ONE OF A KIND PHOTOGRAPHS BY DONALD GRAHAM

Essay by Colin Westerbeck
Foreword by Casey Woods
Preface by Donald Graham
Edited by David Fahey

HATJE CANTZ / SPRING 2021 

“My portraits are about honest moments that display qualities of the human character including wisdom and sensitivity, peace and vulnerability, both joy and tragedy. I seek to make portraits that are driven by one’s inner dialog. I’m not interested in poses or performances for the benefit of the camera. I’m interested in what a person is like when they are their most authentic.” 

 – Donald Graham

Authenticity, honesty, and trust characterize Donald Graham’s portraits. They are not simply photographic recordings. Looking at them is like seeing human beings in the flesh, revealed to us by Graham with his virtuoso technique and sensibilities. His exquisite, strongly contrasting black-and-white photographs are evidence of attitude, rather than studied gestures. Eyes and faces are not model-like masks; instead, they express the unique nature of those portrayed. Inevitably, viewers find themselves in a dialogue with the images. You wonder about the stories behind these faces; though unfamiliar, they are nevertheless an emotional experience. 

One of a Kind (Hatje Cantz, April 2021), the first comprehensive monograph by internationally renowned photographer Donald Graham, brings together over 100 of his brilliant portraits spanning a wide cultural and social spectrum. Made in India, Tibet, Jamaica, Mali, Europe and throughout the United States, there is a unique story in every face, punctuated by combinations of strength and vulnerability. Graham writes: “These portraits come from a desire to honor the beauty of uniqueness, character, and imperfection while remaining sensitive to the pain of the human experience. Every life is one of a kind, never to be repeated. These are tough stories told with grace.” Reproduced in a four-color process, the printed photographs seem almost tangible, fully revealing Graham’s outstanding oeuvre.

 

One of a Kind began more than 30 years ago when Graham decided to make a portrait of his mother. She had Multiple Sclerosis, compounded by a severe stroke. Her body was ravaged, and she could barely speak, yet she lived with a gracefulness, an inner peace, and a smile that inspired her son. He took a photograph of her that “revealed who I knew her to be and honored the complexity of her situation. Her portrait began this series of photographs. It became the standard by which I judged all subsequent photographs I made.”

In his illuminating essay, noted curator, writer, and educator Colin Westerbeck writes eloquently on Graham’s portrait of his mother, as well as other subjects, including the largest single community from which subjects for One of a Kind were drawn: Taos, New Mexico. “In part the attraction of Taos was its history as a haven for artists like Georgia O’Keeffe and Paul Strand in the pre-war era … More importantly for Graham, the attraction was that, as he puts it, ‘Taos has three separate cultures; you have an Anglo-American culture, a Spanish-American culture, and a Native American culture … I wanted to photograph all three cultures.’ Most important was that the culture of Taos also provided Graham with a very special chance for his photographs to be made in the service of a charitable cause … ‘Non-Violence Works.’ Along with counseling, guidance, mentoring and gang resistance for youth at risk, the organization offers domestic violence rehabilitation … Over ten years, Graham photographed more than 500 local people, from gardeners to senators.”

While the focus of the book is everyday people, One of a Kind also presents a selection of less common citizens, among them:  performers Aidan Quinn, Snoop Dogg and Lenny Kravitz, photographer Gordon Parks, writer James Elroy and, from the George W. Bush presidency, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Vice-President Dan Quayle.

In an era of divisiveness, One of A Kind is a story in photographs of the great diversity that we find in this world, told in a way that recognizes the common struggles and triumphs that we each experience.

The book is edited by the renowned Los Angeles Gallerist and Curator David Fahey.

About the Photographer

Donald Graham is an internationally recognized portrait, fashion, and fine art photographer. His work is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the International Center of Photography. His photographs have appeared in over 400 publications, he has done advertising campaigns for numerous Fortune 500 companies and Graham’s photographs have been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and Munich. Graham began his career in Paris as a fashion photographer. He then shifted his work to New York and Los Angeles where he broadened his photography to include portraiture for the movie, music, magazine, and advertising industries and began devoting significant time to fine-art. During his career, Graham has expanded his unique point of view with extensive travels through Europe, India, Tibet, Africa, and southeast Asia. He has received awards from Nikon, Hassleblad, Communication Arts, the American Society of Magazine Photographers, among others.  

