Friday, January 30, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
- Very excited for this show, the newspaper Alec printed was one of my favorite books from last year and I can't wait to see the prints in person. I'll be heading up to the opening when I get out of work on Tuesday, hope to see you there.
January 20 - March 7, 2009
New York, NY 10075
"Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present "The Last Days of W.," color photographs taken by Alec Soth between 2000 and 2008.
Although originally conceived without explicit political intent, in retrospect Soth considers this selected body of work, which spans both terms of George W. Bush's presidency, to represent "a panoramic look at a country exhausted by its catastrophic leadership." Soth's earlier series such as "Sleeping by the Mississippi," "NIAGARA," and "Dog Days, Bogotá" – all subjective narratives containing disenfranchised figures and decaying landscapes -- laid the conceptual groundwork for "The Last Days of W." It provides a wry commentary on the adverse effects of the national administration, perhaps best exemplified by an unwittingly ironic remark that Bush made in 2000: "I think we can agree, the past is over."
Following in the humanist tradition established by the great chroniclers of the American experience such as Walker Evans, Robert Frank, and Stephen Shore, Soth captures diverse images of a country disillusioned with, and deceived by, its own identity, from mothers of marines serving in Iraq to teenage mothers in the Louisiana Bayou; from religious propaganda in the American workplace to the mortgage crisis in Stockton, CA. His incisive depiction of contemporary American reality confronts the ideals romanticized in the American Dream with the hastening decline of the American Empire."
Monday, January 12, 2009
- Albrecht Tübke was next on my list of photographers to write about and I just realized that Jörg posted a great review of his book Portraits. For the project Tübke traveled the world's cities taking portraits of people from all different walks of life. I liked this excerpt from Val Williams essay about the work; "Tübke has a gift for allowing his subjects to perform in their own solitary drama. "Many people", he writes, "try to hide their emotions and feelings as they go about everyday life. This public persona is often calculated to mask what is within, creating a veneer of individuality, a fabrication to hide behind." In "Citizens", Tübke has created, from real life, a cast of characters who play their parts in the urban drama. All of the people he has photographed pose in the same way, directly facing the camera, in front of a background of concrete or stained brick wall...These are people with their own secrets, joys; anxieties, dreads and anticipations, but we can only wonder as to what they are. Tübke's photographs are cool and beautiful enough to be fashion images, a studied reflection of street style, but in the end, this is belied by the democracy of their vision." See more of his work here.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
- I just found Daniel Shea's work after he left a comment on my Top 10 Photo Books of '08 post. These images are from his series Removing Mountains where he explores the coal-mining industry in Appalachia, "What began as an interest in the modern coal mining process known as mountaintop removal, quickly evolved into an extensive survey of the social, political, and perhaps most importantly, cultural implications of extracting coal from Appalachian Mountains. What I found over the course of the trip was that these coal-mining process had quickly developed into one of the most destructive and pervasive forms of modern industry in the world." You can see more of his work here and be sure to check out his blog Digressions, he recently posted an interview with Andrew Laumann.
- I love these portraits that I came across on the Eggleston Trust website. Believed to be Eggleston's first published work, these black and white photos of faculty members of Memphis State University (including a young William Christenberry) were taken when he was just 24 years old.
© Eggleston Artist Trust
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
- Tierney Gearon is one of my favorite photographers, she has a new show opening today at London's Phillips de Pury & Company. The show features new work which is quite a departure from Gearon's autobiographical family portraits. The new series titled Explosure uses double exposures where the compositions and themes act in contrast to each other. From her statement, "Through talking with my steidldangin publisher Pascal Dangin, who inspired me to double expose my images by taking pictures of myself, then exposing them on top of whatever I wanted. I felt incredibly stimulated and creatively challenged by this idea and knew that I could do something amazing and push my images a step further. This creative explosion inside me was the beginning of the double exposure project." See more of the new work here on the galleries website and her past work here.
- I just came across Sarah Small's photography in the new Winter issue of 1000 Words Magazine. In the magazine Small's photos are accompanied by an interesting essay by Cara Philips, heres and excerpt "... Small's documentary based images, also reveal a world that is a heady mix of horror, humour, beauty, and the uncanny. Employing various methods to obscure her visual language, similar to Milton's manipulation of traditional language, she stimulates the imagination of the viewer. And like Milton, Small bases her work in subject matter that is familiar and that relates to reality, but mixes it with her own vision of the world." See more of Sarah's photos here and make sure to check out the rest of the issue of 1000 Words Magazine featuring work by Pieter Hugo, Trinidad Carrillo, and Wang Qingsong, as well as essays and reviews by Michael Grieve, Natsha Christia, and Aaron Schuman.