I really like this photograph, taken c. 90 years ago by self-taught modernist photographer Aenne Biermann
Helga's hair looks uneven, either self-cut or by a friend. And the soft, full lips, which I can imagine are almost about to smile, or else just have smiled for the previous frame taken by Biermann a moment or two before. I'm guessing she took a dozen or so shots in all.
Her eyes, a moment before would have been looking straight at the lens and then Biermann would have told her, 'no, look away to the side, it's better', and Helga did, gazing off into the far distance, fixing on something of no consequence that would be forgotten moments later once the pictures have been taken and they move on. But for that moment they were locked into something out there in the world, while how she looked on that day, that fraction of a second endures.
An innocuous moment, a face that is neither still nor suggesting (e)motion, open to innumerable possibilities, …
I liked the way Tesco filled the shelves left empty from the panic-buying of loo rolls with buckets of flowers for mother's day. The scent of the end of civilisation has unexpectedly turned out to be fresh and lovely.
I only joined instagram six months ago to follow John Divola. He's a long-time, well respected name in art photography but his seeming failure to make it to the really big bucks top tier of the likes of Cindy Sherman and Jeff Wall may be down to the fact that however hybrid his practice it usually looks a bit cheap and cheerful rather than high-art collectable. To me that makes it far, far more engaging.
Priced super-high now so no-one will feel obliged to buy it, but on sale at Blurb so you can go look if you want -English Hedgerows in the Autumn - it's hedges, lots of hedges. I've been banging on about them for five years, I'll stop now.
Obviously there must have been a mix up as my 432 page book of photographs of hedgerows failed to make the Mack First Book Award 2020 shortlist.
As FIRST BOOK AWARD 2020 SHORTLIST
From nearly six hundred fantastic submissions, we are pleased to announce our 10 shortlisted books for this year's First Book Award. Thank you to everyone who submitted. We were truly blown away by the imagination and high standard of the entries this year.
The winner will be announced at Photo London in May alongside an exhibition of the shortlisted books.
The jury this year was comprised of Jörg Colberg, Ellis Jones, Joanna Piotrowska, Polly Fleury and Michael Mack. Andrea Alessandrini
Piccola Russia Marta Bogdanska
SHIFTERS Maria Dabrowski