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Irving Penn - Flowers

Very glad to have caught the Irving Penn Flowers exhibition at Hamiltons Gallery yesterday. This is, apparently, the first time all the pictures in Penn’s flower series have been shown together and it makes for a brilliant exhibition. 241 more words


Diane Arbus: A Lifelong Confession

The course notes make the point that Diane Arbus’ work was informed by August Sander and that she described her practice as “gathering a butterfly collection”; a combination of Sanders and entomology (i) suggests that we should contextualise her work as typology. 2,855 more words

Research & Reflection

Famous Artist Quote #0280

 “Do not fear mistakes. There are none.”

Miles Davis

(photo by Irving Penn 1986)


Hans Eijkelboom: People of The Twenty-First Century

As one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century August Sander (here), has inspired a diverse group of practitioners across several generations including Diane Arbus, Andreas Gursky, the Bechers and Irving Penn but perhaps his work’s most direct descendant is a conceptual artist, Hans Eijkelboom, who, over a twenty two year period, has created a comprehensive record of one aspect of society. 906 more words

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August Sander: Typologist

In an age when contemporary portrait photography can appear detached, in terms of influence, from the notable photographers of the nineteenth and early twentieth century it is interesting to hear Alec Soth sing the praises of a humble, jobbing, studio photographer from a small town in Germany who is recognised, not just for profoundly impacting German photography, but who defined an approach that still has relevance in the twenty first century.  2,164 more words

Research & Reflection

This Futuristic Jewelry Collection Turns Robots Into Wearable Art

New York-based artist Mia Fonssagrives-Solow is continuing her transition from sculpture to jewelry with a new collection that mixes precious metals, gems and diamonds, with an edge that’s inspired by her robot sculptures. 433 more words


Artist of the moment.......Irving Penn

Irving Penn was an American photographer renown for his images of celebrities and fashion. Irving Penn was born in Plainfield, New Jersey in the year 1917. 165 more words