Photographic Inspiration

ICP: Sebastiáo Salgado: Genesis

Genesis is a compilation of 245 black-and-white photographs of wildlife, seascapes, landscapes and indigenous people. Genesis raises awareness about climate change. The exhibition is divided into five regions: Planet South, Africa, Amazonia, Sanctuaries, Pantanal and Northern Spaces.

“My earlier projects were voyages through the trials and tribulations of humanity. This one was my homage to the grandeur of nature.” – Salgado

Marine Iguana Galapagos 2004
Marine Iguana
Galapagos 2004

The Marine Iguana is the only type of Iguana that can live in salt water. The scales on the animals arm resemble silver jewels. The black and white captures a majestic quality in the animal.

Baobab trees on Mushroom Island Madagascar 2010
Baobab trees on Mushroom Island
Madagascar 2010

 

Some of Salgados work is at Aperture as well.

Aperture: New York Times Magazine

Sebastiáo Salgado Kuwait 1991
Sebastiáo Salgado
Kuwait 1991
Jeff Mermelstein
Jeff Mermelstein

It was interesting to see all the photos that Mermelstein had taken and then the photos that he had boxed. It lets us see into his choosing process. It was also fascinating to see what a photographer captured on 9/11. On a day that I remember to vividly, I have never seen such raw photographs that capture the torture the day brought to the U.S.

Jeff Mermelstein NYC September 11, 2001 From 'Windows of the World'
Jeff Mermelstein
NYC September 11, 2001
From ‘Windows of the World’
Paolo Pellegin From 'The Exodus'  March 13, 2011
Paolo Pellegrin
From ‘The Exodus’
March 13, 2011

“What began as an orderly exodus became chaotic as some 75,000 immigrants in little more than a week, tried to pass through the checkpoints that separate Tunisia and Libya.”

There is such life in this photo. The chaos is shown through the image. It has captured the atmosphere in one shot.

Whitney: Edward Hopper and Photography

Stephen Shore Presidio, Texas  1975
Stephen Shore
Presidio, Texas
1975

Stephen Shore is an American photographer best known for banal scenes and objects in the U.S. He has made this truck stop interesting by noticing and photographing it. He could be enlightening us about a hidden treasure or just making us realize that not everything is glamorous.

William Eggleston Untitled 1978

This image shows plates, silverware, towels and what looks like a milk carton. They are basic household objects being photographed in an interesting light. It reminds me of early morning cooking before the sun has fully risen.

Moma

Uta Barth Sundial 2007
Uta Barth
Sundial 2007

I loved how this series looks like the image was fast forwarded to different times of the day.

Edward Steichen Charlie Chaplin 1931
Edward Steichen
Charlie Chaplin
1931

I’m drawn to the motion in this image. The image tells a story as the hat moves through it.

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