Tag: a salute to the masters

  • A Salute to the Masters: The Temple Bar (A Tribute to Roger Mayne)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-12-19
    A Salute to the Masters: The Temple Bar (A Tribute to Roger Mayne)

    This is a tribute to a great English social street photographer, Roger Mayne, who passed away last year. His masterfully documented photographs of the working class life on the streets of London after World War II are poetic and humanitarian.

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  • A Salute to the Masters: Swing Festival in Como (A Tribute to Alexey Brodovitch)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-08-08
    A Salute to the Masters: Swing Festival in Como (A Tribute to Alexey Brodovitch)

    This year marks the 70th anniversary of the publication of one of the most influential photography books ever, "Ballet" by the photographer, art director, and graphic designer Alexey Brodovitch. Brodovitch took a series of photos of classical dance in a very unconventional way, using very slow exposure times, trying to catch the true essence of Russian ballets. For this article, I took a series of photos at the Swing Crash Festival in my city, Como, held in June 2015.

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  • A Salute to the Masters: Gypsies in Como (A Tribute to Josef Koudelka)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-10-31
    A Salute to the Masters: Gypsies in Como (A Tribute to Josef Koudelka)

    This article is dedicated to the Czech photographer, Josef Koudelka, and his book, "Gypsies," a classic in documentary photography. "Gypsies" contains a series of images Koudelka took between 1962 and 1971 in the former Czechoslovakia, Romania, Hungary, France, and Spain. Here, he was able to masterfully depict the simplicity of the gypsy lifestyle, never presenting their situation as a social problem but instead showing their lives as a mix of joyfulness and wonder, sorrow and mystery.

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  • A Salute to the Masters: D-Day in Como? (A Tribute to Robert Capa)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-07-04
    A Salute to the Masters: D-Day in Como? (A Tribute to Robert Capa)

    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.

  • A Salute to the Masters: A Tribute to Elliott Erwitt

    written by sirio174 on 2014-01-27
    A Salute to the Masters: A Tribute to Elliott Erwitt

    In this article, I pay homage to a street photographer who has a rich sense of irony and humor: Elliott Erwitt. In addition to his professional work, he has always reserved for himself some free time to take pictures for personal projects with the style of an amateur photographer. Read more after the jump!

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  • A Salute to the Masters: EXPO 2015 (A Tribute to René Burri)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-11-14
    A Salute to the Masters: EXPO 2015 (A Tribute to René Burri)

    At the end of October last year, René Burri, a great master of photography of the last century, passed away. As a tribute to him, I would like to show you some photos that I took last month at EXPO 2015 in Milan, which was inspired by his series featuring the world's fairs held in Osaka, Okinawa, and Montreal. Take a look!

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  • A Salute to the Masters: R.I.P. (A Tribute to George Krause)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-06-20
    A Salute to the Masters: R.I.P. (A Tribute to George Krause)

    This article is dedicated to the multifaceted American photographer George Krause and to his series depicting funeral monuments realized between 1962 and 1963. I was able to know about this series thanks to an important essay on photography written by former Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Director of Photography, John Szarkowski. For this tribute, I loaded my trusty Praktica camera with a roll of Ilford film and took a series of photos in the Monumental Cemetery in my city, Como. Take a look!

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  • A Salute to the Masters: Contortionist (A Tribute to Mary Ellen Mark)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-11-21
    A Salute to the Masters: Contortionist (A Tribute to Mary Ellen Mark)

    This article is dedicated to a great American photographer who spent many years of her career documenting the lives of the most vulnerable people, touching on themes like loneliness, homosexuality, drug addiction, and civil right struggles: Mary Ellen Mark, who passed away in May this year.

  • A Salute to the Masters: The Mediterranean Sea (A Tribute to Édouard Boubat)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-05-16
    A Salute to the Masters: The Mediterranean Sea (A Tribute to Édouard Boubat)

    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.

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  • A Salute to the Masters: Como by Bike (A Tribute to Mario De Biasi)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-04-04
    A Salute to the Masters: Como by Bike (A Tribute to Mario De Biasi)

    This article is a tribute to the Italian photojournalist Mario de Biasi and his wonderful book "Five Continents by Bike," a pretty series of street photographs showing people riding bicycles from all five continents. He is considered one of the masters of 20th century Italian photojournalism.

  • A Salute to the Masters: Ducks (A Tribute to Henri Cartier-Bresson)

    written by sirio174 on 2014-11-01
    A Salute to the Masters: Ducks (A Tribute to Henri Cartier-Bresson)

    This article is dedicated to arguably one of the most famous street photographers in the world, Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004). On this occasion, I felt obliged to write a tribute to this great artist whom I consider the "Mozart of Photography." His photos are inimitable, and to try to reproduce his innate sense of composition, harmony, and choice of the right moment is but an illusion. So I chose an unusual way to pay tribute, the only way possible for me. Take a look!

