Paulette Tavormina’s series ‘Natura Morta’ – a beautiful response to the Old Masters of the 17th century – Giovanna Garzoni, Francesco de Zurbarán and Adriaen Coorte – as intensely personal interpretations of their timeless, universal stories.
JeeYoung Lee is a young artist from Korea, born 1983. Her studio is just 3x6m in the center of Seoul, but enough to create her amazing hand-crafted works. Literally. Everything in her art is handcrafted. With extraordinary patience for weeks, sometimes months, she creates the fabric of a universe born from her mind, then puts herself in this theatrical performance and clicks the shutter. That’s it. Hard work, fantasy and no photoshop. Her art is described as a fusion of installations, pop art, surreal landscapes and photography.
You can view more of her works on the site of the French gallery that represents her – Opiom Gallery .
The Austrian photographer Josef Hoflehner is one of the best contemporary photographers. The unique Jet Airliner series comprises of high key photographs of low-flying planes over the heads of sunbathers at Maho Beach on the Dutch/French island of St. Maarten / St. Martin in the Caribbean Sea. The beach is directly adjacent to the relatively short runway of the airport, therefore passenger jets roar as low as four meters above the holiday-makers. The photographs were taken over a period between early 2009 and late 2011 and 86 of them are published in the book ” Jet Airliner: The Complete Works”
These words are not mine. Searching for information about Toni Catany, I found this article here and its author, Manuel Forcano, couldn’t say it better – “Treated with a very particular sensibility and highly personal aesthetics, the bodies or objects that become the protagonists of his photographs are truly like the words of a poem: essential, revealing, indispensable, deep and echoing…”
The mere facts about the life of Toni Catany are that he was born in 1942 in Mallorca and died 2013 in Barcelona. He was a self-thought photographer with a wanderlust and a great passion about Mediterranean.
No official web site or social media, but he has published a lot of books with his works that could be found in the bookstores worldwide.
Imagine you are an art dealer and as you are viewing a student exhibition, suddenly you face to these photographs…
‘Captivating, outstanding, breathtaking!’ That was probably what Karl Nierendorf, an art dealer and owner of a gallery in Berlin, thought that moment almost a century ago, in 1926. He was so impressed by what he saw, that immediately arranged with the artist who had created them, an exhibition at his own gallery. And two years later, in 1928, a book followed. It was called Unformen der Kunst (Archetypes of Art), composed of 120 photos and turned out a bestseller. The book was highly praised both by the art critics and the public and still is considered as one of the most influential books of photography ever.
But who was that artist who all of a sudden amazed the world with his unique vision?
His name is Karl Blossfeldt, a German teacher of art and a self-thought photographer, who that time was going into his 60s. Of course, he did not become a famous overnight but a long professional experience stood behind him. And here is the story …
Karl Blossfeldt was born on the 13th of June 1865, in Schielo, Harz Mountains, in central Germany. In 1881, at the age of 16, until 1884, he was sent as an apprentice to Magdesprung to study the craft in the local ironworks and foundry. Afterwards, until 1890, he studied art at the Kunstgewerbeschule (school of arts and crafts) in Berlin.
And it is from 1890 when his perception about his artistic expression started to form.
That year Blossfeldt was hired by Professor Moritz Meurer (1839-1916) to assist him in assembling a collection of botanical illustrations to be used as teaching materials in guiding the designers in their production of innovative motifs.
Professor Moritz Meurer was a recognized botanist and a decorative artist. His concept was that only through the study of the forms of nature, particularly of the plants, the artist can acquire the understanding of the design. In 1889 the Prussian Board of Trade assigned him a project about the improvement of the technical drawings in the state schools. Because the visual images were an integral part of documenting the diversity of plants, Meurer employed nine different artists to assist him in the production of the illustrations. They travelled within Germany and also to Italy and Greece collecting specimens. One of them was Karl Blossfeldt who photographed the local plants with a camera he had built himself. These photographs were published later in Meurer’s books and were used by the latter for the drawing classes he taught in Rome.
In 1898 Blossfeldt was offered a teaching post as an assistant professor of drawing and modeling at the very same Kunstgewerbeschule in Berlin he had graduated. Highly influenced by the Meurer’s vision, Blossfeldt continued to employ it until his retirement in 1930. For all those years he created an impressive archive of plant photographs. These images were made as nothing more than a teaching tool for educating his students about the design elements that could be found in the nature.
On the 9th of December, 1932, Karl Blossfeldt passed away.
to be continued
Todd McLellan’s idea of presenting dismantled products from our daily life deserves serious attention. First of all, because of the way the different parts of each item are photographed – in motion as air-explosion and in stillness, meticulously arranged as a gorgeous picture itself. The images of stillness reveals his great sense of design. They are really amazing. I couldn’t wonder how he organized all the particles not omitting even the smallest ones like nuts and bolts, showing the beauty of the product from another perspective. However, all these ordinarily products like typewriter, wall clock, telephone, camera, iPod, printer, and so many others, are not only portraits of our technology time, but also show us that there is a whole hidden world of functioning most of us have no idea about it. We have learned how to use and serve with the tools and usually not interested in delving in the deeper layers of how exactly they were made, and thus this project is as well a nice reminder not to take for granted even the world we have created
ALPHABETABUM? What does it mean? As the authors and illustrators of this newly published book, Chris Raschka & Vladimir Radunsky explained, this is an ALPHABET book with an ALBUM of old photos.
And actually it is what they state – a book of letters accompanied with vintage photos of children. Quite original way to help the kids in learning the alphabet. First, because the funny text below the letters describes the child associated with it in view of the pose, expression of the face or what wears or holds in the hands. Such an approach not only gives an individuality to each letter, but on the second place, makes the readers to fantasize stories about the depicted children. After all, with so many letters, we have a whole “neighborhood” full of children and finishing the book opens the door to an imaginary world where the kids could play with all those characters. And thirdly, unfortunately, this is probably their solely experience with such photos. With the new technologies only the professional photographers continue to care about the old-fashioned film, so they are already on their way of vanishing from our daily lives. Therefore, the book is not addressed only to the little ones, but it is a beautiful nostalgic look for their parents too.
Official site of Vladimir Radunsky – http://www.vladimirradunsky.com/
I couldn’t find an official site of Chris Raschka but here it is his twitter – https://twitter.com/chrisraschka