Tag Archives: Documentary Filmmaker

Greg Friedler

Colorado photographer, Greg Friedler, is a prolific image maker who has a range of work from sensitive still lifes to terrific portraiture, but he is most well know for his work with nudes. In fact, I was mesmerized by his series of Naked cities (New York, London, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas) where he presents typologies of people clothed and unclothed. Documentary filmmaker David Palmer followed Greg as he compiled his fourth and final book in his “Naked” series and created the film, Stripped: Greg Friedler’s Naked Las Vegas. Greg will have two images featured in Identities Now: Contemporary Portrait Photography, to be published by Peter Hay Halpert Fine Arts in late 2011 and will be teaching weekend workshops in Colorado and New York this fall.

It would make sense that Greg is drawn to things that are stripped down and minimal, and his new project, Exquisite Color, gives him a breather from human contact taking him to places that are isolated, forgotten, and over looked. These quiet observations of color and shape are archaeological evidence of human expression, no matter how simplistic.

Vacant parking lots, construction zones, blighted homes, chipped paint, forgotten properties, missing bricks, shoddy veneers, dirty withering walls, overgrown lots, piecemeal scaffolding, broken windows, dancing gutters, old garage doors, battered storefronts. All of these elements are present in my project, Exquisite Color.

As an artist I am drawn to subject matter which is rather imperfect, revealing, and seldom seen or merely overlooked. Whether I am photographing a portrait or a nude or a still life, I am unconsciously always stripping away the veneer or façade to document the raw underbelly. My project, Exquisite Color, initially began in Brooklyn five years ago and I have since found relevant subject matter in Denver, San Diego, Las Vegas, and Boston.

I find beauty and a level of veracity in these photographs of flawed urban structures. I find beauty in these structures because they represent the antithesis of a more generic, homogenous architecture which lacks authenticity. When the forms, colors, textures, lines, and patterns are aligned (at varying degrees), a new order is established. As the project has progressed, the photographs have grown to look more painterly in nature.

A sensitivity for these observations have taken him to another new series of more complex abstractions which is is still underway. An example is below.

Documentary Film: One Thousand Pictures: RFK’s Last Journey

On June 6, 1968, in the midst of his campaign to be president of the United States, Robert F. Kennedy died from an assassin’s bullet. Two days later, after a funeral mass in New York City, his casket was placed on a special train bound for Arlington National Cemetery. A journey that should have taken hours took all day, as thousands of Americans lined the 225 miles of track in a spontaneous outpouring of grief. Paul Fusco was the only journalist on the train, and he ended up taking more than a thousand pictures from his window. These images can be seen in the Aperture publication Paul Fusco: RFK.

Now on the 43rd anniversary of the event, documentary filmmaker Jennifer Stoddart brings Fusco’s images to life. Atlanta Search engine Optimization . Personal stories are told by Fusco, and RFK’s then-press secretary, as well as by the people who appeared in Fusco’s images, recalling the emotional impact of Kennedy’s assassination on the country. The film also includes video and audio clips of Bobby Kennedy speaking so eloquently and passionately about his hopes and dreams for the country.

Watching the documentary was a moving experience for an American like me, who lived through those sad and rocky moments in America’s history. And once again, I am reminded of the power of photography to capture a mood and feeling, and how a multimedia presentation like this documentary can serve to intensify the meaning of almost each and every image.

The documentary film, ONE THOUSAND PICTURES: RFKS LAST JOURNEY, airs on Wednesday, June 8 at 8 p.m. ET. And tonight, Monday, June 6 at 6:30, Paul Fusco and filmmaker Jennifer Stoddart will host an artist’s talk and book signing at the Aperture Gallery and Bookstore in Chelsea. zoekmachine optimalisatie . 547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor.

The trailer for this film can also be viewed at HBO.

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Paul Fusco, RFK Funeral Train, 1968

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Paul Fusco, RFK Funeral Train, 1968

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Paul Fusco, RFK Funeral Train, 1968

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Paul Fusco, RFK Funeral Train, 1968

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Paul Fusco, RFK Funeral Train, 1968

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Paul Fusco, RFK Funeral Train, 1968

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Paul Fusco, RFK Funeral Train, 1968

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Paul Fusco, RFK Funeral Train, 1968

One Thousand Pictures: R.F.K’s Last Journey, Film and Panel Discussion

On June 6, 1968, in the midst of his campaign for president, Robert F. Kennedy died from an assassin’s bullet. Two days later, on June 8, after a funeral mass in New York City, his casket was placed on a special train bound for Arlington National Cemetery. A journey that should have taken hours took all day, as thousands of Americans lined the 225 miles of track in a spontaneous outpouring of grief. Photographer Paul Fusco was on the train, and ended up taking more than a thousand pictures from his window. These images can be seen in the Aperture publication Paul Fusco: RFK.

Now, on the 43rd anniversary of the event, documentary filmmaker Jennifer Stoddart and HBO brig Fusco’s images to life. Told by those who appeared in Fusco’s images as they stood on the tracks 43 years ago, One Thousand Pictures: R.F.K’s Last Journey chronicles the complex impact of Kennedy’s assassination on the country.

Aperture is honored to host a panel discussion featuring Magnum photographer Paul Fusco, filmmaker Jennifer Stoddart, and gallertist James Danziger to discuss the images and their ongoing impact.

In 2008 Aperture published Paul Fusco: RFK during the fortieth anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination in Los Angeles while campaigning for the presidential nomination, is the long-awaited follow-up to Fusco’s acclaimed RFK Funeral Train, a body of work heralded as a contemporary classic. This historical new publication features over seventy never-before-seen images, many selected from the untapped treasure trove of slides that comprise the Library of Congress’s Look Magazine Photograph Collection.

Paul Fusco a member of Magnum Photos since 1974, began his career photographing for the U.S. Signal Core during the Korean War. He studied photojournalism at Ohio University and his work has been widely published and exhibited, including exhibitions at the Photographers’ Gallery, London, and the International Festival of Photojournalism, Perpignan, France.

Monday, June 6, 6:30 pm

FREE

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore
New York

Exclusive film debut on HBO2:
Wednesday, June 8, 8:00 pm.

Click here for more details about the event.

Click here to purchase a limited edition print by Paul Fusco.