June 1998 - May 1999
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June 1998 Top Photo Web Sites
Reviewed by Mason Resnick
July 1998 Top Photo Web Sites
Reviewed by Mason Resnick
Facing Death: Portraits from Cambodia's Killing Fields
Tuol Sleng prison camp, in Cambodia, was the final place thousands of Cambodians saw before being murdered by the Pol Pot regime. For many of them, however, there was one more stop to make before they met their fate: they were photographed, moments after being taken off transports and their blindfolds removed, and just before being killed. Their haunting faces appear here.
Bob Bennet Art Portfolio
In this age of Photoshop, commercial photographer Bob Bennet has created spectacularly surreal photo montages using good old reliable darkroom equipment. No computers were used to create any of the photos shown here!
Panopticon, a Boston-based photo lab, has created an awesome online gallery with a generous selection from photographers their gallery division represents. Included: Jazz musician portraits by Lou Jones; Nubar Alexanian's documentary of Peru; street photography around the world by Laura Lakeway; Bradford Washburn's Alaskan vistas; many more. Plan to spend a lot of time with this site.
A small, somewhat mysterious group show of photos taken in Singapore, Thailand, and other countries in that region. Two frames, no navigation or credits, but nice photos.
Philip Starke's Photo Gallery
A small, simple collection of refreshing, well-composed people pictures. Worth a quick visit.
Art Cards by Crazy Bits
As we all try to figure out how to make money on the web (after all, everyone says we can), it's good to look at sites that try a little harder. Mike Coombe's site combines commerce with photography. The photos, fine snippets of Australia, are well-done and presented well. But we'd all like to know: how's business?
Hans Grimm Photo Gallery
Hans Grimm mixes styles and film stock for a versatile display of his work, which ranges from photos of art in a different context to candids and Infrared landscapes. This site is especially well designed, and easy to move around.
John Collett Photography
High-concept design and excellent presentation complement and enhance the scenic work shown here. Cool navigation devices and good use of quotes make this site stand out as an example of extraordinary web design. Good how-to articles, opinion pieces and other writing give this site added utility.
We have an international collection of Black & White Photography web sites this month, with sites representing Malasia, France, Italy, The Netherlands, the UK, USA and Spain. It really is a black & white world.
Adi Soon's perceptive street photography is accompanied by opinionated and often informative text. If you want a well thought out perspective on street photography by a practitioner, check out the photographer's essay on the topic. Lots of good, if somewhat large, images, mostly made in Singapore.
Alan Morton Portfolio
New Zeland-based Alan Morton's architecture and nature photos show a good eye for patterns and well-balanced images.
French photographer Nathalie Joulault's portraiture sticks to the facts, without idealization, although her subjects are somewhat enigmatic. Some color.
Terrific Pictures! Photography by Priscilla Forthman
This streetwise photographer's work lives up to her website's name. Garry Winogrand's influence can be seen in her photos in airports, at parties and at aquaria--as well as in her concise writing about photography. Her series "The Dogs" shows that Elliot Erwitt's influence has finally reached the Internet.
Enrico Natoli's Portfolio
This Italian photojournalist focuses on Immigrants in Italy, Kids from Belarus, photos taken in Yugoslavia and portraits. Good work, simple website design and navigation.
Francis Laping's Portfolio
This site is a 40-year retrospective of the work of Philadelphia-based, Hungarian-born photojournalist Francis Laping. His work ranges from traditional '50s photo essays to portraiture, politicians campaigning, features and magazine cover shots. Some color, mostly B&W.
Marc Deneyer - Photographs
A small but interesting selection of photos of the most active glacier in the norther hemisphere. French photographer Marc Deneyer spent a summer in Ilulissat, Greenland and brought back photos of natural beauty of Titanic proportions.
HIP Gallery: Henri Brekveld
Toned, somewhat out-of-focus and mysterious, Netherland-based Brekveld's enigmatic work includes haunting portraits, a dark children's world, and ghost-like icons.
This British photographer's commercially-oriented explorations into B&W photography have landed him key assignements including album covers for The Pixies and several commissioned, previsualized works.
Poli offers a street photo-influenced view of the world that comes through in his people portraits, pictures of animals, port workers and bullfights in Spain. French language site.
