October 31, 2015

Lena Marquise - Body As Commodity and other works

Lena Marquise is a performer. She lends her body for diverse performances based on the relation between the female body and its representations in the current cultural and sexual dominant social rules. Her most notorious (and recent) performance was her "vagina as phone charger" that took place in the Art Basel Miami in December 2014 (with a certain Usher who charged his battery in the USB cord getting out her vagina). One link in a now long tradition of activism questionning the way female body is constrained to object use. Her site here. Other performances or pictures in the above series. 

October 28, 2015

Leslie Krims - Various 70's works

When I discovered photography (at the end of the 70's) Leslie Krims became instantly my favorite photographer. I often used his pictures to make fake cover sleeves for singles without any. I can't say I really explored photography until the creation of this blog in 2010, almost 30 years after I left any curiosity for this media. Now, more than 5 years after having viewed an incredibly large amount of pictures and photo-makers, I'm the first surprised to realize that... Leslie Krims is still my favorite photographer. And more specifically his 70's work. Nothing has made on me more impact. Sure Francesca Woodman and Sally Mann are maybe the greatest of all and Jan Saudek a master in his own but Krims' work is still the one I would have dreamt to achieve as a photographer. My previous post about him was miserable, with low quality and size pictures. Now I gathered many with correct (and some excellent) characteristics so it's a sort of historical post with an hommage to my all-time fave photo-artist. Note that often his models are (like Saudek) his relatives (mum, sister, girlfriend). After, his style changed and never reached (for me) these peaks again. To explain why I love so much this ancient work would be too long, and surely I would be short of words in English. And after all who cares? His site here

October 24, 2015

Erwin Blumenfeld - Various works

Erwin Blumenfeld is a well-known German photographer who did most of his career in the US and who doesn't need any biographic introduction here, since wikipedia will do that for you much better than me. Above I gathered some of his pictures that fit well in this blog, not really a fashion-inclined blog as you know. Strange than 5 years after its birth, there are so many notorious photomakers not being in it. Very various styles in the way Blumenfeld shot his models. I love the last one, which is a self-portrait with a woman face between his legs. Not sure this is a woman face picture or a real one or a collage. Very audacious for a man of this era (he died in 1969). PS. The wonderful girl with striped stocking is Leonor Fini.