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Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in ARTICLES

Edward Steichen: the Condé Nast years exhibition

Edward Steichen: the Condé Nast years exhibition

The Photographers’ Gallery is hosting an exhibition on Edward Steichen’s years as a fashion photographer for Condé Nast. The exhibition is cleverly set out chronologically over three floors, and includes over 200 vintage prints as well as Steichen’s works in original context thanks to copies of Vogue and Vanity Fair. It’s easy to notice the influence of Steichen’s studies as a painter in his photographs, especially in their settings and in the way he did portraiture. Although he took inspiration from painters from the past, his pictures still look contemporary nearly a century later; it’s probably this strength that made him so famous – the talent to create beautiful, timeless shots. Some of the prints on display have not been shown to the public since the 1930s, and include designs from Patou, Schiaparelli and portraits of Greta Garbo, Frank Lloyd Wright and Fred Astaire. Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, The Condé Nast Years 1923-1937 is laid out in a clever way using, for example, the wallpaper he designed for Stehli...

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Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in ARTICLES

2014 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards

2014 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards

The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation revealed on March 6th the shortlist for the Book Awards for photography and moving image books. The authors of the shortlisted books, will be competing for a £10,000 prize and the winners will be announced on April 30th at the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony, taking place in London. The Foundation also annouced the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Award, Philippa Brewer, for her dedication to the visual publishing industry. The shortlisted books will be on display at Somerset House from 1-18 May as part of the 2014 Sony World Photography Exhibition and they are: Best Photography Book Award History of Photography in China: Chinese Photographers 1844-1879 by Terry Bennett (Bernard Quaritch Ltd) The Enclave, Photographs by Richard Mosse, by Anna O’Sullivan and Jason Stearns (Aperture) Sergio Larrain: Vagabond Photographer by Agnès Sire and Gonzalo Leiva Quijada (Thames & Hudson) Best Moving Image Book Award Charles Urban: Pioneering the Non-Fiction Film in Britain and America, 1897 – 1925 by Luke McKernan (University of...

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Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in ARTICLES

William Eggleston at the Tate

William Eggleston at the Tate

Tate Modern is temporarily hosting works of one of the most revolutionary photographers of the 1970s, William Eggleston. An entire room is dedicated to Eggleston’s works, and as soon as you enter, you can’t help but notice one thing: colours. In fact, colours are his trademark: Eggleston started to experiment with them  in the 1960s, when coloured prints were associated with advertising companies, whereas Art photographers only shot in black and white. His photography was revolutionary not only for the bright colours, but also because instead of capturing the right moment, he captured daily life, something other photographers didn’t look at. Most of his photographs were shot in his hometown in Tennessee, and feature mostly the banal, ordinary life in America in the ‘70s. His images don’t usually feature people, but still life. There would be nothing interesting in a toilet with hair rollers on top, however the choice of contrasting colours, pink and yellow, is what makes you look at the picture and think it’s interesting. Likewise, the...

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