The Radical Eye // Tate Modern

THE RADICAL EYE: MODERNIST PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE SIR ELTON JOHN COLLECTION 14th DEC 16

Yesterday i visited the new exhibition at the Tate, focusing on original modernist photography. It was a collection i had anticipated for a while, and was without a doubt a pleasure to view. Elton Johns collection includes thousands, but only around 15o rare vintage prints were exhibited, including pieces by Man Ray, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange and many more. The rooms varied from experiments, to portraits and then onto objects and the manipulation involved by some of the artists. The obvious shift in time was fascinating, with photos from the Great Depression era and street photography that explored a whole new side to documenting. Herbert Bayer’s photo-montage self portrait has always been inspiring for me as well as Man Ray’s classic, glass tears, in which the model is in fact a mannequin. To be able to see the original prints and analyse and understand the images up close was truly special.

The experimentation within the photos was extraordinary, seeing how their own mistakes or accidents have influenced many photographers to date, such as long exposures, double exposures, solarisation and so forth. Other artists who have also inspired me from the show are the likes of Toni Schneiders, Josef Breitenbach and Llyod Ullberg. Recommend to all who find interest in the era and movement, or even just the diverse art work.

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Modern Life – Experimentation

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtG4_EET5fM // fast video of progress

The most recent project i have been working on is on modern life, and all the forgotten inspiring shapes, colours and developments of the recent century. After exploring Southbank area of London, and in contrast, Margate, i found some really interesting empty large spaces, with beautiful contrasts. From rubbish to ruin, to light and dark and physical presence of people and their relationship with the derelict space’s. Modern life really can be interpreted in many different ways, taking into consideration all the many different atmospheres and feelings spaces can induce.

From my reviewed photos, i have begun to look at creating a documentary booklet, simple but a snapshot of the contrasting architecture i explored on the locations. As well as the booklet, i am looking at graphical pieces to simply document the clear contrasts of light and dark, and how in the modern world today, we perceive these spaces. This interest in juxtaposition has been inspired by the works of Alan Cope and Lucien Herve. Their unique documentation of the space around explores how not everyone really second takes on the simplest of shadows, buildings and ‘simple’ architecture.

Using masking tape i have been able to manually create a graphical documentation and transcription of the photos and spaces i have looked at, extending my project work further.

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