Documentary Photography, Sophie Calle, Crime Museum, Cindy Sherman: Daily Photo Feed 1/11

Posted by David Ozanich — 11 Jan 2011

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  • I stumbled upon the blog Life with a camera. This post is a few weeks old, but it takes you inside Chicago's Central Camera which has an exceptional vintage neon sign as you can see above.

  • In 1941 Farm Security Administration photographer Jack Delano was documenting the relocation of area farmers during the construction of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He came across a traveling sideshow "crime museum" which consisted of "dilapidated effigies of famous criminals run by an old shell-shocked World War veteran." NPR's Picture Show blog digs them out of the archives for your pleasure.

  • Documentary photography RIP? The BBC wonders about the future of the form in an age when self-documentation is so pervasive on the Monday edition of The Strand. They focus on photographers Lauren Greenfield and Susan Meiselas who were part of the show "Engaged Observeres" at the Getty in Los Angeles.
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  • New photography exhibitions in London include Cindy Sherman:

    Her latest exhibition promises some respite from the morbid comedy of fashion errors, but not the intense attention to detail and overlooked pockets of female experience. While her latest figures layer on the idiosyncrasies, they are harder to place. Her weird pageant includes a female juggler, a medieval knight and a woman wielding a plastic sword while dressed in a baggy nude body suit.
  • The Guardian has an excerpt from French conceptual artist and photographer Sophie Calle's new book. Interestingly, she doesn't always take her own pictures:


    I had found my own method. If the work to be done was more in the performance domain, and entailed relationships with other people, I would take the photos myself. In such cases, their quality wasn't crucial. If - but this was rarer - no relationship with others was involved, and graves or stolen pictures or lifeless objects were the subject, I would take a bad polaroid, decide on the format and the angle, and ask a more technically proficient photographer to take the same picture, but better. And if, as in the case of certain autobiography photos, I was using myself as the model, I would ask the fashion photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino to take the pictures. Indeed, I should like to take this opportunity to thank him for having taken my best pictures.

    The artist is below in front of her work "Cash Machine".


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