Tag Archives: Compositions

Re Runs: Hisaji Hara

I’m stepping away from Lenscratch this week to work on a new personal website and prepare for upcoming photo activities…wanted to reintroduce you to some wonderful photographers featured several years ago, today with a post on Hisaji Hara that ran in 2010.


Many photographers, myself included, are inspired by painters. Toyko photographer Hisaji Hara has reproduced art works by Balthus in timeless black and white imagery.

Hara’s tranquil monochrome portraits look strangely familiar — and indeed, all are modeled after paintings by Balthus (1908-2001), one of the most revered artists of the 20th century. Although the figures and background furnishings are not identical to the originals, the compositions are. Through this tableau-vivant-like approach, Hara somehow manages to capture the essence of Balthus’s works.


photograph of Balthus and his wife

Images by Hisaji Hara followed by the paintings that inspired them.

She, Lise Sarfati

Sloane #68, 2009, © Lise Sarfati / Brancolini Grimaldi Gallery

Exhibition on view:
February 3–March 17, 2012

Brancolini Grimaldi
43-44 Albemarle Street
London
W1S 4JJ
+44 (0)207 493 5721

Two pairs of American sisters are featured in the film-still like photographs of the series She by Magnum photographer Lise Sarfati. The women photographed become interchangeable as Sarfati investigates the sense of identity that a woman attempts to possess. Instead, the uniqueness of the characters becomes beautifully ambiguous. French-born Sarfati, living part-time in the U.S., photographed the inner lives of these young women, changing their environments every so often, moving them to various cities including Oakland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Phoenix. Sarfati prefers to shoot in small towns where life is slower and she has the chance to obtain intimate knowledge of her subjects.

Made between 2005 and 2009 the semi-choreographed photographs were influenced by film and theoretical thinkers. Sarfati’s interest in doubles and reflections adds an extra layer to the banality offered by the American backdrops; ordinary living rooms, shops and streets. Using Kodachrome slide film, synonymous with family snapshots of the 1960s and 70s, her quiet compositions bathed with rich color heighten the intensity of the women she photographs.

Sarfati talks about her subject’s environments, the perception of color in her work and her intention behind She in a recent interview with Elizabeth Avedon. A retrospective of this work and more of Sarfati’s photographs will be featured in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris in 2014.

Sarfati has appeared in Aperture issues 194, 180, 146, and 142.

Juan Manuel Castro Prieto at Galerie VU’ in Paris

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Sud-Est de l’thiopie, 2005 – Sheik Hussein, lieu de plerinage des musulmans
Juan Manuel Castro Prieto / Galerie VU’

Now we see Ethiopia through Spanish eyes and the virtuoso large-format tilt-shift compositions of Juan Manuel Castro Prieto. On show currently at Galerie VU’ in Paris, his photos are like metaphor-soaked visions from mysterious dreams. article writing submission . Almost surreal in their vividness of color, highly-selective focus, and unusually sharp details his mural-size images seem immediately like long-forgotten memories with which one yearns to linger and to imagine the story of what happened just before and just after these moments were captured as memories on film.

He started in the 1970s as a self-taught enthusiast. Blog Submission . Influenced by Gabriel Cuallad and Paco Gmez, whom he met at the Real Sociedad Fotogrfica of Madrid, Castro Prieto makes a distinction between photography as a window onto reality, and photography as a mirror in which the author with all his obsessions, memories and imagination fed by myths and literature is reflected in what he portrays. Thus, for Castro Prieto, photography is a tool for connecting to the world, on his terms, and an excuse for a philosophy of life (interview with Alejandro Castellote, 2003).

In Ethiopia, on several extended visits between 2001 and 2006, he found “an ancestral memory of humanity” that “converses with the objects, signs and behaviors of the modern world.”

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thiopie, 2002 – Etip Juan Manuel Castro Prieto / Galerie VU’

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Ethiopie, Arbaminch, 2005 Juan Manuel Castro Prieto / Galerie VU’

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thiopie, 2008 – Homme Afar Juan Manuel Castro Prieto / Galerie VU’

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thiopie, 2005 – Jeune fille Surma Juan Manuel Castro Prieto / Galerie VU’

Photographer #360: Torsten Warmuth

Torsten Warmuth, 1968, is a German experimental, fine-art photographer who received a degree in Natural Science and a doctorate at the University of Kassel. In 1996, after having worked for a US mathematics software producer he decides to devote himself exclusively to photography. Within his extensive portfolio we find works using the double exposure technique. For most of his images he uses a large format camera. His series Belle de Nuit contains work surrounding Berlin’s nightlife. While making this series he experimented with multiple toning, producing unique works that give the prints a heightened plastic effect which become Silver Paintings. From 2010 onwards, the produced negatives have become more of a raw material that he works on creating pictorial compositions. By hand he creates multi-toned prints on gelatin silver paper.  The following images come from the series Belle de Nuit, Against the Flow and It’s a Man’s World.


Website: www.torsten-warmuth.de

Photographer #360: Torsten Warmuth

Torsten Warmuth, 1968, is a German experimental, fine-art photographer who received a degree in Natural Science and a doctorate at the University of Kassel. In 1996, after having worked for a US mathematics software producer he decides to devote himself exclusively to photography. Within his extensive portfolio we find works using the double exposure technique. For most of his images he uses a large format camera. His series Belle de Nuit contains work surrounding Berlin’s nightlife. While making this series he experimented with multiple toning, producing unique works that give the prints a heightened plastic effect which become Silver Paintings. From 2010 onwards, the produced negatives have become more of a raw material that he works on creating pictorial compositions. By hand he creates multi-toned prints on gelatin silver paper.  The following images come from the series Belle de Nuit, Against the Flow and It’s a Man’s World.


Website: www.torsten-warmuth.de

Spring Issue Now Available

Cover Issue 202: Spring 2011

Issue 202 features:

Vince Aletti on Collier Schorr’s Evocative Collages (cover image)

Geraldo De Barros‘ Abstract Fotoformas

Greil Marcus on Surveillance Cinema

Luisa Lambri’s Architectural Interiors

Mary Panzer Considers Photographic Archives

Yann Gross’s Dynamite-Triggered Avalanches

Sara VanDerBeek’s Resonant Compositions

Ulrich Baer Re-Examines Seminal Civil-Rights Images….and much more

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Photographer #234: Gert Jochems

Gert Jochems, 1969, Belgium, first studied sociology and international relations before studying photography at the school of fine arts in Ghent. Between 2001 and 2005 he traveled to the far corners of Russia. In Siberia he documented the people in the post communist region. In 2005 the series Rus was released as a book. In Gaza Gert made compositions of three images, each time with a wall in the middle. He also focused on Dampremie, a suburb of Charleroi in Belgium, which suffers from high unemployent and poverty. Currently he is concentrating on the theme sex, not the stylized version, but the gritty amateur world of sex and the imperfect imagery. The following images come from the series about sex that is still in progress and the series Rus and Dampremie.


Website: www.gertjochems.bewww.agencevu.com