‘When we define the Photograph as a motionless image, this does not mean only that the
figures it represents do not move; it means that they do not emerge, do not leave:
they are anesthetized and fastened down, like butterflies.’
Roland Barthes in Camera Lucida: Reflections on photography
This is a selection of images from Inventory: 10 Polaroid Years, an exhibition featuring London photographer Wendy Bevan’s archive, currently on show at The Cob Gallery, London.
Wendy Bevan is known for her surreal aesthetic, and a tender, sympathetic portrayal of the feminine form, working exclusively in Polaroid film.
‘When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do
when they want to read a line of a poem twice.’
Recently, French artist JR (whom Raffi Khatchadourian wrote about here) took over The New Yorker’s Instagram feed to document his new large-scale participatory art project, ‘Inside Out‘.
JR and his team opened a specially designed photo booth in New York’s Times Square, a location which attracts some 400,000 daily visitors. He invited passersby to take self-portraits and then he printed three-by-four-foot black-and-white versions of the resulting photo booth images and pasted them to the ground in various locations.
The goal of the project was to allow each portrait-taker to express through his or her face a message to the world.
‘Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.’
Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004)
‘There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.’
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)