Introduction to GUP #34 - What We Like²




Liberated from the boundaries usually set by the chosen themes, this time we decided to define our personal preferences. What you see in this issue are our picks from the lush and widely blossoming tree of photography. What we like is Herb Ritts, Bert Stern's last sitting with Marilyn Monroe, and the complete box of black and white images by Bruce Davidson; the archive of Kodachrome pictures by David Armstrong; Anders Petersen and his gritty but spirited view on Soho; Daido Moriyama, Paul Kooiker, the hidden archive of the Institute for Concrete Matter...

There is so much we like. Emerging photographers? Yes, we didn’t forget to include them. Titus Simoens and Xiao Xiao Xu both in their own way skilfully documented obscure subcultures: lonesome cowboys and champion show guinea pigs. We could just never think of a way to combine both within the same theme. Making the most out of this 'free' issue, we also show Benjamin Goss' stunning technical skills, and are happy to present the aesthetic appeal of chanting women portrayed by Newsha Tavakolian.

Together, this will give a good impression of the width and depth of our photographic tastes. But there is still plenty that couldn’t be squeezed in. What we like in addition to what is included here can be found online. Meanwhile, we are doing our best to continue enriching our expanding webzine. Like!