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Photography & Time

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Runtime - length of the film: 12m55s
Language: english
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40 years have passed since Ed Ruscha decided to switch from his conceptual photography to painting. In our interview, he justifies this step with his notice that photographs always reflects only the time in which they were produced. Thus photography is always historical for him while painting stands for itself.
 
Nevertheless, Ruscha understands photography as a "vocabulary of seeing" with which he was able to make the jump into painting. And so the former photo projects are still so present to him that he leads us viewers very lively back to the time of their genesis.
 
He closes the interview with a review of the photo book "Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass" which was his first color project.

Perfume to my Future

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Runtime - length of the film: 13m14s
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Photography & Time
Ed Ruscha

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Ed Ruscha is an important pioneer of conceptual photography. We already have a short video with him in our program.
 
Photojournalist Michael Kurcfeld met him for a longer talk in Los Angeles. This resulted in an exciting interview, which we do not want to withhold from you. Listen to this master of his craft, whose photographic work has been completed long before the digital age and still works into the modern age.
 
In the first part, Ruscha talks about his early artistic influence, which led him to conceptual photography. He tells about publishers, self-publishing and outsourcing and gives us an insight into his first photo book projects for which he is known to this day.

Exploration of Childhood

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Runtime - length of the film: 19m23s
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New Zealand photographer Niki Boon talks about the photographic documentation of her children.

Since Niki and her husband decided to teach their children at home, Niki takes pictures of their everyday life.

Publishing her black and white photos on Facebook brought her much fame, but at the same time a lot of criticism. She has learned to deal with it and continues to make daily pictures to leave something to her children. This is something, Niki does not have from her own childhood.

Bert on the Street 4

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Runtime - length of the film: 07m37s
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.