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LA Review

Posted in Commercial, Exhibit, Fine Art, Fine art, Lecture, Museum, Photography, Pretty things by linhdy on January 14, 2011

With much excitement, Photo LA and Review LA have arrived!  Los Angeles, time to get excited about photography.  Expected highlights include the Uta Barth, David Taylor, and Andrew Moore lectures, all on that Saturday or Sunday.

I’m extremely excited to be participating in Review LA; I’ve already perused the list of participating photographers.  Other photographers to pay particular attention to include Amy Eckert, Irina Rozovsky (featured in an earlier post), Jessamyn Lovell, Kathleen Laraid McLaughlin, Lisa McCord and Steve Davis.

Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin, Photographer

[Photo by Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin]

Stephen Wilkes Lecture at PhotoNOLA

Posted in Commercial, Documentary, Fine Art, Fine art, Lecutre, Moving, Photography, Pretty things by linhdy on December 24, 2010

Stephen Wilkes - Ellis Island

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I returned from PhotoNOLA at New Orleans where we  had the wonderful experience of hearing photographer Stephen Wilkes lecture, in the flesh.  The December 11th lecture was two hours long and focused on his personal work with glimpses of his from high school work up until his recent project on the BP Oil Spill.

The most critical moment in the lecture and (in some ways his career), was when he was serendipitously granted unlimited access to document the Ellis Island hospital complex, which housed ill immigrants from 1892 to 1954 on their way to the United States.  As he said, Wilkes was in the right place at the right time.

The abandoned hospital complex was left in all its haunting glory in a secluded section of the Island.  During that time, it was exposed to the natural elements and–most importantly– time.  Wilkes captured the beautiful decay of the rooms,  parallel to the heavy history of those who stayed and even died in within the hospital ward.   His photographs tell the story of those who suffered, lived, and died within those confines.  The photos hint at an unsettling, and sometimes light, side of humanity.

On a lighter note, his lecture segued to his Vanity Fair piece on the billion-dollar financial swindler Bernard Madoff (incredibly clever!), to his on-going documentation of China as an industrializing machine (both scary and admirable).

Wilkes ended on an uplifting note by sharing his photos document the BP oil spill.  At that moment, it became clear that he aims to use his work to drive change.  And that my friend, is incredibly inspirational.

[Photos by Stephen Wilkes, Ellis Island]

Photographer Dan Burn-Forti

Posted in Commercial, Fine Art, Fine art, Landscape, Photography, Pretty things by linhdy on December 15, 2010

Tweeted about him last week, not it’s time to show-off the best holiday photos from Dan Burn-Forti.  It’s so modern-day, Americana with a touch of spicy nostalgia and tongue-in-cheek quirkiness.

Dan Burn-Forti

[See his portfolio, full of commercial and personal projects]

Photographer Brice Bischoff

Posted in Fine Art, Fine art, Landscape, Love, Photography, Pretty things, Shiny Objects by linhdy on December 7, 2010

What luck!  I’m off to vacation in New Orleans during PhotoNOLA and I simultaneously discover photographer Brice Bischoff‘s gorgeously rendered time-elapsed photography.  It helps that Bischoss has some Louisiana roots to set the mood; life could not get any better.

I’m crossing my fingers that my travel partner will surrender to my persistent pleas to participant in the Saturday art openings and maybe-just maybe-listen to the Stephen Wilkes lecture.

In the mean time, stare in wonderment at Bischoff’s Bronson Caves, a swirling haze of rainbows set amongst the earthly, cavernous wilderness.

Brice Bischoff Bronson Caves

[Photos by Brice Bischoff‘]

Irina Rozovsky

Posted in Commercial, Fine Art, Fine art, Landscape, Photography, Portraiture, Pretty things by linhdy on December 1, 2010

Irina Rozovsky

Irina Rozovsky

Irina Rozovsky

Irina Rozovsky

Irina Rozovsky

Photos by Irina Rozovsky

Book Designer Coralie Bickford-Smith

Posted in Books, Pretty things, Publishers, Shiny Objects, Things to buy by linhdy on November 18, 2010

Senior cover designer Coralie Bickford-Smith at Penguin Books has the most wonderfully elegant, playful cover designs.  Judge a book by it’s cover? Yes, please!

