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.
One of America's greatest photographers was no just a man of the arts, but he was a theoretician and educator that imbued intellectual and spiritual philosophies in photography. His years in Portland, Oregon are among his famous works that proved of his mastery.
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.
A new center for British photography will open in Bristol, recognizing the photographer Martin Parr and his legacy and significance to photography with selected works from of contemporary artists from the British Isles.
The salaryman is not just a mere businessman in Japan -- he is the "system", the ideal career of the society. Men are meant to work for long hours and form exceptional professionalism. Photographer David Tesinsky gives us a brief look into the salaryman.
In the art world, there's an unspoken rule that one has to stick with a single art form: a "'til death do us part" pact between medium and artist. But English artist Rebecca Rose Harris doesn't like to boxed in four corners. Her photography is a reflection of her other works with various mediums.
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.
One of the many great names in photographic history that ought to be remembered is Maria Austria, a profound figure of the neorealist photography movement. Visit her showcase in Berlin this coming October.