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David Doubilet 2

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Runtime - length of the film: 09m59s
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David Doubilet 1

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Underwater photographer David Doubilet guides through his retrospective exhibition in Iserlohn, Germany. He tells exciting stories and provides insight into some special shots.
 
Doubilet compares features of colour and monochrome pictures. He reveals his fascination with Antarctica and remembers encounters with animals around the planet.
 
He looks back on his work and career spent in the oceans of the earth.

David Doubilet 1

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Runtime - length of the film: 10m19s
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David Doubilet traveled planet earth and documented nature from the ocean's perspective. His underwater camera records scenes from another world.
 
His fascination with water began with an experience from his youth. Working under water poses risks and challenges that Doubilet never forgets. He rewards himself with surreal images which impress and alert. Climate change threatens ecosystems of oceans worldwide. Doubilets pictures show the fragility of these places.
 
He dived in the arctics and tropics, and returned with photos that surpass imagnination.

Massimo Vitali

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Runtime - length of the film: 18m17s
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The Italian photographer Massimo Vitali is known for its contemporary and large-format art photographs of beaches.
 
In this interview he talks about how he's ever come to photographic art and his motives. His current project "Natural Habitats" shows scenes of people on beaches. Typically, his pictures are very bright, shining and equipped with many details.
 
Specifically, he discusses three pictures from his exhibition, tells how they were formed and what are the characteristics of them.

Vincent Fournier

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Runtime - length of the film: 9m35s
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Vincent Fournier was born in Burkina Faso and resides in Paris. For 15 years he has been a photographer and transitioned from ad to art.

He documents and stages, with science as his main theme. Fournier incorporates humour and interpretation, for instance in a notional future, where humanoid robots have become common.

Film and technology influence his work, the latter of which he considers to be an optional tool.

Joan Fontcuberta

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Runtime - length of the film: 09m28s
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Spanish photographer Joan Fontcuberta creates photo art to comprehend our world and explain it to others. Images are powerful documents that require to be critically observed.

His series "Sputnik" deals with photo manipulation in historical context, comparable to incidents in the former Soviet Union. Fontcuberta incorporates himself into his work, so observers might identify what can be believed and what is fake.

"Googlegrams" are digital mosaics consisting of thousands of images gathered from the web. They unite to become an image with two perspectives and multiple meanings.

Three Boys from Pasadena

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Runtime - length of the film: 15m24s
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Just Loomis, George Holz and Mark Arbeit have known Helmut an June Newton since their years of study. The "Boys from Pasadena" remember their achievements and mistakes during the times.

The students met Newton by coincidence in Beverly Hills, presented their work and were harshly criticised. He taught them to closely observe life, women and details.

Helmut's wife June holds onto his work and is just as much an influence as he was on the boys. Their exhibition at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin displays memorabilia made up from letters and pictures that document their relationship.

Bettina Rheims

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Runtime - length of the film: 11m21s
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We spent a day at Camera Work in Berlin with French Photographer Bettina Rheims to explore her latest exhibition. Her series "Gender Studies" is all about transgender.

The Web helped her recruiting people from across the globe who share this lifestyle. Not only the pictures, but the very models spoke for themselves, as the show featured voice recordings to accompany the images.

The encounter with the "third sex" ist just as peculiar as Rheims' earlier works "Chambre Close" and "I.N.R.I.", the latter of which is a contemporary portrayal of the bible.

We thank Camera Work for accessing their gallery and realising the interview.

TED Talk 2012

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Runtime - length of the film: 6m39s
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JR

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"Can art change the world?" - That's the question JR talks about at TED, one year after the beginning of the INSIDE OUT project.

"I wish for yout to stand up for what you care about by participating in a global art project, and together we'll turn the world... INSIDE OUT". - JR

INSIDE OUT is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. These digitally uploaded images will be made into posters and sent back to the project’s co-creators for them to exhibit in their own communities. People can participate as an individual or in a group; posters can be placed anywhere, from a solitary image in an office window to a wall of portraits on an abandoned building or a full stadium. These exhibitions will be documented, archived and viewable virtually.

