Tag Archives: 1957

Photographer #445: Michael von Graffenried

Michael von Graffenried, 1957, Switzerland, started his career as a photojournalist in 1978. Today he lives in Paris and works on long term projects often dealing with themes of ethnology. He uses a panoramic analog camera using 35mm film yet creating impressive large-scale photographs. For Michael content comes before technology and his choice for the panoramic format came somewhat by accident. He was in Algeria during the 1990’s when tension was high documenting the daily life during and after the civil war. The panoramic camera proved usefull as one can keep it on the chest while taking images. People can see the camera yet do not know that an image has been taken. Once Michael saw the results he realised the aesthetic part of this format and decided to use it. His socially engaged stories and narrative images are strong, daring and sometimes provocative. He has been in numerous exhibitions and released an enormous amount of monographs between 1980 and today. The following images come from the series Eye on Africa, Cocainelove and War without Images.

Website: www.mvgphoto.com

Photographer #424: RES

Raúl Eduardo Stolkiner, better known as RES, 1957, Argentina, is a conceptual and fine-art photographer based in Buenos Aires. He studied photography at the Spilimbergo Art School and at Casa del Lago, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. His series Conatus was produced in collaboration with Constanza Piaggio. The photographs are recreations of iconic paintings by artists as da Vinci and Picasso. The images are not exact copies, RES made alterations to the original works that reinterpret and recontextualize the subject through contemporary perspectives on philosophy, politics and spirituality. One of his first bodies of work, Donde están e imanes, was the result of his return to Argentina after he had been exiled in 1978 to Mexico. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions worldwide and has been published in a vast amount of publications. In the past nine years he also released his work in four different monographs. The following images come from the series Conatus, Plantas Vestidas and Donde están e imanes.


Website: www.resh.com.ar

Photographer #380: Marcel van der Vlugt

Marcel van der Vlugt, 1957, The Netherlands, is a fine-art, fashion and commercial photographer based in Amsterdam. Once he was finished with his studies at the School for Photography in The Hague he went to Düsseldorf, Germany to assist an advertising photographer. Although his school was largely focused on the technical aspects of photography, Marcel managed to create bodies of work that, although technically perfectly executed, are multi-layered in context. He works on a large-format camera, shooting polaroids to keep control on his final image and to engage the models in the process. The images, autonomous or commercial, are often sensual, poetic and carefully composed. Between 2007 and 2010 he released four monographs. The book A New Day, released in 2008, simulates an imaginary cosmetic clinic where instead of liposuction and nosejobs, the patients get implants of flowers. The blossom is a metaphor for youth, new life and fertility. His work has been exhibited mostly in the Netherlands, but also in other European cities and in the USA. The following images come from the series A New Day, I Like… and Der Kommisar.

Website: www.marcelvandervlugt.com

Photographer #380: Marcel van der Vlugt

Marcel van der Vlugt, 1957, The Netherlands, is a fine-art, fashion and commercial photographer based in Amsterdam. Once he was finished with his studies at the School for Photography in The Hague he went to Düsseldorf, Germany to assist an advertising photographer. Although his school was largely focused on the technical aspects of photography, Marcel managed to create bodies of work that, although technically perfectly executed, are multi-layered in context. He works on a large-format camera, shooting polaroids to keep control on his final image and to engage the models in the process. The images, autonomous or commercial, are often sensual, poetic and carefully composed. Between 2007 and 2010 he released four monographs. The book A New Day, released in 2008, simulates an imaginary cosmetic clinic where instead of liposuction and nosejobs, the patients get implants of flowers. The blossom is a metaphor for youth, new life and fertility. His work has been exhibited mostly in the Netherlands, but also in other European cities and in the USA. The following images come from the series A New Day, I Like… and Der Kommisar.

Website: www.marcelvandervlugt.com

Photographer #268: Catherine Chalmers

Catherine Chalmers, 1957, USA, is a photographer, but also concentrates on video and other mediums. She studied Engineering and holds an MFA in Painting from the Royal College of Art in London. She uses life insects and other animals to create her images. In 2010 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship for a project on leafcutter ants. This video project also contains photography, sculpture and drawing. In 2004 Aperture released her second book American Cockroach, raising questions on how we humans look at the animals we perceive as pests. The series is devided in three parts; Residents, Imposters and Executions. Her first book was Foodchain showing encounters between predators and pray against a white backdrop. Catherine has exhibited around the world and has been published extensively. The video below is made by Chalmers. The following images come from the series Genetically Engineered Mice, American Cockroach; Imposters and Foodchain; Pinkies.


Website: www.catherinechalmers.com

Photographer #247: Luis González Palma

Luis González Palma, 1957, Guatemala, is an artist who works and lives in Córdoba, Argentina. In his impressive and extensive body of work we see him using various disciplines to achieve his end results. He uses fabrics and textiles, manipulates images, sometimes hand-painted and plays with our perception. Originally trained as an architect and cinematographer, he has exhibited his photographic work since 1989. Palma got international recognition with his first series depicting haunting images of the Maya Indians showing the pain and sadness of the Mayan people who have suffered from a violent and racist regime since the early 16th century. His work is held in numerous private and public collections around the world. The following images come from the series Escenas 2011 and La Luz de la Mente.


Website: www.gonzalezpalma.com
(Video in Spanish)