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The independent photographer Robert Leutheuser began traveling in the Middle East in the 1990s. He found himself drawn to the region’s stark desert landscapesas well as the welcoming Kurdish communities he met in Northern Iraq. These trips led Robert to what has become his main photographic for the last seven years: The Yezidis.
Dornith Doherty has been traveling around the world photographing seed vaults. There are about 1400 or so seed vaults in the world, and their mission is serve as a kind of back-up system for the planet’s plant species. Should disease, climate change, or nuclear war wipe out our bio-diversity these seed vaults can function like Noah’s arcs, and would give us a chance to bring lost species back from the dead. In addition to photographing the vaults, Dornith has been making X-ray images of the seeds themselves, exposing the elaborate internal structures otherwise invisible to the human eye.
For years Michael Light has been photographing the American West from above. He flies his own plane or sometimes rents a helicopter and goes searching for photographs that capture the vastness of the western landscape and the way humans have built their own environments within it.
This week Jen Tilley takes us through simplifying your cooking and how to take amazing food photos!
This week Jen Tilley takes us through simplifying your cooking and how to take amazing food photos!
BTR caught up with the Kentucky based singer-songwriter to chat about “showing up.”
Claire Carter is a curator at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona. Her new show is called Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns. It’s a deep dive into the post 9/11 security state as seen by 13 contemporary artists.
Photographer Liz Nielsen works in a room above a boxing gym that is just as much a laboratory as it is an artist’s studio. The room is filled with colored gels, fiber optic lights, stacks of photo paper and a box with a label that says “disco balls and rainbow machine.” These items and more are what Liz uses for her photographic experiments, and the prints that result from her visual investigations into light and color are pinned up all over the studio walls. There are abstract photographs depicting colored geometrical forms floating against pure black backgrounds, circular images of what appear to be deep space, and an assortment of collages and other seemingly photographic works, some clearly successful experiments others still on the drawing board. Liz is interested most of all by color and specifically the physics of color, from the ways that colors can be manipulated in the dark room, to the ancient light from outer space seen only through deep space telescopes.
BTR checks out the fall foliage in the New York area.
The Met serves a sampling plate of Thomas Struth’s photographic themes.
Los Angeles-based artist Aspen Mays uses science as a lens to explore the vexing and unanswerable questions of life: Questions about the the limits of knowledge, the nature of existence and feelings of cosmic loneliness. Many of Aspen’s projects are realized with the help of scientists and other experts. She worked with the Adler planetarium in Chicago to send a lawnchair and a digital camera up to the edge of Earth’s atmosphere. For another project called Sun Ruins she hung out with astrophysicists at an observatory in Chilie and made work using discarded prints and negatives she found in their abandoned darkroom.
Sage Field, Lone Pine Ridge,Idaho For six years, photographer Adrain Chesser travelled around the American West, living off the land. His adventure began when he met members of so-called “back to the land” communities: groups of modern day hunter gatherers who have gone off the grid in search of a more meaningful relationship with nature. They travel  seasonal routes through western states like Nevada, Idaho, and Oregon and for food they harvest roots, forage for berries, and collectively rear goats for their milk and meat. Adrain, attracted to the possibility of a freer way of living,  followed his friends into the wilderness to share their way of life and photograph his experience. In his new photo book, The Return, Adrain captures both the beauty of  living close to the land as well as the tension and loneliness that arise from rejecting the comforts of the modern world. Along with the images, the book features texts written and collected by Timothy White Eagle, a Native American ritualist who joined Adrain on his adventure. On the show I speak with Adrain Chesser about living off the land, the spiritual power of photography, and his pentacostal upbringing in Florida JP Hartsong, Stoneberger Creek,Nevada Burger King, Mesquite,Nevada Morning, Marble Mountain Wilderness,California Dispatched, Lost River, Idaho Cherries, Marble Mountain Wilderness,California Fannie Bird, Marble Mountain Wilderness,California Playlist 00:00 The Return 01:58 Back to the Land 03:08 Wild and Nomadic Life 04:49 Heartsong Portrait 06:30 The Hoop 07:51 Goats 10:18 Loneliness 12:16 Burger King, Mesquite, Nevada 15:31 Paying Witness 17:05 I Have Something to Tell You 20:31 Pentecostal Preacher 22:51 Photography as a Spiritual Technology 25:33 Finish
Photographer Laura Plageman is know for a body of work called the Response Series. The project is a collection of unusual landscape images that Laura makes by physically folding, tearing and crumpling her prints and then re-photographing the results with a large format camera. In the final photograph the creases, tears and folds warp the image to create completely new landscapes. Rachel has expanded her project to include seascapes, and an exhibition of these images opens this week at De Soto Gallery in Venice California.
