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Two Perspectives on Antoine d’Agata’s – ‘ANTICORPS’ at Le Bal (2013)

The stairs lead us to an overwhelming space. The walls breathe no more, they are covered with images from the floor to the ceiling, as as many painful scars to bear.   By Guillaume Blanc, ASX, February 2013 Antoine d’Agata – The drifting mankind With the exhibition Anticorps, Le Bal shows, from 24th January to […]

Follow Your Hard-On: An Interview with Scot Sothern (2013)

Follow Your Hard-On: An Interview with Scot Sothern By Paul Kwiatkowski Photographer Scot Sothern’s debut memoir Curb Service empathetically captures the pathos of an aspiring provocateur adrift in contemporary America. Beginning in the 1980s, the book recounts Scot’s initial drive to photograph prostitutes and his path to single fatherhood on the skids. The interactions between […]

ROMAIN SLOCOMBE: “CITY OF BROKEN DOLLS”

  “MY WORK’S NOT ONLY ABOUT MY OBSESSION WITH JAPANESE WOMEN, IT’S ABOUT MEDICAL FETISHISM AND MY FASCINATION WITH ACCIDENTS” – ROMAIN SLOCOMBE, 1997   Beautiful Japanese girls are photographed in casts and bandages, victims of unknown traumas in the neon streets and hospital rooms. These are the “broken dolls” of Romain Slocombe’s Tokyo, a […]

A Conversation with Dirk Braeckman (1998)

 “I try to charge my images so much, I go to such extremes in that darkness…”   Conversation with Dirk Braeckman and Erik Eelbode From z.Z(t). Ludion, Ghent / Amsterdam, 1998 Is it really the role of an artist who is still active to talk about his own motivations? As a source, he is suspect. […]

Carlo Mollino’s Erotic Photography at Gagosian Gallery (2014)

Is it high art? Well, put something in a museum, as they say. Some viewers are sure to scoff at what might be misconstrued as pin-up girl pics; indeed, in unflattering light, they are nothing but the private fetishistic trove of an ageing man.   The Cult of the Polaroid, or the Work of Art […]

Daido Moriyama: “Tights and Lips”

  One of the most revered living Japanese photographers, Daido Moriyama’s work is saturated with the melancholic beauty of life at its most ordinary. His photographs epitomize wabi-sabi, the Japanese aesthetic of finding beauty in imperfection. Moriyama focuses in on the lost and the discarded, and finds echoes of living through the breakdown of traditional […]

Sébastien Girard – “STRIP-O-GRAM” (2012)

The male strippers parade their sexuality and occasional flamboyant 80s hairstyles in front of paying female customers, who grin and push dollar bills into their thongs.   Strip-o-Gram By Paul Loomis, ASX, February 2013 In 2007 Sebastian Girard set up an automatic email alert on eBay for keywords related to photographs and strippers. Over a […]

SCOT SOTHERN: “Lowlife” (1990)

“I know a place not far from here where I can take your picture. I can give you twenty bucks.”   By Scot Sothern, 1990 The fried-egg platter at Denny’s looked just like the laminated photos on the menu. I cleaned my plate with a corner of toast and washed it down with coffee. At two […]

An Interview with Jock Sturges (1994)

On April 25, 1990, a group of FBI agents and officers of the San Francisco Police Department raided the studio of photographer Jock Sturges, seizing his cameras, his prints, his computer —   Interview with Jock Sturges, May 25, 1994 On April 25, 1990, a group of FBI agents and officers of the San Francisco […]

An Interview with Ryan McGinley

“When I first moved to New York I never wanted to leave. I think I might have left the city once over a period of seven years.”   Ryan McGinley in Conversation with Gerald Matt and Synne Genzmer, September, 2007, Kunsthalle Wien, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln Q: In your photography you take up […]

