Depending where you find yourself, the holidays may or may not always be white with snow. But there's nothing wrong with dreaming a winter wonderland with our curated snow themed gift guide.
Between Mario Giacomelli's iconic snow shots, Sebastião Salgado's epic icebergs and Cig Harvey's flashes of magical colour we have the perfect snowy scene for everyone on your list. Celebrate the season with a photograph you can treasure for years to come.
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Peace and love,
“I suddenly understood what nature was telling me. I understood that you do not take photographs, you receive them.”
~ Pentti Sammallahti
Pentti is one of my favorite human beings and surely one of the greatest living photographers.He adds another dimension to the word “humility”. I have never met a photographer so completely uninterested in fame or personal success, material or otherwise. He is totally devoted to his art and almost monk-like in the way he approaches it and conducts himself. He is the most holy, poetic photographer I know yet full of life and gentle humor which manifests itself in his sublime work.Like they say in the theater “tragedy is easy, comedy is hard”, he creates gems of such seemingly simple human, animal and natural moments which are so complex in their construction and the dedication and patience it takes to capture them. His skills in the darkroom which are equally formidable are unparalleled by anyone working today. He would be embarrassed if I called him a photographic “genius” but like Mozart or Bach or Beethoven, he surely is.
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“The first thing I do in landscape photography is go out there and talk to the land - form a relationship, ask permission."
~ Michael Kenna
I have known Michael Kenna now for what must be over 40 years. I think we both arrived from England on the same banana boat full of dreams. I have watched his career grow and flourish due to both his innate talent and his amazing work ethic and dedication to his craft where he has now reached the pinnacle of his profession. He has more imitators than Elvis has impersonators but like there is only one true Elvis, there is only one Michael Kenna.Whenever I receive a package of requested prints from him it seems like Christmas Day. I know within the package there will be bountiful gifts of beauty and inspiration that will surpass one’s expectations. I experience an immediate transcendence to a feeling I can hardly articulate except to perhaps say otherworldly calm and peace.I know you will feel the same.
“Of course (photography) cannot create, nor express all we want to express. But it can be a witness of our passage on earth, like a notebook.”
~ Mario Giacomelli
I have been looking at Mario Giacomelli’s images all my life, I think he is one of the greatest photographers who ever lived.A quiet sage and a poet. To me he is like Bach. When I listen to Bach I feel he understood the meaning of life in all its stages I feel exactly the same with Giacomelli. One of my true regrets was that I never got to meet him in person. It was arranged that I would travel to meet him in his village in Senigallia with a photographer friend who knew him well. This was late 1999 but he was taken ill suddenly and our meeting was cancelled and he passed away the following year. But I revisit his images all the time and continue to be moved by them and always learn something new just like re-reading Shakespeare.
"Photography is for me a kind of meditation that widens my perception of the existing and evolving world around us. I seek refuge and simplicity in my photographs and find a personal resolution and fulfillment that I sincerely hope others experience as well."
~ Jeffrey Conley
Jeffrey has an enormous appreciation for the power of nature and our relationship to it, which is highlighted throughout his body of work. We get lost in the labyrinth of layers Conley captures in his meticulously hand-crafted prints. The simplicity, yet profound reflection of self, illuminated by Conley throughout, makes us appreciate nature’s beauty and respect the emotional connection we share with the environment around us.
"You an Orchestra You a Bomb looks at my relationship with life itself. It is work about the future, about paying attention to the fragile present. It makes icons of the everyday and looks at life on the threshold between magic and disaster."
“I love the wait for things to come to me, for the event and me to meet half way”
~ Sabine Weiss
One of my favorites of Sabine’s. I love black and white photography shot in the snow. A truly romantic but subtle image. One can almost imagine two people sitting there talking to each other in the most amorous city in the world.
"In order to be a good photographer, you need to work more on your emotions than you do on your technique.”