Book Details:

Hardcover, 10 x 13 in.
224 pgs / 100 color.
ISBN 9783775746915
List Price: $95.00 CDN $133.00

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March 22nd -March 28th

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Celebrating the unpredictability of life, the curation of the Magnum’s Square Print Sale explores the happy accidents and unusual turns of events that lead to memorable images.

The Magnum Square Print Sale will take place on the Magnum Photos Shop:  www. magnumphotos.com/shop

 

 

From its earliest days, photography has been associated with the unexpected: documentation of under-explored issues, reporting of events unfurling in far-flung locations, or single frames capturing split seconds of levity.

Over more than seven decades, Magnum photographers have reported on and witnessed events around the world which changed societies, nations, and peoples in unpredictable ways. Stuart Franklin’s image of an unarmed man stepping in front of a tank during the 1989 government crackdown on student protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square was an “unexpected act of defiance”. Paul Fusco’s series of images taken from the moving train that bore RFK’s body across the United States created a candid portrait of that nation’s inhabitants at a moment in American history. The work also saw him experimenting with the practical limits of his photography. Raymond Depardon’s photograph of a youth sat astride the Berlin Wall on November 11, 1989 embodies the end of an historical era. Susan Meiselas, covering the 1979 Sandanista revolution in Nicaragua, photographed Pablo ‘Bareta’ Arauz launching a molotov cocktail at a National Guard HQ. This image became an unexpected symbol of revolution, which resonated with a generation and has been reproduced on t-shirts, matchbooks, murals and magazines across the world.

Some images are in themselves surreal, toying with the machinery of the medium or manipulating light and framing to create surprising abstractions. In René Burri’s image, wilting lotus flowers mirrored in Beijing’s Kunming Lake become abstract black scrawls more reminiscent of charcoal on paper than of a photograph. Colby Deal’s image of a silhouette seen through an erratically spray-painted window confuses the viewer. Fellow 2020 nominee Yael Martinez chose an image from his project Firefly, in which he pricked photographs with a pin to allow dots of light to intervene upon the images. Werner Bischof’s cascading snail- shells recall the words of his famed tutor Hans Fisler: “Bischof’s endeavour is to isolate law and regularity from the apparent chaos of the accidental.” Cristina de Middel’s image — from her series The Afronauts — experiments with recreating a little known historical space program, utilizing costume and staging to flex the limits of what ‘documentary’ photography can be.

Sometimes life simply throws up scenes of incongruity that a fast acting photographer needs only to record: elephants marching in front of the Eiffel Tower, a serpentine procession of tractors, a lone cloud seemingly mirrored as it floats over a bleached outcrop, or an outrageous expression on the face of an elderly passerby. Martin Parr’s image made in Pyongyang toys with the typical portrayals of stony-faced North Korean soldiers by capturing a paternal moment as one carries a small child. Olivia Arthur’s print, depicting well-wrapped skiers about to descend a pristine slope was created in the arid heat of Dubai.

The stories behind the making of images can present unexpected elements. Famed subjects can surprise those assigned to photograph them. Dennis Stock recalled that Audrey Hepburn was “indifferent to her (or anyone else’s) celebrity”. Eve Arnold’s portrait of Marilyn Monroe depicts a side of the superstar alien to most: pensive, withdrawn, and down to earth. For Thomas Hoepker, the surprising aspect of his portrait of Muhammad Ali was that it existed at all: this shot of the fighter’s left fist was re-discovered in 2015 as the photographer delved into a vast collection of negatives.

This collection of 90+ prints is available for one week only in this format. It represents the breadth and variety not only of the practices and outlooks within Magnum’s membership, but also of what photography can convey and capture.

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Tiananmen Square. Beijing. China. 4th June 1989.

Ernst Haas. Magnum Photo« 

 

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1er juillet – 1er novembre 2020

The world’s people are in a distressed condition physically, mentally, economically, socially due to the outbreak of the Covid- 19 virus. The world is suffering from huge work loss and poverty. It leads to overall sadness coupled with depression due to the pandemic situation, continuing since the end of March 2020. The entire year went off without many economic activities resulting in less income and thus less circulation of money, leading to financial distress in common people’s lives. About 14 million people have lost their jobs in India, as per a survey report during the lockdown period. It invites physical, mental, and social stresses due to the absence of work scope in an individual life.

