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Check out Jay Kuhlmann's fine documentary work from Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, and Warsaw. (See "Damascus Street Photography" if you look at only one set. There's a self-portrait of Jay in there, too, if you look hard enough.)
Posted on Wednesday, 14 January 2009 at 09:34 AM in Random Excellence | Permalink
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If a few of those shots don't get any red-blooded photographer interested in Damascus, I don't know what will. To me it feels like a place of almost infinite photographic potential, with some of the kindest, most hospitable people I've met anywhere. Thanks for the link.
JK @ Studio Hatyai |
Wednesday, 14 January 2009 at 10:33 AM
Thanks for this link! I really enjoyed his gallery. Thanks! :)
Thursday, 15 January 2009 at 04:06 AM
Really excellent work! Could you, Mike, ask Jay to publish an article in TOP about himself/his travels/his techniques? He doesn't seem to be a man of many words, but he has an email address, right? I would love to hear more about him...
Thursday, 15 January 2009 at 08:07 AM
Jay's photos are excellent. I only wish I knew more about him. The only thing I was able to find out from searching the web is that he's a teacher at Damascus Community School. I sent him an e-mail, so if he responds with anything of interest, aside from the photos themselves, I'll let you know.
Gordon Lewis |
Thursday, 15 January 2009 at 08:20 AM
Thank you for the comments, everyone. I would be happy to respond to questions of technique, background, etc. I'm not really a person of so few words, but this is the first time I've posted a website, and I can't quite work all the bugs out -- including text and captions with the photos. Things will improve when I get the hang of it. If anyone has specific questions, send me an email, and I'll get back to you. (Gordon, I did not receive your email, yet, but I will respond when I do.) Thanks again to all.
Jay Kuhlmann |
Thursday, 15 January 2009 at 03:42 PM
In addition to being a really strong body of work for the time-honoured reasons, there's something about Mr Kuhlmann's Damascus photos that's really appealing. I'm tempted to call it the finish, knowing how inappropriate that might sound--there's a crisp, sharp, dense look to them that I love.
Friday, 16 January 2009 at 05:40 AM
Just for the record, I've sent two e-mails to Jay's gmail address with no answer. Whether he has received them or not I do not know. If Jay reads this, perhaps he'll respond with a paragraph or two describing how he works, what motivates him, etc. For the moment, the only thing that speaks for him is his work--but I would gladly settle for that if I have to.
Gordon Lewis |
Saturday, 17 January 2009 at 07:38 AM
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