Wisdom Cries Out in the Streets – Louis Stettner

Posted in America, Brassai, Photography, Stettner by Rollfilm on May 23, 2007

LOUIS STETTNER has had a long and distinguished career in photography. Starting at the age of thirteen, encouraged by Alfred Stieglitz and Paul Strand, his photographs are now in such permanent collections as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

While there have been significant exhibitions in the United States and Europe, his work remains relatively unknown to the general public. Greatly appreciated by fellow photographers and discerning collectors, the problem as photography critic Kelly Wise aptly states: “rarely is his work shown in breadth.”

Slowly a legend has blossomed about his early photographs (1947 – 1972) that has strongly influenced young photographers. Yet its true scope and depth has been only available to those
fortunate enough to visit his print room.

There is a most stirring and perceptive Introduction by his teacher and lifelong friend, the famous French photographer Brassai (Stettner is the only photographer to be honored): “Stettner has always been fully conscious that the role of the photographer is not to turn away from all reference to reality, but on the contrary to express a profound experience with it.”

From: Stettner’s Biography on Bonni Benrubi Gallery (pdf)

Snow Fight, Lower East Side, NYC, 1951

Times Square, 2002

Odd Man In, Penn. Station, 1958

photos: Bonni Benrubi Gallery

Amazon buys

Posted in Digital Photography, Photography by Rollfilm on May 14, 2007

From the press release:


(BUSINESS WIRE) SEATTLE, WA—May 14, 2007—Leading online retailer (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced it has acquired, the web’s most comprehensive site for digital camera information and reviews. Founded in 1998 by Phil Askey, provides unbiased reviews and original content regarding the latest in digital cameras, and offers a host of features and forums designed to make it easy for consumers to find the camera that’s right for them. With its unique voice and in-depth technical reviews, draws millions of unique visitors each month.

“ is by far the most authoritative source anywhere for straight talk about new digital cameras,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of “We at have been their fans for a long time, and we extend a big welcome to the team.”

“One of the difficulties of operating independently has been the balance between producing content and delivering new site features,” said Phil Askey, founder of “Now, with the support of Amazon, I’ll be able to devote more of my time to expanding and improving our features – such as product reviews and discussion forums while still delivering the high-quality content that our readers have come to expect.” offers in-depth reviews of the latest digital cameras and accessories, active discussion forums, digital photography and imaging news, sample images, a dynamic digital camera buyers’ guide, side-by-side comparisons of the most popular models, and the web’s most comprehensive database of digital camera features and specifications. will continue to function as a stand-alone operation based in London.

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Martin Parr in Interview

Posted in Art, Interviews, Parr, Photography by Rollfilm on May 12, 2007

To add to the line of referrers: Here is an Interview with Martin Parr which i found via 2point8

Go to Michael’s site for an interview-extract and a link to a mp3-file of the interview.

There is also a not-so-recent (16-03-2007) post by M. Parr on the magnum-blog, where he talks about his trip to Dubai.

Martin Parr

[photo: magnum-blog]