Sebastião Salgado, Génesis

The Brazilian photographer exposes his last work in CaixaForum until the 4th of May.

 

“More than ever, I feel there is only one human race. Besides colour, language, culture and possibilities differences, each individual feelings and reactions are identical”. On Exodus, Sebastião Salgado.

Mursi and Surma women. Mursi tribe in Dargui in the National Park Mago, near to Jinka, Ethipia. 2007

Mursi and Surma women. Mursi tribe in Dargui in the National Park Mago, near to Jinka, Ethipia. 2007

Between 2004 and 2011, the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado has been working on Génesis and now CaixaForum brings us to Madrid 245 pictures from his last work, that will be available until the 4th of May.
In his Génesis book, Salgado wants to present the unblemished faces of nature and humanity. He has made a series of photographs of landscape, wildlife and human communities that continue living in accordance with their ancestral traditions and culture.

 

During these eight years, the photographer has gone all over the world approaching the millenary cultures and searching the paradise. His work can be set as a potential path to humanity’s rediscovery of itself in nature. With his work, Salgado has gone to the origins, taking pictures of the most ancient tribes as well as of the most ancient natural landscapes. He explains his adventure as a “return to his origins” also.

What we can see in the exhibition is a representation of the roots that stick us to Earth; our roots and the world’s roots. He has been searching the origins of the world we live in, and he shows them to us, places and people totally unaware of the modern world. He has explore the beauty of Earh and has paid tribute to the fragility of the planet that we all may protect.

What CaixaForum offers us in this exhibition is a walk to our origins, where we can see how still people live, ancient tribes with ancient customs that are in a way our past, our roots, what we come from. But despite they represent our past, they are current.

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Annie Leibovitz. Príncipe de Asturias 2013 Award

Annie Leibovitz, an American photographer, was the first woman to exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC and the last to portray the musician John Lennon just hours before he was murdered. And now she has been awarded with the Príncipe de Asturias Award of Communication and Humanities.

She works for several magazines like Vanity, Fair, Rolling Stone and Vogue and she is the world’s highest paid photographer. She is the most requested freelance photographer in the world and has been able to photograph the most important personalities of the current history. She has received many awards throughout her career, and in 2005, the American Photo magazine designated her as the most influential photographer of all time. 

Before photography, she cultivated writing and music. At the age of 20 she was already an accomplished photographer and when she returned to the U.S. she was hired by Rolling Stone. She traveled with her father, who was a lieutenant colonel.

She has also worked in sports themes like the World Cup Soccer in Mexico (she was the first photographer to be entrusted the task of making the posters) or the Summer Olympics at Atlanta.

But she mainly made portraits, where she represented the more intimate side of those photographed; she was able to show their less known side.

Queen Elizabeth II of United Kingdom entrusted Leibovitz to take the official photographs of her visit to Virginia. 

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II by Annie Leibovitz

He has also worked for Walt Disney, where she took a series of photographs of celebrities playing different characters of their films.

Rapunzel

Walt Disney world’s year of a million dreams. Taylor Swift como Rapunzel.

Snow white and the seven dwarf

Walt Disney world’s year of a million dreams. Olivia Wolde and Alec Baldwin as the evil queen and magic mirror.

Peter Pan

Walt Disney world’s year of a million dreams. Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gisele Bundchen, and Tina Fey as Peter Pan, Wendy, and Tinker Bell.

She photographed the model Gisele Bündchen and the basketball player LeBron James for the cover of Vogue magazine. The photography was criticized for containing racial connotations, since people said LeBron’s pose reminded King Kong and the model to the blonde girl who captivated the gorilla.

LeBron James and Gisele Bündchen

LeBron James and Gisele Bündchen at Vogue.

At the beginning, she never clarified publicly the nature of her relationship with the novelist and essayist Susan Sontag, who died in 2004 and who she met when she photographed her for her jacket’s book. Even so, when Annie was interviewed for her book she confessed: “With Susan was a love story,” and in her preface she gives details about her romantic-intellectual relationship with Sontag, who pressured her to work harder and be more profound and personal in her works. Later she has referred to her as her lover Susan. She has three daughters, gestated by a surrogate mother.

