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Blood and Iron in the Temple of Menses

“I’ve surely made mistakes in the community, but certainly not in sexuality.” – Otto Muehl   By Brad Feuerhelm, ASX, January 2015 The Vienna Actionists of 1960’s were interested in the documentation of transgression of the body in art and in society at large. They performed quasi-mystic rituals that were documented in blood and film. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Araki Loves Polaroids

“The time when a picture is taken is like an emotion, it’s like a sexual encounter. It’s like a fuck! So, timing is very important.”

An Interview with Nobuyoshi Araki: Intimate Photography – Tokyo, Nostalgia and Sex (2006)

 “When two people make love, both people have to be naked. This (photography) is exactly the same thing.”   By C.B. Liddell, The Japan Times, November, 2006 Usually reviews of Nobuyoshi Araki’s work start by pointing out the contradictions “monster,” “genius,” “pornographer,” “artist,” etc. The greatest negative routinely cited is his attitude toward women, photographed […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Asger Carlsen – ‘Hester’ (2012)

 “I am tired of photography.” – Asger Carlsen   By Paul Loomis, ASX, February 2013 Asger Carlsen’s new book, Hester, features twenty-one impossible photographs.  Their subjects are almost humorously mangled yet unbloodied human bodies.  The first image is a pile of plump flesh with stretch marks, mounded in globs atop a bipod consisting of an […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Educating Larry Clark (2007)

still image from Impaled @ Larry Clark   Educating Larry Clark By Philippa Hawker, originally published in The Age, September 2007 The Destricted project was, in many ways, an invitation to go too far – to test boundaries and to step outside them. It’s a feature film made up of seven short works by seven […]

‘Adult Pictures’ in Larry Sultan’s ‘The Valley’ (2002)

There is a perfectly calibrated ambiguity to Sultan’s work that opens it up to narrative speculation. Carnal plots and subplots nag at the viewer, even when no one in the photo is naked or having sex.   By Bernard Cooper, Excerpt from Los Angeles Magazine, March 2002 Sex and work aren’t words you’d use in […]

Ed van der Elsken – “Love on the Left Bank” (1954)

  Dutch photographer and filmmaker Ed van der Elsken relocated to Paris in 1950. There he found a bohemian group and began closely following and photographing their everyday movements, intertwining fiction and reality in a new genre of photography book. The book focuses on the Left Bank of Paris at the time when the area was […]

Bad Sex: Rita Lino’s ‘Entartete’

Entartete delivers solitary sex and guilt and self-revelation so fierce that sometimes it leaves you gasping.   By Eugenie Shinkle, ASX, July 2015 Entartete is German for ‘degenerate’. It’s the title of Rita Lino’s latest book. Picked out in lurid Gothic script, the word greets you like the opening credits of a horror movie, leaving […]

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 […]

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 […]

Francis Bacon – “Survey”

  “I feel ever so strongly that an artist must be nourished by his passions and his despairs.” – Francis Bacon   Francis Bacon (28 October 1909 – 28 April 1992) is largely known for his grotesque, graphic and emotionally raw imagery. Bacon’s abstracted figures typically appear enclosed within glass or steel geometrical cages and […]

An Interview with Robert Heinecken – ‘Photographist’ Pt. I (1996)

“But aside from this other kind of intellectual thing of the drawing and writing, I was like into hot rods more than anything else, and girls, obviously, and drinking beer and smoking, all of these things that the pastor’s son is not supposed to do.”   Interviewed by Stephen K. Lehmer TAPE NUMBER: I, SIDE […]

ASX.TV: Ren Hang – “Beijing with Ren Hang” (2014)

Ren Hang, chinese nude photographer from Beijing met Picturalis for a nice chat about his conception of human body, told us how he had to face censorship from his country, and where we should go to see some nice photo exhibitions.

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 […]

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 […]