Posts Tagged ‘Ruth Bernhard’

Artist of the moment…….Photographer Ralph Gibson

 

 

Ralph Gibson is an American photographer. Gibson is renown for his work with the figure and use of shadows. Ralph Gibson was born in Los Angeles, California in the year 1939.

Gibson served in the United States military. Gibson would go on to study photography at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Below a brief interview with Ralph Gibson:

Gibson uses the Leica brand camera.

Below a link to the artist’s website:

http://www.ralphgibson.com/

The artist is part of the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum and Museum of Modern Art.

Gibson has won many awards for his work including fellowships from the Guggenheim and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Gibson also created his own publishing company and has published many books of his photography work.

In this clip a brief montage of works by Ralph Gibson:

Price range information: Most works priced between $1,000 and $10,000.

Gibson has a remarkable sense of design when it comes to seeing the abstract shapes and cast shadows of the female form. Another photographer who has uses the female form for subject matter is Ruth Bernhard.

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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…..Ruth Bernhard

Ruth Bernhard was a fantastic  photographer born in the year 1905 in the city of Berlin, Germany. For her artistic education she attended the Berlin Academy of Fine Art.

Her father was a designer and she came to the United States to live with him in New York City in 1927. Her father would help land her the important job of creating the the photography for the first catalog made for the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

She would go on to buy her on photography equipment and to be inspired by photographer Ed Weston’s work. Below an example of Weston’s style. I have covered him previously. I found his nudes to strikingly similar in their poses to Bernhard’s work. Like photographer Chris Bucklow all of these artists enjoy playing with the shape of the female figure. Bernhard was a studio assistant to Weston for a period of time.

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Another theme of Bernhard was lesbian couples with the the two female bodies pressed up against each other.

Bernhard joined a group called the F/64 group. Some very famous artists were part of this group including Weston, Ansel Adams, and Dorothea Lange.

In this clip we view a great montage of photographs by Bernhard.

Here we see an interview from the 1990s with Ruth Bernhard.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $35,000.

Ruth Bernhard is part of many prominent museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Ruth Bernhard lived to be 101 years old and passed away in San Francisco, California in 2006.

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