October 2009 Archives


Weirdest family photograph ever?



Parting Glance: Roy DeCarava

Roy DeCarava, the Harlem-born photographer known for more than half a century's worth of revealing social documentary photography, has died at age 89.   Obituary


DeCarava was an advocate for young African-American photographers and fought for a more serious portrayal of blacks in art, as opposed to caricatures and stereotypes.

I will remember him most for his amazing and highly recommended book "The Sweet Flypaper of Life", produced in 1955 in collaboration with writer/poet Langston Hughes:


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The Photographer's Gallery has announced the artists shortlisted for it's 2010 Deutsche Börse photography prize. Anna Fox, Zoe Leonard, Sophie Ristelhueber and Donovan Wylie are all up for the £30,000 award. The exhibition will be on display next year from 12 February until 18 April 2010. The winner will be announced at an award ceremony on 17 March 2010.

®       Anna Fox (b.1961, UK) is nominated for her exhibition, Cockroach Diaries & Other Stories at Ffotogallery, Cardiff (28 July - 10 October 09). pdf

®       Zoe Leonard (b.1961, USA) is nominated for her retrospective exhibition, ZOE LEONARD: Photographs, at the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (1 April - 5 July 09) link

®       Sophie Ristelhueber (b.1949, France) is nominated for her retrospective, SOPHIE RISTELHUEBER at the Jeu de Paume, Paris (20 January - 22 March 2009). link

®       Donovan Wylie (b.1971, UK) is nominated for his exhibition MAZE 2007/8 at Belfast Exposed (27 March - 1 May 2009). link

Previous winners of the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize are:

Paul Graham, UK (2009)
Esko Männikkö, Finland (2008)
Walid Raad /The Atlas Group, Lebanon (2007)
Robert Adams, USA (2006)
Luc Delahaye, France (2005)
Joel Sternfeld, USA (2004)
Juergen Teller, Germany (2003)
Shirana Shahbazi, Iran (2002)
Boris Mikhailov, Ukraine (2001)
Anna Gaskell, USA (2000)
Rineke Dijkstra, The Netherlands (1999)
Andreas Gursky, Germany (1998)
Richard Billingham, UK (1997)

Cultural Disjuncture

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Three eagles flying, 1990 © L. Aguilar


NH Harsha:  Nations
Chen Chieh - Jen:  Factory
18 September - 21 November 2009

NH Harsha: Detail shot of Nations installation

Chen Chien-Jen:  Film Still from Factory

Iniva presents a grand scale installation by NH Harsha and a haunting film by Chen Chieh-Jen at Rivington Place, London exploring the issues of migrant labour and globalisation.

192 sewing machines in NH Harsha's Nations refer to the United Nations combining serious discussion with visual wit.  Factory by Chen Chieh-Jen is a silent  but emotive film focusing on a garmet factory in Taiwan post the manufacturing  boom in the 1960's.

In addition, current In Research Events at the Iniva include:

A screening by Joy Gregory:  Tuesday 20th October at 6.30 pm
A screening by Ingrid Pollard: Tuesday  3rd  November at 6.30 pm 
Promised Lands.   A performance by Flow Motion:  Thursday 12th November at 6.30 pm

Full details at Iniva



Taylor Wessing Portrait Award 2009 at the National Portrait Gallery

5th November 2009 - 14 February 2010

Shortlist here.  Winner to be announced on 3rd November 2009.


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Female Boxer No.3 by Inzajeano Latif, 2009 © the artist

Current Exhibitions in London

Roger Ballen at Hamiltons | October 17, 2009 to November 9, 2009

Elina Brotherus at Wapping Project Bankside | October 17, 2009 to November 14, 2009

'Strange Places', Urban Landscape Photography at Stanley Picker Gallery | October 17, 2009 to November 21, 2009

Shake It: An Instant History to the Polaroid at the Pump House Gallery | October 17, 2009 to December 13, 2009

Sophie Calle: Talking to Strangers

16 October 2009 - 3 January 2010 at Whitechapel Gallery, London


Lina Scheynius

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Image: willy vanderperre

Random Thought

Looking at artwork on-line tends to feel cheap, like cheating. Whatever aura a work might possess is usually dissipated by pixilation, miniaturization and the cold context of a screen .. a screen among millions, a webpage among billions ...

