11-3-12 Faking It

Went to The Met today to see the new photography exhibition: Faking It; Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop. A great exhibit – too big (aren’t they always)- but really well put together. It is up until January 27, 2013. If you like photography and are in the city at any point check it out.

One thing (of many) I loved was that it gave me a chance to introduce Abigail to the manipulation of history via photograph.  The best example, naturally, involved that charming man, old Joe Stalin. The exhibition showed a sequence of pictures from various Soviet sources; newspaper, magazine, book etc. The first picture was Stalin with 4 other leaders of the USSR. The second picture; the one on the far right had disappeared. The third iteration was down to Stalin and 2 others and finally, this is the same picture mind you, it was Stalin and one other gentleman. Abigail was very impressed.

[Note for my psychologist friends: 50% of the time I meant to type Stalin – I typed Stain.]

Two of my favorite manipulations:

George Washington Wilson leading portrait photographer of Aberdeen, Scotland in 1857 combined a number of shots of the leading lights of Aberdeen to create this image:

Photography was new enough at the time that a number of people apparently asked him how he got all of those people together at one time.

The next image was 23 yards long as originally published. The image is by Mikhail Razulevich from 1932/1933 and involved over 300 images from the state archives. Made to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Russian Revolution and titled: “The Reality Of Our Plan Is Active People”. Mind you this thing was 23 yards long!

I also checked out the Warhol exhibit: Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, 50 Years. Nice exhibit. I did find it, odd shall we say, that at an exhibit that has this curator’s note…

they had twice the normal amount of guards who were making damn sure that no one took any pictures of the work!  Don’t want anyone appropriating the work of others!

Cool, crisp fall day today…

In the US?…don’t forget to “fall back”. DST ends tonight!

4-8-12 Change The Perspective

I like to look at pictures, all kinds. And all those things you absorb come out subconsciously one way or another. You’ll be taking photographs and suddenly know that you have resources from having looked at a lot of them before. There is no way you can avoid this. But this kind of subconscious influence is good, and it certainly can work for one. In fact, the more pictures you see, the better you are as a photographer. -Robert Mapplethorpe



The day I realized my lens was ill…