Coralie-Bickford-Smith---Books

Book Publisher Gottund Verlag

Posted in Books, Fine Art, Photography, Pretty things, Publishers, Things to buy by linhdy on November 15, 2010

Small, Pennslyvania-based book publisher Gottund Verlag publishes innovative books by emerging and mid-career artists.

Gottund might sound familiar because they also published Coley Brown’s photo book Jam Jelly Honey Wild Rice.  Brown was Ryan McGinley’s assistant before he was discovered and is now a photographer and model.  Sounds like a sweet deal to me.

The below images are from Kasane Nogawa’s book Above Below and Andreas Banderas‘s and Nicholas Gottund‘s book U Tell Me.  Quietly powerful books that leaves me thinking.Kasane Nogawa book Above Below by Gottlund Verlag

U Tell Me by Andreas Banderas and Nicholas Gottund

Bernard Faucon and the Modern Photograph

Posted in Fine Art, Landscape, Love, Photography, Pretty things by linhdy on November 15, 2010

Just got back from a wonderful Bernard Faucon lecture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with my wonderfully talented artist-friend Rosemary Winn (check out her work, she is amazing).

Faucon is a French artist who originally started painting before, in his own words,  realizing he had no talent and moved on to photography.  Faucon’s photographic works have themes of love, beauty and his personal favorite– childhood. Much of his photographic works explore the idyllic time of youth, sublime love and childhood dreams.

Earlier photographs explore these themes using mannequins engaged in some child-like activity, setup, scene or narrative.  As he got older, he starting photographing more conceptually like in Winter and Golden Rooms or their antithesis The Rooms of Love.

Faucon moved further away from photography in his series The Scriptures in which he built wooden words, staked them in various landscapes and photographed them with a strong flash; the words take on a ethereal quality, appearing to float above the ground.  These photos were less about the photograph and more about the words and thoughts themselves.

Finally, The End of the Image marks his last official project in photography.  These are exhibited as small photographs with powerful, poignant phrases painted on youthful skins.

Faucon led the audience from his earlier train of thought using staged photography to finally his disillusionment with staged photography.  He raises an interesting idea.  Paraphrasing his words, with the ubiquity of photography, everyone is taking photographs of everything.  “All the photographs have been taken…” There is no further need to photograph.

Instead, the artist becomes the person who selects the photograph.  For Faucon, the voice that makes a difference is the person who selects and who lends his/her perspective to the work.  And that, my friend, is why he no longer photographs.

Take a look at some of his stunning work below.  His voice is an artist’s voice that has expressed beautiful ideas.  As Faucon says, “You cannot get over the fact that it should come to an end…”

Bernard Faucon - The Probable Evolution of Time

See more of Faucon’s works at Gallery Vu.

[Images from The Probable Evolution of Time by Bernard Faucon]

Frenchie Bags by Clare Vivier

Posted in Fashion, Pretty things, Shiny Objects, Shopping, Style, Things to buy by linhdy on November 12, 2010

Okay, don’t hate me because I haven’t been posting!  I’ll be better in the future, promise!

Currently, I’m visiting my parents in North Carolina so I have tons of free time and I’m being productive and looking (online) for a new purse that is (1) practical, (2) reasonably priced,  and (3) beautiful.  Yeah, I can pretty much use that same checklist for everything in life!  But seriously, this decision is hard!

Not sure how to solve that problem, but I have been drooling over these simple, elegant and professional leather bags by Clare Vivier

Claire Vivier bags[Images from the Clare Vivier blog, photographer Amy Theilig]

For the love of fast food + clever packaging design

Posted in Branding, Commercial, Fashion, Fine Art, Identity, Packaging, Photography, Pretty things, Style by linhdy on March 7, 2010

The epitome of high-end fashion would be combining our love of fast food, fashion & clever packaging design.  Wait no more, as McFancy was a Fashion Week collaboration that re-brands McDonalds into something more like a 5-star restaurant, at least for a brief moment in time!  Playful, aesthetically pleasing, and beautifully executed– this definitely brought a smile to my face.

Marija Ivkovic - McFancy

Marija Ivkovic - McFancyView more pretty photos by the photographer Marija Ivkovic, see pretty things by the stylist, check out the company that did the cupcake wrapper or the plastic cutlery,