while browsing today, I came across the flickr of a haunted house that at an identical moment in the walkthrough of the house, fires a strobe and takes a picture right as the patrons are most scared. it actually makes for some extremely interesting photographs. the most interesting thing however, is simply how many of these shots there are. they have hundreds from each month of operation. as someone who stages photos, and tries meticulously to get people to look at least kind of scared, im finding this to be some great source material.
people have been asking me to post my list of photographers online for a while now, I put it on my blog but I'll put it here too.
this is just a small collection of modern photographers who have recently-updated websites, one or two actually-famous photographers may have snuck on here as well. hopefully this helps someone...
Roger Ballen is an American photographer who works (among other things) documenting rural South Africa. The photographs are stunning, and blur the line between reality and staging: its easy to see his hand in the staging of the photographs, but unclear what elements are his responsibility. Check out his work on his website!
I've been getting really into some work by this guy Jon Rafman. In one of his projects, he makes large scale prints of images he captures in Google Street View. This is pretty crazy, considering the nature of this work as photography. He is essentially doing Bresson's work, searching for the Decisive Moment, but rather than shooting it himself, he's using the (literally) millions of images that Google has produced for Street View. The work talks about the beauty of our world through an interesting lens, the nine eyes of the Google camera. The three images I've posted here came from the blog Rafman uses to document the project, which is here: