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SEYDOU KEITA, photographer, Mali

Seydou Keïta (1921 — 21 November 2001) was a Malian photographer. He is mostly known for his portraits of people and families he took between 1940 and the early 1960s and that are widely acknowledged not only as a record of Malian society but also as pieces of art.

Shimazu by Ichiki -the oldest daguerreotype by a Japanese photographer

shimazu_by_ichikiIchiki Shirō, 市来 四郎 was born in Satsuma province, Japan on December 24, 1828. He rose up within the castes of Satsuma’s feudal society by showing an exemplary skill in the production of gunpowder and was selected by the Satsuma’s daimyo (feudal lord), Shimazu Nariakira to be his personal retainer. Fascinated by western technology, in 1848, Shimazu obtained the first daguerreotype camera ever imported into Japan and encouraged his retainers to study it and learn to create photographs with it.  Continue reading Shimazu by Ichiki -the oldest daguerreotype by a Japanese photographer

Vito Acconci, Photomatic Enunciation Piece (“Anything Goes”), 1969

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“As Acconci’s art shifted from poetry to body-oriented performance in the late 1960s, he often incorporated photography as a means of returning his art to the page and of creating something that would last beyond the moment. This work, dubbed a “photomatic enunciation piece,” is a photo-booth strip showing five random flashes of the automatic camera as the artist sang Cole Porter’s 1934 song “Anything Goes” with exaggerated clarity. Merging performance, chance occurrence, conceptual art, and an assertively anti-art process, Acconci’s work is quintessentially of the 1960s.” –the Met