Wringing Sun

Posted August 30th by in Photography

Photograph with dried flowers, as part of a new series by Amanda Charchian

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Rare Photobook by Brian Griffin Recently Discovered

Posted August 29th by in Photography

A discovery of a small number of copies of Brian Griffin’s extremely rare classic photobook Open, which features in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger’s The Photobook: A History, vol. I. is soon available by Dewi Lewis Publishing. Published in 1988 in an edition of only 350 copies, Brian found himself too occupied with other projects to be able to focus on selling all the print run and put the balance into temporary store. Over twenty years later he rediscovered them. Quirky portraits, enigmatic still lifes and landscapes in a similar vein, all appear in Open, which was self-published along with a number of other photobooks by Griffin under the imprint Black Pudding. These were projects of self-expression as well as being ‘calling cards’. Orders are now being taken and the edition will be released in November 2012.

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William Klein & Daido Moriyama @ The Tate

Posted August 28th by in Photography

Coming to the Tate Modern this October, an exhibition that explores the relationship between the work of William Klein (born 1928), one of the 20th century’s most important and influential photographers and filmmakers, and that of Daido Moriyama (born 1938), the most celebrated photographer to emerge from the Provoke movement in 1960s Japan. Taking as its central themes the cities of New York and Tokyo, it traces the influence of Klein’s landmark 1956 photo-book, Life is Good & Good for you in New York: Trance Witness Revels, on Japanese photography, using Moriyama as a focus. It brings together for the first time, vintage photographs from Klein’s New York work, as well as those taken in Tokyo and Paris, with work made by Moriyama in the same cities, including landmark projects from the 1970s such as Moriyama’s Another Country in New York, and Farewell Photography. In addition to exploring the central role of the photo-book in the history of avant-garde art, this exhibition examines the use of film and photography in the representation of urban experience and political protest. On view from October 10, 2012, to January 20, 2013, at the Tate Modern.

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Dan Boulton Southbank @ Book and Job

Posted August 24th by in Culture, Photography

A pop-up exhibition and zine release by UK photographer Dan Boulton showing work from his long term project documenting the skateboards at London’s notorious rough and ready Southbank. On view for one night, August 24, at Book and Job Gallery, 838 Geary Street, San Francisco.

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[INTERVIEW] Southern Gothic: The Photography of Brian Green

Posted August 22nd by in Interview, Photography

In the photography of Brian Green, there is a certain raw, unrestrained and immediate intimacy balanced with a straight to the heart mundaneness that is reminiscent of William Eggleston’s bland, yet brilliant portraits of the American South.  And there is a parralel between Green and Eggleston – both are Southerners – Green is based in South Carolina. Just like all great Southern Gothic novels, Green’s lanscape is rife with latent horrors and an effluvious aura of murder and erotica, like freeze frames from the dreams of a ghost with blurry and rough hewn images of skies, roads, grass and signage.  There is also a strict dichotomy between Green’s landscapes and haunting portraits of tattooed women who lay about languorous in twilit and crepuscular Southern skies. See interview and more images after the jump. [SEE MORE...]

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Self Reflection

Posted August 21st by in Photography

Detail of a self portrait by Megan McIsaac

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The Early Photographs of Joel Sternfield

Posted August 21st by in Photography

On view now at the Albertina, in cooperation with the Museum Folkwang, Essen is dedicating a retrospective to the American photographer Joel Sternfeld showing around 130 works from more than three decades of artistic activity. Joel Sternfeld is among the most important representatives of New Color Photography, which discovered colour for artistic photography in the 1970′s. On view until October 7, 2012 at the Albertina, 1010 Vienna, Austria.

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Cindy Sherman at the SF MoMA

Posted August 17th by in Art, Photography

Cindy Sherman’s amazing retrospective is currently on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Photograph by Oliver Maxwell Kupper

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Chapters

Posted August 15th by in Photography

Opening this Friday, August 17, Chapters, an exhibition of photographs by Abbey Meaker and Amanda Zackem will be on view atthe Furchgott-Sourdiffe Gallery in Vermont. Chapter will on view through September 18, 2012,  Furchgott-Sourdiffe Gallery, 86 Falls Road, Shelburne, Vermont

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[Interview] Ren Hang: Crude and Mysterious Spirituality

Posted August 14th by in Interview, Photography, Sex

What is there to say about photographer Ren Hang? His images spill into an obscene wonderland where basic questions become irrelevant and a twisted sense climbs over your flesh like worms on rotted meat. You’re glad they’re just photographs – like looking at the world face first against a closed window on the thousandth floor of some skyscraper. Based in Beijing, Hang is a new breed of 21st century Chinese artists riding the wave of modernization and cultural reawakening in China. But thats not saying we’re not lucky to experience Hang’s work – China is still vastly censorial and harsh against any material it deems slightly immoral. Hang’s work plays with fire, albeit delicately and at times tongue in cheek and never does it seem to shock for the sheer purpose to shock. Hang’s work is evidence of a deeply creative soul who bends erotic concepts like impermeable alloy into immaculate imagery rife with crude and mysterious spirituality. Hang’s subjects are dancers in a dangerous dance of lust and desire. See more images and read interview after the jump. [CLICK HERE....]

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