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Lou Reed: Pastoral Photographer
11.12.2009
05:29 pm
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I know we’re all making “walk on the ‘mild’ side” cracks right now, but the Velvet Undergrounder’s been snapping photos since the ‘60s, and is an admitted Leica-geek.  These two images have been culled from Reed’s new book of photographs (his third), Romanticism, a series of landscapes shot exclusively in black and white.

Finding just the right sequence for the photos, Reed says, was really no different than sequencing an album, “The response is emotional.  That’s all I want; they are taken with emotion and put together with emotion, equal emotion.”  And while the quality of Reed’s light looks stunning,

Rarely is there a human mark on the scene; for the most part, his photographs are of nature untouched: woods leading down to the edge of the sea, a layer of thick mist covering the earth.  The branches of a tree are abundant with fruit, another tree is dead; the trunk splinters as it disintegrates.  “I have never seen a tree that is not graceful,” he says.

Only one photograph, towards the end of the book, shows a human form (see above).  It is an androgynous gray figure, with short hair, facing away from the camera and outlined with light.  Light ripples across the top of the scene, suggesting water, and the rest is a mass of gray.  The figure is Reed’s wife, the musician and artist Laurie Anderson.

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In The Independent: Lou Reed: Photographer

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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11.12.2009
05:29 pm
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Alexis Rockman: Drowned Worlds
11.11.2009
04:03 pm
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Weird illustrator John Coulthart reports on the Ballardian, dead-America landscapes of http://www.alexisrockman.net/. Of course you can put “Ballardian” before anything and I’ll look at it, but this is particularly good stuff.

Alexis Rockman?

Posted by Jason Louv
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11.11.2009
04:03 pm
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Know When to Fold ‘Em: Peculiar Kenny Rogers Art
11.11.2009
11:24 am
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Maxim posted this funny piece titled 11 Awesomely Bad Pieces of Kenny Rogers Art. Maxim says, “He may not have had a hit in over a decade, but you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t think Kenny Rogers is a beloved cultural icon, not to mention a flat-out badass. Hell, after Elvis and Tony Montana, Kenny gets the velvet painting treatment the most often. Some of these attempts have turned out better than others, so with that in mind, here are 11 pieces of Gambler tribute art - velvet and beyond - that prove you gotta know when to walk away ... and when to run.”
 
11 Awesomely Bad Pieces of Kenny Rogers Art
 
(via Presurfer)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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11.11.2009
11:24 am
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Kaiju Black Velvet Paintings
11.10.2009
12:06 am
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Super blog Pink Tentacle has a delightful collection of classic Japanese movie monsters painted on black velvet. The paintings are by artist Bruce White and can be viewed here.
 
(via Pink Tentacle)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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11.10.2009
12:06 am
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Jeff Koons ?
11.06.2009
07:01 pm
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New work from Jeff Koons will be on display at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills from Nov. 14 through Jan. 9, 2010. The gallery?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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11.06.2009
07:01 pm
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Guy Fawkes Night festivities videotaped from inside the guy?
11.06.2009
01:44 pm
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Beautiful in a ?

Posted by Tara McGinley
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11.06.2009
01:44 pm
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Francesco Giusti: SAPE
11.05.2009
11:57 am
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Feature Shoot says:

Francesco Giusti lives and works in Rome, Italy. He recently won 1st Prize in the Viewbook Photostory competition for his documentary series, SAPE. Of this series, he says, ?

Posted by Tara McGinley
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11.05.2009
11:57 am
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Maurizio Anzeri: Photo Embroidery
11.05.2009
01:09 am
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From Planet:

Embroidery never seemed as dark and suggestive as in the art of London-based Italian artist Maurizio Anzeri. In his meticulous work, he transforms old discarded family photographs into three-dimensional objects with intense psychological evocations. ?

Posted by Tara McGinley
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11.05.2009
01:09 am
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Animated Stereoviews of Old Japanese Photos
11.05.2009
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Awesome blog Pink Tentacle says, “In the late 19th and early 20th century, enigmatic photographer T. Enami (1859-1929) captured a number of 3D stereoviews depicting life in Meiji-period Japan.”
 
See more cool Japanese stereoviews over at Pink Tenticle.

Posted by Tara McGinley
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11.05.2009
12:16 am
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Mathieu Young?
11.03.2009
01:02 am
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From Good:

The ongoing battle between medical marijuana advocates and law enforcement has begotten some tricky legality, which has lead to all sorts of uncertainty regarding growth and distribution, and, ultimately, prosecution (or non-prosecution) of distributors. Meanwhile, in places like Northern California?

Posted by Tara McGinley
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11.03.2009
01:02 am
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