Thursday, December 13, 2018

Little Kown Aristic: William Eggeleston

William Eggeleston

William Eggeleston is one of the most influential photographers of the latter half of the 20th century. His portraits and landscapes of the American South reframed the history of the medium and its relationship to color photography. “I had the attitude that I would work with this present-day material and do the best I could to describe it with photography,” Eggleston explained. “Not intending to make any particular comment about whether it was good or bad or whether I liked it or not. It was just there, and I was interested in it.”

Born on July 27th, 1939 in Memphis, Tennisse, Eggleston’s initial style was influenced by Henri Carter - Robert Frank - and Walker Evans.He attended Vanderbilt University, Delta State College, and the University of Mississippi, but never graduated. The artist’s experiments with color film during the 1960's challenged the conventions of photography, since at the time, dye-transfer photography was considered beneath serious photographers, relegated to commercial prints and tourist snapshots. 

In 1976, the curator John Szarkowski mounted the exhibition “Eggleston’s Guide” at The Museum of Modern Art, a solo show of the artist’s color photographs which was famously condemned by the traditional photographer Ansel Adams. Since his debut exhibition, Eggleston has gone on to produce a number of important photobooks, including The Democratic Forest (1989), which have in turn influenced a younger generation of photographs, including Martin Parr and Steven Shore. Eggleston currently lives and works in Memphis, Tennesse. His works are held in the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, among others.


Other Phots By William Eggeleston

Nine Wonderful Winter Wonderlands Around The World

1. Shirakawa-Go, Japan

The northern most regions of Japan are always the coldest, but nothing beats the beautiful thatched cottages of Shirakawa-go, it represents snow country to the fullest. This is a UNESCO-protected village and covers more than 100 acres of central Japan. You can see them tucked into the mountains like real-life snow globes.

2. Multnomah Falls, Oregon

This over 600 feet tall waterfall flows beautifully through Oregon like anything you have seen in a fairy tale. It has a double cascade that can at times become frozen during extremely cold weather, offering one of the most unique, jaw dropping, travel-worthy vistas in the Pacific Northwest.

3. Hallstat, Austria

This 12th-century buildings town is so breathtaking with its lakeside views. Visit during winter and you will be blown away with the snow covered mountains and restaurants with candle light settings.


4. Cathedral Of Saint Nicholas, Czech Republic

Prague in the Czech Republic is known for its incredible Baroque architecture, just like the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas. It is very historic and people visit just for that reason, however, during winter it becomes even better.


5. Lapland, Finland

Where else in the world are you able to sleep under the Northern lights in a sled, or take a sleigh ride powered by actual reindeer or even visit Santa Claus? Only in Finland’s most northern region of Lapland.


6. Riverside Walkway, London

The best views of London’s snow covered landmarks can be seen from the lovely tree-lined walkway the South Bank of the River Thames. This view also includes The Jubilee Gardens, Big Ben and The London Eye.


7. Bergen, Norway

This is such a beautiful winter scene, what is not to love of the second most populated city. Northern lights and views of the mountains add to this awesome scenery.


8. Harbin, China

A city made entirely of ice is created each year in northern China, it is called the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. It covers over 8 million square feet with frozen, LED-covered palaces, skyscrapers and sculptures. The final product is out of this world.


9. Central Park, New York City

With the Rockefeller Tree lights and 5th Avenue shop windows in glow, Central park is a spectacular place to visit, even if the lights are unplugged and the shops close up, it is still very spectacular.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Neglected Utopia: A Photographer Explores The Forgotten Modernist Estates Of Paris

From the 1950's to the 1908s, Paris was booming. Foreign migration and urbanisation of the city caused a huge surge in population and a crisis for housing. France’s solution came in the form of vast housing projects and so during this period massive, modernist and really quite unique estates sprung up across the city - aiming for a new way of living.

Just a few decades later and these towering buildings look dated, discarded and forgotten. Often stigmatised by the media, they divide opinion in France and have been left mostly occupied by the ageing community of ‘urban veterans’ who first made it their home, as the younger generation are drawn to more contemporary city living.
Local photographer Laurent Kronental has become fascinated by the ‘ambitious and dated modernist features’ of these estates, known locally as ‘Grands Ensembles’. Since 2011 he has developed             "Souvenir d'un Futus", a series of stunning photographs documenting these neglected communities and capturing what he calls ‘the poetry of ageing environments’. He also explores the idea of the aspirational ‘utopia’ design contrasted with the neglected state they are in today, by consciously conveying the impression of towns that have been left almost empty.
Pictures by an Unkown Artist 

Pictures of the Week, No. 14