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Henrik Rieß, Friday 29 August 2008

Attention, please.

Attention, please.
There's a new website in town! For Better Understanding is a mix of a blog combined with a photographic portfolio showing some of my stuff that does not appear on Public Life. Take a look!


Robert Engelhardt, Wednesday 13 August 2008

New photographers at Public Life

It took us some weeks and the decisions did not come easy sometimes, but we have now come to a result. The following photographers were nominated by a majority to join Public Life: Ying Tang from Shanghai (China), Marja Skotheim Folde from Granada (Spain) and Orville Robertson from New York (USA). Also the photographer Robert M Johnson from Worcester, Massachusetts (USA) was directly nominated after the relaunch of the Public Life website.

Ying Tang, born and grown up in Shanghai (China), studied at the New York Institute of Photography and at the School of Photography at the City College of San Francisco. His works were published in the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune.
Website of Ying:

Marja Skotheim Folde currently lives in Granada (Spain). She studied photography and graphic print in Barcelona and currently studies architecture and urbanism at the University of Granada. Recently she gave an exhibition of her work Ciudad-Presente (The city told in split seconds).
Photographs of Marja: Flickr album

Orville Robertson, born in Jamaica, today living in Queens, New York, has been a street photographer for over 25 years. His photographs were shown in numerous exhibitions, and are featured in many big museums as well as private and collaborative collections. He is editor of the photography magazine Fotophile, founded in 1993, and was awarded a photography scholarship by the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2002.
Website of Orville:

Robert M Johnson was born in Youngstown, Ohio (USA), and later went to Worcester, Massachusetts (USA), where he still lives today. One could say that Johnson is a street photographer of the old school. His photographs were shown and published in numerous exhibitions and magazines.
Website of Robert:

At this point we would also like to thank all non-nominated applicants, who made the effort to submit their work to us.


Robert Engelhardt, Tuesday 03 June 2008

Exhibition at the Munich City Museum

Exhibition at the Munich City Museum
Photographs (from left to right) by Felipe Taborda, Thomas Hoepker and Evelyn Richter
Until 6th of July shows the Munich City Museum, the exhibition "Augenblicke" (Moments), photographs by Dimitri Soulas. Soulas was born in 1938 in Thessaloniki and started in the 60s as journalist for several agencies and newspapers.

As a complement shows the museum the exhibition "Street Life", with photographs from 1930 to 1975. Shown amongst others photographs from Jerry Cooke, Robert Lebeck, Stefan Moses, Thomas Hoepker.

Exhibition "augenblicke" by Dimitri Soulas (German)
Exhibition Streetlife (German)


Robert Engelhardt, Wednesday 28 May 2008

The Sonic Blog about street photography today

Peter Feldhaus is the author of the popular blog "The Sonic Blog". Focal point is art photography and photography itself. Feldhaus presents a special about street photography from May 26th until 1st of June 2008. He talks about various communities and also interviews german street photographer and their views of the street photography. Featured photographers are: Dagmar Schwelle, Kay von Aspern, Bruno Trematore, Stefan Rohner, Henrik Rieß, Robert Engelhardt, Elisabeth Schuh, Rudi Meisel, Christian Reister and Andreas Herzau. In any case, have a look!

Street photography today
Street photography communities
Interview with Street photographers from the German space - Part one
Part two of Interview with Street photographers from the German space


Robert Engelhardt, Tuesday 27 May 2008

Letizia Battaglia and her fight against the Mafia

Letizia Battaglia and her fight against the Mafia
Photograph by Letizia Battaglia
From the May 17th until the 22nd of June 2008, the Willy-Brandt-Haus shows an exhibition with 78 photographs by Letizia Battaglia, who has been fighting against the Italian Mafia for decades, not only through her photography. Her pictures tell of sorrow and document crimes against humanity. For her work Letiza Battaglia has received numerous international awards.