For the last 10 years, photographer Rachel Sussman has been traveling the world to photograph the oldest living things on the planet. All the organisms in Rachel’s photographs are more than 2000 years old, and among her subjects are a 9000 year old Swedish Spruce tree, a 2500 year old carnivorous fungus, and 5000 year old Antarctic moss. Other photographs show us organisms whose lifespans are hard for us to contemplate. A colony of Aspen trees — over 80,000 years old — was around during the time of the Neanderthals. Then there’s the Bacteria living in the Siberian permafrost that pre-dates the human race. It was originally discovered by biologists looking for clues to life on other planet. They suspect the bacteria to be about half a million years old.
Photo Week – Visual artist and photography historian Brenton Hamilton talks preservation of an early form of art.
This week, the station is taking a look at one of my favorite topics: photography. Here on Sew & Tell, I had a the pleasure of chatting with visual anthropologist, professor, and street style blogger Brent Luvaas of Urban Fieldnotes, about the ways in which street style photography is influencing and shaping the fashion industry. Brent documents not only the colorful street styles of Philadelphia, but also the culture of street style blogs themselves, using Urban Fieldnotes as an ongoing research project. On today’s show, he shares his insights into the nature of street style photography, some of the movements’ founders and historic influences, the ways in which the widespread popularity of street style blogs is shaping high-end fashion editorial, his own approach to street style documentation, and more. Plus, a very photogenic playlist full of tracks old and new – you’ll hear the latest from Montreal’s Ark Life and Philly band Literature, alongside earlier songs from Phosphorescent and Matt and Kim. So grab your camera(phone) and get inspired to hit the streets, with Sew & Tell on BreakThru Radio!
The story behind Cheese Curls of Instagram.
Photo Week – From the death of analog film projectors to the demise of the DSLR, technological evolution is now rampant.
Photo Week – Part II: A look beyond the shadows into the underground of community photo development.
Photo Week – Part I: A look beyond the shadows into the underground of community photo development.
That’s photographer Andy Freeberg talking about his project called Guardians. It’s one of two body’s of work he has been working on over the last few years. Both of his shows depict people occupying space with works of art, but the worlds Andy documents in these two shows couldn’t be more different.
Smorgasburg takes over Brooklyn, New York each weekend.
Forgetting a “Kodak moment” is more than just forgetting an ad.
How ISIS wages war over social media and the international backlash against it.
“Dogist” Elias Weiss Friedman and Stephanie McCombie of “ifitwags” talk animal blog photography.
Kelsey gives a spring quinoa recipe and some inspirational advice to one of her readers.
Joachim Schmid discusses transitioning from analog to digital found photography, and his projects throughout the decades.
Photographer Sofie Knijff discusses her multinational project, Translations.
“You’re no longer just looking at the picture as a beautiful picture. You’re starting to wonder about the person, or the subject’s health, in the picture.” – Professor Alphonso McClendon, describing the function of the heroin chic aesthetic Join me this week for a look at one of the more controversial aspects of fashion culture: the aesthetics of drugs. I got to talk with Alphonso McClendon, Assistant Professor of Fashion Design at Drexel University in Philadelphia, who has spent years researching the cultural implications of style, music, and addiction during The Harlem Renaissance and America’s Jazz Age. Today, you’ll hear him discuss his research into that time period, how he found the roots of the prominent “heroin chic” aesthetic in the jazz scene of the 20’s and 30’s, what put an end to heroin chic, and where it’s resurfacing today. Plus, I have a playlist full of the latest music from Minneapolis artist Jeremy Messersmith, Belgian electro-pop group The Go Find, Lebanese singer-songwriter Yasmine Hamdan, and more. So tune in as we time travel in style, right here on BreakThru Radio!
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