Recording New York’s downtown art scene in the early eighties, shooting snowboarders and skateboarders in motion and at rest, or chronicling the vicissitudes of his own family life, photographer ari marcopoulos unerringly captures the zeitgeist in this mid-career survey.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I will speak for myself, but I hope the view is shared.
I want to see that my voice is being heard. That my thoughts and ideas are not mine alone, but amongst those of greater interest. Because I want to see a change. A change in the way we interact with people across the world, with the environment we inhabit, and the the way we bring legitimacy to our lives.
The decisions I make on a daily basis come together to create and diagnose my values. Values I haven’t really taken into account. It is now that I see an opportunity, that I feel the pressure to take action. Small actions that I can make with my daily decisions to help the greater cause. It would be hopeful to be apart of a humanistic movement in the world we live in.
Friday, September 11, 2009
I had the pleasure of meeting with Heidi Schmann in the park yesterday. I was surprised that she agreed to roam around the GG with me as I scouted for an upcoming shoot. But as I found out, that is how she is. Calm, collected, and able to fit into any situation. I figure it has something to do with her years of experience shooting for clients such as the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Village Voice just to name a few. As we set foot through the park we chatted about where she is now and her thoughts on the evolution of documentary photography.
Heidi moved out to San Francisco nearly three years ago and now has a hard time imagining going back. Although she keeps tight ties with the East, it is here where she will dive into multimedia. Now that newspapers are becoming obsolete in print and more interactive on the web, documentary photographers are being looked to change with the times. That means no more sending digi still frames, but edited motion clips with sound, and all at the same price.
That reality shines a light on the responsibility and dedication of a documentary photographer that has been over looked by the recent saturation of the the photo industry. The willingness to morph and educate in a whole new medium to successfully connect with the viewer. Respect.
While we wait to see what Heidi will come up with next, here are a few still frames for you to feast your eyes upon.