More informations:
Willy Brandt Haus


Robert Engelhardt, Saturday 24 May 2008

Cornell Capa

The Magnum photographer and former president of Magnum Cornell Capa (Cornell Friedmann), the brother of Endre Ernő Friedmann (Robert Capa), died in the early morning of May 23rd at age 90 in his home in New York. Cornell was born in 1918, founded the International Center of Photography in New York and joined Magnum Photos in 1954. Cornell died peacefully after battling with Parkinson for several years.

Cornell Capa at Magnum
Article at New York Times
Article at PDN Online


Robert Engelhardt, Tuesday 20 May 2008

Alec Soth

Alec Soth
Photographs by Alec Soth
The C/O Berlin presents from the May 16th until the 13th of July 2008 the work "Paris/Minnesota" of the photographer Alec Soth.

C/O Berlin website
Article about the exhibition on Spiegle Online (German)


Robert Engelhardt, Tuesday 20 May 2008

Against the wall with photographs

Against the wall with photographs
Photograph by Activestills
Activestills are photographers and peace activists and they bring the conflict between Israel and Palestina out on the streets. Activestills consists of three mid-twenties. "What we do is photo activism", say Keren, member of Activestills. "That means, we are professional photographers and nevertheless we have a clear political position. We are against the wall between us and the palestinians and we use the photography to change the awareness of the population."

Activestills website
Article of the TAZ (German)
Activestills on Flickr


Robert Engelhardt, Sunday 18 May 2008

Photographers fear for their freedom to take pictures in public

Photographers fear for their freedom to take pictures in public
Metropolitan Police campaign
The Western world finds itself in a constantly alerting sensitisation towards terrorism. Since September 11th 2001 the governments of the threatened countries endeavour to protect themselves from the acute threat of radical Islamist by means of legislation and preventive alertness of this topic. It is certainly debatable, whether those means of alertness and sensitisation do not rather run the risk of turning into panic mongering, creating a situation of general suspicion.

At the moment it seems extensively to take this direction. The London Metropolitan Police launched a poster campaign, which points out that, in order to plan their actions, terrorists take pictures and notes on security. Where this points to, quickly becomes clear, and thus straightaway a storm of indignation broke out amongst amateur, professional and famous street photographers. Without further ado, this poster campaign seems to cast general suspicion on photographing in public, and with it, on the photographer, who - for better or for worse - might just as well be a scout for terrorist attacks. Meanwhile in London clashes occur between photographers and police, who prohibit taking pictures in certain places with reference to explicit laws, and demand that photos which were made, to be erased under supervision. This procedure however is practised to a much greater extend. Many photographers regard this as a curtailment of their freedom to take pictures in public, and thus an online petition against this procedure was initiated.

For more articles and information:
Online petitions
Times Online
Current Video - You can't picture this
Amateur photographer
Wired blog


Robert Engelhardt, Sunday 18 May 2008

Contemporary photography in America - Film by Michael Engler

Contemporary photography in America - Film by Michael Engler
Scenes of the film from Michael Engler
The film of Michael Engler from the year 1982 showing the different methods of operation of photgraphers Harry Callahan, Mark Cohen, Robert Frank, Ralph Gibson, Duane Michals, Joel Meyerowitz, Stephen Shore, Garry Winogrand and other. The Film arrived the title: Particularly valuable.

Here you can buy the film on DVD for 19,90 EUR


Robert Engelhardt, Saturday 17 May 2008

Les Parisiens sous l'Occupation - Occupied Paris Shown Full Color

Interesting and controversial exhibition in Paris of color photographs of life under the German occupation. Read the full report about the exhibition on Spiegel Online

Buy at Paris Bibliotheques: Les Parisiens sous l'Occupation - Occupied Paris Shown Full Color


Robert Engelhardt, Saturday 17 May 2008

Interview with Martin Parr


Siegfried Hansen, Thursday 03 January 2008

4. Triennale der photographie in Hamburg

Exhibition from Siegfried Hansen
1-30 .April in Hamburg

4. triennale der photographie