The Photographer's Playbook: Over 307 Assignments & Ideas

Photography // Thursday, May 22, 2014
Running low on inspiration for photography projects or looking for insight into the practices of many of the most iconic contemporary photographers working? Perhaps you’re just beginning and are curious about the medium? Published by Aperture, The Photographer’s Playbook edited by Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern is an invaluable resource of perceptive information on all things photography

A look inside Danny Lyon's "The Seventh Dog" published by Phaidon

Photography // Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Most people are introduced to Danny Lyon’s work through his most known series Bikeriders, which is our favorite, but that’s really just the surface of his extensive body of work. Over the past 5 decades this photographer has ventured on the road through a number of cultures, immersing himself in the lives of the subjects he photographed and Phaidon has published The Seventh Dog to serve as a monograph or retrospective photo book of this endeavor.

The work of Len Lye

Photography // Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Len Lye was a New Zealand Born artist renowned for his work and experimentation in film. As a modernist exploring the medium he broke new ground in drawing directly onto the film and modified documentary footage with sharp colors, distinct marks and many overlaying effects that may appear banal compared to the easy drastic modifications achieved in seconds on our computers. 

David Hockney’s “Joiners”

Photography // Wednesday, May 21, 2014
In the early 1980’s, English painter David Hockney began creating intricate photo collages that he called “joiners”. His earlier collages consisted of grid-like compositions made up of polaroid photographs. He then switched to photo lab processed 35mm photographs and created collages that took on a shape of their own, creating abstract representations of the scenes he had photographed. 

Ed Ruscha "Prints and Photographs" @ Gagosian Gallery, Madison Avenue, NYC

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Gagosian Gallery on Madison Avenue is spending the month of May 2014 (and beyond) with three separate exhibitions and projects with Ed Ruscha in New York, including his participation in Frieze New York two weeks ago, along with an exhibition of a series of recent paintings, "Prints and Photographs." And on May 6, Gagosian and Ruscha unveielve a mural adjacent to the High Line on West 22nd Street and 10th Avenue.

Antoine Bruy's "Scrublands"

Photography // Tuesday, May 20, 2014
From 2010 to 2013, Antoine Bruy hitchhiked throughout Europe with the aim to meet men and women who made the radical choice to live away from cities, willing to abandon their lifestyle based on performance, efficiency and consumption. Without any fixed route, driven by encounters and chance, this trip eventually became for Bruy a similar kind of initiatory quest to those of these families. 

Lee Freidlander's influential "New Documents"

Photography // Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Lee Friedlander is a highly influential photographer who originally gained international attention from the near mythic1967 Moma show curated by John Szarkowski the “New Documents.” Friedlander’s images are highly distinct: American signage, fragmentary compositions interrupted by glass, mirrors, and bodies. His detached depictions of modern urban existence have resonated with generations to come, become an enormous influence on my of those who have come after him. His intense individual, diaristic, and compositionally complex photographs create a believable contemporary landscape where the imagination and reality collide.

The Cremaster Cycle

Photography // Tuesday, May 20, 2014
From 1994 to 2002, artist Matthew Barney embarked on an artistic endeavor to create his epic five part work titled “The Cremaster Cycle”. Each of the five parts consisted of it’s own feature film as well as an installation consisting of the sculptures used in each film and photographs reflecting elements from each film. 

78-87 London Youth by Derek Ridgers

Photography // Monday, May 19, 2014
Taken in the streets, clubs, basements and bars of London between 1978 and 1987, photographer Derek Ridgers’s newest book is a stunning glimpse into the stylish British youth movements from this time. People dressing up and going out have always been central to Derek’s work from the first days of punk through to the fetish and fringe scenes of present day. 

The work of Paul Graham

Photography // Monday, May 19, 2014
Paul Graham is an innovative contemporary photographer. He has utilized several techniques, which make the viewer consider the photograph as a tool for documentation that include but is not limited to durational images (pairing two identically framed photographs taken within an undisclosed, but relatively short it seems, period of time). The primary difference between Graham and his predecessors is his subject matter.

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