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Todd Hido's Excerpts from Silver Meadows at Transformer Station

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Untitled (#10845), 2011 © Todd Hido

“...Todd's work stands apart from the pack by a wide gap. This gap is made up by the sledgehammer authenticity of Todd's vision, by a violent undercurrent of emotion that hits the viewer like a baseball bat clearing a drunken human path.” - Doug Rickard in American Suburb X

The Transformer Station is pleased to present the first museum showing of Excerpts from Silver Meadows, the latest work by Todd Hido, one of the world's most recognized and influential photographic artists. Although Hido lives and works in California, he was born and raised in Kent, Ohio. Silver Meadows is the name of the neighborhood that Hido grew up in and this work has a strong auto-biographical undercurrent. This show is not a collection of individual photographs, but rather a world created through a sequence of images that are almost cinematic in scope and is inspired by both by Film Noir and breaking news. A story told through brooding landscapes, dangerous but vulnerable women and lonely homes, Silver Meadows is a mixture of dark memory and hard truth.

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Text and images courtesy of Transformer Station

The Phoblographer: Bruce Davidson

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Magnum Photographer Bruce Davidson on His Photographs

by CHRIS GAMPAT on 05/12/2013

If you’ve never heard of Bruce Davison before, I’m glad to say that today is a lucky day of yours and that you’ll be inspired by such a humble and wonderful aged photographer far beyond the egotistical creatives out there. Davidson has worked on many photo essays for Magnum, and has even inspired the likes of Eric Kim. Now in his eighties, Davidson continues to work as an editorial photographer. His photographs appear around the world and in many museums. Also, Davidson has directed two award-winning short films, a documentary titled Living off the Land and a more surreal tale titled Isaac Singer’s Nightmare and Mrs. Pupko’s Beard.

Today, Reddit turned us onto two videos of his published last year by Tate Photos. Davidson has photographedBrooklyn Gangs in the late 50s–which is what he is best known for. However, the videos above and below show off even more of his work such as those on London’s streets and in the subways.

If you’re in the mood to be inspired and maybe even shed a tear, these are worth kicking back and watching.

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Text and videos courtesy of The Phoblographer.

ASX: Todd Hido (video)

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ASX.TV: Todd Hido – “Excerpt from Silver Meadows” (2013)

Photographer Todd Hido talks about his latest body of work, premiering in its entirety for the first time at the Transformer Station and in a new monograph published on the occasion of this show by Nazraeli Press. Inspired by the artist’s upbringing in suburban Ohio, film, fiction and current events, “Excerpts From Silver Meadows” weaves dark landscapes, highly charged portraits and appropriated images into a complex narrative. Hido discusses his use of many different cameras and film formats, the importance of understanding his images through their sequencing in his books and how his work lives somewhere between film and literature.

Produced by the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation Filmed and edited by Laura Ruth Bidwell

Text and video courtesy of American Suburb X

VIDEO — Todd Hido: House Hunting from Pier 24 Photography

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Todd Hido: House Hunting Presented in the Pier 24 Photography exhibition HERE.

May 23, 2011 - January 31, 2012

Todd Hido's color photographs of domestic landscapes reflect the artist's interest in the themes of home, family, and memory. Taken at night, his photographs depict anonymous dwellings, their windows glowing in the soft darkness; the resulting feeling is one of unsettling isolation and unease. Hido captures a haunting suburbia through the absence of people and the careful modulation of light and color, alluding to imagined narratives taking place inside.

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Film on Daido Moriyama

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ASX |AMERICAN SUBURB X | Photography & Culture

31 Jan 2013

From Nowness – Daido Moriyama: The Mighty Power (2013)

Acclaimed Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama’s sensual approach to the urban landscape is revealed in this edifying short by the Hong Kong-based filmmaker Ringo Tang. Now in his 70s, Moriyama shot to fame when his grainy black-and-white images depicting a post-war Japan in flux won the country’s New Artist Award in 1967 and has since had major retrospectives at the New York Metropolitan Museum and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1999), the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2008) and, currently, at Tate Modern in tandem with William Klein. His high-contrast, distorted imagery and raw-verging-on-sordid content has influenced the work of countless photographers. Tang’s relationship to the master of harsh street photography is especially poetic: “The Moriyama black has always fascinated me,” the director writes in homage. “A thick slash of heavy black, so overwhelming.” Filmed while Moriyama was in Hong Kong for his first ever solo exhibition there, the short splices examples of his oeuvre with footage of the artist himself, whose short sentences are layered over the industrial beat of the city. The result taps into Moriyama’s engaged, multi-sensory experience of the metropolis, which he investigates using not only sight, but also smell and sound. Observations such as “The past cannot be captured by the present, the present can only be captured in the moment” crystallize what Moriyama refers to as “the mighty power” of photography.

