May 10, 2015

National Geographic has organized, among their many photo camps, one in Jordan - the "classroom" had 20 students, all Syrian refugees.

 

One really doesn't wish to "go political" here, but the kids' photos are particularly poignant exactly because they transcend the poli...

January 27, 2015

A few recordings played on BBC Radio4 this morning made me look up the visuals... and the story behind what is simply known as "bone music"...

 

I vividly recall how even allowed, but rare, recordings took many months, sometimes years, to get hold of during the communist...

December 24, 2014

Although at the moment the only chance of catching some winter-like sight is to open the freezer and have a peek inside, a little seasonal photo from a few years ago... a sight caught in Transylvania, in the so-called "Swamp Forest". 

 

Have a lovely Merry Christmas and...

November 13, 2014

Michael Christopher Brown, a Magnum professional photographer, travelled a Syrian refugee camp in Za'atari, in neighbouring Jordan.

 

However, instead of merely doing the expected, he spent time teaching the children there to take pictures with smarthones. 

 

The result is...

September 26, 2014

A few hours ago, the British Parliament has voted for going to war (again) in Iraq, this time against ISIS and, for now at least, the actions are "only" limited to airstrikes. 

 

James Nachtwey, when he was struggling to publish some of his close-ups of the first Iraqi w...

September 17, 2014

After a perhaps too long summer break that ended up sliding into autumn eventually, it is perhaps an abrupt return to this blog, if I start with something that may seem like an advertising for some photo book.

 

However, Fan Ho's exquisite photo collection, published und...

July 13, 2014

The remains of the '1 May' outdoors swimming pool complex in the city of Tirgu Mures, Transylvania, Romania...

Over the almost 25 years since the Revolution, the former pool that was once the heart of swimming and water polo life (having nurtured many international wate...

June 23, 2014

Coming across the article and then the book based on the exhibition Faking It: A Visual History of 150 Years of Image Manipulation Before Photoshop staged by The Metropolitan Museum of Art was quite a pleasant, if often eerie, visual journey...

 

Way before digital and a...

June 2, 2014

Somehow among the multitudes of descriptions about the Nasrid Palace in the Alhambra it is virtually never mentioned that this really is a different space from what we are used to define as "impressive", "humbling", or even "daunting". 

 

Instead of vast interiors, an al...

May 20, 2014

It is needless to say that if we think of anyone who can portray a country and its people post-Cartier-Bresson as well as the old master managed to, then the name one comes up with is, with high probability, Steve McCurry...

 

Afghanistan is a country that McCurry has a...

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