Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Bailey’s Stardust Exhibition @ National Portrait Gallery

June 7, 2014

800x442_BS1536LS                                                     Jerry Hall and Helmut Newton, Cannes by David Bailey, 1983

An Englishman in New York @ National Portrait Gallery

November 21, 2010

I didn’t know that over 120.000 British men and women lived in New York City. Neither did Jason Bell who was inspired by this and produced a series of photos currently exhibited at National Portrait Gallery.

Camille Silvy @ National Portrait Gallery

September 13, 2010

An exhibition I had the pleasure to enjoy last week: Camille Silvy: Photographer of Modern Life. Camille Silvy (1834-1910) worked both in France and Britain and is regarded as one of the pioneer photographers as he -through his work- celebrated the portrait photography in a period in which this ‘style’ was not common. (more…)

BP Portrait Award 2010 @ National Portrait Gallery

September 13, 2010

Daphne Todd is the winner of this year’s BP Portrait Award. I saw the portrait last week during my visit to the gallery and I found it magnificent. Although it portrays the dead mother of the artist, paradoxically, is so full of life: (more…)

Exposed @ Tate Modern

June 22, 2010

Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera is the title of an exhibition currently run at Tate Britain. Several photos taken by hidden cameras, paparazzi, CCTV address the always fashionable question about what is private and what is public. Violence, sex, life and death are just some of the themes. I was thinking about all these people being in photos taken years ago, not knowing probably that they would become subjects of spectatorship years late. Is that moral? Can modern technologies and morality co-exist? Do we like being viewed? Do we like viewing images of other people, especially when we know that they do not know? When Degas was drawing his women bathers famously said: ‘..I want to look through the keyhole…you can look at people. We were created to look at one another, weren’t we?…’. I certainly enjoyed the exhibition as I found some of the images highly political. I found that one of the photos exhibited- is so much linked with the subtitle of my blog. Artist: Mark Ruwedel. Title: Crossings 2005. Description: A piece of land, empty of life but so full of life, a visa left behind, no man, no land, no ethnicity, just a ‘left’ identity behind, on a piece of land that belongs to none and to everyone……

Irving Penn @ National Portrait Gallery

May 19, 2010

Glamour and mystery in the photos of Irving Penn. The camera hides and reveals at the same time the truth about famous people and famous moments. The game between reality and its absence is nicely represented by the camera.

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