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.