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Ralph Gibson: How to Make a Book

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The photography master and Larry Clark cohort explains the magic of the printed page

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The photography master and Larry Clark cohort explains the magic of the printed page

“I’ve always wanted to make a film on Ralph because I knew it would be a great excuse to a have private class,” says filmmaker David Luraschi of capturing the master photographer Ralph Gibson at work. “Each time I visit I’m hoping to steal his secrets, but I leave his studio with even more questions.”

“Ralph was nine months late on rent at the Chelsea Hotel before he put out his first book and established himself”

Known for his stark Leica-shot work, How to Make a Book unpicks Gibson’s unique talent for shaping the mise-en-page: the laying out of images within a print publication. Carefully juxtaposing unexpected images across double-page spreads, the resultant diptychs create something independent of their separate parts. Gibson began his career in the 1960s assisting influential photojournalist Dorothea Lange and documentarian Robert Frank, and published his first work, Somnambulist, in 1970, a release which launched his print-making career soon after securing Larry Clark’s seminal book, Tulsa.

“Each time I visit Ralph I’m hoping to steal his secrets, but I leave his studio with even more questions”

Luraschi worked in collaboration with Danilo Parra – the Chilean-American director, recognized for his music videos for A$AP Rocky and the Black Lips – and came to know Gibson and his work through his father. “There’s a picture that my dad took of Ralph sleeping in San Francisco in 1961 where you can tell there’s no sheets,” says Luraschi, known for his popular Instagram series of street snaps taken where all of the subjects are captured from behind. “Two of his Leicas were in the pawn shop, and he was nine months late on rent at the Chelsea Hotel before he put out his first book and established himself.”

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Chris Kovacs Multiple Exposure B&W Photography

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(1976) Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Chris Kovacs is an award winning photographer best known for his multiple exposure black-and-white photography. Chris is fascinated with science, particularly with quantum mechanics and the possibility of a multiverse, or multiple, parallel universes, which also sets the stage for his style of photographic works. Chris is also interested in exploring dreams, the subconscious mind and memory. Chris’ photography focuses primarily on scenes containing elements of architecture and people. Chris captures “in camera” multiple-exposures of the same scene from different angles and later combines several multiple-exposure photographs together to form a single image. When asked about his photographic style Chris responds “It’s Multiplexualization.” Multiplexualization is a term Chris has coined. It is the digital layering of many different multiple-exposure photographs to form a single image which deliberately depicts a dreamlike quality. Multiplex, in this case, means: many elements in a complex relationship, where ualization represents the single, final image–the deliberate dreamlike visual. All of the images featured on this website were taken with an iPhone 5s. Chris resides in Vancouver, BC, Canada with his wife and two sons.


 


Elif Suyabatmaz

“Istanbul”  One of my most favorite cities shot like a graphic designer turned photographer would shoot it, except that she is not one I think :) Have a look at simply a beautiful play of form, light and shadow.

Her About Page SaysElif was born in Baltimore M.D. U.S.A. She moved with her family back to Turkey and lived most of her life in Turkey. After graduating with a BA in Graphic Design, she traveled the world for a year taking photos in numerous countries such as Cuba, Yemen and China. She opened an exhibition of her black and white Cuba photographs at the British Council, Ankara. After finishing her master’s degree she photographed and filmed the urban transformation of Galata. In 2011 she completed a long term first documentary by showing the changes in a building before and after renovation and getting the impressions of the new owners. The documentary was shown in the Boston Turkish Film Festival and was a finalist. Currently she is working on a new documentary about a French building in Vinncene, Paris, France and its 86 year old owner. She is a PhD student in Art-Design and a passionate photographer photographing Istanbul. Elif is a member of a photography group Tiny Collective. (www.tinycollective.com). You can also follow her photography on Instagram as @fisheyedreams.

The Look – Istanbul
Up – Istanbul
Shop Window – Istanbul
Wall Tree – Istanbul

Yusuke Sakai | LensCulture

Yusuke Sakai | LensCulture

Yusuke Sakai | LensCulture

Yusuke Sakai | LensCulture

Yusuke Sakai | LensCulture.


Pentti Sammallahti – Here Far Away | LensCulture

Pentti Sammallahti – Here Far Away | LensCulture.

Here Far Away

Pentti Sammallahti for the first time, we are able to appreciate the breadth and scope of this Finnish photographer’s masterful work  — in a book that spans more than 40 years of exquisite black-and-white photographs. 

 


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