Photographer Michal Chelbin, Israel, 1974, just released her second monograph called The Black Eye. In 2008 she released the book Strangely Familiar, human stories somewhere between the odd and the ordinary. It is a series of portraits of often small-town performers, kids and dwarfs. The images are private moments in which Michal tries to address everyday questions of life. The following images are from Strangely Familiar.
The following images come from the series The Chapels.
Jill Greenberg, Canada, 1967, lives and works in the USA. She is also known as the "manipulator" because she digitally manipulates her photographs. Her body of work is vast, containing personal projects, commissioned work and a large number of portraits. An example of a project is End Times, a series of pictures in which toddlers cry. Simple and pure emotion. She has also photographed various animals, such as bears and monkeys and then manipulated the images. The following images come from the series End Times, Monkey Portraits and some examples of her human portraits.
Alejandro Chaskielberg, Argentina, 1977, started as a photojournalist. After completing his photographic studies he worked on various documentaries as a director for television. By using fictional scenarios and playing with sharpness he has developed his own style in photography. He searches for the limits of documentary photography and water is a recurring theme in his projects. The following photographs come from the projects The High Tide, Nocturama and Borders.
British photographer Simon Roberts, 1974, uses a 4x5 inch large format camera. Recently he was chosen to document the British elections. In 2009 his monograph We English was released. Photographs of the people of Britain at leisure. Themes of belonging, memory and identity play an important role in his work. This was also visible in his earlier monograph Motherland, about contemporary Russia. In Russia he also made a series called Polyarnye Nochi, pictures taken in the dusk of Northern Russia.
Photographer Jeff Bark, USA, 1963, makes his images look like paintings. In his series Woodpecker he build a scene including a pond in his studio. The photographs a romantic scenes filled with symbolism. In his series Flesh Rainbow we see male and female nudes combined with still-lifes in bizarre positions with items covering their faces. Dark, sometimes comic and sometimes fetishistic. The following photographs come from the series Flesh Rainbow, Woodpecker and Abandon.
Too young to be a photographer? Olivia Bolles, 1994, USA, better known as Olivia Bee who just turned 16, proves otherwise. For several years she has been taking photographs and experimenting with video. She already worked for clients like Converse. Her photography is about the life she is living, her friends and herself. The images are playfull, spontaneous, poetic and innocent. Her website already has a large collection of photographs. The following photographs come from various series.
There is a lot of potential here. We are very curious to see where Olivia is going with her photography. Website: www.oliviabee.com
Lori Nix, USA, 1969, is a photographer who uses miniatures and models to achieve her images. A recurring theme in nearly all of her photographs is disaster. In her series Accidentally Kansas Nix is playing with truth and illusion using themes as natural and accidental disasters. In more recent work she still plays with disaster, but it has shifted towards a more psychological disaster and it leaves the viewer wondering what has happened and what might still happen. The following photographs are from her series: The City, Lost and Accidentally Kansas.
Dutch photographer Jan Koster, 1959, mainly focuses on the Dutch landscapes and has done so since the early 1990's. He first got recognised with his series Riverscapes. He presents his projects as books, which he publishes himself only to revise and improve them. The projects keep growing and thus becomes a vast archive of the variety, similarity and uniqueness of the Dutch landscapes.
Dutchscapes is a project that shows the coastal landscapes of the Netherlands with aesthetic images and was published as a book by Episode publishers in 2009.
Apart from the landscapes for which Koster is known, he has also focused on other parts of the world. The following images come from his series Havana.
Christian Lamontagne, Canada, 1978, is a photographer and also works on various video productions. He has covered various stories across the globe. His reportage style of photography comes with a twist through his use of artificial lighting. The following images come from his series Sahel, sous la menace du desert. Photographs on the climate change and the effects on the Nomads of Senegal.
The series Imperial Valley are portraits of the inhabitants in the apocalyptic looking region around the Salton Sea.
The following images are examples of his portraiture in various places in the world such as Bangladesh.
Lana Slezic, Canada, 1973, comes from a Croatian family. Until the war in 1991 she went to Croatia every summer. After the war she went been back to Dubrovnik, a Unesco world heritage site where her roots lie. The following images come from her series Dubrovnik.
