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Author:Pedro Meyer
    We are being confronted by a barrage of information these days that require we heighten our awareness of what it is that we are being fed, be these texts or pictures. One has to ask oneself, who is presenting the information? What are...
Thursday, 27 September 2001 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    The engine roars as the hand made airplane built out of recycled CocaCola parts flies over the sky while the sun starts to settle over the horizon. Who said that such a plane could not fly? If we want to, as all children prove to us on...
Wednesday, 15 August 2001 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    Day 1   Background   The editorial on this occasion is going to be a departure from our normal editorials, in that this is going to be a one month long dialogue in the long established format of a travel diary (dialogue...
Tuesday, 19 June 2001 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    Yesterday was mother’s day, and the children in the school where my son attends had the usual gathering to offer all their mothers the due homage they deserve.   As these gatherings usually go, they are quite staged by the...
Monday, 21 May 2001 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    When I started in photography in the early fifties, we used to buy bulk film among a group of friends so that we could afford to buy the entire can with the equivalent of about 20 rolls of film, at a much cheaper price. The problem with...
Tuesday, 10 April 2001 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    It appears that a boxing match is taking place; in one corner we have "traditional" photography, and in the other, a new contender: "digital" photography.   However, there is one major problem with this alleged "fight", these two...
Thursday, 01 March 2001 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    "It does not matter what the tools are, the important issue is what are the ideas."   You will probably have come across such a statement, here or there, made by people fending off any effort to discuss the tools of their trade....
Sunday, 21 January 2001 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    “It is the instant, the bird which is everywhere and nowhere”, according to Octavio Paz. “ We want to hold it alive, but it holds open it’s wings and vanishes, transformed into a handful of syllables”. With this poetic...
Saturday, 02 December 2000 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
      From the image above we can’t really gather what these men are looking at, we can only speculate. As soon as we see a group of people looking into a specific direction we usually turn our heads and join them, in an attempt to...
Sunday, 01 October 2000 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
      I. The Elections   The people of Mexico have spoken. The political party that has been in power for over seventy years straight -making it the oldest in the world- has to go. This was the outcome of the presidential elections...
Saturday, 01 July 2000 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    It was in 1940 that my mother took this picture of me standing there in front of my father, Ernesto, both with our hands in our pockets; the photograph had been in the family album for a long time when I recently rediscovered it. Today,...
Friday, 02 June 2000 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
      I went to a farewell party given for a friend of mine; it was in a home in the Hollywood Hills. I was standing around waiting for the food to be served when I noticed that a button had fallen off my shirt. I bent down to look for...
Monday, 01 May 2000 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
      When presenting some of my digital pictures, I am frequently confronted with the comment: "but surely this is not a documentary photograph, is it?"   Before we move on to respond, let us first establish hopefully with some...
Sunday, 26 March 2000 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    As a child I was always intrigued by those particles of dust that seemed to be tumbling their way up following the path of light beams. My bedroom became a scenario for such light shows as light rays filtered through the blinds. I would...
Wednesday, 01 March 2000 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
  To flash version   The Zapatista movement in Chiapas invented a place in the jungle that went by the name of "La Realidad" (Reality), located in the southern part of Mexico. It became a geographic rallying point from which to launch many...
Saturday, 01 January 2000 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
      I was driving recently down one of the beautiful avenues of Washington D.C. with a friend, when all of a sudden my eye caught a billboard above that archetype of Americana, a Diner. The interesting thing was that the sign I was...
Wednesday, 01 December 1999 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    If digital photography is supposed to be so great, why don't we see a lot more interesting work? Is a frequent question I hear. A good friend of mine recently sent me a note with the following commentary: " Some sage or other made the...
Friday, 01 October 1999 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    By now I have heard so many arguments about the intrinsic advantage of the "real" gallery space over the internet variant, that I find it deserves looking into in more detail. One recurrent theme that comes up is the idea related to...
Sunday, 01 August 1999 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    It used to be that up to the 80's photographing on the street and walking around with a camera was a safe practice. If you respected people's privacy and were gentle in your approach towards the subjects, more often than not, people...
Thursday, 01 July 1999 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    "He had been walking for two days, in someone else’s clothes, trying to find a way of out of Kosovo when he came across a photograph lying, face up, by the side of the road."   "He looked, and looked again, at the pretty fair...
Thursday, 01 April 1999 |  E-mail | Read more
96. The Eye
Author:Pedro Meyer
    Even though the picture above is only of the eye, it is intended to be a self portrait. There is nothing to suggest that a self portrait has to include all of the face, is there? The reason that I wanted to explore this image of the...
Friday, 01 January 1999 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    Why am I so fascinated by this city? Probably because it is the only place where I can make a photograph in which the outcome is an unaltered image which looks like a text book rendition of a layered digital fabrication created on a...
Tuesday, 01 December 1998 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    Are scars beautiful? That depends on the beholder doesn't it. Scars invoke the memory of difficult moments. One could make the argument that society tries to avoid scars. In the first world a lot of women try to keep the scars of time...
Saturday, 01 August 1998 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    A few years ago, I received an e-mail from a Swedish student preparing his final report towards his degree in law school. He sent me a questionnaire on what he called then the "balancing of interests in a typical sampling-situation". He...
Monday, 01 June 1998 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    The prestigious Prix ARS Electronica, from Linz, Austria, just sent out a wonderful book presenting the winners of their 1997 awards with a running commentary by the Jury that gave out these awards.   We at ZoneZero had submitted...
Sunday, 01 February 1998 |  E-mail | Read more

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