Fumiko Nahamura’s Photo in Budapest Portraiture Exhibition

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Laurie says:

Since all my major books and projects have been portraiture, I was especially pleased to have my portrait of Fumiko Nahamura in the exhibition “Portraiture” at the PH21 Gallery in Budapest.

Portraiture emerged as one of the most prominent genres of depictive media early in the history of the visual arts, and the tacit or explicit rules, conventions and cultural expectations have always influenced the ways by which artists approached the genre. Photography is no exception; numerous different and characteristic styles of portraiture emerged throughout the history of the medium. Today we live in an exciting new era for portraiture. There has never been a time in human history when so many portraits were produced day after day as in the era of digital technologies. Photographers have responded to the cultural, social and technological changes by reinterpreting the age-old genre of portraiture, and it is always an exciting and rewarding task to organize an exhibition for some of the recent achievements in the field.

PH21 Gallery.
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Nahamura Fumiko..

I met Fumiko Nakamura through Okinawa Women Act Against [US] Military Violence while working on my Women of Japan suite. She was a filmmaker and peace activist who retired after 40 years as a school teacher to found the non-profit Ichi Feet to document the horrors of the battle of Okinawa and the subsequent suffering.

The photos in the PH21 exhibition are exceptional both in the variety of the images and the very different concepts of portraiture. The choice between them was really impossible. I very much like the images below and would strongly recommend that you see the whole show.

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“Post No Bills” – Ruben Natal, San Miguel

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joyfulvision-zaslov

“Joyful Vision” – Mara Zaslove, from series “Lifecycle”

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“Sunday, 14 February – South Harlem, New York City” –  Jonathan David Smyth, from series “Just One More”

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“Me and Myself ” – Elena Santucci

Exquisite Photos of Terraced Fields

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These remarkable photographs of terraced fields are from In Focus edited by Alan Foster.

Graduated terrace steps are commonly used to farm on hilly or mountainous terrain. They have existed for almost as long as developed agriculture. Their history includes the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the mountains surrounding the great Inca city of Machu Picchu, and 1930’s hay farms in Mississippi.

For thousands of years, when farmers in mountainous regions have expanded their farms to grow crops on the steep slopes, they have carved massive steps into the terrain, forming terraces of many small platforms. Following the contours of the mountains, the edges of the terraces create sinuous patterns in the landscape, presenting picturesque images. Gathered here are photos from China, Switzerland, Vietnam, Peru, the Philippines, and Japan.
– Alan Foster

The images are stunning and subtle and complex. They reiterate the same patterns while being profoundly different from each other. They abstract the landscape in an aesthetic that I find exquisite.
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Photo taken on March 6, 2014, shows the scenery of terraced fields in Yuanyang County, China. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee added China’s Honghe Hani Rice Terraces to its World Heritage List on June 22, 2013. Yang Zongyou / Xinhua Press / Corbis
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Terraced rice fields of the Honghe Hani Rice Terraces in Yuanyang county, Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture, China, on January 12, 2016. Yang linhua /Imaginechina
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A farmer walks amid a terrace paddy field in Suichuan county, Jiangxi province, on June 1, 2013.China Daily / Reuters
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A view of a rice paddy along the mountain slopes of Banaue city, Ifugao province, north of Manila, on April 16, 2008. John Javellana / Reuters

I had a really difficult time making the choices for these photos. I could just have easily chosen a different and equally beautiful group of four. Look at all of them.