Alexis Penney – Sore, 2014

  “Well, I got in trouble for putting naked photos on the Internet when I was seventeen.”   Alexis Penney, Sore, 2014 “Well, I got in trouble for putting naked photos on the Internet when I was seventeen,” Alexis Penney told me, when I asked how long he’d been taking photos. Penney, who told me […]

HELMUT NEWTON: “Skewing Lines: On Pervs, Pearls and Sex Dolls”

Fat hand and dollars, Monte Carlo, 1986   Perfection, perfect women, and perfect sex (as if such a thing exists) may be Newton’s medium, his outer preoccupation, his aesthetic obsession, but they are not the subject of his work.   Skewing Lines: On Pervs, Pearls and Sex Dolls By Lily Azrielant, Mercer Street The warm […]

ASX.TV: Ren Hang – A Portrait (2013)

Ren Hang doesn’t have a lot to say about himself. In the fine art environment, where emphasizing one’s own importance (or having representation to do so, while you maintain the air of expensive mystery) is the norm, this resistance to pretense could be considered a form of madness. But this hasn’t stopped the twenty-seven-year-old photographer, […]

Roswell Angier: “Combat Zone”

  In the 1950s, when Boston was a major Navy port, the area around Washington Street became known as the Combat Zone; the name derived from the Shore Patrolmen, who prowled the rock-and-roll bars, busting the heads of sailors. By the 1970s, when Angier spent two and half years (1973-1975) photographing the area, the sailors […]

Christer Strömholm – ‘Post Scriptum’ (2012)

  Many of his photographs were taken in Paris, and anticipate the work of more contemporary photographers like Nan Goldin in that they are documents from Strömholm’s eclectic and vigorous life.   By Paul Loomis, ASX, January 2013 This volume compiles photographs from several extremely hard to find books by Christer Strömholm, a Swedish postwar […]

TODD HIDO: “Two Way Street”

By Doug Rickard, ASX, August 2009 Todd Hido’s new and unpublished work walks a fine line, a line that exists in the viewer rather than Todd. The work seems to come into existence through the eye’s of a smeared-single-pane-window voyeurish fog. It is the adult-white-male fog of childhood memories, and the mental hot-iron-branding of broken […]

The Misadventures of Larry Clark (1997)

Half the commercial photographers in America have ripped Clark off at one time or another.   By Jim Lewis, Originally Published in Manhattan File, September – October, 1997 One afternoon earlier this year (1997), a woman called the Luhring Augustine Gallery on 24th Street from an apartment in SoHo. She understood that they represented the […]

Frank Horvat with Helmut Newton (1986)

“This is why I continue accepting commissions, even though economically I don’t have to. Because making money gives me a kick, but also because 1 think it’s important for me to have the discipline, to work for somebody within a given frame. At least from time to time.” – Helmut Newton Frank Horvat with Helmut […]

Humid and Moist, a High-Definition Look at Bush in Minter’s ‘Plush’

  The pubes, natural, died white or starchy, mascara-black, are run through by fingers, caressed, teased out and tugged on.     By Owen Campbell, ASX, January 2015 To talk about Plush in the typical language of criticism, to say it is warm, close or intimate is understatement tantamount to mistruth. Marilyn Minter’s book is […]

An Elegiac Response to the Ghost of Surrealist Decadence in the Work of Paul Kooiker

This is where our shared habits meet concrete. All the possessions accumulated, obsessions sought and tendered in the infernal light of my psychic affairs have led me into the unforeseen garden of these earthly delights.   By Brad Feuerhelm, ASX, February 2015 August, 1935 This is where our shared habits meet concrete. All the possessions […]

TONY STAMOLIS: “Frezno” (2008)

 FREZNO IS WACK.   By Doug Rickard, for ASX, 2008 Take a fast-drive into a cement wall… broken AC / sweat stained moustache drippin’ – ugly streets& stupid palm trees standin’ in a row tellin’ you to run away from here!  Dirt in your ratty hair – Mexican blood on your vinyl seat –broken glass […]

