The Street Photography of Alex Webb: Sweet Home Chicago

The Street Photography of Alex Webb: Sweet Home Chicago

Photography by: Alex Webb

Photographs from the Streets of Chicago is a wonderful video photo-essay, a collection of photographs by the acclaimed contemporary street photographer, Alex Webb. Unlike street photographers of the Chicago School (Callahan, Metzger, Sturr and Sterling), Alex Webb has chosen to photograph the city’s multitudinous character in color. Having spent most of his three-decades long career shooting outside of the United States, Webb turns his lens to Chicago during this very important election year.

The Street Photography of Alex Webb: Sweet Home Chicago

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A Year in New York: A Beautiful Visual Symphony

A Year in New York: A Beautiful Visual Symphony

Photography by: Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

A Year in New York is an enchanting, emotionally moving five-minute documentary short film by videographer Andrew Clancy, accompanied by Irish singer/songwriter James Vincent McMorrow’s beautiful song We Don’t Eat. Sometimes words cannot do justice to life in a big city, as A Year in New York so entrancingly confirms. The film reveals that despite the chaos that surrounds urban life, there is a common thread of excitement and resilient optimism.

A Year in New York presents the viewer with a stream of quintessential New York visual imagery, from the No. 7 train rolling past Silvercup Studios’ iconic film and television complex, to die-hard Rangers fans losing it at Madison Square Garden; from runners and rollerbladers cruising through city parks, to late-night, outdoor summer concerts; from blinking beacons on NYPD police cars, to the sparkling lights of the colossal Rockefeller Christmas Tree, resulting in a stunning homage to the city that never sleeps and to its lucky inhabitants.

A Year in New York: A Beautiful Visual Symphony

Photo-Gallery: A Year in New York

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Photo of the Day: Just to Be Very Clear!!

Just to Be Very Clear: No!

Photography by: Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

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Garry Winogrand: Women are Beautiful

Garry Winogrand, Centennial Ball, Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1969

Garry Winogrand, Centennial Ball, Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1969

Garry Winogrand, Untitled, New York, 1968

Garry Winogrand, Paris, 1970

Garry Winogrand, Untitled, Women are Beautiful Portfolio, 1970

Garry Winogrand, Central Park Zoo, New York, 1967

Garry Winogrand: Women are Beautiful

Women are Beautiful is a collection of photographs by Garry Winogrand (1928-1984), which is currently on exhibition in Barcelona at the Foundation Foto Colectania. Winogrand is considered to be one of the greatest innovators of twentieth-century American photography. Winogrand’s pictures are focused on the reflection of reality, with no retouching or other ideas added. Garry Winogrand represented a new American style in photography, which broke new ground in the emerging era of street photography.

Described as an undisciplined mixture of energy, ego, curiosity, ignorance, and street-smart naiveté, throughout the 1950s, the Bronx native photographed incessantly, mostly on the streets, working as a freelance photographer for a picture agency and eventually publishing journalistic images in numerous magazines. Around 1960, after being shown a copy of Walker Evans’s book American Photographs, Winogrand began to take a more artistic approach in his work.

Winogrand eventually published four books of photographs, including Women Are Beautiful in 1975, which was composed mostly of candid shots of anonymous women on the street. He knew like no other photographer of his time how to capture the social transformation of females in the 1960s and 1970s through his portraits of women, which stand as an allegory of women’s emancipation and of their new roles in society.

Garry Winogrand: Women are Beautiful

Photo-Gallery: Garry Winogrand/Women are Beautiful

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Photos of the Day: The Taxi Lights of Tokyo

Photos of the Day: The Taxi Lights of Tokyo

Photography by: Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

The Taxi Lights of Tokyo is a wonderful collection of color photographs by New York City street photographer Joseph O. Holmes. It’s an incredible series of images, which captures the spirit of a city that glitters and shines much like Times Square. The photographs reflect a nighttime urban mood that seems always the same, with scenes that are enhanced by the colorful out-of-focus background of other lighted signs.

In light of the devastation unleashed by the recent massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan, readers might wish to consider making a donation to the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund, or to Doctors Without Borders.

Tokyo Taxis: The Colorful Taxis of the City

Taxi Stand: Taxi Lights in Tokyo

Japan: The Devastation of the Massive Earthquake and Tsunami

Slide Show: The Taxi Lights of Tokyo

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Vivian Maier: Discovering Chicago’s Reclusive Street Photographer

Vivian Maier: Discovering Chicago’s Reclusive Street Photographer

When John Maloof bid on a box of old photographic negatives at a 2007 estate auction, little did he know that he was stepping deep into the dark mystery of Vivian Maier.  Maloof was searching for images to use in a book about the history of Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood.  Instead, what he found were 30,000 images by Maier, who spent much of her time wandering Chicago and the world as a street photographer with a keen eye for capturing compelling images.

Since then, Maloof has amassed an archive of Maier’s life and work.  Now, Maier’s photographs and life story are gaining attention, including at the Chicago Cultural Center, where the exhibit Finding Vivian Maier: Chicago Street Photographer opens on Friday.  “There weren’t many women doing street photography in the ’50s and ’60s,” said Lanny Silverman, chief curator at the Cultural Center.  “So this is very interesting and noteworthy.  Beyond just the story of her life, she’s quite a good photographer.”

The details of Vivian Maier’s life are slowly coming to light.  Maier was born in 1926 in New York City and spent much of her childhood in France.  In 1951, she returned to New York and then in 1956 came to Chicago to work as a nanny for a North Shore family.  Maier, who was a very a private person and a bit of a character, always had a Rolleiflex camera around her neck.  Maier was a theater and movie buff; she was also a hoarder and a bit of a recluse, but she wasn’t afraid to walk the street with her camera and engage people.  Maier seems to have been somewhat obsessed with using photography to document the world around her.

Vivian Maier’s work is the purest form of art; none of it was done for any commercial reason.  Her images often focus upon women, children, the old and the poor.  The influences in her pictures appear to range from the works of Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, Diane Arbus and Helen Levitt.

Vivian Maier: Chicago Street Photographer and Nanny

Vivian Maier: Reclusive Chicago Street Photographer

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Just What I See: Photographs of New York City Street Life

Just What I See: Photographs of New York City Street Life

Photography by:  Greg Schmigel, NYC

Just What I See is a remarkable collection of iPhone photographs of New York City street life by Greg Schmigel.  The series of black-and-white photographs offers a candid look at everyday moments in the lives of people and strangers on the streets and public places of the city.  The images reveal a deeply personal sense of beauty evoked by the more simple aspects of life: the facial features of a stranger, a man’s gait, the shadows or reflections of a woman, the quiet smile on the face of a passing child.  The photographs capture the beautiful, dreary, mundane, sad and sometimes outrageous features of daily life in the big city in a very intimately touching way.

Alone in New York: Feeling Lost Amidst Crowds

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Slide Show: Just What I See/New York City Street Life

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