Friday, October 3, 2008

that fall feeling

its nice that the weather is changing, although it means i need to find a bigger board to put in my window which decided to not close anymore this summer. and try to fix my roommates heater, again.

went to Dia: Beacon on monday, i haven't been there since before it opened (when i worked at Dia we were sent up to move Vera Lutter's giant pinhole camera, which we made for her. if i remember correctly it was on wheels, so it didn't take long.). it hadn't changed much, just that most of the contents of 535 W22nd street had been put on display. Nice to see it all again, as well as the "Dia" construction aesthetic.

the best part though was seeing 2 rooms full of Hilla and Bernd Becher photographs, printed at 20x24 i think. ther eis nothing quite like seeing them in person, to realize that they arent' perfectly frontal, that there is a slight bit of keystone-ing, and that these moments reveal the human behind the camera. Photoshop makes it possible to erase all of these so called "flaws", often draining images from any sense of preconception. their photos are even more proof of how amazingly beautiful analog photography can be.

on a side note, i'm having a hard time finding books by contemporary color portrait photographers in the library. i think i must just be having a mental block, cos i know there are oodles. tryingt o find some examples for class on monday. any ideas?

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