John Ferreira@johnferreira100

The age of discovery

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Two master photographers, two wars, two US marines. W. Eugene Smith and Don McCullin show how powerful a camera can be. @don.mccullin @eugenesmithfund @themuseumofmodernart @eastmanmuseum


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I first saw an exhibition of Hannah Wilke’s work back in 2007, at the Alison Jacques Gallery. An artist who’s position in the history of art is only becoming more recognised. @alisonjacquesgallery @themuseumofmodernart @guggenheim


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If you’re lucky to be flying to Porto, you will see this great work by Miguel Palma in the airport, which forms part of the Fundação de Serralves collection and most recently was exhibited to great acclaim at the Centro de Arte Moderna da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon. My good friend Pedro Batista introduced me to Miguel, who is a top man and genius artist. @fundacao_serralves @miguelxpalma


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The last days of Autumn in Westbourne Park.


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I’ve body-surfed most beaches in Portugal, but have still to conquer Praia da Nazare - maybe next year.. (note chap on a surfboard on the left of the wave).


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Saw “Minefield” at the Royal Court this evening. By Argentine playwright, Lola Arias, the play involves, or more accurately, stars six British and Argentine veterans sharing their experiences of the 1982 Falklands/Malvinas war. The run ends tomorrow (11 Nov). Big thumbs up from me - very memorable. @royalcourttheatre


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I had the privilege of having a chat with Marcelo Brodsky, whose series “1968: THE FIRE OF IDEAS (2014–2016)” was showcased by Argentina’s Rolf Art, at Paris Photo. Arguably one of the most profound bodies of contemporary work on show at the fair. @rolf_art @parisphotofair


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The outstanding highlight of Paris Photo this year for me was Bruce Silverstein’s 1926 vintage print of “Chez Mondrian” by André Kertész. Not everyday one sees a genuine masterpiece in the flesh. @brucesilverstein @parisphotofair


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Steve McCurry would be wise to look over his shoulder, as my daughter, Millie, took this wonderful photograph when she was in India.


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“Le Fort des Halles, Paris, 1939” by Brassaï. A time when carbohydrates were good for you and kale was just cabbage. @vamuseum @themuseumofmodernart @gettymuseum @tate @eastmanmuseum @hasselbladfoundation @mfahouston


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Although less well-known than peers such as Diane Arbus, Robert Frank and William Klein, Louis Faurer was a gifted artist, who straddled street and fashion photography. This image was taken in 1962 for Harper‘s Bazaar. @howardgreenberggallery


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Tao still going strong at 42 East 58th Street New York - a good night with Ireland’s finest 🇮🇪 @mayo_mack !!! Although he still insists he was a flanker at some stage of his rugby career - clearly he is a “back”


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Don’t you just love New York?!


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Hammersmith to Grand Central


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Hammersmith to Westbourne Park presents many opportunities for some snaps of urban decay.


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"Francis Bacon, Paris, France, April 11, 1979". One of so many powerful portraits by Richard Avedon.
©️ The Richard Avedon Foundation @pacemacgillgallery


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"Nina + Simone, Piazza di Spagna, Rome (Vogue)" By New Yorker, William Klein, one of the great artistic and innovative forces in photography. Difficult to choose a favourite, but this 1960 image simply nails it on so many levels and set the benchmark very high for those that followed in fashion photography. @howardgreenberggallery @themuseumofmodernart @gettymuseum


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Wagner Almeida was born in Belém do Pará, Brazil in 1981 and is an award winning photojournalist. Check out an exhibition of his "Luz Vermelha" body of work at @utopica.photography


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"Maidens in Waiting, Blackpool 1951" by Bert Hardy - in my humble opinion one of the most talented British photographers and someone who warrants greater institutional/market recognition.


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"The Damm family in their car, Los Angeles, California, 1987" by the master documentary and street photographer, Mary Ellen Mark.


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I've got "Pickle" and Audrey Hepburn had "Famous" back in 1957, when she was filming at Paramount Studios (Sid Avery). Check out Peter Fetterman's photography gallery, one of the best in my humble opinion. @peterfettermangallery


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Pickle posing for the camera with great skill.


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Roger Mayne, "Footballer and Shadow", 1956 and "Lisbon, Portugal", 1957 by Gérard Castello Lopes - great eyes...


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"Adelyn, Ash Wednesday, New Orleans, LA, 2002" by Alec Soth on show at a high quality exhibition at @beetlesandhuxley


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This is an albumen print of Mass'oud Mirza Zell-e Soltan's bodyguards and was taken by Antoin Sevruguin, who has signed the negative in Cyrillic in the bottom right corner. A wonderful example of Qajar-era portrait photography.


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"Rude Boy Style, East Flatbush, Brooklyn, NYC, 1980" by New York's finest, Jamel Shabazz.


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I popped into Frieze and Frieze Masters today. The only works that blew me away were a magnificent $15 million Cy Twombly and a monumental $450,000 Julian Schnabel painting. I also liked this lady's coat, as I've always had a soft spot for Liquorice allsorts.


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I was happy to find a group of 19th century, Qajar-era photographs recently, not least because it has given me the opportunity to source images and continue going up my steep learning curve on the subject (we all need a hobby). I have been able to attribute this particular print to Antoin Sevruguin and it is of a Zoroastrian merchant. The Zoroastrian religion in its own right is a fascinating subject, given some believe that it dates back to the 2nd Millennium BC.


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I first saw the body of work entitled "Castles of Ulster" by British photographer, Jonathan Olley, when it was shown at Tate Modern in 2010, as part of the exhibition "Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera." Created in 1989, it is a poignant reminder of the sensitivities over the issue of free movement in Ireland. This image is entitled: "Golf Five Zero watchtower. Crossmaglen, South Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK. ". I can't remember if I read it somewhere, or Jonathan told me (Greg Williams introduced me), but it really does look like a submarine has emerged in the middle of a residential street. @tate @icalondon @walkerartcenter


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In 1980, Bruce Davidson began photographing the New York subway system, a project which resulted in one of my favourite photo books, namely "Subway". Originally published by Aperture in 1986, the work was re-published for what I believe was the 4th time in 2011 by Steidl. You can pick up the latter for circa £30 - a bobby bargain. @magnumphotos @themuseumofmodernart @tate @howardgreenberggallery


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