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Photo travel in Marrakech – 1-5 April 2013

October 10, 2012

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This five-day workshop will be conducted in Marrakesh, Morocco. Known in the world also thanks to the homonym movie, the city is shaped by its colonial history, economical & business growth and especially by the diversity of inhabitants.
This workshop focuses on a critical documentary-like approach of photography. The participant photographer will be able to identify social issues of existing subjects and have a window on a social reality.

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Self Narrative

July 27, 2012

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I read, with my usual enjoyment, one of Jorge Colberg’s latest articles entitled “An Addendum: Welcome to the faith-based community!”. What struck me about this article was Colberg’s distinction about people wanting to believe in the proposed reality of a photograph, such as family portraits or individual ones, as an acceptance of the better me or better us we see in the photograph as opposed to the more flawed one we see every day in the mirror.

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Photography after Photography: One theory doesn’t fit all…

July 24, 2012

Photography after Photography: One theory doesn't fit all...

Wow, I wish I had more time to write because it seems that so many people are writing instantly about whatever is said on the web. Amazing. Well, I saw that Joerg immediately wrote another piece after I published my article the other morning on our blog, The Visual Experience. I certainly don’t want to be the person to slow down the discussion nor mislead it into any dead-ends, so I’ll try and be forward moving, as we all wish to be. I’m sorry if Colberg felt that I hadn’t […]

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Photography after Photography: Web talent?

July 23, 2012

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It’s difficult to write clearly about photography because you have to be specific to be clear, and that takes far too much space for most readers. Also, writing clearly requires an enormous amount of synthesis in thought which isn’t always at hand. But I’d like to enter into another of Colberg’s questions (he shifted the dialogue on the question of “trusting” photographic images by giving the word a different meaning, but there’s no point in either of us wasting time on semantics.) I want to talk about the change in […]

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Photography after Photography: a good question, Joerg

July 12, 2012

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After having read with interest Joerg Colberg’s stimulating article about the conservatism we see in most contemporary photography and the trend for smart phone users to imitate old methods and effects with the click of a finger, I’d like to add a couple of reflections which I feel are inherent to understanding the first part of the question, linked to the conservatism in contemporary fine art photography, not only to explore Colberg’s stimulating point of view but also as an open analysis of what is happening in photography and the […]

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Fuji X-Pro1: one day of positive impressions

June 18, 2012

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Fuji X-Pro1 Review: Intro and disclaimer During my staying in Sanary-Sur-Mer, a nice town of the Provence cost in France, as one of the authors exhibiting at the second edition Photomed festival, I had the possibility to enjoy one full day the Fujifilm X-pro1 and the xf18mm f2 lens. I am now quite used to the Fuji X cameras, being one of first time buyers od the X100. So the first contact with the camera gave me a sense of familiarity. Same commands, look&feel, peculiarities (the latter being sometime positive, sometimes not). Moreover […]

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Looking at a woman: reflections on the meaning of photographs

June 14, 2012

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With the passing of years, changing trends in image-making and cameras have democratized the photographic process which has, once again, altered the understanding of the photographic image and its historical relevance. From description to narration, from documentation to speculation, the photographic image has held our attention since we were born and despite the demise of much of the photographic profession we are immersed in more photography today than ever before.

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First Twitter Contest Winner: @markotardito

May 21, 2012

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@markotardito is the winner of our first Twitter contest. He’s been awarded with a 30% discount coupon for one of our workshops, valid till May 2013. Congratulations to Marko and don’t miss his website www.markotardito.com     .

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Follow us on Twitter and win a 30% discount coupon for one of our workshops

May 5, 2012

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Till May 18th you can win a 30% coupon discount for attending one of our workshops. It’s easy – follow the instructions you’ll find on  This Page. Follow on Twitter The Visual Experience. Mention our TWEET, in English or in your own language. Be sure to put the hashtag #VisExpWS. Done. If you’ll win you’ll decide on which workshop you wish to redeem your coupon. Winners will be announced on Twitter with a DM.

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Instagram, Facebook and Photography

April 23, 2012

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I’ve been following over 50 people daily on Instagram for a couple of months and I’ve made some rewarding friendships as well as seen some wonderful and serious photography. My recent friend @meanwhile, an American living and working in Tajikistan, had one of his Instagram photos published on the CNN website introducing the announcement of Facebook’s recent acquisition of Instagram, the most popular photo portal for serious as well as not so serious photographers, or should I say iPhone Photographers, or should I simply say Instagram photographers on Smart Phones […]

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Do aesthetics count?

