Posts Tagged ‘photographer’

Artist of the moment……Photographer Matthew Brandt

 

 

Matthew Brandt is an American photographer renown for his landscape imagery. Matthew Brandt was born in 1982.

Brandt attended Cooper Union College in New York City earning B.F.A. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from U.C.L.A.

A link to the website of Matthew Brandt:

http://www.matthewbrandt.com/works/

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Matthew Brandt is now based in Los Angeles, California.

Below we view a gallery show featuring Matthew Brandt that took place in 2012:

In this clip Matthew Brandt talks about some of his new and innovative techniques that he applies to his photographs. For some effects he even uses acid:

If you enjoy some abstraction in your photography make sure and check out my post on Marco Breuer. Breuer uses some of the same methods of destroying the image as Brandt including burning.

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Artist of the moment………Photographer Willy Ronis

 

 

Willy Ronis was a French photographer (The first image is the artist himself.) Willy Ronis was born in Paris, France in the year 1910. His parents had left their home countries of Odessa and Lithuania because of their treatment of Jewish people. His father ran a portrait photography studio and his mother gave piano lessons.

His father would pass away from cancer in the mid 1930s and Ronis took over the family business of shooting portraits. This business would fail soon after his father’s death, and Willy Ronis would go on to be a free lance photographer.

Price range information: Most works priced between $2,000 and $20,000.

The artist became the first French photographer to work for the magazine Life.

Ronis was the recipient of a gold medal award at the 1957 Venice Biennial.

Below a wonderful selection of images by Willy Ronis:

Willy Ronis passed away in 2009.

Similar to other luminaries such as Diane Arbus, Willy Ronis did a wonderful job at capturing the feeling of a moment. Be it romance or a cat that is taken by a bird or a something in a window, the artist was magnificent at documenting fleeting moments of time.

For sure my favorite photographer of cats!

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Artist of the moment…….Yeondoo Jung

 

 

Yeondoo Jung is a contemporary Korean photographer renown for a series that featured his photographs based on children’s drawings.

Yeondoo Jung was born in Jinju, Korea in the year 1969. Jung is very well schooled having earned a B.F.A. from Seoul National University and a diploma in sculpture from Saint Martin College of Art in London, England. Jung also earned a M.F.A. from the University of London’s Goldsmith College.

In this clip from the University of Colorado at Boulder we view brief interview where the artist explains the connections he makes with imagination, art, and real life:

Jung was the recipient of the artist of the year award in 2007 from the Korean National Museum of Contemporary Art.

In this clip we visit a show featuring the artist’s Wonderland series. Photographic images based on children’s drawings that Jung collected when he served as an art teacher to kindergarten children. What a great creative idea!:

The artist is now based out of Seoul, South Korea.

Price range information: Sorry none available

What a wonderful artist who does a great job creating reality from imagination!

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Artist of the moment…….Marilyn Minter

 

 

Marilyn Minter is an American artist born in Shreveport, Louisiana in the year 1948. Minter has worked in multiple mediums including digital art, photography, and painting.

Minter studied first at the University of Florida before attending Syracuse University and earning a M.F.A.

The artist has been a participant in the Whitney and Venice Biennials.

Minter’s work often explores sexuality and in this clip a brief preview of an upcoming show in April where feet are explored:

Minter is part of the faculty at New York’s famed college, the School of Visual Arts.

A very well received series of photographs was made by Minter that included her mother who was a drug addict. Her photographs are in color and in black and white. My favorite works are those of female lips. She doesn’t use a computer to manipulate her photographs.

Her paintings are also based on digital information. Whilst in the Photoshop program Minter combines negatives of multiple photographs to create an entirely new piece of art. For her paintings Minter uses enamel on aluminum. The latter layers of paint are applied via the fingertips. She uses assistants for this part of her work.

Below a wonderful clip showing images of female lips.

Minter is now based out of New York City.

Below is a link to the website of Marilyn Minter:

http://www.marilynminter.net/

Minter has a great talent for capturing a very unique part of the body in both her photography and paintings, the mouth and tongue.

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Artist of the moment………Photographer Ruud Van Empel

 

 

Ruud Van Empel is a Dutch photographer renown for his imagery with children. Ruud Van Empel was born in Breda, the Netherlands in the year 1958.

Van Empel studied at the St. Joost Academy of Art also located in Breda.

Van Empel began his career as a collage artist before learning to use the computer to design his images rather than the traditional technique.

The artist is now based out of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Below a link to the website of Ruud Van Empel:

http://web.ruudvanempel.nl/home.html

Some of Van Empel’s most famous works include portraits of young African children. In these clips we explore these images in further depth:

 

Price range information: Works range from $20,000 to $150,000.

Van Empel has a wonderful sense of design. One must remember that each image is made up of perhaps 100 smaller photographs that are put together rather than just one image that is manipulated on the computer.

