Wednesday, February 18, 2009

James Nachtwey - extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB)

Susan Katz
James Nachtwey speaks at the VII Seminar, in conjunction with the New York Photo Festival

Courtesy © 2008 Susan Katz

Famed war photographer James Nachtwey has brought the full force of his artistic vision and a brilliant international media campaign to bear on the underreported and ever-growing pandemic of extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB). Supported by the TED community (an organization of the world's cutting-edge thinkers and doers), the photographer is using his 2007 TED Prize to harness both the power of new media and his moving photos of worldwide XDR-TB victims. From large-scale, outdoor slideshow projections in the capitals of the world to a takeover of YouTube's home page, the photographs are alerting the international community to the entirely preventable spread of dangerously mutating and often lethal strains of drug-resistant tuberculosis. The word is getting out.

The project is an example of photo-activism at its best to promote awareness of alarming health issue. To see examples of the photographs, video clips and to learn more about how you can be involved read the article: James Nachtwey & TED's creative campaign to fight the XDR-TB pandemic on the Photowings website.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Andrew Garn: Magnitogorsk

Andrew Garn

A.M. Richard Fine Art


Most of us have everyday lives far removed from that of heavy industry and at times in my life I've worked for large conglomerates such as Firestone Tyres and in the cable and wire rope works of Bridon in the UK. There is a magnificence in heavy industry despite the grime and often terrible working conditions - the scale is awesome and the ingenuity that can create plants on some a scale stretches the mind. The recording of working conditions has a long tradition in documentary photography and it was common in the earliest Daguerreotypes to record workers with the tools of their trades - painters with their brushes, miners with shovels and picks and so on. Lewis Hine recorded aspects of child labor in the USA and the Bernd & Hilla Becher the typologies of industrial buildings. On this website there already exhibitions on the industrial remains of Eastern Europe recorded by Bruce Haley and the English industrial decay photographed by John Darwell.

In this online exhibition New York based photographer Andrew Garn takes us to Magnitogorsk in Russia.

The Magnitogorsk Metal Kombinat (MMK), built in the late 1920s during Stalin's Five Year Plan, is the largest steel plant in the world today. The sheer vastness and architectural complexity of this Siberian metal city, conceived with the ambition to become the "Pittsburgh of the East", is unparalleled throughout the world. An important record of political, social and manufacturing history, Magnitogorsk is also a feat of engineering and socialist ideals. The Russian steel plant, constructed on an uninhabited barren and hostile plain near the Ural River and a mountain rich in iron ore, stretches for over thirteen miles. By comparison, the great US Steel plant in Pittsburgh, PA, was a third of this size.

Thanks to Andrew Garn for his assistance with this exhibition.

There is an online exhibition on Luminous-Lint.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Change of address for Luminous-Lint

Please note that Luminous-Lint has moved from the USA to Canada and I can be contacted at:

Alan Griffiths
Box 33055
Quinpool RPO
Halifax NS
B3L 4T6


As always I look forward to hearing from you as Luminous-Lint starts to return to activity. Best, Alan

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

John Thomson - Luminous-Lint Photograph of the Day

John Thomson
Boat Crew, Yangtse River, China

Albumen print, from collodion negative
Private collection of John Hannavy
John Hannavy Picture Collection


Sunday, November 23, 2008

New Era Studios (Chicago) - Luminous-Lint Photograph of the Day

New Era Studios (Chicago)
Lady wearing a mourning pin photographic broach (detail)

Cabinet card (detail)
Private collection of Laurie Minor


Friday, November 21, 2008

Kenneth Josephson - Luminous-Lint Photograph of the Day

Kenneth Josephson
1963 (taken) 1970s (print)

Silver print
12 x 8 ins (30.5 x 20.3 cm)

Swann Galleries - New York
Courtesy of Swann Galleries (Auction Oct 21, 2008, Lot 297)


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Weegee - Luminous-Lint Photograph of the Day

Empire State Building Distortion

Silver print
6 3/4 x 5 1/4 ins (17.1 x 13.3 cm)

Swann Galleries - New York
Courtesy of Swann Galleries (Auction Oct 21, 2008, Lot 208)