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  1. michael kirk
    January 27, 2023 @ 2:10 am

    Would Cartier Bresson, Kertez, Gianni Gardin, and Doisneau would be cheering on Fuji X Passion for giving life to such a disgusting culture, to this ugliness. I doubt it. I think they’d be appalled. The photographer ? Would be better if the project didn’t exist. What good does it do ? So cool, so with it , so hip ? Sensationalizing , yes. At what cost? Is it great for younger generations to look up to this . Your magazine really should do some soul searching as to the value of this kind of coverage. Is there any comedy, irony, composition, compassion in the photographs. Any story ? Anything ? Maybe it should hang it in an art museum to further give a lift to society ? To elevate our being, to further our humanity..nope, its just more visual trash..thanks, but no thanks..


    • Miroslav Hlinka
      January 27, 2023 @ 9:09 am

      Photography in general has many directions and forms. The nice thing about it is that everyone can find what they like or don’t like.
      Even photojournalism itself has many forms, themes, styles.
      You mention Bresson, Kertez, Gardin, Doisneau… and although they are masters, they represent only a part of humanistic photography. Take for example Susan Meiselas, Antonin Kratochvil, James Nachtwey, Don McCullin, William Klein, their work takes a completely different path (even different paths within the same artist you can find different styles).
      That someone photographs a specific community and someone doesn’t like it, it is absolutely OK.
      But I might be careful in making clear judgements. The fact that something appeals or is disgusting to me is no guarantee of quality. Or that it should be take a pictures or not.
      For a lot of things, time will tell. (I believe, Even among the time-honored authors you will surely find those you like to follow but also those whose work you don’t like)
      Especially with photographers, I would expect them to keep an open mind.


    • Victor Maubembe
      January 27, 2023 @ 9:42 am

      Photography is a medium that allows for creativity and self-expression. It is important to remember that art and photography can be appreciated in different ways by different people, and that what may be considered “ugliness” by one person may be considered “beauty” by another. It is also worth noting that photography has the ability to capture and document important moments in history and culture.


    • Dustin
      January 27, 2023 @ 1:35 pm

      Brice Gelot is known for his work in photojournalism about gangs and street culture. He has made a name for himself in the photography world with his powerful and evocative images that capture the human experience in all its complexity. His work has been recognized globally, and he has been selected recently as one of the most influential photographers, alongside industry greats such as Steve McCurry.
      For your information modern photography in 2023 is not only Cartier Bresson, Kertez, Gianni Gardin, and Doisneau…wake up Michael


    • Thomas M. Photography
      January 28, 2023 @ 8:33 am

      If like you said Cartier Bresson, Kertez, Gianni Gardin, and Doisneau was cheering on FujiXpassion they would probably laugh at your comment


    • Philip Sutton
      January 31, 2023 @ 4:59 am

      In reply to Michael. At a cursory glance, I actually agree with what you say – the ugliness, the depravity of that culture, the apparent ‘lost’ condition of the subjects – the seeming glorification of something so base and horrible – the list goes on. Also – there seems that little thought or effort may have gone into these pictures – almost just snapshots of random depravity. I’ve followed Steve McCurry for years, and looking at his images there seems to almost be a poetic grace that flows through all of them – not so here. However, having said all of that, there is a place for these images. I’ve shot photos amongst the homeless Indigenous close to where I live, and there is a real art in doing that and escaping with one’s life. Kudos to NSD51/50 – it has taken guts and a lifetime commitment to be able to shoot images like this. I do know from experience that the casual photographer of inexperienced, would not have been able to shoot these images without being assaulted or having their gear ‘confiscated’. One cannot underestimate the immeasurable time and energy that the author of these images has put into creating the foundation to be able to freely photograph within these fringe cultures. Well done and thanks for sharing images that may not appeal to all – but at least they have started a conversation that my lead into something worthwhile.


  2. Daniel Paiva
    January 27, 2023 @ 8:05 am

    Michael I don’t think you do understand photojournalism and you probably also don’t understand what is art either, If you also have read carefully what the artist said he showed our world as it is and nothing else… Fuji X Passion doesn’t give life to this culture or like you said this “ugliness” this ugliness is sad to say it’s our world today, you should stop complaining or crying behind your computer and at least doing something.


  3. Nathan Jose
    January 27, 2023 @ 8:16 am

    The only trash I can see here is you Michael Kirk


  4. Paul M.
    January 27, 2023 @ 10:51 am

    To Michael Kirk : The value of a photograph should be determined by its ability to capture a moment, tell a story, or evoke emotions, rather than solely by personal opinion.


  5. Freek
    February 1, 2023 @ 6:46 am

    Well, I’m picking up my 23 f2 again thanks to this series.


    • Albert Smith
      February 1, 2023 @ 2:55 pm

      Exactly my thought too. The 23mm f/2 was my first Fujifilm lens but it’s been put away in favor of some new glass, apparently not better, just newer.

      This series has reminded me how effective that little Fujicron can be.


  6. Danny
    February 4, 2023 @ 4:20 pm

    love your work


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