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As part of the French May 2011 festival in Hong Kong, a photography exhibition will feature 36 pictures of the artist. “The upside down world of Philippe Ramette opens April 28.

Philippe Ramette scours the world alone – seas, deserts, mountains, seabed – carefully observing it and placing himself in meditative positions which defy gravity and logic. His work is “an invitation to experiment: with weightlessness, with perception, with falling”.

Discreet and seemingly unflappable, he possesses a devastating wit, combining profound thinking on art and the human condition and making him one of the greatest contemporary artists, in the same vein as Duchamp, Dada and Michaux – mixed with a touch of Buster Keaton.

Ramette is a meticulous and mischievous thinker who takes language literally and makes us sway from the rational to the irrational.

Exhibition: Each of Philippe Ramette’s performances is the subject of a photograph representing the work itself.

– FrenchMay.com

From 28 April to 29 May 2011 – Avenue of Stars, Tsim Sha Tsui – Free Admission

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I thought I would share this comment as an admiration of such reading of a single photography.

Irving Penn made this portrait of Jean Cocteau during a 1948 trip to Paris for Vogue. Each thread of Cocteau’s tie, vest, and suit is etched in light and shadow; the patterns and the texture pop out in vivid, tactile detail. The drape of his coat over an extended arm adds drama and balance to the composition. Cocteau is dressed in the sartorial attire of a dandy, which, by all accounts, he was. There is an air of flamboyance about him, until you look at his face. His dead-serious expression registers the fierce intelligence of a keen observer, as if he is taking our measure while deigning to allow us to take his.

Words by Philip Gefter (original article on Irving Penn Photography here), via The Selvedge Yard

Prestel Editions present this true coffee table book, a mere 1.36kg on the scale, a heavy-weight bot in terms of contents and container. Printed on thick paper and wrapped in linen, built to last, this is one piece every photography connoisseur must have.

New York Sleeps Cover

The 77 images present the viewer with an empty city. New York City is probably one of the most crowded place on Earth, yet German photographer Christopher Thomas present it to us completely emptied of its inhabitants. It then emerges a post-apocalyptic feeling blending with the timeless and nostalgic touch of black and white photography.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2009

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I believe that the average person can help a lot, not by giving material goods but by participating, by being part of the discussion, by being truly concerned about what is going on in the world.

Sebastião Salgado is, as the tilde indicates, Brazilian. He is now 65 years of age and – above these administrative considerations, it is his path to professional photography that is interesting.Back in 1968 he earned a master’s degree in economics from Sao Paulo University. Only 3 years later he eventual completed his doctorate in Paris, before turning to photography in 1973.

Over the course of his academic studies and until 1973, Salgado worked for the Brazilian Ministry of Finance and more notably for the International Coffee Organization (agency created under the auspices of the UN), for which he took part in several missions in Africa. During these travels, Salgado started photography and these images brought from Africa eventually led him to abandon his promising career as an economist.

Southern Sudan. 1995 (Amzonas

He rapidly join the Sygma Agency in Paris and later was affiliated with Gamma and the prestigious Magnum agencies. In 1994 he founded the “Amazonas Images” agency, exclusively dedicated to the promotion of his work.

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Another massive book (30.9 x 42.5 cm and a mere 2.1 kilos!), from famed Holloywood Photographer Mario Testino, and foreworded by Nicole Kidman, which supposedly brings you in the life of celebrities. The list of those portrayed here would be long but let’s only mention, Demi MooreCameron DiazAngelina JolieBrad PittGeorge Clooney.

Mario Testinos Let me in

Mario Testino's Let me in

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