~ Paul Caponigro
When you are in Paul’s presence you know you are in the presence of aspecial human being who exudes wisdom and insight. He is articulate andprofound, but never pretentious. I see him as a kind of shaman, an elderwho is a spiritual guide who has taught me much over all these yearswithout ever pretending to be a teacher. I think his images work on aspecial plain of enlightenment.
Beauty emanates from every master print that Paul acknowledges fulfills his vision and releases it out of his sacred darkroom into the world. No two images are alike. He explores deep inside his soul again and again and creates a cacophony of varied beauty. Please never stop.
What can be more simple than a frosted window? Most of us would just walk by it and not really notice them. We would take them for granted as it’s very cold outside. It’s winter after all. But to someone as gifted and intuitive and one who sees life and receives it in such a wholly different way it is something else. A powerful reflection of universal truths that each of us can bring our own interpretation to thanks to Paul’s artistry.
Kristoffer AlbrechtI was visiting our great friend and artist, Pentti Sammallahti, in Helsinki and I casually said to him, “Perhaps there is another great photographer in Finland I should meet?”He made a telephone call and the next day he drove me for over 3 hours in the freezing cold through what seemed like at the time endless forests to meet his most favored student and protege - Kristopher did not disappoint.
"I am held by the light. How it articulates edges, modulates surfaces, and makes the air substantial and radiant."
~ Jed Devine
The platinum-palladium technique perfectly transcribes the light to his beautiful and delicate prints, holding the quiet radiance of winter within each fibre.
“Photography teaches us to see and we can see whatever we wish. When I take a photograph, I make a wish. I was always looking for beauty.”
~ George Tice
One of my favorite all-time photography books is George’s “Fields of Peace”, his exquisite study of an amish community in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to which he dedicated many years of his life to and it shows. Each image is a gem of understanding of a way of life lived with dignity and a sense of community almost unheard of anywhere else. It is one of the most beautiful bodies of work created by anybody in the history of this medium.
There comes a moment when it is no longer you who takes the photograph, but receives the way to do it quite naturally and fully.”
~ Sebastião Salgado
Each of Salgado’s epic projects is meticulously researched for years by Sebastião and his wife Lelía before they ever set foot on location to shoot. They found out about this group of Nenet Nomads who survive by herding reindeer. This is the coldest place on earth and I remember Sebastião telling me the story of how he went to enormous lengths to have the warmest coat that could be scientifically custom-made in order to withstand the elements so he could fulfill his project.He gets there and it is unbelievably cold. Beyond belief and expectations. He is shivering and cannot work. The Nenets see what is happening. Of course no verbal communication just human connection. They cut him a reindeer coat like they wear and voila it works and he can then work and he creates some of the most beautiful images found in the project.
Sebastião SalgadoNenet Nomads, Siberia, Russia, 2011Gelatin silver printImage - 14.5 x 20", Paper - 19.5 x 24", Mat- 24 x 30".
Sebastião SalgadoNenet Nomads (Packing Sleigh) South Yamal Region, Siberia, Russia, 2011Gelatin Silver Print20 x 24 inches. Signed, titled & dated in pencil on verso with the photographer's embossed stamp on recto.
Sebastião SalgadoNenets, an indigenous nomadic people, whose main subsistence come from reindeer herding, South Yamal Region, Siberia, Russia (Mother and child bundled), 2011Gelatin silver print20 x 24 inches; Signed, titled & dated in pencil on verso
Sebastião SalgadoChinstrap Penguins (Psygoscelis Antarctica), Deception Island, Antarctica, 2005/ Printed 2007Gelatin silver print35 x 24 inches
Sebastião SalgadoChinstrap Penguins on an iceberg located between Zavodovski and Visokoi islands. South Sandwich Islands., 2009Gelatin Silver Print24 x 35 inches
Sebastião SalgadoIceberg Between the Paulet Island and South Shetland Island, Antartica, 2005 (Printed 2021)Gelatin Silver PrintImage - 14.5"x20", Paper - 20"x24", Matted - 24"x30"