Month: December 2014

A different view of Christmas

Photo by Philip Jones Griffiths VIETNAM. South Vietnam. Saigon. 1970

Photo by Ian Berry Germany. Berlin. Berlin Wall. At Christmas 1963, the Berlin Wall was opened for the first time to allow families and friends, split from each other by its building, to get together again. West Germans wait for their friends and family from East Berlin to cross through the wall and join them.

Photo by John Vink CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 26/12/2012: Santa Claus carrying the symbol of justice during demonstration of supporters from the Boeung Kak Lake and the Borei Keila communities at the trial of Tim Sakmony and Yorm Bopha at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court

Photo by Susan Meiselas USA. New York City. 1977. From the series, “Volunteers of America.”

Photo by Chris Steele-Perkins Bethlehem. Israeli patrol soldier passing New Year and Christmas decorations. 1987.87.

Photo by Mark Power GB. London. Crisis at Christmas. A warehouse in south-east London offers shelter for about 800 homeless men and women for eight days over the Christmas period. December 1990.

Photo by Josef Koudelka FRANCE. Perpignan. 1993. Homeless person in front of TREMPLIN at Christmas time. The TREMPLIN is a charitable organisation provided by former members of the Saint Vincent de Paul religious order.

Photo by David Hurn USA. ARIZONA. Inspiration. Cactus Country Park. Cactus as Christmas Tree. Putting up the lights.

Photo by Philip Jones Griffiths GB. England. London. 1960. Christmas in Piccadilly Circus. Advertisements reflected off a shop window where the nativity scene was displayed.

Photo by Stuart Franklin Mexico City. Xochimilco. Market. 1996

Photo by Martin Parr PORTUGAL. Madeira. Madeira at Christmas. 1999.

Photo by Alex Webb 6/15/1999 MEXICO. Tijuana.MEXICO. Tijuana, B.C. 1999.

Image courtesy @ Magnum Photos

Josef Breitenbach

Josef Breitenbach (1896 Germany – 1984 New York) was a photographer best known for his sensitive and dynamic portraits of artistic luminaries and for his early use of color as an expressive element in photography.

Breitenbach began taking photographs while working in the family wine merchant business. Proving less than successful at the latter, he opened his first photographic studio in 1932 which was closed one year later, after Hitler took power.
Breitenbach was forced to flee to Paris in 1933 where he opened a new studio. He became friends with Andre Breton, yet never truly joined the Surrealist group of his peers. However, he did show his photographs alongside such luminaries as Man Ray, Cartier-Bresson, and Brassaï. During the six years he lived in Paris, he experimented with many newer photographic techniques, mainly superimpression. Most notably, he was one of the first photographers to produce work in color.

Happy Birthday Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky, the father of abstraction, is believed to have had synaesthesia, a harmless condition that allows a person to appreciate sounds, colours or words with two or more senses simultaneously. In Kandinsky’s case, colours and painted marks triggered particular sounds or musical notes and vice versa.

“Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.” – Wassily Kandinsky

Composition VII

Composition VIII

Yellow, Red, Blue

Composition X

To the Unknown Voice


Sammy Slabbinck

Sammy Slabbinck, the Belgian artist who renders dynamic collage prints, combining vintage photographs with contemporary compositional styles. The images are cut up into pieces and redistributed, playing with exaggeration and proportions. Other times, the images are placed in a reverse context, juxtaposing modern ideals with traditional states of mind.

Courtesy of Sammy Slabbinck.

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Reading Between the Lines

In 2011, Dutch architects Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh of Gijs Van Vaerenbergh created a steel church, based on the design of the local church in Borgloon, Belgium. The project is entitled “Reading Between the Lines”.  Unlike other churches, this construction is made out of 100 stacked layers of steel and 2000 steel column plates. Through the use of horizontal plates, the concept of the traditional church is transformed into a transparent object of art.

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