The first Allan Spiers calendar ever! Allan Spiers 2018 showcases twelve powerful shots of the acclaimed US photographer who explores the senses of male erotica. ´There is an art to the erotic. It pulls you in, it makes your heart race, it makes you tremble, and it leaves you wanting more´, says Spiers and thus describes the core of his photographical talent. A stunning debut on the calendar market!
This book presents a selection of Oscar Muñoz´s rich and multifaceted body of work, in which he has consistently explored the fundamental characteristics of photographic imagery. The passing of time, the whims of history, and the disintegration of the image constitute the core of Muñoz´s art, which calls into question the reliability of the photographic medium. His sculptural installations unite the light-sensitive characteristics of photography and moving image with elements such as water, charcoal, drawing, or projections. He ingeniously devises experimental strategies that evoke the transience of the image and its transfiguration in time and space. Muñoz´s work is imbued with an otherworldly quality and offers a metaphor for the human condition. Text: Mark Sealy, Dragana Vujanovic Östlind, Louise Wolthers
This book interrogates the relation between film spectatorship and film theory in order to criticise some of the disciplinary and authoritarian assumptions of 1970s apparatus theory, without dismissing its core political concerns. Theory, in this perspective, should not be seen as a practice distinct from spectatorship but rather as an integral aspect of the spectator´s gaze. Combining Jacques Rancière´s emancipated spectator with Judith Butler´s queer theory of subjectivity, Spectatorship and Film Theory foregrounds the contingent, embodied and dialogic aspects of our experience of film. Erratic and always a step beyond the grasp of disciplinary discourse, this singular work rejects the notion of the spectator as a fixed position, and instead presents it as a field of tensions-a ´´wayward´´ history of encounters.
Through his amazing variety of innovative images, photographer Paul Strand (1890-1976) played a crucial role in establishing the medium´s significance as a modern art form. Celebrating the Philadelphia Museum of Art´s recent acquisition of the core collection of Strand´s prints from the Paul Strand Archive, this stunning book comprehensively reassesses the artist´s career in light of current scholarship and critical debates about his work. Featuring more than 250 plates, the catalogue includes many of Strand´s iconic early photos such as Wall Street and Blind Woman alongside lesser-known master prints from all phases of his career. Discussing the artist´s prolific career, from his emergence in Alfred Stieglitz´s circle in New York in the early part of the century to his years spent working abroad in places such as Mexico, France, Italy, and Africa, Peter Barberie positions Strand as a remarkably independent modernist whose priorities shifted at several points and often ran counter to prevailing trends. Amanda N. Bock focuses on the years 1930-50, when Strand thoroughly explored the role of politics in modern art and relentlessly sought to identify the greater purposes of photography and filmmaking. The edited transcript from a roundtable discussion among key scholars touches upon many aspects of Strand´s various projects from the 1930s to the 1960s. A detailed chronology brings to light new information about the life and work of an extraordinarily important and influential 20th-century photographer
This book embodies Japanese street photography now. Composed of black-and-white photos taken throughout Tokyo´s bustling wards, Friction / Tokyo Streets reveals unexpected meaning and beauty in the mundane, be it in an image of a girl navigating a zebra crossing, cropped legs standing on a subway platform, shifting reflections in a store window, or a pigeon caught mid-flight. Suzuki captures the spontaneous gestures, glimpses and abstractions that comprise the best street photography. Yet as the book´s title reveals, it is the conflicting and contradictory energies of the street that lie at the core of his project: ´´Through my own eyes ... I would like to express the tension, the edged frustration, the taut atmosphere and the feelings that beat, inherent in the city.´´
Place History and the Archive provides a forty-year survey of Catherine Wagner´s photographic work. This is the first volume to contain Wagner´s major bodies of work, dating from 1974 to 2016, in one compelling publication. Wagner´s incisive photographs move seamlessly and elegantly between different approaches and content following her interest in the ways in which knowledge is transferred. This expansive new publication surveys nineteen series and includes early projects in which Wagner began working with strategies she calls ´´archeology in reverse´´. Early California Landscape (1974), Moscone Site (1978), and 1275 Minnesota Street (2016) employ a strategy of considered observation that interrogates the built environment. Physical and cultural architecture along with its core materials, are reimagined as metaphors for how we construct our cultural identities. Wagner further extends the notion of construction as she examines institutions as various as art museums, science labs, classrooms, the home, and Disneyland. Scientific, cultural, and natural histories are key realms of this exploration. At several Human Genome Project sites, Wagner explored scientific inquiry; while at the Stanford Linear Accelerator she worked on a reimagining of Mary Shelley´s Frankenstein . Projects such as Re-Classifying History (2005), Rome Works (2014), and A Narrative History of the Light Bulb (2006), recontextualize archives and collections of various cultural and historical institutions; questioning the representations of how history is recorded. Reparations (2010), and Trans/literate (2013) investigate the processes of cultural change and redefinition by looking at collections of medical splints and Braille books, respectively.
