PECHAKUCHA DAILY BLOG Posts
MAY 25, 2015
A Thin Line
"Its not about what you see, but how you see it."
In A Thin Line from Beirut, Vol. 22, Serge Najjar, who once suspected he could never creative anything artistic, offers a truly stunning view of Lebanon through his masterful photos, full of delicate humanity against a backdrop of unsuspecting yet dramatic architecture. While alluding to the thin line between past and present, he shares his experience of how the challenge to create a single image can shape one's view the entire the world, adding "when you look at things around you with a new eye, you live again."
Come see the world through Najjar's lens, in this highly compelling presentation, and be inspired to see your surroundings with curiosity, attention, seeking magical revelations in everyday life.
MAY 19, 2015
"Have you ever seen a photo that left you utterly speechless, gutted your ability to even comprehend what you are looking at?"
In Strange Fruit; Split Seed from Beacon, Vol. 1. artist Jean-Marc Superville Sovak presents a series of drawings based on lynching photographs and his illustrative reactions. He explores images that shake you to your core not for what can be seen in them, but rather what can't be seen in them, and how what matters most are the stories in them that often have never been told.
Watch this moving presentation and confront the limits of interpretation.
MARCH 18, 2015
“He sucked a sad poem right out of America, and onto film.”
Writer/Producer J.A. Ginsburg speaks about the iconic Photographer Mickey Pallas, and the magic of photography. In “Mickey Pallas - Photographer” from PKN Chicago Vol. 32, she discusses Pallas’ photographic style, and the historic events he captured through his lens.
FEBRUARY 05, 2015
“These little non-moments you think are nothing mean a lot to me.”
Every time photographer Connie Tsang returns to her hometown to see her parents she’d get a bit sad — her parents were rapidly changing. In “Our Treasured Non-Moments” from PKN Tokyo Vol. 121, she speaks about the seemingly dull yet vibrant moments she captures of her parents as they transition from busily running their family restaurant, to easing into retirement, to slowly ageing before her eyes.
JANUARY 25, 2015
Photography Comes First
“These are quiet, concentrated, and precise images seemingly of everyday scenes, but in fact these are staged moments suspended in time.”
Photography has taken Nora Bibel all over the world: Vietnam, Myanmar, Germany and more. In “Photography Comes First” from PKN Bangalore Vol. 13 Nora speaks about her beautiful portrait work, books, and exhibitions that have made up her work. She tells us her themes are utopia, social change, home, memories, and more.
JANUARY 11, 2015
“We hope people leave their computer screen, go out, explore the city, keep moving, and do. not. settle.”
Architects and urban explorers Wahyu Pratomo and Kris Provoost capture the ever-changing megacity of Shanghai from angles most of us can only imagine. In “Do Not Settle” from PKN Breda Vol. 12, Wahyu and Kris show us that though rooftops have long been inaccessible and neglected, they believe they open up new opportunities to study the rapid change occurring in any city.
DECEMBER 14, 2014
“If you’re going to talk about life, it makes sense to reference death.”
Visual artist Krista Steinke speaks on her latest photography project based on a wooded region divided by a dirt road in rural upstate New York. In “Purgatory Road” from PKN Bryan Vol. 1 she speaks about the origins of her project’s name, and how the place itself has inspired a narrative that goes back several generations.
DECEMBER 05, 2014
“We all have heart, but do we all have compassion?”
Photojournalist Walter Coker looks back on over twenty years of photography, and shares with us what it has taught him about compassion. In “Looking Back” from PKN St. Augustine Vol. 4, Walter shows us how the big and cruel life can be, and how oftentimes it is only the strong, smart, and rich who survive.
DECEMBER 04, 2014
“I’ve taken portraits of over 5000 groups of parents and children over a 30-year period.”
Photographer Bruce Osborn is a long-time resident of Japan, and at a special Tokyo Designers Week 2014 edition of PKN Tokyo Vol. 118 here he describes "Oyako" (a Japanese word that signifies both parent and child): a multi-decade photography project that has consumed his life, and given him amazing insights into Japanese society, and the fantastically diverse family links that exists between parent and child.
OCTOBER 27, 2014
Alison Beste uses light to examine the relationship between artificial and natural constructs.
Artist and photographer Alison Beste’s work explores the boundaries between the built and natural world through the use of light effects on the ocean horizon. In “Shedding Light on Paradise” from PKN Honolulu Vol. 20, Alison speaks about light from cities, vessels, and beacons as powerful metaphors for the ways we interact, manage, and attempt to control our environment.