Craig & Roberts

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Jonnie Craig and Simon Roberts are two of my favorite photographers at the moment. Both hailing from the UK they have distinctive styles that are both fairly unique or at the very least refreshing.

Jonnie Craig

Craig, only twenty-two, is a bit of a master of taking the classic ‘I could take that’ picture. His images aren’t always necessarily good but they always seem right. He’s able to capture a moment that seems legitimate to his surroundings while also avoiding any sense of the image being forced. He’s the one guy you could compare to Nan Goldin without it being an insult.

 

Jonnie Craig

 

Jonny Craig
Jonny Craig

Simon Roberts

Roberts is a very different type of photographer. His work requires extensive repeated viewings. Within his latest series, “We English,” a mixture of voyeurism and detachment is felt within the images that drives the series along. Through viewing the series, the viewer is simply gaining a small amount of knowledge of the ‘English’ but ultimately has their gratitude through the voyeuristic quality behind the images.  He is able to get across so much with only having to show the viewer a very small amount.

Simon Roberts

 

Simon Roberts

 

Simon Roberts

 

 

Pao Houa Her

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I just recently had heard of Pao Houa Her and her series, “Coming of the Metal Bird.” Spotted in the newest issue of Ahorn Magazine, I was instantly taken back by the tenderness and intimacy within her images. This probably is all forming from my own bout of homesickness to return to Minnesota but what also got me was that  it’s an aspect of Minnesota that not many people know of. Minneapolis and St.Paul both have a large Hmong-American population that for the most part goes underrepresented throughout the Twin Cities. These images along with their beauty and intimacy provide a short glimpse into a culture I grew up next door to but yet still really know nothing about.

You can view the whole series here.

American Butchery

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Throughout this semester I have been busy photographing a butcher out in Springfield, Virginia. I really didn’t have much of an idea of how the story was going to play out but with only two weeks left in the semester I find myself suddenly having to pull something together. Interestingly enough, for me at least, I ended up with more images than I know what to do with rather than the classic, “Oh god, I only shot three rolls of film” scenario that seems to be a common trait of mine.

With an extra surplus of images that just weren’t quite right for my photo story, I started to find odd pairings for the images through the Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs Online Catalog. I’m still playing with the core idea behind the pairings and haven’t even thought of how to present them…but it’ll probably be a zine. Below I’ve attached one image and two pairings that I’ve done so far, the images on the right are all from the Library of Congress while the left images are my own.

Enjoy!