Taryn Simon

Taryn Simon recently spoke at a TED conference about two of her major projects "An American Index Of The Hidden And Unfamiliar" and "Innocents".  Earlier this year, in our Contemporary Photographic Practice Module at University, we were asked to write a critically informed and illustrated appraisal on a published photographic book.  I chose "An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar" -  what was particularly interesting to me in exploring Simon's publication is the curious nature of her work - a hybrid of art and documentary photography where both image and text are fundamental and the balance between the two is always tightly maintained. The image does not reveal its meaning until the text is read.


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© images & accompanying text, Taryn Simon

Nuclear Waste Encapsulation and Storage Facility Cherenkov Radiation Hanford Site, U.S. Department of Energy Southeastern Washington State.

"Submerged in a pool of water at Hanford Site are 1,936 stainless-steel nuclear-waste capsules containing cesium and strontium. Combined, they contain over 120 million curies of radioactivity. It is estimated to be the most curies under one roof in the United States. The blue glow is created by the Cherenkov Effect which describes the electromagnetic radiation emitted when a charged particle, giving off energy, moves faster than light through a transparent medium. The temperatures of the capsules are as high as 330 degrees Fahrenheit. The pool of water serves as a shield against radiation; a human standing one foot from an unshielded capsule would receive a lethal dose of radiation in less than 10 seconds. Hanford is among the most contaminated sites in the United States."


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Forensic Anthropology Research Facility, Decomposing Corpse, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennesse


"The decomposing corpse of a young boy is studied by researchers who have re-created a crime scene. The Forensic Anthropology Research Facility, popularly known as The Body Farm, is the world's chief research centre for the study of corpse decomposition. Its six-acre plot hosts approximately 75 cadavers in various stages of decomposition. The Farm uses physical anthropology (skeletal analysis of human remains) to help solve criminal cases, especially murder cases. Forensic anthropologists work to establish profiles for deceased persons.. These profiles can include sex, age, ethnic ancestry, stature, time elapsed since death, and sometimes, the nature of trauma on the bones. Corpses were first brought to the facility in 1980 as donations from the state (unclaimed bodies) or from families donating on behalf of the deceased".

Atta Kim

This is the work of Korean Artist, Atta Kim, taken from his series Superimposition.

In addition, see a review and selection of Atta Kim's work in the current edition of 1000wordsmag

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© All images, Atta Kim

Parting Glance: Irving Penn

Sad news.  Irving Penn, a modern master and one of the most celebrated photographers of the 20th Century, died on Wednesday 7th October 2009. He was 92.  Obituary


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Irving Penn:  Simon de Beauvoir, Paris 1957

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Irving Penn: Cigarette No 52, New York 1972

Thank you Pam, for the alert.

Artist Talks in London

Ed Ruscha:  Fifty Years of Painting  Monday 12th October 2009 at the Hayward Gallery. This is one of five events.

Sara Ramo:  Movable Planes.  11th November 2009 at the Photographers Gallery

Mitch Epstein:  American Power  13th November 2009 at the Photographers Gallery

Max Kozloff: A Few Wrinkles on Portrait Photography:   17th November 2009 at the Photographers Gallery.


Moving Walls 16

Moving Walls is an annual documentary photography exhibition produced by the Open Society Institute. The exhibition series is an artistic interpretation of the obstacles (such as political oppression, economic instability, and racism) that society often erects and the struggles to tear those barriers down. Since its inception in 1998, Moving Walls has featured over 100 photographers whose works address a variety of social justice and human rights issues that coincide with OSI's mission.

Moving Walls 16  features the following six bodies of work: 

Stefano De Luigi: "Liberia's Child Soldiers: Recovering Innocence"
Benjamin Lowy: "Iraq | Perspectives"
Eugene Richards: "War Is Personal"
Tomas van Houtryve: "Nepal: A 'People's War' Topples the God King"
Paolo Woods: "Chinafrica"
Zalmaï: "Promises and Lies: The Human Cost of the War on Terror in Afghanistan"

Naked Brooke Shields Photograph Row

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© Original photograph of Brooke Shields (aged 10) by Gary Gross, which Richard Prince used in his artwork displayed at the Tate. Photograph: Gary Gross


Tate Modern removes naked Brooke Shields image after Police Visit


update:   In summary, Tate Modern has bowed to pressure from London Metropolitan Police and permanently removed abovementioned controversial image.  Following a discussion with Richard Prince, the work has now been replaced by another image in Prince's series, Spiritual America IV (2005) which was photographed in collaboration with Shields when she was older. (via)

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