ahh, Paris in spring…

Joseph Koudelka gives a winsome Martin Parr a pat on the back after the Paris portraits session

John Gladdy emerges from his Paris hotel executive suite, only to be met by the dreaded Burn paparazzi

 

Like most photographers, I have a bunch of ideas about half cooked….Only some very few of my many on going projects actually get finished…I write about finishing often on Burn because it is the one single element most holding most photographers back..They just do not finish..I have often described a one in ten “finish rate”, which sounds low, but might actually be high….In any case the above two pictures, along with hundreds of others will fit into my now 4th book in progress tentatively titled:   PHOTOGRAPHERS (I have known)..

You will have to use your imagination on the typography and layout, but you can probably imagine the scrapbook look that would contain all the pictures I have made of my colleagues over the last 40+ years. No not just now as in Paris with the Magnum crowd and a piece of the Burn crowd, but all the way back to my college days, newspaper days, NatGeo days and 15 yrs worth of Magnum days and from seminars and photo fests world wide and all of my students and on and on and on…

Yup, I have pictures of probably everyone reading this text right now…Right? Or pretty damned close to it. Everybody shoots these “extended family ” pictures , but I might just have been doing it longer and over a wider demographic of our photographic community than most…

This is not so unusual , for photographers seems to love taking pictures of each other. I saw it at Look3 and I see it at the Magnum meetings like the one we just had now in Paris.  Photographers will often say “don’t take my picture, I belong on the other side of the camera”,  then give a silly grin into the camera just like everyone else getting their picture made. C’mon let’s face it, we all like being in a “memory picture” …Not a good picture. Not an intentional picture. Just a snapshot for the memory book. Well, this memory book might just be a real book. So unselfconscious and so not “trying” that it might just have an authenticity to it that would give it some lasting value. A little piece of history. And of course I will sell a copy to all the photographers who are in the book! Hot sales figures right there. :)

Of course, the cynical response could be, and will be, “who cares about a bunch of pictures of photographers?”…. a fair question of course…Well, I would sure buy a copy if someone else did it..Assuming it was done in a really interesting way…Just a bit of text, a few identifying captions, and well ..done…

Above are just two of the many I took around the Magnum annual gathering of the tribe. The first is of an unusual moment when Martin Parr arrived at the HCB Foundation cocktail party after photographing dozens of Parisians who had been lined up around the block to have a Parr Portrait as part of a Paris office fundraiser. Who could be more different than Parr? Koudelka, that’s who…Yet this is classic..Two photographers who see the world so so differently, and who might disagree on some issues, yet blend in a family way in the long run of our cooperative..This is the extended family of photography that I have always seen since my youngest days. Here played out on the same time stage with a late night Burn crowd reunion in the room of John Gladdy who decided to show us work at 3:30am after a diet of champagne, red wine, and tequila…All of this is part of my photo mix. What I have seen since starting to shoot this sort of thing during my grad school days.

That old famous line “if you remember the 60′s you were not there” is pretty much true. Same for a lot of these gatherings. I sure would not remember 90% of the stuff I see in my contact sheets. So good thing I made a few snaps to trigger the memories. Good ones, great ones,  to be sure..

Next time you see me, smile..You just might end up in the book…

337 Responses to “ahh, Paris in spring…”


  • Thomas… did you read the hover-over text? (yellow pop-up text)

  • First, iPad matters: Just got one. I went searching for a good book of photographs to view on the iPad and couldn’t find one. Anyone know where I can?

    Of course, the iPad is also a camera, so today I made my blog post completely from iPad pics, if anyone wants to check it out:

    http://wasillaalaskaby300.squarespace.com/journal/2011/7/3/ipadding-it-with-jobe-kalib-margie-chicago-jim-and-pistol.html

    Second – thanks for the link, Jim. Enjoyed it, although I think I would have enjoyed it more with the music.

    Thomas – I almost joined you there and don’t take offense that I didn’t. I feel trapped by Facebook, which wastes altogether too much time but yet I feel I must keep a presence and it does connect me with people who I otherwise would be completely out of touch with and it helps me get photo ids and quotes to use in spreads.

    I just can’t add another time devouring social network to it.

  • Michael, now I did. Even better :))))

  • Frostfrog, first one I got for my Ipad was Capitolio from the App Store. Great photos, and a video interview with Christopher Anderson.

