Rome, Italy based Micaela Lattanzio has created a unique artistic identity by exploring the idea of fragmentation and reconstruction, implemented within her photographs. In her series called “Frammentazioni”, she takes photographs, predominately portraits, and then gives them a completely new personality by cutting them up into abstract pieces. She then pins the fragments together onto a new canvas, playing with light and depth, to create original works of art.
She uses different materials to realize her works as paper, aluminium, PVC and they born from a detailed manual photo or painting cropping made by her plots, which she breaks down into small pieces of different form, getting an intricate mosaic through which she deconstructs the image that later reassembles, giving to faces, bodies and natural elements a new logical visual that follows an incredible creative patterns.
Angela Deane explores the beautiful, painful, and ultimately puzzling, human condition of having memories. Deane covers people on found photographs with paint, subtracting the specific identity of each person and transforming them into anonymous entities for the viewer to project upon. The new portraits liken themselves to the familiar visual of a ghost, cloaked in opaque material and masked behind the guise of the fabric.
Liu Di believes that “by violating the rules of common sense, we can break the hypnotic trance induced by familiar reality.” Liu uses digitally manipulated photographs to investigate the friction between the natural world and urban residents in China.
His series “Animal Regulation” (2010) features a suite of exaggeratedly large and cartoon-like wild animals, like the giant rabbit in Animal Regulation No. 7, sitting in the midst of destroyed landscapes of residential neighborhoods. He explains that these works look at a mutually destructive relationship through ruins of both human and animal living spaces. Liu first conceived of the project while navigating the crowded suburbs of Beijing, where he has been based since his graduation from the Central Academy of Fine Arts.
Xiaoyi Chen currently lives and works in UK and China. She received her MA in photography from the London College of Communications in 2014 and was awarded the LCC/Photofusion Prize. Chen’s work has been exhibited and published internationally.
Chen’s practice is tied to a natural, oriental aesthetic, influenced by Western abstract art and oriental philosophy. Photography is a personal tool for Chen, used to question broad concepts that migrate from the personal to the philosophical realm. Her recent work focuses on the combination of photography and printmaking, a combination of techniques used to explore beneath the surface of things by simplifying and abstracting; an approach aimed at reviving spiritual awareness and intuition before entering the symbolic nature of what we view.
NYC-based Lala Abaddon has a unique process that involves printing off large format photographs, cutting them into hundreds of strips, and weaving them together by hand. The resulting patterns are mesmerizing, and possess an almost pixelated or digital quality to them.
A wow moment. Barry Malone took the picture on the Kenya-Somalia border, and had this to say: “I almost didn’t take the photograph. I’d been walking through a remote Kenyan village near the border with Somalia shadowing a group of United Nations bosses who were there to see the impact of the recently declared Somali famine and region-wide drought. I’d become tired of such trips over the years, which I blogged about for Reuters here, and was particularly struck that day by the often surreal nature of the African aid circus.
“When I saw this official dressed in a suit and using an iPad to film a dead cow, I just stood and stared, pretty sure I had rarely seen anything so strange and incongruous, such an odd meeting of a world filled with ultra-modern developments and one trapped in a cycle of age-old problems.
I finally snapped the picture just seconds before the man stood and caught me standing behind him.”
Part of us wants to see this just because we know any sort of Swiss Design in terms of print or poster art is going to be great. And this poster is really nicely done.
“Since the late 1920s – when it became possible to print photographs in high quality – the book has repeatedly proved itself to be an ideal platform for the presentation of photographic works. Books have not only contributed to the dissemination and transmission of photography but also facilitated the integration of the individual image into a meaningful context or sequence.
“The exhibition is based on an extensive research project in which hundreds, in part long-forgotten photobooks were brought together and critically examined. The selection of works resulting from this process forms the backbone of this new history of Swiss photography, which is also being published as a book.
“The publication presents the individual works with extensive picture spreads and texts by 23 authors – a chronological reference work that also traces the process that has seen the photograph change from a document into a means of subjective and artistic expression.
“With the help of seven thematic areas – homeland, portraiture, mountain photography, the world of work, aerial photography, contemporary history, travel – this exhibition aims at a kind of typology of the Swiss photobook which draws attention to the potential interplay between book and photograph, while also revealing the extent to which modes of expression have altered over the course of time. Concise excerpts from these books exhibited on the walls highlight the basic principle of each photobook – a photograph positioned on a double page still remains an integral part of a larger sequence. The concept, design and reception of photobooks are examined more closely in display cases. A large wall installation is devoted to photobook covers. The photobook is also presented as an object in film form: “reading” illustrated photography books is not just an intellectual but also a sensual act.”
Unitl February 19, 2012
Fotostiftung Schweiz, Zürich
Disney will always be magical, no matter what age.
Dad never took a picture of me, ever. Then I noticed his reflection in the glass.
Happy Father’s Day, Dad.
A pretty neat blog by the name of Dear Photograph, by Taylor Jones, features warm fuzzy feeling nostalgia when past is introduced to present. The blog is compiled of old images submitted by readers, which are held up and photographed in the exact location they were originally taken. Each owner submits a statement or memory along with their photo as well. Interesting enough to have gotten us sifting through our dusty photographs.
In a weird way, this photograph is kind of on point this morning… and if you think we were actually excited about the news last night, as if we put on our red, white, and blue dunce cap and went to party… all we have to say is … really?
Condition ONE is a new app that is in the works for iPad looks really amazing. Photographer Danfung Dennis has developed a custom camera system that will allow you to move the iPad or device in any direction to see the corresponding view as if you were standing in the place the video was being filmed. Conflict photographer Patrick Chauvel is working with the system in Libya now. If it works as good as it sounds this will really change the way news and video is viewed on tablets.