:::: alexia webster ::::

Alexia Webster is a South African freelance photographer born in Johannesburg.
She has traveled widely through the African continent as a documentary photographer.
Her work has been published in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sunday Telegraph, The Age Australia, the Sydney Morning Herald, This Magazine Canada, Marie Claire and SonntagsZeitung Switzerland.
In 2007 she received the Frank Arisman Scholarship at the International Center of Photography in New York City where she completed the program in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism.


{ BENOIT PAILLE' - BasketBall Structure - Belize and Guatemala }

I am above all else constantly experimenting with my immediate environment, both social and natural. To put it more accurately, my work focuses on questioning the limits imposed by humanity.

How can one push away these self imposed limits and constraints. Or, as in my most recent series, how to redefine the landscape with the help of a manmade light presence. While playing with the boundaries between conventions, I try to find a personal definition of established photographic genres.

At the heart of this research, light is predominant in the process of sublimation of the commonplace, of the forgotten and neglected subject. I work and explore light as I would a sculptural media, as a matrix of what we can see and interpret. I feel that showing banality could make it extraordinary, and thus I take great care to create repetitions, through a rigorous and obsessive series-oriented approach, motivated by a quest for pure aesthetics.

I am also interested in the narrative the image induces, in the story it invariably creates. My approach could be said to be documentary-based, but only at first glance, for in truth I try to transform reality. I wish to present of people, things and places a vision that is free of any (self) learnt stereotypes.

I lean therefore more towards the constructed image. Constructing images allows me to reach my goal quicker, which is to uncover a neglected reality, judged too commonplace to be of any interest. To show the real, I use tricks and fakery: it is my belief that photography is not a representation of the real, but creates it.


(( Matt Eich )) - THE INVISIBLE YOKE

Hi, my name is Matt; I am an independent photographer living in Norfolk, Virginia while working on long-form projects around America. I’ve photographed governors, gangsters and everyone in between. I find them all equally fascinating.
I was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1986 and home schooled for eight years before studying photojournalism at Ohio University. As a kid I mowed enough lawns to buy my first camera, and after that I worked at a Ritz Camera store. Since those glory days, I’ve made photographs for clients around the country, as well as Peru, Rwanda, Botswana, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom. I want to see the rest of the United States before I turn 30. Do you want to send me somewhere?
Over the years I’ve won some awards  for my work, but received far more rejection letters.  My prints are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Portland Art Museum, the New York Public Library and elsewhere, but I most frequently think about a photograph hanging on my grandfather’s wall.
Whenever I’m traveling for personal projects or assignments, I’m daydreaming about being home with my wife and two young children. When I’m home, I’m antsy, wondering how the hell we’re going to pay next month’s bills while changing diapers, chasing toddlers and kissing boo-boos. Life is a constant roller coaster, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. When I’m not making pictures you’ll probably find me rocking out to some weird mix of music in my car or studio.
The work on this site is available for licensing and as limited edition fine art prints. Please contact me  directly for more information.


{ Huang Qingjun - Family Stuff }

Huang Qingjun is a Chinese photographer, whose insightful visual commentaries allow us to look into the live
of Chinese society. His photographs were widely exhibited in China and abroad. For his project "Family Stuff", Huang spent 10 years taking pictures of 37 families, living in different parts of China. He hoped that this project will direct more light on Chinese families' living standards in different areas, as well as on changes in society. Families and their stuff - silent representation of what's important in their everyday life, how much or how little they have, and the landscape in which their lives go on - all these elements combined make this emotional, amazing project. Huang Qingjun hoped to open a window of China to the world, and he succeeded.

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