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Fotographi A Roma – My Martin Parr story

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I’ve been a really big Martin Parr fan for many years. His were some of the first images I can remember staring into, being mesmerized by. Surely there are more mesmerizing photographers and I’ve come to be exposed to far more work over the past decade or more but I’ll never forget the first time I flipped through The Last Resort photo book in my local Barnes & Noble.

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Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency

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I recently ordered myself a copy of Nan Goldin’s seminal collection The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, and I was somehow left feeling that I was the last guy to the party. As Wikipedia describes, more effectually than I probably can, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1986) documents the post-Stonewall gay subculture and Goldin’s family and friends during the 1970s and 1980s and follows Goldin and her companions across several periods, stages, and locations; up and down the U.S. East Coast, to Chicago, Mexico, Berlin, and London. Regardless of location, her camera and her spotlight remain focused on the diverse cast of characters with which she has spent the formative years of her life.

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Always Work Your Shot

In Migrate, Sketchbook, Street Lessons, The Creative Process by Chris Foley2 Comments

“Working the Shot” is a pretty straightforward concept. It says that you you shouldn’t just run up to anything that catches your eye, photograph it and call it done. Instead, you should consider staying with whatever it was that caught your eye in the first place, and really explore that situation. Take multiple shots, move about the scene, explore a variety of angles and perspectives, allow something to unfold, and in short, fully document whatever it was that you observed and deemed worthy of committing to film, or memory card, or what have you.