Beshty is known for his photograms. He made 3D shapes our of photographic paper and then exposed the temporary structures to light.
“The tears and creases left in the paper, as well as the shapes of colour made by the folded paper’s irregular exposure to light, create strong declarations of unique materiality of photography.”
Sarah VanDerBeek combines sculpture and photography. She uses found photographs and then creates strange structures and elevates the photographs by putting them in these scuptures and then uses dramatic lighting to photograph her work. VanDerBeek does not exhibit the sculpture but the photograph taken of it.
This is a post from a previous chapter, Revived and Remade (chapter 7).
Susan Lipper is an American photographer born in 1953. The project Lipper has in Cotton’s book is of fifty black and white photographs of small town America.
“Lipper finds in these contemporary places connections with pre-exisiting images.”
This is formally refrencing Paul Strand’s white fence.
This is a delayed post from before Thanksgiving Break from Chapter 7 Revived and Remade.
Hans-Peter Feldmann is a German photographer who focused on books of photographs. These books came in different sizes from flip books to large format.
His images were all reused and old photos, found, stock and gathered anonymous images.
“The experience of looking at Feldmann’s non-hierarchial approch to photographic imagery- drawn from the glut of vernacular and popular imagery of the twentieth-century-is highly effective in reminding us how subjectively and subconciously we interpret photographs.”
Arthur Ou is a Taiwanese-born artist who characterizes photography as one of the industrializing processes in modernity in his installation for the 2006 Taipei Biennial. In the center of the installation is a fabricated fireplace (designed by architect Marcel Breuer) with modernist urns and vases. Copies of the fireplace can be found in suburban homes. The non-functioning fireplace give the room an “eerie” feel.
He then pairs this with neutral photos of observed and assembled objects such as a cabinet with fancy china that contrasts Eastern exports.
His work is hitting on how digital photography has changed commercial industries and the way we use photography professionally and personally. Digital photography’s dissemination is quick and easy, much like the rest of modern industrialism.
Kawauchi is one of the artists that fit into the “Physical and Material” category because she is fully aware of the physical characteristics of photography (the difference in analogue and digital), so she chooses to shoot with a strictly observational style.
“Kawauchi is…not overcomplicating photographic strategies and remaining true to the notion that all around us are pictures waiting to happen.”
Her work is close to the snaps that we all make but sequenced in a lyrical way. In the end the observations are finely edited and sequenced into a whole body of work with an ultimate meaning/feeling.
Some of her subjects include babies being born, frying eggs, dewdrops, etc.
Her images are untitled, so the way they are put together give them meaning as a narrative.
Adam Fuss was born in 1961 in London, England. Currently living and working in New York City, Fuss uses both contemporary and traditional techniques in his images.
Fuss is possibly most known for his photograms. He works primarily in his studio, with isolated subject matter and controlled lighting. His work has been described as “speaking to the ephemerality of a moment in time and life itself,” depicting babies, water droplets, child’s dresses, snakes, sunflowers, rabbit entrails, human skulls, and moving light itself.