Creating a Post-Apocalyptic City

 Subway, 2012 by Lori Nix

Subway, 2012 by Lori Nix

Lori Nix is a photographer who creates worlds to capture with her camera. Early in her photography career Nix found that she was better at fabricating scenes to photograph rather than going out to discover an inspirational image. In her latest series, "The City", Nix imagines a city that is devoid of people, where manmade structures crumble and Mother Nature begins to take over. 

See more of Nix's complex and imaginative imagery on her website

Sage Sohier: At Home With Themselves

  Jean & Elaine, Sante Fe, 1988 by Sage Sohier

Jean & Elaine, Sante Fe, 1988 by Sage Sohier

It feels like an appropriate time to reflect on how far societal views and legal rights have progressed for same-sex couples. Sage Sohier's photographic series "At Home With Themselves" captures quiet, intimate portraits of same-sex couples in their homes during the 1980's. In a time affected by the AIDS crisis, when couples were often more private about their same-sex relationships, Sohier traveled across the US interviewing and photographing a range of couples. A collection of these image is currently on exhibit at the Foley Gallery in New York City. In describing the work Sohier says, "Looking at these pictures now, I realize that it took a good deal more courage to stand up and be photographed as a same-sex couple in the 1980's than it does today, and I think the photographs somehow convey that. In some, there's a tentativeness, in others a kind of not-to-be-taken for granted raw tenderness." 

See more about the series and about Sohier on her website

Walk, Look, Photograph

 from the "Rainbow Around the Sun Series" by Matthew Jensen

from the "Rainbow Around the Sun Series" by Matthew Jensen

Brooklyn-based artist Matthew Jensen is drawn to careful observations of the landscape around him. During his travels on buses, airplanes, or on foot, he uses these journeys as an opportunity to capture photographs and gather found materials that become the basis for more photographs. A collection of his work from a few different series is currently on view at the Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York. 

Don't miss the last few days to see Jensen's exhibition "Feels Like Real" through June 20, 2015. Or see more on his website at jensen-projects.com.  

And remember to look for inspiration around you on your journeys this summer. Keep that camera ready!

Richard Prince Is At It Again

 Richard Prince's "New Portraits" at Gagosian Gallery, 2014

Richard Prince's "New Portraits" at Gagosian Gallery, 2014

Artist Richard Prince is not new to controversy. The painter and photographer has been using appropriation in his artwork for decades and people often have a strong reaction to his work, whether that reaction is a positive or negative one. The latest flurry comes about from his appropriations of other people's Instagram images, where his captures screen shots of their photos and prints them onto canvas, altered only by his comments at the bottom. This work sold well at the recent Frieze Art Fair in New York and that's when this latest controversy gained attention. But Instagram and social media are just his newest method for appropriating imagery, Prince has also used advertising, magazines, and books to gather the foundation for his work. 

See some reactions to Prince's latest work at these links... The New Yorker or The Washington Post or The Verge. And see more of his work on his website at richardprince.com.  

What do you think about Prince's appropriation of images?  Does his work cross ethical lines, and how would you feel if he repurposed images from your Instagram feed for sale at a major art fair?   Let us know in the comments below.

 

Salgado's View On The World

 Sebastiao Salgado

Sebastiao Salgado

Brazilian-born photographer Sebastiao Salgado has dedicated decades to photographing all over the world capturing images that show how changes on our planet have affected humankind, animals, and the environment.  A wide collection of his work, with selections from his "Migrations", "Workers" and "Genesis" series, is now on view at the Sundaram Tagore New York gallery. These striking black-and-white images show his passion for documenting how the current state of globalization has impacted people and the planet. 

To learn more about Salgado, his work, and his mission visit his agency's website at amazonasimages.com