Cindy Sherman, Typhoid Mary, Photojournalists: Daily Photo Feed 1/17

Posted by David Ozanich — 17 Jan 2011

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  • Critic and art historian Johanna Burton is the editor of Cindy Sherman, a collection of essays about the self-portraitist. She'll be at the School of Visual Arts in New York on February 24th giving a free talk on "the 80s." It's free and open to the public. You can find more information here.

  • Meanwhile, the Guardian chats with Cindy Sherman in a lengthy, engaging article "about family, break-ups, $1m pictures... and why she can't keep herself out of her art."

    Sherman had started out painting, and is still a good copyist. In a way, she says, that is her skill as a photographer - the ability to recreate things she has seen. "I'm good at using my face as a canvas... I'll see a photograph of a character and try to copy them on to my face. I think I'm really observant, and thinking how a person is put together, seeing them on the street and noticing subtle things about them that make them who they are." She admits that the longer she goes on, the harder it is to produce genuinely new work.


    After working on a series of photographs, Sherman often feels that she never wants to take another photo. "It might be a few months of concentrated work and then I'm just like, forget it - I don't ever want to go in the studio again, I don't want to put on any more make-up again, I'm so sick of those wigs, so sick of it all. I think a lot of artists are like that when they're in the midst of doing something."

    The artist is showing at Sprüth Magers in London until February 19th.

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  • Here's a new way to display your photographs.

  • In the spirit of the popular satirical website Stuff White People Like comes the new Sh*t Photojournalists Like which includes entries like cargo pants and "horribly tragic events." Via PDN.

  • Photographer Richard Nickel, Jr. has documented the abandoned and mostly forgotten North Brother Island in New York's East River. His photographs show the eerie beauty of the former quarantine hospital that housed many sickly folks, including the infamous Typhoid Mary, until the 1940s.

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