domenica 29 novembre 2015


Instead of painting directly on paper, first-grade school teacher Russel Powell paints realistic portraits directly on his hand, then using it as a stamp. The San Jose-based teacher-artist paints quickly enough that the paint doesn’t dry, letting his palm-lines become part of the piece. Powell calls this process “hand-stamping,” and e
ven incorporates similar art projects into his classes.
Powell has been teaching at the same school for 14 years, and also runs Pangaean Studios. He is a lover of music, having grown up with a dad who’s a Rock n’ Roll/blues guitarist. One of Powell’s favorite things is walking up to his classroom in the morning and listening his friend Jim play piano for the kids at the start of their day.
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venerdì 27 novembre 2015


Martine Franck was a photographer whose documentary-style portraits of artists and marginalized populations alike helped her rise into the highest echelons of her profession while fiercely protecting the artistic legacy of her husband, Henri Cartier-Bresson 
The cause was leukemia, her sister-in-law, Louise Baring, said.
Ms. Franck was an exemplar of a school of postwar photography that aimed to capture the real world. Her style was to work outside the studio, to use a 35-millimeter Leica camera, and she preferred black-and-white film. She was drawn to fragile populations like Tibetan boys who had been selected as reincarnated lamas and a dying Gallic community on Tory Island, off Ireland.
She also returned over and over to photographing well-known artists, among them the painter Marc Chagall and the sculptor Étienne Martin. The poet Seamus Heaney was also a subject.
“I think our collective sense of the artistic and intellectual life of Paris in the second half of the 20th century has been substantially enriched by” Ms. Franck’s portraits, said Peter Galassi, who was director of photography at the Museum of Modern Art until last year.
Ms. Franck was born to Evelyn and Louis Franck in Antwerp, Belgium, on April 2, 1938. The family moved almost immediately after her birth to London, where her father worked as a banker. He was also a passionate art collector and took her to galleries when she was young. She received a degree in art history from the École du Louvre in Paris — studies, she said later, that convinced her that she did not want an academic career.
She was a busy freelance photographer in Paris in 1966, on assignment for magazines like Vogue, Life and Sports Illustrated, and the official photographer for the Théâtre du Soleil, when she met her future husband. Thirty years her senior, Mr. Cartier-Bresson was already internationally renowned as the father of photojournalism and a founder of Magnum Photos, a cooperative agency whose members have included Robert and Cornell Capa, Elliott Erwitt, Bruce Davidson, Philippe Halsman, W. Eugene Smith and Eve Arnold, who died in January.
“His opening line was, ‘Martine, I want to come and see your contact sheets,’ ” she said of Mr. Cartier-Bresson in a 2010 television interview with Charlie Rose. They were married in 1970.
At first it was difficult for Ms. Franck to preserve a separate identity, but she was determined to do so. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph of London in 2007, she said that she and her husband rarely discussed photography or worked together.
“He was both critical and inspirational, but we had very different working methods,” she said. “Henri preferred to discover things without a plan, while I like to find and develop a particular theme.”
Ms. Franck had limited her career so she could manage Mr. Cartier-Bresson’s affairs and rear their daughter, Ms. Baring said, so she was not widely recognized until later in life. She was one of the few women accepted at Magnum as a full member, in 1983; another milestone was her first solo show, at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, in 1998.
Whatever the challenges of living with Mr. Cartier-Bresson’s fame, Ms. Franck remained devoted to his work and legacy. She was the force behind the creation of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, a private exhibition space in Paris that houses his archive and polices how his images are used by others.
Mr. Cartier-Bresson died in 2004, and Ms. Franck never remarried. She is survived by her brother, Eric Franck, who owns a fine-art gallery in London; her daughter, Mélanie; and three grandchildren.
Ms. Franck told The Daily Telegraph that she had been attracted to photography because she was shy. “I realized that photography was an ideal way of telling people what is going on without having to talk,” she said. nytimes

All images © Martine Franck / Magnum Photos


mercoledì 25 novembre 2015


Nato a Modena l' 11/01/1966
Da sempre appassionato di natura ed incuriosito dalle altre culture, inizio a viaggiare al di fuori dell' Europa nel 1995 e da quel momento non mi fermo più.
Assieme all' amore per i viaggi è cresciuto  quello per la fotografia che pian piano ha preso il sopravvento ed ora ogni mio viaggio è pensato con finalità fotografiche.
Da sempre amante della natura e nato con la fotografia natualistica, da qualche anno mi sono appassionato in particolar modo alla ritrattistica ed al reportage dedicandomi alle popolazioni tribali.
Tra i mei obiettivi c'è quello di andare a scovare le aree più incontaminate del pianeta dove fotografare gli animali e le tribù che meglio conservano gli usi ed i costumi tradizionali prima che vengano cancellate dal " progresso".
Attraverso le foto cerco di proporre la mia visione del mondo che si tratti del fascino della natura, degli occhi incantati di un bambino o delle mille storie di vita vissuta che si leggono tra le rughe di un volto anziano.

All images © Massimiliano Orpelli



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