The Specials

On this page we occasionally post someone or something that we think you should know, interesting stories, photographers that for some reason do not make the list but we want to show you because of something special, unknown or bizarre. These are: The Specials.

SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2012
Photography without a lens? Xavier Lucchesi, 1959, France, uses X-rays and the most efficient scanners to create his bizarre images. He makes images while going through the matter of small and large objects, from animals, bodies, paintings of Picasso to entire trucks. Even though X-ray goes straight through matter it still shows various details of the objects, sometimes revealing secrets invisible to the naked eye. Xavier shows us what we can only imagine but also creates a new reality, one that is based on solid objects becoming fantastical entities. His work has been exhibited on numerous occasions, mainly in Europe and Asia. The following images come from the series Radioportraits, Automates and Trafic.

Intrigued to see how he will approach his future projects and what they will reveal to us.

The joy of life and love on camera. Vanessa Hollander and Wilson Philippe, 1994 & 1993, USA & France, are two young photographers, in a relationship, on their journey into the photographic world. As a couple they express themselves through photography. Both the photographers also appear in front of the lens. They strengthen each other and create their own world, in which they are the lead subjects. It is a young and romantic reality they display, full of color and joy. They also work with video with brilliant results. The following images come from the series B├ęppe, New York and Moi je joue.

Curious where their journey will take them. They have made a great start, who knows to what hights they might get.

Is photography only possible in the physical world? Robert Overweg, Netherlands, 1983, shows us that the limits of photography have not yet been reached. Robert is a photographer in the virtual world. The border between the "real" world and the virtual is slowly fading and merging together. Make sure to press here for an interesting article about Roberts work. The work of Robert is important. As photography is always evolving, we need people like Overweg to look for new borders within the photographic range. The following images come from the series The end of the virtual world, Glitches and Documenting Current Spaces 07-09.

With interest we will be keeping an eye on Roberts work, curious to see what he will find in the virtual world.

Too young to be a photographer? Olivia Bolles, USA, 1994, better known as Olivia Bee who just turned 16, proves otherwise. For several years she has been taking photographs and experimenting with video. She already worked for clients like Converse. Her photography is about the life she is living, her friends and herself. The images are playfull, spontanious, poetic and innocent. Her website already has a large collection of photographs. The following photographs come from various series.

There is a lot of potential here. We are very curious to see where Olivia is going with her photography. 

FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010
SPECIAL #001: Mike Brodie
Mike Brodie, USA, 1985, a.k.a 'the Polaroid kid' is in the first place a freight train hopper. He left home at the age of 18 to ride the trains and travel across the USA. He started taking pictures of his friends and the people that surrounded him with a polaroid sx-70 camera. He has never had any education in photography.

Later he also started taking pictures with a 35mm camera. In 2008 he won the Baum award for emerging American Photographers.

Today Mike Brodie doesn't take take pictures anymore, instead he is going to school to become a diesel mechanic for the Pacific Railroad. Read this interesting article about Mike.
Once we hear that Mike Brodie has taken up photography again, he will be straight on the 500photographers main list.



Anonymous said...

Can I know about the music played in this?

Mr. Five Zero Zero said...

Sorry, I honestly don't know...

Anonymous said...

Best work I've seen in days... Fresh stuff...

Bart Dykstra said...

Music is by Jakob. Album: Solace. Song: 'Saint'.
3-man instrumental post-rock band from New Zealand.

Jennifer Wilson said...

His exhibit at Camera Works In San Francisco is the best show I have seen by a young artist in years. Amazing!

Anonymous said...

Wow. Great great pics. Does someone know how to get in contact via email with Mike brodie?

Anonymous said...


Mr. Five Zero Zero said...

Dear Anonymous,

Just follow the steps described on this website... Go to the suggestions page and you'll find out!

Art of Photography said...

Now I know why this page called a special. Beautiful.