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20 DECEMBER 2012

Art Photo Index: important fine-art and documentary photography

"Art Photo Index (API) is a visual index of important art and documentary photographers, their images and their websites from throughout the world.

Our goal with API is to become the most useful index and search engine for discovering and exploring fine–art and documentary photography. Unlike other general purpose search engines where pertinent information is buried within the less relevant, the Art Photo Index search tool focuses only on a vetted art and documentary photographers and their work, making it the ideal search engine for our discerning audience of curators, gallery directors, publishers, editors, picture researchers, collectors and others who love art and documentary photography.

The photographers included in Art Photo Index have been selected as a result of their accomplishments in the art or documentary photography field. Many of those included have been published by major photobook publishers or serious art photography magazines. Some have received awards given by art and documentary photography organizations. Others are represented by major art photography galleries."


Fig.1 Meighan Ellis (2009). "The Assistant", Te Aro, Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand, from the The Sitters series.



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Simon Perkins
23 AUGUST 2010

Pioneering colour photography showing everyday Russian life

"Three young women offer berries to visitors to their izba, a traditional wooden house, in a rural area along the Sheksna River, near the town of Kirillov."

(Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA)

[The photograph was created by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin–Gorskii in 1909 as part of his survey of the Russian Empire. The image was created using an early 3–colour technique and was commissioned by Tsar Nicholas II.]



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Simon Perkins
26 JULY 2009

Jimmy Forsyth: Photographer who chronicled vanishing community life in the UK north-east

"The Tyneside amateur photographer Jimmy Forsyth, who has died aged 95, produced an acclaimed portrait of industrial working–class life in Britain.
in the early 1950s he heard rumours of plans to demolish Elswick and Scotswood Road. A whole way of life was under threat, and Jimmy imagined that he could capture the spirit of the community through photography. Thus he began in 1954, with a second–hand box camera and no formal training, his epic project to produce a portrait of the area by a trusted insider.

Mindful of posterity, he took a systematic approach – his images are indexed and his subjects carefully identified. Crucially, the task also saved Jimmy from unemployment. He assembled the prints, processed by Boots or a local chemist, in tartan–covered albums, and including the price of the films, his photography probably consumed a considerable part of his £2–a–week National Assistance money. Often he would sell people their prints for half a crown to fund the next roll of film. In an effort to improve his finances, Jimmy opened a shop in 1956 in Pine Street, but his generosity in providing goods 'on tick' soon forced him to sell up.

When the bulldozers eventually came to Elswick in the late 1950s, they inspired a period of intense activity for Jimmy, who stayed until the last moment to document the painful process of demolition. He even photographed the demolition men and the families left behind, until, he said, there was a knock at 356 Scotswood Road, where he was living: 'You'd better move out. We're doing this block next.'"
(The Guardian, 16 July 2009)

[Jimmy Forsyth, 1957. Scotswood Teddy Boys]



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