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October 1998 Top Photo Web Sites
Reviewed by Mason Resnick
Photographs from the FSA-OWI, 1935-1945
The U.S. Library of Congress has put over 45,000 photos from the Farm Securities Administration-- which generated some of the greatest images of this century--online in a massive database that you can acces from here. See the epic story of the great depression, the machine age, and World War II as shown by legendary photographers like Gordon Parks, Russell Lee, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Carl Mydans and many, many more. This site is a must bookmark for any student of documentary photography.
Andre Sojourn Photography
Andre Sojourn's photos of his parents are semi-documentary, semi-impressionistic images juxtaposed against quotes, some of which seem like non-sequitors at first glance. Good presentation; real video clip of the photographer puts the work in context.
Panoramic Photography by Yorgos Kousagiannidis When you think panoramic photography, what is the first subject you'd expect to see? Landscapes? Not here. Yorgos Kousagiannids shows what happens when you cross street photography, documentary photography and a super wide format camera. His uncaptioned work shows people living in the poor section of an unnamed city.
DRIK 1998 Calendar
Shahidul Alam's photos of Bangladeshi families shows the gap between opulent an impoverished and the ironies that can produce. These documentary images pack a visual punch that is emphasized by the succinct but informative captions.
Well-composed black & white infrared landscapes. Go to the Infrared Black & White links to see the work.
Skweegee the Magnificent
Sounds like Weegee, right? Well, that's the point. Skweegee is a street photographer who admits to being influenced by Aurthur Fellig, the first Paparazzo. Good street photography, but no headless bodies in topless bars.
Don Canning Photobook
Environmental portraits taken on the streets of San Diego. Informally posed images of interesting-looking people; solid execution, some humorous juxtapositions.
JD Hayward Portfolios
Photographer JD Hawyard combines negatives in the enlarger (no computer-altered images here) to create some stunning, unexpected results in the tradition of Jerry Uelssman.
Leo Touchet, Photographer
View a portfolio of selected images from Touchet's book, Rejoice When You Die, which documents New Orleans jazz funerals; also on this site: a semi-abstract series of photos of sand dunes. Marvelous work, versatile range.
Stephen Dominick Studio
Charming portrait, wedding and corporate photography by a professional studio photographer who demonstrates his committment to black & white.
November 1998 Top Photo Web Sites
Reviewed by Mason Resnick
A portrait studio that has embraced hand-colored black-and-white photography 'cause it's all the rage.
Jackie's Camera Page
Despite a slow-loading applet, this site is chock full of photos made by an avid toy camera collector/user. Good info about each camera, and plenty of samples of photos made with them.
A simple, no-nonsense site with solid documentary photos taken by Josh Estey in Central America. Could use some explanation, but the photos stand on their own.
Andrew Courtney | Photographs
Scenes where things are broken, damaged or left behind are transformed into extraordinary images, thanks to Courtney's keen eye.
Images of New York
Tan Kah Heng has organized this extensive collection into related themes--windows and doors, posters, subways and other more visually categorized sets. All nicely done urban images.
Ze'ev Kantor, PORTFOLIO
Slices of life, street portraits and beach scenes, courtesy Israeli photographer Ze'ev Kantor.
rj photo page
A nice selection of architecture, gardens, wedding and fine-art photos, some of which have been partially or fully colorized.
Bill Schwab Photographs
Solidly executed medium format outdoor photos, many taken in snow. The theme: nature subsumes development. Visit the "Darkroom" section to see a great series of photos of stadiums. Good web site design.
Brett Russell's infrared photos of people are successful experiments that take on a surreal sketchbook quality. Due to the way it captures the color spectrum, Infrared causes interesting things to happen to the human face--especially when combined with infrared flash and there's makeup involved.
Calling it the "defining age of innocence and maturity", photographer Laura Hale's portraits of 21 year olds offers insight and arresting images. Snoop around this site and you will also find collections of photos by Dorothea Lange and Oscar Rejlander.
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December 1998 Top Photo Web Sites
Reviewed by Mason Resnick
Whiny Dog Press
Whiny Dog Press is a strange greeting card company. Started by a Lea Murphy, a graphic designer, the company evolved from a hand-made set of cards based on black & white photos of everyday itesm which have been transformed into icons. Buy 'em here.
