August 22, 2014

Olivier Fermariello - Je t'aime moi aussi

The photographer's statement seems to me the most important comment to add to this series (and since I had a scientific paper rejected today with a severe judgement about my English, I'm not in the mood to make myself ridiculous in writing about it). "Showing a naked body in public may still be considered as a means to draw people’s attention over a social matter, especially when the boundaries of ideological spaces defined by the traditional socio-sexual roles are openly trespassed. People with disability in most cases feel the discrimination of not being considered entirely as a man or a woman: instead they feel treated either as children, either as beings belonging to a third gender, neutral with no libido. This project is about people, who are suffering from this kind of discrimination, but are not willing to give up their fight choosing a direct way to express themselves revealing their intimacy." You can read a story about some of the models and see the full series here. Although I'm not sure this is the best way to treat disabilited bodies, it deserves to be seen and discussed. And there's a true empathy with models and a warm atmosphere that reminds some ancient paintings. But I wrote more that I wanted to. PS. The title of the series is in French and not mine (inspired by a Serge Gainsbourg's erotic song). It's the actual title.

June 22, 2014

Sookie Sirene - Various self-portraits

Among the thousands of people sacrifying to self-portraits, I sometimes, but rarely find something targeting my own obsessions and providing a strong visual equivalent to them. It is the case of Sookie Sirene, a photographer living in Oslo and using her own body and face as the subject of her work (at least for what I found about her, which is not much). It is a scenography of the most important human inner torments (anguish, fear, despair, self-destruction, seduction, sadness, boredom, pleasure) and once again, a woman did it, men being apparently not able to explore and use the deepest of their soul with the crudity and the lucidity of their female counterparts. Or maybe they (we) do not have this richness and strength in them (us). A historical heritage of centuries of male domination being now a terrible weakness in art. Sookie Sirene leaves a longing trace in our brain and finally, a sensation of a close intimity with her, these images destroying the usual distance photography puts between the viewed and the viewer. No site for this artist, only a facebook page here.

June 14, 2014

Nobuyoshi Araki -Various works

Strange I never posted anything from this great and famous japanese photographer before. Not that I share his obsessions for women in gynecologist postures or bonded or humiliated, but because it is one of the most influential image creator in the domain of body, only female it is to note. Based on a fascination for sex and death (Antoine d'Agata is one of his spiritual son in a way), I often see in his work a way to abolish the barrier between a picture designed to be seen as an esthetic work or as a support for sexual excitation. In another words, between art and porno. But since he was one of the pioneer, he deserves to be known and cited. Here I selected some images without bondage and in which I find a kind of visual poetry when in many (he is very prolific) there is much less. Born in 1940, he's a veteran now but his pictures look as fresh and juvenile as ever. You can have a glimpse on his work here.

May 30, 2014

Alberto García-Alix - Selected works


Few would deny that Alberto Garcia-Alix is one of the most important Spanish photographer of the last 20 years and this selection gives convincing credit to this statement. Being part of the La Movida movement, he's mainly interested in marginal people, but everybody knows that only in the margin you can write something personal, the rest is full of conventional wor(l)ds. I admit that I've a tropism for his pictures of nudity because it is after all the base of this blog, and also because he adds something to a domain so full of candidates and so few of creators. What I like is the fact that these portraits are neither only the exposition of unclothed bodies, neither their eroticized scenography. Pissing, showing their cunt, or only being there without giving a fuck of the camera, models give the impression that they're waiting the end of the shoot to do their stuff and only provide the posture asked by the photographer. And among the whole, a portrait of Johnny Thunders and another pix with Tav Falco. The last images are the artist himself. Long live to him (I'm not far from his age so it's a common wish maybe although death is finally nothing so terrible). His site here. Go and see much more, and maybe stuff you'll like much more than my personal selection.

May 29, 2014

Günter Blum

Born in 1956, this famous German erotic photographer died in 1997. He is often compared to Helmut Newton for his love of highly sophisticated women shot naked in somptuous environments. Not usually my personal taste but in some series, his rather fetichist approach of female body provides a strongly exciting iconography. An unusual excursion in this visual lands for me, but it's crucial to open his horizons from time to time. You can read and see more from this now classic master here. I recently used one of his pictures for a cover sleeve (an Adam and the Ants one, here)