My Neighbourhood Bins
The street cleaners in Madrid were on strike for twelve days from the 5th November. The strike was called off on the evening of the 17th November, but 2 days later the bins in my neighbourhood are still surrounded by garbage. Just so you know, the green bags are generally full of dog crap. Nice!
Many have that dream: to be at the centre of events, inside the group and within the walls. Well, Michael Hughes, British photographer who by coincidence found himself living in Berlin-Kreuzberg in the 1980s is one of the lucky ones.
Fascinated by Kreuzberg´s New-Model-World atmosphere and the people striving to realise their dream of living a different life than their parents and the so called “good citizens” did, Hughes stayed to observe and record the events unfolding around him.
Setting off with a camera from his flat in Oranienstrasse he was bound to find enough topics to keep him locked up in the dark-room with thousands of contact prints to choose from for days. If his arrival in Kreuzberg was anything to go by – which it very much was – then Hughes was up for a ride.
Here´s what the photographer says about getting to know Kreuzberg in June 1982:
»We had one telephone number of a Wohngemeinschaft in the Oranienstrasse in Kreuzberg SO36 – the middle of the squatting action. During the week that followed, I fell in love, was witness to burning police vans, was hit by flying stones, soaked by water cannons, chased by police charges and ingested much tear gas.«
Some of the photos recording that explosive and pretty unforgettable time can be admired now in Michael Hughes´ photo-album published by Berlin Story Verlag:
My old neighborhood. >3
Métropolisson is a creative project by Parisian photographer Janol Apin that takes place on the many stations of the Paris Metro. Using the underground metro stops as the inspiration behind each image, Apin creates visual puns and anecdotal scenes that relate to their respective station names. (Image &Text Source)
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A somewhat random sampling of photos by Eric Marth
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While judging the competition, McCullin was happy to judge shots taken by cameraphones. “There’s a lot of snobbery about pictures taken on phones but a vision is a vision, I don’t care how you acquire it. You don’t think an artist is governed by the paintbrush or the pencil. An artist will find any means to create a work of art.
A lot of people say they want to go to photograph war and I frown at that,” he said. “You don’t have to get on a plane; there are lots of social wars in our cities. There’s poverty and loneliness. You don’t have to go to the Middle East to find unhappiness and sorrow.
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