The sometimes quiet, deep thinking man of the world is always busy finding out different things about photography or something new in the world. Photography is and always will be Al Saulso’s passion but lately he has stepped into many different artistic shoes to see which one really fits.
I work primarily in black and white negative film, scanned and digitally altered: assemblies, color inversion, drawings on the tablet. I try to represent the subconscious mind by creating fantastic imagery and by juxtaposing elements that seem to contradict each other. My pictures are like frames of an unconscious deliberately incoherent and illogical.
Josue Castro’s iconic black and white photos have no lack of color or substance as they violently strike you with the contrast of values. These larger than life reflections are dark in nature and painfully beautiful. The identity of the figure concealed, these stories tell a tale that perhaps sometimes pain does heal the hurt. At that instant you are overwhelmed with a burning sensation and, trying to get your breath back, cautiously approach your ignited query: ‘Is that …’
While traveling in Japan, I captured as much of the city-life energy as my camera could carry. But even in such impressive settings, I find the people in them hold the most meaning. The set Tokyo in Black and White presents what Tokyo felt like through the mood of its local people, and their effect on their surroundings.
American photographer Roger Ballen has been living and photographing in South Africa since the late 1970s. His photographs have caused international controversy, excitement and debate ever since his book, Platteland: Images of a Rural South Africa, was published. I find the photographs to be both beautiful and profoundly disturbing.
I love the photography of Brittany Markert. I’ve scoured her stunning gallery of nude bodies endowed with alluring bone structures and haunting expressions amidst empty spaces. Some of her photographs remind me those of the late Francesca Woodman.
On our way to visit the Gellért and Széchenyi baths in Budapest, we visited the Hungarian House of Photography to take in an exhibition shot by one of their lifeguards more than 80 years ago. During the 1930s in Hungary, a lifeguard wasn’t the bored person dressed in white at the side of the pool – a lifeguard was a personality.
Russian photographer Alexey Bednij’s latest project is a series of visual illusions crafted from his portraits of people and animals. To develop these mind-bending compositions, what he calls his ‘collages’, Bednij will sit and wait until his scene is perfectly placed before snapping the shots and manipulating shadows in these high contrast black-and-whites.
From hotel rooms to wrinkled sheets, Baptiste Léonne catches the disturbing, erotic and intimate moments found there. Hotel Girls is a delicate and haunting series of black and white photographs.
Seems model Dasha Z is the fairest of Biryukov’s lense. Photographer Nikolay Biryukov snapped these classic black and whites for Fashion Gone Rogue’s latest exclusive, Mirror, Mirror. If you’ve managed to peel your eyes off the devastatingly striking Dasha, you would’ve also noticed she’s doing a damn fine job sporting a wardrobe of Jil Sander, La Perla and Prada threads.
Erina Giblin took this photo of Peter Bramley a little while ago, but it remains one of my favorite images. Bramley runs the Vacant Valley label and plays in Penguins, as well as in a host of other bands. Pengins’ music is often pretty confronting and this photo is such a accurate graphic representation of […]
Between January and December 1979, Japanese photographer Keizo Kitajima exhibited his photographs of Tokyo life in a way that was close to performance art. Each month, he would cover the walls with huge black and white prints made up of smaller pieces of photographic paper (developing in real time on the walls). He would often […]
These photographs are from an ongoing project of mine, primarily shot on the bustling streets of Sydney’s CBD. In particular, amidst the chaotic settings, I look for moments of solitude. The streets are a strange place to really experience humanity.
After three years of traveling and shooting skaters at parks, sidewalks and on the streets, the Skater: Portraits by Nikki Toole show is on now at The National Portrait Gallery of Australia, running until May 2. It will then move onto Geelong Gallery for three months in July and tour around Australia after that.