October 2011 archive

Oct 30

Tacita Dean at Tate Modern

I had seen good reviews of this installation in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, and I was pleased that it lived up to the good reviews. The installation is a huge screen showing an eleven minute film loop. There are a number of different images on the film some of which are hand coloured. All images are shown within a frame …

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Oct 30

Don McCullin Exhibition – Shaped by War

Visited the Don McCullin exhibition at the Imperial War Museum on Friday. It was a terrific exhibition, McCullin has an unerring knack of bringing humanity into his photos. Somehow his photographs, especially the Black and White ones bring home the full horror of war – it seems much more immediate, more personal and more terrifying …

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Oct 12

Photographing America 1929-1947–Edited by Jean-Francais Chevrier

Photographing America 1929-1947 – Henri Cartier-Bresson and Walker Evans; Jean-Francais Chevrier (Editor), Thames & Hudson, London, 2009. I borrowed this book from my local library – it draws a parallel between the work about America by Evans and Cartier-Bresson in the period 1924-47. John Szarkowski said “Evans defined in his work the essence of the …

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Oct 12

Poppy, 1988 by Robert Mapplethorpe

I don’t find all of Mapplethorpe’s work to my taste, but I do love all his flower photographs. One of my favourites is Poppy 1988 (which is number 10 on this link). The positioning of the flowers is intriguing with the intertwined stems. The curves of the stems and shape of the flower give a …

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