More photographs of Annie Leibovitz:

Keith Haring

The artist Keith Haring portrayed with hid body painted as his paintings.

Demi Moore

Demi Moore portrayed for Vanity Fair magazine naked and pregnant.

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett.

Even though, this is just a small part of her job. She is one of the most important photographers of the moment, so her work is really difficult to show in just some space. So that, I leave you here some links where you can get a wider idea of her work:

http://www.insidethemagic.net/2011/03/photo-archive-latest-in-the-annie-leibovitz-disney-dream-portrait-series-capturing-celebrities-as-colorful-disney-characters/

http://clubdefotografia.net/annie-leibovitz/

http://fotosfera.com/2011/11/la-fotografa-de-la-semana-annie-leibovitz/

The photograph awarded this year with the World Press Photo Award 2013 could be fake. Paul Hansen

The photograph that could be withdrawn was took by Paul Hansen and he is accused of manipulating it to receive the World Press Photo Award. The award will be probably removed to the photographer. 

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Gaza Buria. November 20, 2012. The bodies of two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and his elder brother Muhammad, almost four, are carried by their uncles to a mosque for their funeral, in Gaza City.

The photograph awarded was made by Paul Hansen, and in it we can see the relatives carrying the bodies of two children, and behind them more people carrying the body of their father. This scene was produced after an Isreali bombing in the apartment building of the family. A chilling and disturbing image that would be product of the manipulation of three original photographs superimposed. It was also manipulated the brightness of the image.

Even though it is not fake in the sense of the history it tells; Israeli forces retaliate in answer to Palestinian rocket fire, leading to this picture.

This surprising news has been disclosed by the forensic surgeon Neal Krawetz. It has been possible to see that the image was modified by regions in the Photoshop, and also was added more glow so the faces were lighted up. In spite of everything, the photgrapher said the light was natural and not product of any retouching.

In this web you can see a deeper analysis of the photograph manipulation: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/155617-how-the-2013-world-press-photo-of-the-year-was-faked-with-photoshop

It was edited just some days before the deadline of the contest.

Hansen has been ask to bring the photograph’s RAW archive to proof that it was not modified, but up to now he has not already brought it.

You can see all the photographs awarded in “World Press Photo Award 2013” here: http://www.worldpressphoto.org/awards/2013

Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prize is the annual award given by the University of Columbia to achievements in newspapers and online journalism, literature, drama and music. There are 21 awards, and the one I am going to focus in the one of “Breaking news photography”.

Breaking News Photography

This prize was given this year to a group of professional photographers from the Associated Press because of their extraordinary coverage of the civil war in Syria. The group is formed by Manu Brabo, Rodrigo Abd, Narciso Contreras, Khalil Hamra and Muhammed Muheisen.

Here I show some of the winner photographs:

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A Syrian man cries while holding the body of this dead son (October 2012). By Manu Brabo.

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A man teaching an eleven years old boy how to use a toy grenade in Syria (March 2012). By Rodrigo Abd.

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A rebel sniper and a rebel fighter are reflected in a mirror in a residential building in Syria (October 2012). By Narciso Contreras.

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Syrian army fighters sitting in a house on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria (June 2012). By Khalil Hamra.

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A ten years old boy in a camp for displaced Syrians. He suffered burns in a Syrian government airstrike and had to fled his home with his family (December 2012). By Muhammed Muheisen.

These are just some of the winning photographs. If you want to go to their webpages or places where to see photographs by them, here I leave you the links:

Manu Brabo: http://manubrabo.com/ 

Rodrigo Abd: http://rodrigoabd.com/

Narciso Contreras: http://narcisocontreras.photoshelter.com/

Khalil Hamra: http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/khalil%20hamra?page=17

Muhammed Muheisen: http://www.lightstalkers.org/muhammed_muheisen

Here the link to the web where you can see all the Pulitzer prizes: http://www.pulitzer.org/