|© Géraldine van Wessem, from "Can't put your arms around a memory"|
fototazo has asked a group of 50 curators, gallery owners, blog writers, photographers, academics and others actively engaged in photography to pick two photographers that deserve (more) recognition - the underknown, the under-respected as well as not-appreciated-enough favorites. A little more information on the project is available in the first post in the series here.
Today we continue the series with responses from Oliver Schneider and Julia Schiller. They are the founders and editors of Actual colors may vary, an online magazine focusing on photography, music, art, film and places. ACMV regularly features distinctive work of emerging and established photographers, musicians and artists.
The series also includes responses from Nicholas Nixon, Matt Johnston, Blake Andrews, John Edwin Mason, Aline Smithson, Colin Pantall, Michael Werner, Liza Fetissova, Laurence Salzmann, Bryan Formhals, Richard Mosse, Shane Lavalette, Amy Stein, Amani Willett, Wayne Ford, S. Billie Mandle, Leslie K. Brown, Gordon Stettinius, Marc Feustel, Hin Chua, Adriana Rios Monsalve, Daniel Augschoell, Larissa Leclair, Elinor Carucci, Pieter Wisse, Daniel Echevarría, Natalie Minik, Qiana Mestrich, Jason Landry, Rona Chang, Stella Kramer, Joanne Lukitsh, Yumi Goto, Gwen Lafage, Heidi Romano, Julie Grahame, Stefano Bianchi, Steve Bisson, Charles Guice, Ulf Fågelhammar and Tamas Dezso.
Oliver Schneider studied Photography at the FH Dortmund and the Hochschule für Grafik-und Buchkunst Leipzig (Prof. Joachim Brohm). He lives and works in Berlin, Germany as a photographer, freelance Art Director and he is also Co-Founder of earthfaves, the favorite places network.
It was a hard decision for me to choose only two photographers out of so many great artists. I was also considering emerging photographers Randa Mirza, Serkan Taycan, Shen Wei and Miriam O'Connor, but the unique and timeless pictures by Greg Girard and Louis Porter stand out.
|© Greg Girard, Kai Tak Flight Path, 1986|
Greg Girard, born 1955 in Canada
"In the near distance" (1973-1986)
For me personally the early work of Greg Girard was an incredible discovery, his works ranging from 1973 to 1986 look still timeless and contemporary. His incomparable use of color stand out and is an interesting counterpart to the reserved use of color by Stephen Shore.
|© Louis Porter, from the series "Unknown Land"|
Louis Porter, born 1977 in the north of England; based in Melbourne, Australia since 2001
"Unknown land" (2010 ongoing)
Louis Porter's work is not unknown, but from a European perspective not known enough. His pictures deal with the strangeness of everyday life and the feeling of alienation; even with abstract pictures he has incorporated a political, analytical and satiric view of the world.
Julia Schiller lives and and works in Berlin, Germany as a photographer and freelance Art Director.
Géraldine van Wessem and Stephanie Gonot. What I especially like about both photographers is their intuitive and intimate sense for natural light, textures and colors.
|© Géraldine van Wessem, from "Landscapes"|
Géraldine van Wessem, born 1984 in Dendermonde, Belgium
|© Stephanie Gonot|
Stephanie Gonot, born 1980 in Los Angeles, USA
Stephanie also has an incredible eye for photographers, curating the wonderful 'please excuse the mess' and several exhibitions within the USA such as 'I Like Your Face' in LA.
At the moment she is curating another "art" show for which she collects up-close-and-ugly photos of faces. The images will be projected in various public spaces around Los Angeles every Wednesday in November 2011. Submissions close on October 31st.