The Indian economy was apprehended to lose over 32,000 crores every day during the first 21-days of complete lockdown, which was declared following the corona virus outbreak. The world economy also affected in bigger way as in some of the advanced countries, intensity of outbreak was bigger, both in magnitude and loss of lives. The burden of the lockdown has, however, disproportionately fallen on the working poor, who were already reeling from joblessness, low incomes, and worsening economic conditions. Due to sudden lockdown, income of poor workers becomes nil and they had to borrow money from private sources, which in turn put them in debt trap. The International Labour Organisation predicts that the pandemic will trigger a 60% decline in earnings for 1.6 billion informal workers, while half of the world is trying to survive without any form of social protection.

In an individual life, such economic downfall has a tremendous impact depending upon his/her social position, position in the family, age, sex, place of living etc. It has got maximum impact on individual mental health. A number of studies have been conducted to examine the effect of the COVID-19 crisis on the mental health of the general population, health care professionals and individuals with psychiatric disorders and it is found that more or less half of the population has psychological impact of the outbreak at different levels. Several people committed suicide during lockdown period due to anxiety, fear, insecurity, loneliness, starvation and financial distress and other social causes. In fact number of suicide cases has significantly increased in 2020 compared to previous years. The condition of women, children, disabled people and old aged people became more miserable during this period due to their confinement in home, increase in domestic violence, closure of educational institutions, fall in economic condition of the family etc. and other social factors. The situation of homeless people, marginal workers, migrant workers, urban poor are even more pathetic than our imagination. Due to loss of job and absence of work, business, other services, financial condition of families become critical which, in turn, reflected in the physical, mental health of earning members of the family. They often get involved in making domestic violence and weaker section of the family members become victim of such violence. I have tried to show the painful mood of the people in my photographs in abstract manner.

I have found pain, reflected in various forms in human life, in those photographs. Some have come as symbolic and some directly tell about pain of people in common life. It appears that people are not in their normal life and their lives have been distorted and living in a grave world. It appears distressed people together lie twisted into a coil which seems to me that some evil forces sitting upon the neck of common people, taking out their lives and they are screaming out of pain. It may also happen that they are holding each other in a particular time to fight against the pandemic but in another situation, they are grabbing and hurting each other for their survival. There is no security in the life of common people. Mother holds the baby in her lap with deep anxiety in a pain staking environment to save the baby from starvation and disease. It seems to me that people become helpless like animal, plant and other non living entity. Even the street animals felt the burn of starvation……when men are starving who are there to save animals!

All such photographs are taken from textures of different walls of a building and I have got a reflection of pain among those photographs. I thought all those textures on the wall depict the present situation of the world and its people.

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I am an ameteur photographer of age about 52 years practicing photography seriously for last 2 years. By profession I am in government service and has taken up photography as a passion. I am basically interested in street photography with human interest, different rituals, cultures, traditions of people across the country. My social media links are given below.

My Facebook profile link: https://facebook.com/shaibal.nandi

My Instagram link: https://instagram.com/p/Byx2sLRnfMD/?igshid=19sqb3gb9ja8z

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I tested the new Sky replacement tool. It is a big trend today as most of the Photo apps are fighting for the best, and most eddicient solution. Photoshop CC2021, and Skylum’s Luminar AI are the most popular, but Cyberlink offers a very powerful tool. The sky selection is flawless, and you can anmate the sky if you want..

Cyberlink offers a single license version, or a subscription mode. The advantage with the subscription is that you get regular updates every four to six weeks, and it includes tons of free stuff, such as skies, frames, LUTs, etc.

SKY REPLACEMENT

Sky replacement is a trending tool for most image processing applications. This feature is now included in the latest version of Photo Director. AI does a great job as the most challenging masking situations such as Hair, trees are excellent. What ›s impressive is the relight function. There is very little adjustment to make, as you can see in these two images. Note that the Cyberlink suite comes either as a paid and a subscribed product. The subscribed version comes with many free add-ons such as fonts, stock images, LUTs, music, and video clips. With this update, they added three sky packs.

PRESETS PACKS

Part of the subscribed version is many packs of textures, picture frames, LUTs, templates you can download and use for free. You can still get these packs with the paid version, but they are all quite expensive. Note that all appilcations are updated on a regular basis.
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Affinity Designer running on macOS Big Sur

Ashley Hewson, Managing Director of Affinity developer Serif, says: “We’re proud that our Affinity apps are leading the way once again, this time in offering full native support for Apple’s new M1 chip. “The architecture of the chip, particularly having such a high-performance GPU with unified memory with the CPU, is perfect for professional creative applications. “The advantages are particularly noticeable when working on documents with thousands of pixel layers, vector objects and text. Edits to pixel layers are best handled on the GPU, while vector and text on the CPU. When you have unified memory it allows much faster handling of these complex documents.”Serif was one of the developers to receive the DTK from Apple, to be able to develop for M1 before launch. It didn’t take long to get Affinity apps running natively on the new hardware.

