Melbourne photojournalist Jesse Marlow has a new book out, Don’t Just Tell Them, Show Them. Marlow is one of that rare species, the nimble street photographer who finds humour and pathos in the fleeting events of everyday life. What we barely register, he captures in concise pictures of patterns of human behaviour.
Street photography as a mode has increased in prominence in recent years, a revival after the glory days of the 1960s when giants walked the earth, Winogrand, Friedlander, et al. Marlow, and another Melbourne photographer Louis Porter, work in a city that doesn’t have a street-life culture, unlike Cartier-Breson’s Paris or Winogrand’s New York. Thus their achievement is all the greater. Like Porter, Marlow is essentially a humourist as you can see from the dancing glaziers above.
The book was designed by M.33 and designed by Jason McQuoid, co-proprieter of the Edmund Pearce Gallery, It’s available from bookshops now or from Jesse Marlow’s website.
Katrin Koenning, Lacuna 00
Melbourne’s new photography gallery, Edmund Pearce (Edmund who?) has had a group show that included the work of Katrin Koenning, an emigré German photographer who lives in the city. Her work can be viewed on her excellent website www.katrinkoenning.com. The images may remind you of Lorca diCorcia‘s urban photos, I can’t argue with that, although he in turn might have have once been compared to Harry Callahan who also shot in big city canyons.
Koenning has found a Melbourne city street where light penetrates only briefly during the day like a spotlight. Passers by are caught like actors on a stage, and Koenning’s long lens draws out the drama with great precision. The image below looks like a stage version of Dante’s Inferno.
Katrin Koenning, Lacuna 06