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Archive for October, 2015

Garry Winogrand: compelled to photograph

Monday, October 19th, 2015:

Full Text: Garry Winogrand (1928-1984) is a photographer whose photographs one can love or hate, but not ignore. His early photographs from the 1950’s are inconsequential and are not indicative of the innovation and influence that his later photographs would have on photography as it became increasingly recognized as a serious art form during the 1970’s. While his photographs are always documents, they challenged the traditional notion of documentary photography by not just providing information to the viewer, but by challenging the way that we see and think about the photographic image. Winogrand’s vision challenged the traditional expectation of how […] Read More →

Not me: try as we might, we cannot escape ourselves

Monday, October 19th, 2015:

Full Text: RIGHT now, two-thirds of all Americans own a smartphone. By the end of 2016, there will be 2 billion smartphones in use worldwide. That means 2 billion smartphone cameras in constant daily use, all snapping candids, taking selfies, documenting moments of forced happiness. And that means at least 2 billion daily posts to social-media sites, with tags and comments and retweets and shares. So it’s safe to say that in 2016, 2 billion times a day, people will be looking at pictures of themselves and thinking, “My God, I look fat. Do I look this fat all the […] Read More →

Interview With a Vampyre’s Dentist

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015:

Full Text: Anyone who has ever wanted to be a vampire for Halloween has probably bought cheap plastic fangs at the drugstore. Those one-size-fits-all cheapies cut your gums and force you spend the entire night wincing and slurping. Instead of looking like the Prince or Princess of Darkness, you look like an orthodontist’s cruel joke. Not scary. Not hot. Enter Father Sebastiaan van Houten, “fangsmith” extraordinaire and, according to his website, an impresario, author, and “central person in the vampire subculture.” For the past 18 years, he has been creating custom-made fangs for his “fang club.” (He calls his minions […] Read More →

Art for the masses

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015:

Full Text: Alexander Rodchenko: Revolution in Photography Hayward Gallery, until 27 April There’s a whole separate exhibition in the downstairs galleries of the Hayward. It’s called Laughing in a Foreign Language and is supposed to explore the role of laughter and humour in contemporary art through the work of 30 so-called international artists. As an exhibition, it’s a total failure. It’s not just that humour doesn’t easily translate, even in this ghastly era of globalisation, when we seem to want to reduce everyone to the same set of responses and desires. It’s also that so many of the exhibits are […] Read More →

How China keeps tabs on Tibetan Exiles; Beijing’s relentless pursuit of dissidents overseas can be petty and harrowing

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015:

Full Text: All the phones started ringing at once, she remembers: Beep-beep, chimes, brrring! About 20 people in a room in San Francisco were getting calls, often, it turned out, from the person sitting right next to them. “Hello?” The room erupted. “Hello? Hello?” Strange voices then came from some of the phones, men with Chinese accents talking nonsense or ordering pizza. Then from out of the phones came the horrifying sound of screams. “It sounded like people being tortured,” recalls Lhadon Tethong, a leading activist for Tibetan independence. She eventually decided the screams were fake, recordings maybe from a […] Read More →

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