Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

My favorite thing is to go where I never been…

October 18, 2011

Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus ( /diːˈæn ˈɑrbəs/; March 14, 1923 – July 26, 1971)was an American photographer and writer noted for black-and-white square photographs of “deviant and marginal people (dwarfs, giants, transvestites, nudists, circus performers) or of people whose normality seems ugly or surreal.” A friend said that Arbus said that she was “afraid… that she would be known simply as ‘the photographer of freaks'”; however, that phrase has been used repeatedly to describe her.

In 1972, a year after she committed suicide, Arbus became the first American photographer to have photographs displayed at the Venice Biennale. Millions of people viewed traveling exhibitions of her work in 1972–1979. In 2003–2006, Arbus and her work were the subjects of another major traveling exhibition, Diane Arbus Revelations. In 2006, the motion picture Fur, starring Nicole Kidman as Arbus, presented a fictional version of her life story.

Although some of Arbus’s photographs have sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction, Arbus’s work has provoked controversy; for example, Norman Mailer was quoted in 1971 as saying “Giving a camera to Diane Arbus is like putting a live grenade in the hands of a child.”

Be like a rose – beautiful to those who appreciate your talents and a prick to those who don’t…

March 10, 2011

David Allio

David Allio is an international award-winning photojournalist and visual artist. His professional portfolio ranges from sports, editorial and corporate to glamour, fine art and portraiture. Since 1974, his unique photographs have appeared on album covers, postcards, posters, billboards, calendars, display advertising and in movies, books, catalogs, magazines and other periodicals. Outside North America, Allio is best known and honored as an accomplished traditional and contemporary nude figure artist. In North America, he is better-known as a professional photojournalist defined by his vivid editorial and feature images.

In terms of art, the only real answer that I know of is to do it. If you don’t do it, you don’t know what might happen. ..

March 6, 2011

Harry Callahan

Eleanor, Chicago, 1949

Harry Morey Callahan (October 22, 1912 – March 15, 1999) was an influential twentieth century American photographer. Born in Detroit, Michigan, he began teaching himself photography in 1938. He formed a friendship with Todd Webb who was also destined to become a photographer.[1] A talk given by Ansel Adams in 1941 inspired him to take his work seriously. In 1941, Callahan and Webb visited Rocky Mountain State Park but didn’t return with any photographs.[1] In 1946 he was invited to teach photography at the Institute of Design in Chicago by László Moholy-Nagy. He moved to Rhode Island in 1961 to establish a photography program at the Rhode Island School of Design, teaching there until his retirement in 1977.

Learn to see and to feel life; that is, cultivate imagination, because there are still marvels in the world, because life is a mystery and always will be. But be aware of it.

November 14, 2010

Josef Albers

Homage to the square: on an early sky

Josef Albers (March 19, 1888 – March 25, 1976[1]) was a German-born American artist and educator whose work, both in Europe and in the United States, formed the basis of some of the most influential and far-reaching art education programs of the 20th century.

Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us.

August 7, 2010

Roy Adzak

Musée Adzak is an art museum in Paris, France. It is located 3 rue Jonquoy, in the 14th arrondissement.

The museum is in the workshop of Roy Adzak, a photographer and sculptor. It acts as an international meeting place and space for temporary exhibitions of artists.

In terms of art, the only real answer that I know of is to do it. If you don’t do it, you don’t know what might happen.

July 4, 2010

Harry Callahan

Eleanor, Chicago 1954

Harry Morey Callahan (October 22, 1912 – March 15, 1999) was an American photographer who is considered to be one of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century. He was also one of the few innovators of modern American photography noted as much for his work in color as for his work in black and white. He was born in Detroit, Michigan and started photographing in 1938 as an autodidact. By 1946, he was appointed by László Moholy-Nagy to teach photography at the Institute of Design in Chicago. Callahan retired in 1977, at which time he was teaching at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Callahan left almost no written records–no diaries, letters, scrapbooks or teaching notes. His technical photographic method was to go out almost every morning, walk the city he lived in and take numerous pictures. He then spent almost every afternoon making proof prints of that day’s best negatives. Yet, for all his photographic activity, Callahan, at his own estimation, produced no more than half a dozen final images a year.

He photographed his wife, Eleanor, and daughter, Barbara, and the streets, scenes and buildings of cities where he lived, showing a strong sense of line and form, and light and darkness. He also worked with multiple exposures. Callahan’s work was a deeply personal response to his own life. He was well known to encourage his students to turn their cameras on their lives, and he led by example. Callahan photographed his wife over a period of fifteen years, as his prime subject. Eleanor was essential to his art from 1947 to 1960. He photographed her everywhere – at home, in the city streets, in the landscape; alone, with their daughter, in black and white and in color, nude and clothed, distant and close. He tried several technical experiments – double and triple exposure, blurs, large and small format film.

In 1950 his daughter Barbara, was born. Even prior to her birth she showed up in photographs of Eleanor’s pregnancy. From 1948 to 1953 Eleanor, and sometimes Barbara, were shown out in the landscape as a tiny counterpoint to large expanses of park, skyline or water.

In 1996, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.

Callahan died in Atlanta in 1999. He left behind 100,000 negatives and over 10,000 proof prints. The Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, which actively collects, preserves and makes available individual works by 20th-century North American photographers, maintains his photographic archives. His estate is represented in New York by the Pace/MacGill Gallery.

We cannot rely on it that good painting will be made one day.We, have to take the matter in hand ourselves…

June 28, 2010

Sigmar Polke

Sigmar Polke, Autofahren

Autofahren 2002

Sigmar Polke (13 February 1941 – 10 June 2010) was a German painter and photographer.

Faith that the thing can be done is essential to any great achievement.

June 21, 2010

Thomas N. Carruthers

Like attracts like. Whatever the conscious mind thinks and believes the subconscious identically creates.

March 21, 2010

Bryan Adams

Bryan Guy Adams, OC, OBC (born November 5, 1959) is a Canadian rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and photographer.

It’s a wonderful thing for a city and a country to give some honor to the body as an art object. For me, it’s all about the body as a substance, as an organic substance.

September 8, 2009

Spencer Tunick

Global Warming Switzerland 2007

Spencer Tunick (born January 1, 1967) is an American artist. He is best known for his installations that feature large numbers of nude people posed in artistic formations. These installations are often situated in urban locations throughout the world, although he has also has done some “Beyond The City” woodland and beach installations and still does individuals and small groups occasionally. Tunick is the subject of three HBO documentaries, Naked States, Naked World, and Positively Naked. His models are volunteers who receive a limited edition photo as a reward.