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Focus: John Decker

John Decker has more than 20 years of experience with the camera. All of his hard work has made him an award winning photojournalist as well as a photographer. His work has appeared in many newspapers and magazines from around the globe, which includes the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Stern, as well as the Associated Press, Bloomberg News and many others.

With his many years working in photojournalistic work, he know has dedicated his time for commercial aspects of photography, as well as event photography and weddings.

Below is a photo essay from his website, ‘Serving Northern California and beyond’. 

[carnies]

[Due to technology blocking, i can not put his images onto wordpress.com.  To view the photo essay, please click on the link ‘carnies’ above.]

John Decker’s ‘carnies’ show how the every day average carnival man prepares for work. It documents all of the people  involved from the beginning of work till the end. John Decker shoots them in a stylistic way: it’s all in black and white film, with the image having a singular focal point, for example, the arm of a worker.

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Focus: G.M.B. Akash

April 30, 2011 Leave a comment

“My fascination for the captured image was uncontainable and overcame everything — even my inexperience. Not knowing what I was doing or why, I went everywhere shooting anything and everything that caught my attention. The only thing I was certain of were the subjects I photographed. I concentrated on people living on the edge of society because their faces, lives, and living conditions held a particular fascination for me. Gradually I became absorbed in their daily lives for months on end, learning from their experiences. My desire to capture it all on film pushed me to go to places and to meet people I never would have encountered otherwise. Each visit gave me a deeper understanding of humanity.”

“Today, I count myself blessed, having become a photographer. To be able to articulate the experiences of the voiceless, to bring their identity to the forefront, gives meaning and purpose to my own life.”

“To me, photojournalism is a huge responsibility and a tough job. A photojournalist must be honest, hard worker, punctual, and he or she must respect other people.”

“This is not a job about making money or succeeding; it is about pursuing art, and opening people’s eyes. That is the responsibility of every photographer.

“With every picture you take, you enter a space that is unknown to you as a photographer. In the beginning it feels like forbidden territory, a place you are not supposed to enter surrounded by borders of privacy you are not supposed to cross. You, the photographer, are there at a factory, an old home or a brothel with your simple black bag hanging from your shoulder, eying everything around you as you are eyed by the people there.”

“It is challenging to work with so many international magazines. Bangladesh is not an internationally important country. I’ve met so many people who even don’t know where Bangladesh is. Magazines seem to only want photographs from Bangladesh when there are big floods or big disasters.”

Photo Essay: ‘Morphine Addicts in India’ (1975)

April 30, 2011 1 comment

These series of photographs, which were taken by Pablo Bartholomew in 1975. These raw pictures show the derelict and desperate conditions in which the female subject lives in, yet, her only focus is the object in her hands.

The first image describes the woman’s condition, she is so frail.  Even at her destitute state, her only will to go on is to take in more morphine

She smiles at her dog, yet gets to the important matters. The morphine has to be prepared. 

Her joy as she finally loads it.