Posts Tagged ‘‘reality’



13
Dec
11

Lee Friedlander : Photography (Sequence 1)

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Friedlander began photographing the American social landscape in 1948. His photographs bring to the surface the juxtapositions of everyday life that comprise our modern world. Beyond the vigorous outward eye he turns to the world around him, Lee is also recognized for his investigation of the self.

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Lee Friedlander is internationally recognized as one of America’s most important contemporary photographers. In the 1960′s his silver print photographs, described as “open-ended alternatives to normal seeing,” provided a shockingly new aesthetic of asymmetrical and fragmented images of the United States. Lacking defined borders and layered with a disjointed profusion of architectural and advertising elements, his photographs were visually equivalent to the broken, improvisational rhythms of jazz. Working within the tradition of Eugene Atget, Walker Evans, Garry Winogrand, and Robert Frank, Lee was one of the first modern photographers to portray the “social landscape” of America as a complex mixture of order and chaos, warmth and alienation, refinement, and commercialism. [Extract]

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Lee Friedlander : Atget Photography

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13
Dec
11

Lee Friedlander : Photography (Sequence 2)

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Friedlander often included oblique references to himself by including his own reflection or shadow in the photographs. – “I suspect it’s for one’s self-interest that one looks at one’s surroundings and one’s self. This search is personally borne and is indeed my reason and motive for making photographs.”

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Lee Friedlander’s unique vision underscores the two-dimensionality of the picture plane and the potential for photographs to contain varying levels of reflection, opacity, and transparency. Like Atget’s photographs, Friedlander’s images of shop windows evoke a certain ambiguity, an oscillation between reflected and actual reality, that invite inspection of the space and the meaning of the image. Similar responses are encouraged by Friedlander’s street photographs, in which shadows of figures (usually Friedlander himself) and other subjects overlap in the photographic image. The projected outline of Friedlander’s body as within the picture frame implies the notion that the photographer can be both behind the camera and in front of it. Interpreted further, Friedlander’s shadow can be taken to represent the imposition of the photographer upon his world and his subject. [Extract : MoCP]

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Lee Friedlander : MoMA

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05
Dec
11

Daido Moriyama : Photography

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“For me, photography is not a means by which to create beautiful art,
but a unique way of encountering genuine reality” ~ Daido Moriyama

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Daido Moriyama
‘Kyoku / Erotica’
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2007
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Shinjuku
Vintage print
11 x 16 1/5 in
1978
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Pachinko
Vintage print
7 7/8 x 11 7/8 in
1982
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Setagaya
Vintage print
7 1/8 x 10 7/8 in
1976
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Shinjuku
Vintage print
39.4 x 59.1 in
2002
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Daido Moriyama
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Moriyama emerged as a photographer in the 1960′s at the tail end of the VIVO collective, a revolutionary and highly influential group of Japanese artists who reexamined the conventions of photography during the tumultuous postwar period. William Klein’s loose, Beat style images of New York City in the 1960s also served as a major turning point for Moriyama, who found inspiration in Klein’s free-form photographic style. Taken by these innovative approaches at home and abroad, Moriyama ultimately went on to forge his own radical style.

“Hawaii”, Moriyama’s most recent body of work, was produced over a period of three years and presents his distinct perspective on the daily lives of the people living on the islands of Hawaii and Oahu. Returning to the island five times before feeling prepared to shoot these surroundings, his overall approach is purposeful and considered despite his loose and informal style. [Press Release]

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Daido Moriyama : Website

Daido Moriyama : Luhring Augustine

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31
Oct
11

Isa Leshko : ‘Thrills & Chills’ (Photography)

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‘Coaster Cables’
gelatin silver print
2008

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‘Coaster Spine’
gelatin silver print
2009

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‘Around the Bend’
gelatin silver print
2009

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‘Ferris Wheel’
gelatin silver print
2008

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‘Zipper Ride’
gelatin silver print
2009

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‘Offering to the Gods’
gelatin silver print
2009

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‘The Claw’
gelatin silver print
2008

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Amusement park rides terrify me, which is why I began photographing them. I am fascinated by what compels people to surrender themselves to these mechanical beasts. The rides seem to challenge the very limitations of being human. We can’t fly; yet these vertigo-inducing machines allow us to soar through the open air. The experience combines elation with fear; thrills with chills.

These images explore the fantastic and sinister place these rides hold in my imagination. With some of these images, I suspend disbelief and embrace the underlying fantasies of these rides. With other images, I examine the tensions that exist between fantasy and reality. I am interested in exploring the range of emotions—from anger to shock to exultation—that people exhibit in pursuit of the amusement these rides are supposed to provide.

I create these images with a Holga camera to provide them with a vernacular feel and a sense of immediacy. The camera’s plastic lens distorts the scale of these rides, particularly when they are photographed against an open sky. I also find working with such an imprecise and flawed camera to be a frightening and liberating experience, akin to being on a roller coaster. [Artist Statement]

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Isa Leshko : Photography

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01
Feb
11

Yvonne Lacet : “Movements of a City” (paper sculptures)

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Starting point of this project is the ever-changing urban environment. Places where things are constantly built, demolished and rebuilt. Places where old and new merge in extraordinary ways. By creating transparent paper sculptures of buildings and their surroundings during different periods in time, thus creating locations that are, that will be or that have been, I want to map different eras of a city in a single image. By layering the transparent sculptures you will be able to see the vague shadows of many faces of the city through time. [Extract : Yvonne Lacet - Movements of a City]

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‘Movements of a City’
Photograph
66 x 80 cm
2010

‘Movements of a City’
Photograph
66 x 80 cm
2010

‘Movements of a City’
Photograph
66 x 80 cm
2010

‘Movements of a City’
Photograph
66 x 80 cm
2010

‘Movements of a City’
Photograph
66 x 80 cm
2010

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I am fascinated by city surroundings, nature and interiors where a strong artificial character appears. A shopping mall decorated with flower boxes and lights. A lawn with rows of the same plants, a reception room with orange colored trash bins. Similarity, patterns and construction are keywords to my work. From my observations I create sketches which I develop into paper sculptures. Eventually these sculptures are photographed, which places them back into ‘reality’.

My work is about simplifying things – sights, objects and situations, to images of basic shapes and structures. It’s about removing context and reference from them, and then recreating them with nothing more than basic shapes and materials, like paper squares or sheets. I like to work with paper and cardboard because of the simplicity of the material. A white piece of paper almost stands as a symbol for empty or blank. My work can be seen as models without paint or decoration, a characterless blankness, though with strong resemblance to the living world. [artist statement]

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Yvonne Lacet : Website




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