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21 JUNE 2013

Photobombing: foregrounding the constructed reality of photographic scenes

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breaking the fourth wallconstructed reality • diminish • distracting attentiondistracting behaviourdistraction • divert attention • extradiegeticfocus • foregrounding constructedness • grab our attentionhuman behaviourhumourintertextuality • non-diegetic • out of the spotlight • photobomb • photobombing • photographic portraitplayfulnessprankreflexive foregroundingreflexivitysnapshotssurprise • the space of the photograph • trivialisationundermine • upstage • upstagingworld of the image

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Simon Perkins
27 APRIL 2013

Factory, a Pictorial Epoch of Technology by Jakob Tuggener

"Fabrik – Ein Bildepos der Technik von Jakob Tuggener, (Factory – a Pictorial Epoch of Technology by Jakob Tuggener, 1943). An unusual sequence contrasts lathes, melting furnaces, turbines and generators with single portraits of workers; the sharp contours of a carved wooden mask or the natural resources of industrial energy such as sluices and waterfalls. These images may be reminiscent of Rodchenko, but they never seem apologetic or nostalgic about technological progress. The book is rich in formal references, while numerous little stories form pictorial narratives. These include, for example, an almost cinematic sequence of a young woman called Berti, who, with blueprints under her arm, rushes along beside a high brick façade before vanishing through a metal door. The camera constantly shifts between Berti's face and the scenes that surround her.

Unlike many of his more politically motivated colleagues such as Paul Senn, who concentrated on the world of workers and farmers, Tuggener took many photographs of the wealthy. During the 40s, with almost post–Modern enjoyment, he joined the rich and beautiful at their balls held in the Hotel Palace in St Moritz, a place where war–profiteers met in the unreal quiet of the Swiss mountains. Tuggener created a series of trance–like photographs, which look like film stills, depicting sparkling crystal glasses, heavy silver cutlery and chandeliers; bare shoulders and low–cut back décolletages juxtaposed with a plate of German sausages shining with grease; the exchange of flirtatious glances and brief hand contacts. He also took superb images of fetishistic details, such as an ornamented room key, ambiguously held by slender fingers in a black velvet glove. It is these minimal details which hint at the complex stories which lie at the heart of Tuggener's oeuvre."

(Hans Rudolf Reust: Translated by Imke Werner, 2000 Issue 53 June–August 2000, Frieze)

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1940s1943Alexander Rodchenko • Berti • brick wall • chandelierscinematic sequence • complex stories • decolletage • documentary photographer • Ein Bildepos der Technik • expressionist aesthetic • Fabrik • facadefactory • fetishistic details • film stills • flirtatious glances • Frieze (magazine) • history of photography • industrial energy • Jakob Tuggener • Paul Senn • photographic portrait • Pictorial Epoch of Technology • pictorial narrative • rich and beautiful • St Moritz • Swisstechnological progress • war-profiteer • wealthy • worker

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Simon Perkins
13 JANUARY 2013

AMERICAN SUBURB X: photography and culture blog

"Started in 2008, AMERICAN SUBURB X / ASX is an ever–growing archive and fiercely edited look at photography's always relevant past, rapidly shifting present and dramatically unfolding future. The mission is to provide and provoke, to educate and titillate those who are obsessed with photography, visual culture and all of the beautiful moving parts. We believe that by bringing together the intellectual and the visual in a powerful dance, ASX will foster new generations of artists, scholars, collectors, and patrons."

(Doug Rickard)

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2008American cultureAmerican life • AMERICAN SUBURB X • ASX • ever-growing archive • look at photography • photo blogphotoblogphotoblogging websitephotographic essayphotographic portraitphotography • photography obsession • popular culture • rapidly shifting present • relevant past • unfolding future • visual culture

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Simon Perkins
03 DECEMBER 2012

Cindy Sherman - Nobody's Here But Me (1994)

"New York based artist, Cindy Sherman, is famous for her photographs of women in which she is not only the photographer, but also the subject. She has contributed her own footage to the programme by recording her studio and herself at work with her Hi–8 video camera. It reveals a range of unexpected sources from visceral horror to medical catalogues and exploitation movies, and explores her real interests and enthusiasms. She shows an intuitive and often humorous approach to her work, and reflects on the themes of her work since the late 1970s. She talks about her pivotal series known as the 'Sex Pictures' in which she addresses the theme of sexuality in the light of AIDS and the arts censorship debate in the United States."

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199420th century art • AIDS • artist • arts censorship • BBC2Cindy Shermancolour photographscritical reinterpretation • dramatic lighting • dressing up • Eric Bogosian • exploitation filmsfemale artistfeminist artfictional scenariosfilm stills • Hi-8 video • humorous approach • Jamie Lee Curtis • Mark Stokes • medical catalogue • New York • Nobodys Here But Me (1994) • non-narrativeNorth American artist • nude photography • photographerphotographic portrait • photographs of women • representation of women • Robert Longo • sequential art • sex pictures • sexuality • strange subjects • street persona • visceral horror • woman photographerwomen artists • works series

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Simon Perkins
09 AUGUST 2012

Chris Saunders: One to One Hundred Project

"With this project I intend to concentrate purely on taking close up photographs of faces of people from my hometown of Sheffield. I will photograph 100 people, one person for every year of age, each of whom will be asked to provide the clearest photograph they can find taken when they were younger. This picture, along with the photograph I take, will be placed together to form the final version of each piece showing how the subject's face has changed over the intervening years."

(Chris Saunders)

Fig.1 Chris Saunders (2012) "Danny aged 3 and 54", One to One Hundred Project.

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2012change observer • changes over time • Chris Saunders • close up photographs • close-up • Danny Kaye • face • faces • faces of peoplefacial nuancehometown • One to One Hundred Project • photographerphotographic portrait • portrait photographer • portraitureSheffieldsubtletyUK • youth and age

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Simon Perkins
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