venerdì 22 giugno 2018


Born in Myllykoski, Finland, in 1948, Sirkka began taking photographs aged twelve, inspired by her aunt Oili, a skilful amateur photographer. She studied film making at the Regent Street Polytechnic film school in London where, with Murray Martin and a number of other fellow students, she formed the Amber Collective.
In 1969, the collective moved to Newcastle, with a commitment to documenting working class communities, and in 1977 established the Side Photographic Gallery.
Sirkka is perhaps best known for her 1983 book entitled Byker, a seminal portrait of the terraced Newcastle community, eventually bulldozed to make way for the Byker Wall. She continued to photograph the people of the new Byker between 2004-2009, resulting in the book Byker Revisited and the film Today I'm with you. In addition, four films, Keeping Time, Byker, The Writing In The Sand and Letters to Katja, form part of her work.
Step by Step was another of Sirkka’s long-term commitments, and explored the dreams and realities of a group of mothers and daughters at a North Shields dancing school. Other key works include Writing in the Sand, which reflects the vibrant life of North East beaches while her work, The Coal Coast, captures the terrible beauty of the Durham coastline.
The 2011 UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register, inscribes Konttinen's photography and Amber's films as being of "outstanding national value and importance to the United Kingdom." newcastlegateshead

All images © Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen


lunedì 18 giugno 2018


Sally Mann (born in Lexington, Virginia, 1951) is one of America’s most renowned photographers. She has received numerous awards, including NEA, NEH, and Guggenheim Foundation grants, and her work is held by major institutions internationally. Her many books include At Twelve (1988), Immediate Family (1992), Still Time (1994), What Remains (2003), Deep South (2005), Proud Flesh (2009), The Flesh and the Spirit (2010) and Remembered Light (2016). In 2001 Mann was named “America’s Best Photographer” by Time magazine. A 1994 documentary about her work, Blood Ties, was nominated for an Academy Award and the 2006 feature film What Remains was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2008. Her bestselling memoir, Hold Still (Little, Brown, 2015), received universal critical acclaim, and was named a finalist for the National Book Award. In 2016 Hold Still won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. Mann is represented by Gagosian Gallery, New York. She lives in Virginia.
“Few photographers of any time or place have matched Sally Mann’s steadiness of simple eyesight, her serene technical brilliance, and the clearly communicated eloquence she derives from her subjects, human and otherwise – subjects observed with an ardor that is all but indistinguishable from love.”
— Rey

nolds Price, TIME website

All image © Sally Mann


venerdì 15 giugno 2018


Sergey Maximishin, one of the famous russian photographer. Here are pictures of different years, from different countries, and a series of journalistic photo stories. Sergey Maximishin is winner of many international and national competitions and festivals (twice prizewinner of World Press Photo, for example), exhibited in Russia and abroad. He collaborates with the world’s leading media, teacher photos, which raised already a generation of great photographers.
Sergey Maximishin was born in 1964. Spent childhood in Kerch, the Crimea. Moved to Leningrad in 1982. Served in the Soviet army as a photographer the Soviet Military Force Group on Cuba from 1985 to 1987. Graduated from Leningrad Politechnical Inctitute in 1991 with a B.A. in physics. Worked in the laboratory of scientific and technical expertise in the Hermitage Museum. Graduated from St-Petersburg Faculty of photojournalism in 1998. In 1999-2003 was a staff photographer for the “Izvestia” newspaper. Since 2003 works with a German agency “Focus”.

All image © Sergey Maximishin

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