The Looking Glass
Images by an anonymous photographer who shoots through doorways and windows which affects what he percieves is on the other side. His words: "we look through our own experiences, prejudices, vanities, perceptions on the world. By freezing that viewing process for a decisive moment by way of a photograph, we can see those elements at work."
Gallery 5 South
Looking to build your collection of 19th and 20th century vintage photography? Gallery 5 South presents some classic images that it can purchase on your behalf, and is willing to help you locate any image you're interested in. From Nan Goldin to Tina Barney, Richard Misrach, Helen Levitt, Brett Weston and many, many others, this looks like a place to go when you're ready for some serious wall decoration.
Adolfo Pardo: Filmmaker & Photographer
Pardo's strongest work is his architecture photos, which show a strong graphic sense in juxtapositions among New York City skyscrapers in his Urbanism series.
Despite overly large image files, this site offers some wonderfully witty people photography. Brad Barber has captured some wonderful moments that have just the right amount of irony to keep them from being corny.
Factory Photoworks Gallery at the Torpedo Factory
Based in Virtginia, the Torpedo Factory is a community arts center with a really nice web page. The photo gallery is just a small part of what they offer, but the work--is consistantly good. This site is a great example of how local artists can band together to take advantage of the easy publishing permitted by the web.
Fresh Leather: A Photo Essay of Daytona Bike Week '98
When Bike Week comes to Daytona, Florida, it brings with it leather-clad bikers on 'Hogs and Hondas--and rich photo opportunities which Carl Brigandi doesn't miss. Good solid photos and hilarious captions.
Innervisions: Radiographs of Nature
This may just be the ultimate alternative process: Steven Meyers photographs flora...with an X-Ray machine. Meyers is trying to keep this art--practiced, apparently, by precious few--alive. The effect X-Ray has on the subjects gives them a delicacy that makes them extraordinarily different from any flower photography you've ever seen.
Thomas Moran Collection
Photographer TJ Jones's photos of the desert southwest remind us of someone else...hmmm, now who else could it be...someone named Ansel, perhaps? Anyway, this online portfolio features meticulous, passionate landscapes that are alive. Our higlight is an image called, appropriately, Flashdance. Check it out.
January 1999 Top Ten Photo Web Sites
Reviewed by Mason Resnick
Jonathan M. Rosen
How do you photograph life after death? We don't know either, but Jonathan Rosen gives it a lively attempt and in the process has created a collection of meditative images that he calls "Transcendental Landscapes." The work, which includes infrareds, selective soft focus and other photographic sleight-of-hand, is an interesting departure from his teachers, who include Edward Weston and Willard Van Dyke of the f64 group.
Bob Hudak - Fine Art Photography
Fine art, indeed: Hudak's large format landscapes and closeups are beautifully rendered, and almost abstract in composition. More great work in the tradition of Ansel, Weston, etc. and some haunting photos that show the results of environmental abuse.
Live and B&W Gallery
If you like to see good close-up photos of musicians performing live, this is an outstanding place to go. Al Jarreau, David Byrne, David Sandbourne, Cassandra Wilson, Dianna Kroll are some of the performers included in this ecclectic, well-photographed mix.
Lita Rawdin Singer Photography
Lita Rawdin has traveled to China, Tibet, Nepal, Bali and other countries, and brought back some stunning photography. Very collectable. 2 collections on this site include a dozen B&W prints and a bunch of color Polaroid transfers.
Andrew Collings Photography
Are you a pro photographer who wants to strut your stuff on line? Go here to see an example of a Chigago-based commercial photographer specializing in B&W who did it right.
David Patrick Denny Photography
A small but well presented collection of photos that turn everyday objects into abstractions. Mostly straight photography, plus some image manipulations that are clearly labeled.
For plastic camera fans, here's a guy who studied up on his Ansel Adams and other Zone system/F64 type texts, then decided to chuck it all and shoot with Holgas, Dianas and Lubitels. He calls it "the dark side" of photography. Find out why.
James Soe Nyun, Photographs
The landscapes in James Soe Nyun's world may be beautiful, but they're definitely not pristine. Soe Nyun examines how nature and artifacts of humanity interact, and sometimes manufactures his own "landscapes", which are occasionally very funny (see his Tofu/Spam tribute to Ansel Adams' Half Dome).
