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Montreal, 2012

Photographing people

I find taking pictures of people endlessly fascinating, perhaps because people are themselves that way. But that doesn’t mean that things are always straightforward. I plan on writing in the blog about changes in the concept of personal privacy and how that affects photography, especially what’s often called “street” photography. I think these changes are a two-edged sword and worth talking about. Regardless, this is a small collection of favored photographs of people. >gallery


Social documentary photography

Damascus street, 2001

Social Documentary Photography

Since about 1967  I’ve taken photographs of people acting in relationship to others. By that I don’t mean only groups of people doing things – it can also be individuals who act as part of something larger. This particular gallery is about people doing business and manner that it’s done. The gallery starts photographs of small businesses and then moves through change and into the present with photos of markets in different countries. (Titles can be turned on or off by pressing the “i” buton)




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How Many Roads? is a book of photographs by Jonathan Sa'adah, available for order, offering an unglossy but deeply human view of the period from 1968 to 1975 in richly detailed, observant images that have poignant resonance with the present. Ninety-one sepia photographs reproduced with an introduction by Teju Cole, essays by Beth Adams, Hoyt Alverson, and Steven Tozer, and a preface by the photographer.
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