Saturday, October 27, 2012

Bettina Rheims: Gender Studies

JJ Levine's "Switch" was an interesting look at how men and women can easily change gender roles with a few well-executed wardrobe changes. While modern society imposes rules about what is masculine and feminine, some individuals confound these social norms and choose to be something in between. This is how artist Bettina Rheims sees the third sex with her "Gender Studies". (WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS NUDITY).

Thursday, October 25, 2012

JJ Levine: Gender Switch

In the history of photographic portraiture, some of the best portraits are those that reveal a small truth about the subject that is rarely seen in most cases. Whether they're shot in a studio, or taken in the subject's natural environment, a good portrait shows who the person really is deep down inside, or who really wants to be. Artist JJ Levine turns that concept on its head with "Switch", a doubly double portraiture series on gender.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Marta Rovatti Studihrad: Snapshots Photomonth East London 2012

On October 24, The Brick Lane Gallery (The Annexe) will exhibit new works by local and emerging artists as a part of the London East End Photomonth art festival. Artists working in all styles and subjects represent the diversity this medium can produce. Images of the Ugly and the Beautiful, the still and the loud, the abstract and real. Photographer Marta Rovatti Studihrad is one of these artists and will be exhibiting her work entitled "Latent Content".

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Lisa Elmaleh: The Florida Everglades in Black and White

Google's Street View photographs have transformed the way people are able to travel the world. It has also transformed how artists are able to create new artworks. The influx of digital technology has enabled the creation of new types photographic art, but this doesn't mean the old ways are now useless; even a 100-year old camera can still create beautiful new images. Lisa Elmaleh proves that with her old school large format images of the Florida Everglades in black-and-white.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Aaron Hobson: Cinemascapes by Google Street View

Apple's iOS6 Maps app has been subject to fair criticisms from all sides, improving Google's standing with its own Google Maps for iPhone users. While Apple will undoubtedly respond with a better Maps app for everyday use, it will still be far behind Google in terms of free artistic use. Somewhat related to its maps, Google Street View has been the medium and subject for many different artistic interpretations. Here, photographer Aaron Hobson uses them for his Google Street View Cinemascapes.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Matuschka: The Beauty of Damage

Photography has always had the power to affect the viewer, for better or worst. Whether it's an ad image designed to increase a company's sales or a blurry image exposing torture and abuse, a powerful photograph cannot be ignored. Artist Matuschka made the same impact over a decade ago, raising breast cancer awareness in a way that couldn't be ignored with her self-portrait entitled "Beauty of Damage".

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Farrah Fawcett: The Iconic Poster by Bruce McBroom

Farrah Fawcett in a skintight red bikini flashing her gorgeous smile. This sounds like a recipe for a great photograph, and in 1976, it proved to be true . Here's how the iconic poster of Farrah Fawcett in her red bikini was photographed by Bruce McBroom and why it eventually sold over 12 million of copies.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Kodak Colorama: The Biggest Kodak Moments of All Time

In its heyday, the Eastman Kodak company dominated the North American photography so much that its signature phrase "Kodak Moment" became a popular tagline for any moment worth photographing. Sadly, with Kodak filing for bankruptcy and planning to sell of many of its divisions, those days are long gone. However, thanks to the company's passion for visual excellence, many of the best Kodak Moments are preserved in large format images. In the middle of the last century, Kodak presented its Kodak Colorama, touted as the biggest photographs of its generation and certainly some of the best Kodak Moments of all time.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

JeongMee Yoon: Boys versus Girls, The Pink & Blue Project

"Blue is for boys and pink is for girls". That statement has been so subconsciously ingrained into the minds of practically everyone in the first world that it seems silly to challenge it. Indeed, the differences in gender with boys versus girls and blue versus pink has become an accepted fact that manufacturers nowadays will automatically assign blue products to guys and pink products to gals. Artist JeongMee Yoon wanted to document this phenomenon in children and, along the way, uncovered some surprising historical facts in her Pink & Blue Project.