Obscura: Black and White Street Photography
Tilted horizons, seemingly haphazard composition, people caught unaware--must be street photography. Milton Garrison's work is a fine example of this under-appreciated genre.
February 1999 Top Ten Photo Web Sites
Reviewed by Mason Resnick
Rodney Barnett Portfolio
Showing a strong influence from W. Eugene Smith and the Concerned Photography school, Rodney Barnett offers a generous helping--over 200 of images--of photos taken in India, Transkei, Johannesburg and beyond. A real discovery.
Part of the excellent JournalE web site, Bike Week is the results of a 30-year project documenting the annual gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts in Daytona Beach, Florida by legendary photojournalist and former Life staff photographer Burk Uzlle. Witty, ecclectic and ironic. Beautifully designed site--be sure to visit JournalE while you're in the neighborhood!
In the overall world of photography, Street Photography is often treated as an unwanted orphan, and therefore it has to prove itself. If anyone wants to understand street photography as the ultimate way to find order in chaos, check out these images by this San Fransisco-based photographer.
Central Artery Tunnel Project-Boston
Michael Hintlain brings is documenting one of the most ambitious urban construction projects since the building of the Brooklyn Bridge--the construction of Boston's Central Artery Tunnel. And he's doing it in glorious B&W. Like Bruce Davidson's documentary of the building of the Varazano Narrows Bridge, this work in progress is destined to become a classic. This portfolio is part of a massive new site dedicated to medium and large format photography.
Sarah Penman: Images of Native America
Sarah Penman's documentary photography is focused on Native Americans, whom she has been documenting in still and motion for over ten years. Excellent presentation and images.
A landscape photographer with a sense of humor--or at least a sense of irony. An image titled "Beer Can National Park" is captioned "The specular highlights from the beer cans in the foreground are very moving....." Good images but even if landscape isn't your thing it's worth a visit for the captions.
Bas Hoeben's Photo Site
Exquisitely detailed and well-composed images that recall Edward Weston, Paul Strand et. al. Beautiful, exhibitable work that demonstrate a keen eye for detail. Check out the thumbnail page and be impressed.
The Company Photographer
Collodion wet plate photography isn't easy. It's toxic and fragile. But the resulting look is like no other form. So you have to admire Wayne Pierce's fortitude--as well as his very convincing civil war period reinactment photos. Good how-to and other technical info can be found here.
A site dedicated to black & white photography with an emphasis on infrared film. Good technical info and lots of shots of castles in England and such.
Antique Photo Store
A large collection of oldies but goodies--photos that show how we (or at least some of our ancestors) lived in the early part of this soon-to-be-extinct century. More images coming as soon as the maintainer goes through all those shoeboxes. All photos are available for purchase.
March 1999 Top Ten Photo Web Sites
Reviewed by Mason Resnick
This italian site pays tribute to Tina Modotti, a revolutionary with a camera who taught her husband, Edward Weston, as much as she learned from him. This site offers a good sampling of the small but outstanding body of work she created during her all-too-brief life.
This group of portraits, taken for French Vogue and other European fashion magazines, demonstrates what happens between two people working face to face. Taken in the 80s, the subjects are primarily french celebrities, like Jean-Paul Aron, Lucien Bodard, Ivry Gitlis and William Styron. Part of the larger PhotoArts web site.
Photojournalist Chris Yarborough's web site shows the in-depth treatment of subjects that aren't possible in print. The Governor's Project documents the final eight days of the re-election campaign of Governor John Rowland of Connecticut. American Aspects is a collection of photos made on a series of road trips across the country. Some color, but generally excellent work once you get past the somewhat distracting homepage.
Bob Hudak Photography
Another to walk in the steps of Ansel A., Bob Hudak serves up a pleasing body of work. In addition to showing some fine large-format nature images and abstract images using elements found in the wilderness, this photographer offers to teach workshops in medium format photography.
Athina Chroni's portrait subjects seem isolated in their square frames, but you can't help but come away from her site with a strong sense of who her subjects are. In a few cases, just enough environment is allowed within the frame to help tell the story. By contrast, her self-portraits are enigmatic. An interesting mix.
