31 March 2007
The Finnish picture magazine "Suomen Kuvalehti" announced an expressions
competition in 1921. The search was for the person who ‘could pull the ugliest
or strangest face’. Read about this fascinating stuff here
I was actually looking for the pictoralist Oscar Gustav Rejlander and his pictures
from Darwin´s book "The Expressions of the Emotions in Man and Animals".
Will return to them some other spring.
With the kind permission of Happy Dale Krankenhaus Gallery I am
able to show one of the gallery´s most important holdings; item#91.
The information about the picture says:
Author: Gregory B.
Silver gelatine print
processed in Rohypnol and Thunder Honey
fixed by Franz.
This is the best picture I have seen in many days.
As far as I can recall only "Trams in Amsterdam" is better.
30 March 2007
Marcin Kuran (1975) - photographer. Graduated on Management at Warsaw University (1999) and Warsaw School of Photography (Internal Landscapes 2005).
Marcin in his works tries to capture the essence of creation phenomena, discovering or rather shaping his own vision of surrounding reality.
Intimate picture of the world, hidden in the landscape, is created by multiexpositions, sandwiches and self developed techniques.
Marcin debuted also with mulitmedial presentations during art festivals: FotoFestiwal: Lux Aeterna (Łódź 2004), PROGRESSteron: Revealed Stories I, II (Katowice 2005). Selected works were placed in German Olbricht Collection (2005). Marcin lives and works in Warsaw.
I am happy to present Marcin's photographic poems from the series Lux Aeterna at the F blog.
The exhibition would take place in Warsaw, in Galeria Kuluary and will last until 19 of April.
The gathered works are telling a story about the daily life in Sicily, about people and their habits. All photographs are made in crossprocessing.
28 March 2007
26 March 2007
Introduction by Robert A. Sobieszek
Published by Phaidon
World-renowned and award-winning photographer Roger Ballen, who is known for the social comment of his previous publications Dorps, Small Towns of South Africa; Platteland, Images from Rural South Africa and Outland, now explores in his new Phaidon publication Shadow Chamber the underbelly or the ‘shadow chamber’ of existence. He takes major leaps forward into a metaphoric dimension with multiple conscious and subconscious meaning. He does this in an, as yet unseen, and entirely unique way. With Shadow Chamber he creates a way of seeing that makes an important and historic contribution to art photography.
His photographs are striking, ambiguous images of people, animals and objects posed in mysterious, cell-like rooms that occupy the grey area between fact and fiction, blurring the boundaries between documentary photography and art forms such as painting, theatre and sculpture.
The results are completely abstract and not defined by the origins or specific location of the characters he photographs. Ballen focuses on the interactions between the people, animals and objects that inhabit mysterious rooms – the shadow chamber. The rooms are unsettling and strange: their walls are covered with scribbled drawings, stains and dangling wires, the floors are strewn with bizarre props and artefacts. Dogs, rabbits and kittens wander into the frame or are stuffed into unlikely containers. Figures hide away in boxes, crouch behind overstuffed sofas and squat with their shirts pulled over their heads.
The humans and animals in Ballen’s photographs appear isolated, estranged and lost, yet strangely empowered at the same time. The resulting images are surreal and intriguing, and powerful disturbing psychological studies.
As Robert A Sobieszek writes in his introduction to Shadow Chamber: ‘To discern fact from fiction in this work may be simply impossible; to tell acting from real life may also be; to bother with such discernment may not be only futile but missing the point.’
Ballen regularly shows his work in galleries and museums around the world, and his photographs are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
He has won numerous awards, including the prize for Best Photographic Book of the Year at the PhotoEspana festival in Madrid and was named Photographer of the Year at the inaugural Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles in France in that same year. A traveling exhibition comprising many images from Shadow Chamber and Outland was shown at Frans Hals Museum, Biblioteque Nationale Paris, Fotomuseum Antwerp and will be shown at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg in 2007. "
24 March 2007
22 March 2007
by Agnieszka Gomolla and Marcin Górski.
Vernissage at SUT Gallery in Gliwice, Banacha 3, 19.00h
this exhibition is the third action of Gliwice House of Photography, this time presenting works of GHP creators. Exhibition is patronaged by Biuletyn Fotograficzny, Fotopolis and Atlantika.
20 March 2007
19 March 2007
If you are in the city of Karlsruhe, don´t miss this exhibition of portraits
by Cristina Kahlo. She has photographed children coming to her studio
in Mexico City on November 2 in 2004 and 2005. It is the day of
"los muertos", (the dead) and the children go from house to house
asking for candy and dressed out as "Death".
Cristina Kahlo was our invited guest in december 2006.
The exhibition is on until March 25 at Galerie Bode, Ettlinger Straße 2a
in Karlsruhe. It´s presented within the framework of Frauenperspektiven
2007. Neue Welt – Neue Welten .
Have a look here for more.
18 March 2007
Dear all - we have just started. We want to see and show your works in Gliwice! All of the galleries in the city are open for you in future during this year and future Gliwice Months of Photography. Let us help you to share your works in real life!