The photographs of Guillaume Zuili evoke memories of another time, another era, long gone and wistful. These dusty, chalky, charcoal-like smudges of memories could have been snatched from a re-screening of an old movie. Each feels like an iconic, dreamlike moment of random beauty.
Zuili, a Frenchman who splits his time between Paris and Los Angeles, has developed an intriguing hybrid style of photography. By using a crude pinhole camera but modern high speed film, he’s able to make hand-held snapshots of elegant beauty that celebrate the graininess inherent in film plus the soft, smudged focus of pinhole photography. Without the high-speed film, he would never capture this snapshot aesthetic; pinhole photography usually requires a tripod and long exposure time.
But of course it is more than just the technique that makes these images so successful. Skilled composition, ruthless editing, and then alchemical magic in the darkroom all transform these images into objects of beauty.
— Jim Casper
re-photographed x-rays of art objects from antiquity. Since x-rays map both the inner and outer surfaces of a subject, these mysterious images offer yet another dimension with which to appreciate ancient objects and the artists who made them — hinting at the continuous presence of the past contained within all things.
For his one-man exhibition in Berlin, Jeff Cowen designed a special 48-page booklet to serve as the invitation to the opening — composed of sketches, tiny details of large murals, notes, and photos from his studio. You can enjoy the complete book, here, online.
Staff riding, the local slang for train surfing, is a widespread phenomenon in South Africa. Explore this spectacular and risky ritual through video, pictures and words.