(The text above is taken from the website www.insideoutproject.net.)

Now, one year after beginning, JR sums up the project and it's development so far: 100.000 posters have been printed this year!

Alice Springs

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Runtime - length of the film: 19m22s
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In this FotoTV film, curator Michael Harder shares work from June Newton alias Alice Springs at the Helmut Newton exhibit.

A lot of people know that June Newton shot under a pseudonym. But then again there are a lot of people who did not know that June Newton, wife of legendary photographer Helmut Newton, had a successful career shooting under the name Alice Springs. While visiting today, curator Harder takes us through different eras of Alice Spring and her work. There is definitely a resemblance of work style between her work and Helmut Newton’s work, because he taught he how to use a camera. But it was probably on all the photo shoots she shot documentaries of which gave her an insight to Helmut Newton’s world of photography.

Under normal circumstances there is always a “June’s” room. The curator changes out photos periodically depending on theme or content. This interview is good for photographers who want to learn more about the working relationship between Helmut and June Newton and for photographers who are interested in getting to know Alice Springs.

Stephan Vanfleteren II

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Runtime - length of the film: 15m40s
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Stephan Vanfleteren I

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Using four examples from his BELGICUM project, Stephan Vanfleteren talks here about his photographs and why he is a photographer. His work moving, photojournalistic is a clear reflection his own warm and caring personality.

A typical example is the story about René, a poor, lonely man living in Brussels. Vanfleteren and a writer friend of his met René in a bar. They had a few beers together, René buying some of the drinks although he really couldn’t afford it. It turned out too, that René was on medication and shouldn’t have been drinking alcohol at all.  Unable to walk home, René was taken back to his room by the photographer and the writer. They carried him upstairs “like two maffiosi with a corpse”, put him on his bed, took off his shoes, covered him up and left: A poignant episode for Vanfleteren and one that started a whole series of photographs of poor people in Belgium. René became “a kind of a friend” who Vanfleteren visited whenever he was in the neighborhood. “He never knew know how meaningful he was for me”, says Vanfleteren, “You have to be humble and thankful”. René later died. One can feel the emotion in Vanfleteren’s narrative.

Then there’s the serendipitous picture of an old couple, the man taking a snapshot of his wife, whose skirt is blowing up in a parody of the famous Marilyn Monroe image. They are on the parapet of a large church in Brussels, having come there from a little village somewhere to visit Brussels. “There is a lot of love in this picture”, he says. Vanfleteren has captured a magic moment that he couldn’t really believe until he got home and developed the images.

Vanfleteren’s landscapes are misty and mysterious. See the strange image of an old, deserted Mercedes car in a wood, slowly being taken over by Mother Nature. “It was too beautiful to be true,” says Vanfleteren. The windscreen is intact, the papers still in the glove box, the car not vandalized at all. This symbol of movement stands oddly fixed in the landscape.

Finally there are the portraits of fishermen: Memories for Vanfleteren, of his boyhood growing up on the Belgian coast. Over a five-year period he went back again and again to see if these old fishermen were still there. And he found them, listened to their stories of the sea, the heartache of losing friends overboard in storms, and he photographed their deeply lined and weathered faces.

For these portraits he used daylight. Sometimes it was from a window or in a garage. And as always he worked slowly with a large format camera in black and white, sometimes taking an hour for a single picture. He feels uncomfortable with small cameras. “The World is too fast,” says Vanfleteren, “I stand with foot on the brake: That’s maybe the reason I’m a photographer.”

There are more of Stephan Vanfleteren’s pictures on his homepage. The Galerie Hilaneh von Kories in Hamburg, Germany, where his BELGICUM series has been exhibited, also carries a short vita (in German).