≡ True color thinking ≡

For the past 4 years, in collaboration with two colleagues – Luis Pavão & Paula Lourenço -, I’ve been teaching Alternative Processes in Photography. One of the courses we used to teach was dedicated to Color Printing Processes, which I particularly enjoyed. About two years ago I decided to tattoo the color scheme on my…

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≡ on lockdown to countdown ≡

sketch for a cocoon This is it for a while. I’ll be absent for the next 4 months. At least, I imagine so. As much as I would want to keep up the posts, it’s becoming too difficult. In November I’ll be handing in my PhD thesis, so my Summer will be spent in total…

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≡ about men ≡

© Sam Taylor-Johnson, Steve Buscemi, from the series Crying Men. Excerpts from the article Masculinity Is Killing Men: The Roots of Men and Trauma, by Kali Holloway, fully available @ alternet.org: If we are honest with ourselves, we have long known that masculinity kills men, in ways both myriad and measurable. While social constructions of…

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≡ Art produced by men about men (?) ≡

Exhibition catalog, 110 × 165 mm, 272 pages, October 2013. A post about a group exhibition themed The Weak Sex – How Art Pictures the New Male, held @ Kunstmuseum Bern from 18.10.2013 to 09.02.2014. © Alexis Hunter, Approach to Fear: XVII: Masculinisation of Society – exorcise 1977. Excerpt from Preface and Acknowledgments Matthias Frehner, Director…

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≡ This Friday, while cleaning up my bookmarks ≡

I Lensmen‘s post about documentary photographer Mitch Epstein. © Mitch Epstein, Topanga Canyon, California 1974 (Recreation America). © Mitch Epstein, Playing Cards in a Chicken Market, Hanoi, Vietnam 1993 (Vietnam: A Book of Changes). II doc! photo magazine doc! photo magazine and contra doc! are online publications devoted to documentary and fine art photography, respectively. III…

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≡ Brendan Ko: I must really love this ≡

© Brendan George Ko, Nine eleven (Detection), from the series We Soon Be Night, 2011-13. © Brendan George Ko, Hoodlumz (New Tribe), from the series We Soon Be Night, 2011-13. © Brendan George Ko, United, from the series We Soon Be Night, 2011-13. © Brendan George Ko, Product Placement (Malthusian Catastrophe), from the series We…

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≡ No room à l’hasard ≡

Excerpts of Brendan Cormiers’s essay No Interest in Reality, written for The New Institute’s exhibition, 1:1 Sets for Erwin Olaf and Bekleidung, Nov 11th 2013 – March 30th 2014. Full text here. “In the documentary, On Beauty and Fall, celebrated Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf states that he has no interest in reality. He laments the…

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≡ The art of portraiture, by Marina Rosso ≡

I © Marina Rosso, Untitled, from the series Elephant, 2010-12. © Marina Rosso, Untitled, from the series Elephant, 2010-12. © Marina Rosso, Untitled, from the series Elephant, 2010-12. © Marina Rosso, Untitled, from the series Elephant, 2010-12. II © Marina Rosso, Untitled, from the series Mutants, 2014. © Marina Rosso, Untitled, from the series Mutants,…

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≡ the DOG call ≡

Dogs have had a constant presence in my life. Their relevance in one’s life can have huge proportions as does their presence in art. They’re not only present in portraits, partnering their fellow humans, but also often portrayed by themselves. Sometimes they turn into brands, sometimes they turn into pop objects, often they serve decorative…

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≡ The Hyères School of Photography ≡

My love for the Hyères Festival is known. I’ve written about it and have featured a great deal of the authors shortlisted each year. The judging panel has been responsible for issuing a statement about what they want to see in contemporary photography and it has been bold and exciting, for Hyères always awards an…

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≡ This Sunday, while cleaning up my bookmarks ≡

I A good article by Sola Agustsson @ Alternet: Why the Contemporary Art World Is Insufferable, Corrupted by the Super-Rich II A good book: European Intellectual History from Rousseau to Nietzsche, by Frank M. Turner III A curious article about a new Milgram-like experiment concludes “Those who are described as “agreeable, conscientious personalities” are more likely…

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≡ My two passions ≡

© Ana Teresa Barboza, Untitled (?). Images via ArtNau. A friend called my attention to Ana Teresa Barboza‘s work (Lima, Peru, 1981). A good friend, I should say, for she knows how I’m drawn to mixed techniques applied to photography, specially when it involves some sort of sewing. Ana Teresa’s work is anything but simple, though…

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≡ Hunting the Cliché ≡

© António Pedrosa, Untitled, from the series Iraq Slum. Antonio Pedrosa is a portuguese photographer whose work has been highly recognized, both by his national peers as well as by international entities, such as Hasselblad. In my opinion, prizes do draw attention to the award-winning authors’ work, and they do guarantee quality, but everything else…

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