KLAUS PICHLER: ‘IDYLLS’, 2008-2009

"A box full of slides which I stumbled upon at a house clearance turned out to be a portray of the self image of a middle class family in the early 1960s. A family at a time of new wealth - enjoying a day out, a fair or a seaside holiday, in peace and harmony.

Taking a closer look at the pictures in the context of this cultural era, it becomes apparent that they precisely represent the mainstream ideology of the 1960s: [Austria] just escaped the perils of the Nazi regime, the reconstruction of the country completed, society was able to enjoy the benefits of an economic boom. A clear notion of right and wrong had developed.

Devout, hard working, prudish and strait-laced, forever prim and proper. I was equally fascinated and disgusted by the sheer amount of uptightness, which caused me to search for an element which would contradict the moral values of this era and therefore reinterpret scenes of homely bliss. Then I found: Myself! Naked!” (Klaus Pichler)

Happy Birthday, Klaus!

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© Paul Fusco, June 1968, RFK Funeral Train

Robert F. Kennedy’s death shook the country to its core and for millions of Americans, including Paul Fusco, seemed to represent the end of hope. In 1968, Fusco was a staff photographer for Look magazine. He was commissioned to document all the events surrounding the funeral, including the eight-hour journey from New York to Washington, D.C., on the train that carried Kennedy’s coffin. Shooting approximately 2,000 pictures from inside, Fusco had a unique vantage point resulting in one of the most powerful and affecting series of photographs ever taken. (+)

Find more pictures of this series on the Magnum Photos website.

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Unknown photographer, ca. 1990s, Fiberglass Allosaurus

From National Geographic, January 1993. Goodbye, Dinosaur.

PHOTOBOOK: JIMMY NELSON - BEFORE THEY PASS AWAY

"In his landmark project Before They Pass Away Jimmy Nelson captures the lives and traditions of the last surviving tribes who have managed to preserve their traditional ways and customs within our increasingly globalized world. This book reveals the wide variety of human experiences and cultural expressions across the ages.

This historic volume showcases tribal cultures around the world. With globalization, these societies are to be prized for their distinctive lifestyles, art and traditions. They live in close harmony with nature, now a rarity in our modern era. Jimmy Nelson not only presents us with stunning images of customs and artifacts, but also offers insightful portraits of people who are the guardians of a culture that they—and we—hope will be passed on to future generations in all its glory.

Nelson’s large-plate field camera captures every intricate detail and fi ne nuance for posterity. What’s more, this splendid pageantry is set against a vivid backdrop of some of the world’s most pristine landscapes.” (+)

Find more information and pictures on the Before They Pass website, on Yatzer and FeatureShoot.

IMAGE INFO: #1: The Huli, Papua New Guinea / #2: The Dropka, India / #3: The Maori, New Zealand / #4: The Mursi, Ethiopia / #5: The Chukchi, Siberia / #6: The Huaorani, Ecuador / #7: The Kazaks, Mongolia / #8: The Himba, Namibia / #9: Book cover showing Masaai, Tanzania

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© Alejandro Cartagena, 2011, Car Poolers, Monterrey / Mexico

This photo series by Alejandro Cartagena shows the life of some workers in Monterrey, Mexico who carpool to work by cramming themselves into a truck bed. It’s sort of hilarious until you realize this is life—lying down before work in a truck is their snooze and hot shower. (read more)

More photos on his website.

Unknown photographer, Apr 23, 1913, Judengasse, Vienna

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NORITAKA MINAMI - ‘1972

In the city of Tokyo, a building stands as an anachronism in relation to the surrounding urban landscape. The building in question is the Nakagin Capsule Tower designed by Kisho Kurokawa, who was one of the leading members of an influential architectural movement in the 1960s called Metabolism. The group’s aim was to formulate flexible designs that facilitate continual growth and renewal of architecture. As the first capsule apartment in history constructed for everyday use, the Nakagin Capsule Tower is considered an example that came closest to embodying the principles of Metabolism. Kurokawa designed the building with plug-in capsules to promote exchangeability and modifications to the structure over time, theoretically improving its capacity to adjust to the rapidly changing conditions of the post-industrial society. When the building first opened in March of 1972, it was advertised in the media to signal “the dawn of the capsule age.”

The irony presented by the story of the Nakagin Capsule Tower is the fact that it became the last architecture of its kind to be completed in the world.  Furthermore, the building has never undergone the process of regeneration during the forty years of existence.  Not a single capsule has been replaced since 1972, even though Kurokawa intended them to sustain a lifespan of only twenty-five years.  The design in reality proved to be too rigid in adapting to the unforeseen political and economic developments in the years that followed its construction. With the building’s system in stasis without fulfilling its original mission of continual growth and renewal, it stands like a monument to a future that never arrived in the 21st Century.

Due to the pressures of the city’s real estate market, plans have been discussed for the Nakagin Capsule Tower to be demolished to make way for a conventional apartment complex. Yet, the building today has coincidentally assumed a new role in the city, becoming a poignant reminder of a path ultimately not taken. This project examines “the future” as imagined by Kurokawa in 1972 and its current condition through the medium of photography. Moreover, the photographs capture scenes within the Nakagin Capsule Tower at a time when its very future is in question. With the building as an embodiment of an architectural vision that was thought possible at that moment in history, the photographs reflect on the significance of that vision potentially disappearing today from the landscape of Tokyo as a crucial form of cultural memory. (+ / via ZeitOnline)

5 COUNTRIES. 1 ARTIST. STEVE McCURRY.
Part 1 of 5: India

After graduating college, McCurry spent a few years at the Today’s Post in King of Prussia, Penn., shooting high school graduations and Kiwanis meetings, honing his skills — but he knew it wasn’t for him. He left for India in 1978, intending to stay for three months. He stayed for two years.

“India was like another planet to me,” he said. “I’ve been back 80 or 90 times … and there’s still many places I haven’t seen.” (+)

You can find all five parts of the Steve McCurry special here. Enjoy!

 
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5 COUNTRIES. 1 ARTIST. STEVE McCURRY.
Part 2 of 5: Yemen

"When I first arrived in Shibam, I was astonished – it is extraordinary. It perfectly illustrates what a unique place Yemen is in terms of architecture, environment and landscape." The sixteenth century buildings “look like mud skyscrapers rising out of the flat desert plain. The city is surrounded by mountain escarpments on the far horizons – it’s one of the most unusual, interesting landscapes in the world.

With its biblical oriental flavor, its markets and its ancient walled cities, Yemen is exotic, but there’s much more to it.” (Steve Mc Curry)

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