Gary Csuk, Family Christmas, 2015

Because tonight is Christmas and many will share this moment with their family, I wanted to share one of my favourite photography of Gary Csuk, which I find perfect for today :

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Gary Csuk, Family Christmas, 2015

I discovered this photographer thanks to his series of portraits of people that he just meet in the street : partially staged, he tried to capture their true nature and environment, asking them to never smile and re-act as they were when he first saw them. Because his pictures are not raw shots, he is engaging with his subject, he really succeed to exalt their humanity whatever the background. They are simply humans, and not ‘characters’ and this is great to see (not sure what I am trying to say is clear enough…!)

As he says himself :

No matter what or who my subjects are, there is something about them that is beautiful and unique. Every house, every person, every setting has something that sets it apart.

 

For the picture’Family Christmas‘, this is slightly different as he staged with humor, his own family (still not smiling!) and I simply imagine the fun they probably had during the shooting, like in many of his other family portraits:

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Gary Scuk, Grandmother, Grandson, 2015

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Gary Scuk, Happy Mother’s Day, 2015

On this, I encourage to see more of his works here and here and wish you all a Merry Christmas !

Images Copyrights: Gary Scuk

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The colorful albums of Malekeh Nayiny.

With the familial gatherings I’ll have this weekend (this is Christmas after all!), I wanted to share the series “Updating a family album” by Malekeh Nayiny.

This artist born in Iran, and now living in Paris, transforms the old black and white photographs of her family into colorful ones, adding with her computer (which becoming then a sort of ‘time machine’ for her) all sort of collages and intentionally out of context backgrounds, bringing her ancestors back to life, or at least makes them travelling to a wonderful world.

This is beautifully made, full of love, and an awesome way to develop an awareness of her familial history.

Happy Monday All 🙂

Images © Malekeh Nayiny – Taymour Grahne Gallery