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L’art est terrifiant mais remarquable | Fine art photographer: Serge Bouvet

L’art est terrifiant mais remarquable | Fine art photographer: Serge Bouvet | BLACK AND WHITE | Scoop.it
L’art est terrifiant parce qu’il remet en cause le statu quo.

Un artiste est un homme libre. Pour l’artiste, la liberté est un défi. La liberté, ce n’est pas, aux yeux de l’artiste, la capacité de faire ce que l’on veut. La liberté, c’est la volonté de faire ce que l’on veut. Cette liberté favorise le changement. Le monde, hélas, déteste la remise en cause du statu quo. Il déteste le changement. C’est pourtant cette remise en cause qui lui permet de progresser.

 

L’art est une transgression ostentatoire

Le photographe Joël-Peter Witkin est remarquable.  Joël-Peter Witkins est libre et courageux. Il transgresse. Il respecte les lois mais il ne respecte aucune règle sinon les siennes. C’est un artiste. Un novateur. Un créateur. Un visionnaire qui franchit en conscience le Rubicon de la normalité et de la bienséance. Est-ce que sa vision dérangeante du monde est un obstacle à la notoriété de ses photos. Non. A l’instar d’Elmut Newton, ses photos se vendent très bien, la valeur de ces photographies, se chiffre en million de dollars.

Les artistes courageux bafouent les règles ostensiblement. En effet, l’artiste libre est ostentatoire. Son art est visible. Son attitude est remarquable. Dali fut ostentatoire. Karl Lagerfeld est ostentatoire. Serge Gainsbourg fut ostentatoire. Steve Jobs fut ostentatoire.

Le créateur est un hors la loi qui transgresse les règles pour être visible, pour être identifié comme un dissident du statu quo.

Règle : Pour être remarquable, soyez transgressif. 

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MANIFESTE DE LA TRANSGRESSION 

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Comment rendre une photo poétique | Photographer: Serge Bouvet

Comment rendre une photo poétique | Photographer: Serge Bouvet | BLACK AND WHITE | Scoop.it

Concernant le traiment de la couleur ou du noir et blanc, voilà une photo qui m'a posée problème au départ. Pour cette photo-ci, l'ensemble des lignes verticales, de la forme triangulaire des deux sujets, les rectangles constitués par la grille, le panneau publicitaire  JCDecaux et le bâtiment lui-même aurait perdu de leur potentialité poétique si la photo avait été en couleur. En outre, le traitement noir et blanc accentue l'intemporalité et l'irréalité de l'image, ou tout au moins une certaine ambiguïté qui ne m'est pas déplaisante. Et l’ambiguïté d'une photographie n'en constitue-il pas le principal atout esthétique?

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En poésie, en chanson, en littérature, en musique, la répétition donne du rythme, elle ponctue poétiquement l’énoncé. Ici, l’écho visuel relayé par la récurrence des formes géométriques, de mon propre point de vue, nourrie la cohérence de cette photographie. En prenant l’exemple de la photo ci-dessus, la somme d’indices plastiques connectés entre eux, comme les lignes verticales, les cadres rectangulaires, le disque formé par le panneau d’interdiction, sont autant de signal rythmique qui suggère une relation riche en interprétations dont je vous laisse la liberté d’en  trouver les clés selon votre culture personnelle ou vos émotions propres.

 

L’œil est en effet captivé par la répétition des motifs qui, stylistiquement, introduit des relations supplémentaires comme l’écho visuel de la passante en jilbab et celle en sari sur l’affiche. Ainsi, les répétition visuelles rapprochés par leur signifiant et leur signifié étant confronté : ils deviennent des point-clefsde l’image, comme ils le seraient, en d’autres termes des mots clés d’une poésie...

 

 

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Artist Talk with Lauren E. Simonutti (2010)

In an attempt to understand why artists create the work they make, we decided to launch Artist Talk in September of 2008, a video series which allows the viewer to hear, from the artist, the reasons behind making each piece on exhibit.

