Master piece of the Day: Blue 4L in Sidi Bou said

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Blue as Sidi Bou Said, a Renault 4L is making no surprise by [Benoist Sebire]

 

US embassy Photos archives

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A valuable collection of photos found in the US embassy site split into three galleries: Habib Bourguiba, Mohamed Gammoudi ,Tunisian and American VIPs Exchange visits all in black and white dating since the late sixties for events relating both countries, the photos were given a full brief description but there were no credits about the photographers, the photos are available in large format enough to get prints and there were no copyrights warning or any other license thus the photos can be used for personal use.

I really like that gallery, certainly a time machine back in time where Tunisian-American relationship have started, Bourguiba was quite influenced by the way US forged its success.

 

Master piece of the Day: Southern knight

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By [Janis Grodums]

 

Views of America

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The organizing committee of the Festival "VIEWS OF AMERICA," Close Encounters of American Independent Cinema Tunis, and his partner, the production company DIGIPRO, with the support of the Embassy of USA in Tunis and AMIDEAST, organizes a combination of audiovisual creation.

The contest is open to students enrolled in universities Tunisian and / or the Tunisian youth under 28 years. Participants should submit a film dealing with an original and light "the challenges of youth Tunisian" such as unemployment, AIDS, extremism, immigration, etc..

Films submitted must meet the following criteria:

-- From three to six minutes in duration,
-- Shot any video (digital, VHS, phone, etc..)
-- Final product delivered on DVD.

The competition results will be communicated to the participants and the public in early September.
Ten films will be selected and prizes will be distributed to various their directors:

-- 1st, 2nd, 3rd places - An all-expenses-paid trip to New York to attend the New York Film Festival in early October 2008,
-- 4th to 10th places - digital video cameras and other prizes.

The deadline for submission of work is Saturday, August 2, 2008. The work accompanied by a fact sheet mentioning the title of the film, duration, the name of the director, its details and a photocopy of an identity, must be mailed or hand-delivered to the address Next:

Société DIGIPRO
21 Rue 8606, Charguia 1
2035 – Tunis, Tunisie
Site web: www.digipro-audiovisuel.com

Via [Views of America group in FB]

 

Master piece of the Day: Who's there?

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Taken in Matmata by [Amine Messadi]

 

Al marsa Spring Of Arts

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As planned before I went to Al Marsa exposition featuring all kinds of arts: plastic arts, painting and photography all in a big Palace that would take your breath for a whole ballad but give your energy as the works you're gonna see are quiet excellent and I really enjoyed the youngsters photography style, especially the one featuring the boy haircut girl, I was completely sold out seeing such beauty works indeed it's worth going to.

The arts Spring of Al Marsa

 

Masterpice of the day: Smiling woman

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A smiling woman guading a cow by [Drik Panier]

 

ArabianEye

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arabianEye’s image library is 100% Middle Eastern. It’s big and it’s growing. It’s fast and it’s changing. It’s already changed the face of Arabian imagery – capsizing the grotesque status quo of endless clichés, show-and-tell concepts and soulless smiley pics.

What we do:

Image library: we focus on editorial and commercial gulf images – so enthusiastically that we have the largest collection of Middle Eastern royalty-free and rights-managed creative imagery. You can source these through arabianEye and through our international partners.

Production: with our ‘you dream it, we shoot it’ approach, we take care of everything from concept to finished product. We’re also well established in the region, with a range of international clients, from Time Magazine to major corporations based in the Middle East.


Arabian is the only arabic photo agency gathering a bunch of photographers all over the world, very few arabs focsing in imaging the Arab world, it's sopmehow becomed an Arabic Getty images with thousands of of photo stock and hundreds of photographers, I hope to see more arab photographers there.

The site is also open to anyone competing with a professionnel artwork, I didn't see none from the maghreb down there as I know that most of them have business with french photo agencies (as Jalel Gastli) and I wish if somwhow there was some kind of photo business nest by Arabs for Arabs.

