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Bert on the Street 4

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Runtime - length of the film: 07m37s
Language: english
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In the first three parts of our street photography series with Bert Stephani we have learned a lot about photographic techniques, styles and attitudes. In this degree, Bert is concerned about the topic of overstimulation:
 
Equipped with all the knowledge and skills the photographer goes into the streets of the city and realizes that there are lots of impressions and possibilities. This can quickly become too much for him and overwhelm his perception, which in the worst case falls into the tunnel vision mode and no longer recognizes the valuable opportunities for really good pictures.
 
To prevent this Bert has a self-proven method: It is good to focus on a particular keyword or a superordinate topic, and to use this perceptual steering to recognize what is appropriate and to ignore the unimportant. In this way, the photographer remains so relaxed that he suddenly also has opportunities for images that do not directly have something to do with the focused object.

Bert on the Street 3

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Runtime - length of the film: 11m10s
Language: english
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In this third part of his street photography series Bert Stephani takes us to two photographic attitudes - the reactive and proactive photography.
 
Bert explains their differences as well as their advantages and disadvantages. Then, armed with his Fujifilm X70 compact camera on which a GoPro is stuck, he makes his way through Dinant 's streets to combine reactive and proactive street photography: He looks out for suitable scenes and while walking he photographs his impressions of the city.
 
Finally, he shows two well-done pictures from streets far away from Belgium. These examples show once again that reactive and proactive photography have their own appeal and how they can be combined in particularly lucky moments.

Bert on the Street 2

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Runtime - length of the film: 08m24s
Language: english
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Street photography can be performed actively or passively. Bert recommends to keep a low profile for beginners to capture authentic situations.

He reveals 3 tricks to not stand out as a photographer. Mind your behaviour and consider your options in technology that is actually available to everyone.

street photography benefits from lots of practice and the occasional lucky moment. Sooner or later decisive moments will find their way onto your sensor.

Bert on the Street 1

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Runtime - length of the film: 09m25s
Language: english
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Bert Stephani introduces you to the magic of street photography. Despite being an experienced photographer, being out on the street is always an exciting experience.

The appeal is to observe situations that you cannot direct. It takes a fair amount of luck to capture strangers in special constellations.

Bert recommends how to behave in the street to not draw attention to yourself. There's also gear especially suitable for street photography, while other is better left at home. He also shares advice on how to approach strangers.

Larry Towell

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Runtime - length of the film: 10m26s
Language: english
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Larry Towell is a photographer and also operates as a musician and storyteller. He lives with his family on a farm in Canada. He was the first Canadian member of Magnum. Since the mid-80s photography is his source of livelihood.
 
Through the for him very impressive time as a volunteer helper in India in the mid-70s his work is characterized by the gap between rich and poor. Main subject in almost all works are the "landless people" which means the rural population without land.
 
Towells first projects in which this motif already took place originated in Central America and dealt among others with the Counterrevolutionaries in Nicaragua, the civil War in El Salvador and the "Disappeared" in Guatemala. He later documented the Mennonites in Mexico and even his own family in Canada.
 
After he was a strong defender of the black and white film his recent works have given way to the changing times. In those younger works there are color photos als well as multimedia influences such as video or music.

Bruce Gilden

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Runtime - length of the film: 11m30s
Language: english
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In this FotoTV. interview Bruce Gilden from New York presents his photographic work. Gilden is a photojournalist and paticularly known for his work on the New Yorkers.
 
In 1969 he made the first photo that was - in his eyes - credible. It happened on the beach at Coney Island where many famous photographers made great pictures.
 
There he created his first big photo report that dealt with the visitors of the beach. He chose those people who didn't fit into societies norms, for example because of their physique.
 
The claim to find people that stand out from the mainstream runs through several decades of his work.

Susan Meiselas

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Runtime - length of the film: 12m54s
Language: english
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American Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas guides through her exhibition "Carrying the Past, Forward".
 
Meiselas is known for her visual storytelling in documentary style. Her photographs are often mixed with other media, for example interviews or handmade books. She has received numerous awards for her artistic work.
 
"Carrying the Past, Forward" deals with the issue of migration in the 70s, 80s and 90s. In her major works "Crossings" and "Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History", which are combined in the exhibition, Meiselas inspects the movement of refugees in Central America and the Middle East. She illuminates the individual lives of those who had to leave their homes and lost their loved ones due to political circumstances.
 
In the face of today's current affairs Susan's works are as topical as ever. They happened in other places and by different causes, but the needs of the people are exactly the same.

Raghu Rai

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Runtime - length of the film: 12m41s
Language: english
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Photographer Raghu Rai from India originally worked for the Government as a civil engineer. In 1965 he decided to follow the example of his elder brother and step into photography.
 
One year later his career began when he worked with Indian magazine "The Statesman". In 1984 Rai attained special recognition for his photos of the Bhopal gas tragedy.
 
In our FotoTV. Interview he talks about his attitude to photography and photojournalism that determined his commercial career. He also talks about his personal projects in which the workaday life takes a high priority. And of course the interview is about his home India, to which he has devoted 50 years of photography.

Pictures without Words

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Runtime - length of the film: 10m00s
Language: english
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Roger Ballen

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American photographer Roger Ballen was born in 1950. Since the 1970s he lives in South Africa.
 
After our first interview with him, he now tells us about the evolution of his art.
 
Ballen has started to transfer his distinctive aesthetics into other media. He is attracted by sculptures and installations, and he has found to YouTube. He produced several films, such as the 2012 music video "I Fink U Freeky" (from Die Antwoord), which was clicked millions of times, or the short film "Asylum of the Birds" from 2014. Via Youtube Ballen opens up a whole new audience to his aesthetics on pure photography.
 
It is this aesthetic that fills the main part of the interview: Ballen tells how he personally experiences his imagery and in what way it intensifies in modern times of his work. For him it is a world of "pictures without words".

Malick Sidibé

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Runtime - length of the film: 10m14s
Language: french with english subtitles
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Summary:

Malick Sidibé is an African example of contemporary photography. He documented people of Mali and created a lasting image of his homeland.

Born before the age of digital photography, he represents the analogue process with strong conviction. He describes his sleepless work routine, as people queued up outside his photostudio.

See why Sidibé cherished his work and sees photography as the ultimate medium.