Cindy Sherman is an American photographer and film director, best known for her conceptual portraits.
Sherman’s “Untitled Film Stills” (1977-80) is a series of 69 black and white photographs of the artist herself enacting various generic female film characters from 1950s, and 60s Hollywood, film nior and European art-house films. Her aim is not to recreate the scenes but to re-examine women’s stereotypical roles in history and contemporary society.
All images Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures. © Cindy Sherman
André Kertész was a Hungarian-born photographer known for his groundbreaking contributions to photographic composition and pioneer of the photo essay. He also made a major contribution to lyrical street photography.
Kertész was influenced by Constructivism and Surrealism, but his own style was an entirely personal blend of emotion and observation.
Lee Friedlander is an American photographer and artist. In the 1960s and 1970s Friedlander evolved an influential and often imitated visual language of urban “social landscape,” with many of his photographs including fragments of store-front reflections, structures framed by fences, posters and street signs.
Images resources: http://www.moma.org/collection/artists/2002?locale=en
Masahisa Fukase was a Japanese photographer, celebrated for his deeply autobiographical work depicting his domestic life. Fukase’s career is often listed as two monomaniacally consistent phases: before his wife Yōko Wanibe left him, when he photographed nothing but her, and after the breakdown of his marriage, tormented by heartbreak, he photographed nothing but ravens.
The Solitude of Ravens was the last book Fukase personally made. The blurry, grainy black and white images are symbols of his grief and a personal statement of loss at the breakdown of his marriage to Yoko. The book was first published in 1986, just a few years before he plunged into a coma after tumbled down a flight of stairs at his favorite bar. He died in 2012 after lying for 20 years in a coma.
Images @ Masahisa Fukase
Photos from: http://www.gallery51.com/
Fascinating photos by Tokyo street photographer Katsumi Watanabe, captured the rich subculture of the Shinjuku District.
Images from 1960s – 1980s including black and white photographs shot of underworld characters at night in dance and strip clubs in Shinjuku.
In 1955, Truman Capote rented a basement apartment at 70 Willow Street in Brooklyn Heights. His short, autobiographical essay about living in the neighborhood was originally published in February 1959 in Holiday magazine. The essay was brought back into print more than fifty years after with sixty stunning, never-before-seen photos of Capote and his neighborhood by David Attie, originally commissioned for the article but never published–until now.