Ksenia Nouril’s in depth knowledge of historical global development allows for the audience to gather a sophisticated and complex comprehension of the geopolitical events surrounding the Soviet impact, and in turn understanding the value of the dominant technological advancement it achieved.
In a way, our impression of ourselves is the most unmediated experience we have. And yet, it is wholly ephemeral. Our connection to physical places gives us a starting point for the exploration of our psyches. Because we define ourselves based on the experiences we’ve already had, we gravitate towards the familiar. Psychscapes utilize elements of actual landscapes, so they offer a comfortable first step into the unknown.
Well, you know I have this idea that when people see people of color, especially black people, they don’t see them as a whole person. Sometimes they see them as a partial person or one person. I wanted to express that we are different in skin tone and facial features, things like that. So that’s what’s important about the collage work. I used to paint faces and images, which I felt portrayed black people, but those weren’t the images I was seeing portrayed in the news, magazines, and on TV. There was a big discrepancy and I thought, how can I best speak to that in my work? So collage has been a perfect vehicle.
What’s really interesting about shooting from the air is that it truly is humbling for me. As soon as I take that drone up, even just 100 feet, everything looks so small. You can barely see me. I’m now a speck. It’s like this Godlike view of the world, and I’m like, Wow. We really are small dots in the grand scheme of things, right?
In a world oversaturated by digital imagery, Albury returns to one of the medium's earliest practices; she inverts traditional methods of photographic image making to instead show the viewer the deconstructed process of photography itself. Photography is light, and Albury's images in the Cameraless, Lensless series find themselves at the very heart of this remarkable medium.
You can watch the video of their speeches 100 times, but there is something about those portraits that brings it home for a lot of people. This is why i’m obsessed with the still image. It has such lasting effects. It’s important to also know that neither of them were prompted by me on how to pose, or not to smile. I told them I simply wanted to capture them genuinely, in this moment, and that is what they shared with me.
The power of his photograph’s scale is in the beating values of color and the tactile quality of voluminous details. There is an undeniable implication of the Earth in nearly every frame of Gursky’s. Fields of solar panels surf across the hills in the image Les Mées, 2016, an impeccable pattern of repetition that absorbs light as it skirts the green hills even on a cloudy day. Our closest star, the sun, stares into the eyes of all these rows of machines, reflecting back into Gursky’s camera, and then sinking into the pupils of viewers.
We didn’t just want visitors to feel like they understood the reception of Araki’s work (i.e., is this pornography or not? Is this work sexist or not?), we also wanted to make available to them conversations about its creation (what are the conditions of these photographs coming into being?) and its contextualization (what can we learn about putting these photographs in dialogue with our current moment?).
Some call them lazy, but in reality they are paralyzed because of too much social fear, and become stuck there and cannot escape. They know that it is a negative behavior, but locking themselves in their rooms makes them feel "safe,” and they do not want to change. Parents also know that their status in society will be affected if they disclose their children’s lifestyle, so they often expect them to return to normal for months or years before seeking help.
For Philadelphia-based photographer Danna Singer, the themes of family and class struggles dominate her powerful photographs of the contemporary American landscape. Singer initially turned her lens on her own family, consisting of her sons and herself. Over the course of ten years and two photo series, Singer was documenting the space her small family carved for itself as the single mother was putting herself through undergraduate education.
Women are taught to hide themselves, to shrink so that the large, strong male can be accommodated. They are told not to mention their menstrual in public, not to talk too much or too loud, and certainly not to contradict the male. For a religious woman to demand equality at home is to reject religion itself and ultimately her God given role. Woman are to be pious, submissive, and primarily concerned with matters of the home and child-baring.
We are a great country—I love my country to death, I really do. But hiding in the shadows is crumbling areas of my country that I want people to not forget about, too. I want people to talk about these areas as well, not just focus on the good ... I thought it was my responsibility to show a more accurate depiction of America, and show the other side, too. Just like the other side of Disney World, the Happiest Place on Earth? I want to show you the place that almost looks like the Unhappiest Place on Earth.