Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Bombay Boulevard; The Colors of India

“What the hell am I doing? Thirty years of photographic ethics hit me in the stomach. I’m sitting in a taxi with the window open, searching intuitively for events in the ongoing day-to-day life. I’m mulling it over while I freeze the moment, questioning my method, myself as a photographer and as a human being. Who am I, sitting in a taxi, photographing the poverty of Bombay? They can’t defend themselves against my camera. I deprive them of the last thing they have, their integrity. When you are poor you are transparent, both to the public and to the authorities. I feel a pang of guilt. Christer Strömholm and Anders Petersen taught me to take responsibility for my images, to stay at shooting-distance. But this is the only way of presenting an honest and true picture of everyday life here in Bombay. From an expressive point of view it was very liberating to get a sense of the situation and follow my feelings. The camera doesn’t have time to rearrange reality; it’s there, in the moment.”
~~~Håkan Elofsson


When Swedish photographer Håkan Elofsson takes his images, he sets out from the situation and the moment - and when it arrives, he switches on all his senses. The camera can be the key to other people's lives, and, at the same time, it shields him and legitimates his presence. This series of photographs are from Elofsson's frequent visits to Bombay and depicts people's constant dealings. It could be anywhere in the world, but now it is a journey along Bombay Boulevard.

Håkan Elofsson lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.



Bombay Boulevard
Copyright © Håkan Elofsson

© Håkan Elofsson

© Håkan Elofsson

© Håkan Elofsson

© Håkan Elofsson

© Håkan Elofsson

© Håkan Elofsson

© Håkan Elofsson

© Håkan Elofsson

HÅKAN ELOFSSON
Bombay Boulevard is on view at Fotografiska


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Gypsy Interiors: Contemporary Roma Portraits

Gypsy Interiors is a series of portraits capturing the sedate and decorous intimacy of an outwardly loud and gregarious people.
Italian photographer Carlo Gianferro has discovered a profound - almost religious - ethnic performance enacted by proud and wealthy Roma deep within their own private quarters. These are unprecedented portraits of a long underground and secretive society suddenly and mysteriously willing to surface and make an extravagant ritual announcement to the outside world  of their material achievement and affluence.

Carlo Gianferro's professional activity begins in 2004 with a series of reportages on Romanian and Moldavian Roma communities. He is primarily interested in exiled workers. His work on Roma has obtained several international awards. Gypsy Interiors has won 1st prize portraits stories World Press Photo 2009.

Carlo Gianferro lives and works in Roma, Italy.


Gypsy Interiors
Carlo Gianferro
Mother, daughter and a massive baroque space heater, Ciurea (Iasi), Romania
Copyright © Carlo Gianferro

This woman, so fond of orange, Ciurea, Romania
© Carlo Gianferro

Wife among colors and comfort, Ciurea, Romania
© Carlo Gianferro

Young girl in a parlor, with faux flowers and murals, Soroca, Republic of Moldova
© Carlo Gianferro

A Gypsy queen's boudoir, Soroca, Republic of Moldova
© Carlo Gianferro

A king in his kitchen, Soroca, Republic of Moldova
© Carlo Gianferro

The Dollar Room is occupied. Rescani, Republic of Moldova
© Carlo Gianferro

A Roma princess, Soroca, Republic of Moldova
© Carlo Gianferro


Courtesy of the artist.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Photo of the Day


World's Largest Coffee Pot and Mug
Davidson, Saskatchenan, Canada, July 2011
Courtesy Slate Mag




Monday, August 5, 2013

Photo of the Day


Piémanson Beach, Camargue, France
Photo © Vasantha Yogananthan