PETER HUJAR & DAVID WOJNAROWICZ: “Some Sort of Grace” (2010)

David Wojnarowicz, 1981 Some Sort of Grace – David Wojnarowicz’s Archive of the Death of Peter Hujar By Emily Colucci In his essay, “Living Close to the Knives,” on the death of his lover and artistic mentor Peter Hujar, a renowned New York photographer, David Wojnarowicz explains, “and his death is now as if it’s […]

Helmut Newton: “Skewing Lines – On Pervs, Pearls and Sex Dolls”

 “There are two dirty words in photography, one is art and the other is good taste.”  – Helmut Newton   Skewing Lines: On Pervs, Pearls and Sex Dolls By Lily Azrielant The warm afternoon light strokes the ends of her dimly lit legs. They are thin, small, soft, and fitted with a pair of violent […]

Todd Hido: “Fragmented Narratives” (2011)

Fertilizer is to the suburban lawn what cosmetics are to the suburban face: a fickle attempt to sweep ugliness under the rug with a splash of color.   By Ian Epstein I once heard someone remark that the desire to have a perfect lawn was not unlike the desire to have a piece of perfect […]

Antoine d’Agata – “Anticorps” (2012)

Antoine d’Agata – Anticorps – Te zien van 26 mei t/m 2 september 2012 in het Fotomuseum Den Haag – http://www.fotomuseumdenhaag.nl Antoine d’Agata – Anticorps – On view from 26 May until 2 September 2012 at The Hague Museum of Photography – http://www.fotomuseumdenhaag.nl/en Video: Studio Gerrit Schreurs Volg/Follow Fotomuseum Den Haag: http://www.facebook.com/Fotomuseum http://www.twitter.com/fotomuseum

Tape, Rope, Water, Milk and Bondage in ‘Other Rooms’

The images present a bloodless eroticism, uncanny, simultaneously sexual and absented of desire.   By Owen Campbell, ASX, January 2015 Tanlines, tape, rope, water, milk, Callis shows the way things push against the body and how the body pushes back, contracts, evades. Elements like water and shade subsume the human body; rope, as it presses […]

Nikolay Bakharev in Conversation with Luca Desienna (2006)

  “There was also a clause in the Criminal Code which banned the distribution of nudity in photographs, so it put off most photographers from approach this theme.”   Nikolay Bakharev in Conversation with Luca Desienna of Gomma Magazine – Translation by Olga Ippolitova – Series Baharevland Nikolay Bakharev’s emotive and controversial images are important […]

Auto-Erotic Post-Coital Bliss – Lotte Reimann ‘Jaunt’

The duo had created the membrane of their meeting based on the physicality of the auto and their drive to intertwine their bodies through their primary, yet graceless couplings via a chance meeting in an etherized world of electronic falsettos and cum-soaked chat rooms.   By Brad Feuerhelm, ASX, May 2015 The sun stretched lithely […]

Sannes Sannes: “Erotomaniac”

Sannes was born in Groningen in 1937 and after completing secondary school enrolled at the Academie Minerva. Photography was his passion, but the facilities to pursue this at the Academie were limited at the time. He left art school and started to earn a living from fashion photography, film and record sleeve design, but his […]

E.J. Bellocq: “Storyville – The Red Light District of New Orleans”

First of all, the pictures are unforgettable – photography’s ultimate standard of value.   Introduction text to Bellocq: Photographs from Storyville, the Red-Light District of New Orleans By Susan Sontag First of all, the pictures are unforgettable – photography’s ultimate standard of value. And it’s not hard to see why the trove of glass negatives […]

David LaChapelle, Neo-Pop and Photoshop (2007)

With his garish images, David LaChapelle holds a mirror up to a hedonistic, lust-oriented and affluent society.   By Matthias Harder, originally published in Sleek Magazine for Art and Fashion, No. 13, Winter, 2006-2007 It is as if we were staring into the faces of Marilyn Monroe and Liz Taylor, as only Andy Warhol could […]