The Bechers' 224 photographs of watertowers comprise a unique, single minded, even obsessive mission. They were taken from as many as 8 angles, over a period of 25 years, with a stylistic approach so consistent that photographs juxtaposed from the 1950s and 1980s suggest a minute to minute account deadpan portraits of unadorned metal, concrete, and wooden structures.
French photographer Bertrand Fleuret (born 1969) has made some of the most poetical and beautifully produced photobooks of the past ten years--among them The Risk of an Early Spring and Landmasses and Railways, published by J&L Books, who brings us Fleuret's latest volume--a continuation of Landmasses and Railway's exploration of the moods and imagery of imaginary worlds.
Bill Jacobson's photographs resist easy identification. They are blurred, diffuse, and atmospheric, depicting only the vague outlines of urban scenes, rural landscapes, and human figures. Enveloped by a dark or light mist, these shadowy forms refute the premise that photographs capture reality and serve as a reliable aid to memory. Instead, his photographs are images of vague recollections and forgotten experiences.
More than 15 years after Italian artist Alighiero Boetti's death, 2011 marks the opening of a major international retrospective of the work of the Arte Povera master, sponsored by MoMA NY, the Tate Modern and Madrid's Reina Sofia. Adding to the new appreciation of Boetti's joyous work is this dazzling, multi-layered photo essay on the unseen story behind the making of his seminal arazzi (embroidered works). For the first time, the international web of artisans who made the arazzi comes into focus, through the work of American photographer Randi Malkin Steinberger.
This issue of C Photo focuses on the emerging world of photography and art in China. A selection from the two most important collectors of Chinese contemporary art is highlighted in the collector s section. This issue includes an essay in which Agnieszka Holland reflects on the influence of photography in her life. Korean artist Bohnchang Koo contributes with a text about the development of photographic production in his country over the last decades, and the American poet, Robert Pinsky, writes about snapshot photography. The sections, Scope and Portfolio feature works by Francois- Marie Banier, Lea Crespi and Andreas Gefeller amongst others. A special section dedicated to the emblematic North American photographer, Francesca Woodman, includes several works published here for the first time. Also included is a brief archive on Bollywood, the Indian film industry. The section callled Guest introduces the latest photographic work from Dennis Hopper.
"For me, this exhibition provides occasion for introspection: without regard to time, motifs, and forms of presentation, I attempt to determine the common thread of the visual memory that has always been my guide."
Portugal's monasteries and churches, its palaces, libraries, opera houses, and museums which have survived evoke past glory with immense murals composed of colored tiles and ornate sculptural decor. Candida Hofer captures this here.
Candida Höfer, known for her images of deserted public spaces, photographed the empty rooms and galleries of the Louvre on days when it was closed to the public. In her luminous color pictures, the treasures of Western art enter into a silent yet eloquent dialog with the architectural setting, the luxurious or sober décor, the building's past, and its present as a museum