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urban scenes

urban scenes: Issue 10

Edited by Agata Stoinska , Karolina SchlagnerAdam DuxburyAleksandra Rosiak and Monika Chmielarz.

Contributed to by Adam MagyarBruno QuinquetPascal FellonneauCharalampos KydonakisManfredi PantanellaLavinia ParlamentiMartin Roemers,  Gabriele Croppi,  Natan Dvir,  Olivier Christinat,  Bruce Gilden,  Sarker ProtickTxema SalvansByung-Sang BangDomenico Foschi and Sol Hill.


Edition of 1000
48 Pages
380 x 290 mm
ISSN 2009339X

There are so many ways to describe the photographic genre we focus on in this issue of Blow, observational photography, accidental revelations, street encounters, urban scenes. Street photography is all of these things and more. It evolves, continuously exploring the many aspects of human life in urban spaces. Street photography is an uninterrupted practice extending back to the invention of photography itself. It delights in the poetic promises that an inquisitive mind, eye and a camera can conjure out of everyday mundane life. A great street photograph might only capture a split second of real life, but in a single frame it can condense an extraordinary amount of truth. There is such wit and honesty in those distilled moments, and yet the fleeting nature of time stares right back at us.

Mystery and intrigue are crucial for some street photographers – sometimes what is withheld is more important than what is exposed. For others, it’s the rush of the street and the spontaneous and often involuntary reaction to the richness of life that it triggers. There is also the theatrical aspect, the human drama elevated into mythical and heroic levels in the all familiar urban sets. But first and foremost, street photography is a mirror to the societies we are living in and creating for ourselves, a candid representation of real moments in time and space. Each photographer whose work features in this issue focuses on slightly different aspects of street photography. Most interestingly, photographers Bruce Gilden and Adam Magyar, whose interviews we present, illustrate opposite extremes – maximum confrontational proximity versus detached panoramic views of crowds in motion. Where Gilden sees characters, Magyar sees mass and the city as a metropolis – overwhelming, anonymous and faceless. Urban spaces that drown the individual in their perpetual flow of mass-produced dreams and hypnotise nameless dreamers into oblivion are the subject of our several featured photographers.

The city has no face, but it has privacy. Street photography today has a difficult time existing in a sphere where our fears of terrorism, paedophilia and intrusion, make us question the motivation of anyone taking photos in the street. Yet, we all do it continuously and relentlessly, with our digital cameras and phones, sharing the images instantly with the rest of the world. and so continues the age old practice of street photography, only now in the hands of all of us. The cover photographer is Adam Magyar. 1

About the Publisher

Blow photo is published and printed 3 times per year with a limit of only 1,000 editions, making the collection a rare possession for anyone interested in contemporary fine art photography. Each edition reveals a unique photographic thematic narrative captured through the lens of some of the world’s most talented contemporary photographers. carefully selected and brought together by our editors,  this arrangement of a diverse group of artists – acclaimed and emerging, plays a vital role in revealing the story envisioned by blow. the themes may be familiar, but the visual stories they tell are unique. It is an Irish magazine and is printed A3. 2

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