Sunday, September 10, 2017

Diana Michener

The European Museum of Photographer in Paris also had a exhibition by Diana Michener, called Anima, Animals, where she had taken photos of animals in captivity in the zoo.

Thought the mood and personality of the animals that was evoked through the photos was both eye-catching and saddening at the same time







Artsy: Diana Michener
Pace McGill 
European Museum of Photographer in Paris

Andres Serrano

Another exhibit at the European Museum of Photography in Paris was on Andres Serrano.

I particularly like his series, Nomads, where he took professional portraits of homeless.  One of the points raised was how a huge psychological challenge of being homeless was the overwhelming feeling of being invisible.  That having so many other people see you and pretend that you're not there, wear down on you, and how having a photographer see you and volunteer to treat homeless like a fellow humans... well, it was a nice thing to see that photography could be more impactful beyond not just a superficial nice-looking image.  

 

Also cool to see him return more than 10 years later to follow up with the people he met as well:
http://andresserrano.org/series/residents-of-new-york.php

They also showed some of his more famous, celebrity portraits, such as Snoop Dogg's, Bill Clinton and ugh, Dornald Rump.  I suppose it's pretty damn difficult to stand out as a portrait photographer, but I really wasn't a fan of these.




andresserrano.org
European Museum of Photography in Paris
Artsy.net: andres serrano

Harry Callahan

I saw a small exhibition of Harry Callahan's photos at the European Museum of Photography in Paris.    Particularly liked his (black & white) street photos with beams of light cutting across a portion.

The fact that he would pre-set up his camera and figure out his composition and then just wait for passer-by's to enter the frame was eye-opening to me.  In hindsight, I suppose it's a bit obvious that you have to press your luck to get a fantastic shot, but I suppose I hadn't thought about it before.



Eleanor and Barbara, Chicago, 1953, gelatin silver print



Chicago, 1950, silver gelatin print


Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Fall, 1958, silver gelatin print

European Museum of Photography in Paris - One of my favorite museums to visit
Pacemacgill: Harry Callahan
Artsy.net: harry-callahan
https://www.ibashogallery.com/collection/harry-callahan
artblart.com/tag/harry-callahan-eleanor-and-barbara-1953
www.creativereview.co.uk/the-timeless-style-of-harry-callahans-street-photography-captured-in-new-book-and-exhibition

Monday, July 18, 2016

Vik Muniz

The Paris European Photography Museum also had some works by Vik Muniz as well.

Which with my super snotty-cynical internet ways, I almost insta-dismissed as being novelty works.  But when you pass by a 7 foot tall photo of the following and you see the image is made up of toy soldiers...



... it's just a bit mindboggling that he's able to visualize and put together an image out of toys so well.

And his works are hilarious to boot.  The following is called Spaghetti Medusa



His works are all photographs of sculpture/collages/physical works in a lot of different mediums:

Dirt


Syrup



Jigsaw puzzle pieces

http://www.mep-fr.org/evenement/exposition-vik-muniz-visite-atelier-6-11-ans/

Marcel Gautherot

I caught the Marcel Gautherot exhibit at the Paris European Photography Museum and I really liked his work.

His architectural background is pretty evident, as you really get a nice sense of space and scale in his photos:










http://www.laboiteverte.fr/la-construction-de-brasila-par-marcel-gautherot/
http://modosdeolhar.blogspot.be/2014/04/marcel-andre-felix-gautherot-paris-14.html
http://www.photography-now.com/artist/marcel-gautherot

Jane Bown







The Guardian | Mefi

Monday, June 20, 2016

Stuart Davis

Wow, really dig this.





Saturday, November 08, 2014

Yasuo Okazaki, Japanese doll maker

Another craftsman video, this time of a Japanese doll maker. Neat stuff.

[via Rocketnews]

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Alfred Stieglitz

The Steerage, 1907, Alfred Stieglitz, Photogravure (MET)

Shadows in Lake, 1916, Alfred Stieglitz, Photogravure (MET)

From the Back Window, 1915, Alfred Stieglitz, Platinum Print (MET)


From my Window at the Shelton, West, 1931, Alfred Stieglitz, Gelatin Silver Print (MET)

Equivalent, 1925, Alfred Stieglitz, Gelatin Silver Print (MET)

Equivalent, 1925, Alfred Stieglitz, Gelatin Silver Print (MET)


Georgia O'Keefe, 1919, Alfred Stieglitz, Palladium Print (MET

Georgia O'Keefe, 1918, Alfred Stieglitz, Gelatin Silver Print (MET)

Paul Strand

Abstraction, Porch Shadows, 1916, Paul Strand, Platinum-silver print (Art Institute of Chicago)

Garden Iris, Georgetown, Maine, 1928, Paul Strand, Gelatin Silver Print (MET)

Landscape, Sicily, Italy, 1954, Paul Strand, Gelatin Silver Print (Artnet, Art Institute of Chicago)

Tailor's Apprentice, Luzzara, Italy, 1953, Paul Strand, Gelatin Silver Print (Flickr)

Young Boy, Gondeville, Charente, France, 1951, Paul Strand, Gelatin Silver Print (Aperture)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bernd and Hilla Becher

Water Towers, France and Germany, 1968-1972. Bernd and Hilla Becher. Gelatin silver prints 

 Cooling Tower, 1968. Bernd and Hilla Becher. Gelatin Silver Print

Water Tower, Neunkirchen, Germany, 1970. Bernd and Hilla Becher. Gelatin Silver Print

 
Eight Views, Haupstrasse 3, Birken, Germany, 1971. Bernd and Hilla Becher. Gelatin silver prints

Artsy | J. Paul Getty Museum | Moma

Edwin Smith

St Columba's Wells, Londonderry (Derry), 1965. Photograph: Edwin Smith /RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Clothes line in Glencaple, Scotland, 1954. Photograph: Edwin Smith/RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Palace Pier, Brighton, 1952. Photograph: Edwin Smith/RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Herring girls gutting fish on the quayside, North Shields, 1930s. Photograph: Edwin Smith/RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Ordinary Beauty: The Photography of Edwin Smith - RIBA | The Guardian | ArchDaily

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Prairie Edge in Rapid City, SD

I recently visited the Badlands National Park and stopped by the Prairie Edge store in Rapid City, which features Native American art and crafts.


If you're ever in the area, I'd highly recommend a visit.  Of particular note to me was the fire art gallery on the top level:

Prairie Edge Hunt by Allen and Patty Eckman - Gorgeous and massive cast paper sculpture with astonishing detail.

Leon Basler - Fantasic abstract nature scene.  Really like some of the more absract works he has on his gallery too

Maya Eventov - Fascinating. It's not visible in this terrible photo, but there are globs of paint that are a good 1/4 - 1/2" thick that provide a 3d depth (look at this other work of hers to see this depth), yet it's striking the amount of movement in the painting, very much like how chaotically the wind would bend grass in a prairie.
Past, Present and Future by JoAnne Bird  - Acrylic, abstract paintings.

Blowing in the Wind by JoAnne Bird

Also the beadwork on the second level is impressive as well: