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.

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.