I really enjoyed this photography project and suggest you check it out. 


alright, it’s been sort of a slow day for photography in san diego, so I thought I’d use this opportunity to give a little lesson on the history of photography in sd in order to showcase some of this cities rich artistic heritage. In the 60’s John Baldessari was living and working in National City, where he created a series of conceptual photographs in which he drove around the city taking black and white photos that he later combined with text. So I like to remind people who might think san diego is culturally lacking about these. Well that’s your San Diego Photography Club history lesson for the day. I think the projects coming along pretty well so far. Don’t forget to submit pictures or let me know if there are any photographers in san diego that you think should be included here. Alright, see yah


Solovki, White Sea, Russia (dog with bag), Pentti Sammallahti, 1992 (via Candace Dwan Gallery)

I’m reading John Berger’s The Shape of a Pocket. Berger opens the book with a description of Pentii Sammallahti’s photography. He writes:

Early this morning, when I was still in bed, a swallow flew in, circled the room, saw its error and flew out through the window to alight on the telephone wire. I relate this small incident because it seems to me to have something to do with Pentii Sammallahti’s photographs. They too, like the swallow, are aberrant.

I have had some of his photographs in the house now for two years. I often take them out of their folder to show to friends who pass. They usually gasp at first, and then peer closer, smiling. They look at the places shown for a longer time than is usual with a photograph. Perhaps they ask whether I know the photographer, Pentii Sammallahti, personally? Or they ask what part of Russia were they taken in? In what year? They never try to put their evident pleasure into words, for it is a secret one. They simply look closer and remember. What?

In each of these pictures [the ones in Berger’s house], there is at least one dog. That’s clear and it might be no more than a gimmick. Yet in fact the dogs offer a key for opening a door. No, a gate — for here everything is outside, outside and beyond.

I notice also in each photograph the special light, the light determined by the time of day or the season of the year. It is, inevitably, the light in which figures hunt — for animals, forgotten names, a path leading home, a new day, sleep, the next lorry, spring. A light in which there is no permanence, a light of nothing longer than a glimpse. This too is a key to opening the gate.

The photos were taken with a panoramic camera, such as is normally used for making wide-section geological surveys. Here the wide-section is important, not, I think, for aesthetic reasons, but, once again, for scientific, observational ones. A lens with a narrower focus would not have found what I now see, and so it would have remained ivisible. What do I see now?

We live our daily lives in a constant exchange with the set of daily appearances surrounding us — often they are very familiar, sometimes they are unexpected and new, but always they confirm us in our lives. They do so even when they are threatening: the sight of a house burning, for example, or a man approaching us with a knife between his teeth, still reminds us (urgently) of our life and its importance. What we habitually see confirms us.

Yet it can happen, suddenly, unexpectedly, and most frequently in the half-light-of-glimpses, that we catch sight of another visible order which intersects with ours and has nothing to do with it.

I could keep typing, but I shouldn’t. Better: find a copy of The Shape of the Pocket. You won’t be disappointed. And you can see more of Pentti Sammallahti’s photographs around the web, for example a collection at Peter Fetterman Gallery that begins with one for my favorites: Helsinki, Finland (Dog Stretching), 1982.


Girls standing in water holding bunches of American Lotus, Amana, Iowa, November 1938.Photograph by J. Baylor Roberts, National Geographic

nice portrait of this woman and her dog


A mask with her dog

Carnival 2013 - Venice - Italy

Such powerful stuff. Her power turned by the position of her camera.





Woman Photographs Herself Receiving Strange Looks in Public

“I now reverse the gaze and record their reactions to me while I perform mundane tasks in public spaces. I seek out spaces that are visually interesting and geographically diverse. I try to place myself in compositions that contain feminine icons or advertisements. Otherwise, I position myself and the camera in a pool of people…and wait.

The images capture the gazer in a microsecond moment where they, for unknowable reasons, have a look on their face that questions my presence. Whether they are questioning my position in front of the lens or questioning my body size, the gazer appears to be visually troubled that I am in front of them.”

Photographer: Haley Morris-Cafiero

Project: Wait Watchers 


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Nan Goldin

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When Paul Schlemmer got the call to photograph a report from a synchronized swimming event, he immediately knew it had to be an underwater shoot. 

Even though he had never shot underwater before, Paul was able to perfectly capture the poise and elegance of the swimmers. 

Synchronized Swimmers Photographed Underwater

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Photographer awarded $1.2M from companies over use of Twitter pictures

A federal jury on Nov. 22 awarded freelance photojournalist Daniel Morel $1.2 million for the unauthorized use of his pictures—the maximum award under the Copyright Act. Getty Images and Agence France-Presse (AFP) were found to have willfully violated the law. Several other organizations previously settled with Morel.

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While most were still using black and white film to capture the streets of New York City, Saul Leiter was quietly snapping away in brilliant color. 

The under-appreciated pioneer is the focus of a new documentary titled “In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life With Saul Leiter.” 

Recognizing a Pioneer of NYC Street Photography

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Girls on swing, Max Dupain.(1911 - 1992)

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Monette and Mady are Parisian twins who dress exactly alike and share their everyday lives as models and dancers.

Maja Daniels followed them to make this beautiful photo essay of their relationship.

Parisian Twins Monette & Mady 

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rain by the69th on Flickr.

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Austin, Texas, 1967

George W. Gardner 

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The very first photo of the moon, taken by John William Draper in 1839.

Draper immigrated to the United States from England and became a chemistry professor at NYU. This daguerreotype print was the first of a series of silver platinum plates he shot using a telescope. Draper was also the first person to shoot a portrait in America, a photograph of his sister Dorothy-Catherine . In 1864, he became chairman of the American Photographic Association.

Pair with Ordering the Heavens, a visual history of humanity’s quest to depict the cosmos before telescopes.

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