Posts Tagged: photography

The Beautiful Private Life of the Other

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Italian photographer Olivier Fermariello’s collection, Je t’aime moi aussi (NSFW)—a striking gallery of the sexual lives of the disabled—gives a glimpse into the private sphere of those who fall outside culture’s narrow standards of beauty.

These people were willing to give their most intimate appearance to a total stranger in order to let others know that a guy [with disabilities] can have an erotic fantasy.

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Art That Goes Unseen

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Vivian Maier has been called one of the greatest street photographers of the 20th century, but during her lifetime, she worked as a nanny and kept her photography on rolls of film that went undeveloped. Over at The Millions, Janet Potter raises questions about Maier’s decision to keep her artwork to herself: “Why is someone who takes so many photos a nanny?

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Darwin’s Penpal

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The Public Domain Review flips through Darwin’s unusual photo collection and his correspondence with neurologist James Crichton-Browne. The correspondence between Darwin and Crichton-Browne led Darwin to write The Expression of Emotions of Man and Animals. Darwin found Crichton-Browne’s help so invaluable that he even wanted to list the neurologist as the book’s co-author (an offer Crichton-Browne politely declined).

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The Most Terrifying Art Project in the World

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Here’s a totally normal thing that exists: a lake with a pH so far to the base end of the scale that when birds crash-land in it, they not only die but also calcify.

Of course, like any everyday person would do, photographer Nick Brandt gathered up the mummified bird corpses, posed them, and took pictures of them for his new book Across the Ravaged Land.

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August Kleinzahler and Alec Soth in SF

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Bay Area readers won’t want to miss this City Arts event with poet/essayist August Kleinzahler and photographer/publisher Alec Soth.

They’ll be at the Nourse Theater in November, talking with award-winning San Francisco writer Steven Winn about the latest in their wide-ranging, international careers.

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The Rumpus Interview with Jamel Shabazz

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For over thirty-five years, Jamel Shabazz has photographed the pulse of New York urban life. Dating back to the early days of hip-hop and B-boys, to the arrival of crack cocaine and the HIV/AIDs epidemic, and to the global commoditization of street style, Shabazz’s portraits tell the stories of everyday lives

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Storm-Torn Relics

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“That red convertible we were so proud of looks as though it is about to be struck by a meteor. And every moment — the prom, the dance recital, the snowman’s construction — is painted now with bright yellows and rich reds and burnt oranges, the colors of our storm-tossed autumn.”

Sandy has curated a photography exhibition on New Dorp Beach in Staten Island.

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Impersonation and Self-Portraiture

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On July 14, SF MoMA will be opening a retrospective of the work of photographer Cindy Sherman.

Starting with her series Untitled Film Stills, Sherman’s photographs have consistently challenged the limits, meaning, and power of self-portraiture. In an article for the New York Review of Books, critic Sanford Schwartz characterized Sherman as “an impersonator—which in her case means being a creator of people, and sometimes people-like creatures.”

Alongside the retrospective, Sherman has curated a film series, which continues with The Beaver Trilogy on July 12, at 7:00pm.

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