Category Archives: OPP

Images of India

In conjunction with my recent post on Afro-pessimism, I’ve been thinking about Images I see of other places that attempt to show it to outsiders. By looking critically at my own Commonwealth, do I get some license to look similarly … Continue reading

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Afro-pessimism

I am enjoying reading (slowly) Okwui Enwezor’s short introductory essays in Snap Judgments: Contemporary African Photography. The first of three essays concerns “Afro-pessimism,” the constructed view of Africa through pictures (mostly) as grim, on the precipice of disaster, deficient, retrograde … Continue reading

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Steve Smith’s Suburban Desert

More great images from Steven Smith: Suburban Desert.

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Jeff Brouws: Approaching Nowhere

Jeff Brouws has a new book and a show at the Robert Mann Gallery in New York. “In Approaching Nowhere, Jeff Brouws surveys the evolving cultural landscapes of rural, urban and suburban America, from secondary highways to strip malls to … Continue reading

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Photo Envy

Mitch Epstein, Amos Coal Power Plant, 2004 I rarely wish that I had created a particular photograph, but I do envy Mitch Epstein for this picture, which is part of the ICP’s upcoming 2006 Triennial.

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Soth on Soth

Joerg Colberg talks with Alec Soth.

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The American Landscape

I already mentioned an exhibit of contemporary photography, at the Wadsworth Atheneum. But it actually has three landscape art exhibits currently on display: American Splendor, a fine collection of Hudson River School paintings; Eloquent Vistas, a traveling show from the … Continue reading

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And they’re off: Bill Sullivan

During the Weimar Republic, August Sander created portraits of typical Germans near Cologne. In these images the subjects pose for the camera, conscious that it was there but more-or-less emotionally detached. Contemporary photographer Bill Sullivan channels Sander with a post-modern … Continue reading

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Shifting Terrain in Hartford

If you like landscape photography — especially the contemporary mode that redefines landscape away from grand scenic vistas, the sublime, and the picturesque and towards a more inclusive depiction of the human-altered environment that finds visual interest in mundane or … Continue reading

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Random photographs noted

Nikki S. Lee‘s new series Parts is part Cindy Sherman, part Nan Goldin. (via Modern Art Obsession) What Susan Sontag did for photography a review of Susan Sontag and the retrospective of On Photography at the Met. (From the New … Continue reading

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Two exhibits . . . go soon!

Things finally settled down after our vacation, Independence Day, and The MathWorks’ annual summer outing to Mt. Washington, New Hampshire. (Sort of. I’m in Wisconsin right now. But more on that later.) So I finally got the chance to see … Continue reading

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Robert Adams

I remember my first experience with Robert Adams’ photographs: I thought they were mistakes. The book — maybe it was What We Bought: The New World : Scenes from the Denver Metropolitan Area 1970-1974 or Perfect Times, Perfect Places — … Continue reading

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Boston area exhibits

There are a number of photographic exhibits going on in Mass Bay and nearby that sound fantastic. I’m happy to say that I know some of the artists in these shows. (I shortened some titles during transcription.) 2006 Members’ Exhibition … Continue reading

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Presentation Images

I probably should wait until after the presentation tomorrow to post the contact sheets for the presentation, but there’s no time like the present, really. I hope to see you there tomorrow!

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Part 3: Art for Art’s Sake

This was the hardest section to organize and the farthest ranging (in terms of subject matter). Tokihiro Sato Christopher Bucklow Adam Fuss Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison Michal Macku Wang Qingsong Yasumasa Morimura Cindy Sherman Loretta Lux Atta Kim Sandy Skoglund … Continue reading

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