On my Monday run, I was going down 8th Street towards Central Avenue in Newark and noticed that a formerly garbage strewn vacant lot on corner of 8th Street and 11th Avenue had become a vegetable garden.
Two very different approaches to photography are on display at Getty Museum with Japan's Modern Divide (March 26- August 25, 2013).
Both surrealist influenced Kansuke Yamanoto and documentary style Hiroshi Hamaya "grew up during the brief Taishō era (1912–1926), a period of industrialization and experimentation that ushered in the modern Shōwa era (1926–1989)."
Kansuke Yamamoto was inspired by "Surrealist art from Europe and produced innovative, socially conscious photographs, poems, and other works that advanced the avant-garde movement in Japan."
In contrast, "during this time, between the international Depression and World War II, Hiroshi Hamaya began to document regional traditions and social issues, primarily on the country's rugged "back coast" along the Sea of Japan."
Japan in Black and White for Tokyo Thursdays # 254
I know that Laguiole now delivers its corkscrews and knives worldwide via FedEx from its Aubrac home yet I was surprised to see a trio of Laguiole knives on display in hardware store on Boulevard des Minimes in Toulouse.
Perfect for picnics to make a fresh sandwich with charcuterie, cheese and bread you bought a couple hours earlier.
Rather than destroying money, another French artist turns leftover banknotes into provocative portraits. By folding one note over another and photographing them, Philippe Petremant gives combination another dimension.
English language sites introduce the serie of 7 portraits as 'Magnificent Seven' yet Philippe Petremant told me that it is actually 'The Seven Mercenaries' ('Les Sept Mercenaires'). He 'blames' Google for series name being lost in translation.
It was originally shown at Galerie Le Reverbere in Lyon (where Philippe lives and work) and titled 'That's all folks! les sept mercenaires- Les Contrees Nulles' in 2010.
Contrees Nulles more or less means hopeless countries, places.
Les Sept Mercenaires 'The Seven Mercenaries' series can be seen at Circulations, the festival of young European photography until March 31, 2013.
Circulations 2013 takes place in Parc de Bagatelle, Paris, France.
I discovered Philippe Petremant's work via Phaidon Agenda on March 12 and then asked Philippe for his authorization to share his work here.
(* Top image is 'atchoum elizabeth' and bottom one is 'joyeux mao', both from Circulations Festival site)