© Elliott Erwitt, 1954, Sleeping woman with yawning cat, New York

Happy World Cat Day!

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”Robert A. Heinlein

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© Walter Henisch, 1941-44, World War II, Balkan

Having begun his professional life as a press photographer, Walter Henisch experienced the high point of his career as a war reporter and propaganda photographer of the German Wehrmacht. He photographed the most important war scenes in Poland, Russia and Germany, among others. Especially his images of the Russian campaign and the war in the Balkans were widely reproduced in the contemporary press.

His son, Peter Henisch, based an insightful novel on his father’s life story, dealing with his father’s work for the Nazi regime, but also his relationship with the ruling system. Henisch himself always insisted on his neutral attitude as a photo reporter, no matter who commissioned his work – claiming he took photographs without judging, interested only in good pictures, not in events themselves.

He was a war photographer par excellence, always suspended masterfully within the field of tension between being a direct witness of the horrors of war and his role as a supposedly invisible observer, always ready to shoot a picture at the right moment. (+)

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© Elliott Erwitt, 1953, New York, USA

“There are words in the soul of a newborn baby, wanting and waiting to be written.”Toba Beta

This reminds me of somebody! Have a good (special) “May Day” M, P & S!

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Here far away is the first major retrospective book of the leading international photographer Pentti Sammallahti. It covers more than forty years of work and unfolds in almost as many countries. The book was released in 2013 simultaneously by a group of European photography publishers in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Sammallahti’s native language, Finnish.

His exquisite black-and-white photographs are quiet, but overflowing with affection, humor, joy and delight at what he discovers in nature — ranging from vast landscapes and urban settings populated by animals, to people out in nature, part of it, engulfed by it. There are interludes that seem like scenes from a movie or an opera, and still life studies that are just perfect.

The title, Here far away, represents this duality. Many of the pictures appear simple enough: a man walking down a path, a flock of birds in flight, a loyal dog in pursuit of its master. These all appear in the "here", the now, the concrete present.

The book doesn’t rely on captions or titles. It’s not important where, when, or what exactly is being depicted. The longer we spend with these photographs, the more they subtly, wordlessly, begin to point to something larger, something "far away". (read more on lensculture)

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© Wanda Wulz, 1932, Io + Gatto (Self-portrait)

Her self-portrait ‘Io + Gatto’ (Me + Cat), where she superimposes a photo of her cat Pippo on top of an image of herself, is one of the most famous double exposures in art history.

Self-Portrait, 1932 / The Cat without Me, 1932

In 1932, Wulz presented the photograph in the ‘Mostra Fotografica Futurista’ in Trieste, where it was hailed as the highlight of the exhibition. Photographs of Wanda Wulz are extremely rare, as in the late 1930s she turned to portrait painting. (+)

Thanks to chagalov for the photos and information!

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© Robert Häusser, 1980, 'Toter Vogel' (dead bird)

"I use photography not to try to produce an autonomous picture of reality; what interests me is an interpretation of reality. I want to use photography to reveal more than the reality; I want to render an inner condition." (Robert Häusser)