Take a look at [Arabian Eye] and their [Blog]

 

Zoom photo awards

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Zoom (a local canon reseller) have launched lately a photo competition with free theme exposed in a gallery in Menzeh 4 for photographers under 30 years, the awards went to:
- 1st prize: Adel Ben Yacoub.
- 2nd Kais Ben Farhat.
- 3th Ahmed Jelassi.

The event will be a yearly competition indeed it would be an other challenge next to the one we already have and I'm really satisfied with the quality of Jury, the prize and the mediation of the event.

 

Master piece of the Day: Watermelons salesman

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By [Bill Hocker]

 

The fate of a nation

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"The Tate has just sent me its magnificent book of orientalist paintings to coincide with its latest exhibition (The Lure of the East: British Orientalist Painting) and I am struck by the awesome beauty of this work. In the 19th century, our great painters wondered at the glories of the Orient.

No more painters today. Instead, we send our photographers and they return with pictures of car bombs and body parts and blood and destroyed homes and Palestinians pleading for food and fuel and hooded gunmen on the streets of Beirut, yes, and dead Israelis too. The orientalists looked at the majesty of this place and today we look at the wasteland which we have helped to create."


Via [The traveler Photographer]

What is shocking is the main difference between paintings and photojournalism, painting is meant to show beauty, will nowadays all the images send from the Arab world are all just about conflicts, death and chaos in a bitter black and white, our image is being work out in the bad way, the media are just spotted on bloody lands leaving since 9/11 and no more is really curious about finding a desert rose as much as seeming more storms.

Here come the role of photographers to counter back the stereotype of war and disaster, more lovely spots, smiling faces would bring back some harmony to our world. Unfortunately Arab photography is very limited and unknown, but we can still try...

 

Masterpice of the day: spices

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By [Leigh Fatzinger]

 

6th International Meetings of Photographof Ghar El Melh

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26 - June 29, 2008
Scheduling

Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie de Ghar El Melh have become the great appointment of photography in Tunisia. Photographers from all sides: confirmed, new, children and the general public expect the last week of June to look, listen, do speak… all the senses will be arrested. Exhibits, workshops, panel discussions, slide shows a menu is also gratifying that teaching.
Exposures
Since its invention, photography continues to metamorphose, to the point where it seems that every photographer, creating its subject, invents its own medium. Each edition of the Rencontres is an anthology of looks from here and elsewhere previously. Venues from abroad or Tunisia, exhibitions are always a certain way of seeing the world. In Bamako as in Arles, Paris or Barcelona, the organisers: commissioner or curator, s'ingénient to build a theme events. In the exhibition galleries Fort Ghar El Melh - former penal colony - where for a long time any event basic freedom was banned today no restrictions are imposed. Meetings Ghar El Melh are a tribute, always renewed, the photographers who sublimate life.

Carte Blanche collectors The exhibitions last year Mustapha Bouchoucha and Victor Sebag had a great success. This year Beit Bennani and Iadh Behi return to submit their shots heart. "Anonymous" is a selection of photographs without mention delved into the fund Beit Bennani, but whose documentary value is undeniable. Soler was the photographer for a long time that any s'arrachait Tunis, he was the photographer official ceremonies, the reporter whose photos illustrated journals from the early twentieth century and a portrait of talent. Iadh Behi offers a choice of savoir faire of this photographer.

Round Tables I: "The pictures today"
(Led by Amar Dhaya, University)

It is possible to consider photography as an area that is sufficient in itself, a stirring panorama as broad as the imagination allows the photographer while being containing photographic. It is also possible to meet a different picture, known as plastic, worked or "photoshopée", which spans areas, erases labels and demystifies history.
The first provided a wealth of world-famous photographers, a significant amount of works that take the icon. The second, because newer, less is known to the public. Visible only in the galleries, it is for the moment, confidential.
These two photographs meet sometimes violently, through their tenants, with arguments by critics texts and rarely through the works or theories.
All of this leads inevitably to, once again, seeking a definition of photography and a statute for the photographer.

