When I come across artists that lack ethics or artworks that scream opportunism I get very irritated, sometimes even a bit angry. Often the art world is just so perverse that I wish I didn’t know about that artist or … Continue reading Popova by Morrison: ‘objective social’ what?
How does art critic work in other countries? I don’t know. In Portugal, it’s changing. The online magazines and blogs have created platforms where different people … Continue reading A critic of no critic or how ‘Vernadsky Station’ exists beyond criticism
I came across this project while reading Pete Brook‘s Prison Photography, one of my favorite blogs out there. Photo Requests from Solitary became part of a larger project, but was initially founded by Tamms Year Ten, a grassroots coalition of artists, advocates, family … Continue reading Photo Requests from Solitary: this could have been so beautiful…
The first group of images featured below is part of a project entitled What’s love got to do with it. Here’s Paula Riff‘s statement about that … Continue reading Colour #4: Paula Riff
I met Iñigo Sánchez‘s work because he was part of Hélice‘s comprehensive training program 2016/2017. Hélice’s team is the one behind Propeller, the magazine I became involved with, and it was just a matter of days before I ended up … Continue reading Iñigo Sánchez: loving the subject and its other
The biggest problem I see in addressing the question of the objectification of men (or the representation of men as objects of desire) is that we can’t really avoid comparing it to the objectification of women and that is such … Continue reading Screening men as objects of desire
All that is to know about Aleksandra Vajd’s project “Friends of friends are friends” (featured below) can be find in a text by Laura Amann, here. … Continue reading Colour #3: Aleksandra Vajd
Maud Dowley (1903-1970) was a Canadian artist, from Nova Scotia, who lived a harsh life (in part due to her suffering from rheumatoid arthritis). She dedicated … Continue reading What if Maud had a camera?
What’s wrong with a purple sun? It’s been challenging to write about Belgian photographer Sanne de Wilde‘s The Island of the Colorblind. I mentioned the project here once before, but at the time the book was about to be published (by … Continue reading Colour #2: Sanne de Wilde
Here is a selection of Akihiko Miyoshi’s profound, complex and beautifully coloured work. Photography’s impulse to depict in its most utilitarian tendencies (for example photo-journalism as … Continue reading Colour #1: Akihiko Miyoshi
On average, I enter a shopping mall once a year, and only if I can’t avoid it. I hate everything about them. This year, I already … Continue reading Margolles, minorities and the arts
Eduardo Martins is no Wolfgang Beltracchi, but the truth is he managed to turn himself into a heroish-like-photojournalist. Regarding the substance of what was being created, … Continue reading Art forgery in the XXI century
I came into this video when it was already 30 minutes in. I recognized the photographer but didn’t know about the series and for a couple of minutes I thought he was joking and this was some kind of absurd … Continue reading João Pina and an idea of respect…
Half a dozen years ago I was a romantic. Everything bordered on being overwhelming. As I started to understand what that dark romantic feeling was all … Continue reading The Observer likes to hunt
Some years ago I was having a discussion with a friend about going to visit animals in enclosed spaces and as my friend was arguing for his position, he stated: how else can I see them? Somehow, I’ve never forgotten … Continue reading Seeing is believing
Most people have a very special layer around their bodies (non-scientifically described as a second-skin) that protects them from the outside menaces. I’m sure if we … Continue reading Disconnecting from your body
There’s something about a photograph of a corner that intrinsically relates to the essence of photography. Although I don’t pretend to know what that essence is, it’s clear to me that it somehow has to do with how we, as … Continue reading Photographing Corners
I came across Jordan Gale‘s project It is what it is @ Lenscratch. At first, it was a darkness that grabbed my attention, but then something else triggered a different engagement with his work. In what seems like a statement … Continue reading Jordan Gale: ‘I was lucky’
Before today, I didn’t know Terje Abusdal’s work and I confess I fell for it. I’m not exceptionally good at anything, except at falling in love … Continue reading The devil in Terje Abusdal’s pictures: how I once dreamt I ate my family
Soham Gupta‘s statement: Angst is my reaction to the trials through which some people must pass in our society. This work has its roots in my … Continue reading Soham Gupta’s pictures haunt us
I once wrote a brief post about the effects of the Düsseldorf school, following Grant Scott‘s article Has the Düsseldorf school killed photography? (which I can no longer find available online). At the time, I hadn’t given much thought to the … Continue reading Typifying: is this scientific approach revealing?
Knowing about my fixation with the ethics of photography, particularly when it comes to documentary images, a friend suggested I might be interested in a portuguese edition of Marie-José Mondzain‘s ‘Can images Kill’. As I went searching online, I came … Continue reading No singular observer, after Marie-José Mondzain’s ‘Can images Kill?’
Breuer has been making abstract photographs since the early 1990s. However, in contrast to Aaron Siskind, whose black-and-white photographs of walls were linked to the gestural paintings … Continue reading Marco Breuer: brightness can fool you
Still regarding the fires in Portugal and the choices made by the media, a well known Portuguese historian, Pacheco Pereira, said overall the journalists had entered into a sort of “pain masturbation”. In cases of tragedy, where human drama in … Continue reading ‘Pictures of atrocity’ and ‘Pornographic imagery’, a conversation with Alfredo Jaar
I don’t doubt the need for photojournalism and I’m aware that what I’m about to do is, in a lot of senses, offensive, particularly to the experiences photojournalists go through in order to document situations that are horrible, unimaginable, experiences … Continue reading Photojournalism under fire
It’s a dark day in Portugal. A huge fire hit a central region of the country and the worst happened. Because a part of my family … Continue reading Pitch-black
I noticed it’s been almost a month since my last publication. During that period I attempted three different posts and none made it to the end, the reason being Propeller, a project I was invited (by Hélice) to collaborate with. Propeller … Continue reading Pornography in a month
This past March, a painting by white american author Dana Schutz triggered an interesting discussion that ultimately lead to a debate about freedom of expression. The painting in question (featured below) is titled Open Casket and was exhibited at the Whitney Biennial, … Continue reading When is a picture of atrocity “needed”?
For me, it all started last Monday, when I came across a post, by BENJAMIN CHESTERTON, entitled LENSCULTURE AND THE COMMODIFICATION OF RAPE, in which the author addressed a photo-contest created by Magnum Photos and LensCulture. The core of the problem was, … Continue reading How Souvid Datta’s unethical behavior is exposing photojournalism’s lack of ethics
Vito Acconci passed away last Friday, the 28th, at 77. Acconci’s performances were partly responsible for my interest in staged photography, which then developed into an … Continue reading Between performance and theater