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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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