December 6, 2013

Hermann Försterling - Akt and Torsi

Hermann Försterling is a German photographer born in 1955. His work is based on the female body belongs to a classic tradition making flesh and shapes human landscapes. But to this traditional approach, he adds a fetichist touch (notably bondage) making his work totally personal and, more importantly, strongly sensual and sexually evocative. Dirty and clean seem odd words in his visual universe. It's only the ever changing kaleidoscopic triumph of the skin. More to see here or there.

November 24, 2013

K.rine Burckel - Various works

I don't know much about this French photographer except she's born in 1972 and (appears to) live in Paris. Her visual universe is based on B&W portraits of female nude models (and some self-portraits). One of the most appropriate description of her work and most importantly the effect it has on me is a title of one of her pictures called "Le corps est un voyage" (the body is a journey"). A journey through space and time actually. A journey with all the variations of human feelings, from the most intense excitation to the extreme disinterest. If you love Francesca Woodman (but it's only a part of her influences) and the path she opened with her art, you've been surely moved by the Burckel images, in particular the ones I selected above. Her tumblr site here.

November 11, 2013

Vincent Gouriou - Various works

Vincent Gouriou is a (rather) young French photographer whose portraits raise a curious moving melancholy in the viewer's mood. But a strangely happy one since his pictures have a rare sensuality, surely due to the sense of intimacy we share with the model. There's not in his images, the sometimes freezed scenography of supposely so many poetic portraits, even some I have posted on this blog before. Gouriou shows a much greater empathy  with the people than these "makers". I would say, although I'm not particularly found of the psychological specificities of my country, that he has something that French have shown in their history, this ability to thinks larger than his own self. To feel that he belongs not only to humanity, but to each individual of this humanity. I would be better inspired not to try to write about this work with such a poor level of english. What's important is to not forget this name, it's one that deserves to be known worldwide. His site here.

October 26, 2013

Dina Goldstein - Fallen princesses

This well-known and successful series (shot between 2007 and 2009) by a Canadian-based Tel-Aviv-born (in 1969) photographer had to feature in this blog since it depicts with a strong sense of visual relevance the fake world the Disney-altered fairytales carry with their apparently innocent stories. Of course, feminists (and others, they are not the only ones to see sexism where it is) had denounced the underlying viral ideology of these scenaristic constructions with the "and they had full of children" ending sentence (in French "sentence" means a court judgement, more appropriate actually), but here it's a visual confrontation between these folkoric characters and the true situation they face presently. She went on with another series called In the dollhouse but I think it's much less interesting than this one. Maybe because in Europe we aren't assaulted by this silly imagery as North Americans are. If you want to know everything about this series (and look at the other pictures, that I didn't find in a good definition enough to include above) and notably the statement of the photographer, go here, for the photographer's site, there. Don't think it's necessary I put the name of each character under the picture. I added the last picture with the 2 children I find cute and charming. Hope they won't believe these shitty tales after then. And please, click on the pictures to see them full size or you'll miss much of their power.

October 20, 2013

Dorothea Lange - Migrant mothers and children

Since in France, it seems that more and more people think it's a crime to be poor and to try to find a better place to live, elsewhere, for example in France, this post from the great Dorothea Lange (the pictures were taken in 1936), showing with a moving sense of respect and dignity poor migrants during the Great Depression, and more specifically mothers with their children who would later make what America is today: the most culturally and ethnically diverse, innovative and creative place of the world. French would be better inspired, if they don't want their (and secondary mine) country to become an ancillary earth for tourists, to welcome the poor migrants, today Roms, as they welcomed decades ago Italians or Spanish, but unfortunately not Maghrebians. Not being able to welcome strangers is for sure a sign of a declining civilization. More than words, these pictures are a visual testimony that misery is the same throughout history and that only its status in the society is different. Its present status is rather revolting, even disgusting, at least in France.