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)

May 18, 2014

Artur Żmijewski - Oko za oko (an eye for an eye)

Artur Żmijewski is not a Polish photographer per se but a multismedia artist using various materials. Here is a series of pictures associated with a short movie (11 min, posted below) called Oko za oko which means An eye for an eye, with a disabled man (one leg missing) as main character. Here is the description provided with the video: "Oko za oko (An Eye for an Eye) consists of a set of three large-format color photographs and a video. The photographs and video depict naked men with amputated limbs, accompanied by able-bodied people, who in the staged photographs and in the film "lend" their limbs to the amputated as they stroll, climb stairs or bathe. The naked bodies of the protagonists were assembled by the artist in complex compositions creating bodily hybrids: two-headed men, men with two pairs of arms etc., and at the same time the appearance of new able-bodied organisms in which the “healthy” supply the amputated with substitute limbs. The title of Zmijewski's work recalls the antique rule of dispensing justice, but the artist is not concerned with the question of revenge but with that of possibilities". A way to show alter ego compensation in opposite to help, pity, charity. But more importantly, this is visually appealing. Born in 1966, Żmijewski achieved this work in 1998 at 32, showing a great maturity in the way he treats such a subject. He's now a rather respected artist but I didn't see such a strong work in his subsequent projects. Maybe I missed some.

May 5, 2014

Noah Kalina - Sex (2007-2009)

This American photographer's work is difficult to summarize in a few words since it's diversity may seem too heterogenous to have a single direction. But, except for this series, I'd say that it deals with hyper-realism, when photography is so perfect that it seems paradoxically unreal. American visual artists are apparently tinterested in this unsafe and insane approach of reality, surely the consequence of them often living in a cinematographic world with aesthetic and inter-relation rules defined by screens and media or ad propaganda more than actual reality. After 4 years keeping this blog alive, what I've clearly realised is how far from each others are western and eastern societies in photography options, and how Europe seems to hesitate between each. In this series I chose from Noah Kalina, it's unusally the blurred approach of bodies that is in the center of the image. And it's true that's what remains in our brain of our sex moments, when time goes on, a blurred souvenir of something that has been but became only a ghostly and haunting trace without consistency. His site here. The title of the series is actually Internet / Sex, but since I did not post any of the Internet pictures (computers on a bed), I decided to only keep Sex.