  • Thanks, Jim. Sounds like a good place to start,

  • Thomas… That’s one of the best things about all his comics, the roll-over text. Adds another dimension. I’m embarrassed to say I’ve spent more than one evening, bottle of wine nearby, just clicking “random” over and over. Very funny stuff. :^}

  • What is “about 3 minutes” anyway? Will 1 minutes 30 seconds do? Or must I wait for at least 1 minutes 47 seconds to be “about 3 minutes”?!? I am sitting here late. After a long day. A day in which I fed the fish. I am house sitting for a friend, which is not only convenient but also affords me the luxury of undertaking my work as starving artist while enjoying the luxury of pretending to be vaguely upper middle class and Guardian reading. By house sitting, I mean that they have entrusted me not to fuck things up. Normally, this is hard. Particularly, this is very hard when throw in confusing factors such living things. Like plants. Or fish. The plants I have so far tended to well. The basil even got a necessary pruning earlier.

    But I turned up to feed the fish and I wondered – had they been fed today? Should I just wait until tomorrow and then start feeding them? I figured it poor etiquette to house sit and kill the fish, but death by starvation and death by overfeeding are two diametrically opposed events, you understand. Which way was I to go? I fed them half. That seemed best.

    That was yesterday. Today I returned “home” to wonder why said fish were swimming rather lazily. I could not comprehend their malaise. And then it dawned on me. Maybe they needed food. And then it dawned on me. I had not turned the pump back on.

    Apparently, I must turn the pump off before feeding them, and then back on “about 3 minutes” afterwards. Suffice it to say that, having navigated the tricky waters (no pun) of half-feeding the fish on my first day, not knowing if they had been fed that day or not, I then took so much pride in my high dive logic that I overlooked the basic things. Like turning the pump back on.

    Now the fish need food. For today. But if I do that, I can’t turn the pump back on for another 3 minutes. And then I might forget. This is always plausible, and especially so considering it happened yesterday. But I have no idea what could happen if I turn the pump back on too early after feeding. I was expressely told not to. Maybe the fishes will explode. Or being singing Douglas Adams tribute songs. I have no idea. I have never owned fish (other than for breakfast). So I feed said fishes. And now I wait. For the 3 minutes of not-forgetting-to-turn-the-pump-back-on-and-thus-being-a-fish-murderer. The fact that the fishes are tiny does not assuage my existential attempted fish murdering guilt any. The boy who signed the note leaving me these instructions is also tiny. And if his fishes die, he will cry (no rhyme intended, although reason both heavily intended and justified). This is one of many reasons why I should never be allowed to have children. Or be allowed to house sit ever where plants or small fishes are involved. Especially not when housesitting involves both plants and small fishes, and also small children depending on my plant and fish feeding abilities.

    They did seem to, um, perk up a little when food was dispensed. The fishes, that is. Not the small child. Or the plants. I hope they haven’t died yet. Has it been 3 minutes already?

  • “but i worry if i now start “trying” it will change the look, the style…” I think whatever compendium of photogs you give us, however you give it – will be a special valuable insight that only you could have given. So pls do…

    “but you are the penultimate gatherer of stuff…so help me keep track of my life will you please? thanks…” Not of regular stuff really, except photobooks and, uh, German composition stick legged nativity animals from the 1940s and before :) but of virtual stuff and ideas and endeavors for sure…With your wide reach and ever-new birthing of all amazing, DAH, I think you’d make anyone dizzy. As I keep saying, you are most welcome to put me on some little task; you know in all seriousness I am here if the need arises.

  • a civilian-mass audience

    TO ALL MY PEOPLE in the United States…
    The Fourth of July
    The Glorious Fourth
    The Fourth…Viva!!!

    Independence Day…wow,this is my day too…
    THIS IS the Independence Day…
    “…from this time forward forever more…”

    thank you…I am the happiest civilian in the Universe…

  • BILL…Frostfrog..

    My husband got one (iPad), which I fill with all kind of stuff..

    Look for “Via PanAm” by Kadir van Louhizen, he’s into his journey from Chile to Alaska.. maybe you can even hook up when he’s there? You can follow him along the way, he’s updating the app every so often with photographs, text and/or video..

  • Eva … thank you. I will look him up – both on the iPad, and, if the timing and his route proves feasible, in Alaska as well.

    Civi – Thank you for that. I will take a picture tomorrow, just for you. I will put it on my blog the next and say, this is for a civilian-mass audience.

    Framers Intent – I sit here surrounded by fish and I someone is mixed up. To my right sits a 90 gallon tank, my left a 55 and behind me a 29, all populated by tropical fish, tiny ones in the small tank bigger ones in the others, some that I have had for ten years. I never turn the pumps off. Occassionally, I have had a pump die for who knows how long before I discovered it, but the the fish didn’t die.

    When I was a kid, my mother would not let me have fish, as badly as I wanted them. I think that is why I have so many today. But, when I was in the first or second grade, the kid who lived across the street, the son of a preacher who worked as a chaplain in the state mental institution, went on vacation and left his two goldfish in my charge.

