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Joakim Eskildsen

“What distinguishes the Helsinki School artists is their ability to use the photographic process as a conceptual tool. Collectively, their ideas are as varied as their raw materials, yet all seemly share a fascination with the passage of time through the measurement of light and self-reflection. The shared dialogue between students, teachers, and alumni has formed the foundation for an open environment that has produced four volumes of the Helsinki School books and over 60 individual publications worldwide. Aalto University’s School of Arts, Design and Architecture is committed to finding new innovative approaches to address education in the future. The Helsinki School is a good example of how an educational model became an international standard by encouraging its students to close their eyes to see.”

Timothy Persons, curator of New Wave Finland: Contemporary Photography from the Helsinki School, which opens January 24th at the Scandinavia House in New York.

Exhibiting artists include: Joakim Eskildsen(whose body of work, Home Works, was featured on LightBox—and above) Pasi Autio, Tiina Itkonen, Hannu Karjalainen, Kalle Kataila, Anni Leppälä, Niko Luoma, Riita Päiväläinen, and Mikko Sinervo.

“Photographing the animals in these landscapes reinforced these ideas of human control, our need to rule, and our fear of the untamed.”

Daniel Naudé’s journey to the human and animal world

Tall Poppy Syndrome — an exhibition of photographs by Amy Stein and Stacy Arezou Mehrfar opening this week at ClampArt:

In 2010, American photographers Amy Stein and Stacy Arezou Mehrfar embarked on a month-long road trip throughout New South Wales—Australia’s most populous state. They were interested in investigating “Tall Poppy Syndrome.” Is the syndrome even real? Can it be documented or observed? Stein and Mehrfar set out to explore quintessential Australian life and find what evidence they could of the existence of this phenomenon. They spent their days meeting and photographing everyday Australians—from schoolchildren in their plaid uniforms to young surfers playing at the beach to grandmothers meeting at their social clubs—all the while learning about the relationship between the group and the individual within Australian society. The resulting photographs in “Tall Poppy Syndrome” present their findings.

The exhibition runs until February 16th — for more information about the show go to ClampArt’s website here.

Bejamin Lowy—Reportage by Getty Images for TIME

"Photography is my passion, my calling, and my means of livelihood. It is how I provide for my family and send my children to school. Now Instagram and Facebook want to take my hard earned imagery — imagery that at times, I and others have risked life and limb for — and use it to generate income for themselves.

What they have done is signal the end and failure of what could have been a revolutionary social media platform for visual communication. Now, I must take a step back and reassess my place on Instagram.”

Benjamin Lowy

UNFILTERED: Photographers react to Instagram’s new terms of service.

Will you be staying on Instagram?

TONIGHT at the Standard, Miami: The American Dream: Exploring Perceptions — with Magnum photographers Gilles Peress, Bruce Gilden and Paolo Pellegrin.

A Cover for the Ages

Last week, during one of the worst storms in the city’s history, the staff at New York Magazine was relocated from their downtown offices, which had lost power, to a temporary office in midtown to produce its issue. At 3 p.m. on Tuesday, editor-in-chief Adam Moss called an emergency meeting to start brainstorming ideas to fill out a lineup for an issue that would go to press on Friday.

The challenge was to come up with an entire issue in 48 hours that would not only encompass different photographic approaches, but memorialize a moment in time. As director of photography Jody Quon and her team started brainstorming photographers—work by Jeff Liao, Pari Dukovic, Joseph Rodriguez, Christopher Griffith and others would ultimately appear in the issue—she knew there was one picture that had to be made.

“We needed to show New York from the air,” she said. “We had to make that picture: the delineation of the lights on and off.”

On Wednesday, Leonor Mamanna, a photo editor at New York Magazine, called the Dutch photographer Iwan Baan on the off chance that he’d be in New York. (He is based in Amsterdam). Baan is a superb photographer of urban architecture from all perspectives, including the air. Baan’s work first appeared in the magazine last year.
Mamanna and Baan connected around 4 p.m. on Wednesday. In an email from Haiti this morning, he wrote “Getting to the heliport and getting a car and gas was the most difficult! It was an hour flight to Manhattan, one hour over the city and another hour back, freezing cold, without doors in the heli.”

It takes superb skill to make a picture over the city, out of a helicopter in pitch blackness. How did he do it? “I’ve done this shot of Manhattan many times. So I knew how I wanted to show the two cities,” he wrote. “A pitch black Manhattan and a vivid and thriving city. At the bottom left you see the glowing Goldman Sachs building and WTC (a construction site with power where the rest of Manhattan doesn’t have it!) under construction. I think it shows what’s wrong with the country now also—a crumbling infrastructure and the place where, literally, the power is and who’s prepared”.

The resulting photograph, which came through to Quon and her team on Thursday morning, was magical. “We knew we had something to place in the cover template,” she said.

It’s rare to see a view of Manhattan that is so evocative and so new—a single image of the city that tells so many stories. This picture was taken in a moment of crisis for New York, but it will become one of the most iconic, most timeless photographs of the city.

Kira Pollack Director of Photography, TIME, Nov. 5, 2012

Read more about the cover on NYMag.com.

Stephen Wilkes for TIME

Storm surges flood the streets during low tide in Milford, Conn. See more Instagram photos from Hurricane Sandy here.

Baby With Tractor at Sunset (vandalized Cerney/Sun Kim sculpture.) Phoenix, Arizona, 2009. (photo: Stephen Chalmers)

Andy Adams of FlakPhoto works almost exclusively in the virtual world of contemporary photography. Institutions like the RISD Museum of Art have taken notice of his work, calling upon him, to curate an installation and accompanying online exhibition to compliment its most recent show America in View: Landscape Photography 1865 to Now.

See more photos here.

From Caleb Cain Marcus’s new monograph, A Portrait of Ice, to be released Sept. 30, 2012 by Damiani.

Loos-en-Gohelle #02607, 2009

A new retrospective of the work of Japanese photographer Naoya Hatakeyama, opening at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on July 28, looks at vistas on the verge of change.

See more photos here.

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