Round Tables II: "The photograph in these relations with the media"
(Led by Mohamed Elhedef, journalist and photographer)

What information should be mostly in their paper version without photographs? A non-illustrated article seems sometimes suspect because the photographers, amateur or professional, are ubiquitous. But this beautiful marriage between the press and the picture is sometimes acrimonious. The scenes of households are becoming common to the point where it is periodically to the brink of collapse.
Photographs published out of context of achievement, false stories, even photographers who manipulate their works have become commonplace.
Like always trains arriving on time and nobody speaks and who become the subject of a scandal without precedent when one of them shows a slight delay, photography fills often marvel at its role . The debate, introduced by a review of photographs that have surprised, shocked or outraged, analyze the path that follows an image of the photographer drive. Course mined, chaotic and often dangerous.

The Night meetings
The evenings of meetings will be set aside for photography, how can it be otherwise, thirst that we organize and you look. In the vast courtyard of the first fort, projections will be organized to add to the vision, the sound of music accompanying commentary or a photographer. Jean Claude - alias Father Fourat - Imed and Donia show every night bêtisier Encounters. This year, a slide show will allow the public to assess programmes carried out by photographers who hope to win "The challenge for Ghar El Melh" trophy that will crown the creativity and boldness.

Photography workshop for children and adults
The workshops, as their name suggests, are more than one site preparations. The result does not count more than the work leading thereto. "The Wall images", "Life, face and portrait", "Their photos… our legends", "Family Album," are some of the workshops where children give free rein to their imagination, fantasy and innocence. The photographers will be invited to take part and children by the hand to the wonderful world of photography.

Journal of Meetings
Le Corsaire écumera the shores of Ghar El Melh for the third consecutive year. Auditors reported the course of the event, interviews with photographers, citations to remember, excerpts book to read, memorize vocabulary, helping heart of poets, are the topics.

Photo Academy
The Academy of Art in Carthage is a new private school to teach photography in Tunisia. With equipment at the cutting edge of technology, experienced teachers will be glad to show you how to use your digital camera, make a portrait studio and exploit the possibilities of Photoshop. A team of students from this institution will cover the highlights of the day and will screen his interviews and reports each evening.

Back in a work, photography by A. Kahia
What other event could pay tribute to Abdelhamid Kahia? Les Rencontres hope enroll in the Tunisian landscape photography as a reference to consult. A slide show, made after his great book "Tunisia" published in 1964, will explore photography Abdelhamid Kahia, one of the few masters of photography Tunisia.

After midnight
"After midnight" is a meeting, informal and relaxed on the beach of Sidi Ali El Mekki, where interrogations, which have always accompanied the photographer, will be raised. What is a good photograph? The photographer must seek to be happy or to please the public? And the art market! Should we follow or ignore? These are some of the questions which no reply has been unanimously. Here and nowhere else, the digressions are allowed if desired, photography leads to everything and what better place to escape the starry sky of Tunisia and the beach of Sidi Ali El Mekki? The echoes of discussions last year, which ended at sunrise, still resonate today. Some went to bed others have had enough strength to go eat doughnuts and start a new day. The meeting is also this: a performance of physical endurance.

The animations

June 26

09h-12h: photography workshops for children
"Guided tours of exhibitions with Hamideddine
"The wall images with Rania
"Your photos… our legends" with Hajer
"Life, face portraits" with Rabaa
16h-18h: Workshop for adolescents and adults
"Picture Academy", with the Academy of Art in Carthage
22h to 00h: Nocturnes.
The information (students of the Academy of Art in Carthage)
"Back in a work, photography by A. Kahia" Hamideddine
Slideshows contributing to the Challenge Ghar El Melh
"The bêtisier of the day" by Jean Claude alias Father Fourat, Imed and Donia
Beach Sidi El Mekki
00h to 02h: "After midnight, meeting informally with photographers.

