The French intellectual, sociologist, anthropologist, and philosopher Pierre Bourdieu also happened to be a photographer. In a project made between 1958 and 1961, he went to Algeria during wartime and took an ethnographic approach by studying the Kabyle peoples, thus becoming the foundation of his anthropological reputation.
The photographs coincided with his book "Sociologie de l'Algérie", which would become a huge success in his academic career in France and America. The photographs and his fieldwork in Algeria then became his reference point for the book "Outline of a Theory of Practice", an influential work in the realm of anthropological theory..
Although Bourdieu is more known for his mind than of his visual work, the archive is one of the most important collections to Algerian history, as Bourdieu successfully emulated the Bressonian humanism in modernist photography. The intellectual had said that photography kept him in touch with humanity. It was through the lens he managed to see all the things he wished to see in studying the history of man.
Alex Burke creates some of the most beautiful large format images we've seen. We had the chance to talk to him about his work and he's more than generous enough to share his stories and thoughts. Majestic views, included.
What separates Ed van der Elsken from the objective photographer is that he partakes in the scenes he framed. Known for his works in the 1970's and its subcultures, Elsken was the photographer of the bohemians, the ruffians, the artists, the culturally marginalized.
Daniel Arnold may just be one of the most important names in contemporary street photography. Known for his raw takes on New York City life, he leaves no detail glamorized and allows himself to get into their personal space -- a task only for the fearless shooters in the concrete jungle.
The Eden Project is an educational charity based in Cornwall, UK. They have several biome structures that create a unique ecosystem full of tropical plants and insects. We sent them a Lomo'Instant Automat to document these unique environments.
Dan Bassini just published volume 4 of his zine "No Invite", a series capturing New York Fashion Week by any means necessary. He shows that you don't have to be part of the industry in order to take get your share of it.