Love these urban photos from Hong Kong and Tokyo taken by Berlin based photographer THOMAS BIRKE (b.1982). Fascinated by life in metropolitan areas surrounded by millions of people, his vision is to create a preview of our life in the future. Birke is interested in density and tries to show at least a 1000 people or their traces in every picture. Via bumbumbum
Saturday morning at the hypermarket: Miss Lovely Legs Competition
Black n’ white photographs by South African artist DAVID GOLDBLATT (b.1930). For decades, Goldblatt has photographed South African life through the period of Apartheid to today. His photos feature landscape, structure, people and context. His work is held in major museum collections worldwide.
HORST P.HORST (1906-1999) is currently part of a larger group exhibition @ MoMA entitled ‘THE ORIGINAL COPY: PHOTOGRAPHY OF SCULPTURE, 1839 TO TODAY (Aug 1-Nov 1, 2010). The exhibition explores the status of photography both as an art form and a medium of communication. As well as the intersections between photography and sculpture and how one medium has been implicated in the analysis and creative redefinition of the other. Photography both informs and challenges our understanding of what a sculpture is. HORST P.HORST is a representative of avant-garde photography which emerged in the 1920s with Surrealism, where artists tried to tap the supernatural influences of puppets, mannequins etc to create images that altered appearances. Horst’s approach to portraiture was to create a parallel aspirational universe in which his subjects became mysterious and alluring.
Horst P.Horst was born Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann in Germany and later moved to America. He is best known for his elegant and glamourous fashion photographs featured in Vogue, but also for his environmental photographs. In his approach to portraiture, Horst set out to create a parallel aspirational universe in which his subjects became mysterious and alluring. Besides being featured in fashion magazines, Horst’s work was displayed in museums in NYC, London and Cologne, Germany. He is represented by Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta.
I’m a big fan of ANNE HARDY‘s (b.1970, England) images of empty imaginary rooms. The photos are anything but realistic portrayals of actual environments. All of her unusual interior spaces are carefully built from scratch in her London studio and then photographed. Each setting can take several months to finish. East London is her greatest inspiration with its constant ejection of trash on the areas streets. Hardy’s images convey a feeling that you’re standing in front of a surreal fictional place, you can step into. Her scenes suggest narratives of place, character and events. There is a strong suggestion of absent characters who have just stepped out of the room infusing the images with a sense of mystery. Her work simultaneously speak to many of us in the sense that we decorate and arrange our home with souvenirs, photos and objects, which have a special meaning to us but are meaningless to others. All of her work is analogue. Hardy is represented by Maureen Paley gallery in London.
DENISE GRÜNSTEIN (b.1950) is one of Sweden’s most well-known photographers. Her poetic and atmospheric photos are inspired by ancient romantic painting as well as surrealistic photography. The classic motive appears to be woman in nature. All of her images have quite a romantic expression, they are highly staged with an artificial ambience. The compositions in her photos make them appear like strange dreams. Often the characters portrayed are covered mysteriously behind their hair. Denise is also known for her commercial work. Check out Cameralink‘s site to see some of her commercial work. She has held exhibitions at the Moderna Museet in Stocholm in 2001 and at The Museum Of Contemporary Art in Helsinki (Kiasma) in 2010. She is represented by Galleri Charlotte Lundin Stockholm and Korjaamo Gallery in Helsinki. Denise lives and works in Stockholm.
Sparkling images by photographer ELIZAVETA PORODINA. ‘PRAYERS FOR RAIN’ is the story of an alternate civilization that is trying to figure out a way to live in our strange, unfamiliar world. It is inspired by feelings of melancholy and nostalgia. Elizaveta was born in Russia, but is now based in Munich, Germany. Via triangulationblog
Surreal and toxic images by American photographer and installation artist SANDY SKOGLUND (b.1946). Skoglund moved to NYC in 1972, where she started working as a conceptual artist, dealing with repetitive art. She is known for her room-sized environments, filled with mannequins, models or animal sculptures. Her most famous photograph is probably RADIOACTIVE CATS, where green cats are running around in a kitchen with an old man and woman facing away from the camera. RADIOACTIVE CATS and another of Sandy’s images REVENGE OF THE GOLDFISH appeared at the Whitney Biennial Exhibition in 1981. Many of her works are held in museum collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Photography and at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Skoglund currently lives in New Jersey where she teaches photography herself.