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  • A Salute to the Masters: Where do the children play? (A Tribute to Helen Levitt)

    written by sirio174 on 2014-02-18
    A Salute to the Masters: Where do the children play? (A Tribute to Helen Levitt)

    In an urban environment becoming increasingly less suitable for young people, with only few green spaces available and car traffic that never stops, I want to dedicate this article to children and their games. I also remember and pay tribute to the photographer who was able to represent them better than everyone else: Helen Levitt.

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  • A Salute to the Masters: Unconscious Roads (A Tribute to Thomas Struth)

    written by sirio174 on 2014-02-10
    A Salute to the Masters: Unconscious Roads (A Tribute to Thomas Struth)

    In the mid-1970s, German artist Thomas Struth took a series of photos of the deserted streets Dusseldorf, using a 35mm SLR camera, without any digital manipulation. Here's my tribute to this great photographer who belong to the school of the New-Topographics.

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  • A Salute to the Masters: The New Suburbs (A Tribute to Robert Adams)

    written by sirio174 on 2014-01-20
    A Salute to the Masters: The New Suburbs (A Tribute to Robert Adams)

    In this article, I'll show you some images taken in the suburbs of my city showing the man-altered landscape of a highly populated region in the north of Italy. In these photos I'll show the territory changed by man in every mode, where the human figure does not appear as the main subject. This is a tribute to Robert Adams and his masterpiece "The New West."

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  • A Salute to the Masters: Hope and Solidarity (A Tribute to Cornell Capa)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-12-05
    A Salute to the Masters: Hope and Solidarity (A Tribute to Cornell Capa)

    This article is dedicated to the Hungarian-American photographer Cornell Capa, brother of the famous Magnum reporter Robert, and to his great humanitarian and social contributions in educating and changing the world. Capa's photos depict genuine human feelings, hope, and solidarity, and avoid commercial cynicism or disinterested formalism. I write this tribute facing a delicate argument: mental disability.

  • A Salute to the Masters: Street Photography in Ischia and Procida (A Tribute to Bruno Barbey)

    written by sirio174 on 2014-08-30 #videos
    A Salute to the Masters: Street Photography in Ischia and Procida (A Tribute to Bruno Barbey)

    The French photographer Bruno Barbey took a series of photos in Southern Italy in the '60s, many of these in the city of Naples. In this tribute to a great master of social and street photography, I'll show you a series of photos that I took in the islands of Ischia and Procida located a few kilometers from this wonderful city. Read more after the jump!

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  • A Salute to the Masters: Uncertain Moments (A Tribute to Robert Frank)

    written by sirio174 on 2014-01-13
    A Salute to the Masters: Uncertain Moments (A Tribute to Robert Frank)

    "You got eyes." This was the message that Jack Kerouac, the undisputed master of the beat generation (and author of the book "On the Road") wrote in his introduction for the book of Robert Frank, the masterpiece entitled "The Americans." This book has revolutionized the way we do photography, and represents a milestone in the history of the reportage. Here, I dedicate my personal tribute to this great photographer.

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  • A Salute to the Masters: Bare Soles in Como (A Tribute to Christopher Anderson)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-11-07
    A Salute to the Masters: Bare Soles in Como (A Tribute to Christopher Anderson)

    The young artist and Magnum photographer Christopher Anderson published on his agency's website an awesome photo series, one of the images in it a great symbol of freedom, joy of living outdoors, purity, innocence, candor, and girlhood: the bare sole of a female lifted up, taken at the Central Park in New York. Like many other great Magnum photographers, Anderson explored this interesting body part through photographs. For this tribute, I chose a series of bare feet images I took along the promenade of the lake Como. Take a look!

  • A Salute to the Masters: Rugby (A Tribute to Robert Doisneau)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-06-06
    A Salute to the Masters: Rugby (A Tribute to Robert Doisneau)

    This is a tribute to one of the most famous French social and street photographers, Robert Doisneau. During his life he was able to capture many little moments of everyday Parisian life with humanity and grace. His photos, full of poetry and humor, tell the ordinary life in the suburbs of the big French capital, away from the richest central areas of the city. Read more after the jump!

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  • A Salute to the Masters: Paestum (A Tribute to Serge Moulinier)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-05-23
    A Salute to the Masters: Paestum (A Tribute to Serge Moulinier)

    This article is dedicated to Serge Moulinier, a largely unknown French photographer who won one of the most important prizes in France with a book on Greek architecture. Strangely, little information can be found on the Internet about this great photographer whose work had also been published in an important essay written by the famous John Szarkowski, former Director of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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  • A Salute to the Masters: Skateboarding in Como (A Tribute to Bill Eppridge)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-05-09
    A Salute to the Masters: Skateboarding in Como (A Tribute to Bill Eppridge)

    This article is written as a tribute to a great American photojournalist in occasion of the 50th anniversary of his reportage on LIFE Magazine about the skateboarding fever that had infected so many American boys in the '60s. A joyful fever, in the streets as in the public parks.

