Posts tagged: still life photography

Playful Still Lifes Inspired by Warhol and Pop Culture



Mexico City-based photographer Paul Fuentes has long found influence in the work of Andy Warhol, bringing the tenets of Pop Art—irony, kitsch, and appropriation— boldly into the 21st-century.

The Tiny, Secret Treasures Collected by a 5-Year-Old



5-year-old Calder is a quiet, thoughtful child. After each day at school, he comes home with his pockets lined with precious things—flowers, confetti, twigs, and feathers—collected during his time away. And each day, his mother, Oakland-based photographer Melissa Kaseman, goes through her son’s tiny gems, preserving them forever in the series Preschool Pocket Treasures.

A Day in the Life of Two Feminist, Cannabis-Growing Nuns



“They are exactly who they present themselves to be,” say photographers Shaughn Crawford and John DuBois of the Sisters of the Valley, two nuns who grow and sell cannabis products from their home in Merced, California.

Adventures of Taxidermy Animals by Lynn Savarese

Lynn Savarese

Lynn Savarese

The first body of work by New York photographer Lynn Savarese that I saw was My Still Life Aviary, a collection of taxidermy birds photographed in a traditional still life manner. But it was Savarese’s unique, imaginative series The Death and Life Adventures of Rat and Indigo Bunting that kept me on her portfolio website, trying to make sense of the scenes in which the mounts of a rat, birds, dogs, squirrels, and other animals found themselves.

Robert Mapplethorpe’s Pioneering Images Compiled into New Book


Self-Portrait, 1985, Gelatin silver print, Image: 38.7 x 38.6 cm (15 1/4 x 15 3/16 in.) Jointly acquired by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with funds provided by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the David Geffen Foundation, 2011.7.21 © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation


Thomas, 1987, Gelatin silver print, Image: 48.8 x 48.8 cm (19 3/16 x 19 3/16 in.) Jointly acquired by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with funds provided by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the David Geffen Foundation, 2011.7.31 © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

In the late ‘70s, Robert Mapplethorpe’s sex pictures exploded onto the New York art scene. Sexually explicit, provocative and audacious – his photographs had the power to shock, seduce, and appal in equal doses. He was adorning the walls of respectable NY art galleries with content most hadn’t seen before – pornographic images styled with a classical guise. His sex pictures depicted re-enactments of sadomasochist sex acts with male models he had met in underground gay clubs, such as Mineshaft, Manhattan. Although his graphic portrayals of the male genitalia raised more than a few eyebrows, the public reaction was thrilling to Mapplethorpe, and he delighted in the responses and attention that his images received. Mapplethorpe’s self-portrait with a bullwhip in his anus (1978) is proof of his bold determination in the face of all protest, and underlined the fact that his work was often intentionally provocative.

Charm and Nostalgia Found in Berlin’s Overlooked High-Rises



The post-war apartment buildings in Malte Brandenburg’s Stacked series tower over Berlin with their muted colors and forlorn designs. Built in the mid-20th century to provide modern and affordable housing to middle class families, these concrete stacks might looks identical to some, but to Brandenburg, he sees each housing estate as a separate entity, adorned with nostalgia and brimming with life.

Famous Photos Recreated in Play-Doh


Original photograph: Identical Twins, Roselle, N.J., 1967 by Diane Arbus rendered in Play-Doh, 2015 © Eleanor Macnair


Original photograph: The Damm Family in Their Car, Los Angeles, California, 1987 by Mary Ellen Mark rendered in Play-Doh, 2016 © Eleanor Macnair

In the beginning, London-based artist Eleanor Macnair never meant for Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh to be anything more than her own personal endeavor. It started years ago when after long days of work as a photography press consultant, she retreated back into her favorite images at night, devoting hours to recreating them in the children’s sculptural material.

The Most Anxiety Inducing Still-Lifes You’ll Ever See



Adrenaline, explains writer Jordan Kushins in Issue 19 of Kinfolk Magazine, settles in not while we find ourselves in the midst of crisis but the moment beforehand; it’s the anticipation, not the actual event that gives us a chemical high.

Artist Creates Self-Portraits Wearing Burqas Made of Candy


Gummy Bears


Fruit by the Foot

Years ago, a young lady named Behnaz Babazadeh showed up to her school in the United States wearing a burqa. Her mother had told her she didn’t have to wear it and even feared the other children would mock her for it, but the child likes her hijab and decided to wear it anyway. When she arrived at the doors, the security guard told her she would not be allowed inside unless she removed the fabric from around her face.

‘The Great Unreal’ Takes a New Approach to the American Road Trip




When Berlin-based photographers Nico Krebs and Taiyo Onorato embarked on a journey across the United States, they traced not only the physical topography of the American landscape but also the psychical contours of a nation stitched together by highways and crossroads.

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