 

In an attempt to understand why artists create the work they make, we decided to launch Artist Talk in September of 2008, a video series which allows the viewer to hear, from the artist, the reasons behind making each piece on exhibit.

This video was filmed during Lauren E. Simonutti's 2010 exhibition "8 Rooms, 7 Mirrors, 6 Clocks, 2 Minds & 199 Panes of Glass". The show page can be found here bit.ly/8UA3Bz

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Tintype Portraits | Keliy Anderson-Staley: Photography

Tintype Portraits | Keliy Anderson-Staley: Photography | BLACK AND WHITE | Scoop.it
Keliy Anderson-Staley is a fine art photographer using the wet plate collodion process to shoot tintype and ambrotype portraits and landscapes.

 

They loom out of the darkness, as if hovering uncertainly between past and present, offering themselves for our scrutiny with an intensity that borders on the confrontational. Part of it is the look these people give us, staring at the camera for as long as sixty seconds and more, resulting in a kind of clenching of the eyes (as a sitter, you become aware of the sheer physicality of looking under these conditions, of the need to fight your eyes’ desire to wander). Part of it is the texture of their skin, turned into rugged planetary surfaces by the tintype’s peculiar response to color and high resolution of detail. And part of it is the differential focus with which the subjects are depicted—sharp in some places and strangely liquid in others—as if their bodies are floating in a primordial wet world with just the faces breaking the surface. For all these reasons, Keliy Anderson-Staley’s tintype portraits are best described as other worldly, rather than antiquarian.

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Peking Opera - Muke Village | Photo : Liu Zheng 刘铮

Peking Opera - Muke Village | Photo : Liu Zheng 刘铮 | BLACK AND WHITE | Scoop.it

Peking Opera - Muke Village

Gelatin Sliver Print, 46 x 46 cm,

Edition of 5, 37 x 37 cm,

Edition of 20 ,1998

 

One of China's most widely exhibited contemporary artists, Liu Zheng 刘铮 was born in 1969 in Wuqiang County in Hebei province and grew up in Shanxi province.  After studying optical engineering at Beijing Technology Institute, he served as a professional photojournalist for Worker's Daily from 1991 to 1997. Liu Zheng's work has been included in such major exhibitions as the "1st Guangzhou Triennial" and the "50th Venice Biennial."

 

For the past decade, Chinese artist Liu Zheng 刘铮 has been working on his ambitious photographic project "The Chinese." In the finished work, Zheng has captured a people and a country in a unique time of flux.

 

Zheng seeks out moments in which archetypal Chinese characters are encountered in extreme and unexpected situations. His subjects have included street eccentrics, homeless children, street performers, provincial drug traffickers, coal miners, Buddhist monks, prison inmates, Taoist priests, waxwork figures in historical museums, and the dead and dying. Zheng's photographs betray a dark vision, albeit one that is laced with offsetting humor.

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Ambrotypes, Tintypes, Wet-Plate Collodion | Photographer - Alexey Alexeev

Ambrotypes, Tintypes, Wet-Plate Collodion | Photographer - Alexey Alexeev | BLACK AND WHITE | Scoop.it
Alexey Alexeev Photography (Ambrotypes, Tintypes, Wet-Plate Collodion) - Portraits. You may find a gallery of portrait ambrotypes. Each photograph is made on glass with the silver and protected with sandarac varnish.

 

Alexey Alexeev is photographer and researcher of alternative and historical photoprocesses. Alex lives and works in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. He was the first to learn the Wet-Plate Collodion Process (Ambrotype, Tintype) in modern Russia and is using it at a professional level.Alexey uses handmade processes, largeformat cameras and vintage lens for his projects.
His works are present in the collection of Moscow Kremlin Museum, The Museum of the History of Photography of Russia, ROSPHOTO and in private collections in Russia, USA, Germany, Great Britain, Australia.

