Masahisa Fukase was a Japanese photographer, celebrated for his deeply autobiographical work depicting his domestic life. Fukase’s career is often listed as two monomaniacally consistent phases: before his wife Yōko Wanibe left him, when he photographed nothing but her, and after the breakdown of his marriage, tormented by heartbreak, he photographed nothing but ravens.
The Solitude of Ravens was the last book Fukase personally made. The blurry, grainy black and white images are symbols of his grief and a personal statement of loss at the breakdown of his marriage to Yoko. The book was first published in 1986, just a few years before he plunged into a coma after tumbled down a flight of stairs at his favorite bar. He died in 2012 after lying for 20 years in a coma.
Philippe Halsman was an American portrait photographer who photographed some of the most celebrated figures of the mid-20th century—from artists to movies stars to intellectuals to politicians. His dynamic and surreal photography challenged the rules of the day by going against the soft focus and static style of the time and giving sharp focus to his subjects.
Visit http://philippehalsman.com/ to view more amazing portraits by Philippe Halsman.
Manuel Álvarez Bravo was born in Mexico and became the country’s first principal artistic photographer and is the most important figure in 20th-century Latin American photography. His work transformed the ordinary and seemingly mundane into something extraordinary and monumental.
From the end of Franco’s dictatorship in the early 1970s in Spain, through newly gained liberties in the mid-1980s and on to the present day, Garcia-Alix has been photographing the life as he is living it, his friends, lovers and people passing through. The gritty and intimate images are the photographic biography of himself, as biker, rocker, lover and addict.
World Cup 2014, Wimbledon, Tour de France, F1…Sport events are dominating the news and social media this summer. I thought it would BE fun to share these images.
Minimian, is the project created by artist couple, Akiko Ida and Pierre Javelle. Using miniature figures as THE main characters and food as backdrops, the series of pictures presens the ordinary life events in a edible fantasy world.
‘I Only Want You to Love me‘ , the first monograph from the brilliant fashion photographer Miles Aldridge. With a cinematic approach to fashion photography, Miles Aldridge creates singular scenes with psychologically complex characters in surreal and fantastic settings.
“Every day, I travelled to Kings Cross and back. Coming home late at night, it was like a party and I felt the tube was mine and I was there to take pictures.” – Bob Mazzer.
While working as film projectionist in a porn cinema in the 80s, Bob Mazzer began photographing on the tube during his daily commute, documenting the individuals and events he witnessed on the the London Underground.
The punk, the patriot; the beauty, the beast, the drunk and the mischief. Mazzer’s photos captured some of the most influential subcultures to ever emerge from London in the 70s and 80s.