Beauty and the grotesque. The creative partnership of artist Jesse Draxler and photographer Jen Whitaker would have been a match made in heaven – that is, if heaven was a darker place.
Draxler, a Minneapolis-based artist who has worked in the medium of collage (including 3D) for over five years, has been busy building an impressive portfolio of weirdly sexual and visually challenging images of deconstructed beauty. Whereas LA-based Whitaker is a photographer and visual designer drawn to monochrome, the illusion of perfection disrupted by flaws and icy dust tones. Looking at their rap sheets, it was only a matter of time until the two found a common ground of shared visual aesthetics, a mutual love for black and an interest in the body; its shapes and place within the picture.
Their collaborative series Primer, published exclusively here, combines photography and collage for a captivating visual narrative full of movement, sexuality and darkness. How did the idea of a collaboration come about? Ten questions for writer and curator Elias Redstone. Since the invention of photography, architecture has proved a worthy subject for photographers, and, in turn, photography has played an important role in how architecture is communicated.
Our new book Shooting Space is not a book of architectural photography but a book of photography that studies the artistic response to architecture through the eyes of 50 of the best photographers working today. Its author, the renowned curator and writer Elias Redstone sat down with us on the eve of his Constructing Worlds show at the Barbican, London to tell us more about it. Shooting Space is a collection of artistic responses to architectural photography. Did you come across a common element in those responses? I think what I found was a diversity of approaches both conceptually and aesthetically to the subject of architecture.
Did you discern a way in which their responses had perhaps been shaped? Architecture of Density #39 2005 Hong Kong, China - Michael Woolf from Shooting Space S.C. Photo Miami 2008 Review. 10 grandes libros sobre fotografía que no pueden faltar en tu biblioteca. Master of Photography at photography-now.net - The International Photography Index. Annie Leibovitz: lessons in life and love. She pauses, and draws out the next word: "Oh, I get it.
When I did this volume, I felt I had sort of got there in some way. This is what I always thought I wanted to do. " She started to put it together after Sontag's death in 2004, when she began to sort out photographs for a memorial booklet. Its scope more or less spans their 15 years together from a glamorous pose in a car in Mexico to the final shocking image of Sontag laid out in death, ravaged by blood cancer. Sontag's son, David Rieff, was appalled by Leibovitz's decision to display these searing photographs of his mother. "It is a love story," Leibovitz agrees. Her voice fades away and she looks down as she speaks. Her mother died a year ago, and Leibovitz has arrived in London after a gathering at the unveiling of the headstone on her parents' grave. As with her father, she took photographs.Did her siblings not mind?
Ironically for someone so defined by her profession, Leibovitz set out to be an art teacher. Annie Leibovitz: Nothing left to hide - Times Online. A Photographer's Life: An Exhibition of photographs by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz, including pictures of her life with her family and Susan Sontag and Vanity Fair magazine photos she is famous for. Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005 San Francisco Fine Arts Museum Legion of Honor March 1 – May 25, 2008 Mikhail Baryshinikov & Rob Beserer, Cumberland Island, Georgia 1990.
Annie Leibovitz. My Brother Philip and My Father, Silver Spring, Maryland, 1988. Photograph © Annie Leibovitz. The exhibition of Annie Leibovitz’s photographs that is still on view at the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco through May 25, 2008, is an odd intermingling of personal photographs and the celebrity photos she is known for, produced for glossy magazines such as Vanity Fair and Vogue .
The inclusion of these celebrity photographs certainly draws in an audience otherwise perhaps disinclined to explore the personal life of this relatively lesser celebrity herself. The exhibit is so clever in its unfolding that even though you instinctively feel like there is reason behind the choice and order of the photos, you are not immediately privy to it. Artnet - The Art World Online. The Library of Congress' Photostream. Lee Miller Archive - 20th Century photography and Surrealism.