Annie Leibovitz – A Photographer’s Life . 1990 – 2005

Posted in Art, Exhibition, Photography by Rollfilm on January 30, 2009

“A family album, a comprehensive exhibition, and a personal diary – Annie Leibovitz’s photographs from her private life and professional work merge seamlessly into a chronicle of the events, official commissions, and personal stories of the last fifteen years.

C/O Berlin presents “A Photographer’s Life” as first and only venue in Germany. The exhibition comprises a total of 200 photographs, many of them large-format works and monochrome landscapes, as well as a number of private family photos and small format black and white portraits.” [source: c/o berlin]

She is holding a lecture as well:

Annie Leibovitz
21.02.09 . 4 pm

To coincide with the Annie Leibovitz exhibition, C/O Berlin introduces the US-american photographer in a discussion. Annie Leibovitz will provide insight into her work, personal experiences, and views.

Annie Leibovitz, born in 1949 in Westport, Connecticut, USA, is one of the most important and influential portrait photographers worldwide. Covering both applied and artistic photography, the scope of her work is extremely broad. Along with her portraits, her photo documentaries and advertising campaigns for numerous American companies have achieved high acclaim. She attained international prominence in 1980, when she photographed John Lennon naked in bed with Yoko Ono – hours before his death. Leibovitz lives in the USA.

Pre-selling from 07.02.09 directly at C/O Berlin
No reservation
Admission 20 Euro . reduced 15 Euro

Sponsor American Express
Supporter audi . Wall . Dinamix
Ambassy of the United States of America
Media partner Vanity Fair . radio eins . zitty .



“We’re All Gonna Die – 100 meters of existence”

Posted in Art, Digital Photography, Photoblog, Photography, Portrait, Street Photography by Rollfilm on January 30, 2009

Simon Hogsberg – “We’re All Gonna Die – 100 meters of existence”

“100 meters of existence” – congratulations Simon for this perfect title to describe a location in my home town. Its the perfect label for the human traffic crossing the “Warschauer Brücke” (“Warsow Bridge”) everyday. And to a certain point this label – or title of your piece – perfectly reflects my state of mind regarding the feeling of  “passage” when it comes to this place of my hometown.

I used to cross the “warsow bridge” at least twice a day on my way to work and back home. And whenever i crossed it, i had moments of – what my professors called the “sociological point of view” – seeing the people crossing this intersection of human traffic as mediums. The people i saw were mediums of telling stories. Their stories. In a way.

So whenever i crossed the “Warsow Bridge” it was like diving into one of Hans Christian Andersons books.

One aspect of your work which is arguable for me, is the fact that i see a lot of Berlin – or in a broader sense – metropolitan stereotypes here. A lot of the characters shot by you for your piece transport a feeling of  “you have been looking for the extraordinary / freaks”.

On the other hand you managed to avoid this fallback into stereotypes when you captured moments of “John/Jane Does”-everyday life, as it happens on the “Warsow Bridge”, as well. That is where i locate the quality of this piece of work for me.

Even though i like the “special” moments as well, since they underline my feeling of living in this city, which grants a space for individual life styles – no matter what they are – i would have liked to see more everyday people.

Anyway. I like your approach and i like what you got out of it. Its familiar to me. Good work!

For more information on the work of Simon Hogsberg visit his page.

For the fotostream of his “Warsow Bridge – Berlin” project – follow this link.

ps: thanks pebaline for pointing me towards simon.

Joakim Eskildsen – The Roma Journeys

Posted in Art, Books, Documentary, Exhibition, Joakim Eskildson, Photography, Roma by Rollfilm on May 8, 2008

The Roma Journeys

Between 2000 and 2006 I together with writer Cia Rinne undertook travels in seven different countries with a view to gaining an insight into the life of the Roma and the conditions they face. We always tried to spend a considerable length of time among the people whom we wanted to learn about and, if possible, to live with them for a while.

It was our own interest that initially took us to the Roma streets in Hevesaranyos in northeast Hungary, where we spent four months at the home of Magda, an elderly Roma. The other journeys to Romania, India and our travels in Finland came about through personal contact, while in Greece and Russia we were initially assisted by human rights organizations and in France by the Centre de recherches tsiganes in Paris.

These Roma journeys were by no means meticulously planned, and instead the product of a number of coincidences that enabled us to come into contact with the Roma. We endeavored to communicate directly with them. In most countries this was possible, and while in Russia and India we were accompanied on our travels, and thus had willing assistance.

We have frequently been asked what had triggered our interest in the Roma, but we were unable to provide a definitive, let alone exhaustive answer. What is certain is that once we hard started we were unable to simply stop continuing with the project. The more we found out about the Roma and got to know them, the more our interest in and liking for them grew.

In keeping with the different countries traveled, the photographic body of work is divided into seven series, the sequence of which roughly corresponds to the chronology of our journeys.

[via official site: Joakim Eskildson]

hu 011


in 009


gr 008


ro 004


fr 010b


ru 006


fi 016


See more images at Joakim Eskildson’s website. The project has been published as a book as well.

Photo Project: “Out my Window NYC” – Participants wanted

Posted in America, Art, New York, Photography by Rollfilm on April 4, 2008

Being lazy and not having much more to add i am quoting the recent post of Andrew who is pointing out a photo project by Gail Albert Haliban.

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© Gail Albert Halaban


following text via Andrews Blog

So those of you on tender hooks today awaiting the results of my ‘A Room with a View’ competition will have to wait. Sorry but the day job has got in the way so no time to put all the entrants in a hat and compile a winners post. Will get to it over the weekend and all will be revealed on Monday morning first thing, I promise.

In the meantime though I would like to share a project on a similar tack by the marvelously talented Gail Albert Haliban. ‘Out my window NYC’ is a documentary photography project Gail is working on in collaboration with the Design Trust for Public Space about people and their views in New York City and beyond. Best of all Gail is in the midst of this epic journey and is looking for volunteers, here’s the skinny in her own words:


I am a photographer working on a documentary project about New Yorkers and their views with a specific interest in connecting neighbors who would otherwise never meet. If you look into someone else’s apartment, I would like to photograph you looking into their place and them looking back at you.

If you live in any of the 5 boroughs or nearby New Jersey, please contact me at with a jpg of you and your view today.

You will receive 1 FREE 8×10 photograph if your view is photographed for the project.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Gail is writing a blog as she goes here. Be sure to spread the good word.

Jan Sochor – Photo-Essays

Posted in Art, Jan Sochor, Journalism, Photoblog, Photoessay by Rollfilm on January 19, 2008

Unfortunately there isnt much information given about Jan Sochor on his website or elsewhere in the net. He is describing himself as a:

[f]reelance photographer & webdesigner, born in Czech Republic, changing his base between South America and Europe.

At the moment 13 essays are published in his website The topics cover a topical range


Amazon River: People living on the Amazon river banks, the largest river system in the world. Indigenous people pushed to the edge, Brazilians caught in the jungle towns with no hope to escape.


Jesus Combat: A slum called Calvario shows everydays effort made to survive in a ghetto. Collecting rubbish, get high by sniffing glue and watch out for not to get shot dead by El Sheriff.


Women Gold Miners: Women miners working in goldbearing mud, searching for gold and platine in the jungle rivers of Chocó, the western lowlands of Colombia.

The following photographs are taken from the essay Cockfight

Go to and check out all essays.