There are few places in the world, which I have visited because of one pictures I have seen of it. Such a place is the Real Gabinete Português de Leitura. A colonial library in the centre of Rio. A couple of years ago I was intrigued by a massive grand format picture from Andreas Gursky. He is one of the most famous photographers of our time, he surely is the most expensive one. His technique is to manipulate and enlarge pictures. His topic is the gathering of large groups and the enhancements of architectonic structures. He also chose the Gabinete as a sujet and that was, why I went there.
Telling from the picture I thought this library must be gigantic. It is not! There are three storeys, and one grand room on the bottom. It still functions as a assembling room and as a historic library. The origin of the library is in the 1830s, as Portuguese immigrants and political refugees founded a meeting point for the intelligentsia. The Neo-Manueline style building is from the 1880s. So the architecture itself is a very impressive colonial beauty-spot.
I my opinion this must have been the most silent library I have ever visited. This is of interest for a photographer, because taking the loudest machines with you surely makes you the jackass, who is beaten and thrown out the place. Even advancing the film on my LC-A+ was so disturbing that I rather took my panoramic camera instead.
Besides Andreas Gursky only the workers of the library are allowed to go on the higher floors to pick the books that are demanded by the students. Your options to take a photograph are reduced to the ground floor. But it is exciting and colorful. All these ancient books and such a great conditions, lined up and piled on historic shelf’s: wow! I have a feeling, that this place is still a gem for the individual traveler, there isn’t even an English Wikipedia-entry. You will find the Gabinete in Rua Luis de Camoes in a part of Rio called Centro. It is right in between the two Metro stops Uruguiana and Carioca. I would recommend a visit especially when it I a rainy day and you can’t do anything outside.
This article is dedicated to one of the finest British sport photographers, Monte Fresco. In his 30 years of reportage for the Daily Mirror, he took some of the most iconic photographs in sporting history. He covered football, tennis, and boxing. But it is his ice skating pictures that I am most fascinated with. Using my own lens, I give him a modern tribute.
"Is it acceptable to photograph the homeless?" is one of the most hotly-debated topics when it comes to street photography. There are two opposing sides to this: those who believe it is, and those who don't. For those who do, capturing such photographs is mere documentation of the world around us. For those who don't, doing so is a form of exploitation.
Janne Parviainen is a 35-year-old artist from Helsinki, Finland. He is both a painter and a photographer but sometimes, he swaps his painting tools for light and creates illuminated pieces of art. Abandoned places are his favorite places for shoots because, according to him, "there's so much lived life and stories in abandoned places, they are the lost diaries and photos turned to dust of lives that once bloomed."
Edward Weston is one of the most important photographers of the 20th century. From his lifetime up until today, several decades after his death, Weston and his body of work hold an important place in the history of photography.
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This article is dedicated to one of the most important masters of photography, Robert Capa. Capa is well known for his photos of war, from the famous image of the Republican Spanish soldier collapsing backwards after being fatally shot to his images taken in Indochina. He was also a co-founder of the famous Magnum Photo Agency, the first cooperative agency for freelance photographers worldwide. For this article, I took advantage of a rare event held in my city, Como, some weeks ago: a military drill for civil protection purposes.
Stephen Dowling is no stranger to the LC-A 120 camera; he has brought it on trips to Brighton, Malta and most recently, on a holiday in Istanbul. In this feature, Stephen talks about his experience shooting with this medium format camera around the markets and mosques of one of Turkey's most colourful and vibrant cities.
He is an expert of the side glance. He tilts his head in such a way that the camera gets his most nonchalant angle. And even when a shiny brass lens watches his every move, he looks effortless and unaffected—his charm exactly.
Colombia is one of the most vibrant countries in Latin America. In the last years the country went from being one of the most dangerous in the region to one of the most interesting places to visit. One of the jewels of Colombia is a hotels in its capital, the Hotel de la Opera.
This article is a tribute to an important street photographer, Edouard Boubat. His pictures are characterized by great poetic touch, strong social sensitivity, and utmost respect for people and places. Inspired by a book which contains Boubat's photos taken in the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, I pay homage by showcasing some of my photos taken within the same geographic area.
Aside from his pictures, there is more to admire about Stephen Dowling. His extensive knowledge and insight into film photography and cameras are inspiring. Dowling, a BBC editor and analog photographer, tested the LC-A 120 camera and became a LomoAmigo last year. He has since rekindled ties with the Lomo LC-A 120, and brought it on a trip to Malta.