Tuesday, February 19

john schabel.

Tne West Collection say it best:

Schabel's celebrated series of "Passenger" photographs were taken during that space in time that occurs when people have been seated in their seats, but the plane has not yet taken off. His muted, black and white images capture people completely unaware that they are being photographed. Schabel himself was inspired by his own fascination with airplane journeys and the whole amalgam of experiences that can be found within a flight. 

via It's Nice That.

Monday, February 18

jonas unger: gérard depardieu

Jonas Unger takes incredible portraits of everyone. But this series of actor/Loire louche/passport carrying Putinite Gérard Depardieu - from 2010 - are pretty cream of the Jersey milk bottle.

Unger's photographs were used to illustrate a story in this week's New Yorker: Lauren Collins on Depardieu "parting ways" with his home country after the government introduced the  ("largely symbolic") seventy-five-percent "supertax" on the wealthy. A nuanced and thoroughly enjoyable essay on celebrity, the power of words, French politicians, brute eroticism - brilliant. Please do read.

Jonas Unger's website here.

Update: New Yorker's Photo Booth blog posted this little interview with Unger...

I arrived just before breakfast in the courtyard of the old service quarters at his château in Saumur, France. It was a nice, sunny Sunday morning. He greeted me from the balcony, standing there in his underwear. When I asked him if he was O.K. with me taking a picture of him and he agreed, I knew that it was going be a great story, and that I would capture something special.

Sunday, February 17

michael schlegel: massiv II, massiv III

In the wild west, myths about nature were called tall tales. Truths about nature were always harder to name.

And in walks the sublime. Lunar slander, here on earth. 

Italy, Iceland, Germany, Australia, Turkey here

Friday, February 15


In the milky saloon, she watered down the brass of a yellow trumpet, bright and overpowering and sore on the eyes.

I prefer you without people in it.

All images courtesy s.v.g. Photostream here

Wednesday, February 6

martin parr: british food.

Martin Parr took these photographs between 1995 and 1996, and published them in a book called British Food.

How wonderful that meals nearly two decades old can still feel so relevant.

More here