Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Making a Camera Perform

by Frances Guerin
For years I have written about Lewis Hine’s photography as the benchmark of all photographic experimentation and development in the twentieth century. I have discussed his work in reference to, for example, New Objectivity, Soviet Montage, the social conscience work of the British Documentary tradition of the 1930s, and even made reference to it in my forthcoming book on amateur film and photography in Nazi Germany. I have always believed that Lewis Hine’s photography is everywhere present in... [more]
Posted by Frances Guerin on 9/12/11

Mitch Epstein

by Frances Guerin
Epstein’s latest photographs, American Power, big, shiny and new, represent the way that “power” in its most extreme and varied forms, is threaded through the very fabric of daily life in the contemporary US. Inspite of their aesthetic appeal, the images are frightening. There is nothing upsetting or shocking about the photographs themselves; on the contrary, they are pristine, meticulously composed, slick and sometimes beautiful photographs. However, what the photograph is and what it shows... [more]
Posted by Frances Guerin on 6/11/11

Same Places, Different Views

by Frances Guerin
  This small exhibition brings together two of the great photographers of the twentieth-century, and offers a rich experience of their mutually-influenced work. Walker Evans and Henri Cartier-Bresson were great admirers of each other's work and certainly, for all the differences of their approach to photographing America, the impact of the one on the other is clear from this exhibition. The exhibition focuses on the years of the depression and World War II, and the now well-known... [more]
Posted by Frances Guerin on 12/7/08
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