100streetphotographsforpesaro is an initiative by photographer Alessandro Rocchi and the municipality of Pesaro in Northern Italy. Photographers can donate a print for 100 euro, raising money for the Marche Nord hospital in Pesaro.
As most of us are probably at our homes a lot these days, I’d like to share some photography-related videos with you. It’s tempting to constantly follow all the updates about the new coronavirus, though it can also bring you down. Apart from being well-informed and respecting advice and regulations about social distancing / staying at home, of course. Here are some videos that inspired me. The list will be updated and if you have any recommendations don’t hesitate to get in touch in the comments.
Meet Peter de Krom, a Dutch documentary photographer who decided it was time for a change and is undertaking a new profession redeveloping German bunkers from the Second World War. In his work, De Krom observes human behaviours and social groupings objectively and from afar, in a way that recalls a biologist’s view of the animal world. De Krom took a large part of his photographs in his hometown, a coastal village called Hoek van Holland (Corner of Holland), near the city of Rotterdam. It is in this same town that he’ll work to redevelop the bunkers for the purpose of ecotourism. I talked to Peter about this transition from observing the world, especially this corner of Holland, to taking a more proactive role in actually changing the landscape of the town.
This month one of the leading Dutch weekly magazines, Volkskrant Magazine, published two spreads about StreetRepeat with lots and lots of images.
In the new series called Self-Repeat I focus on self-repetition by individual photographers. It’s something we all come across in the proces of shaping our personal signature in photography. I’ve asked the photographers about two similar images that they took at different points in time, to learn why they recreated the same type of image and what it can tell us about their work in general.
The second Women Street Photographers exhibition in New York is currently on show. Works by 95 female photographers from all around the world are on display at El Barrio’s Artspace PS109, all organised and curated by photographer Gulnara Samoilova.
Masters of Street Photography (Ammonite Press, 2019) invites sixteen contemporary street photographers to share images and insights into their creative process in the form of Q&A-style interviews. It’s a likeable release that stands out as a handbook for aspiring street-shooters, but there’s a few shortcomings that keep it from being an essential street compendium.
A few months ago Grant Scott, the founder of United Nations of Photography, invited me make a short recording of ‘what photography means to me’. Quite a challenge as, like most people, I’m scared of listening back to recordings of myself.
We are happy to have Bas Losekoot, Dutch artist and photographer, on board for this interview. Losekoot lives and works in Amsterdam, but travels around the world to photograph the streets of megacities like New York, Mumbai, Hong Kong and Lagos for his project Out of Place. As he is researching human behaviour in public space, we discuss the issue of personal space, the choreography of people in an urban environment, the position of the photographer and Losekoot’s own state of mind when he photographs others.