I only found out about Sophie Calle as I’m reading the book “The Photograph as Contemporary Art” by Charlotte Cotton. I was completely fascinated by the description and wanted to know more about her. She is a French woman with an amazing body of work, always acting at the intersection between public, on display and private or intimate.
Her artworks very often involved following and meetings strangers. Such as Suite Vénitienne, a book that resulted from Sophie’s following a man she met at a party.
‘For months I followed strangers in the street. For the pleasure of following them, not because they particularly interested me. I photographed them without their knowledge, took note of their movements, then finally lost sight of them and forgot them.
At the end of January 1980, on the streets of Paris, I followed a man whom I lost sight of a few minutes later in the crowd. That very evening, by chance, he was introduced to me at an opening. During the course of our conversation, he told me he was planning an imminent trip to Venice.’
She left Paris and went to Venice, trying to find this man. After finding out in what hotel did he live, she persuaded a woman who lived opposite to let Sophie photograph the man. She remained in Venice for two weeks.
Jordan Matter is a New-York based photographer that created an amazing series: Dancers among us. He asked a couple of professional dancers to volunteer for his project and perform some “guerilla dancing” in Manhattan. Continue reading
German Saez is not German, but Argentinian. And you can definitely feel his hot latin blood rushing through his veins while taking these pictures. His erotic series started as a game during intimate moments with his girlfriends, but soon it became a style that defined his photography.
I just returned from Prague, I went there for a couple days with my work. I loved its candy-coloured buildings and quiet streets.
I was just talking to a friend how much we’d like to open a photography museum in Bucharest, and after a couple of minutes of ‘oooh’ and ‘aaah’s we realised perhaps opening a museum is too difficult. So we settled for a gallery – and that’s where we left the discussion.
The next day I came across the news that the first Romanian photography gallery in Paris opens! ooooh! aaaah! This makes me very very happy, as if somebody was listening to me and my friend’s thoughts. The gallery is called Rue de l’Exposition and it will work in a space of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Paris. The first exhibition is Paysages intérieurs with Bogdan Gîrbovan and Michele Bressan [curator Katia Dănila].
I don’t know too much about the exhibition just yet, but as soon as I find out I’ll present you the artists and their photographs into more details.
Here is the website of this guy, Jacques Pepin – he’s amazing.