“You press the button. We do the rest” was Kodak’s slogan when Kodak No. 1 came on the market in 1889. Black is the artists’ garb. The 21th Century is a purgatory for specialists, skills, and the innocent object on the photographic paper. From all sides, the death of the medium is proclaimed, and images in galleries document first and foremost the disappearance of their own genre. Photographers no longer embark on expeditions through the streets, but wander for hours through Google Street View, like the Canadian artist Jon Rafman, taking screenshots of wondrous places that the Google camera has captured inadvertently. The avant-garde of photography doesn’t need to leave the house. And meanwhile, since everyone has a digital camera or smartphone, there has never been so much photographed by so many people and uploaded to the Internet. Photos are the new text. … Read More >
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Observing Michele Abeles working laboriously on her staged photographs, her future gallerist, Oliver Newton, asked her why she did not use photo-editing software. “I can’t get to grips with it,” came the pragmatic answer. And even though the amount of digital post-production in the New York artist’s most recent works has… Read More >
Isabelle Wenzel creates pictures of bodies, not people. Often posing for her own photos so she is able to control every aspect of the picture, she is willing to put herself into difficult positions that run-of-the-mill models otherwise may not. Its unsurprising then, Wenzel was formerly an acrobat before an injury forced her retirement from such activity on a professional level. When not posing herself Wenzel cajoles close friends and family in front of her camera, though admits she considers herself the perfect model – “communication becomes instant and the process becomes quicker”. Read more >
Berlin, home of UPON PAPER, is no small place. For those prepared to criss-cross the sprawling city and visit each of its distinct and separate districts, they will find a quota of exhibitions that is hard to beat. As the saying goes – for the best information, ask a local – and so UPON PAPER’S Moritz Schreiber selects his home town top ten on show this December.
After almost 30 years of absence in galleries, following and long and successful career in cinema, Daoud Alouad-Syad returns home and to his first love, with Au pays de l’enfance (In the Land of Childhood), a beautiful exhibition of vintage photography at Galerie 127 in Marrakech. Inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Franck and Richard Avedon, Marrakech-born Daoud Read More—
December 16th 1977, the infamous Sex Pistols gig at Brunel University. Infamous for its lack of cohesive sound, Sid Vicious’ inability to stand up sober and Johnny Rotten’s claim that it was the worst gig the band ever played. Anarchy and nihilism and all that the Sex Pistols stood for was not enough to pull off this gig. Following the chaos of the ill-fated concert, lies a powerful pictorial testament: A photo of Sid and Nancy taken by the Sex Pistols’ photographer… More—