November 24, 2014

Igor Mukhin - Moskow (suite)

A follow-up to the previous Moukhin post (here), also about Moskow and more particularly a female model that maybe was (is?) the photographer's girlfriend. There's a wonderful mix of scenographic intimacy and treatment of colours. Strange that these pictures seem to carry their own nostalgy of past and dead moments even when they were shot. Igor Mukhin often works in black & white but I really like his colour pictures. A site here.

October 24, 2014

Melanie Bonajo - Various works

Melanie Bonajo isn't strictly speaking a photographer but more a polyvalent artist using pictures to keep alive some scenes she creates. More a performer. Like many artists in the last century, unsaid captions seem unavoidable to understand the images she produces but her work is strong enough to have value on its own, even without the intellectual (and sometimes a little boring and conventional politically correct) dimension of the message. Dutch, born in 1978, she has I hope a long path to walk and maybe she'll provide more to think about. Here a site.

October 19, 2014

Joe Schwab - Portraits 2

Another post about Jo Schwab female models (and mostly about their breasts except the last one as a sort of "privacative" joke). You can read about him in the first post (here). Strangely, this first post is each week always number one in the "Last week most popular posts" section on the right. Don't really know the reason (don't think it's because you can look at women's tits, there's plenty more on the net). It's true we have here a wide variety of chests and it's a fascinating spectacle for men to see this incredibly richness of nature's gift for female breasts. More largely, there's here a sort of celebration of female body diversity and since the pictures are of high quality, maybe this is the explanation of this continuum success in this blog's charts. Or maybe there's something less positive and I prefer not to know it. If you want to see more by Jo Schwab, you can go here.

September 26, 2014

Mihail Ioanidi - Images

Don't know much about Mihail Ioanidi, except he's born in 1951, he lives in Russia near the black sea, and he's a photographer (but also a painter judging by his facebook page). But what I know is that his images have really something others have not. A particular poetry, a sort of iconographic quality that makes them haunt you forever. They are not many to achieve such a challenge and he's one. He seems to work with old apparatus and it's surely one of the reasons of the special texture and colour deepness of his images. Apart from the technical quality of the image, he succeeds, as many of his eastern pairs, to show something of the human condition without any of the manierism and arty posture of most of western photographers and painters. That's all for tonight. His facebook page here.

September 19, 2014

Francesca Galliani - Nudes

Francesca Gallieni is an Italian photographer born in 1962 and who has reached a relatively high level of notoriety in the world of fashion mags. Not usually my visual cuppa tea but anyway, there's something here that catch me strong. A real erotic power that is usually lacking in this photographic genre. The image manipulation is not totally new and inventive but works for me. There's actually something hybrid (fake imagery and authenticity) in this work, most specially in these female nude portraits (why not any male, that's a weakness due to the current survival of sexism in the photo world). Up to you to make your mind. A site here.