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Art • Over and Out. GoSee presents Memory City the book by Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb, a lovingly nostalgic farewell to Kodachrome and KODAK

MEMORY CITY – Is a complex and indirect elegy, laced with symbol, and created by photographers Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb in 2012 and 2013. It is on one level a farewell salute to an American film, the passionately colorful Kodachrome with its unique and sought-after characteristics, and also to the KODAK firm itself which declared bankruptcy in 2012.

Alex Webb, also shooting in “modern color” uses the last of his supply to photograph Rochester, New York, the city where KODAK was established and where Kodachrome was created. Now his Kodachrome images have no choice but to be processed as black and white and they appear a bit weathered, fitting metaphors for the fading memories Alex is exploring.

Rebecca Norris Webb, uses color to create a visual refrain throughout the body of work and the book, of dresses for all occasions, and the women who inhabited and inhabit them – both currently and from times past. Major historical figures with local connections such as Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony are referenced and Memory City is replete with reflections, murals, flags and there is even a haunting portrait of the fabled and emblematic American Passenger Pigeon.

On this level Memory City embraces people, places and things in a quiet reflection. The city’s passing citizens seem ...

27.01.2015 // show complete news

 

edition • AK/KRUSE present light themed postcard edition. Imagery by Stephan ABRY, Nacho ALEGRE, Amira FRITZ, Amit ISREALI and Sabrina THEISSEN

Photographers Stephan ABRY, Nacho ALEGRE, Amira FRITZ, Amit ISREALI and Sabrina THEISSEN dedicated their skills to the subject of light. AK/KRUSE captured their interpretations for a limited edition of New Years postcards. GoSee presents the bright ...

26.01.2015 // show complete news

 

Art • GoSee Tip: Family of Men - Edward Steichen's Naval Aviation Photographic Unit on show at Panoptikon Fotografins Hus, Stockholm

The photos were originally created for the Naval Aviation Photographic Unit as propaganda. After the victory of WWII the exhibition was presented at MOMA in New York as a documentation of the winners. Afterwards the exhibition toured with works by involved photographers (Dwight Long, Charles E Kerlee, Fenno Jacobs, Horace Bristol, Victor Jorgensen, Alfonso Ianelli, Wayne Miller and Edward Steichen) across 6 continents and 37 countries. Today the photos are questioned more than ever: for instance on the legitimacy of the photogenic during the war and enforced gender categorisation. The exhibition Edward Steichen's Naval Aviation Photographic Unit -Family of Men is on show until 12th March at Panoptikon, Fotografins Hus, Stockholm, with a private view on 25th January.

Hans Hedberg, wrote the great press release, here it is in its fully glory on GoSee :"Edward Steichen (1879-1973) is known worldwide as the curator for the historical exhibition Family of Man, 1955, at MOMA in New York. The exhibition consisted of 503 photographs taken by 273 photographers from 68 different countries and can be read as a propitiatory gesture and a propaganda piece for the American victory after World War II. Family of Man toured across six continents in 37 countries, including Sweden, at the US government expense. Today, its concept and claim for a universal photographic ...

21.01.2015 // show complete news

 

Art • Touching Car, Nothing Yet to Be Seen, Shooting Girls. Peter Piller – Belegkontrolle. Fotomuseum Winterthur’s exhibition presents an insight of the artist’s photo archive

In the mid-1990s the German artist Peter Piller (*1968 in Fritzlar) worked at a Hamburg press clipping service during his art studies. The service was used by regional advertising clients and companies to monitor where and how their paid advertisements appeared in print. Like Richard Prince during his job at Time Life Company (which provided the source of inspiration for his now world-famous Cowboys series), Peter Piller was drawn to specific photographs while paging through the press, which he then set aside and organized into categories, such as Auto berühren (Touching Car), Noch ist nichts zu sehen (Bauerwartungsflächen) (Nothing Yet to Be Seen (Future Building Sites), and Schiessende Mädchen (Shooting Girls). Over the years he compiled these images into his Archive Peter Piller, now comprising over 7,000 images, which the artist continues to explore by sorting and arranging the images into different series. With the exhibition Document Control the Fotomuseum Winterthur offers insights into this extensive archive.

In Piller’s work the relationship between image and text is an important criteria for selection. Although others might not see anything particular, the artist has developed a delicate sensibility of the eye that allows him to discern the hidden qualities of photographs taken for ordinary purposes. Arranged in groups and coded by ...

21.01.2015 // show complete news

 

endspurt • Last chance: Paris gallery Les Filles Du Calvaire presents 'The Book of Images' by Anni Leppälä and Catherine Poncin with 'The way one crosses the yard series' until 17 January

Parisian Galerie Les filles du calvaire is pleased to present 'The Book of Images' by Anni Leppälä and 'The way one crosses the yard' series by Catherine Poncin. The connections between the images are essential to Anni Leppälä's work. How the images affect each other and what kind of relations they create between each other. She tries to trace this emerging “third image” between two or several images; the various combinations of images compose different interpretations; it is like an uncovering of new thoughts.

Catherine Poncin’s images are randomly grouped, creating a promenade between each frame or photograph. Some should recognize projects, moments, be it the commission of the city of Grasse, her travel to Jordan or the residency in the Maison des Arts Bernard Anthonioz where the Smith sisters lived. Others, the lesser aware, will be pleased to witness an act that altogether form a new play. It is the appeal of this exhibition project: to associate diverse moments of photography in a common image, between narration and history of the arts or between literature and painting in a way.

Catherine Poncin - The way one crosses the yard und Anni Leppälä - The Book of Images - 17 Jan 2015 . LES FILLES DU CALVAIRE GALERIE . Rue des Filles-du-Calvaire 17, 75003 Paris .

