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Raquel Chicheri

Raquel Chicheri
Fuerteventura, Spain (an island off the southwest coast of Morocco)

Child | Enchanted
When I think of my own childhood, my first memory is always of flight. It is twilight and I am flying downhill on my bicycle towards home. I can see the lights coming on in my house and can already imagine myself standing …

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Sahidul Hassan

Sahidul Hassan
Burdwan, India

Again, again, and again
The work of a novice is typically characterized by its exploratory, frequently random character. Beginning photographers see everything as a potential subject – people, buildings, birds, whatever. Those that persist begin a process of slowly narrowing down, perhaps discovering an affinity for images of the land, or a fascination with …

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Anita White

Anita White
San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

Self (un)Seen
Viewing Anita White’s self-portrait series “Absent”, I am struck by the deep irony and tension between these images and the current ubiquity on social media of what we call the ‘selfie’, which the Oxford English Dictionary dubbed the word of the year in 2013. Selfies and social media …

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Ekkachai Khemkum

Ekkachai Khemkum
Bangkok, Thailand
fotoblur

Pointing | Naming
Photographs convey a kind of literal meaning. At least on the surface, they feel real and factual.

Machine-mediated, lens-derived, photography can only record signals from the material world, its images are inherently data-driven. This makes the medium a favored partner in any discourse in need of evidence and corroboration; journalism, for instance, …

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The Origins of an Imagined Landscape

imagining the place
(or the day the madonna appeared on my computer screen)
I remember fumbling my way through the door and out into the bright sunlit corridor, astonished by my abrupt re-entry back into the physical world. It was the spring of 1994 and I’d just spent the last hour in a darkened room staring wide-eyed …

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Jakub Pajek

Jakub Pajek
Tokyo, Japan
shinjukumad.com | interview

The Floating World, Lost in Translation

Japan, and Tokyo in particular, has served as the setting for multiple iconic works of film and fiction. Ridley Scott’s imagined futuristic Los Angeles in the film Blade Runner was inspired by contemporary Tokyo. The opening scene in Neuromancer, the novel that made William Gibson famous …

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Your Visual Vocabulary | Reflecting on Keywords

Image | Writing Exercise

Sift through your image archive, selecting images that particularly jump out to you as interesting. You don’t need to think deeply about this, just go with your gut instincts or visual cues. Try to select fairly quickly and intuitively. Don’t be precious, be playful. This is not an examination, just an exploration. …

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Breath | Holding

LARRY SULTAN | my valentine to a much beloved teacher, mentor, friend

I wish I could say that when I arrived at the San Francisco Art Institute in the early 1980’s to attend graduate school, that I knew exactly who Larry Sultan was. But the truth is that I didn’t. This hardly seems plausible now, and …

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Self-reflection | Self-knowledge

For all of us, it begins with a vague fascination with taking photographs. In some cases it might be closer to a compulsion or even obsession. The visual world fascinates us, organizing our impressions and capturing the experience is endlessly seductive. If we are disciplined, and a bit lucky, our personal image archive begins to …

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Ausadavut Sarum

Ausadavut Sarum
Bangkok, Thailand
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Hands are sacred things ::
Touch is personal. Tongues for those who cannot speak. Ausadavut Sarum creates images that appear as cyphers from another realm, coded but resonant gestures from an alternate topography; hands that speak, a language written on the body, an image world that feels mute and silent, a place in which …