Posts Tagged ‘isolated

12
Jul
12

Masahisa Fukase : “The Solitude of Ravens” (Photography)

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Masahisa Fukase is considered to be both a legend and an enigma in his native Japan. For a culture that is traditionally reluctant to expose emotion in public, the expressionistic character of his work was, in part, the result of the development of the generation that evolved after WWII. Fukase growing up in a decade in which mannered self-control was not the ideal civic behavior. This new perspective, coupled with the effects of war, exploded into the avant-garde scene in Tokyo. Inelegant printing techniques emerged and the manic style of photography that he shared with his contemporaries, such as Eikoh Hosoe, Daidoh Moriyama, and Shomei Tomatsu, reflected the “reaction to a world turned upside down.”

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“The Solitude of Ravens”
Gelatin silver print
Masahisa Fukase
16 x 20″
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“The Solitude of Ravens”
Gelatin silver print
Masahisa Fukase
16 x 20″
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“The Solitude of Ravens”
Gelatin silver print
Masahisa Fukase
16 x 20″
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“The Solitude of Ravens”
Gelatin silver print
Masahisa Fukase
16 x 20″
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“The Solitude of Ravens”
Gelatin silver print
Masahisa Fukase
16 x 20″
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“The Solitude of Ravens”
Gelatin silver print
Masahisa Fukase
16 x 20″
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“The Solitude of Ravens”
Gelatin silver print
Masahisa Fukase
16 x 20″
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“The Solitude of Ravens”
Gelatin silver print
Masahisa Fukase
16 x 20″
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“The Solitude of Ravens”
Gelatin silver print
Masahisa Fukase
16 x 20″
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Japanese photographer Masahisa Fukase’s expressionist photo series on the species of ravens represents a ten-year-obsession with the dark-edged worlds of ravens, shot on annual trips from Tokyo to Hokkaido, Fukase’s birthplace. Clearly the omen of misfortune, that has been traditionally assigned to ravens in almost all cultures, reigns over the sombre photographs taken. These display isolated or massive groupings of ravens, variously appearing at night or by day throughout a diverse Japanese landscape. Sitting on telephone poles, at the beach or on the edges of villages, the ravens’ immutable and terrifying presence permeates these photographs with signs of potential, impending or sure loss. The darkened nature of the pictures might not be coincidental regarding that they were taken in a period of personal pain and suffering after the photographer’s divorce in 1976. Fukase’s works are part of the Japanese new photography that is wrenched into different forms based on the spirit of personal experience and contrasting the earlier ideal of mannered self-control [Extract : Artnet]

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Masahisa Fukase : Wirtz Gallery

Masahisa Fukase : Robert Mann Gallery

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27
Feb
12

Ronan Guillou : ‘Colour Photography’ ( Series 1 )

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‘Ready Made Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Yippee Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Intra Muros Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Driven Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Intra Muros Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Driven Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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Catching places, cities, glances: Ronan Guillou translates his pleasure and desire for keeping traces of them during his walks. Cities, and the people who animate them, are the basis of his humanistic approach. Aside from his commercial campaigns, Guillou’s personal work records moments of ordinary life, where men and women are photographed during their daily routines in urban landscapes. Initially influenced by cinematic environments and the aesthetics of American cities, his work also extends to cities in Asia, Europe and South America. Without criticism, Guillou feels affection and empathy for his characters, giving the images a pictorialist and poetic depth… – [Extract : Bio – Sous Les Etoiles Gallery]

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Ronan Guillou : Website

Ronan Guillou : Series (2)

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27
Feb
12

Ronan Guillou : Colour Photography ( Series 2 )

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For the past ten years, Ronan Guillou has undertaken a broad personal photographic investigation, suggesting a vision of the complexity of the dialogue between the protagonists of urban life. It was in the process of his numerous expeditions on different continents that this research became clearer, before he made the United States his primary source of documentation. Difficult to classify, Ronan Guillou’s work is somewhere in between documentary photography and plastic photography; where in just a few years, the artist compiled a considerable body of work that he only began showing in 2005.

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‘Intra Muros Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Downtown Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Downtown Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Intra Muros Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Intra Muros Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Downtown Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Intra Muros Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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If his photographs suggest a poetic vision of the ordinary and call upon the imagination of each and every one of us, they also question us on the temporality [material matter] of places, reveal their nearly organic power as well as their fragility, and examine man’s relationship with the constructed universe. The use of a medium-sized format allows the artist to give priority to immediate contact with his subject while remaining in touch with the elements outside of the frame.

Color is also at the heart of the production process as the decisive material of the formal approach; if in fact it makes it possible to reveal the geometrical force of spaces and the poetic dimension of certain scenes, it tends to pay tribute to traditional American iconography as well. The entirety of Ronan’s work is produced on negative film and no retouching is carried out on the originals, leaving the photographers point of view intact and without distortion. – Extract : Press Release – NextLevel Galerie

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Ronan Guillou : Website

Ronan Guillou : Series (1)

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09
Sep
10

Todd Hido : Photography

#5154
Chromogenic print
h: 96.5 x w: 121.9 cm
2006

#3179
Chromogenic Print
h: 96.5 x w: 121.9 cm
2003

#4078
Chromogenic Print
h: 96.5 x w: 121.9 cm
2005

#7557-b
Chromogenic Print
h: 50.8 x w: 61 cm
2008

#7557
Chromogenic print
h: 96.5 x w: 121.9 cm
2008

#7552
Chromogenic print
h: 96.5 x w: 121.9 cm
2009

Todd Hido’s photographs present anonymous and ordinary landscape charged with a hauntingly atmospheric and menacing intensity. Hido captures a momentary shift in our perception of these isolated and innocuous places resulting from a confluence of variable elements of place, time of day, light and weather. Wandering alone by car in areas on the edge of cities and towns throughout America, Hido seeks to record the transformation of the seemingly uninteresting to the theatrical, while evidencing his presence as witness.

Hido takes continual road trips in places as far removed as Eastern Washington State, the California Central Valley, Indiana, New Jersey, and South Louisiana. He locates unpeopled landscapes occupied by only by a few telephone poles, a single sad tree, or a road leading nowhere that transform and take on an unreal appearance in these works. Hido often photographs from the driver’s seat and through the car windshield, evidenced in some works by the slight distortion from the glass, inviting the viewer to experience the photographer’s perspective of being on the inside looking out.

[Extract : Todd Hido : ‘Roaming’ Exhibition : Stephen Wirtz Gallery]

Todd Hido : Website

‘A Road Divided’ : Stephen Wirtz Gallery




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