Russian photographer Evgeniy Shaman captures a labyrinth of experiences within this rather dark mystery world we live in an utterly captivating manner.
Find his book My.sTories here.
Spanish photographer Eugenio Recuenco has created stunning interpretations of several of
Picasso’s women paintings.
Justin Bartels is an American photographer. His series Impression showcases imprints left on women’s skin from the binding apparel they wear.
Eduardo Izq is a scientist who loves photography, and who’s female portraits are simply stunning.
In 2007 American artist Sharon Core recreated a number of still lifes by the 19th-century painter Raphaelle Peale, for her Early American series, by manipulating the surreally beautiful lighting and an assortment of objects ranging from flowers and fish to watermelons alongside genuine antique crockery and glassware.
Life before death (2008) is a series of powerful portraits taken by German photographer Walter Schels of people before and after they had died. His partner Beate Lakotta conducted interviews with the subjects in their final days.
“I wonder if it’s possible to have a second chance at life? I don’t think so. I’m not afraid of death — I’ll just be one of the million, billion grains of sand in the desert…” – Klara Behrens, 83
“No one asks me how I feel, because they’re all shit scared. I find it really upsetting the way they desperately avoid the subject, talking about all sorts of other things. Don’t they get it? I’m going to die! That’s all I think about, every second when I’m on my own.” – Heiner Schmitz, 52
“Death is a test of one’s maturity. Everyone has got to get through it on their own. I want very much to die. I want to become part of that vast extraordinary light. But dying is hard work. Death is in control of the process, I cannot influence its course. All I can do is wait. I was given my life, I had to live it, and now I am giving it back.” – Edelgard Clavey, 67
“My whole life was nothing but work, work, work, does it really have to happen now? Can’t death wait?”
– Gerda Strech, 68
Via The Guardian
Animal eyes is a continuing series of macro photographs by Armenian Photographer Suren Manvelyan.
New-York based artist Michal Rovner (1957 in Tel Aviv) studied cinema, television and philosophy before enrolling at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, receiving a BFA in photography and art in 1985.
Through multiple processing and re-shooting of the basic images and often adding colours, she creates an image several degrees removed from the actual reality she started with, yet retaining a haunting familiarity with it. She quotes Giacometti approvingly: ‘Has the artist erased enough data?’
Via / read more at BBC.
Elena Oganesyan is a young Russian photographer living in Moscow who’s moody blurs are truly captivating.
Nobuhiro Nakanishi’s Layered Drawings contain scenes that are repeatedly photographed, capturing change and the subtle passage of time. Laser printed and mounted onto acrylic they are layered into sculpture installations.
“The theme of my work is: the physical that permeates into the art piece. In a foggy landscape, we no longer see what we are usually able to see – the distance to the traffic light, the silhouette of the trees, the slope of the ground. By capturing spatial change and the infinite flow of time, I strive to produce art that creates movement between the artwork itself and the viewer’s experience of the artwork.”
Nadav Kander (born in Israel, raised in South Africa) has lived in London since the 1980s. He is a photographer, artist and director. His series “Bodies, 6 Women, 1 Man” serves as a monumental studies of the human condition by displaying honest photographs of the human form with a reference to the renaissance.
“Revealed yet concealed. Shameless yet shameful. Ease and unease. Beauty and destruction. These paradoxes are displayed in all my work; an inquiry into what it feels like to be human. Wherever I may be, my pictures seek to expose the shadow and vulnerability that exists in all of us, and it is this vulnerability that I find so beautiful.”
For those of you, who – like me – would love to own one of these, but most likely never will, fortunately, there is also a book available.
French artist Christian Boltanski (1944) began his artistic career at the age of 12, when he started painting and drawing. In the 60s he moved on to creating art installations revolving around life & death and the ephemera of the human experience, tracing the lives of the lost and forgotten through objects that serve as relentless reminder to human experience and suffering.
