Friday, October 29, 2010
My Brother's War, From Vienna to Beirut, and Tokyo Up/Down
Three remarkable examples of the power of photography. Sit back throw on some Miles Davis or your favorite lounge music and enjoy three amazing slide shows.
My Brother's War
American photographer Jessica Hines' brother Gary was drafted to fight the war in Vietnam in the 1970s. He later took is own life. Hines used photography as a way to retrace his "footsteps" using his own photographs and his letters from the war as guides. It's a remarkable and very touching story.
See slide show here: http://www.lensculture.com/hines.html
Beyond Borders: From Vienna to Beirut
Over the course of several months, photographer Frederic Lezmi traveled slowly from Vienna to Beirut in search of cultural and geographical "in-between" moments. His wonderfully rich, layered photographs capture the slow and sometimes uneasy transition of cultural symbols and values as one moves from Europe to the Orient.
See slide show here: http://www.lensculture.com/lezmi.html
Lured by thousands of nightclubs, host/hostess bars, and love-hotels near Tokyo's Shinjuku's station, business people descend from their offices in high speed elevators, only to rise up again in other elevators in other buildings, seeking comfort, fantasy and escape. Photographer Xavier Comas provides an almost voyeuristic view of these moments of vertical transit.
See slide show here: http://www.lensculture.com/comas.html