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Mikhael Subotzky is an infrequent contributor for the Magnum blog. In fact, it happened only once; in response to the Magnum blog competition, for which, members of the public drew visual similarities between the works of Magnum photographers and the works of art historical cannon.

If a convergence is presented by the artist himself does it make it indisputable? Or at least 50% indisputable?

"May 3, 1808: Shooting at Montana del Principe Pio", 1814. Francisco Jose de Goya (1745-1828) Collection of the Prado, Museum, Mardid.

"May 3, 1808: Shooting at Montana del Principe Pio", 1814. Francisco Jose de Goya (1745-1828) Collection of the Prado, Museum, Mardid.

Beaufort West Police Station, South Africa,  2006. © Michael Subotzky

Beaufort West Police Station, South Africa, 2006. © Michael Subotzky

Subotzky warns against referencing for referencing’s sake. (I’ll be vigilant). And, I’ll leave you with the most succinct of Subotzky’s comments:

I don’t think anybody [in photography] has more intelligently related to philosophy or the history of painting then Jeff Wall.

The Subotzky Trajectory has been steep. His photographic conscience and works warrant the worldwide attention they have. He is with Magnum. See his website. And read this and this. Book here. There is an interview over at Conscientious.

Oh, and by the way, no wikipedia page on Mikhael Subotzky, which surprises me.

Today, I start a little new venture.

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The Monday Convergence may not always have something to do with prisons, but some amount to do with photography.

I hope that the (usually) two images and/or comment offered for side-by-side viewing will sustain you, for a while, with perplexment or amusement.

Temenos. Artist's impression. Anish Kapoor, 2008.

Temenos. Artist's impression. Anish Kapoor, 2008.

Anish Kapoor’s Temenos is the first of five public sculptures for the Teesside area from a £15 million ($25m) pot of gold. It is to be located in Middlehaven, near Middlesbrough. There are a few online resources for information, but the best discussion I found was on a public forum which you should look at (if you are not offended by colourful language). The words might be indecorous, but I totally understand the antipathy of some Teessiders. It’s a big femidom. Read Here.

(L-R) Anish Kapoor, Joe Docherty, Chief Executive of Tees Valley Regeneration, and Cecil Balmond crouch behind a table.

(L-R) Anish Kapoor, Joe Docherty, Chief Executive of Tees Valley Regeneration, and Cecil Balmond crouch behind a table.

Femidom. Credit: The Female Health Company

Femidom. Credit: The Female Health Company

Image Sources: Gazette Live (top); Guardian (middle); FHC (Bottom).

View the BBCs’s introduction to the project, three image gallery and the architects’ brochure.

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