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Archivists Of a Lost World: Bernd and Hilla Becher

December 18, 2015 Kamal Chilaka

Following the recent death of Hilla Becher in October this year we look back at the artistic legacy of the famous photographic duo of our time – Hilla and her husband Bernd Becher.  Over the past five decades, Bernd (1931-2007) and Hilla Becher (1934-2015) have become among the most influential figures in contemporary photography. The Bechers spent a lifetime documenting buildings that once defined the industrial landscape of their native Germany and other countries of Western Europe and the US. They only photographed industrial structures and when the pair was once asked why, Hilla replied: “Because they are honest... they...


Protecting Nature Through Photography

December 17, 2015 Kamal Chilaka

A powerful medium as it is, photography has been used to advocate for social and environmental awareness since the early days of its invention. Ansel Adams’ images of wild America were not only visual testimonials of nature’s beauty but also calls for its preservation. As environmental concern grew, so did conservation photography.  What is conservation photography? The Wikipedia entry states, “Conservation photography combines nature photography with the proactive, issue-oriented approach of documentary photography as an agent for protecting nature and improving the biosphere and natural environment. Conservation photography furthers environmental conservation, wildlife conservation, habitat conservation or cultural conservation by expanding...


Collecting Fine Art Photography

November 04, 2015 Asja Nastasijevic

Slowly but steadily, fine art photography is gaining in popularity among collectors globally. It is a particularly thrilling time for prospective collectors to own great art at a lower price. Although market prices for fine art photography have shown a gradual rise in recent years, buying  works in this medium is still a great opportunity in terms of money.  Great art is great art whatever the medium, but it needs exposure for success. Luckily, more and more museums and fine art galleries give attention to fine art photography, which increases its exposure, and consequently encouraging demand from collectors. And the...


Buying New Art

October 25, 2015 Asja Nastasijevic

Last year's study conducted by the AXA Art states that new works of art are more popular among the art collectors than older art objects and that tastes strongly depend on age. The study shows that 94% of the collectors under 40 years of age prefer to buy contemporary artworks, and that this category of collectables is the favorite among the collectors over 60, who claim 68% of the ownership over it. The data suggest that although contemporary art is considered to be the most volatile market it is highly sought-after by young collectors. On the one hand, contemporary art...


Beyond Surface Appearance

October 22, 2015 Asja Nastasijevic

Taking into consideration what the digital revolution has brought to photography, it is fair to assume that Laurence Demaison’s surreal photographs are made with digital tricks. They aren’t. It’s a real film. Everything takes place in a darkroom. This, however, does not mean that manipulation is not present. It, indeed, has not been performed digitally after shooting, but was carried out using traditional techniques during the image-making process. The manipulation is inherent to photography and has been practiced since its beginnings. That said, the French photographer Laurence Demaison uses all the technical possibilities analogic black and white photography can offer...