10 Portraits Photographiques de Christian Boltanski, 1946-1964 (1972) is an artists’ book seemingly featuring photographs of Christian Boltanski at ages 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 14, 17, and 20. In fact, all photographs were taken by Annette Messager one afternoon near the waterfall in the Parc Montsouris in Paris. Only the last photograph portrays Christian Boltanski, at the age of 28, not 20.
Photos © Annette Messager
The Shadows (1984) consists of light focused on figurative shapes and forms generating a mysterious environment of silhouettes in movement.
“Personnes” Monumenta, Paris (2010) is a series of monumental exhibitions at the Grand Palais is a work in sound and vision. “Personnes”, meaning both “people” and “nobodies” is a “social, religious and humanistic exploration of life, memory and the irreductible individuality of each and every human existence – together with the presence of death, the dehumanisation of the body, chance and destiny.
Photo © Shann Biglione
“The wheel of fortune” is part of the installation “Chance” at Venice Art Biennale (2011). A thematic exploration of the luck and fate of newborns, whose beginnings are subject entirely to chance.
Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film in Tokyo will present an exhibition of works by Francis Bacon opening today to April 6. The exhibition will include 11 contact sheets, which were used as important image sources in his production process.
It is well known that Bacon worked from photographs rather than live models. While he hired John Deakin and other established photographers to make some of the photographs, he also frequently hired unknown photographers who were active in New York at the time. Some of the contact sheets show sequential photographs, which evoke Eadweard Muybridge’s works, but they also betray his idiosyncratic perspective on the human figure. In 1974, Bacon explained, “I want to isolate the image much further and take it very much further away from the photograph. I only use photographs as I would use a dictionary in a foreign language.” He wrote directly onto some of the photographs to formulate ideas for his works.
Contact sheet of female nudes from the floor of Bacon’s Studio, ca. 1975, Prov. The Robertson Collection, vintage gelatin silver print, paper size: 41.9 x 50.8 cm, Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery, London
Contact sheet of two men wrestling in a studio from the floor of Bacon’s Studio, ca. 1975, Prov. The Robertson Collection, vintage gelatin silver print, paper size: 41.9 x 50.8 cm, Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery, London
Australian photographer Bill Gekas draws inspiration from classical paintings from Rembrandt, Raphael and Velazquez and makes portraits of his 5-year-old daughter to pay tribute to well-known portraits.
“The key to executing a shoot like this is to have it all planned before the subject enters the scene, the lighting, props, composition etc. From thought to finished post processed shot ready for display a typical shot can average a total of 8 hours.”
Inspired by the advertising aesthetic with western female stereotypes (Barbie in particular), French artist Alain Delorme takes an ironic and worrying look at the identification by young girls in his series Little Dolls; a caustic criticism of making little girls objects of consumption useful to the laws of the market.
See also: Alain Delorme’s totems
Dutch artist and designer Roeland Otten‘s Transformatie Huisje (2009) aims to bring back the lost view in this historical part of Rotterdam, that was taken by a concrete electricity substation by covering unattractive areas with high-resolution photographs that blend seamlessly into the surroundings.
After spending six years learning the cumbersome wet-plate collodion process invented in 1851, photographer Michael Shindler opens a walk-in tintype portrait studio (Photobooth) in 2011.
The wet-plate collodion process involves coating an enameled metal plate with a collodion mixture, which is then sensitized, exposed and processed all within a few minutes while the plate is still wet. The resulting image (while technically a negative) is made up of extremely fine silver particles that are creamy-white in color, which allows the image to be viewed as a positive when seen against a black background.
Full Moon Silhouettes is a real time video of the moon rising over the Mount Victoria Lookout in Wellington, New Zealand by photographer Mark Gee. Amazing fact: although this video was technically challenging to make, it has not been manipulated at all.
“People had gathered up there this night to get the best view possible of the moon rising. I captured the video from 2.1km away on the other side of the city. It’s something that I’ve been wanting to photograph for a long time now, and a lot of planning and failed attempts had taken place. Finally, during moon rise on the 28th January 2013, everything fell into place and I got my footage.