Sunday, January 21, 2018

Gabi Cruz reviews Andreas Gursky

Andreas Gursky takes photographs from a high perspective and is printed at a larger scale. He captures the modern day life that surrounds us like, architecture, industries, and people, in very high detail. What I really enjoy about his work is he looks at everyday life's objects, that we over look, in a artist w ay. For example, in the 99 cent store he stepped back and composes his work to engulf the viewer with the scale, detail, and color. All the information that he captures is amazing because I just see a lot of objects that is stuffed on shelves that is overly crowded, yet, it is beautifully organized.
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Susan Seubert by Augustine Chavez

I want to make some comments about Susan Seubert. Something that impresses me about her work is she doesn't limit herself to only one type of work. She has many types of work and from what is seems, she is always working. There are so many works of hers available for us to see. I think we as artist work on the subjects we are passionate about, but they many not always be successful with others so we have to keep busy by other means. I did look at Susan's work on travel, portraits, and commercial works, but the work thats feels more personal is her Fine Art work. If you go to her website, there is a list categories you can choose but the Fine Art Photography is what looks more meaningful. I am impressed with her process of work and her process on her success. I feel she contradicts what my undergrad professors would tell me about having different types of works out there. One thing is for sure, you have to always keep working. I hope to focus and study more on her printing process with her Fine Art.

Jed Vasquez on Markus Jenemark

Markus Jenemark is a photographer featured on lens culture. I will be examining one body of work titled. “Haromkring”. Haromkring is a Swedish word, and from what I understood has two neighboring translations in English. One definition or translation of the word Haromkring is, ` around here`, and the second translation is, ` in the vicinity`.  So, with this translation in mind let us begin. I enjoy the strong vertical lines in all the compositions. There is a very strong contrast in all his shots in this series. The dark's or shadows are intense, but the highlights that are in each shot balance the composition well.  The photos have an old styled look to them, plus, in some photos I sense that I am looking at a scene in the 1940s. Because of the chiaroscuro lighting techniques there is a dramatic effect in each shot. In addition, by using tenebrism Markus can single out what he wants one to focus on in his photographs. I also enjoy the silhouettes that he captures in the trees, atmospheric perspective, shallow depth of field as well as his deep depth of field.  I assume that Markus is not using any special effects or lens toys that would alter the reality of his subjects. So as a result, there is a simplicity (a purist) approach to his craft. Markus can find everyday normal scenes and have them resonate with the observer. He makes photos that connect with others in many ways. There is a nostalgic vibe that I get when I am admiring the photographs of Markus Jenemark.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Jesusa Vargas reviews David Corbin

David Corbin is a Fine-Art photographer in Rochester, NY. Currently, he is working on still-life, light, and landscape series that is influenced by literature. After reading that he was a self-taught artist that works with both wet and digital dark room, it sparked my interest in discovering what compositions he has created and various concepts were produced.

I came across David's series called Still Life on the LensCulture website. This series was shot using Delta film in black and white.

In the photo, Vertebrae, a soft vignette frames a seemingly human vertebrae and pelvis that is centered in this composition. The bright smooth surface of the bones contrast with the rough darker background texture that the vertebrae rests on.

Blackberries, is another image the photographer has composed that has similar high contrasting light, however, the subject matter is darker and the the background is much brighter. A metallic bowl filled with dark berries occupies about 80% of the composition. A soft Gaussian blur vignette is employed again and the bowl sits on a dark surface that splits the layout almost in half. The brighter back drop, in a much deeper depth of field, differs from that of the Vertebrae.

David's use of light to create dramatic contrasts and mystery successfully produces visually compelling photographs. His works are inspiring for any photographer interested in the play of light to create eye catching black white images.

Vertebrae. 4x5 ilford delta film. Blackberries. 4x5 ilford delta film © David Corbin

LensCulture. "Contemporary Photography." LensCulture. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Jan. 2018.


            Jane Long describes herself more as a digital artist than a photographer since she has most experience in graphic design and has only recently worked with shooting her own images. Long encourages stock images since that is what began her work in photography and because projects come up that need them such as this project. This particular series Dancing with Costica involved the manipulation of Romania photos shot around WWII by photographer Costica Acsinte. Restoring these images includes the healing brush, dodging and burning, adding or decreasing contrast, controlling highlights and shadows, masking and of course adding color and new elements not in the original photos. Long’s imagery contains just enough reality and just enough fantasy to create an in between world where both of these exists and are normal. With Dancing with Costica, Long creates a story for each image and subject in the image that was not necessarily their before. These images are mysterious, whimsical and living. Further this project is a response to the respect Long has from Acsinte’s work as a photographer.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Burk Frey reviews Robert Frank

     I noticed that iconic Swiss-born American photographer Robert Frank escaped review all last semester.

U.S. 90, en Route to Del Rio, Texas (1955)
     His seminal work is a 1958 book entitled The Americans, in which Frank scrutinized everyday scenes of an adopted country to which he never fully belonged. His honest street scenes and portraits were captured with a detached bemusement, cynicism, or even mere examination, and represented a stark shift in the photography world. "The Americans challenged all the formal rules laid down by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Walker Evans, whose work Frank admired but saw no reason to emulate. More provocatively, it flew in the face of the wholesome pictorialism and heartfelt photojournalism of American magazines like Life and Time. The Americans was shocking – and enduringly influential – because it simply showed things as they were," writes critic Sean O'Hagan. "It remains perhaps the most influential photography book of the 20th century."

     I had the chance to see Frank's body of work in person at the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago. I was struck by a few things. As profound as some of Frank's moments were, others appeared, at least at first glance, to be equally mundane.

Bank - Houston, Texas (1955)
     Yet Frank also struck me as particularly that kind of artist, like Kahlo or Warhol or Pollock, for whom the work alone — interpreted in a vacuum — reveals an incomplete picture. Like those other 20th century innovators, the stories surrounding him and his personality seemed larger than life. Whether it was getting arrested for having a suspicious accent, or his irreverent photographic style upending the status quo, or his provocative filmmaking (including one with the Rolling Stones called Cocksucker Blues), or the mystique of having the forward in his book quotably and notably penned by Jack Kerouac, Frank's work is best analyzed in full context of his persona.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Gabi Cruz reviews Nadia Lee Cohen

Nadia Lee Cohen's 100 Naked Women all started when her friend broke up her with boyfriend and she decided to take pictures of her to make her feel good. Once she saw how great she felt after the photo shoot that was the drive behind the project. The series then developed into what is happening with online female censorship, that women don't have to be restricted in how much skin they can show to the world. Cohen approach to taking her pictures is very cinematic, to the technicolor style, and her models with their facial expressive just all go together. Her work is influence by the 1950's and 60's that look very "house wife" or "stay at home mothers" but it's ironic because her models look very empowered and self-confident in the photos. These weird and surreal worlds that she creates are some of the reasons I'm so interested in her work. Some of are the different angles she sometimes takes the picture, it is not typical taken straight on. Everything is taken in consideration in the shoot to the bright colors that all match with each other even to the background. To the unique female models that are interacting with each other.