When Brooklyn-raised photographer Joseph Rodriguez first debuted his body of work shot in Spanish Harlem in the 1980s, it changed the face of documentary photography. Grit, elegy, celebration, pride, lurking cataclysm-all embedded in the portrait of a place and the people. Now, three decades later, Rodriguez and powerHouse Books are revisiting that groundbreaking series: unearthing huge new caches of images, and re-editing and showcasing the body of work in a beautiful, deluxe monograph, reframing the project as one that pushed beyond documentary into the realm of fine art. Over 30 years since the project began, Spanish Harlem: El Barrio in the 80s finally brings this unparalleled endeavor to fruition. Spanish Harlem, New York´s oldest barrio, is the U.S. mecca where Puerto Ricans first established themselves in the 1940s. One of America´s most vital centers of Latino culture, Spanish Harlem is home to 125,000 people, half of whom are Latino. Shot in the mid-to-late 80s, Joseph Rodriguez´s superb photographs bring us into the core of the neighborhood, capturing a spirit of a people that survives despite the ravages of poverty, and more recently, the threat of gentrification and displacement. In a now-distant landscape littered with abandoned buildings, ominous alleyways, and the plague of addiction, the residents of Spanish Harlem persevered with flamboyant style and gritty self-reliance. The heart of the work comes from Rodriguez´s intimacy and access. The trust and familiarity he built with his subjects-repeated visits with no camera, then no photographing, then little by little, a peek here, a shot there-allowed him to transcend surface level sheen and exploitation to capture images that reveal the essence of the neighborhood and of the era. That access paired with a sharp eye for detail and composition, and the practiced and disciplined ability to find the perfect moment, led to the creation of an entirely unique and breathtaking narrative. From idyllic scenes of children playing under the sprinklers on the playground, or performing the Bomba Plena on ´´Old Timer´s Day,´´ to shocking images of men shooting up speedballs and children dying of AIDS, Rodriguez reveals a day in the life of the barrio in the 1980s.
Digital compositing is the process of digitally assembling multiple images to make a final image, typically for TV, film, or print. It is an essential, core VFX technique. This practical, hands-on guide addresses the problems and difficult choices that professional compositors face on a daily basis. Readers are presented with tips, techniques, and solutions for dealing with badly shot elements, color artifacts, mismatched lighting and other commonly faced compositing obstacles. Practical, in-depth lessons are featured for bluescreen matte extraction, despill operations, and compositing operations, as well as color corrections. The book is presented entirely in an application-agnostic manner, allowing readers to apply lessons learned to their compositing regardless of the software application they might be using. The DVD contains before and after examples as well as exercise files allowing readers to refine their techniques.
Comprehensive, heavily illustrated volume introduces the concepts and techniques of digital image capture, including exposure, composition, histograms, depth of field, advanced lighting, lens filters, shutter speed, and autofocus. Understanding Photography will teach you the core concepts that underlie the magic of digital photography with highly visual, clear, and comprehensive explanations. Topics covered include the fundamentals of exposure, how lens choice affects creative control, digital image characteristics, and how to make the most of natural light. You´ll learn: - Basic concepts in photography like camera metering, depth of field, and the rule of thirds - Features specific to digital cameras like bit depth, digital sensors, and image noise - How to control perspective and style using lenses - How to use equipment and accessories to enhance capture - Advanced exposure techniques for photographing in fog, mist, or haze - Techniques for improving hand-held shots and mastering autofocus If you yearn to understand the digital photography hobby at a deeper level, or you simply want to take better photos, Understanding Photography is a must-have resource.