Jindřich Štreit

Part one of a slide show by one of my favourite photographers Jindřich Štreit whose work I find compelling and moving.

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Joel-Peter Witkin

One of the most controversial and polarising photographers of all time Joel-Peter Witkin, labelled by many as exploitative. Like him or hate him, this documentary features some fascinating insights into his work.

“I wanted my photographs to be as powerful as the last thing a person sees or remembers before death” -  Joel-Peter Witkin

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Robert Frank

A rare documentary with Robert Frank

William Klein

A great documentary about William Klein

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Daido Moriyama

I would like to share a long and insightful documentary about legendary Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama. “Near Equal” was made in 2001 and directed by Kenjirô Fujii, and looks at Moriyama’s background, life, methods, and his unique attitude towards photography. It’s over an hour long, but well worth the investment in time. [...]

Ragnar Axelsson

A video featuring pictures from “Last Days of The Arctic” by Ragnar Axelsson, one of Iceland’s best known photojournalists. Also an interview about the same project and Axelsson’s work. [...]

Teesdale Sheep Show

For many years Teesdale has been one of my favourite parts of England, and at the end of September I was lucky enough to visit what I consider to be a “proper” country show, one without all the commercial baggage that accompanies so many nowadays.

The Langdon Beck Sheep Show, which at one point [...]

Sheep, Cows, and 18lb Onions

The end of harvest brings a host of agricultural shows to the English countryside. These events are steeped in tradition and often boast long histories, and are an integral part of many rural communities. They’re a time to show off livestock, dogs, horses, huge prize-vegetables, home baking, and to meet old friends and neighbours. Quintessentially English and quirky to boot. [...]

William Klein

“Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn’t look like somebody else’s work.” William Klein “I used the wide-angle lens as a normal lens. I had no philosophy about it. When I looked in the viewfinder and realized I could see all the contradictions and confusion that was there with the wide-angle — that was what was great… I’d had a Rolleiflex with different lenses, I wouldn’t have cropped that much. I had no compunction about cropping, because I did my own layouts…[And] I’d use anything in printing. Throw cyanide, white out over things. I approached photography a little bit like a painter would play with a lithograph, fooling around, pouring milk, tea, anything on it. It was the sort of thing that anybody with any sort of strict, classic photographic training would have qualms about. But I had no qualms at all about doing things with photography. First of all, I had no knowledge of it, and I couldn’t care less, because I thought the whole photographic world was alien.” William Klein (via Lens Culture) [...]

Escaping the Digital Straight Jacket – Pt 2

(Part One of this post is http://www.rogercoulam.com/blog/2011/01/escaping-the-digital-straight-jacket-part-one/)

Freeing myself from my tripod (and medium format) was mentally difficult but very liberating, and finding a balance between image quality and being able to take pictures quickly and spontaneously, (without too much thought), is an ongoing battle.

I dispensed with digital early in the project because [...]

Escaping the Digital Straight Jacket – Pt 1

Over the last year I have been working on a new body of pictures, which can be loosely classed as street photography.

My work was being completely dictated by my clients, and I invariably shot a certain type of picture for a certain marketplace. This stunted my creativity and almost stopped me making pictures, [...]