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Bruce Davidson: 70 Years As A Photographer

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Bruce Davidson was born in 1933 and he started shooting pictures when he was just 10 years old. Since then Bruce has become most famous for his photojournalist work that included street gangs, circus performers, and the civil rights movement . In this video Bruce talks about some of his most famous images and his love for Leica cameras.

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Martin Parr

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Martin Parr: Picturing the American South

Hot Dogs, Atlanta, 2010
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The High Museum of Art commissioned Martin Parr to document Atlanta as part of its Picturing the South project—a series of artist commissions that engage with the American South. Channeling his unparalleled ability to collate humor, wit, and curiosity into his heavily socio-cultural photographs, Parr captured the oddities and eccentricities of contemporary Americana.

British-born Parr, whose photography career spans over 30 years, is known for his provocative documentary style by using cultural criticism through an exaggerated and humorous light. His analysis of how we live is not simply satire, as Parr offers his audience an approach to seeing which acts not to denounce, but to highlight (both aesthetically and thematically) patterns between people, the things we consume and the milieus in which we live.

The outcome of the museum’s commission offers a vivid, comedic and touching perspective on the diversity that lies in Atlanta. Parr covers a large body of subject matter in his findings, which ranges from the high and low—juxtaposing images from a gallery opening to an oddly lengthy corn dog on a stick. Parr’s images offer insight which would only be found through the lens of a meticulous and curious outsider.

Beyond the exhibition at the High Museum of Art, Italian publisher Contrasto released a book, Up and Down Peachtree: Photographs of Atlanta, and a documetary, Hot Spots: Martin Parr in the American South. The book, a meticulously edited and impeccably designed object in its own right, is printed without text beyond the book’s title and colophon—which, undeniably, is a testament to Parr’s talent for storytelling. The documentary is a 60-minute lens behind the lens where documentarian Neal Broffman followed Parr photographing around Atlanta. The documentary includes interviews with noted curators, writers, critics and photographers, and offers a look into at Parr’s real-life affable personality and interactions with his subjects. Below, Contrasto has given LightBox an exclusive clip on the documentary:

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hay tiempo (there is time): Graciela Iturbide

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Take a poetic journey with Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide as she imparts the personal and cultural themes that inform her artistic vision and thread throughout her work. Filmmaker Alejandro Gómez de Tuddo follows Iturbide as she reveals her heart--from the religious legends she holds dear; to her regard for the dead "angelitos" or little angels of the cemetery; and her esteem for the virtues of St. John of the Cross's Solitary Bird: he flies only at great heights, tolerates no one's company, juts out his beak into the wind, and sings gently. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Directed by Alejandro Gómez de Tuddo, 2007.

Text and video courtesy of The J. Paul Getty Museum

Robbert Flick On Saturdays

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Expo Line Unveils Work by Legendary L.A. Photographer

By Suzanne Wu

April 24, 2012

On Saturday mornings, USC professor Robbert Flick, a titan in the world of documentary photography, likes to go for long drives around Los Angeles, down streets like Normandie Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard, San Pedro Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, past old craftsman homes and studio lots and the sun-bleached stucco walls of the best produce markets in the city.

These are working joyrides: Flick, who has taught photography at the USC Roski School of Fine Arts since 1976, commutes by train and shoots much of his work from an innocuous moving minivan, capturing the rhythms of street life through streams of images taken from a motorized tripod, allowing him to keep his eyes on the road.

The resulting images, arranged in a grid like a long moving strip, are familiar terrain for the residents in Los Angeles, the daily backdrop of living in this city. But they also are irretrievably lost moments, fragments of another day – the constantly changing skyline and glimpses of people heading to somewhere else, mimicking the experience of gazing out of a train window.

So it could not be more fitting that the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) commissioned Flick to provide the artwork for a major stop on the new Exposition Line opening this Saturday, a historic light rail expansion that will finally connect the city’s downtown core to its most populous neighborhood, South Los Angeles.

Flick’s new piece, On Saturdays, will grace the Expo Park/USC stop at an entrance to the main USC campus near the USC Fisher Museum of Art, just across the street from the Natural History Museum, the California Science Center and the Californian African American Museum.

John Chiara - Photographic Process

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Aug 4, 2009

This well done documentary covers John Chiara's photographic process and work flow. It is well worth the seven minutes. Chiara shoots with a ultra-large format camera cityscapes by building his own equipment and processes. His intensely analog techniques capture something unique. He lives in San Francisco, California.

Rinko Kawauchi - showing at RoseGallery

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We are very pleased to announce that we will be presenting an exhibition of recent work by Rinko Kawauchi from her Murmuration series. The exhibition will open on May 14 and run through June 25, 2011

The opening reception will take place on Saturday May 14 from 6.00 - 8.00pm

Please check out the link to watch a video of Rinko Kawauchi in conversation with Martin Parr