Argus Paul

i find myself getting more fixated on photography these days. i watch documentaries, rummage through blogs, journals, even in a waiting room, cafe, restaurant i thumb through mags at composition & framing; look with lenses at the world happening, thinking in photos. i am a perfect amateur, but i think i have been nipped by the bug of photo.

i want to draw people’s attention to a pal of mine who is not an amateur: Argus Paul. i have followed his progress some years now, at first without an eye or even any respect for the method of photographing, then i started to see & thought Paul’s work very good. however, Paul recently took a trip to Bangkok where he did a workshop with david alan harvey & the photos from that trip astonished me.

thai news has been saturated in grief of late owing to their beloved king dying. Paul captures the subjective & objective perceptions with a series of photographs at once human, jarring, personal, emotional, make use of a range of compositional methods that accrete dimension, of people’s identity, memory, social status, grief & much more i am sure repeated study of the images will draw out of anyone who gives them the attention they deserve. they have something of the gritty in your face style of William Klein, a brutal honesty & devotion to subject but also a manipulative element that bends the viewer into feeling the environment.

Paul’s Bangkok series was recently published by harvey in his evolving journal burn.

Paul’s Facebook Instagram  & website where you can find his series on wrestlers, cosplay & an intimate portrait of parents & loved ones grieving for their children who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, a very moving collection.  i am not going to post a ream of photos here, you really must go & see for yourself, you won’t regret time spent with them.

(the featured image is from Paul’s Reflections Inside the Seoul Metro & my favorite photo from that series Bupyeong-gu Office To Onsu).

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Thanks for the inspiration. I like to think in layers. It opens new worlds doesn’t it.

    1. it does, i think it also makes art something personal & something everyone can find something to enjoy in. but more than anything it shows an artist with control enough to involve the subjective & objective in one swoop of the act of creation. here Paul so skillfully gives so much in his use of form. it is very impressive.

  2. The theme image is really good, I recommend you check out Gianni Bering Gardin and Slim Aaron’s works, they are quite good.

    1. thanks for the recommendation.

  3. I have a suggestion, for your next set of photos, could we see some pictures of your cafe dishes? I think you could do some tasteful shots of those.

    1. I’ll see if i can rustle something up for you.

      1. That is good to hear, I look forward to your culinary masterpiece!

  4. robert okaji says:

    Some incredible photography. Thanks for the links.

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