Maybe one of the most influential photographers (along with her late husband Bernard) to have lived in the modern era….

“They are best known for their extensive series of photographic images, or typologies, of industrial buildings and structures, often organised in grids. As the founders of what has come to be known as the ‘Becher school’ they influenced generations of documentary photographers and artists. They have been awarded the Erasmus Prize and the Hasselblad Award.”  via

Obituraries here:


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Via the New York Times and Sonnabend Gallery




Hilla Becher 1935 to 2015

Japan and Modernism

October 5, 2015 — 1 Comment

Rediscovered the Japanese Tea Rooms at the Philadelphia Museum of Art yesterday and reminded why my first love was Japanese Scroll Painting & Ceramics.  My early series Nature Morte & Desert, are especially informed by this aesthetic. Some of my Nocturnes are (visually) based on Japanese Garden views from ancient Tea Rooms. Looking back, the ancient Japanese artists and craftsman were some of first Modernist’s it seems. I am always shocked how contemporary their ancient visual language actually was.  

Detail of Japanese Tea Room Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Lions at the Stone Bridge of Tendaisan Artist: Soga Shōhaku (Japanese, 1730–1781) Period: Edo period (1615–1868) Date: 1779 Culture: Japan Medium: Hanging scroll; ink on silk Dimensions: Image: 44 7/8 in. × 20 in. (114 × 50.8 cm) via


Suzuki Kiitsu’s ‘Cranes’ (19th century Edo Period) | THE FEINBERG COLLECTION via


Mino ware, Oribe style; glazed stoneware, 1 7/8 x 7 3/4 in. (4.76 x 19.69 cm) via Seattle Art Museum

Image Below:
Study for Light Projection’s 38 & 39 (Negative Versions) 2015 by Thomas Brummett
From Unique Silver Gelatin Prints)
Each work is 36×47″  100 year Color Pigment Print
Edition of 5

Study for Light Projection 38 a+39 Neg


Monthly Mailer:

Study for Light Projection’s 38 & 39

Congrats to the the winner of the European Publishers Award for Photography (EPAP) 2015 who is Russian photographer Danila Tkachenko with his project Restricted Areas which is a wonderful and haunting series of images on the Russian “technocratic future that never came”.

“The project “Restricted Areas” is about utopian strive of humans for technological progress.

I travel in search of places which used to have great importance for the technical progress – and which are now deserted. Those places lost their significance together with the utopian ideology which is now obsolete. Secret cities that cannot be found on maps, forgotten scientific triumphs, abandoned buildings of almost inhuman complexity. The perfect technocratic future that never came…”

Danila Tkachenko


Airplane – amphibia with vertical take-off VVA14. The USSR built only two of them in 1976, one of which has crashed during transportation.

Airplane – amphibia with vertical take-off VVA14. The USSR built only two of them in 1976, one of which has crashed during transportation.


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The world’s largest diesel submarine.


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“Bulgaria” ship lifted from underwater, 122 people drowned on it.



All photos copyright Danila Tkachenko

The Photographs of Danila Tkachenko

Notes on the Infinite

September 17, 2015 — Leave a comment

The orbits of the Earth and Venus are approximately 8:13, which are two consecutive Fibonacci Numbers and their ratio is approximately the Golden Ratio which is the foundation of all design in Nature.

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When one diagrams the orbits of the two planets you get this image. A very old and ancient image. There are no accidents at this cosmic scale. Only signposts for all of us, pointing to the Infinite.









Notes on the Infinite