Freeze Frame is a project to bring together images from polar expeditions (both Arctic and Antarctic). There are some amazing photographs especially when you consider that some of these were taken nearly a 100 years ago in such extreme conditions. One of my favourites is the 1911 photo below of the Castle Berg under flashlight taken by Herbert Ponting (the most famous polar photographer).
I mentioned yesterday that Paul Graham had won the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2009. When I visited the exhibition at the London Photographer’s Gallery two photographers stood out – Taryn Simon and Tod Papageorge.
Papageorge has been nominated for his work Passing Through Eden – Photographs of Central Park. Taken over a number of years (one of the joys is trying to guess the year) they are simple photographs that have the feel of Cartier-Bresson or Frank. Although Papageorge has been photographing for many years this was his first published collection.
In my first post on the Deutsche Borse Prize I said that I thought the photography of one of the entrants, Paul Graham, was “quite awful”. And so to prove how little I know Paul Graham was this week announced as the DB Photography Prize winner for 2009. I had another look at his photos and have to be honest and say I still don’t like them.
I found the image below of mourners leaving tributes to those killed in the terrible school shooting in Winnenden very moving. The long exposure used gives the impression that the ghosts of those young people killed are also present.
Photograph: Sascha Schuermann/AFP/Getty Images
Mrs Deane highlights the photography of Matthieu Gafsou, taken in Tunisia.
I had bookmarked Alejandro Chaskielberg after he was selected for Critical Mass 2008. He has also been selected as one of the PDN30 for 2009. Deservedly so.
Chaskielberg uses a large format camera and takes his photos at night using long exposures, moonlight, and flashlighting. The effect is quite surreal and quite wonderful.
See his work at his website. They need to be seen much larger than the image above to be fully appreciated.
The Neues Museum in Berlin has been rennovated by British architect David Chipperfield and based on the images that have been released over the last few weeks it looks stunning.
Great picture from the same museum in the Guardian this week
Berlin, Germany: Dancers rehearse in the Neues Museum Photograph: Steffi Loos/AFP/Getty Images
Have enjoyed browsing through On Shadow’s archives in the last few days (just as the blog is coming to an end) and found this wonderful image of Douglas Fairbanks lifting Charlie Chaplin at a Wall Street rally in 1918.
A sea of yellow daffodils adorn St James’s Park in London
Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
From The Guardian 24 hours in pictures