Winni Wintermeyer moved to San Francisco in the early 1990s from his native Germany, settling in a neighborhood where mockingbirds imitate the sounds of cheap car alarms. Working as an editorial photographer he creates images of people for various publications around the globe. In his free time he likes to observe and document humans and the traces they leave behind. He then takes those images and rearranges them to tell new stories. You can find his work at Hespe Gallery and the SFMOMA Artists Gallery.
Some photographers are born story tellers. They make work that feels like a visit with an old friend, or a relative who is sharing memories of a life lived–a scrapbook of images that tell our stories. Alexi Hobbs is one of those photographers. He has the gift of the narrative and brings us along on his insightful explorations of place and family. His project, Hunters and Heirs, looks at family traditions and shared experiences that stem from a time of need, not want.
Hunters and Heirs: In 1941, my grandfather, Antonio ‘Pit’ Allard deserted the army to avoid fighting in World War II. He spent four years in hiding on the Gaspesian peninsula and four winters isolated in the forest, working alone as a lumberjack, living off beans and lard. He broke the monotony by trapping hare and shooting partridges. This was a time when hunting was a means to a very vital end, not a weekend hobby. It was a way of life and a source of food.
My grandfather is known for his storytelling. His stories, based both in historical fact and myth, have become part of our family’s identity. They tell of time spent in the wild and many of them find their origin in these hunting trips. In October of 2009, I followed him into the woods, not only to document part of my family’s history, as a photographer, but also to become part of it by actively participating in what would undoubtedly be added to the library of folktales, recounted at the next family gathering. I went to document my family during this transition and to remember who we are, where we come from and ultimately, the reason we are all here.
I’m stepping away from Lenscratch this week to work on a new personal website and prepare for upcoming photo activities…wanted to reintroduce you to some wonderful photographers featured several years ago, today with a post on Sarah Hadley that ran in 2009. Sarah is now the Director of the Filter Photo Festival in Chicago, coming up in October.
Chicago photographer, Sarah Hadley, has packed her suitcases and moved to Los Angeles, and the left coast is lucky to have her. Sarah works both as a fine art and editorial photographer, and manages to have a piled-high plate of awards, grants, and exhibitions. Much of Sarah’s fine art work has a reference to dreams, whether it be imagery of the space where we dream the most in Unconscious Terrain, or dreamy interpretations of places around the world.
I think every photographer talks about the magic of seeing that first image appear in a tray of developer and of being hooked for life. I believe a good photograph asks more questions than it answers, and my photography is a way for me to constantly challenge myself to really look at the world around me.
There is something intangible about the best photographs, something that reminds us of the moment between wake and sleep, and of the beauty that we see and feel but cannot describe, and of our own mortality. These are the kinds of images I try to make.
Alex Cretey Systermans is a Paris-based fine art and editorial photographer. He received his MFA from The Villa Arson in Nice, France. His work has been featured in La Pura Vida Magazine, Conscientious, National Geographic, Le Monde, and L'Express and he regularly contributes to A/R Magazine. Alex has had group and solo shows in France, the United Kingdom and in the U.S. He'll take part of a group show in Rencontres d'Arles in July and is preparing a solo exhibition in November 2012 for the Mois de la Photo in Paris.
Mark Sherratt’s terrific new project, Train, is intriguing on several levels. As foreigners, how do we enter into a culture that is not our own and describe it in a way that is authentic and unique? Mark has captured a way to create portraits of Indian commuters that perfectly frame the essence of daily life. Moments of exhaustion, of curiosity or boredom, and ultimately, connection, allow us to find our commonalities.
Mark started working as a photographer at a family portrait studio in a small town in England, where he fell in love with photography, and out of love with the family portrait business. He is now an advertising and editorial photographer based in London.
TRAIN: Whilst traveling around India by train I became captivated by the diverse and interesting people that I met along the way and I started the project as a way to document them.
I think what is so fascinating for me about the trains is that they are such a microcosm of Indian society. They are full of the rich, the poor, old, young etc etc. I think they are also a great example of how the society there functions, they are often crowded and hectic, but everything seems to work really well; there is always room for one more and people are always willing to help you out.
By taking these photos I wanted to try and capture this moment to allow the viewer to break though this chaotic situation and to focus on a single person or a few people who, in a place like India, just become a part of the crowd.
I often think that we create work at such a fast pace, that we really don’t have time to revisit and digest the plethora of images in our photo reserves. Loretta Ayeroff has recently had the good fortune of revisiting her work from the early 1980’s, finding a new audience and fresh appreciation for imagery that is 30 years old. The work is being celebrated in the new exhibition, Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography, 1945-1982 in the Annenberg Wing of the Palm Springs Art Museum. Four of her images from her project, Motel Series, are being featured in company along with image makers such as Sim Arrons, Diane Arbus, John Divola, David Hockney, Bill Owens, Ed Ruscha, and Garry Winogrand.
Loretta is a former editorial photographer, having worked for the Los Angeles Times, New West, and Westways magazines, amongst other publications. She has taught photography since 1983, at UCLA Extension and Otis College of Art+Design, the Continuing Education Dept., where she also ran the AFA Photography Certificate Program for several years. Currently, Loretta teaches digital photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
These delicious color images from The Motel Series were captured on Kodachrome Slide Film, 64 ASA, using an Olympus XA Camera.
A few years ago, I was thinking about selling a photograph on my blog to raise money for a local charity. That led to an idea of having other bloggers do the same thing simultaneously, and it quickly snowballed into a larger, more substantial idea. In December of 2009, collect.give (“collect dot give”) was founded as an online photography gallery helping artists support causes they believe in, by offering a limited edition of their photographs.
The participating photographers pledge to donate 100 percent of the proceeds to organizations they choose themselves, which often have personal connections to their family, friends or community. To date, we’ve raised over $28,000 by selling nearly 600 prints, which range in price from $25-$100.
The structure of collect.give is intentionally simple: collectors buy and receive the prints directly from the photographers, who then make personal donations to their chosen organizations.
Today, we released a book through the print-on-demand publisher MagCloud, which celebrates the release of our 50th print edition, by photographer Colleen Plumb. The 128-page book features our first 50 photographs, with essays by noted photography curators and writers. In keeping with our mission, 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a charity chosen by the book’s designer, Heidi Romano.
Kevin J. Miyazaki is a fine art and editorial photographer based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the founder of collect.give.