From the 10th of November to the 28th of December 2012, to mark the month of photography, the Da‐End Gallery is showing ‘NIPPON‐ISMES’ an exhibition which brings together seven photographers from different generations whose works, from either a journalistic or visual approach to the medium, all question contemporary Japanese identity and culture.
Henry Hopper standing in front of a photograph by his late father, the actor Dennis Hopper’s retrospective of over 400 “lost” photographs on view now at Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin until December 17th, 2012. See more photographs by Adarsha Benjamin of Henry Hopper’s visit to the exhibition after the jump. [CLICK HERE...]
Torbjørn Rødland’s photography is direct but idiosyncratic, pushing at the boundaries of aesthetic and social norms. His fifth book, Vanilla Partner, continues in this vein, combining images of fetishized isolation in a layout that rejects the linear structure of thematic photography books. Rødland’s practice navigates through the problematic and seemingly unchanging heart of popular photography. Accepting neither the humanist realism of most photographic portraiture nor the postmodern role-play, Vanilla Partner explores the cultural complexities and archaic foundation of contemporary image-making. Reconstructed scenes of ultrasoft BDSM read like twisted metaphors for photography’s ability to freeze or capture. The book title, dripping in innuendo, also poses a question about the ambiguity of the relationship between the artist and his medium. Is Rødland acknowledging the medium’s straight foundation or does he see himself dominated by it? Many of the images also have explicit political references, often linked to the 1980 US Presidential election. Vanilla Partner brings together works made in Oslo, Tokyo, Beijing and Rødland’s current home, Los Angeles. Torbjørn Rødland was born in 1970 in Hafrsfjord, Norway. Since the mid-90s his photographs have been exhibited widely. Vanilla Partner is available to ship in Europe on Mack Books and will available in the US in November.
Oliver Maxwell Kupper of Pas Un Autre, Brad Elterman and Max Gibson of Wine and Bow Ties at Tartine Bakery in San Francisco. photograph by Summer Bowie.
Oliver Maxwell Kupper’s Canon F-1 at Tartine. photograph by Brad Elterman
David Byrne hanging out in the Mission, riding his bike past Valencia and 19th Street, killing time before his talk on City Arts and Lectures. photograph by Brad Elterman
A lunch at Tartine Bakery in San Francisco with photographer Brad Elterman. photography by Oliver Maxwell Kupper
What do people have against reality? Real reality, that is. I don’t know, ask Republicans, reality show producers, or long-dead 19th century photographers. You won’t get a straight answer from any of them, but at least the latter has a good excuse. And the really unreal, but often real-looking doctored images of many of these lensmen (plus some 20th century pros too) can be seen at a new exhibition entitled Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop on view now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. See more after the jump. [CLICK HERE...]
Created in collaboration with Japanese hair salon/publishing house Salon Shizen a new book featuring photographs by Richard Kern, entitled 10:41, it features new images of young bodies “frolicking in the leafy Connecticut countryside.” The series features very prominently Kern’s favorite symbole of youth and nubile eroticism: the cell phone; hence the name of the book is the time on most everyone’s phone when he took them and put them in a pile. The book is is available at Salon Shizen and Opening Ceremony. Come March, Kern is set to release Shot By Kern, his first Taschen book in four years, chronicling his experience doing a video series for Vice called Shot By Kern, in which the magazine films his shoots and interviews his models. The monograph is to be accompanied by an hour and 20 minutes of footage and a New York exhibition some time in the next year.
A new book out now by Taschen entitled Mario Testino. in Your Face is an unorthodox collection of various images chosen by Testino from the span of his 30-year career reflects the diversity of his work, ranging from fashion and advertising shots to sexually-charged images and autobiographical photos. Full of color, life, and humor, this selection is a testament to the sheer brilliance of a tireless chronicler of fabulousness. This book is published in the occasion of the In Your Face exhibition at the MFA Boston (which opens October 17, 2012 and runs to February 3, 2013).