“Our fully-featured iPad apps already take advantage of very similar architecture on the A-series chips, so it actually only took us a day to port our Mac version to run natively on M1,” adds Hewson.

“In fact, ever since developing for iPad, we’d always hoped that chips with this architecture would eventually come to Mac, so we’re very excited that day is finally here.”

Affinity apps are the first professional creative applications to offer native M1 support

Mac customers with M1 can expect a more responsive user experience with respect to painting, pixel editing, filter effects, document rendering and more. It also enables many more elements like adjustment layers and live filters to be maintained before performance suffers – allowing for a more non-destructive workflow, even on the most complex of documents. “We have seen speed increases of over 3x faster running on the new MacBook Air. It just makes our apps run faster, smoother and feel more responsive than ever before.”Existing users of Affinity apps on macOS can download Affinity 1.8.6 for free. Users adopting macOS Big Sur will notice some tweaks to the UI and app icons to match the new styling of macOS Big Sur.

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MAGNUM  SQUARE PRINT SALE. March 22nd -March 28thDennis Stock Audrey Hepburn during the filming of “Sabrina”, directed by Billy Wilder. Long Island, New York, USA. 1954. © Dennis Stock | Magnum Photos Celebrating the unpredictability of life, the curation of the...

SHAIBAL NANDI. COVID- 19: PAIN AND CRISIS IN LIFE

COVID-19: PAIN AND CRISIS IN LIFE 1er juillet – 1er novembre 2020The world's people are in a distressed condition physically, mentally, economically, socially due to the outbreak of the Covid- 19 virus. The world is suffering from huge work loss and poverty. It leads...

Cyberlink Photo Director 365 Sky Replacement Tool

Cyberlink Photo Editor is a strong Photo Editor. I had one of the first versions, when it was bundled in a Desktop PC I bought. I didn't use it much, as I go Photoshop 3, that became my main Photo editor.. 4 months ago, I go a Cyberlink Press release, announcing the...

Affinity & MacOs BIG SUR M1 support

Affinity apps accelerate with macOS Big Sur and native M1 support  Affinity creative apps are ready to go on Apple’s new macOS Big Sur—and primed to deliver superfast performance on Macs with M1 chips. Available now, the Affinity 1.8.6 update for macOS is ready to tap...

ANTIWARHOL

IWhat do you really know about Andy Warhol? Why and how do you know his name? Even if you've not read any of the numerous biographies of his life, you probably know he painted Soup Cans and Marilyn Monroe. But you've been misled on purpose because these really aren't...

EVO II Drones series

Evo II Drones SERIES Cette nouvelle gamme se compose de 3 drones : le EVO II Standard, le EVO II Pro et le EVO II Dual.   Leur batterie rechargeable de 7100 mAh offre une autonomie de 40 minutes en vol et utilise également un nouveau système breveté, nommée...

Tailor-Made: Fashion Photographs from the Collection of Peter Fetterman

Phillips  announce Tailor-Made: Fashion Photographs from the Collection of Peter Fetterman , an exclusive online auction that celebrates a century of fashion photography, tracing the history of women’s fashion through 64 quintessential images spanning from the 1920s...

Portraits of Humanity 2019 Winners revealed.

The 50 winning and 200 shortlisted Portrait of Humanity images have been announced.  1854 Media, publisher of British Journal of Photography, in partnership with Magnum Photos, have created Portrait of Humanity - an award aiming to unite the global community through...

Magnum Photographer Paolo Pellegrin Anthology

Paolo Pellegrin is known today as one of the world’s leading photojournalists and conflict photographers. The winner of ten World Press Photo awards and the Robert Capa Gold Medal (among many others), he has been a full member of Magnum since 2005.

Reform and Dreams – Kings Cross

A brand new free photography exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of China’s Reform and Opening up will launch on Monday 10 December at London’s Kings Cross Station.   Commissioned by the China International Culture & Image Communication Corporation “Reform...

How do you photograph fracking?

Since September 2018, photographer Rhiannon Adam has been documenting individuals on both sides of the fracking debate. For Adam, listening to an individual’s story dictates how she photographs them. Her ultimate aim: to redirect the narrative away from the singular...

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