May 252014

After Austria last week and Ernst Haas, we move a bit North to Germany, birth place of photographer Fred Herzog. Similarly to Ernst Haas, it is in North America that Fred Herzog produced most of his street work during the 50's and 60's, more specifically in the Canadian city of Vancouver.

Discover a full series of his pictures by clicking on the Pinterest link below.

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Quick facts/observations about Fred Herzog
– Though he spent the first 20 years of his life in Germany, he only started to take pictures seriously once in Canada.
– He shot mostly side film (Kodachrome), making great use of its saturated colors.
– he shot mostly working class people in ordinary daily situations.
– like many street photographers, it is only recently that his work has been discovered by the general public. 
– Fred Herzog is a great example of how street photographers help document daily life for future generations to discover them.
– on color vs B&W "First of all when you do black and white all have is the basic resource, a negative. That needs a lot of dancing around the darkroom and time and patience and energy. You should ideally be a man of leisure, an English gentleman. And a lot of English gentlemen did serious and beautiful photography. But I didn’t have time for that. That’s one reason [I did colour slides]. I’d get 36 slides back, beautiful, finish."**
If I could ask him a question ….
– did you have a long beard that needed to be trimmed several days a week ?
To discover more about Fred Herzog
Interview : do not miss this great interview of Fred Herzog on American SuburbX **, full of insights on his career and way to work.
May 242014

Wake up early, take a walk and sit for a coffee on a terrace in front of Notre Dame, doing nothing but watch the flow of life go by you.  (click on picture for high res)

coffe by Notre Dame Yanidel

Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F2.0, ISO160

May 222014

Did the girl receive these flowers, or was it a gift for someone else ? Only I know the answer, a picture can never tell the full story.  (click on picture for high res)

flowers bike yanidel

Paris – Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/3000, ISO160

May 202014

At sunset on the Pont des Arts, the last rays of sun warms hearts up.  (click on picture for high res)

love at sunset Paris

Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F2.8, 1/500, ISO160

May 192014

If you have too much going on in your head, just chop it off.  (click on picture for high res)

chopped head Yanidel

Rosario – Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/500, ISO160

May 182014

This week, let's have a look at the work of an other early colourist that worked in the 50's and 60's, that is Austrian born Ernst Haas. Ernst Haas was not only a photojournalist, but also a great poet that expressed himself through photography.

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Quick facts/observations about Ernst Haas.
–  Austrian born, 1921-1986, worked most of his life as a photojournalist and used his free time for personal works such as street photography.
– most of his reknown street photographs were taken in the US, yet he worked on assignments all over the world.
– he bought is first camera, a Rolleiflex, by trading in 10 kilos of margarine. He later switched to Leica which he used for most his career.
– he experimented with creative techniques such as selective focus and blurs with the aim to "transform an object from what it is to what you want it to be."
– his passion for poetry is a recurring theme in his street photographs.
– to allow for more control of hue and saturation, Ernst Haas used mostly the expensive dye transfer process for his prints.
– his 106 pages colour book "The creation" is one of the best selling photography book ever, with more than 350'000 copies.
– he became Magnum's fourth president and his guidance to its members was :  "Every one of us wants to take beautiful, striking, extraordinary pictures. Every one of us is struggling with his own style. Changes don’t come purely by will power alone, but they never come by being satisfied. Let us be more critical with each other: it will bring us closer. Let us find a new common denominator in the struggle, not to follow our own standards of invention. Don’t cover—discover!"
– his legacy can be sumed up with the quote by one of the MOMA's direct, Edward Steichen : “He is a free spirit, untrammelled by tradition and theory, who has gone out and found beauty unparalleled in photography.”
If I could ask him a question ….
– what do you think of the design of today's cars ?
To discover more about Ernst Haas
Book : Ernst Haas – a small book full of amazing street photographs.
If you missed it last week, have a look at the work of Saul Leiter too.