Friday, February 23, 2007

Street scenes from Spain

Here are some of the recent street shots from my trip to Spain.

Inside one of the metro stations.


Different generations in this frame


The man with the mechanical musical machine.


This was made under the aqueducts in Segovia


Town Center of Segovia


Saw these kids trying to help each other drink water, i had to make a couple of frames.



Musician in the metro


Pictures made on Kodak Tri-x and Ilford Delta 100 film

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Shooting street in Spain

After finishing the workshop in the North of Spain, i got to spend a couple of days in Madrid. I roamed the streets for hours, camera in hand, looking for pictures to make.
I shot 13 films , and since coming back i have only developed 5, so hopefully in the next couple of weeks i will be updating the blog and my flickr page with street shots from Spain.

One frame will do for today.

Shot with a Leica M6, 50mm Summicron, Ilford Delta 100

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Portrait of a Photographer

I recently got back from attending a photography workshop in Spain given by Antonin Kratochvil, one of the founding members of the VII Agency. I can't say enough how much i enjoyed it, but most importantly how creatively challenging it was.
Here is a frame i made of Antonin as we sat for dinner in one of the restaurants of Mieres in the North of Spain.

Biography of Antonin Kratochvil:

As photojournalists go, Antonin Kratochvil has sunk his teeth into his fair share of upheaval and human catastrophes whilst going about his documentation of the time in which he lives. As people go, Kratochvil's own refugee life has been much in the way the same as what he has rendered on film. Kratochvil's unique style of photography is the product of personal experience, intimate conditioning and not privileged voyeurism.
Over the years his fluid and unconventional work has been sought by numerous publications stretching across widely differing interests. From shooting Mongolia's street children for the magazine published by the Museum of Natural History to a portrait session with David Bowie for Detour, from covering the war in Iraq for Fortune Magazine to shooting Deborah Harry for a national advertising campaign for the American Civil Liberties Union, Kratochvil's ability to see through and into his subjects and show immutable truth has made his pictures not facsimiles but uncensored visions.

And yet, what set his kind apart from the many is his consistency and struggle to carry on. For Kratochvil this fact comes in the form of his numerous awards, grants and honorable mentions dating back to 1975. The latest of these are his two, first place prizes at the 2002 World Press Photo Awards in the categories of general news and nature and the environment. The next is the 2004 grant from Aperture publishing for Kratochvil's study on the fractious relationship between American civil liberties and the newly formed Homeland Security since the World Trade Center bombings. In addition, Kratochvil's fifth book Vanishing will be unwrapped in 2005 and marks another significant milestone for the craft to which he belongs. Vanishing represents a collection of natural and human phenomena that on the verge of extinction. What makes this book so innovative is the twenty years it has taken to produce, making it not only historical from the onset, but a labor of love and a commitment to one man's conscience.

Shot with a Leica M6, 50mm, f/2 Summicron, Kodak Tri-X

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