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Friday
Feb222013

Image Profile - Dead Troops Talk

Dead Troops Talk (A vision after an ambush of a Red Army patrol, near Moqor, Afghanistan, winter 1986) by Jeff Ball

Here at NYIP, we are fascinated by the history of photography since its inception in the early part of the 19th century.
 
The raw power of the above image is immediately apparent for all to see. Dead Troops Talk (A vision after an ambush of a Red Army patrol, near Moqor, Afghanistan, winter 1986) is a photographic montage created by Canadian artist Jeff Wall (B. 1946) in 1992. It is a depiction of a fictional event and is 90¼ x 164¼ in. (229.2 x 417.2 cm.) At the conclusion of her critically-acclaimed book, Regarding the Pain of Others (2003), filmmaker and literary icon Susan Sontag praises the work extensively, calling it "exemplary in its thoughtfulness and power."
 
On May 8th, 2012, it was sold at auction for $3,666,500, making it the third most expensive art photograph ever. It supplanted 99 cent II Diptychon, which my co-worker Jay Johnson listed (referencing Wikipedia) as the third most expensive fine art photograph in his May 3rd, 2012 post, 5 Most Expensive Art Photographs in the World. Although these sums are astronomical to most, they are still but a fraction of the cost of the most expensive paintings ever sold.
 
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We're the New York Institute of Photographya distance education school teaching photography since 1910 - over 100 years of knowledge and experience. Listen to the following podcast to learn more about who we are and what we do.

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Monday
Nov052012

Top 10 Photos: Thanks






In our eighth Top 10 Photos post, and in honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and the passing of Superstorm Sandy through our NYC backyards, I wanted to do a search for off-the-beaten path photos which somehow expressed the feeling/mood of thanks. (Some, of course, are tongue in cheek.) I found quite a few special images, but chose only ten of them for our Top 10 vote; I've not put these 10 in any particular order - that task is up to you. Use the survey at the end of the post to vote for your favorite photo. Thanks for voting and check back soon for another Top 10 Photos vote!

Photograph #1: Shaggy rescued from Sandy's flooding by National Guard in Hoboken by Craig Ruttle/AP

Photograph #2: The Healing Touch by Sneha Thakur

Photograph #3: Hungry Boy by Shelly Perry

Photograph #4: Tokyo lifestyle photo by Julie Walton Shaver

Photograph #5: Thank God It's Sunday by Mathias Ahrens

Photograph #6: Fete by Nic Barlow

Photograph #7: Be Thankful/Our Little Indians by Kristin Vining

Photograph #8: Enjoying Thanksgiving Dinner! by Beth Rooney

Photograph #9: Emotional Moment wedding photograph by Christobal Perez?Azur PhotographyPhotograph #10: Thanksgiving Barbie by Nicole Houff 

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We're the New York Institute of Photographya distance education school teaching photography since 1910 - over 100 years of knowledge and experience. Listen to the following podcast to learn more about who we are and what we do. WHAT IS THE NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY? [20:58M]


Monday
Sep242012

NYIP Review: Marius Budu's Twisted Flesh

In his powerful photo essay, Romanian-born visual artist Marius Budu examines the human form at its most stark and unflinching. Says Budu, "My purpose with this project is to generate a reaction, stimulate thought, emotion and present the viewer with a new perspective - a new interpretation of the most easily recognizable aspect of our humanity - our very flesh. Twisted Flesh is both, a psychological experiment and visual attempt to gain some insight into our physical form as an entity in and of itself as well as our relationship with it. Our body is the one thing we most easily and readily identify with. Although we subconsciously interpret body language while interacting with others, we seldom solely rely on it to understand what is being conveyed to us. Usually, during conversation we look for the face, the eyes to be more specific - so that we can properly communicate with the other person. Twisted Flesh takes away that option and forces the viewer to examine the uniquely faceless flesh in order to understand what the images are conveying. Each Twisted Flesh piece tells its own story. They challenge the viewer in a unique way and beckon them to explore the intricacy and variety of relationships to our physical selves that each one of us embodies.

I have attached some of the jarring images from The Twisted Flesh project below. According to the website, it will be launched on September 28, 2012 at the Fine Arts Museum in Timisoara, Romania. To learn more, click on the link to the Twisted Flesh website here. Enjoy.
 

 

We're the New York Institute of Photography, a distance education school teaching photography since 1910 - over 100 years of knowledge and experience. Listen to the following podcast to learn more about who we are and what we do.

AUDIO LINK: WHAT IS THE NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY? [20:58M]

 

 

 

Wednesday
Sep192012

Conceptual Artist John Stezaker Awarded 2012 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize

Britain's John Stezaker beat out fellow nominees Pieter Hugo of South Africa, Rinko Kawauchi of Japan, and Christopher Williams of the U.S. to claim this prestigious award, the first by an artist who doesn't take photographs. Instead, Stezaker creates contextual collages out of movie stills, book illustrations, found photographs, and vintage postcards to magnificent effect.

The competition commemorates the work of the artists who, either through exhibition or publication, contributed to the field of photography in Europe over the course of the previous year. Each artist's nominated work is put on display in the Photographer's Gallery in London where it is judged by a panel of competition organizers. The annual winner is granted £30,000. Stezaker's exhibition at London's Whitechapel Gallery in 2011 was deemed to be deserving of such a prize. I can't find fault with the decision.

I have provided a sample of Stezaker's fascinating work below. To read more, click the link to the Photo District News article. Enjoy.  

Muse (Film Portrait Collage) XIII - 2012 - 27.7 x 22.8

Fold X (Detail) - 2009 - 29.5 x 37 cmShe (Film Portrait Collage) III - 2008 - 26.1 x 27.5 cmOld Mask VIII - 2006 - 24.5 x 19.5 cm

 

We're the New York Institute of Photographya distance education school teaching photography since 1910 - over 100 years of knowledge and experience. Listen to the following podcast to learn more about who we are and what we do.

AUDIO LINK: WHAT IS THE NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY? [20:58M]

 

 

Wednesday
Sep122012

NYIP Profile: Examining Barbara Cole's Chromatics

In her most recent project, titled Chromatics, innovative artist Barbara Cole has been delving into the past in order to reimagine Color Field Painting. Her modern take on the traditional painting style explores the ways in which the human form can be distorted and transformed when examined through the mediums of water and a camera lens. She places her subjects (typically dancers) in a swimming pool and photographs them from above at a downward angle, creating a flattening effect. Using a Canon digital camera with a slow shutter speed and a slight flash, Cole attempts to capture the interplay between the reflected light as it hits the water's surface and the image of the subject below. In describing her method of combining fine art with photography, Cole says "I rework this canvas with a toolkit that includes clouds, reflections, plastic sheeting, cloth-encased figures as well as aperture, shutter speed and artificial lighting. It is important that I am able to capture these photographic constructions in-camera, creating on site, rather than relying on photographic artifice." The results are hauntingly beautiful. To learn more, go to the Chromatics section on her website.

Hidden Target, 30 x 40 inchesRed Stain, 40 x 30 inchesFemale Abstraction, I, 40 x 30 inchesImprint, Black with Teal, 40 x 30 inches

 

We're the New York Institute of Photographya distance education school teaching photography since 1910 - over 100 years of knowledge and experience. Listen to the following podcast to learn more about who we are and what we do.

AUDIO LINK: WHAT IS THE NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY? [20:58M]