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The Rising Stars of Ethiopian Photography

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Cross-posted from blind.  [By Charlotte Jean]  “Ethiopia’s enormous capital, Addis Ababa, is currently undergoing unprecedented urban change. In the wake of gargantuan modernization work, a new generation of photographers is jumping energetically on this evolving subject: the city and its people.  Internationally renowned Ethiopian photographer Aïda Muluneh had foreseen that Addis Ababa would become a photography hub. In 2010, she launched the Addis Photo Festival, an opportunity for a new generation of photographers to re-appropriate…

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Photos Hidden Away For Decades Provide An Intimate Portrait of Thomas Hart Benton At Work In His Kansas City Studio

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Cross-posted from KCUR. [By Julie Denisha] “Nick Vedros didn’t know what to expect when his uncle, Michael Mardikes, handed him a box of photo negatives. What he found inside took his breath away. More than 60 years ago, his uncle had captured hundreds of images of Thomas Hart Benton, the famed painter, in the process of creating a mural. Vedros, a commercial photographer in Kansas City, quickly arranged a visit with Mardikes, who is 93, and…

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Harry Wilks’ Iconic Car Pictures

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Cross-posted from blind.  [By Benjamin Swett]  American photographer Harry Wilks favors the everyday life. His project The Car Picture features a series of yearly photographs in front of the family car shot over a period of thirty years. An ode to family life that documents the passing of time. Harry Wilks is a photographer with a sense of humor. You see it in the photographs for which he is best known, the iconic wide-angle shots…

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And in the Beginning, There Was Gordon Parks

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Cross-posted from The New York Times. [By Guy Trebay] Gordon Parks was “the first Black member of the Farm Security Administration’s storied photo corps; the first Black photographer for the United States Office of War Information; the first Black photographer for Vogue; the first Black staff photographer at the weekly magazine Life; and, years later, the first Black filmmaker to direct a motion picture for a major Hollywood studio. By the standards of a Jim…

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Photographing Life as It’s Seen, Not Staged

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Cross-posted from The New York Times. [By Arthur Lubow]  “Documentary photography, which fell out of favor with the rise of manipulated images, is making a comeback, on view at the International Center of Photography. Here are some names to watch.” “In recent years, documentary photography has fallen out of fashion. The critical arbiters in museums and galleries favor pictures that are constructed in a studio, lifted off a computer screen, generated through digital manipulation, assembled from…

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Donald R. Pettit: Spaceborne

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Cross-posted from LenScratch.  [By Linda Alterwitz]  “Spaceborne, a collection of photographs by astronaut and artist Donald R. Pettit gives the viewer a unique perspective of life in space. The photographs were captured while he spent 370 days circling the Earth’s orbit, working and living aboard the International Space Station. During this time while his mere survival was dependent upon technology, he went the extra step to transform his unique experiences through artistic expression, illuminating a…

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