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Bob Mazzer, a Brit photographer, worked in the ‘1980s as a projectionist in one of London’s porno theater, and on his journey he started to take snaps of the people on the London’s Underground subway system. The Brit photographer has never exhibited his works in a gallery setting in almost forty years of clicking photos, till now.
His exhibit named Bob Mazzer: UNDERGROUND would start on 13th June at the Howard Griffin Gallery and the show would go on till 15th July. A quote from Bob Mazzer uploaded to the gallery’s exhibit announcement says: “Every day I travelled to King’s Cross and back. Coming home late at night, it was like a party and I felt like the tube was mine and I was there to take the pictures.”
The snaps seals a very distinct time in the history of London when the punk culture was really at its peak. Because the subway system is a huge form of transportation in the capital, Bob was able to photograph people from all walks of life coming into the same space.
Meanwhile, as a part of its mission to encourage people to care about nature, National Geographic is set to run a photo contest. Now they are asking for submissions in categories like sense of place and outdoor scenes.
Among the early photo submissions: Andrew Schnorr clicked a male carpenter bee sipping nectar from a Scalesia flower in a San Cristobal island field in Galapagos. Schnorr stated that it was really a windy day. He was afraid he was going to bump into his camera.
Ugo Zovetti, the well known Italian photographer, is known for his sense of realism. In an old 1958 snap, he clicked a bunch of 4 musicians, all sporting signs across their necks that says – “BLIND.” It is remindful of Paul Strand’s 1969 snap “Blind Woman” that reflects the subject’s affected eye as well as sparks sympathy. In Ugo’s image, the blind men, in contrast, are just playing on the road.
A snap like that reminds people of Neo-Realism, the significant Italian film movement from the same period that is evident in the Mid Century Postwar Italian Photography, that is presently on display at Keith De Lellis Gallery in Manhattan, New York.
Sotheby’s vice president and senior specialist of photographs Beth Iskander told that there are parallels between Italian photography and film, whether you are just looking at the subject matter or the way the photographs themselves look. He cited who cited Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 snap “The Bicycle Thief” as an instance. He added that all of these had to do with Italy’s sense of place in the world – poverty and jobless as well as the importance of the land.”
Unlike its isolation before the war, Italy’s post war atmosphere let creative independence. As far as photography is concerned, there were no formal shoots. But in late 1940’s, several amateur photography clubs started to form.
Nino Migliori, who has 2 snaps in the event, told that the common basis for the young people at that time who chose photography as a means of expression was the desire to break with the past aesthetics and to propose a new point of view.
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