April 23, 2012

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Here’s a tough question, but it came to mind as I was listening today to Benjamin Dickinson’s interview on The New York Times video channel. Dickinson was discussing his first movie “First Winter” , shown this year at the Tribeca Film Festival, and he said, “you know, I think aesthetics have values inherent in them…”, which struck a chord because aesthetics is a very slippery subject which is often confused with taste or style or beauty. All four having to do with photography and film I thought it would be […]

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Is a photographer not a photographer?

April 21, 2012

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With the changing times and the constant shifting of photographic techniques, it’s getting more and more difficult to define who is a photographer and who isn’t. It used to be that photographers used cameras. Most photographers still do, but Smart Phones are getting to be a big influence in image-making both on the popular level (like “snapshots” used to be) and on a more involved level (like Gary Winnogrand “snapshots” used to be). But then there are those who don’t even use a camera, or a phone, or a shoe-box […]

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Burn for a while

April 20, 2012

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I’ve just been looking at a wonderful book called Burn_02 which is part of the web site project of the Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey. The site is full of interesting things and interviews and very very fine photography, but what I really loved about this book was that it wasn’t about photographers or their very intimate personal take on the world, it was about life. Well, I guess that’s what photo-journalists are about even though many seem in love with death and violence. Fortunately, most photographers who have reached […]

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Photography, Art and “artists”

April 16, 2012

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The whole question of “being” a photographer has changed profoundly. Or maybe it’s going through a cycle. I’ve read some interesting articles recently on the web concerning what photography, or even art, should or shouldn’t be. Who is an artist or who is a photographer, or should I say, who is a VALID photographer or artist seems to be a questions which burns in many hearts. Joerg Colberg’s recent title “Is the Internet Killing Socially Awkward Artists?” or Colin Pantall’s “Art that sells is the destructive 1%” are both provocative […]

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A question of subject: a subjective question?

May 2, 2011

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Maybe it’s not so surprising how people are attracted to the technology of photography quicker than it’s ability to see beyond the surface. If you look at Art History in general, it is often the change in technology which ushers in a new way of seeing, so be it with photography as well. Even more so being a medium so closely linked with changing technologies. But what has really marked changes in culture has always been the change in subject. If we look, even superficially, at the history of Western […]

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Are photographs what they used to be?

April 29, 2011

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Sounds like a dumb question. Obviously, a photograph is a photograph: today, yesterday and tomorrow. A rose is a rose is a rose. But that’s exactly the point. The rose changes depending on who is looking, who is smelling and, above all, the relationship between the two. Well, the same with photographs. Historically, a photograph was a medium charged with exciting information. something which stimulated a virtual experience, a memory, a thought process or simply a momentary thought of someone or something. Ok, it’s all still true, but the value […]

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Cromatic Feeling

April 14, 2011

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Colors are an event, they’re spectacular or soft or exciting or calming They change the nature of things, including images. We’ve all learned about color temperature and cromatic shifts (at least any of us old enough to have made a career with film), so feeling more like playing than working I set about to “colore” my very first video-clip. I didn’t have a video camera, nor would I have known how to use one at the time, but I had decided to make a video-clip called Segreto, with my friend […]

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Looking for a future

March 29, 2011

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The profession of photography is changing dramatically and quickly. The role of the image is undergoing semantic restructuring. The world of Fine Art is questioning itself on what’s next. Where do you stand? Where do you want to be in five years? I’d like to try and investigate where the profession of image making is going and what changes are taking place. I’m open to discussing historical, psychological and social changes which influence the use of imagery. Let’s look together into the future in order to understand where image making […]

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Pentax 645D Hands on

December 9, 2010

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I had the possibility to play with the new Pentax 645D, the so-long-awaited-accessible medium format DSLR. I have to admit that I was surprised to find with it in Italy: looks like I had the venture to deal with the only model currently available in my country.  Still a “preview” model, so with a lot of potential improvements will hopefully come especially for firmware. First touch Never used a Pentax before. A long track with Canon (D)SLRs and with Medium Format film cameras. The camera is bulky but well designed. […]

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Writing about a Project

July 23, 2010

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Following a tweet by Alan Rapp I was yesterday reading Edgar Martin‘s statements (or – better – what he said responding to Rebecca Horne questions) on his last work, beautiful astro-photographs currently in display at HotShoe gallery in London. The statement is the following: “One could argue that this work seeks to communicate ideas about how difficult it is to communicate. My images depend on photography’s inherit tendency to make each space believable, but there is a disturbing suggestion that all is not what it seems. The moment of recognition […]

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