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Camera and Inspiration #28 | PPN | How to get your photos into an exhibition - with Martin U. Waltz
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Showing your photos as physical prints to the public is one of the most rewarding moments for a photographer. But at first it may feel a bit overwhelming to achieve this goal - but it may be easier to accomplish than you think.
Marco invited his friend and photographer Martin U. Waltz to discuss some easy steps and strategies that can help you to get your images into an exhibition. Martin has participated in about 25 public exhibitions and experienced many different approaches to exhibitions in the process that he shares with the PPN audience in this episode.
Martin U. Waltz is a street photographer, author, and workshop host from Germany. He mainly roams the streets of Berlin as this is the city where he lives in. In the past years, he has won many international photo awards and his images have been exhibited around the world. A couple of years ago he joined Marco Larousse and Siegfried Hansen in an effort to make street photography more accepted and known in Germany. Since then, the three have created the German Street Photography site. Contributed to publish the photobook: “Streetfotografie made in Germany”. And this year, they organized the first German Street Photography Festival.
Martins previous appearance at PPN in the Camera and Inspiration episode #8 for November 2017: https://www.photopodcasts.com/podcasts/camera-and-inspiration-8-ppn-november-30th-2017
Inspirational photographer of the month:
Martin picked Swiss-American Photographer Robert Frank (1924 - 2019) known for his raw and at the time revolutionary unstaged photojournalistic style. Robert Frank recently passed away and Martin wanted to recognize Frank’s work that will live on and continue to inspire many generations of photographers from the present but also well in the future of mankind.
You can see some of Frank’s images on Artsy.net: https://www.artsy.net/artist/robert-frank
Setting up a photo exhibition.
Here is a video that shows the last exhibition that Marco curated and set up at Berlin Photo Week:
Inspirational Photo Book Pick of the Month: “The Americans” by Robert Frank.
To go along with Martin’s inspirational photographer of the month pick, Martin also selected a matching photobook by Robert Frank. “The Americans”
The book showed, unlike the usual American photojournalism of that time, the tension of American culture and the strong differences between wealth, race and different classes at that time.
The book was not received well in the US in the beginning. Frank’s work was called out by critics to be inferior due to technical imperfections by his use of a small frame 35mm handheld camera for his work. The image content was also often put down as irrelevant snapshots especially by those who liked the US to be seen only from the shiny side.
Only over time did the public and art world’s opinion change on “The Americans” and today, it is one of the most important “honest” social documentation of that time in the US.
The book is published by Steidl and has 180 Pages
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About this show:
On the monthly “Camera and Inspiration” podcast show of the PPN - Photo Podcast Network, Marco and usually a guest discuss the essence of photography and how to photograph with more intent. Determining the “why” before the “how” in photography is essential to understanding your subject better and create stronger images. In each episode, they introduce you to an inspirational photographer of the month and also share an inspirational photo book of the month.
Marco Larousse is a journalist and fine art, street and documentary photographer, educator, speaker, and podcast producer of photography related topics - MarcoLarousse.com. Marco has a background in photography of 30+ years.
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