As we kick off the Spring semester, we’ll be thinking about fine printing and how to create evocative B&W prints that communicate our ideas and resonate with our viewers.

Rolfe Horn is a photographer and master printer who shared some of his printing notes on his website, as well as the original and final versions of his print. It’s amazing to see how intentional, thoughtful printing techniques can transform the experience of an image. Check out this helpful exploration on his site - navigate to “Technique” and click on an image to see more.

Original:  Final: 

Hey guys check out this article/photo set of chernobyl’s ghost town residents by Gerd Ludwig. Ludwig originally started this project while shooting for National Geographic, and has gone back to Chernobyl three times since. Chernobyl is an area in Ukraine that was abandoned after the explosion of a nuclear plant; Ludwig’s photos document the people that chose to stay in the area after the explosion, opting to die from radiation poisoning rather than of leaving their hometown.

Make sure to check out the article underneath its really interesting.

http://www.dazeddigital.com/photography/article/19393/1/chernobyl-ghost-town-residents-return-home-gerd-ludwig-photography

-livvi

Maybe this is just the nerd in me…but seeing the developer trays used by some of my favorite photographers is really amazing. It’s like getting to look at their contact sheets or stand with in the darkroom, watching as their prints reveal themselves in the chemistry. Pretty ingenious and illustrative series by John Cyr.

_tamara

whatwearelookingat:

Check out the Whitney Biennial here.  The show is up until May 25th with works from artists of all disciplines.  

(top image) Dawoud Bey in the Biennial

Katy Grannan’s Mystic Lake series

(middle b&w images) Rafael Soldi

(bottom images) Laura Letinsky’s Venus Inferred

- Lesly

Just some cool/interesting link I’ve run into in the last few weeks

Two crazy alternative processes

http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/who-needs-a-camera-when-you’ve-got-a-digestive-tract 

http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/4-great-ways-to-create-stunning-art-by-destroying-film-negatives

And here’s a photographer i might do a two week internship with in late march

http://www.dazeddigital.com/photography/article/14689/1/i-dont-warna-grow-up

-Manuel (Monday class)

My studio mate, Emily, introduced me to this project. A photographer is seeking to document every artist in NYC (or as close to it as possible!). The tumblr is a really interesting visual directory of artists in NYC, many of whom I’ve never heard about! Great potential for finding new work by local artists who work across many disciplines. If you click on the photo, you should be directed to the artist’s website.

_tamara

I have a blog of my own work if you’d like to see more! It’s sparse right now but posts are queued so more are on the way.
Cordelia
Photo: Portrait of Robert from the Imagemakers lighting workshop, 2014.

I have a blog of my own work if you’d like to see more! It’s sparse right now but posts are queued so more are on the way.

Cordelia

Photo: Portrait of Robert from the Imagemakers lighting workshop, 2014.

Recently on display at the Sean Kelly Gallery was “Saints and Sinners” a collection of images by photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Comprising of 27 pairs of photograph, each pair consists of a saint and a sinner through it is up to the viewer to decide which is which. While it is clear that Mapplethorpe explores the idea of good versus evil, it is never fully clear who is the saint and who is the sinner. The work rather, like black and white photography itself, explores the gray area that falls in between.

-Robert

(Note: this exhibition is no longer on display.)

Chris Burden “Extreme Measures” at the New Museum

I saw the Chris Burden exhibition, which was all 5 floors of the New Museum filled with his work which explored various mediums and concepts. His work spanned forties years from the 1970s to present, and he puts into question a lot of different social and moral issues, and also works a lot with infrastructure.

As for his videography, he shot numerous small videos in film,  usually involving extreme self harm, as I have listed Shoot (1971) which is one of his most famous videos. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26R9KFdt5aY

As for infrastructure he has a lot of different pieces where he constructed big cityscapes using small toys, or big monuments made up of small childish plastic pieces. As listed above there is, A Tale of Two Cities (1981), where there is a suburb and a city, with different symbols of war around them. The viewer can view the landscape through binoculars to see up close. This piece really stretches the imagination of the viewer when viewing such a grand landscape made up into such a small scale. 

The last piece is titled, L.A.P.D. (1993), and is a set of tailored police uniforms made to be 7 feet tall. They are all lined up against the wall, and it is suppose to create the illusion of the police being larger than life, when in reality they are not. 

Although this exhibition ended last week, I would really encourage visiting the New Museum. It is a great place to go view art if you are interested in modern art! They also have a sky room that has a great view. 

Rebecca 

Lucie’s Blog

Hey all.
I have a photo blog if anyone’s interested. Show us yours?
http://luciemurphy.tumblr.com/

- Lucie