    As I was changing the water in the bathroom sink, one slipped out and went down the drain. Fortunately, the jewelry catcher caught the fish and stopped it from disappearing. Unfortunately, I used a fork to pull the fish out and despite the gentle skill with which I applied that fork, it skewered the poor fish and it died.

    We could have put him on the grill, but he was kind of small for that.

    My friend was very disappointed, but we remained friends for as long as we lived in the same town, which wasn’t much longer.

  • should read, “I say someone is mixed up”

  • BILL/FROSTFROG,

    regarding iPad Apps – there is the World Press Photo Awards App, which is a pure iPad App,
    and the 3/11 Project (pictures from Japan), Magnum/Reporters san Frontieres, and M.I.L.K (Moments of Intimacy, Laughter and Kinship, which run on the iPhone, too.
    I have no iPad, so I don’t know how they render on the iPad.
    Furthermore is the LIFE app and Agence Vu, which also show photos.

    Regarding Google Plus – never mind, actually I would not join, too – but I also need to know about it for professional reasons, we always take a look into social media to understand its use in customer services.

    MICHAEL,
    that is a good idea, I will take some time and read through the other comics. :)

  • So this is kinda restricted in some ways, but perhaps here’s somebody out here elegible for the

    HRL CONTEMPORARY PRIZE FOR ART CRITICISM

    Deadline: August 5th, 2011

    http://hrlcontemporary.com/#/hrl-prize-for-art-criticism/4543108486

  • a civilian-mass audience

    FROSTY…this is THE story…you are next to AKAKY,BOBBY,MIKER…next to all my academians

    “When I was a kid, my mother would not let me have fish, as badly as I wanted them. I think that is why I have so many today. But, when I was in the first or second grade, the kid who lived across the street, the son of a preacher who worked as a chaplain in the state mental institution, went on vacation and left his two goldfish in my charge.

    As I was changing the water in the bathroom sink, one slipped out and went down the drain. Fortunately, the jewelry catcher caught the fish and stopped it from disappearing. Unfortunately, I used a fork to pull the fish out and despite the gentle skill with which I applied that fork, it skewered the poor fish and it died.

    We could have put him on the grill, but he was kind of small for that…”

    photo only for me…?…oime…ANTON’S book from EVA,photo from FROSTY…thousands of messages for
    support from ALL OF YOU…I am in tears,nice tears…

    one I have to say…no,no two I have to say:
    civilian’s house is always open with ouzo and chickens
    thank you and I LOVE YOU ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL…!!!

    humbly
    your civi

    P.S…I would have grilled it:)

  • Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award for a project in ZIMBABWE worth $ 50’000

    Deadline: September 30th, 2011

    http://www.fondation-carmignac-gestion.com/pdf/Appel_candidature_2011_EN.pdf

  • Ops.. make that € 50’000 and not $ above…

  • “There is a sense in Europe that you can’t be fully civilized with the death penalty,” he said. “Now this feeling is reinforced — that the United States is not a fully civilized country with a police that behaves like that, that wants to humiliate,” he continued. “There is a sense that it’s a dangerous country.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/04/world/europe/04france.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha22

  • I almost killed the fishes. Again.

    I’m not very good at this.

  • NYT today

    “There was shock in France after the arrest of Mr. Strauss-Kahn in May and intense criticism of the manner in which he was displayed in handcuffs, pulled unshaven into a televised court session and stuffed into a Rikers Island cell under suicide watch. There was confusion and criticism over the glee with which the New York tabloids in particular highlighted every humiliation and turned to clichés about the French — “Chez Perv” and “Frog Legs It” — in the coverage. And there was a sense that it was not just Mr. Strauss-Kahn who was being so jauntily humiliated, but France itself.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/04/world/europe/04france.html?_r=2&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha22

  • speaking of France

    TOUR DE FRANCE? anyone?

  • Happy Fireworks and Mattress/Bedding Sales Day!

  • Remember kids, don’t play with fireworks! Leave that to the adults who’ve been drinking all day. ;^}

  • Panos
    TOUR DE FRANCE?

    Yes of course :)
    The only time of the year I really sit down and watch television and 20 years this year since I started following La Grande Boucle…

    http://www.bicycling.com/tour-de-france
    http://www.cyclingnews.com/tour-de-france

  • FROSTFROG

    just opened pack with your cd…sorry this has taken forever, but have had no time…within next two days or so, i should be able to have a look….thanks for your patience….Happy 4th

  • Panos, America a dangerous country? For what it’s worth I have no burning desire to visit the U.S.A. – or rather no desire to jump through the Department of Homeland Security hoops just to get past the border. This may be irrational on my part and based, perhaps, on hearsay, but my biometric data is my own and I’d like to keep it that way.

