From Every Angle: The Street Photography of Hiroyuki Ito
The Daily Beast asked the New York-based photographer Hiroyuki Ito to explore the city with a Holga – the inexpensive, yet iconic, plastic film camera that produces wonderful, nostalgic-looking images that Instagram can only mimic.
Everyday there are lives at home and on the other side of the world that go unnoticed; lives that may matter little to the personal hustle of trying to pay rent, get children to do their homework or figure out how late to leave the couch and still make it to work on time; but everyday photojournalists celebrate these lives.
From children playing while 1,034-plus bodies are pulled from the rubble of a clothing factory in Lahore where shirts are sewn for wealthy westerners, to the tattered remains of an American flag on a still ravaged New Jersey coast line on the six month anniversary of Hurricane Sandy; these documentary images take us beyond a scrolling news flash on the bottom of a cable news show and ask us to look. To look and if we stop long enough to force us to stare for a moment; to question why.
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DAILY PIC: This photo of Jewish schoolchildren in the town of Mukacevo, now part of Ukraine, was taken by Roman Vishniac sometime between 1935 and 1938, when he was documenting the sorry state of the Jewish population in Eastern Europe – which was about to get so much worse. The image is now in his show at the International Center of Photography in New York. The exhibition makes clear how much Vishniak’s “simple” documentation owes to avant-garde art and photography from earlier in the century. That’s doubly clear when you look at the much straighter photojournalism by Chim that’s on view one floor up at the ICP, and that was done at precisely the same time. I have to admit that the stylishness of Vishniak’s vision helps sell me on his subjects – even though his Orthodox subjects often resisted the modernity he represents.
Like the 1930’s Russian version of Humans of New York.
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15 female photographers explore femininity. Above is a photo by Hanna Putz:
In creating portraits of friends who had recently given birth to their first children, [Putz] noticed a remarkable shift in awareness. “Their attention is mainly on their child, and [they] are also in some kind of a transitional phase, as they are adjusting to the new role that has just been given to them,” said Putz in an interview with BJP.
Ten years ago, this could have been done and no one would have figured out about it. Social media makes work easier to steal—but it also makes the people who take it more accountable.
When DKNY mistakenly used some of Brandon Stanton’s (a.k.a. Humans of New York) photographs in a store display in Bangkok without his permission, Stanton found out thanks to a fan. Stanton asked for the company to donate $100,000 to the YMCA in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The company has apologized and agreed to give $25,000.
Edmund Clark, Guantanamo: If the Light Goes Out
The Guantanamo detention camp occupies an isolated 45 square mile plot of land in Cuba, its complex a crucial point of cultural convergence amidst the war on terror. Edmund Clark’s project investigates Guantanamo through its influence on distinct notions of home: for the American community who reside in the naval base; the detainees incarcerated in its compound; and the former prisoners who now rebuild their lives in Europe and the Middle East.
From Clark’s statement on ifthelightgoesout.com:The series’ disjointed narrative aims to convey the sense of disorientation and dislocation central to the daily experience of incarceration at Guantanamo, and to explore the legacy of disturbance such experiences have in the minds and memories of these men. The viewer is asked to jump from prison camp detail to domestic still life; from life outside the naval base and back again – from light to dark.
Guantanamo: If the Light Goes Out opens tonight, and runs through January 12, 2013, at Flowers Gallery, in New York City.
A Tale of Two Holidays in Sandy’s Aftermath
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, except in places ravaged by superstorm Sandy. While most people have recovered from the hurricane’s devastating winds and storm surge, pockets of New York and New Jersey are still reeling from the damage. Thousands have been displaced from their homes and lost everything with the storm. Yet, the extravagant holiday decorating continues apace in New York City. The Daily Beast looks at the disparity between the haves and have nots this holiday season.
Above, clockwise from top left:
Kathy Kmonicek / AP: A woman looks at a pair of jeans amongst the pile of clothing in front of Long Beach city hall donated for victims of Superstorm Sandy, November 6, 2012.
Peter Foley, Bloomberg / Getty Images: Women browse handbags at a Macy’s Inc. store in New York on Black Friday, November 23, 2012.
Mark Lennihan / AP Photo: Christmas decorations, salvaged from the charred remains of a home, are shown in Breezy Point, Queens, November 13, 2012.
Don Emmert / Getty Images: Christmas decorations are displayed at a Walmart store in Norwalk, Connecticut, November 17, 2012 .
Some powerful contrasts here.