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For the past year, South African photographer Pieter Hugo has been photographing Agbogbloshie, a dump of obsolete technology in Ghana. It’s a wasteland, where people and cattle live on mountains of motherboards, monitors and discarded hard drives, is far removed from the benefits accorded by the unrelenting advances of technology. It’s a haunting and dismal glimpse at what becomes of the 50 million tons of digital waste produced each year in the Western world. The exhibit, called Permanent Error, opens tomorrow at the Michael Stevenson Gallery in Capetown, South Africa and runs until September.
There are lots of photo essays documenting the growing fallowness of Detroit, but Andrew Moore’s photos of Motown ruins are my favorite.
German photographer Nathalie Grenzhaeuser has taken some beautiful photos of the Arctic. In the series The Construction of the Quiet Earth, she has taken dramatic photos of mining and research facilities in the Arctic Archipelago, Spitzbergen. And in The Islands you can see the relentless lonesomeness of the tiny Arctic shacks built by hunters and trappers over the past century.
The four-story townhouse where the late Richard Avedon had his studio and home for more than 30 years is now on the market for $12 million. Currently owned by Olivier Sarkozy, the half-brother of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the ground-floor studio where Avedon made his photos has been left unchanged since the Sarkozys moved in 2005, the year after Avedon’s death. And it’s a pretty interesting studio space too. In this photo you can see how the walls of the studio curve into the floor, creating a backdrop with an illusion of unlimited space.
German photographer Robert Voit has taken a terrific series of photos of what he calls New Trees, examples of cellphone antennae camouflaged as trees.
A new exhibit of the work of reclusive Czech photographer Miroslav Tichý has recently opened at ICP in New York. The handmade cameras he makes are nearly as beautiful as the photos the cameras produce.
I cut a lens out of Plexiglas with a knife, ground the lens, made a camera of wood and cardboard, and took pictures with that. Of course it worked. When I do something, it has to be precise. Truly, the lens was not precise, but maybe that’s where the art is… Then I grind the lens with various types of sandpapers, first coarse sandpaper, then finer and finer, until you can see through it beautifully. And then what? It needs to be polished, that isn’t a problem. You take toothpaste, mix it with cigarette ash, and then you polish it. And that’s what I photographed with.
There’s been a lot of attention lately around the work of photographer Robert Bergman. There are three simultaneous shows of his portraits at the National Gallery of Art, P.S.1, and the Yossi Milo gallery in New York. The haunting, closeup photos seem to emulate the more gaunt and worn of American humanity as captured by Robert Frank. But there is something piercing about everyone of them.
San Francisco photographer Alex Fradkin has made some beautiful photos of concrete bunkers ruins around the San Francisco Bay Area. Built by the U.S. military to defend against an enemy that never came., some have fallen into the Pacific Ocean and some just sit quietly as they are absorbed back into the earth.
Danish photographer Nicolai Howalts has taken some beautiful photos in several disparate series. In 3×1, his portraits of a family living in a Danish suburban counsel flat show a different kind of crazy. Other great series include his portraits of very young boxers taken before and after matches, and his How to Hunt photo series of a Danish bird hunt that looks like beautiful, detailed 19C paintings.
American photographer Anthony Suau has won the World Press Photo of the Year for 2008. Suau’s photo for a March 2008 Time Magazine article on the U.S. economic crisis, shows a Cuyahoga County Sheriff securing an abandoned home in Cleveland, after a mortgage foreclosure eviction. Take a look at the other World Press Photo winners gallery in 20 categories and stories.
Yale photography student Lucas Foglia has created an amazing portfolio of portraits of people who are re-wilding the way they live in the WildRoots ecovillage homestead of Western North Carolina and in other spots in the rural Southeastern U.S. Between the Depression 2.0, impending environmental collapse and all those broke-ass kids I see in my neighborhood, I’m thinking these ecovillage homesteads are the new TICs.