Issue No. 15
The Big Picture
In a look at photography from outside our own borders, Alison Holland examines the products of a handful of Australian photographers working at home and abroad. Her essay spans a wide spectrum—from John William Lindt, who was first to successfully document the Aborigines in the 1870s, to Matthew Sleeth, whose book Roaring Days captures off-beat life in Australia, to Andrew Dunbar and his provocative images of body piercing.
He took his first photograph at the age of five, met and was inspired by Adams, Weston and Cunningham, worked with Max Yavno, and printed for Gene Smith and Karl Struss, yet has never been given the acclaim he deserves—we are doing all we can to change that.
She was an assistant to Cartier-Bresson in Paris before she moved to San Francisco and a distinguished career as a photojournalist.
Mark Edward Harris
He shoots for some of the biggest magazines and advertising agencies in the business, but gets his greatest satisfaction from the work he does for himself during travels in Europe, Asia and the South Pacific—environmental portraits of regular people going about their daily chores.
He runs the Vision Quest photo retreat in Wisconsin, where the emphasis is on vision rather than technique and equipment—all reflecting his own hard-earned lessons.
He became disenchanted with his “pretty pictures,” turning instead to the decaying industrial landscape of Detroit.
He exposes the frame seven times, capturing the expressive movements of his models.
He creates his ethereal-looking images in the darkroom, using a refined split-printing and diffusion technique.
After going through the necessary creative growing pains, he eventually found what he responded to was not the subject matter of a photograph, but the actual print.
For Cain, photography is a way of storing memories—of, for instance, a day sifting through debris at an old rail yard. We were especially drawn to her portfolio of infrareds from a visit to Hawaii.
Moving from Illinois to Arizona opened his eyes to effects created by the bright desert sun—now he focuses exclusively on patterns of light and shadow.