Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Multi Frame Images

Multi Frame Images
Matching all these multi frame images was hard because you not only have to take nice pictures (as usual) but you also have to find a nice balance between all the photos to match together. For me, the 3 frame photos were the hardest because I had to chose the three photos to all look good together. Enjoy...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

SF MOMA exhibits

Cartier-Bresson Exhibit

I thought that the Cartier-Bresson exhibit was amazing. The way he captured all the intimate moments of these people's lives was breath-taking. I also loved the piece at the entrance of the exhibit. It was a huge display that panned across an entire wall and it was composed of many different and unique faces, which, in my opinion, was a great pre-cursor to the actual exhibit. Cartier-Bresson traveled all around the world from Japan to Mexico and in each country, he managed to capture the essence of the time he spent there and of what was currently happening in those countries. My favorite piece of the entire exhibit was called "Brie, France" 1968 on Gelatin silver print. I love how the lines of the trees lead you into the background of the photo. You are first lured in by the dirt road and then your eyes follow the path of the trees. It is a mesmerizing photo and it was one of the only ones I saw of simply landscape and not of people.

Exposed Exhibit

I thought that the "Exposed" exhibit was very diverse and beautiful. I loved the culmination of all the different photographers in one room, it almost had a dizzying effect on me. I saw beautiful and famous photos like Harry Callahan's "Atlanta", 1984 in dye transfer print, I love this picture because of the many contrasts in it. The beautiful patterned red fabric of the dress afainst the clear blue sky and the gray of the buildings, also the different lines in the scene. The striking white line on the pavement and the lines of the windows on the buildings make this photograph phenomenal. I also saw a couple photos of Nan Goldin's that I was very happy about because even though she is famous in America, I did not realize she was so famous to have her photos featured next to ones taken of Marilyn Monroe. I also saw an extremely powerful photo taken of Richard Avedon after one of his surgeries. He had a series of scars along his stomach and it was painful to see this photo. It is also beautfiful in a solemn way because even though it looks like he is in pain, or has been suffering, he is wearing a tough leather jacket to illustrate that he is not done fighting. It is a truly powerful photo and it was a truly powerful exhibit. I strongly recommend seeing both these exhibits before they are over at the SF MOMA.


Name Poems - D.E.A.N.A.
Name Poems are fun and interesting because not only do you get to take pictures of moods (a hard topic to portray in photography) but you also get to reflect on yourself and different adjectives that describe and define you. For me, I chose dramatic because I tend to be a drama queen, Embarrassed because I often get embarrassed around people I don't know, Agile which is ironically portrayed here because Kate is falling of the kids ride and also because I do not have very good balance and I tend to fall a lot... Naive because I often don't know things that are common knowledge to most people and lastly, Ambitious because I am always looking to the future and how I can improve the Present to make my dreams come true! Taking these pictures was a bit challenging because like i said before, it is hard to capture moods in photos, but it was a interesting experience!






Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin - Photographer and Artist.

Goldin was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in an upper-middle-class Jewish family in Boston, Massachusetts. She attended the nearby Lexington High school and right after she graduated, she enrolled at the Satya Community school in Lincoln. This is where a teacher of hers introduced her to the camera in 1968. At the time, Goldin was fifteen years old and already found her passion in life: Photography. Her first solo show, held in Boston in 1973, was based on her photographic journeys in the city’s gay and transsexual community. She had been introduced to that community by her friend David Armstrong. Goldin graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 1977. That is when she started working mostly with Cibachrome prints.
After her graduation from college, Nan Goldin moved to New York City. She started documenting the post-punk and new-wave music scene. She was especially drawn to the drug subculture of these new scenes, as you can see in her famous work, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. This work not only included the drug scene, but also showed violence, physical abuse in relationships, like the one she had with Brian her lover. She also photographed the intimacy between lovers and the intimacy of death. She had many friends that died from drug overdose or AIDS and she took photos of them on their death beds with their loved ones.
Goldin still lives in New York and sometimes in Paris. In 2006, Nan made an exhibition called Chasing a Ghost. It included a dramatic three-screen slide and video presentation called Sisters, Saints, & Sybils which was a work involving her sister Barbara’s suicide and how she handled the difficult situation through a numerous amount of images and narratives.

Nan Goldin is one of the riskiest photographers out there. She is called an American photographer unafraid of photographing the raw truths of the real world. She is not scared of the critique she will receive and she delves deep into the underworld of the cities she lives in; Boston and New York City. She is not afraid to photograph drugs and sex and death, as well as transsexual and gay men and women, people who were not so documented at the time in photographs. She finds the beauty in the coldest and darkest situations.

- Diane Arbus
- Imogen Cunningham
- Helen Levitt
Lisette Model
Cindy Sherman

These are just some of the many photographers that came before and greatly inspired Nan Goldin.
Nan brought a sort of fearlessness to the photography world. She was not afraid, as I said earlier of taking pictures of the underworld. Such as drugs abuse, violence, sex, and death. She is a powerful photographer who’s images resonate deeply to everyone who sees them.