Philip-Lorca diCorcia is well-known for his carefully planned and meticulously executed photographs involving family members and a variety of “actors,” including anonymous strangers, pole dancers and street hustlers. Over the past decades, he has been influential in reinventing the genre of street photography. Deploying characters in preconceived yet seemingly random poses and contexts, diCorcia’s photographs are far from candid snapshots. They explore the idea of the “indecisive moment” and revolve around a tension between the casual and the posed, the accidental and the fated.
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This month marks the one-year anniversary of the undersea earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck Northern Japan. In observance of the tragedy, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) is exhibiting “Silent Existence” by the fine-art photographer Tetsugo Hyakutake. Through his images, Hyakutake has said that he wishes to explore “contemporary issues in relation to their historical contexts.” For “Silent Existence,” the contemporary and historical meld into one, as the images show the destruction caused by the tsunami soon after it occurred. The resulting photos have a quiet sadness to them, featuring the things the wave left behind.
Photographer and director Finn O’Hara is based in Toronto. O’Hara says, “Smokers just can’t seem to catch a break anymore. Over the past ten years, Toronto smokers have gone from smoking at the bar, to being forced into city alleyways. This cover shot, for Toronto’s The Grid, accompanied a confessional tale of the stigmas faced by smokers every day in Toronto, and what it takes to finally kick the habit. To illustrate the commitment of a winter smoker, we enlisted a hardened smoker and slapped them with a fictitious sub-zero blizzard.”
See a behind-the-scenes video of the shoot.
© Lunar Orbiter I NASA: Earth Seen from the Far Side of the Moon, frame 102H. Vintage double silver print panorama, 17 x 44 in. (432 x 1118 mm), Aug 23, 1966; 16:35 GMT, on modern archival mount.
This is the first photograph of the Earth seen from the moon. Lunar Orbiter I was the first of five unmanned orbiter missions sent to obtain photographs of proposed Apollo landing sites. Its Kodak-designed photography system consisted of a dual-lens camera, on-board film processor, and readout equipment. An 80-mm lens provided wide coverage on negatives marked M (medium resolution), and a 610mm lens provided a smaller area of greater detail marked H (high resolution). Orbiter I was launched on August 10, 1966, began photographing on August 18, and made its last photograph August 29, before crashing into the moon. It completed 547 moon orbits, making 211 M frames and 211 H frames, from altitudes ranging from 45 to 1,454 km. Courtesy Charles Isaacs Photographs.
Charles Isaacs Photographs is one of 75 galleries showcasing photography during the AIPAD Photography Show New York from March 29 – April 1.
|© Thomas Hoepker/Courtesy Anastasia Photo. Muhammad Ali training in a London Gym, 1966.|
“It’s hard to be humble, when you’re as great as I am.” – Muhammad Ali. Acclaimed Magnum photographer Thomas Hoepker had a very special relationship with Cassius Clay aka Muhammad Ali that spanned three decades. Thomas Hoepker was given unique access to photograph Ali both in and out of the ring capturing some of the most iconic moments in Ali’s life. Many of these pictures can now be found, some published for the first time, in the photographer’s new book, “Champ”. Thomas Hoepker will be signing copies of “Champ” at Anastasia Photo on Tuesday, March 27 6:30-8:30. To see more from Thomas Hoepker’s portfolio visit Anastasia Photo.
-courtesy Anastasia Photo