Obama, an Intimate Portrait, by Pete Souza

mickyates Documentary, Photo Book, Uncategorized, USA 0 Comments

I just got a copy of Pete Souza‘s ‘Obama, an Intimate Portrait‘. A superb book, on so many levels. First, Souza is an outstanding photographer, capturing documentary moments with precision, and portraits with style. There’s a lot to learn from how Mr Souza tells the story unfolding in front of him. Second, it is a fascinating historical document. Arranged in …

PROVOKE: Between PROTEST and PERFORMANCE

mickyates Art, B&W, Book, Documentary, Japan, Photography, Street photography 1 Comment

The Japanese photo magazine ‘Provoke’ only published three issues in 1968 and 1969. It was a rejection of many of the then-prevailing photographic norms. And it uniquely caught the 1960’s era of protest against American military bases on Japanese soil, Tokyo’s Narita airport extension and more. It also reflected growing Japanese confidence and self-identification after WWII. Provoke was a photographic …