Photography

28 October 2010

Penguins with attitude

Penguins with attitude

john l. walters

Illustrative wrecks and rescues at the publisher’s New York office.
Despite its celebratory title and retro cover design, Penguin 75 is actually a book about contemporary book design, writes John L. Walters. Its editor, Paul Buckley – otherwise known as ‘VP Executive Creative Director’ at Penguin’s New York office – has chosen 75 wildly different book cover projects from the past decade (listed alphabetically by title), and presented them together with alternate covers and sketches, alongside short commentaries by the authors, art directors, editors, illustrators and photographers.

22 October 2010

Catch them before they vanish

Catch them before they vanish

alison bakker

Taking a close look at Ken Garland’s little photo books
After the success of his previous set of books, writes Alison Bakker, Ken Garland (see Reputations in Eye 66) has released three more: A close look at landscape sequences, A close look at street graphics of Brighton and A close look at the buddy bears of Berlin. Although he didn’t plan it this way, Garland seems to be making a photographic record of things that are transitory.

7 October 2010

Who (didn’t) let the dogs out?

Who (didn’t) let the dogs out?

martin usborne

Photographs capturing the silence and longing of dogs trapped in cars
I was once left in a car at a young age. I don't know when or where or for how long, possibly at the age of four, perhaps outside Tesco’s, probably for fifteen minutes only, writes Martin Usborne.

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.
 
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