The Shanghai film scene collapsed when the Communists came to power in 1949. Many film people fled the country and ended up in Hong Kong launching the film industry there. I love the early films from that time. The silent films are my favorites, void of everything yet void of nothing. This image is a screen grab, a test, smoke and glass soaked in experimental secrets as I put my first short film on hold and try something new for me. Always trying, always making mistakes, always contradicting myself. I embrace that. There is no right or wrong. I like the sound of silence. #fiction #nonfiction
#Repost @thomashoepker with @get_repost ・・・ THE MAGNUM SQUARE PRINT SALE. The link is in my profile. This photograph is a selection from this project and is temporarily available for purchase as a signed, museum quality Magnum Square Print, exceptionally priced at just $100. The edition is not limited by quantity, but limited by time. This Square Print is only available for purchase between June 4, 2018, at 8 A.M. EST and June 8, 2018, at 6 P.M. EST. “I followed Ali for days with my Leica on his route between his home and the gym. Whenever children saw him walking in the streets they surrounded him because he was their hero. And he always melted away in the company of kids: he would joke, make funny faces, show off his fists. Ali enjoyed it and the kids enjoyed it. It was incredible to see the transformation of this fierce boxer when he was among children.” Thomas Hoepker. @thomashoepker @magnumphotos @stephen.reel #magnumsquare #thomashoepker #muhammadali #magnumphotos
Using a colour negative and applying a darkroom technique that I found hand written on a piece of paper between the pages of an old photography book. I purchased the book for $2 at a thrift store in Nevada many moons ago. On that piece of paper is a chemistry puzzle. I am still trying to make sense of It, but trying to do so is probably my ultimate barrier. He or she was a darkroom experimentalist who's name I will never know. All I have is their confusing scribbles on an anonymous hand written piece of old paper. I love that.
Thomas Hoepker photographed by Stephen Reel. A photographer/filmmaker and curator of the official @thomashoepker @magnumphotos Instagram feed. ”PORTRAIT OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER” is a series of portraits featuring iconic photographers. I will be sharing some of these portraits on my @instagram feed as I continue this long-term project. This project also features portraits of other members from the legendary Magnum Photos agency. #thomashoepker #magnumphotos #REELportraitofthephotographer
Subway. New York City.
Chelsea, Manhattan. I love you New York City, they are trying to make you barren, completely emotionally barren. They want to rid you of your scars. I love your no bullshit honesty, your dirty streets with vandalized everything. They are attempting to destroy you, to clean you into conformity. I wish they would just leave you alone. It's your crooked smile that makes you perfect. #leavetheREELrottingapplealone
Brooklyn. New York City.
Francesca Gennari. I get a lot of messages from people asking about my darkroom printing techniques so I will use this image, my portrait of friend Francesca as a digital example of the first of a three step process that begins and ends in the darkroom using my own methods developed from years of chemistry and temperature experimentations. Soon I will write a little about a copper process that I developed to achieve the tone you see in this image here. If this print is hung in a room that gets direct sunlight and placed in the right position to take advantage of the earths rotation the copper tone of the print will change throughout the day. This is made possible by infusing a copper solution with paper developer and a few other steps that I’ll keep to myself until I give my discovery a fitting name. Basically what’s happening is my chemical formula is causing the silver halide to react in a way that I haven’t seen before. I use a microscope so I can see what’s going on with the halide in all of my chemistry/paper experiments along with meticulous notation. Silver halide has been used in photographic film and paper for over 140 years and is a vital ingredient. Silver halide crystals in gelatin form part of an emulsion which is used to coat the paper. On exposure to the light coming from my darkroom enlarger the crystals react turning into silver and forming the image. The process I used to make this print alter that reaction completely. The results have to be seen to be appreciated. You need to be in the presence of this unique one of a kind print with the lighting conditions that I explained above to see it dance with the sunlight. How long this beautiful print will live for is unknown. The test prints never survived the fixing bath so only time will tell the life expectancy of this unfixed beauty. I think the copper toner has something to do with it. I’m hoping the copper has become the fixer. I would like to dedicate this post to cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki @chivexp His use of natural light is masterful. He understands when it’s time to capture it. I really respect that. Cheers to you brother! ☘️
Marcella. Malibu, California. Photographed in a quite place before arriving back to the New York City madness.
My portrait of Mariana. I used the last sheet of vintage paper from a box of 25 sheets to make this print. I hate how that feels. Albert Watson had asked me to do what I do in the darkroom with three of his negatives. “Don’t print for me, print for you,” he said. “I want to see what you can do with these three negatives, make them your own and erase me from them, make me invisible.” He was referring to a chat we had about Art and how I’m more interested in looking at work from artists we might never identify. To have a “style” is to be predictable, add an artists name to the work then for me it becomes something else. I get much more out of anonymous art. "Every Johann Sebastian Bach instrumental composition you have heard and love is a cover," I said to him. He laughed and gifted me that box of vintage paper. I returned his three negatives and the prints that I made from them. They hang in his summer home in Maine. He will never sign them, I wouldn’t either. What would be the point? Styled by Renee Yan @gorjis #experimentaldarkroom
PHOTOGRAPHING IN A WAR ZONE. "Photographers Susan Meiselas @magnumphotos and Stephen Reel @stephen.reel photographed political graffiti and murals in Nicaragua and Northern Ireland as part of a larger body of their work." #susanmeiselas #magnumphotos #nicaragua #stephenreel #northernireland #politicalgraffiti #Belfast #ireland #murals #IRA #UVF
Queens. New York City. Last year I walked over 5,040 miles between January to December. All of those miles I walked in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. All in the hunt for something to photograph. That's what street photography is all about, walking. I rarely have an agenda, I just walk, listen and look.