Photography

21 September 2010

Streets ahead

Streets ahead

simon esterson

Vevey’s ‘Images’ festival celebrates photography in and out of the gallery
During September, the Swiss town of Vevey has been host to ‘Images’, its second festival of photography, writes Simon Esterson. The exhibitions spread throughout the small town, not only inhabiting an old supermarket as the main venue, but also spilling out into the streets, taking over Vevey’s squares, advertising hordings and the sides of buildings for giant billboard-sized images.

31 August 2010

Escaping Modernism

Escaping Modernism

wayne ford

Edward Weston’s flight from photographic theory
The early twentieth century saw photography dominated by the influence of painting, with the then popular pictorial style drawing its reference points from the impressionist artists of the period, writes Wayne Ford. It was in this style, like many of his generation, that the great photographer Edward Weston (1886-1958) began to work.

22 August 2010

Signs of The Times

Signs of The Times

john l. walters

The enduring appeal of bizarre road signs and notices, from then and now
My mother, Margaret, always delighted in funny street signs when we went on road trips, often reading out loud the notices that caught her eye, writes John L. Walters.

19 August 2010

Barbara Wojirsch: Eyes and ears

Barbara Wojirsch: Eyes and ears

the music department

A rare glimpse of the art and craft behind ECM’s visual identity
Adrian Shaughnessy’s article ‘One man brand’ in Eye 76, the Music design special issue, is about the graphic design and identity of Manfred Eicher’s music label ECM. (Spreads below – full article on the Eye website.)

9 August 2010

Music to treasure

Music to treasure

the music department

Hardformat.org celebrates the visual pleasures associated with listening
For our music design special issue (out now), Eye talked to Hardformat’s Colin Buttimer about the rise and rise of the limited edition release (see ‘Pack shots’ in Eye 76).

7 July 2010

Here’s looking at you

Here’s looking at you

kerry william purcell

‘Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera’ at Tate Modern until 3 Oct
There’s a moral blind spot at the heart of photography, writes Kerry William Purcell. It is a blind spot that was manifest in the recent outpouring of protestations and demonstrations concerning the possible criminalisation of street photography in London.

26 June 2010

Beautiful confusion

Beautiful confusion

the events department

Disorientation is the rule at the Barbican’s thoroughly surreal show
Conventional gallery space has been subverted for The Surreal House, the Barbican Art Gallery’s current exhibition of surrealist art, sculpture and film.

10 June 2010

Civil rights in New York

Civil rights in New York

frederico duarte, the events department

Two current exhibitions with images that ‘steered a drive for freedom’
I learned about two exhibitions on the civil rights movement currently showing in New York through Holland Cotter’s review in the New York Times, writes Frederico Duarte.

30 April 2010

I’ve seen that face before

I’ve seen that face before

john l. walters

Grace Jones is immortalised in light at Chris Levine’s Vinyl Factory show
Grace Jones may be a face of the 80s, but a new exhibition in London shows her to be both timeless and totally contemporary. The Art Vinyl gallery, a former car park below the Phonica record shop in London, is host to ‘Stillness at the Speed of Light’, a dazzling array of lenticular images by photographer / artist Chris Levine.

6 April 2010

On the road

On the road

Scouring Montana for the last roadside signs of America
The commercial landscape in the United States is dominated by national brand name stores and their insistence on consistency and predictability, writes Mike Kippenhan. This, coupled with cheaper and faster ways of producing signage, namely the use of printed acrylics and computer generated designs, is making roadside signage in the United States more and more visually homogeneous.
 
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