Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

Bernd and Hilla Becher

Saturday, December 21st, 1991

Bernd and Hilla Becher photographed blast furnaces, water towers, power stations, and other indus­trial struc­tures, which they called “anony­mous sculp­ture.” I thought of this show again when I first read W.G. Sebald’s books — myste­rious, elusive, and strangely moving.

Read the full article »

Photography at the Boston Athenaeum

Thursday, March 28th, 1991

The Boston Athenaeum, a Library with gracious high-ceilinged rooms adorned with columns and all kinds of Graeco-Roman archi­tec­tural details, and filled with books and pictures, was built by 19th century Bosto­nians as a modern temple to Athena, Goddess of Wisdom.

Read the full article »

Linda Connor

Wednesday, November 7th, 1990

In LINDA CONNOR’s camera’s mystical eye, the world is filled with ancient sacred things. The same images repeat and recur in her body of work — spirals, veils, beams of light shining into a dark place, open doors, closed eyes, hands — but each time you see them, they mean some­thing different. Each time you see them, they mean some­thing more.

Read the full article »

Lou Jones: Sojourner’s Daughters

Friday, March 23rd, 1990

LOU JONES’s portrait of a musi­cian shows a beau­tiful old woman with strong hands and a clear, untrou­bled face. You can feel that she’s listening to music; there’s a visionary gleam in her eyes. Her portrait is juxta­posed with a faded daguer­rotype of a 19th century singer known as the Black Swan.

Read the full article »

The Starn Twins

Sunday, February 18th, 1990

It can be fright­ening, but that’s life,” said Doug. “Art is part of life,” said Mike. “It’s a real part — it’s the essence of life,” said Doug. “There’s no reason to make it perfect,” says Doug. “We want to show the phys­ical nature,” said Mike. “The phys­ical nature,” said Doug. “Of every­thing, but in partic­ular, Art,” said Mike.

Read the full article »

Weston’s Weston: Portraits and Nudes

Sunday, January 21st, 1990

WEST­ON’s portraits of friends and lovers are so intense that their souls seem to flicker through their sensi­tive faces and expres­sive hands. But West­on’s Nudes are seen in name­less frag­ments, as cool and smooth as marble. You see their bodies, but their faces are turned away.

Read the full article »

Minor White

Monday, December 18th, 1989

MINOR WHITE’s photographs convey a sense that behind the visible world is another world — a world filled with meaning and magic. He was fasci­nated by photog­ra­phy’s ability to show what he called “things for what else they are.” He liked to quote the thir­teenth-century German mystic Meister Eckhart: “The eye with which I see God is the same eye with which God sees me.”

Read the full article »

American Photography: 1839 – 1900

Friday, June 2nd, 1989

The people in the portraits present anxious faces to the camera; having your picture taken was a serious busi­ness. The camera was enor­mous, bulky, and expen­sive; the process was time-consuming and myste­rious. Silvery and almost trans­parent, their deli­cate faces float on the shim­mering silver plates like ghosts.

Read the full article »