MAKAN MAKAN means eat, eat in Bahasa, Indonesia. This series is from an on-going project about the world's largest archipelago, Indonesia. The country has more then 17,000 islands where over 300 different languages and dialects are spoken.
I'M IN MIAMI BITCH!
THE PROJECT, AN EXPLANATION.
By Andrew Kaufman aka AK FOTO
Photography is the most permanent longest lasting proof of street art. There is no way to preserve street art except to photograph it before it fades, is toyed with, buffed or written over. Street art, by its very nature is a fluid art form, constantly evolving because of the landscape, materials, politics, weather etc.
It is through photography that street art can be conveyed to the world. Images of the artists and their works are reproduced and disseminated through books, magazines and the internet.
The Isthmus will chronicle Panama’s recent emergence through photographer Andrew Kaufman’s decade-long project to document the people and places shaped by the construction of the new Panama Canal. Begun in 2004, Kaufman’s quest to document Panama’s transformation has taken him to all corners of Panama, from the Pacific entrance of the canal (under the Bridge of the Americas) to Panama City’s gleaming high-rise neighborhoods to the slums of Chorillo and Curundu, to the lands of native tribes the Embera, Guaymi, and Kuna.
Completed in 1914, the Panama Canal is considered one of the great engineering achievements in history. The canal revolutionized international shipping and helped create the, modern interconnected world. Now, 100 years later, the new Panama Canal is the largest public works project in the hemisphere since the construction of the original “El Canal.” The official opening of the new canal in June 2016 will be an event celebrated throughout the country and the Americas, marking not just the completion of this project of almost unimaginable scale, but Panama’s entry into a new age.
The Isthmus. Andrew Kaufman. AK Foto Inc, Miami , 2016 I'm in Miami Bitch! Photographs by Andrew Kaufman. An AK FOTO PRODUCTION, 2013 Bali: Island of the Gods. Andrew Kaufman. BLURB, Miami Beach, 2011 Gypsy Bird. Andrew Kaufman. BLURB, Miami Beach, 2010 LOS COLORES DE PANAMA. Andrew Kaufman. BLURB, Miami Beach, FL, 2010 Biscayne Boulevard: A Moment in Time. Andrew Kaufman. BLURB, Miami Beach, 2009 LOS DIABLOS ROJOS. Andrew Kaufman. Blurb, Miami Beach, FL, 2009
Andrew Kaufman is a successful editorial, advertising photographer who doesn’t fit the mold of many of his contemporaries. He produces a tremendous amount of personal work, in every format imaginable and is really someone who is impossible to categorize. He was worked for newspapers, magazines, ad agencies, art directors, collectors and has somehow managed to avoid the mass homogenization of imagery that now seems to be prevalent in those fields(no easy task). Andrew has the tenacity and patience of a wisened soul. He can sit through Hell and reveal Heaven's glory through a soul that is oftentimes tormented with the realities and struggles of life's chaos or find the celebration in a simple unspoken gesture. He is thoughtful in his work, and a considerate soul of magnitude, but very unassuming. In fact, wonderful to work with.
I work with film. I am old school. My work is hand crafted. I have passion for what I do.
Andrew Kaufman is an artist that doesn't fit the mould of many of his contemporaries. He produces a tremendous amount of personal work, in every photographic format imaginable, and is really someone impossible to categorize. One day he might be shooting 6x7 for an ad client and the next 4x5 for a personal project. He has worked for magazines, agencies, art directors, ad clients and collectors and has somehow managed to avoid the mass homogenisation of imagery that now seems to be prevalent in those fields.
Andrew's current clients include State Farm, The Home Depot, Rolling Stone, Leo Burnett, DBB, Marlboro, NFL, TIME, OUTSIDE, Simon & Schuster, Penguin, Arthur Frommer's, Worth, Smithsonian, Audubon, Popular Mechanics, Golf Digest, and many, many others.
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