It’s Carnaval right now in Brazil. In celebration of this special time and of a country where I’ve photographed with deep conviction over the last 10 years, we are offering a 5 DAYS ONLY small print, out-of-print book, and large collector print sale. (Ends midnight February 9. No exceptions.) These signed photographs are limited by both time and size. I won’t ever print any of these again in this size. One time deal. Many of you have tracked my Brazil work over the years, the photo essays in NatGeo magazine on both Bahia and Rio, the book.
The concept of low priced prints has been controversial for some. We had big discussions about it at Magnum as well, prior to the Magnum 6×6 online sales. Like everything else in life, new concepts always create ire for those who want to stick with what has always happened before. From my view, and I got this concept from Henri Cartier-Bresson himself, photographs should be available for all, not for only those with enough income to get into the collector market. HCB never did limited editions, hence his print prices were relatively low during his lifetime.
For young people wishing to think about collecting in the future, this is a good way to start. As for the actual value of a small print? Well all I know is that the Magnum staff and photographers themselves jumped on collecting each other for such a low price. Sure the bigger prints have more value. No question about it. Yet they cost ten times as much for twice the size…I have no doubt that the small prints will not only retain value but increase in value quickly.
I have Michael Courvoisier doing our printing. I have been working with Mike on exhibition and collector prints for 10 years or more…He personally cares about everything he produces for me. It’s the key reason my prints are just a bit more expensive than the Magnum small prints. They cost more to produce, they are also larger (a 6×9 image size on 8.5 x 11 inch paper)…And, at Burn we have decided to offer you Free Shipping in the US and $15 Flat Rate Shipping for the rest of the world.
Yet enough biz talk. Even with Burn and my workshops and all the other stuff that flows in my front door, at the end I only really do one thing. Make photographs. I am a photographer only. I have not stopped shooting since I was 14. There is a mountain of work never seen. Anyway, the work here represents what I did in Brazil. Some of it in the last book , some of it will be in the next book. My legacy as a photographer is all I care about. Not how I earned a living. So the Brazil “era” will have a place I think. Something special happened to me in Brazil. In the zone. Right mood right time right collaborators. Ahh Rio, ahh Bahia. Big love.
All available here:
BRAZIL. Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. 2015.]]>
I think I get a bad rap as a party guy. Nobody of course gets a bad rap for no reason. Yet my modus operandi was always, since college days, to outwork by far harder than I partied. I seemed to always have a balance yet often going to the very edge. Yet this is my real idea of a party. Two people dancing at home and somebody working on the computer. Getting shit done having fun doing it. Anybody who knows me knows I mostly stay at home. In New York people just come over. It’s always a party in New York. Even my home on the outer banks ends up as some kind of beach club house tree house hang spot. User friendly is the decor. Nice long chill at home, then I hit the streets again.]]>
Ok I’ve got 12 hours to wait before I can publish a Brazil picture. As you can see from my feed I’m home and lazy. My friend Liaryz ,who I met on my Puerto Rico shoot, just assisted me @magnumphotos workshop in Tokyo. She will assist @michellemaddensmith and me next month in Puerto Rico for our workshop in Old San Juan. Please come to our student show March 19. The class is sold out yet we are still seeking more applications for the gratis scholarship workshop we will give to a worthy young Puerto Rican photographer. Also a work/study slot available for another Puerto Rican photographer. Pass the word. I just don’t want any local photographer to not know about this education freebie. I will also do an afternoon of gratis portfolio reviews to PR photogs. Please leave a direct message to Liaryz @iridiscencia_ if you qualify for this workshop. #OBX #puertorico]]>
The northwestern corner of Ecuador is home to the tallest mangrove trees in the world. Amidst the trees´ towering, almost fantastical, roots, people of nearby Afro-Ecuadorian communities gather black shells as their form of livelihood. In local parlance shell pickers are known as concheros. Concheros start young. Children as young as 10 years old are expected to pick shells to contribute to their families’ income. Children make good shell-pickers because they are agile and light, allowing them to navigate around the infinite spider web of mangrove roots. Picking shells is a tremendously arduous task. Everyday concheros trudge through the knee-deep mud and endure the inclement environment of the forest to discover small crevasses within the buried roots. When they are lucky, they find shells. When they are unlucky, they might be stung by the poisonous toadfish or bitten by a watersnake. Yet the concheros endure because the black shells are considered a culinary delicacy in Ecuador. Even so, a conchero will be lucky to get 8 cents per shell. On average, a good conchero can find between 50 and 100 shells in a day’s work. Although community leaders do their best to encourage children to go to school, a large percentage drops out at an early age to become concheros. These environmental portraits explore the relationship between childhood, manual labor, and this unique ecosystem.
Felipe Jácome is a documentary photographer born in Ecuador. After finishing his studies at the Johns Hopkins University and the London School of Economics, his work has focused on issues of human mobility and human rights. In 2010 he won the Young Reporter Competition of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Jacome’s photos have appeared in publications such as National Geographic, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy Magazine, The Guardian, Vice Magazine, and CNN.
Sweet Lyla covers her face shy for an upcoming Instax photo. She was fascinated however by prints coming out of the camera. She’s used to the iPhone form of photography. For her instant prints were an advancement in technology rather than something retro. Actually pretend you’ve never seen instant prints and only knew iPhone or computers for seeing photographs. It might seem an advance. Michelle and Bryan are best parents ever and no little girl could feel more secure with both mom and dad at home. No absentee parenting here. Oh yea it was dad Bryan’s Bday.]]>
My random pictures are so so random. So I’m walking down my street with three close friends who were having a beer on my front porch. Spring in February. We were all headed to watch the sunset at the beach at the end of my street. Not a single soul there except us. For about a minute and then out of nowhere comes this young woman with red hair that just popped in the sunset light. Cold call. May I please take your picture ? I can’t do it quite right on Instagram but I can print this to look like a brushstroke on canvas. That’s what I saw. Thanks Karly. I texted you the picture. #obx #redhair]]>