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Artist of the moment…………Photographer Xing Danwen

 

Xing Danwen is a Japanese photographer renown for her work using modern building maquettes. She takes the buildings and then adds her own touch by portraying characters that live in the buildings. She takes photographs of herself as a model living in the building and sometimes alters these images digitally.

Xing Danwen was born in Xi’an, China in the year 1967. The artist attended the Chinese Central Academy of Art located in Beijing earning a B.F.A. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts located in New York City.

In this clip a brief interview with Xing Danwen talking about her work:

Danwen is now based out of Beijing, China.

Price range information: Most photographs anc C-prints range between $10,000 to $50,000.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.danwen.com

I enjoy the contemporary feel and thought process of this artist. Since she uses models that will someday in the future be actual buildings, her work has a futuristic appeal to it. The fact that she takes this a step further to develop characters based on what she sees and feels makers her work very unique.

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Artist of the moment……..Guido Argentini

 

 

 

Guido Argentini is a Italian photographer renown for his images of the figure. Guido Argentini was born in Florence, Italy in the year 1966.

He began college with the idea of studying medicine. He left college after three years to pursue his goal of being a professional photography.

Argentinini is now based out of Los Angeles, California.

Price range information: Works range from $8,000 to $23,000.

Below a link to the website of Guido Argentini:

http://www.guidoargentini.com/

In this clip we view a wonderful series of images by Guido Argentini from his “Silvereye” series.

In addition to the previous works of Silvereye Argentini has also made a book titled Shades of a Woman. A closer look at this book here:

Argentini reminds me of photographer Ruth Bernhard. Both artist’s produce very interesting images concentrating not on face and color of the female form, but rather the curves  of the figure and sometimes even the more interesting cast shadows of the female form. Argentini has brought new life to the classic ideas of how to shoot the female form.

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Artist of the moment…….Paul Sietsema

 

Paul Sietsema is an American artist renown for his black and white realist images based on photographic images. Paul Sietsema was born in the year 1968. The artist works as a painter, photographer, and film maker.

 

The artist attended the University of California at Berkeley. Sietsema went on to earn a M.F.A.from U.C.L.A.

As a film maker the artist finds a subject and then immerses himself in exploring that subject. These works usually show examples of art made by Sietsema in conjunction with his studies of the subject and can take multiple years to complete.

Below we visit a show featuring Sietsema from 2011:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

He is a Guggenheim Fellow.

In this clip we view a show featuring Sietsema from 2014:

Sietsema works out of Los Angeles, California and Berlin, Germany.

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Artist of the moment……….Garry Winogrand

 

 

Garry Winogrand was an American photographer best known for his images of daily American life and New York City in the 1960s. Garry Winogrand was born in the year 1928.

The artist grew up in the Bronx and both of his parents worked in the apparel industry. Winogrand served in the United States Air Force and then attended college studying painting at the City College of New York. Winogrand also studied photography at Columbia University.

Winogrand also took a class from a previous post, Alexey Brodovitch.

In this clip we view some great photographs of people who at the time are as emotional as humans can be:

The artist was the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and also the National Endowment for the Arts. He was also a highly sought after teacher and served as a professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Winogrand enjoyed shooting street images and spent most of his career in New York City, although he did shoot images of Los Angeles.

Garry Winogrand passed away in 1984.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $150,000.

The artist had a great knack for capturing the moment, WITHOUT PHOTOSHOP or any other digital technlogy. The lack of color gives the viewer a raw sense of emotion from the subjects.

If you enjoy street photography especially that of New York City be sure and read my previous posts on Diane Arbus and Lee Friedlander.

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Artist of the moment………..Alexey Brodovitch

 

Alexey Brodovitch was an twentieth century Russian/ American painter and photographer who was modern in his photography. Alexey Brodovitch was born in Oligotchi, Russian Empire in the year 1898.

His family was well off as his father was a doctor. Unfortunately his family had to flee their homeland to war and the upcoming Bolshevik revolution. Eventually the family would settle in Paris, France.

Brodovitch took a wife and found himself a job for the first time in life painting houses. He would take art classes and through his connections with other artists also earned money as the painter of ballet backgrounds. During this period he also would design textiles and jewelry.

The artist taught many well known modern artists keys to graphic design and advertising. In the United States most advertising art was very romantic in nature and linked to ideas from centuries past. Artists like Jessie Wilcox Smith were very popular. Brodovitch helped to usher in a modern era of American design that studied advertising examples that were popular in Europe, rather than the romantic realism.

Some of his students included famous photographers Diane Arbus and Richard Avedon.

In this clip a brief bio on Alexey Brodovitch with some examples of his work:

Alexey Brodovitch passed away in 1971.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $50,000.

The artist was among the first to incorporate text and photos in magazine layouts. He was also an outstanding painter of landscapes in an abstract style. Add to his resume the many students who went on to have professional art careers and Brodovitch was a true master artist of the 20th century.

If you enjoy photographs and enjoy looking at photographs in sequences be sure and check out my post on Duane Michals. Michals uses photographs to tell short visual stories.

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