Posts Tagged ‘contrast

05
Jul
12

Shomei Tomatsu : Photography

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‘Untitled’ (Hateruma-jima, Okinawa)
Gelatin silver print
25 x 37.7 cm
1971
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‘Protest Series, Tokyo’
Gelatin silver print
Shomei Tomatsu
1969
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‘Untitled’
Gelatin silver print
Shomei Tomatsu
1969
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‘Untitled’ (Kadena, Okinawa)
Gelatin silver print
29 x 41.3 cm
1969
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‘Steel Helmet, Nagasaki’
Gelatin silver print
Shomei Tomatsu
1963
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‘Coca-Cola, Tokyo’
Gelatin silver print
Shomei Tomatsu
1969
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‘Untitled’ (Eros Series)
Gelatin silver print
29.7 x 39.1 cm
1969
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‘Hairstyle, Tokyo’
Gelatin silver print
Shomei Tomatsu
1969
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‘Untitled’ (Eros Series)
Gelatin silver print
31 x 23 cm
1969
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Though still relatively unknown outside Japan, Tomatsu, is arguably the greatest and most influential of all the photographers that emerged during his country’s turbulent postwar era. Over a span of 50 years, his work has reflected, often obliquely, the changes in Japanese culture as the American military presence and then the unstoppable spread of American popular culture, helped shaped a new outward-looking, consumer-driven nation. Two series of photographs – Protest, Tokyo, 1969 and Eros, Tokyo, 1969 – record the often turbulent youth cultural changes of the time. His book, Oh! Shinjuku, named after a shopping district in central Tokyo, chronicles the rise of a young and rebellious Bohemianism that, as an older outsider, he saw, as he later put it – “through the eyes of a stray dog.”

Those words seem prophetic. Tomatsu was one of the giants of Japanese photography that a younger generation of photographers who came to prominence in the late 60s reacted against. Known as the Provoke Movement, after the magazine that published their work, it included Daido Moriyama, Takuma Nakahira and Koji Taki. In its founding statement of intent, Taki wrote: “We photographers must use our own eyes to grasp fragments of reality far beyond the reach of pre-existing language, presenting materials that actively oppose words and ideas … materials to provoke thought.” Forty years on, though, Tomatsu’s radical approach – his freeform, expressionist style, odd camera angles, strange cropping and framing – has been reappraised and he is now seen, ironically enough, as one of the pioneers of the Provoke era. He is famously reclusive and has never ventured outside Japan. [ Extract ]

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Shomei Tomatsu : Galerie Priska Pasquer

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24
Jun
12

Julius Shulman : Architectural Photography

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“Architecture Series”
Julius Shulman
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“Architecture Series”
Julius Shulman
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“Architecture Series”
Julius Shulman
Photograph
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“Architecture Series”
Julius Shulman
Photograph
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“Architecture Series”
Julius Shulman
Photograph
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“Architecture Series”
Julius Shulman
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“Architecture Series”
Julius Shulman
Photograph
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“Architecture Series”
Julius Shulman
Photograph
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Photographer of architecture, naturalist, educator, and commentator on urban form. One of the leading architectural photographers of the 20th century, Julius Shulman developed close association with the modernist architects, principally those active in Southern California such as Gregory Ain, John Lautner, Richard Neutra, and R.M. Schindler. Shulman’s images played a major role in crafting the image of the Los Angeles and “Southern California lifestyle” to the rest of the nation and world during the 1950s and 1960s. A prolific author, consultant, lecturer, exhibitor, and editor of his own vast archive. [Extract]

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Julius Shulman : Visual Acoustics

Julius Shulman : Craig Krull Gallery

Julius Shulman : Modernity and the Metropolis

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12
Mar
12

Eric Mencher : Photography Series

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‘National Gallery, DC’
Art and Life Series
Eric Mencher
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‘Madrid’
‘Spain’ Series
Eric Mencher
Photo
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‘Johannesburg’
‘Africa’ Series
Eric Mencher
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‘Italian Market, Philadelphia’
‘Americana’ Series
Eric Mencher
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‘Hirshorn Museum, DC’
Art and Life Series
Eric Mencher
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‘Musee Picasso, Paris’
Art and Life Series
Eric Mencher
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‘Havana Viega’
‘Cuba’ Series
Eric Mencher
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‘Paris’
‘France’ Series
Eric Mencher
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I believe in and love photography. It alone can forever freeze a mystery, a memory, a moment. I photograph everything, from the most (seemingly) mundane daily details to the significant stories of our day. Wherever people gather, I witness the most fascinating theater–real performances with a cast of characters unwittingly playing their parts. These stories unfold one after the other–at least once in awhile, I hope in front of my camera, cumulatively telling the story of life itself.”em

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Eric Mencher : Website

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23
Feb
12

Fernand Hick : Photography

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‘Roof window’
Fernand Hick
Photograph
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‘Reading between the lines’
Fernand Hick
Photograph
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‘Bench seat’
Fernand Hick
Photograph
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‘On the wave…’
Fernand Hick
Photograph
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‘Deckchairs’
Fernand Hick
Photograph
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‘A nice roof’
Fernand Hick
Photograph
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‘Triangle’
Fernand Hick
Photograph
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“I am a very personal and original photographer, whose working-method aims to transfer in my images the feelings I experienced while shooting. I am above all an atmosphere photographer. My atmosphere captures results from a subtle mixture between fuzzy zones and perfectly sharp ones.” – Fernand Hick

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Fernand Hick : More Works

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13
Feb
12

Masanari Murai : ‘Lithographs’

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‘Three Faces’
lithograph on paper
65.7 x 50.5 cm
1958
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‘Mother and Child’
lithograph on paper
51 x 38 cm
1956
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‘Singing’
lithograph on paper
64 x 45.7 cm
1956
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‘Collection of Japanese Lithographs’
lithograph on paper
45 x 64 cm
1954/56
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‘Girl’
lithograph on paper
63.5 x 45.2 cm
1957
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‘Man’
lithograph on paper
54 x 39 cm
1956
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Masanari Murai graduated from university in 1928 and almost immediately left for France with the intention of further developing his skills as a landscape painter. In Paris, the impact of direct contact with abstract art was such that Murai began to simplify his landscapes, exploring his own approach to abstract painting. After returning to Japan in 1932, Murai became one of Japan’s pioneers in the area of abstract art; he was a leader in its promotion, exhibition and education. It was Murai’s dying wish that the bulk of his works be entrusted to the Setagaya Art Museum, although some donations were also made to The Museums of Modern Art in Tokyo and Kyoto. [Ext : Masanari Murai Memorial Museum of Art]

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Masanari Murai : More Works

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13
Feb
12

Thomas Michael Alleman : ‘Sunshine & Noir’ Series

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‘Sunshine & Noir’
Thomas Michael Alleman
Photography Series
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‘Sunshine & Noir’
Thomas Michael Alleman
Photography Series
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‘Sunshine & Noir’
Thomas Michael Alleman
Photography Series
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‘Sunshine & Noir’
Thomas Michael Alleman
Photography Series
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‘Sunshine & Noir’
Thomas Michael Alleman
Photography Series
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‘Sunshine & Noir’
Thomas Michael Alleman
Photography Series
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‘Sunshine & Noir’
Thomas Michael Alleman
Photography Series
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Thomas Michael Alleman is currently finishing “Sunshine and Noir”, a book-length collection of black-and-white “urban landscapes” made in the neighborhoods of Los Angeles.’ – [Thomas Michael Alleman]

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Thomas Michael Alleman : Website

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