Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Why do people go on vacation? To get a visa and a ticket, to pack some stuff and fly many hours with many others to the other side of the globe to spend a few nights in a bed other people already used over and over again. No matter how luxurious a hotel is, if you can afford such a hotel you have a home that is more luxurious. Period.

Sunday, November 18, 2007


These are two works by studio photographer Koos Breukel, these two photos are published in the book Photo Studio Koos Breukel. For more info on Koos Breukel see here.

Photographing as Hunting

This is a photo by Paul Kooiker from the series Hunting and Fishing. For more information on Paul Kooiker see here.

An American kiss

A photograph by Weegee (1899-1969), pseudonym for Arthur Fellig.


Using his craftsmanship and patience Rogier Fokke is able to make very strong portraits. These two photos are part of a series on Gipsies, this series is published in the book ‘Paramisa’. A decade ago I did a portrait workshop with Rogier Fokke. (For more info on Rogier Fokke’s work see here.)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Common Sense

British photographer Martin Parr says: “With photography, I like to create fiction out of reality. I try and do this by taking society's natural prejudice and giving this a twist.” (For more info see here and here.)

Saturday, November 3, 2007

The middle finger

The Indonesian police, like other Indonesian state institutions, likes to communicate through banners, posters, and murals. Police communication through murals is in fact a contradictio in terminis. Urban art – as graffiti is – is per definition anarchist in nature, it comes and goes. See here for a Jakarta Post article on police murals, unfortunately online the photos are not available. The inappropriate choice of medium makes communication impossible.