Screen Tests at MoMA, J. Henry Fair, Celebs, Blogger Portraits: Daily Photo Feed 1/14

Posted by David Ozanich — 14 Jan 2011

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  • New York Times art reviewer Roberta Smith checks out the vividly colored aerial photographs in "J. Henry Fair: Abstraction of Destruction" at the Gerald Peters Gallery in Manhattan.

    Mr. Fair takes his photographs from airplanes, and occasionally helicopters, often capturing sights deliberately hidden from public view. His subjects include environmental degradation perpetuated on a regular, usually daily basis by paper mills, fertilizer factories, power plants, coal mining operations and oil companies. They include the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

    Above is "Lightning Rods" (2009).


  • The Times also examines the uptick in strange and off-beat beauty in recent fashion campaigns and editorials which are making some in the mainstream nervous:

    Like Mr. Steiner, who was the design director of Vogue before he became a full-time photographer, Mr. Sannwald tries to ignore what the mainstream magazines have determined is interesting. Mr. Steiner, whose arresting images appear in the Berlin-based magazine 032c, said, "I've always believed that there's a guiding parameter to photographs, and that's quality," adding, "I don't think commercial is a bad word. Independent magazines can be just as horribly trashy as the others."
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  • Technically this should be filed under "film" and not "photography," but since the forms are kissin' cousins I thought this was too fun not to pass along. As part of their "Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures" show, the Museum of Modern Art is asking for you to create your own "screen test" in the style of Warhol's iconic works. They'll display them on their website. Via This is FYF.
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  • Fancy pants celebrity photography (or, rather, weird celebrity photography) is on view in W Magazine's "Best Performances of the Year" portfolio. That's Mark Ruffalo in the amazing technicolor dreamcoat above. Via D Listed.

  • Today in navel gazing: Wired magazine has a collection of portraits from photographer Gabriela Herman's "Bloggers" series. Writes Wired:

    On paper, it sounds like one of the worst ideas for a photo project: Portraits of bloggers? At their computers? But Gabriela Herman's photos of exactly that are surprisingly thoughtful, deep and compelling. They bring out the hidden drama in an extremely passive-looking activity.


    Appropriately, Herman's method for finding her subjects mimics the subject she's documenting. Following each shoot, Herman asked the sitter to recommend someone on his or her blog roll as her next subject. The series of portraits began to mirror the tentative web links between the subjects and their online activity.

    I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.


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