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Diane Arbus exhibition at Foam

Two weeks ago, I went to the Diane Arbus exhibition at the Foam Museum in Amsterdam. It did a major retrospective with 200 of Arbus’ bold and powerful photographs, including all of the artist’s iconic shots and many that have never been exhibited before in the Netherlands.

“For me, the subject of the picture is always more important than the picture.” – Diane Arbus

What to say about her artistic legacy? A woman fascinated by the unusual, a frontrunner, she broke the boundaries of traditional portraiture, taking photos of people from the extreme margins of American society in the 50’s and 60’s. “Outsiders”, like circus side-show performers, mentally disabled adults, midgets, transvestites, eccentrics and nudists, placing them in the mainstream. Photos that many times are hard to look at, yet hard to look away from. And although only rarely does Arbus physically appear in her own photographs, it feels like emotionally she’s in most of them.

It was a truly amazing exhibition… I feel very lucky to have seen the work of such a pivotal figure in contemporary photography…

“My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.” – Diane Arbus

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Source of images: Google images

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Stunning portraits by Marteline Nystad

I personally  think there is nothing more beautiful to photograph than the human face. Look at Marteline Nystad‘s portraits and you’ll understand why.

She is a very talented 22-year-old photography student from Oslo, Norway who is going in the direction of fashion/art direction.

She says: “I bought myself a Nikon D40 in 2008, and I was hooked”.

I am so happy I came across her photos and I hope to see more of her work. Simply mesmerizing!

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Portraits of homeless people, by Lee Jeffries

When I first saw these portraits, I was blown away. Each face a story. So powerful, so impressive, so full of emotion…

They are the work of Lee Jeffries, a UK-based photographer, who started off his photography career by shooting sporting events. But a chance meeting with a young homeless girl in the streets of London not only changed his perception about homeless people, but also his artistic approach forever. He now travels around Europe and the US to find homeless people for his portraits, the main focus of his work, and makes an effort to get to know them a bit personally before taking their photos.

Jeffries uses his photography to draw attention to and raise funds for the homeless, posting the images to Flickr, selling his photos and Blurb book  and entering his work into competitions, where he has won many, well-deserved, awards.

A true inspiration…

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Timeless Vienna

I visited Vienna to celebrate Christmas and my birthday in 2011 and I finally got round to sorting through my photos 7 months later! Here is a taste of my trip. For the full set click here.

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