Saturday, June 29, 2013

Klaus Pichler - Skeletons In The Closet

Skeletons In The Closet is a new photo-book by Austrian photographer Klaus Pichler.

Klaus takes us on a fascinating tour behind the public exhibition spaces of the Museum of Natural History in Vienna.

He wrote:

It all started when I happened to look through a basement window of the Museum of Natural History in Vienna one night. Inside, there was an office with a desk, computers, shelves and a stuffed antelope. This image remained ingrained in my mind and I started to wonder if constellations like this could be found in other areas of the museum and, also, what a museum would look like away from public exhibition spaces.

This tour took him nearly four years of spending hour upon hour wandering through the museum premises and searching for scenes where exhibits and their surrounding spaces enter a unique relationship.

The result is a wonderful book full of captivating photographs. It tells the story of a fascinating world behind the walls of a museum and some photographs, I have to admit, remind me of the movie Night at the Museum, when the artefacts come to life at night.

"Skeletons in the Closet features a selection of photographs from the backstage areas of the Natural History Museum Vienna, including storage rooms, basements and depots. The non-staged photographs of the book focus on the random interactions between the stored exhibits amongst each other or the surrounding spaces. Skeletons in the Closet is a collection of sometimes absurd sceneries and strange still lives, accompanied by written reflections on the bloody past of natural history museums."

More about the book and how to order it can be found on Klaus Pichler's website

Please make sure to look at his other projects as well, really worthwhile!

© copyright all images Klaus Pichler, all rights reserved

Monday, June 24, 2013

I Think We Are Alone Now - Photozine

I Think We Are Alone Now is a new Photo-Zine dedicated to analogue photography.

Issue No. 2 just got released.

For more information about the zine and to order your copy, please follow the link to I Think We Are Alone Now.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Two Way Lens and Stephen DiRado

Two Way Lens proudly presents Stephen DiRado,

I am happy and excited that another outstanding artist joined Two Way Lens.

Stephen DiRado is a fine-art photographer and teacher based in Worcester, MA. He began his professional career at age 17, working as a freelance photographer for a Boston suburb newspaper.

With a focus in fine art photography, he attended the School of the Worcester Art Museum, studying with Irene Shwachman, and then onto Massachusetts College of Art studying with Nicholas Nixon.

He graduated in 1981 with a BFA. Currently, he is teaching photography at Clark University in Worcester, MA, where he has been employed since 1984.

Stephen's series like The Mall Series, Beach People, Dinner Series, Jacob's House, With Dad, Body are all longterm documentary projects that explore the structures and identities of communities, families, couples, groups and individuals.

Stephen's life is dedicated to photography, you can see this passion and love for the medium and his subjects in every single photograph. His interview with Two Way Lens provides so much information, insight and wisdom and shows not only an extraordinary photographer and teacher but also a great person.

Please make sure to visit Stephen's website and take time to sit down and see all the wonderful photographs and projects.

Don't forget to watch the touching, intimate and deep video documentary he made visiting the nursing home where his father lived disabled by Alzheimer's.

Another wonderful documentary is his film Summer Spent.

Summer Spent is a deeply personal documentary film that portrays the daily efforts of a photographer, who for 25 years, strives to record beach goers on the island of Martha's Vineyard. His passion for his subjects and mutual trust help create rare and revealing portraits of a community inaccessible to others.

Thanks Stephen for a great interview!

Stephen's interview with Two Way Lens can be found here.

Stephen's website can be found here.

Gene, Worcester, MA, May 1998, from the series With Dad

 Hale Bopp, Tisbury, MA, April 4, 1997, from the series Celestial

Lobsterville, MA, June 26, 2012,  from the Dinner Series

 Freddie and Terri, Worcester, MA, 1983, from the series Bell Pond

 Roger, Aquinnah, MA, September 15, 2012, from the series Beach People

 Summer Spent, a film by Stephen DiRado

Stephen DiRado with his camera

© copyright all images Stephen DiRado, all rights reserved

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Bill Perlmutter - Through a Soldier's Lens

Seltmann und Söhne publisher, Germany just released a new book with photographs by New York based photographer Bill Perlmutter.

Through a Soldier's Lens - Europe in the Fifties shows for the first time in a book, the work Bill Perlmutter made in the years 1954 - 1957 while he was in Europe as a soldier.

This private photographs were taken in Germany, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain and are a historical and photographic discovery introduced to the public 60 years later in this book.

In December 1954, the 27 year old soldier boarded a troop carrier to Germany, to start his assignment as a staff photographer for the U.S. Army Magazine.

The photographer’s view of war-torn Europe is direct and intuitive. Without much background knowledge and with a somewhat biased opinion primarily shaped by films he had watched, the young GI set out to start his coverage. In a discrete way, humans shape his images. With an open mind and obvious interest for his contemporaries, he witnesses a Europe, which is marked by visual reminders of a war that had been fought ten years before. 

Bill Perlmutter was born in New York on September 5, 1932. He began his career with a Bachelor of Arts in Motion Picture Techniques from the City College Film Institute in New York.

In 1954 after graduating from the United States Army Photography School, he spend two years in Europe as a staff photographer for the U.S. Army newspapers based in West Germany. Since then he traveled extensively all around the world as a free-lance photographer. From 1978-1997 he worked as the Vice President of Rainbow Chromes, a company specializing in photographic and digital retouching.

His images have been collected and exhibited by fine art galleries world-wide and are in the permanent collections of MoMA, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian and the Museum of the City of New York. Bill Perlmutter lives in New York.

"Through a Soldier's Lens - Europe in the Fifties". is published by Seltmann und Söhne

Work from Through a Soldier's Lens can be seen in an exhibition at Galerie Hilaneh von Kories in Hamburg, Germany till July 17, 2013.

 Bill, age 23, 1954

 French Post Card Seller, Paris, 1955

 Front, Side and Rear, Spain, 1956

Soccer Fan, Germany, 1955

G.I. Baby, Germany, 1955

Couple in a Café, Paris, 1955

 Hitler-look-a-like, Augsburg, 1955 

 Pages from the book

Pages from the book

© copyright all images Bill Perlmutter and Seltmann+Söhne