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Showing posts from March, 2013

Richard Ansett

Website here

Richard Ansett: Portraits

Richard Ansett's Portraits go on show at Tenderpixel gallery, Covent Garden, London next Thursday 4th April (preview 7-9pm)


what people think

x-ray glasses self-portrait

Trine Sondergaard: monochrome portraits

folded room

Natalie Krick's mom photos

NATURAL DECEPTIONS: 'In this collection of photographs of my mother she performs certain tropes used to visualize female beauty and sexuality. This act is further complicated as her appearance and gestures fluctuate between my overt stylized ideals and her own physical body. These photographs expose an awkwardness and tension in being looked at and scrutinized while also implying a longing to be seen as desirable and beautiful. By creating images that can be perceived as both garish and seductive, I question the fantasy of idealized beauty and what culture designates as flattering and desirable.'

Gender percent

Article here

Richard O'Brien, writer of 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' looking pretty amazing

The right and wrong way to wear clothes

Olivia Loacher

Website here

Timothy O'Sullivan: Cottonwood Lake, Wasatch Mountains, Utah, 1867

Modern Art Notes podcast link here.

Something that is discussed in this podcast is the way O'Sullivan literally leaves his own mark on his landscape photographs - he is often in the pictures or else has his wagon or darkroom tent or even his footsteps drawing attention to his presence.  This is usually seen as valuable for providing scale but none of his contemporaries used this approach.

As the images he made were destined to be turned into hand-drawn lithographs for geological reports he knew that he was simply collecting data that could and would be worked on before being distributed, much as images are Photoshopped prior to publication today.  Which in no way begins to explain the Cottonwood Lake, Wasatch Mountains image, where he foregrounds himself in the act of studying a negative possibly of the actual landscape he is in.

june 2012

Slater Bradley: Untitled (Explosions), 2007

C-print, gold felt-tip pen. 125 x 96,5 cm

Catherine Opie

Interesting listening to Catherine Opie talking about the impact of Robert Mapplethorpe's X portfolio on her on - at Modern Art Notes podcast

& good mix of her images on Kroutchev Planet Photo website

Valérie Belin

Having just seen a review of her current work at Edwynn Houk gallery in NY on DLK I went to look at her website - it is a manic-speed slideshow brimming over with seemingly endless unique and incredibly well realised photographic series.  Wow.

Mumento mori

Robert Bechtle: '61 pontiac

Robert Bechtle, 61 Pontiac, 1968 – 69. Oil on canvas.Link

Chinese landscapes

Xu Daoning: Fishermen on a Mountain Stream (ca. 1049), detail from scroll which is 19 inches high and over seven feet long: full view here

and Roy Lichtenstein 'Vista with Bridge' (1996); more images link here


self-portrait and 'Whaam!' Roy Lichtenstein (1963)

Shen Wei: Contact Sheet

From his self portrait series


A lifetime ago when I was a second year photography student I started taking portraits, mostly with medium format cameras and mostly of people on the same course, as it was relatively (but not entirely) painless to approach people and have them understand the motive(s). The next step for me was to get an 80mm lens for my 35mm OM1n and find the guts to stop people in the street and ask to take a few photographs there and then. I was fairly nervous but even before starting on that project, or even before  having a camera, I knew that photography, unlike writing, came with a requirement to directly interact with the world. It wasn't a pursuit where you could hide in your room (although it turns out there have been a few who have managed to do just that).
Once you have got over the initial anxiety of stopping strangers it does get easier, in fact you devleop a kind of control over the situation, as it is sort of becomes just 'something you do' as you walk around and have a c…