In Afghanistan she focused on the women of the country that is at war. Even though people may claim that women are finally free with the Taliban (partly) defeated, Slezic claims that the Afghan women are still subject to abuse, forced marriages and are in rural places mostly illiterate. Basically not a lot has changed since the war. These images come from her book Forsaken.
Another project by Lana is about Mennonites, a movement that finds it's roots in the 1500's.
French photographer Pierre Gonnord, 1963, works and lives in Spain. He concentrates on people that are considered outsiders, from people that are blind, homeless or gypsies. Inspired by the great painters he portrays the individuals and they are printed in large sizes. He has had exhibitions in various places around the globe. The following photographs come from the series Testigos, Utopicos and Regards.
Dave Anderson, USA, 1970, is a photographer that sees beauty in the less pretty sides of life. Poverty, disaster and racism. His believe that there is something beautiful in everyone made him go to Vidor, Texas many times. Vidor is known as a stronghold of the Klu Klux Klan. He photographed the people in this town and his book Rough Beauty was released in 2006. Make sure to watch this video about Rough Beauty by pressing here.
This year his book One Block is coming out. A non linear story on the rebuilding after the Katrina disaster in New Orleans.
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Tony Fouhse, Canada, 1954, might be an editorial and commercial photographer, it's his personal work that is getting international attention. Since 2007 Fouhse has focused on drug addicts in his hometown Ottawa. In 2007 he made the series USER night, in 2008 USER Women and in 2009 USER Men. Even though the portrayed are evidently addicts, the portraits show people with strength and a drive for survival. Below are shot from User Men and USER Night.
On various trips Fouhse photographs what he sees. This results in series such as Christmas in the Delta.
Dutch photographer Arie Versluis, 1961, has been working on a series called Exactitudes together with profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek, 1965, since 1994. They have worked mainly in Rotterdam, but also in various other places. Drawn by the theme of social groups and dress codes they photograph people in the similar poses. The people are chosen on the streets by how they look and what they wear. After 16 years an archive has been build. The photographs have been published in a book, that every few years is revised and reprinted.
Shadi Ghadirian, Iran, 1974, got international recognition with her series Qajar in 1998. Qajar are images of woman dressed in the 19th century Qajar-style. The pictures are also taken that way, but Shadi has added a few modern touches. She points out the difficulties of tradition and modernisation of the women in Iran today.
In the series Like EveryDay she depicts all the things women have to do on a daily basis. Making the appliances their face symbolises how women are looked upon.
Her latest work is White Squar, objects of war with a red ribbon, making it a gift. The objects are photographed completely isolated.
Mike Brodie a.k.a 'the Polaroid Kid', 1985, USA, is in the first place a freight train hopper. He left home at the age of 18 to ride the trains and travel across the USA. He started taking pictures of his friends and the people that surrounded him with a polaroid sx-70 camera. He has never had any education in photography. Later he also started taking pictures with a 35mm camera. In 2008 he won the Baum award for emerging American photographer. Today Mike Brodie doesn't take pictures anymore, instead he is going to school to become a diesel mechanic for the Pacific Railroad. Read this interesting article about Mike: press here.
Once we hear that Mike Brodie has taken up photography again, he will be straight on the 500photographers main list.
Christopher Wahl, Canada/USA, 1972, is in the first place a portrait photographer. He has had a wide range of people in front of his Hasselblad. Examples are: Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Mick Jagger, Peter Beard, David Lynch and Jane Jacobs. The images are strong, honest captures of the portrayed.
Wahl also works on projects. He made pictures in Disneyworld and in North Huron that are double exposed inside the camera. Another project focuses on people working in the news business.
Irish photographer Andrew Hetherington, 1969, photographs nearly everything. When he is on a trip you can follow him with pictures on his blog. This leads to archives of images that become an important body of work. For four years he had been taking pictures of the hotels he visited and of the views from his window, consistent, therefore also if there was nothing more than a wall. Due to the consistency in his work it is a true archive. These pictures were published in the book A Room with a View.
Andrew also concentrates on various stories. The following images come from East Bay Rats, a motorcycle club that also boxes, and Tall Paul, the tallest college basketball player ever.