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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Focus on the Feminine Self and Set Aside the Suicide of Francesca Woodman

To interpret Woodman’s work entirely through her death is reductive and backwards-facing. It’s the stated goal of this monograph to set aside the dominant interpretation of Woodman’s work, which sees her photography as an anticipation of her suicide. Focus on the Feminine Self and Set Aside the Suicide of Francesca Woodman By Owen Campbell, ASX, […]

Dreamscapes and Sensory Experience – An Interview with Bill Henson (2015)

“It was the dreamscape of the suburbs that interested me.”   An Interview with Bill Henson by Sabine Mirlesse Sabine Mirlesse: 1985 is work you shot thirty years ago – what were you doing in Egypt? Bill Henson: As a boy I was obsessed with Egypt and Egyptology. I’m convinced it’s not that uncommon. A […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Aaron McElroy – “I Lied” (2014)

By Brad Feuerhelm for ASX, March 2014 Aaron McEroy’s new book “I lied” is beautifully designed by Jurgen Maelfeyt for Art Paper Editions. It is a inspired continuation of McElroy’s supreme visions of poetic pantone flesh and subdued eroticism. Greatly enabled by a shift in focus towards new frontiers in metaphor due to the inclusion […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Billy Monk – “Cape Town Nightclub” (1967-1969)

  Billy Monk worked as a bouncer in the notorious Catacombs club in the dock area of Cape Town during the 1960s. For just two years, 1967 to 1969, he captured the raw energy of the club, its decadence and tragedy, its humanity and joy. They provide an extraordinarily evocative glimpse of Cape Town’s little-seen […]

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 […]

Antoine d’Agata – Until the World No Longer Exists

“A photograph is nothing but a lie. The space is cut off, the time, manipulated. They are two uncontrollably false appearances of an image condemned to choose between hypocrisy ­ and good conscience ­ and being fake.” – Antoine d’Agata  “What we see is not made up of what we are seeing but rather from […]

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An Interview with Robert Heinecken – “Photographist” Pt. 2 (1996)

Porno Film Strip #4, 1972 Lithographic film 57 x 17 1/4 inches TAPE NUMBER: VII, SIDE TWO APRIL 14, 1996 LEHMER: All right. So let me rephrase that. There was an interesting statement made by an artist about the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, that they always have photography exhibited in the hallways of the museum outside of the […]

Miroslav Tichý – Tarzan Retired

In the 1960s he began to neglect his appearance. He didn’t cut his hair or trim his beard and he wore a ragged black suit.   Miroslav Tichý: Tarzan Retired By Roman Buxbaum “O làsce šeptal tichý mech” (Of love murmured the quiet moss) Karel Hynek Màcha, Màj (1836) When I was a little boy, […]

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 […]

Sally Mann’s ‘Immediate Family’ – The Unflinching and Unafraid Childhood (2006)

To her, they were little more than tender, maternal photographs of her children. Yet to others, they were child pornography, and the mark of an irresponsible mother.   Sally Mann’s Immediate Family: The Unflinching and Unafraid Childhood By Valerie Osbourn, October 27, 2006 In the fall of 1992, a traveling exhibit opened at the Institute of […]

Harry Callahan Loved Eleanor, Barbara and Chicago

  “He just liked to take the pictures of me. In every pose. Rain or shine. And whatever I was doing. If I was doing the dishes or if I was half asleep. And he knew that I never, never said no. I was always there for him. Because I knew that Harry would only […]

Money, Paint and Jokes – An Interview with Richard Prince (2007)

“I thought these new models were more generic and less identifiable and could make it seem like after the logo and copy were cropped out that the re-photographed image could be more my own.” An Interview with Richard Prince by Brian Appel, 2007 BRIAN APPEL: Hope you had a chance to read my review of […]

Helmut Newton: Evi in Beverly Hills

      Evi, Beverly Hills, 1996 “I like the idea of trespassing. I got to write that down too. It’s quite true that what I am aiming at, even when I take portraits, is to get a scandalous picture. I would love to be a paparazzo.” – Helmut Newton EXPLORE ALL HELMUT NEWTON ON […]

CARLO MOLLINO: POLAROIDS, ETC (1962-1973)

  In a career that spanned more than four decades, Carlo Mollino designed buildings, homes, furniture, cars, aircraft. One of the most dashing figures of mid-century Italy, Mollino was famed for his design finesse and his elegant organicism. In 1949 he published an important book on photography: Message from the Darkroom. Sometime around 1960, he […]

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 […]

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 […]