Alec Soth is one of today’s most prominent contemporary photographers. His images relate back to the time-old tradition of the road trip, in his first series "Sleeping By the MississippI," Soth travelled the Mississippi river staying with strangers and photographing particularly odd characters. With his large format camera and intense attention to detail in composition and color Soth subverts the snapshot aesthetic so common to this type of nomadic photographic tradition.
Larry Sultan has greatly influenced the perception of photography. He has explored various topics in progressive approaches, which go beyond common techniques of aestheticizing an image into a ‘way of seeing’. His photographs have explored intensely personal ideas of American culture and marital relationships as well as sexuality at large. In his book “Pictures From Home” he photographed his own family to show the mythology of the suburban landscape.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 San Francisco based photographer Andrea Sonnenberg AKA Teen Witch will be exhibiting new work at 111 Minna Gallery. The event will be hosted by Juxtapoz Magazine and Southern California based clothing brand Altamont. The exhibit follows up with Teen Witch after her April 2014 feature in Juxtapoz.
Photographer Alexandra Crockett has created a series of photographs titled “Metal Cats”where she has photographed members of the hardcore metal music scene with their cats. The photographs depict the visual contrast between the extreme personas of each person and the cuddly cuteness of their pets. The work shows that even though her subjects look intimidating and abrasive, they also have a softer side.
Since 2005, Céline Clanet has been traveling regularly to Máze, a small Sámi village located at the highest point of the European map, far above the Arctic Circle, in Norwegian Lapland. There, she has met quiet people, sometimes melancholic, captivating, who are very proud of their village and territory. They often have binoculars at hand, even in their homes, to gaze at these beautiful landscapes.
Maciek Pozoga is Paris-based photographer whose work has been featured in Vice, Oyster, New York Times Magazine and Tokion, as well as fashion or commercial work for brands such as Nike, Kenzo and April 77. “Pozoga’s work is often linked to the idea of “adventure”: somewhere between Tintin, the 19th century folklorists, natural history museums and art photography” as stated on his website.
Sarah Jones is an art photographer, who works with previous notions of genre photography. By reworking common notions associated with specific images Jones forces the viewer to reconcile with these ideas and view her images in a challenging new light. In her series "The Rose Gardens” she photographs displays of flowers in rose gardens with a flash at night.
Steve McCurry is one of the most renowned American photojournalist of our time and the culmination of his work over 30 years spanning across every country is staggering. His photograph “Afgan Girl” was named as "the most recognized photograph" in the history of the National Geographic magazine and her face became famous as the cover photograph on the June 1985 issue.
In his most recent series Kachalka: Muscle Beach, Ukranian photographer, Kirill Golovchenko documents a massive 6 square mile, open-air public fitness space in Kiev, Ukraine. As you can see in Golovchenko’s photographs, many of the bodybuilders wear no shoes when using the archaic-looking machinery that has rusted over the years and is unpadded. Appropriately, Golovchenko's hero from childhood, which the 38-year-old spent in Ukraine, was Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Peter Granser’s ‘Sun City’ is an upbeat look at the latter part of our lives. Often growing old is looked at as a negative concept where one might spend most of their time sitting around too tired to do anything and dreaming of grandchildren. Granser breaks this stereotype in his book, which documents a retirement colony in the American Southwest. These photographs show lively and eccentric characters partaking in activities like shooting and swimming. He also photographs the landscapes of well-kept flamingo-laden lawns and prim hedges. The book is a celebration of aging and shows these whimsical elderly people enjoying their nostalgic tastes together. Granser has done several projects about growing old including a more melancholy book about Alzheimer’s disease.
May 2014 - Issue #160
All year long, Juxtapoz is celebrating its 20th Anniversary by showcasing the pivotal figures in contemporary art over the past two decades. Some artists are blue chip, some are underground heroes, others are behind-the-scenes legends. This month, we honor one of the great artists from Los Angeles during our existence, Alexis Ross, who has been monumental in various landmark exhibitions including "Street Market" at Art In the Streets. From working with ESPO, TWIST, and REAS, or working on his own paintings, Ross' story is one of history, frankness, and colorful nostalgia.