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Moganshan Lu, Putuo District, Shanghai, 2004.

Sze Tsung Leong, is an American photographer located in New York City, but his origins trace to China. This is the land that has inspired his work in the excellent series “History Images” that covers “overviews” of cities, “demolitions” of buildings, “construction sites” where new buildings are being raised, the “buildings” themselves that constitute the core elements of cities, “streets” with details of elements that constructs life blood in the streets, “interiors” of demolished buildings and “figures” as the human elements that shine on the vast landscape of the city. Photographed with a large-format view camera these images contain a puzzling amount of detail that serves well to portray the immense scale of the urban change that conceal the history of individual persons lost within the large magnitude of urban structures.

Xiangluying Fourth Lane, Chun Shu, Xuanwu District, Beijing, 2004.

No question that the images have exceptional aesthetics, but what I found most powerful in this series is the relationship of the different elements that constitute the urban landscape. The vast structures and rapidly changing cities in China serve well to the purpose of presenting the urban landscape as an evolving “organism” that both writes and erases our life and history in the urban environment. These images present both the dissolution of past and the hope of a brighter future in China.

The photographs in History Images are of histories, in the form of cities in China, either being destroyed or created at this juncture in time. They are of past histories, in the form of traditional buildings and neighborhoods, urban fabrics, and natural landscapes, in the process of being erased. They are of the absence of histories, in the form of construction sites, built upon an erasure of the past so complete that one would never know a past had ever existed. And they are of the anticipation of future histories, yet to unfold, in the form of newly built cities – [from History Images by Sze Tsung Leong]

Xi’erqi III, Haidian District, Beijing, 2002.

A very interesting interview with Sze Tsung Leong was published online over at Guernica Magazine. If you get to visit his website, don’t miss the other projects, “Cities” and “Horizons” are both quite impressive.

Tiananmen Square, Beijing, 2002.

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Photo LA [Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, USA] runs from January 11th [Friday] to January 13th [Sunday].

I will be attending the fair, probably only Saturday 12th. If you will be attending and would like to meet, please let me know by e-mail.

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© TED

From TED, one of the most incredible technologies I have seen in a long time: Seadragon. It will certainly change the way we interact with digital visual information and will have large impact in the use of photography. The video talk by the author of this software, Blaise Aguera y Arcas -now at Microsoft- is here. If you are using a windows computer you may try Photosynth online with demos of spacial environments using this code.

Blaise Aguera y Arcas created Seadragon (acquired by Microsoft in 2006), the visualization technology that gives Photosynth its amazingly smooth digital rendering and zoom capabilities. Photosynth itself is a vastly powerful piece of software capable of taking a wide variety of images, analyzing them for similarities, and grafting them together into an interactive three-dimensional space. This seamless patchwork of images can be viewed via multiple angles and magnifications, allowing us to look around corners or “fly” in for a (much) closer look. Simply put, it could utterly transform the way we experience digital images.- from TED

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The second issue of AlmanacMagazine.com has been posted. You will find interesting work and audio recordings. More to come in a monthly basis.

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© Mike Brodle

Sorry for the hiatus in posting … went for vacation to Mexico and had a great time.

Back in town, I leave you with the work of an incredible artist, Mike Brodle (“The Polaroid Kid“). He is also the master mind of PLRDS.COM. An interview to know more about Mike can be found at the Fecalface site.

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by Allen Frame

It is captivating to see images that reveal the extraordinary out of ordinary subjects. When the “extraordinary” is everyday’s life, it becomes increasingly challenging to cross the fine line between an ordinary snapshot and an extraordinary image. This is why I admire the photographers who have the ability to do art out everyday’s life.

So I was glad to receive a note from Andy Adams informing that his fantastic site, Flak Photo , will be displaying a series titled “Regarding Intimacy”. The series explores “the dynamics between families, couples, friends, neighbors and the environment to investigate relationships in traditional intimate interactions”.

Flak Photo will display one image each day from May 1st to May 11th. The series are exhibited through May12th at Hunter College in New York City.

The participating photographers include extraordinary artists that are truly worth to explore beyond the single image that will be part of this series. Here you have the names and links to their work. If you got the time, it is really worth to spare a visit to their online galleries.

Allen Frame, Dona Schwartz, Carrie Mae Weems, John Milisenda, Bob Shamis, Larry Sultan, Keisha Scarville, Todd Deutsch and Oz Lubling.

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by Renee C. Byer of the Sacramento Bee

Two years ago, Cyndie French learned that her son, Derek was diagnosed with cancer, a disease that over 1 million people are diagnosed with every year. Despite the painful journey, Derek and Cyndie open their lives for a year to share their story, as cancer slowly steals his youth from him.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize Feature Photography 2007. The story also won the Picture of the Year (POY) World Understanding award. An emotional journey of a mother and a son whose life is being cut short by cancer. It is a hard story that raises questions on how best to dedicate resources in cancer research to perhaps provide more support to the immediacy of the economical and emotional burden of families dealing with serious health situations.

Stories like this are often lost in the crowded media, but these are the stories that speak about us, these are the stories that are experienced by you and me, in real life. This is not about others.

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