15.01.2015 // show complete news

 

Photography • The illuminated lethargy of Kodak city - 'Memory City' by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, a photo book, published by Radius Books

Fresh grass grows around the sofa in front of the old house in bright Kodak colours, the diner’s dim lights reflect in the window and the children’s hoodies give colour accents to the otherwise grey school. 'Memory City' is not about a poor city – but a moving obituary to Rochester, New York, where Kodak started their pioneering work in 1892 and where the same company declared bankruptcy in 2012. Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb document the local stories with the last of the company’s rolls of film.

For this project, Alex Webb took images with his last rolls of Kodachrome, a formerly vibrant colour film that can now only be processed as black-and white to the streets of Rochester, where he also shot accents in digital colour. Rebecca Norris Webb, who still uses film for all her work, responded to the medium’s uncertain future by creating an elegiac refrain of colour still lives and portraits of Rochester women past and present. Every picture is just the beginning of its own unique story – and at the same time the end of the story of analogue photography film.
The book shows 65 pictures on 152 pages and woven into the book are quotes by many of the famous writers and thinkers who have been connected to Rochester. Including women’s right activist Susan B. Anthony, abolitionist Frederick Douglass as well as poets ...

14.01.2015 // show complete news

 

Art • Pocket size culture and history: STEFAN KUHN presents "Project Bank Notes – reproductions and faces of all currencies" at Sparkassengalerie Ravensburg

German photographer STEFAN KUHN (*1977) passionately collects bank notes on all his work travels around the world. Not to spend them, but to capture them permanently.

Variety, colour, symbolism – each bank note manifests national cultures and histories. The banknotes are pocket-sized artworks, filled with the most lavish of detail. Each banknote is unique, featuring its own combination of front and back and watermarks, holograms etc. The individual note comes and goes. In constant transit, continuously changing hands. Perhaps even all over the world. Its appearance changes in the process. Its surface. And its value.

Print fresh banknotes of the latest currencies, worn out banknotes, valuable collectors items, historic commemorative notes or special prints in limited editions: Stefan Kuhn wants to open up new perspectives with his photography, and show banknotes – including the ones we use on a daily basis – as even the most intense viewer has not seen. The photographer merges front, centre and back of a banknote in one image, creating a symbiotic overview, that looks both familiar and unfamiliar, both stirring up memories and irritation at the same time. A unique reproduction technique and the photographer’s special use of lighting and various exposure times, enables the layering of the back and front sides, as well as ...

14.01.2015 // show complete news

 

Art • 'Ojo Shashu - Photography for the Afterlife: Alluring Hell' by photo legend Nobuyoshi Araki, on show at Foam Amsterdam

Foam is proud to present a major solo exhibition of the famous Japanese photographer Araki. 'ARAKI Ojo Shashu - Photography for the Afterlife: Alluring Hell' gives a distinct reflection on Araki's oeuvre, renowned for the master's perpetual focus on daily life and his intertwining themes of Life (synonomous: SEX) and Death. The exhibition comprises both his notorious early work, as well as very recent series that have never been shown in the Netherlands before. The exhibition offers a unique and intimate insight into the perspective of an artist in the dusk of his life.

Nobuyoshi Araki (Tokyo, 1940) is one of the most celebrated Japanese artists of our time. Ever since he started his photographic career in the mid-sixties, Araki has taken tens of thousands of photographs and published more than 450 photobooks. His photographs are personal, indifferent, random, accidental, prurient, erotic, anarchistic, touching, vulgar, sentimental. The cumulative effect is overwhelming.

Araki is an international master of photography, noted for his seemingly detached Kinbaku-photographs; Kinbaku, 'the art of tight binding', is a Japanese style of rope bondage. Simultaneously his work is very intimate and personal, often closely related to his Tokyo surroundings and to the memories of the marriage with his late wife Yoko until her death in 1990. Only by distancing ...

13.01.2015 // show complete news

 

Art • Digital art meets photography: 'Shadows' by Paweł NOLBERT

With his personal project ‘Shadows’, Paweł NOLBERT delivers a contemporary re-interpretation of Francis Bacon’s 'Tryptych' 1972, oil on canvas, in a combination of digital art and photography. The three resulting pictures are the productive results of a collaboration between the Warsaw illustrator and photographer Łukasz ...

12.01.2015 // show complete news

 

Art • Last chance to see - Haus der Kunst München presents painter VICTOR MAN and his mysterious play with allusions

Romanian artist Victor Man received the ‘Artist of the Year’ award 2014 from Deutsche Bank. You can see his solo exhibition ‘Victor Man – Zephir’ at Haus der Kunst in Munich until 11 January 2015. After Wangechi Mutu (2010), Yto Barrada (2011), Roman Ondák (2012) and Imran Qureshi (2013), Victor Man is the fifth artist who won the Deutsche Bank ‘Artist of the Year’ award. Born in 1974 in Cluj, Romania, he is inspired by ancient as well as modern art.

We present a selection of work here on GoSee, as well as a video, in which curator and art critic Alessandro Rabottini talks about Victor Mans’ work, which often only reveals itself on second glance.

This magical image cosmos includes portraits and still lives as well as beautiful, occult-like and even erotic subjects. The paintings always possess a timeless quality, which is intensified by their mysterious charm. A recurring motif is decapitation: A seated figure, whose head is cut off by the painting's format, holds a head on its knees. Whether the figure is male or female remains unclear. The motif evokes images of Judith and Holofernes, or Salome; the gender ambiguity, however, reveals influences from Surrealism.

The title of the exhibition, ‘Zephir’, drives the game of deception between disguise and rewriting ...

06.01.2015 // show complete news