Oggi's Kitchen Photomarket
With a 27-plus year career photographing musicians for record companies, publications, radio stations and promoters, Oggi Ogburn (no, not Ozzie Ozbourne!) has amassed an impressive collection of images of some of the most recognized Black entertainers in America. Look here for images of Bob Marley, Minnie Riperton (remember her big hit single?) and Denzel Washington, among others.
Union of Lithuanian Photographers
With over a thousand photos, this site offers a comprehensive look at the state of photography in Lithuania. Subject matter is wide and quality varies but the sheer ambition of this site--to represent an entire nation's photographic output--makes it a worthwhile site. Some color.
B&W Gallery - A Forum For Black-And-White Photography
The first website from our URL Review forum to make it to The List! Andreas Steiner's portfolio is divided into four portfolios: good street photos of a Street Parade in Zurich where he gets really close to his subjects; some alternate process images taken in Vietnam and Laos; fashion show photography; and a collection that can only be described as uncategorizable. Lots of techniques are deployed here, effectively.
David Michael Kennedy
Another URL Review submission: wide ranging work includes palladium prints, photos made in a prison, clouds, Pueblo dancers, southwestern US landscapes, portraits of pop stars (notably Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Debbie Harry, Muddy Waters, and Willie Nelson. He also runs workshops!
Chicago Murder Sites
Pinhole photos taken at the scene of the crime. Scenes, actually, as Harlan Wallach photographed some fourteen sites of murders that took place around the Windy City, with the camera placed at the exact spots where the victims were found. It would be greusome of there were bodies. Compelling use of pinhole cameras. Part of the Arthole web site.
May 1999 Top Ten Photo Web Sites
Reviewed by Mason Resnick
Masters of Photography
Small samplings from the likes of Ansel Adams, Atget, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Dorothea Lange, Alexandar Rodchenko, Steichen, Stieglitz, Weston and Winogrand, maintained by a curmudgeonly but resource-filled webmaster. If you need a quick overview of some of the most influential photographers in history, go here.
Fields of Sorrow
The war in Yugoslavia, up close and personal: Photojournalist David Turnley's wrenching documentary of Kosovo refugees fleeing for their lives. Includes a Real Audio interview with the photographer.
Mary Ellen Mark Home Page
A reader's poll in a recent issue of American Photo placed Mary Ellen Mark among the greatest photographers alive today. Unlike many legends of photography whose presence online is limited, Mary Ellen Mark's support team has created a generous site brimming with over a hundred images, from all ten of her incredible books. From photos of Mother Teresa caring for dying untouchables to the mentally ill women of Ward 81 to portraits of homeless children, Mary Ellen Mark's work is honest, unflinching and brave, and proudly represents documentary photography at its idealistic zenith.
SeinOff: The Last Days of Seinfeld, by David Hume Kennerly
20 powerful photos documenting the making of the final episode of one of the most popular TV shows of our time, by one of the preeminent photojournalists alive today. David Hume Kennerly's unprecedented access to the shooting of the last episode of Seinfeld results in images that don't dissapoint--especially with captions written by the the stars of the show, Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Richards, Julia Louis-Dryfus and Jason Alexander.
Richard Silfverberg Photography
Chicago street photography by a European. Nice.
Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Web Ring
This is a portal to dozens of web sites that specialize in photojournalism and documentary photography, and is well worth a visit. Links take you to a wide, if somewhat uneven, selection of work.
A fun mix of editorial, stock and random informal work, all with a photojournalistic flair. Some color.
10th Anniversary of the Armenian Earthquake
On December 7 1988, a devestating earthquake hit northern Armenia, destroying 40 percent of the buildings and turning the country into a disaster zone. Thousands died. The country observed the tenth anniversary this past December with a moment of silence, but the signs of destruction are still there. So was photographer Onnik Kirkorian. There is a fair amount of color on this site, but the excellent B&W Work can be found by clicking here. http://www.freespeech.org/oneworld/earthquake/gyumri2.htm
Civil War Camera
Nicely done gallery of Civil War reenactment photographs; just marked its first anniversary online. A reminder that Kosovo wasn't the first civil war.
Gazing for Satori
Ontario native Sean Waisglass returns to The List with a redesigned collection of smart NYC street photography, plus work from Thailand, Korea and Canada. If you're familiar with New York, you'll recognize that Sean's favorite hangouts are south of 14th Street.