Posts Tagged ‘fineart’

The Guardian: Photos Don’t Belong in Art Galleries

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Does photography deserve a place in art galleries? Jonathan Jones doesn’t think so. The Guardian art columnist has caused quite a stir after writing a piece titled, “Flat, soulless and stupid: why photographs don’t work in art galleries.”

While Jones acknowledges that photographs can be “powerful, beautiful, and capture the immediacy of a moment like nothing else,” he argues that they are, “poor art when hung on a wall like paintings.”
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A Conversation with Fine Art Photographer Ken Rosenthal

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Ken Rosenthal received his MFA in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1993. His artwork is represented by Klompching Gallery, New York;  Etherton Gallery, Tucson; Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe; Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco. Rosenthal’s photographs are in many public and private collections internationally including The George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Art Institute of Chicago; National Portrait Gallery, London; Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Wittliff Collections’ Southwest and Mexican Photography Collection, San Marcos, Texas, which recently established a major collection of his work.

Since 2002 his work has been featured in more than 150 solo and group exhibitions internationally. The first publication of Rosenthal’s work, Ken Rosenthal Photographs 2001-2009, was released in 2011, and was included on photo-eye’s Best Books of 2011 list. Read more…

Creative Retouching Turns Classic Glass Plate Portraits Into Modern Day Fine Art

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If you follow PetaPixel, you’re already familiar with the haunting portrait archive of Costica Acsinte. For decades after the end of World War I, Acsinte was possibly the only professional photographer in all of Romania, and the over 5,000 glass plate negatives he left behind are now being painstakingly digitized so that they don’t succumb to the ravages of time.

And as these photographic treasures are digitized, one photographer is plying her retouching skill to turn the black-and-white, somber images into fantasy fine art portraits. Read more…

Creative Portraits of Children Going About their Active Lives Underwater

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Photographer Alix Martinez has been shooting a very creative ongoing series of underwater portraits with the help of some brave and equally creative children. Blurring the line between fine art and conceptual, the images show children performing daily activities in the unknown abyss… alright, alright… it’s just a pool… but I prefer unknown abyss. Read more…

Beautiful Concept Photos by NYC Fine Art Photographer Ben Zank

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Benjamin Zank is a young fine art photographer based in New York City. He caught the photography bug a few years ago, at the age of 18, after picking up a Pentax ME Super 35mm film SLR from the attic of his grandmother’s house, and has been creating incredible concept images ever since.
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Amazon Begins Selling Fine-Art Photos through New Art Marketplace

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In what could be called an interesting move, popular online retailer Amazon has announced that they’re launching the “Amazon Art” marketplace effective immediately, bringing more than 40,000 artistic works from various dealers and art galleries to you with one click.

More than 4,500 artists’ works are in the collection, and featured are scores (almost 6,000 pieces at the time of this writing) of fine-art photographs from the likes of Melvin Sokolsky and even Andy Warhol (priced at a whopping $200,000).
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Of Beards and Men: Portraits of Men and Their Beloved Facial Hair

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Photographer Joseph D.R. OLeary wants to live in a world where beards are appreciated as fine art. And so he’s doing his best to shape this world into such a place by photographing beards and the men who grow them for his photo series Of Beards and Men. Read more…

Library of Dust: David Maisel’s Fine Art Photos of an Abandoned Insane Asylum

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There is something eerily unsettling about old hospitals, even more so when a portion of that old hospital is abandoned and once housed psychiatric patients.

In his collection entitled “Library of Dust“, fine art photographer David Maisel gives us a glimpse into the Oregon State Hospital, formally known as the Oregon State Insane Asylum.
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Old Video of Comedian Louis CK Making Fun of ‘Avant-Garde’ Photography

Here’s a little dose of humor to brighten your Saturday. Back in the 90s, in a jab at both MTV and “avant-garde” photography, a young Louis CK put this funny little clip together. In it, his name is David Cross (perhaps another jab at his fellow comedian by the same name) and his specialty? Toilet photography. Read more…

Photog Goes in Search of the Architecture that Was Once the “Vision of the Future”

Relics of the Future is a short documentary that follows Toronto-based fine art photographer Toni Hafkenscheid as he explores the world of once-futuristic architecture through his tilt-shift lens. In the 1960’s, these buildings and monuments were considered “visions of the future;” now they stand, as one interviewee put it, “on that fence between futuristic and nostalgic.” Read more…