[Reblogging this interesting piece from Buzz Feed]
Teaching The Camera To See My Skin by Syreeta McFadden – BuzzFeed
I was 12 years old and paging through a photo album; my memories of the days seemed to fade in the photo’s recreation. In some pictures, I am a mud brown, in others I’m a blue black. Some of the pictures were taken within moments of one another. “You look like charcoal,” someone said, and giggled. I felt insulted, but I didn’t have the words for that yet. I just knew that I didn’t want to be seen as a quality of a dark black that would invite hatred on my skin.
A year later, it was 1988 and the overhead kitchen light burned the dullest yellow as my mother placed four proofs on the table from an Olan Mills photo session. Each wallet-sized print contained various permutations of my little sister, my mother, father, and me. She wanted to know what we thought.
I considered each of the images. I couldn’t see my face. “Why do I look so dark?” [read more]
Songs Left Out of Nan Goldin’s Ballad of Sexual Dependency
Aperture Foundation NY
Nan Goldin’s Ballad of Sexual Dependency started as a slide show with music. To mark the third printing of Nan Goldin’s Ballad of Sexual Dependency Aperture has put online a piece by Greil Marcus on the soundtrack to Goldin’s original slideshow presentation of the work. Originally printed in Aperture #197 Winter 2009.
They have also assembled a YouTube playlist based on the soundtrack for Goldin’s slideshow, listen here.
Also, see interview and article @ Top Photography FIlms
Nan Goldin – Matthew Marks Gallery
The Mirror of Race Project, a place for reflection on the meaning of race in America — its past, as well as its present and future.
Here you will find both a main exhibition of early American photographs as well as exhibitions on specific topics.
You will also find critical commentary in various forms, such as essays and film.
STILL SEARCHING | AN ONLINE DISCOURSE ON PHOTOGRAPHY.
Excellent blog from the Fotomuseum Winterthur – six different bloggers per year. The current blogger is Marvin Heiferman, author of Photography Changes Everything. I can assure you that his posts will be interesting and expansive.
Past Bloggers >
The Lively Morgue – A Treasure House of Photographs.
Weekly posts from the NY Times archive of photos – fronts and backs.
The size of The Times archive? “Our best guess is five million to six million prints and contact sheets (each sheet, of course, representing many discrete images) and 300,000 sacks of negatives, ranging in format size from 35 millimeter to 5 by 7 inches — at least 10 million frames in all. The picture archive also includes 13,500 DVDs, each storing about 4.7 gigabytes worth of imagery.
Thanks to Rachel Williams for this.
via The Lively Morgue.
f295 is the worlds largest organization dedicated to the discussion, practice, and advancement of 21st Century Photography – a vision driven form of photography which freely combines historic methods, alternative processes, and adaptive techniques to create something new. There are nearly 2,000 people, located around the world, registered to participate in the online discussion forum. more
Cindy Sherman Show is great. Here is an interesting blog post from the curator:
One of the most exciting features of the Cindy Sherman exhibition is Sherman’s photographic mural, which is making its North American premiere at MoMA. Before MoMA visitors enter the sixth-floor galleries, they will encounter her monumental mural. Like wallpaper, the mural adheres directly to the surface of the wall, and wraps around several walls and corners to transform space and create an immersive fictive environment. The artist designed this configuration of the mural specifically for MoMA’s grand sixth-floor space. The soaring ceiling height allowed her to scale the figures to a colossal size—they stand 18 feet tall—the largest she has ever made them. The effect is utterly jaw-dropping. read more > MoMA | Installing Cindy Sherman’s New Photographic Mural at MoMA.
From the NYTimes lens blog
Perched somewhere above a “We Buy Gold” joint and a Latin restaurant on Kingsbridge Road in the Bronx, a darkroom turned storage closet was once a repository for an almost overlooked visual history. It was an unlikely spot for an equally unlikely – and unrivaled – collection that now comprises 700 photographs by Latino, African-American and Asian photographers and other artists of color.
Such were the origins of the permanent collection of En Foco, which started as a Latino photographers’ group in 1974, when notions of community, art and ethnic pride fueled a movement that stood in defiance to the slights of the mainstream art world.
via En Foco’s Collection Champions Minority Artists – NYTimes.com.
“Asco: Elite of the Obscure, a Retrospective, 1972-1987” at LACMA review in NYTimes
The exhibition is part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, a collaboration of more than 60 cultural institutions across Southern California coming together for the first time to celebrate the birth of the L.A. art scene. Starting this fall in LA…