‘Am I Next?’: Ferguson’s Protests Through the Eyes of a Teenager
beautiful work by Transient Pictures & the folks at timelightbox
"I think the ‘catastrophic spell of things’ must be commodity and its simplifying and flattening of objects’ properties – which is a large part of what I am calling naming. Photography and the growth of consumer capitalism are so closely tied that to talk about photographs of objects is inevitably to talk about the effects of photography and capitalism on our conception of things at all. Michael Taussig explores this object-line of Benjamin’s ‘mystical Marxism’ in his book Mimesis and Alterity. It is a book which has had an ongoing influence on my thinking. In it, he locates this human activity of mimesis, embodiment through copying, that proposes an object-order and object-value outside of economic or allegorical terms; and instead he places mimesis within an economy of sympathetic magic which is a lot like Adorno’s ‘ur-historical’ here. It also makes me think of Robert Smithson and his repeated reference to George Kubler’s The Shape of Time in his writings and interviews which follow a similar trajectory.”
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A Sunday stack of black and whites from Richard Max Gavrich taken from his series “Encounter Group.” Originally based in San Francisco CA, Richard now works out of Baltimore, MD. To see more of Richard’s work head to his website here.
Photographs by Andrei A. Tarkovsky
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Meet Adam Moss, editor of New York magazine, Kai Brach, founder of Offscreen, Veronica Ditting, art director at The Gentlewoman, Danny Miller, founder of Little White Lies, who’ll reveal his new magazine, as well as plenty more interesting types, as long as you’re in London and have the spare change. Book your tickets here.
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features documentary filmmaker Dyanna Taylor and art historian and author Judith Zilczer.
Taylor is the director of the forthcoming PBS "American Masters" documentary on the life and work of Dorothea Lange. Titled "Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning," the film looks at Lange’s life from her upbringing outside New York City, to her emergence as a major American photographer. Lange is best-known for her work chronicling the Dust Bowl era, but her oeuvre includes much more, including pictures of Depression-era labor strife, the internment of Japanese-Americans and early environmentalist documentary photography. Such was Lange’s stature that just after she died in 1966 the Museum of Modern Art devoted just its sixth retrospective of a photographer’s career to her work.
"Grab a Hunk of Lightning" premieres on PBS stations this Friday, August 29. Check your local listings to see if your PBS station is airing it at that time.
Taylor has won five Emmy awards for her work as a cinematographer and director of photography, and as also won a Peabody Award for the “American Masters” episode “Winter Dreams: F. Scott Fitzgerald.” She’s currently at work on a documentary about James Turrell and Roden Crater. Taylor also happens to be Lange and husband Paul Taylor’s granddaughter.
Throughout the Depression Lange was interested in billboards — one of America’s first mass media — and in the ways the messages on the billboards contrasted with the conditions she found on her travels. Lange captioned this picture Camped in the rain behind billboard: three families, fourteen children. On U.S. 99. Near Famosa [or Vamosa], Kern County, California. Keep an eye on MANPodcast.com today for more of Lange’s pictures of billboards.