June 27

09h-12h: photography workshops for children
"Guided tours of exhibitions with Lilia
"The wall images with Rania
"Your photos… our legends" with Hajer
"Life, face portraits" with Rabaa
16h-18h: Workshop for adolescents and adults
"Picture Academy", with the Academy of Art in Carthage
22h to 00h: Nocturnes.
The information (students of the Academy of Art in Carthage)
Slideshows contributing to the Challenge Ghar El Melh
"The bêtisier of the day" by Jean Claude alias Father Fourat, Imed and Donia
Beach Sidi El Mekki
00h to 02h: "After midnight, meeting informally with photographers.

June 28

09h-12h: photography workshops for children
"Guided tours of exhibitions" with Marianne
"The wall images with Rania
"Your photos… our legends" with Hajer
"Life, face portraits" with Rabaa "
"Reporters at GEM" with Lilia
16h-18h: Workshop for adolescents and adults
"Picture Academy", with the Academy of Art in Carthage
Panel I: "The pictures today"
22h to 00h: Nocturnes.
The information (students of the Academy of Art in Carthage)
Slideshows contributing to the Challenge Ghar El Melh
"The day of the bêtisier" by Jean Claude alias Father Fourat, Imed and Donia
Beach Sidi El Mekki
00h to 02h: "After midnight, meeting informally with photographers.

June 29

09h-12h: photography workshops for children
"Guided tours of exhibitions with Nathalia
"The wall images with Rania
"Your photos… our legends" with Hajer
"Life, face portraits" with Rabaa
"Family Albums" with Lilia
16h-18h: Workshop for adolescents and adults
"Picture Academy", with the Academy of Art in Carthage
Panel II: "The photograph in these relations with the media"
22h to 00h: Nocturnes.
"The bêtisier of the day" by Jean Claude alias Father Fourat, Imed and Donia
Slideshows contributing to the Challenge Ghar El Melh and awards ceremony.
"Back in a work, photography by A. Kahia" Hamideddine
Special Info (students of the Academy of Art in Carthage)
Beach Sidi El Mekki
00h to 02h: "After midnight," Farewell.

Via [Du photographique] freshly translated fron French with Google.

 

Collections
Anonymes, fonds Beit el Bennani (Tunisia)
Soler, fonds Iadh Béhi (Tunisia)

Photographers
Abid Ons (Tunisia)
Abouzid Kamel (Lybia)
Akram Abderrazzak (Tunisia)
Amri Hassen (Tunisia)
Barioun Talel (Lybia)
Belhassen Imed (Tunisia)
Ben Mustapha Aicha (Tunisia)
Bensaadi Ramzy (Algérie)
Benzid Lilia (Tunisia)
Bouali Hamideddine (Tunisia)
Catzaras Marianna (Tunisia/Greece)
Chagour Samia (Tunisia)
Chebbi Mohamed Haythem (Tunisia)
Coto Gael (France)
De la Mauvinière Sylvia (France)
Fauqué Nicolas (France/Tunisia)
Fitouri Jamila (Lybia)
Frikha Sami (Tunisia)
Hammi Mohamed (Tunisia)
Iverney Claude (France)
Jabeur Salah (Tunisia)
Jaskula Natalia (Pologne)
Jeradi Wiem (Tunisia)
Kéchine Abderazak (Tunisia)
Lefevre Patrick (France)
Maamri Karim (Tunisia)
Marouane Trabelsi (Tunisia)
Messadi Amine (Tunisia)
Paiva Suzana (Potugal)
Pieck Mela (Pologne)
Salvado Maria (Argentine)
Segur Benoit et Irina (France/Russia)
Sifaoui Riadh (Tunisia)
Sikora Tomek (Pologne)
Stoll Catherine (France)
Tangi Myriam (Moroccco)
Telissi Maraa (Lybia)
Vidal Antonio (Spain/Tunisia)
Wacowski Piotr (Pologne)
Werda Rania (Tunisia)

Via [Du Photographique]