Month: July 2014

Bruce Davidson – Brooklyn Gang

In 1959, Bruce Davidson, the 25-year-old photographer embedded himself with a gang of teenage New Yorkers across Brooklyn Bridge to create a moving portrait of postwar inner-city youth culture.

 

“Alone”

From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were; I have not seen
As others saw; I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I loved, I loved alone…

Edgar Allan Poe, The Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, Vol. 2

SHOMEI TOMATSU

Shomei Tomatsu, was one of the leading post-war Japanese photographers one of the most influential photographers of his era. Tomatsu’s expressionistic images portrait the issues of love, pain, fear and other powerful human emotions.

 

 

 

Lucid Stead by Phillip K. Smith III

“Lucid Stead” is a light installation by the Californian artist Phillip K. Smith III. Part architectural intervention and part optical illusion, this stunning installation was completed and unveiled in November 2013, in the middle of the California High Desert, near the small town of Joshua Tree.

Entitled “Lucid Stead”, the piece adapts a pre-existing 70-year-old abandoned shack in a way which makes segments seem entirely transparent, deceiving us into thinking the roof is floating on thin air. At night, the shed transforms again, with its windows and doors becoming solid blocks of colour and the thin cracks in the walls emitting multi-coloured LED light. “This project is about tapping into the desert,” says Smith. “To the pace of change and responding to the quiet of the place. Ultimately in the quiet, the project begins to unfold. It’s really about four ideas – light and shadow, reflected light, projected light, and change.”