took them from different angles to be able to represent his pensive mood. Leyla Emektar

During a Dharma assembly in the monastery of Labrang Lamasery, due to the heavy snow, all the monks’ robes were covered with a thick layer of snow. When a young Lama was looking back with a smile, the photographer captured his smiling face. Jianjun Huang

 

Meet Onno, a teenager girl from the Arbore tribe in Omo Valley. Onno, like other women of her tribe, enjoys decorating herself with hundreds of beads, which she believes makes her more attractive. Her hair is cut short and it is a symbol of virginity. Matjaz Krivic

Venetian-born mask creator, Marilisa Dal Cason, is a woman with great passion who creates each of her masks’ identity from her own soul. According to Marilisa, every mask has its own personality. Dean Saffron

Happy children playing with tires outside our NGO medical consultation point full of ill people. These are the smiling sons, nephews and grandchildren of our patients. Sometimes, the line between suffering and happiness is so small and fuzzy that it can be very frightening. Antonio Aragon Renuncio

This is a nomadic mountain inhabitant of the Sonamarg region in Kashmir whose harsh facial features and sharp look made him blend in with the rugged mountaintops in the background. In the end, it looked like he was part of his own landscape. Mahmoud Yakut

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Raquel Sabido

El desnudo y los retratos me tienen bajo sus encantos. Desde un lunar en el hombro hasta un flequillo más largo de lo normal. Los detalles y rasgos son lo que hacen únicas a las personas, aunque a veces no lucimos nuestras particularidades por miedo a no estar dentro de los prototipos idealizados o a nuestro propio rechazo al cuerpo. El arte como terapia es algo que me ha gustado desde que conozco y su uso en la fotografía es algo que intento (algún día) conseguir en mis fotografías.

Deborah Turbeville

Deborah Turbeville has brought her distinct, intensely personal vision to a body of work. Turbeville’s work first appeared in Vogue in the 1970’s. She has been acknowledged as a dominant figure in contemporary photography, bringing an entirely original vision to the art. She has had inumerable exhibitions throughout the world.

Deborah Turbeville was a fashion editor turned photographer, and her work appears regularly in French and Italian Vogue. She has received numerous awards and has had museum exhibitions in France, Japan, Mexico, and the United States.

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Divya Agrawal

 

To photograph for me is to connect. To get a glimpse into another’s life, a moment, or a feeling- in the time space continuum- and more importantly, a means to share that bond.

Bred on episodes of Travel in the 90s, and ever since I laid my hands on my Father’s old Yashica as a 14 year old, I have always longed to reach out to discover, and share narratives in this form. Born into a traditional Hindu family with emphasis on a conventional career, if at all for a woman, following the path of a photographer has never been easy.

Originally trained as an Engineer, I quit my job three years back and joined a course in Communication to understand language, imagery and culture. Learning from the course supplemented my photography and powered my desire to pursue a dream of being a visual storyteller. Banking on the kindness of strangers, and many experiments later, the dream travels.

Since then, I have been working on my photographs, which revolve around conflicts, cultures, identity and other documentary work.

Both my visual and written work has appeared in a number of National and International Publications and has been exhibited in India and abroad.

I was also the Winner of the 2013 National Geographic Photography Scholarships and went on Assignment to Greenland. The same year, I was also an invited attendee to the Angkor Photo Workshops at Cambodia.

I am currently working on freelance assignments and personal projects and am based out of Bombay in India.

Dmitriy Plyusnin

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Astrid Sterner

Spanish-German born artist Astrid Sterner started photography at an early age, documenting her surroundings and creating stories using her friends as main subjects. After being accepted into Central Saint Martins in 2007, she moved to London where she would study photography. There she experimented with a large range of lighting and imagery techniques. She was later accepted into a special training program with the Magnum Collective for young upcoming photographers. After graduation, Astrid moved to NYC where she worked for two years for renowned fashion photographer Mario Sorrenti. Later she took the position as Photo assistant and Studio manager of photographer Miguel Reveriego. Astrid is now a freelance fashion photographer based in NY. She has contributed to numerous fashion publications including Vogue Mexico, Interview Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Elle Vietnam, I-D Spain.