Websites, part 21
It is because we compare that we are able to judge. A photograph is nothing more than a tool for comparison. When someone looks at a photograph, he compares the content with his real world information. If there is a match, many things happen : for example, the person will automatically add the colors if the image is in black and white. He will also add sounds and smells if the scene and objects are familiar. Finally, the viewer will add a context to make sense of the content. However, there is so much that we can add to make a photograph more familiar. That discrepancy between what is seen and what is already known is exactly what the talented photographer is looking for. The subtile balance between what you know and what is new. He creates a bridges between your personal living experience and that of an unknown person by forcing you to fill in some elements and discovering the others. If an image is too familiar, it quickly becomes boring; If it is too foreign, it has no interest : great photography exists right in between.
1. In Public
Reflex camera made street photography possible, along with faster film. Combining both gave the photographers the perfect tools to better observe us while we roam the pavements of our city and inadvertently compose scenes of artistic value. It can be humorous, tragic or compositions of purely perfect graphic plasticity, our daily disorganized ballet have and continue to inspire countless photographers. Take one great street photography and it is luck, take thousand and it’s talent. It takes much more than the right equipment to master this art. In-Public.com offers one of the few online meeting place for those who love it. Composed of galleries, as well as information on contest or exhibits, it is the go to place for anyone interested in our contemporary Cartier-Bresson.
2. Polar Inertia
Polar Inertia is one of a kind website.Created by Mac Kane, a photographer and architect based in New York, it is a photo magazine solely dedicated to photography and architecture. Actually, it is more than about architecture, it is about spaces and how we build in and around them. Humans are rare and few, if any, in the images shown here. However, they are omnipresent in every single image. Polar Inertia is about form, structure, object and , of course, photography. Not only is it different than any architecture photography site you have ever seen, it is also captivating, because it is clearly done with talent and passion.
3. Photographers Pro
There seem to have been plenty said about photography in the anglo saxon world. It also seems that US and English photographers have jumped much faster, and sometimes better than any other country. But that doesn’t mean there is not a lot of great talent everywhere else. It is just harder to find online. Photographerspro.eu is here to change that. Composed of many portfolio of various countries and inspiration, it offers viewers a real gold mine of discovery. What they have in common is that they are all from the European community and they are all talented. Created by fame italian newspaper, La Stampa, it seems to have more Italian photographers than others. But that should stop an inquisitive viewer to go and explore . There is a lot of talent in these portfolio and they are extremely well presented.
4. Lee Miller
Lee Miller was one of a kind photographer. Born at the turn of the 20 th century, she was first a model before picking up photography in Paris with Man Ray and becoming a free lance photographer for Vogue . While less known than Capa, when the second world war broke, she covered the war extensively. She retuned to photographing fashion and celebrities and died in 1977. She has left more than 60,000 negatives, ranging from her surrealist work to a series of incredible portraits of anyone who was someone during her long career. From Marx Ernst to Picasso, via Jean Cocteau, Stravinsky, Jean Miro, Charles Chaplin, there is probably no one that Miller hadn’t photographed. The Lee Miller Archives site lets you peruse and purchase some of these images. It is frustratingly archaic and frustrating at time but great photography knows no obstacles.