American Photo Winners, Mapplethorpe, Joseph Beuys, Rodgers & Hammerstein: Daily Photo Feed 12/15

Posted by David Ozanich — 15 Dec 2010

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  • T Magazine writes up the new catalogue from Birch Books.

    The pages from Robert Mapplethorpe's "Certain People: A Book of Portraits (1985)," above, demonstrate what the photographer meant when he said, "I'm not interested in those plain ... people."

    Also looking cool (and reminding me of my Southern California youth) is Skate Park with photographs by Arthur Tess.


  • The photographer Dennis Morris remembers his relationship with the reggae legend Gregory Isaacs in the Guardian.

  • Part two of the Big Picture's roundup of the best photos of 2010.

  • Attention musical theater fans! Oscar Andrew Hammerstein (grandson of Oscar Hammerstein II who was half of the storied "Rodgers and Hammerstein" team that wrote "Oklahoma!", "The Sound of Music", etc.) puts together a photo essay of his family's history for the Arts Beat blog. Below is a famous photo of the theatrical legend and his protégé Stephen Sondheim (they are the two on the right).
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  • A court in Düsseldorf, Germany ruled that the "Museum Schloss Moyland may not exhibit 19 photographs taken by the late Manfred Tischer" of a 1964 performance by Joseph Beuys titled "Das Schweigen von Marcel Duchamp ist ueberbewertet (Marcel Duchamp's Silence Is Overrated)." His widow sued the museum and won.

    "The case raises the issue of who controls the photographic documentation of an artistic performance," said Daniel McClean, a consultant at London law firm Finers Stephens Innocent, "the artist, the photographer, the artist's estate or the museum."
  • And one more list for your hump day pleasure: American Photo's 2010 Images of the Year. The image below is by Chris Crisman, the winner in the Portrait Photography category.


    For this portrait, Crisman gives full credit to his team, which included stylists, assistants and a digital technician. "It's a composite," he says. The boy was shot in-studio; his suit was in part the work of a wardrobe stylist. An industrial designer built the model rocket. "The size of the team varies depending on the project," Crisman says, adding that on most shoots, the group numbers four or five. He shot with a Hasselblad H1 with a Phase One P45+ digital back and an HC50-110mm lens.

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