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Mutazioni | Fine art photographer: Gian Luca Groppi

Mutazioni | Fine art photographer: Gian Luca Groppi | BLACK AND WHITE | Scoop.it

Gian Luca Groppi is a modern storyteller, who mixes cards and genres, giving his works a caustic lyricism that deliberately does not offer solutions or panaceas, but is rather an attempt at trying to shake us from widespread social and emotional inertia.” And here he is again the "storyteller", who brings together in this exhibition years of works that he himself calls "his only children." 

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Seas Without A Shore | Photographer: Chris Anthony

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Los Angeles-based photographer Chris Anthony has been working on this series, Seas Without A Shore, for the past 18 months. Working with wet plate collodion and tintype processes, Anthony photographs objects that mean a lot to him. Mysterious still life, portraits and magical creatures of the sea represent ongoing themes throughout the series: solitude, hope and survival.

Anthony is currently raising money through Kickstarter to fund the publication of Seas Without A Shore which will include over 90 photographs.

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California | Photographer: Josef Hoflehner

California | Photographer: Josef Hoflehner | BLACK AND WHITE | Scoop.it

Josef Hoflehner is an Austrian photographer known for his amazing black and white landscapes and also for his great and unique way of capturing the simplicity of beauty. With pictures that really get our attention for its angles, contrast and personality, Josef Hoflehner is certainly an inspiration for those who like photography.

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Lee Jeffries

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Lee Jeffries lives in Manchester in the United Kingdom. Close to the professional football circle, this artist starts to photograph sporting events.

 

A chance meeting with a young homeless girl in the streets of London changes his artistic approach forever. Lee Jeffries recalls that, initially, he had stolen a photo from this young homeless girl huddled in a sleeping bag.

 

The photographer knew that the young girl had noticed him but his first reaction was to leave. He says that something made him stay and go and discuss with the homeless girl. His perception about the homeless completely changes. They become the subject of his art. The models in his photographs are homeless people that he has met in Europe and in the United States: «Situations arose, and I made an effort to learn to get to know each of the subjects before asking their permission to do their portrait.» From then onwards, his photographs portray his convictions and his compassion to the world.

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Chineses | Photos Liu Zheng 刘铮

Chineses | Photos Liu Zheng 刘铮 | BLACK AND WHITE | Scoop.it

Liu Zheng est un photographe chinois né en 1969 dans le comté de Wuqiang, province de Hebei. Il passa son enfance dans la ville minière de Datong (province de Shanxi), avant de vivre et de travailler à Beijing.

En 1994, Liu Zheng commença de photographier des moments de vie dans lesquels des personnages chinois typiques ont été rencontrés dans des situations extrêmes et souvent inattendues. La série The Chinese tire le portrait d'une société en butte aux contradictions entre la culture traditionnelle et la modernisation. Elle présente un large échantillonnage de la société et montre les riches, les pauvres, les transsexuels, les mineurs, les acteurs d'opéra, aussi bien que les figures de cire des musées historiques.

De 1991 à 1997, Zheng a travaillé comme reporter pour le Workers’ Daily, un des journeaux chinois les plus lus, dans l'optique de montrer les liens historiques entre la propagande politique et l'idéologie communiste, plutôt que de viser les rapports de la photographie avec la vérité. Il commença de travailler sur le thème des Chinois à un moment de changements explosifs et de développement de l'art contemporain, catalysé par les réformes en cours. Dans ce contexte, Zheng utilise la photographie pour construire une fausse réalité. Les éclairages et les poses de ses photographies au format carré semblent un peu naïfs mais en réalité la mise en scène coexiste avec les éléments spontanés dans toute cette série.

Influencée à la fois par les œuvres de Diane Arbus et d'August Sander, la série The Chinese montre au spectateur une étude personnalisée de la culture chinoise, concentrée sur les aspects psychologiques les plus sombres. Un mélange de dure réalité et de romantisme, d'engagement et de détachement, tente de reconstituer l’histoire des Chinois par ce processus.

 

Publications The Chinese .- Göttingen, Allemagne, Steidl et New-York, International Center of Photography, 2004. (ISBN 3-86521-037-6)

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