Friday, November 30, 2018

A vision of photography: sweeping MMFA exhibition is the fruit of a personal pursuit

"Any image can be beautiful if it’s true," says Montreal art collector Jack Lazare. 


 Montreal Gazette - Ian McGillis    (November 29, 2018)

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts exhibition Of Individuals and Places gathers close to 100 photographs from Jack Lazare's collection, in sizes ranging from the minuscule to the monumental and in every imaginable representational style. Pierre Obendrauf / Montreal Gazette 

“It’s about the image, about an immediate emotional response.” 

Jack Lazare was trying to describe what makes him want to buy a work of photography, and to share it with as many people as possible. If he was having a bit of trouble articulating the criteria, perhaps it’s because it’s not an intellectual thing.

“I’ve realized lately that I’m guided subconsciously by the Keats poem (Ode on a Grecian Urn) that says, ‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty,’ ” said the Montreal collector. “Any image can be beautiful if it’s true.” 

Here you can read the full article. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Xiaoxiao Xu - Contemporary Chinese Photographer To Watch

"Xiaoxiao Xu, a native of Wenzhou in eastern China, moved with her family to the Netherlands when she was a teenager. The constant changes that took place in her hometown during her years away overwhelmed her, and forced her to reconcile with memories of a completely different experience.
Whether depicting daily objects, or men and women in their homes, Xu’s work exhibits a high level of attention to the human experience and their surrounding environments. For Xu, photography is a medium to explore her roots and recreate experiences in a mystical and elusive atmosphere."

Find out more here

Shi Yangkun - Contemporary Chinese Photographer To Watch

"Shi Yangkun was born in Zhoukou, Henan, and moved to London where he received an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the London College of Communication. In 2017, he has won the prestigious PDN Emerging Photographer competition.
His "Solastalgia" series, which explores the “form of melancholy evoked by changes that have happened in the used-to-be familiar home environment”, attempts to document the loss of home and memories due to urban regeneration projects."

Find out more here

Peter Galassi & Marta Gili Q&A

Peter Galassi, former Chief Curator of Photography at MoMA, New York, and Marta Gili, former Director of the Jeu de Paume, Paris, are talking about photography and answering some questions.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Ronit Porat Photography

Ronit Porat works in the medium of photography, and includes archival materials and biographical texts in her installations.

Dina Bova Photo Art

"I started from classic photography during my travels around the world. In my early photographs I tried to seize the moments and documenting the surrounding world. Today I’m creating my own world of subjective reality with my camera and computer. My artworks are far from classic photography and remind paintings of Renaissance period and at the same time neo-surrealism. Truthful fiction is the basis of my creative style. My artworks don’t reflect the reality as we know it; yet convey a deep and true message. I believe, a fictional work may carry sometimes more truth than documentary work, as best said in the famous phrase "Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures". I use allegories as a way to express my understanding of the modern world and talk about what's really important to me today, sometimes with some sense of irony."

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Jeremy Blincoe Photography

"New Zealand born, Melbourne based contemporary fine art photographer Jeremy Blincoe studied photography at Massey University in Wellington, followed by years working in advertising honing his craft.
A predominate focus of the work is on youth, and are set in wondrous landscapes, giving the viewer a license to create their own narrative inside a mysterious and mythical world Blincoe has created."

A vision of photography: sweeping MMFA exhibition is the fruit of a personal pursuit

"Any image can be beautiful if it’s true," says Montreal art collector Jack Lazare.      Montreal Gazette - Ian McGillis    ( ...