All photographs look alike and I blame digital design

caption: image illustrating an article @ Time.com, entitled TIME’s 25 Best Photobooks of 2018. The first sentence of the article reads: “As an antidote to your unyielding Instagram feed, consider the photobook.”  I’ve been thinking about photography’s relationship with digital design in the twenty-first century. After some considerations and discussions with colleagues and students I…

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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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⁞ How Kalen Hollomon’s collages reflect the general confusion about the core of a subversive attitude ⁞

Trying to make a point with digital cut and paste, here are excerpts of reviews and interviews with collage artist Kalen Hollomon, accompanied by images of his playful work. © Kalen Hollomon © Kalen Hollomon NYMAG: […] Hollomon claims it’s been “embarrassing” to take the iPhone photos that garner him thousands of likes each day…

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٠ Balaclavas hit the beach ٠

© Peng & Chen , from the series Face-kini © Peng & Chen , from the series Face-kini In China, it’s the height of the tourist season for Qingdao’s famed beaches. But while many of the town’s visitors want to enjoy the sand and water, they’re not so wild about sunbathing. So they often resort…

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┐ Yayoi Kusama └

© Yayoi Kusama, Silver Squid Dress, 1968-9 © Yayoi Kusama, Self-Portrait, 1962 © Yayoi Kusama, Horse Play © Yayoi Kusama, Self-Obliteration By Dots, 1968. Photo © Hal Reiff © Yayoi Kusama, photography copyright © Harrie Verstappen “Rather than confirming the ontological coherence of the body-as-presence, body art depends on documentation, confirming-even exacerbating-the supplementarity of the body…

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┐ Tranimal – Hybrids before Photoshop └

all images © Austin Young, from Machine Project, Hammer Museum. “Tranimal…Young’s new endeavor – a collaboration with Squeaky Blonde and Fade-Dra, is infused with the artist’s high voltage underground creative energy. Tranimal is a big and bold project. It incorporates video, photography, and interactive sound design. And its taking performance art to an operatic level.…

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┐ Cooper & Gorfer └

© Cooper & Gorfer, from My Quiet of Gold © Cooper & Gorfer, from My Quiet of Gold © Cooper & Gorfer, from My Quiet of Gold © Cooper & Gorfer, from My Quiet of Gold “The artist duo Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer work at the intersection of contemporary photography with painting of the…

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┐ Erwan Frotin └

© Erwan Frotin, Pain à Pieds Bleus, from the series Sketch, 2006 © Erwan Frotin, Perdreau Fantôme, from the series Sketch, 2006   “Patiently elaborated images emerge, shapes and colours, dissonant or incongruous at first glance, astonish and confuse the viewer.” Marco Costantini, @ Still life as a chimera More of Erwan’s work here

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┐ Natasja Maria Fourie └

@ Natasja Maria Fourie, from I didn’t want to be your ghost “I have an obsession with the naked portrait. The most beautiful and vulgar things are produced by the human body. The naked body raises intense psychological issues. My portrait work deals with all those complex feelings when one is stripped naked, the feelings…

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┐ Bridget Collins └

@ Bridget Collins, Untitled, from Olly Olly Oxen Free @ Bridget Collins, Untitled, from Olly Olly Oxen Free Jonathan Baron, editor-in-chief of Baron Magazine: We are visually saying that emotions are not progressive, that instead of being emotional with others, let’s do it through entertainment. So for the debut issue – Baron has commissioned artists…

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┐ Erik Madigan Heck └

© Erik Madigan Heck, from Undercover Jun Takahashi © Erik Madigan Heck, from Undercover Jun Takahashi (…) Heck’s working methods also demonstrate his independent streak. He eschews strobes and rarely shoots digitally. He even pooh-poohs test Polaroids, which would help ensure the usability of images captured with his 15-year-old, all-manual, 35mm Canon EOS 630. “I…

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┐ Stefan Milev └

© Stefan Milev, Spiros, Berlin 2011 © Stefan Milev, Dune – Simone van Werkhoven, Paris 2010 Still looking for some kind of photographic identity in the fashion world. Although it tends to be very hard to find, I guess the photographer comes through with every choice he/she makes, regarding equipment, materials and technique. I’m looking…

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┐ Cathleen Naundorf └

© Cathleen Naundorf, Untitled – Dior, artist’s workshop – Cité Jandelle, Paris © Cathleen Naundorf, Mimi San – Dior, artist’s workshop – Cité Jandelle, Paris “When I decided to photograph 4×5 inches, and even with Polaroid, people asked, ’Are you crazy? Why don ’t you do digital, it takes much less time?’ But, it needs…

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