Sunday, April 8, 2012

BILL BRANDT Bill Brandt was born in Hamburg, Germany on May 3rd, 1904, and died on December 20th, 1983. After growing up during World War I, and surviving tuberculosis, Brandt began to assist in Man Ray’s studio in 1930. In 1933 Brandt moved to London, and worked as a photojournalist from the mid 1930s until the mid 1950s. His work was published in many different journals, including the surrealist magazine Minotaure. To celebrate the end of World War II in 1945, which had been a major influence on his photography, Brandt began a series of nudes. These are the works I have chosen to focus on while emulating Brandt. Brandt found a seventy-year-old wooden Kodak camera in an antique store, and used it for his nude pieces. It had no shutter, a wide-angle lens and an aperture the size of a pin. This camera caused the figures to distort, creating an illusion of space and a very steep perspective. Brandt wrote that “the lens produced anatomical images and shapes which my eyes had never observed.” He was influenced by Edward Weston’s journal writings, which proclaimed “the camera sees more than the eye, so why not make use of it?” Brandt took no issue with editing the composition of his pieces in the dark room, and took advantage of the ability to crop images using an enlarger. His nudes have a surreal quality to them, as women become anonymous and faceless, their bodies becoming ambiguous, often truncated landscapes.

BILL BRANDT

Nude, Campden Hill, London, 1956
I Don't Think I'm Ever Gonna Figure It Out

Nude, Hampstead, London, 1952

Campden Hall, 1978

East Sussex, 1958

East Sussex, 1977

East Sussex, 1978

London, 1954

Campden Hill, 1950s

Hampstead, London, 1956

Vasterival, Normandy, 1957

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Wish I had Taken

Duane Michals "The Unfortunate Man"
Duane Michals "Dr. Heisenberg's Magic Mirror of Uncertainty"
Duane Michals

Duane Michals "Magritte with Hat"
Duane Michals "Things are Queer"

Duane Michals "The Most Beautiful Part of a Woman's Body"

Duane Michals "The Most Beautiful Part of a Man's Body"
Nicholas Nixon
Nicholas Nixon

Nicholas Nixon "Self 03"
Irving Penn "Cigarette 17"
Lena Herzog "Puppet"

Lena Herzog "Baby face/ Narrenturm"

Lena Herzog "calf"
Diane Arbus "Child with a toy hand grenade in Central Park, NYC"

Diane Arbus "Masked woman in a wheelchair"
Lena Herzog "Gossip"
Lorna Simpson "Waterbearer"

Lorna Simpson "Untitled (Two Necklines)"
Man Ray "Legs & Garters"

Man Ray "Primacy of Matter Over Thought"
Man Ray "A l'Heure de l'Observatoire les Amoureux"

Man Ray "La PriƩre"

Tom Hoops

Jenny Saville from "Closed Contact" series


Cindy Sherman "Untitled #305"