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.

August 29, 2014

William Ropp - Various

I wonder why it took me so much time to post about William Ropp. Since he's French, I have no excuses. Since his work is strong, fascinating and relevant to the main thema of this blog, I have less than no excuses. Born in 1960 in Nancy, where he still lives, he keeps his path through the mysterious nature of the human face and body considered as landscapes haunted by a strange phenomenon called life. He is mainly interested by children and he provides a thrilling imagery of childhood, not dissimilar to the most anguishing child's characters books and movies offered in the past. Sometimes, the influence of Sally Mann is obvious but he avoids mimetism. Although he became one of the greatest specialists of domesticating black and white, like Odilon Redon in the past he changed his technique and he's currently working with colour. The result is stunning and will provide the opportunity for another post later. His site here.

August 23, 2014

Peter Kaaden - Miscellaneous

Peter Kaaden, a young German photographer, working in Berlin after a stay in New York where he worked notably for Ryan McGinley. What's sure is that he seems to specializes himself in shoots of people in their worst and most embarrassing moments. Not totally new but he dares to show things few have previously. And all the models seem rather OK with that. Finally, there's more life here than in most arty pictures. It only lacks the king of naturalism that we can find in the eastern photography, specially Russian. His blog here.

InterZone - Various models

Although the work of this French photographer (didn't find his name) belongs to the erotic imagery, not really the domain covered by this blog, it's a fantastic pleasure to see that he chooses female models with real gynoid body shapes (the famous pear metaphor, the symbol of feminity and paradoxically the shape which is the less appreciated in the media for feminine representations, maybe because we are in a period of male-oriented normalisation, and because men actually hide their homosexual inclination in changing female norms towards masculine anatomy). And with their pubic hair. And with curves. And with cellulitis (a wrong word, cellulitis is a severe subcutaneous infection). The fact is these pictures seem unusual for erotic images of women when actually they are among the rare ones that truly show how nature built women bodies (but of course, there's a wide variety of natural female body shapes, everything in "nature" displaying a gaussian distribution). You can see much more (in particular colour pictures) here and buy some there. Hope this will be followed by more photographers in the future.