All things considered, Magnum photographers are probably the once and future "élite of street."
(Thanks to robert e)
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A book of interest today:
There's a short video overview of the book here.
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Troels: "He is also to be found on Instagram."
Mike replies: Some of those shots on Instagram are amazing. It can be almost discouraging to encounter someone so talented....
Elisabeth Spector: "The content of Pinkhassov's images is as compelling as any I've seen, but it is his use of color that has me holding my breath as I look at each successive image. His use of red, the way it drives the energy of his compositions and punctuates the details, reminds me of music somehow—notes across a page that tie all of his work together into a larger piece of art. His use of blues and greens is a little more subtle, but no less delicious. I swear I got goosebumbs when I started to see all of those colors pop out of his images—uncannily like Fred Herzog, my favorite color photographer—but certainly not derivative in any way. His story-telling and use of framing,light, layers, etc. would make these great photos in B&W, but it is his use of color that really puts the images in another league (for me, anyway). I generally dislike street photography in color, and I just realized why: most such images don’t seem to use color to create a better or more interesting image. In fact, color seems often to be used when the tonalities just don’t work well enough in black and white. But with Pinkhassov and Herzog, color is at least an equal player, used just as deliberately as all of the other components and creating a full orchestral effect (way beyond the effect of just a strong solo or quartet), if I can keep using that analogy. What a treat…thank you for this post. Now I know where to get my fix when I don’t have my Herzog (Vancouver Photographs) handy to pore over."
Mike replies: I know exactly what you mean Elisabeth. Many "photographers in color" (as opposed to color photographers) don't seem to realize that every color photograph is about color, and if the color doesn't work then the photograph doesn't work. It really is like a different, co-equal problem, as if you do have to layer one artwork over another. It's enormously difficult to get it right, and uncommon to find photographers who get it right. It's definitely the outstanding thing about Herzog.
Dave: "Thanks a lot—these photos put me in a day-long depression. This guy is so good that I might just throw away my camera and give up. From now on, when you post 'Random Exellence' make sure it's a style of photography most of us could at least try to copy. These photos are just too good."