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Photography Round up

I encourage you to take a look at Raul Gutierrez’s work and his blog, Heading East. He’s having a print sale at the moment, so there are some incredible discounts available. I love his “Man on the Hotan Road” so much. Some of his prints are also for sale on 20×200 (and Christmas is coming up. I’m just sayin’.).I’ve been to the areas that he photographed in his “Travels Without Maps” series, so it resonates with me.

In unrelated photography news, Annie Leibovitz talked about her new book Pilgrimage on NPR yesterday (I ❤ NPR, I just do). NPR has created a slideshow of photos from it. I’ve just returned from the briefest of visits to the UK, where I visited Julia Margaret Cameron’s home, Dimbola Lodge, and I caught the interview yesterday just at the part where Leibovitz discussed some of Cameron’s work. With the visit fresh in my mind, I found it interesting to think of Leibovitz roaming the house recently, photographing fragments of Cameron’s life.

Their work has some parallels. They both photographed celebrities of their time and became known for it. Cameron moved in educated circles; her photograph of Charles Darwin is the one I always picture in my head when I think of him. Both women’s portrait work has, at times, been derided by art and photography critics, but also lauded.

Cameron lived an extraordinary life, one that begs for a screenplay. She was born and lived in Sri Lanka, where she returned until her death after fifteen years on the Isle of Wight. She took up photography in her forties and seems to have gone after it quite energetically. Dimbola Lodge was saved from demolition a few years ago and turned into a museum, but unfortunately it’s obvious that they lack funding. A hodgepodge of unrelated galleries (including a temporary exhibit of Shell Gas company advertisements from the early 20th century) create an amateurish feel, and I don’t think they do justice to Cameron’s legacy with the small prints of hers that they have on display. It’s a pleasant diversion if you’re on the island, but let’s hope they get some money for improvements soon.

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Glass Negatives Update

Thanks to sleuthing friends around the world, the mystery of the glass negatives has at least been partially solved, and its more interesting than I could have hoped for.

One friend, Chiharu, said that the girl on the left on the third photo is wearing a typical Japanese school uniform, and the person in the seventh photo is dressed for some kind of farm work.

The plaque identifies the young man as the winner of the Odaka Youth Speech Contest at an event held by the Odaka City Crime Stopper Association. At the bottom, it says, “Given by Youth Association of Chita County, and Prefecture Assembly Member Isao Mori.” According to Chiharu, Odaka is now a part of Nagoya city, Midori-ku.

However, another helpful translator read the town as Odako-cho in Aichi, not Chita (or Chiba), and the name of the assembly member as “Isamu” not “Isao.”

This raises the question of what a Crime Stopper Association is and why it was necessary in Odaka (another friend translated it as “anti-crime assocation”). In any case, if anyone has more info on Japanese crime stoppers of the 40’s, or has some ties to Odaka, please do tell me more.

With huge thanks to Bob Stresino and Chiharu Yarling; Yumi Goto; and Katharina Hesse and Momoe Okabe.

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A Mystery in Glass

I found these in a Fuji glass plate box in a local antiques store in Fort Myers, Florida (I’d love to tell you what the place is called, but it doesn’t really have a name. Just a sign that says “ANT” since the rest fell off). They’re maybe from the 1940’s, probably from Japan. The last one is the odd one out but I threw it in because it’s as much of a clue as the rest are.

There’s nothing identifying on the box itself, except a torn sticker with a couple of Japanese/Chinese characters on it.

Perhaps these are photos of Japanese immigrants to the United States? That may explain the fashions. I’d love to know what the traditional dress is in one of the photos. However, one of the men is holding up a plaque with characters on it, which suggests it’s from Japan rather than an event in the US.

EDIT: And here’s a close up, as requested, of the plaque (click on the photo for the full size):

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My friend Agnes Dherbeys’ relatively new Tumblr photo diary…love these, as I’m in Cambodia now.


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6×6 from China

美撒 (aka Eric Guo) has a most beautiful set of 6×6 black and white photographs on Flickr. One of my friends found him there and he wrote to her: “People in the pictures belong to the “Yi” who developed their own alphabet and language and live 3000m above sea level in the mountains. The Yi work very hard but it’s difficult for them to escape poverty. I am a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts, live in Beijing, and am a survive of the “bottom of society.””

You must see the whole set via the link in order to appreciate the style.

UPDATE: Thanks to the always surprising photo network, Eric’s work may soon be featured on The UK’s Daily Telegraph photography section, Telephoto.

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I really love Céline Clanet’s Máze.

A most perfect mix of landscapes and portraits. Divine.

All images copyright Céline Clanet.

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