17 November 2006

Invited guest: Loretta Lux

I am very honoured to present the work of Loretta Lux on The F Blog. According to me Loretta is one of the most fascinating modern photographers. But her photographs are also somewhat controversial. Charming, disturbing, wonderful, creepy, repelant, brilliant, kitschy are some of the words that have been used to describe Loretta Lux photographs. ”It doesn’t matter what I intend”, says Loretta. ”People are allowed to think what they please. What matters is whether or not the pictures work” (quote from American Photo Nr 3/2005). I love the photographs of Loretta Lux, but judge for your self!

"The Rose Garden" Ilfochrome © 2001 Loretta Lux

"Hopper" Ilfochrome 50x62 cm © 2005 Loretta Lux

About her photographs Loretta says: ”An artist picks a subject that he likes, so I picked children because that is what I can most connect with. But my work is not about the children I photograph. It’s not children’s portraits or portraits in a traditional sense. I don’t try to capture the model’s individual psychology. I treat them as a metaphor for childhoold and for innocence. Childhood is an important and most influential part of life. During childhood we learn to live in this world. But childhood cannot be repeated and that is in many ways underfortunate. It is tragic”. (quote from The Sun, New York, May 12, 2005)

"The Dove" Ilfochrome 50x69 cm © 2006 Loretta Lux

"The Drummer" Ilfochrome © 2004 Loretta Lux

Thanks to Loretta Lux for permitting us to show some of her photographs on The F Blog. Please visit her beautiful webpage for more photographs and information. Invited by Fredrik Skott.


F said...

Great work Loretta!

It is almost as if you make a idealized adults vision of the childhood, and by doing that you somehow take away the essence of what it is all about being a child...

Brilliant I must say.


vhcfan said...

Wow! Great shots! Love the feeling and colors in them! :D
Great invite! Great pictures! Great photographer! *oups* I'm repeating myself.. :)

abeku said...

This is a pleasant surprise to see Lorettas pictures on the F-blog - the and only photography blog.
I've been admiring your work for a long time, Loretta, there's such a strength and beauty present in all the photographs. I agree very much with what Christofer says too.

Anonymous said...

Yes, fantastic pictures!

Anonymous said...

Could it be better?

Markus said...

I've quite recently discovered your work Loretta and It has really touched me. Some of these photos are new to me and I really love them, especially the Dove. Lovely!

F said...

Archetypal, evocative and ambiguous. Pictures to think about - not just look at.

J. S-g.

F said...

Also, reminds me of a Swedish photographer: Lovisa Ringborg.

J. S-g.