    Tour de France? I love it! For me the participants are the supreme athletes: to race the way they do in a single day and then to get up next morning and do it again, and again… The mountain stages are the best for me and each year I make a mental note to go and photograph a stage in the mountains next year. And then I forget.

    Mike.

  • DAH: it’s the Fourth? Happy 4th of July U.S.A.! Even Department of Homeland Security (laughing).

  • Mike R..i hear u…i hear u…
    (sigh..)

  • “Now this feeling is reinforced — that the United States is not a fully civilized country with a police that behaves like that, that wants to humiliate,” he continued. “There is a sense that it’s a dangerous country.”

    Well, duh.

    Continuing in that vein, here’s my annual Fourth of July essay. I always try to capture the spirit of the holiday, but don’t think I was entirely successful this year. But hopefully it might give non-Americans some sense of what the festivities are all about. And I got such an early start, maybe I’ll do another one later today.

  • Can’t recall if this has been posted here but, recalling the criticism sometimes leveled at the
    artist’s statements accompanying essays here, though it was appropriate.

  • “There is a sense in Europe that you can’t be fully civilized with the death penalty,” he said. “Now this feeling is reinforced — that the United States is not a fully civilized country with a police that behaves like that, that wants to humiliate,” he continued. “There is a sense that it’s a dangerous country.”

    Hmmm… tell that to a woman I know who was gang raped by Italian policemen. I’m certainly not proud of our police (we have a big police brutality problem here in Seattle so much so that the dept of Justice is investigating) but I don’t think many other countries, including France, can really call themselves innocents.

  • Nice stuff John Vink…!!!!!

  • Jim & ALL do NOT go away…
    (im linking a Texas link (GAY PRIDE in Texas and my theories of what LIFE is all about…)
    give couple minutes to link with picasa)
    ;)

  • yea Tour De France ..the king of all sports…

  • Panos… I’m here! Post away.

  • Happy July Fourth!

    It was shaping up to be great weekend: went kayaking and fishing with my daughter on Saturday. Yesterday, went to my wife’s parents to celebrate their 41st wedding anniversary, drank some beer, and set off fireworks (Michael K., my daughter did supervise :-) Got home last night about 10:45pm, to find that someone had thrown a brick through a window in my backdoor and let themselves in. Apparently, my home security system (one basset hound and one Yorkie) scared them away pretty quickly because NOTHING was taken. Final score: Canines-1, Burglars-0. The worst thing was that my daughter was afraid to stay in her own house, and spent the night with her grandparents. Could have been much worse; now, to actually record serial numbers of all electronics and guitars – like I’ve been meaning to do for years.

    Speaking of police, I have nothing but good things to say about Officer Baugh from Somerset’s finest. Response time of about 2 minutes after my call, went with me all through the house and outside grounds to assure that nothing was taken, and made sure that there was nothing else that he could do (except catch the bad guys) before he left.

  • John…
    Thanks for the link I’ll have to wait till I get home, mobile won’t show the pictures!

  • John…
    Thanks for the link I’ll have to wait till I get home, mobile won’t show your pictures!

  • Justin…wow…geez…good end at least…yes there are some good cops too,

    … and also some good bank employees too..
    congrats to Citibank and its employees for having such a strong presence in the Gay Pride Parade in Texas two nights ago!

  • Excellent series, Panos! Life is!

    Once again Happy 4th… and don’t forget to read the fine print! ;^}

    http://michaelkircherphoto.blogspot.com/2011/07/independence-day-2011.html

  • Justin…
    Sorry to hear the bad news. Anyway thank god for dogs always so loyal. Good to hear that a basset hound and a little yorkie are good enough to keep scum away. I hope my guitars and cameras are just as safe with a chihuahua and a pitbull; pitbulls are well known bodyguards but not very good ‘house guards’.

  • @ PANOS: Nice parade, nice pictures. Don’t understand why life is to drive a Lexus???!?!??!

    @ JOHN: Wow, that was the real Tour de France!
    Since money went straight up to the brain of sponsor and cyclists, nowadays I’ll call it: Le Tour des drogués de France”…

    @ANTON: Like the picture with all those books in the car. Mines is there?
    Can’t write a comment, ’cause you didn’t accept me as a FB “friend” :-(. (laughing)

    P.

  • Thanks, Panos & Paul.

    Panos – Loved the slideshow! I enjoyed the “life is…” intro photos much more that the parade photos themselves :-)

    Paul – Our neighbors have a sweet pitbull, who is very friendly. Sometimes, he tries to get a little TOO friendly – if you catch my drift :-)

  • Nice series,Panos.

    #6 is THE one for me,followed,in order, by #1, #3, and, for the day, #30.

    Didn’t notice too many cowboys though :) You sure you were in Texas

  • Justin…
    Most important point is your daughter starts to feel safe once again back at home.

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