Appreciation, History and a Place in Contemporary Photography
Foto Relevance is committed to expanding appreciation of contemporary photography-based art. Periodically, artists and genres of photography will be selected for commentary, adding framework and historical context to selected work. Your comments are welcome.
The etymology for the word “photography” comes from the Greek words for “drawing with light”. Cameraless photography is fundamental to the story about the creation of photographic images. The Houston Center for Photography’s (HCP) exhibit “The Surface of Things”, curated by Keliy Anderson-Staley, Assistant Professor of Photography and Digital Media at the University of Houston,
Paris Photo 2016, held in the Grand Palais, had more than 150 galleries representing approximately 3,300 photographers from around the world. The photography displayed included a mix of both vintage and contemporary works. Twenty-nine publishers/book dealers on photography were also on exhibit at Paris Photo. The vast majority of the dealers were from outside of
“Yet language is at best but a metaphor for what is experienced through vision” – James L. Enyeart Within the history of photography, multiple images have been combined to create a more flexible expression of what we see, with the thought that the combined presentation is a stronger metaphor for communication than each image separately.
“The painter who does not feel attuned to the aspirations of the masses-this man may not produce a work of art” – Diego Rivera The Russian-American photographer Vladimir Frumin has a unique and broad visual diversity in his images that are haunted by an intense interest in people on the fringes of society. Frumin’s work ranges
“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” — Henry David Thoreau While Henry David Thoreau, an early American writer, was never a photographer, his expression about “seeing” resonated for Michael Borek as a touchstone for capturing images. Michael Borek is a photographer from Prague in the Czech Republic who emigrated
The still life is a genre of art adopted by photographers from the earliest days of the medium. Photographers found inspiration in the still life paintings of the early 17th century. A still life motif is used for a variety of reasons, including purposeful investigation, and experimentation of technique and expression. This Commentary on Still