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  • A Salute to the Masters: Barkers (A Tribute to Jack Delano)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-05-02
    A Salute to the Masters: Barkers (A Tribute to Jack Delano)

    This is tribute to the Farm Security Administration photographer, Jack Delano, and his photographic series dedicated to barkers. For this article, I chose a series of photos I took this year at the traditional Easter Fair in my city, Como, using a classic rangefinder camera loaded with a roll of black and white film.

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  • A Salute to the Masters: Stairs (A Tribute to Alexander Rodchenko)

    written by sirio174 on 2014-03-17
    A Salute to the Masters: Stairs (A Tribute to Alexander Rodchenko)

    This article is a tribute to the great Russian photographer, sculptor, graphic designer, and painter Alexander Rodchenko. He was a pioneer in the search for unusual perspectives, with extreme view from above or from below, and with an innovative use of the diagonals and tilted views in his dynamic compositions. For this article, I was inspired by his most famous photo, a woman climbing a staircase, taken in 1930, which is reminiscent of the famous Odessa stair of the film "Battleship Potemkin" by Sergei Eisenstein.

  • A Salute to the Masters: Sunbathers (A Tribute to Ernst Haas)

    written by sirio174 on 2014-02-24
    A Salute to the Masters: Sunbathers (A Tribute to Ernst Haas)

    This is an article about a great Austrian photojournalist who was also a pioneer and an innovator in color photography. In this article, I pay tribute to one of his most popular black and white photos, taken in Wien (Vienna) just after the end of World War II, and showing some sunbathing girls on a piece of greenery, set against the destroyed city on the background. Read more after the jump.

  • A Salute to the Masters: Matera in Black and White (A Tribute to Pepi Merisio)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-10-07
    A Salute to the Masters: Matera in Black and White (A Tribute to Pepi Merisio)

    Some months ago the wonderful city of Matera, chosen as the European Capital of Culture 2019, hosted an exhibit featuring the works of an important Italian social photographer: Pepi Merisio, who had also donated all photos shown to the local public library. To pay homage to this great artist, I have selected a series of photos that I took in this place last summer. Take a look!

  • A Salute to the Masters: The Festival of San Bartolomeo (A Tribute to Ferdinando Scianna)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-06-27
    A Salute to the Masters: The Festival of San Bartolomeo (A Tribute to Ferdinando Scianna)

    This article is a tribute to the great Italian photographer Ferdinando Scianna, a member of the Magnum Photo Agency, and to his book, "Religious Festival in Sicily," which won the 1966 Nadar Prize. In this article I'll show you a series of photos taken at a religious festival in a small village in the north of Italy, organized by a group of immigrants from the southern region of the country. Take a look!

  • A Salute to the Masters: Unstuck Posters (A Tribute to Aaron Siskind)

    written by sirio174 on 2014-12-13
    A Salute to the Masters: Unstuck Posters (A Tribute to Aaron Siskind)

    After writing a series of articles dedicated to arguably some of the greatest street photographers, this time I wrote one dedicated to the American abstract expressionist artist Aaron Siskind - a master of immortalizing details of nature, body parts and architecture, as well as walls and objects found in the streets - and his series of photographs of unstuck posters.

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  • A Salute to the Masters: HDTV Shots (A Tribute to Harry Gruyaert)

    written by sirio174 on 2014-08-09
    A Salute to the Masters: HDTV Shots (A Tribute to Harry Gruyaert)

    In 1972, the Belgian photographer Harry Gruyaert did a very interesting pop art experiment using a broken color television, producing a very interesting series of blurry and color-altered images. This was a very interesting pre-Lomography experiment worthy of a tribute. Take a look after the jump!

  • A Salute to the Masters: Homes for Italians (A Tribute to Dan Graham)

    written by sirio174 on 2014-03-31
    A Salute to the Masters: Homes for Italians (A Tribute to Dan Graham)

    In 1966, American artist Dan Graham published an article about typical one-family homes in ordinary American suburbs built after World War II. He used a cheap Kodak Instamatic camera, with a deliberately amateur approach. In this article, I wrote a tribute to him with a series of photos taken in the suburbs of my city, Como, using my pretty Diana Mini camera. Read more after the jump!

  • A Salute to the Masters: On the Walls (A Tribute to Brassaï)

    written by sirio174 on 2014-03-10
    A Salute to the Masters: On the Walls (A Tribute to Brassaï)

    This is a homage to another important street and social photographer who captured the essence of the life in Paris. As a multi-faceted and versatile artist, he was involved in street photography, urban details, and experiments in pictorialism. In this article, I pay tribute to this great artist and one of his most important books: "Graffiti." Read more after the jump!

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