Rato, Tesoura, Pistola – Pedro Guimarães, with Nuno and Emma-Sofie Engstrøm Guimarães
Lovely project, and I also found lots to think about in this reference to an Italo Calvino story: In Italo Calvino’s short story The Adventure of a Photographer, written in 1983, the protagonist Antonino Paraggi embarks on a solitary, philosophical journey into what is described as the “madness” of photography. Wryly observing the photographic obsessions…
Siblings – Wendy Stone
https://www.lensculture.com/articles/wendy-stone-siblings Documenting the lively adventures of her son and the family’s two beloved dogs, Wendy Stone reframes the bond between siblings through an animal lens.
Returning to the scene
I recently saw the Jem Southam exhibition at the Royal West Academy, in which he returns to the same stretch of river to rephotograph it repeatedly over a period of 5 years. A Bend in the River displays a series of the same name structured in two parts representing arrival (at dusk) and departure (at dawn).…
What you think is boring now may be interesting in the future
This is a note to myself, as I consider what to crop and how to frame the domestic pictures that make up most of my photographic work at the moment.
Chauncey Hare – Quitting Your Day Job
Spoiler alert: I really enjoyed this account of Chauncey Hare’s work by Robert Slifkin, which I encountered after I saw him talking about Hare with great enthusiasm in this video:
More on Attention
Following on from my last post, a couple more things crossed my radar on attention (yep, caught my attention): 1. Rick Rubin on the Ezra Klein podcast (timed link, about 8 minutes in), talking about the sensitive antenna that artists grow in order to perceive and draw on the world around them. From the show…
We went to the exhibition at the Photographers Gallery, and I picked up the accompanying retrospective (Amazon, Bookshop.org). I was expecting something of a diatribe, but I discovered his work to be far richer and welcoming. He certainly has an ideological point of view, and is not shy about it, but his empathy and deep…
I’ve linked to Michael Sacasas’ newsletter, the Convivial Society, before. It’s a great read, and so it’s no surprise that this interview with him on the Grey Area is also full of insight. Whilst he and the interviewer, Sean Illing, talk about attention in the context of technology, society and human relations, I think it…
What is photography?
I like all the videos that Alec Soth puts out. But most are rambling meditations on the form. This is more of a deranged supercut:
On AI mashups
I think this is the first time I’ve read something’s about AI-generated art that describes it as joyful or inspirational or even just a positive contribution to culture. https://daringfireball.net/linked/2023/01/13/jodorowskys-tron It’s staggering how beautiful these stills are, and so evocative of what this imaginery film should look and feel like. You can practically hear them, they’re…