Saturday, September 26, 2020

Bones to pick: Obscure items in the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum


Via Pasatiempo

The Santa Fe New Mexican

September 25, 2020

Georgia O'Keeffe painting Pelvis Red with Yellow
Georgia O'Keeffe: Pelvis Series, Red with Yellow, 1945
©Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

...“I think, in particular, of the way she uses the pelvis bone,” (Museum Fellow Victoria) Plotek says. “It becomes a device she uses to frame her compositions. One of the centerpieces of her New Mexico paintings is a pelvis painting where the pelvis is sort of framing this oval of blue sky. It would be impossible for anyone to know what the motif was without looking at the label. But it becomes a recurring motif for her.”

Take, for example, Pelvis Series, Red with Yellow (1945). It looks like an abstraction: a yellow ovoid form surrounded by a nebulous, organic shape rendered in shades of pale white and ochre. Once it registers that the pale-and-ochre shape is a pelvic bone, you no longer view the painting as an abstraction but as a painting of a representational form.

“That painting, where O’Keeffe abstracts the bone, is the subject of a very famous photograph by Tony Vaccaro,”  ...

Tony Caccaro Photograph of Georgia O'Keeffe holding Pelvis Red-Yellow painting
©Tony Vaccaro: Georgia O'Keeffe with painting, New Mexico, 1960

Full article here.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020



Bob Gomel Eyewitness cover photo, Bob with camera

When history was made, Bob Gomel was there. This documentary examines the stories behind the stories of some of the most significant events in the 20th century. Hear and see the history unfold from the perspective of a legendary LIFE Magazine photographer.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Photograph Daily Podcast: Meet Ryan Vizzions


Via Photograph Daily

September 16, 2020

Meet Ryan Vizzions, a photographer who started making pictures at the most difficult time of his life after losing his father to suicide. He quit his job at a Fortune 500 company, travelled half way across the world to Bangkok, a place chosen randomly from the spin of a world globe, to find himself alone in the midst of civil unrest in Thailand during the 'Red shirt protests' of 2010. It was to be a trip that shaped his photographic future covering stories of injustice and protest.

Ryan has since photographed protest and the plight of protestors whilst building what you could describe as a more ‘regular’ successful commercial photography business, but it’s clear where his passion lies, in making photo documentaries about social injustice. It’s a journey as you’ll hear in the continuation (part 2) of this story that has landed him with a government agency file. Today he is one of the growing voices in the photography community that believe it has become harder to tell photo stories with the freedoms once enjoyed.

Protester on horse faces off with police, Standing Rock

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Thailands reds and yellows, a story published on the BBC website and a further article on the protests of 2010

NPR’s report on COINTELPRO