August 2, 2015

Vincent Gouriou - Femen






Two years ago I posted about Vincent Gouriou (here). His new work is about the Femen. I know that their actions are not universally appreciated even in the feminist world. I personally think their action types most of the time miss their target, ruin their message and are counter-productive but I respect their physical involvement, their courage, and finally think they will stay in history as an important movement, not far from the English Suffragettes who burnt churches and savaged shop windows to obtain the right to vote (their action didn't help to obtain this right but history had given them justice). Once again, Vincent Gouriou brings to this portrait project his so special touch, a sort of aura that softens and deepens what usually finishes as a vain exercise. At leat, it's my opinion. The project is still on, so here are the first shots (to be continued). Artist's site here

July 31, 2015

Alec Dawson - Nobody claps anymore











As I wrote in the last post, in the cinematographic domestic style, Alec Dawson is my favorite photographer. Thus I went back to his site to look at his recent work, and found this (once more) fantastic series. Since my English is miserable, I prefer editing his statement. It says all. "The chronic evolution of our lives can generate emotional cancers. In our youth, these cancers are small and neoplastic. For some of us, these small nuisances grow into oppressive and paralyzing monsters. Nobody Claps Anymore is my response to my own emotional cancers: regret, isolation, anxiety, and depression. It is my de facto art therapy.My photographic works are about internal emotional dramas which often reveal themselves in quiet solitary moments in people’s homes. I use cinematic lighting to dramatise these moments". I hope he will go on with this inspiration since I can't get enough of this today's vacuity and unsatisfaction iconography. His site here

July 29, 2015

Laura Stevens - Various works










This UK-born Paris-living young photographer (she's 38) has, next to her commissioned work a personal production where she adopts a cinematographic approach of domestic or interior scenes usually capturing moments of sadness or more precisely moments of time suspension, sort of neutral melancholic inside mood. There has been many done in this style previously, my favorite being Alec Dawson (see here) but Laura Stevens provides in the selected ones above something worth of attention. Too "glam" (I mean that it fits perfectly in glossy paper mags) for me in most of her pictures, in these ones, she escapes this cul-de-sac and opens on something more visceral. Interesting too, there's (few) male models. Her site here.

July 27, 2015

Dimitris The Athens - Greek Maenads







Don't know much about this photographer ("once again" you surely think). Suppose he's Greek (a good point to my eyes these days) and saw he called himself a photohunter. True he often uses his camera for testimony and iconographic source for some events (see his blog here) but here he's illustrating a greek myth, the maenads. You'll understand what it's all about readning this statement: "MAENADS In Ancient Greek Mythology, the “Maenads”(Greek: μαινάδες, mainádes) were nymphs, the female companions and followers of the god Dionysus, their name literally translates as “raving ones. The word "mainas” (in singular) appears in Homeric texts as a synonym to the word “frenzy”. Indeed, the main characteristic of the Maenads was their ecstatic frenzy where often inspired by Dionysus and through a combination of dancing and drunken intoxication, they would lose all self-control, begin shouting excitedly and engage in uncontrolled, hyperactive and beyond logic violent behavior. In Modern day Greece, the Maenads exist and continue to upset…". The illustration is a little bit clean and fashion-oriented in its visual treatment but I find it interesting and strong enough to deserve a post. Always nice to use mythology for photo subject. 

July 26, 2015

Cosey Fanni Tutti - Time to tell and COUM transmission















































Cosey Fanni Tutti (born english in 1951) is best known as the Cosey from Chris and Cosey (from 1981 to this day), but also as a member of Throbbing Gristle (between 1975 and 1981 and again in 2004) and, to a lesser extent, as the female companion of Genesis P. Orridge in their performances inspired by the Flux movement called COUM Transmission (between 1974 and 76). Here it's a series shot for her album called Time To Tell that I chose to post. I added some pictures from her COUM performances but we are unfortunately short of iconography about her on the web. You may want to explore more deeply this prolific personality so you should consult her site here. Below some tracks from this album.

July 23, 2015

Marcel Mariën - Various works













Marcel Mariën (1920 - 93) was a Belgian multi-tool artist often classified in surrealism but not sure this sort of classification has any importance and even any usefullness. This post shows a sample of his photographic work across 3 or 4 decades. Rather diverse it's focused on classic female body shape and in this way it's a little bit normative and classical but there's always humour and derision (as it's often the case with Belgians and unfortunately not enough the case with my narrow-arse French pairs and their arrogant and vacuous seriousness) and this iconography is a real libertarian pleasure (a necessity in these times of censorship and regression). Anyway, hope you appreciated and discovered this artist. There's much more to learn about him that this short text so I encourage everyone to search more info about this free spirit.