Thursday, December 25, 2014

Instagram - Candida Hofer Photo Assignment

Instagram - Candida Hofer Photo Assignment
by This Ain't Art School


1. Love thy neighbor
2. Suspended in Space
3. Exhibit exhibits
Bonus: Pinball Wizard

Dec 1 - 10, 2014

Description from Instagram Account - This Ain't Art School:

1) "Love thy neighbor - document a slice of migrant culture in your neighbourhood
Take this assignment as an opportunity to meet your neighbors & ask them about their story
Please remember to be mindful of people's privacy"

2) "Suspended in space - a vast space in a representational building, devoid of people, photographed from a central perspective. Thank big, empty, light, linear. No spiral staircases"

3) "Exhibit exhibits - same same, but different. This time, the space is not empty: It is an interior filled with artworks which enter into a dialogue with the building. Go to a museum or gallery & try to capture the way the artwork is presented"

"Bonus assignment for extra fun - Pinball Wizard: Locate a pinball machine. Shoot straight from the hip without fussing around.  Think casual, not composed.  And while you're there, don't forget to put the bloody phone away & play!"

"Go play & have fun! Feel free to share this with your friends.  And please be fair, don't tag old photos, take new ones & play with us"

"PS: we'll occasionally post a bit of extra info over on our Facebook page - click the link in our bio to follow us there as well."

Photo Assignment Notes before the Assignment was given:

First some Homework...
"Which photographer should we pick for our next assignment?"

after that a Why they chose this artist...

"It's autumn, it's mostly dark & grey outside, sometimes foggy.  So it wasn't easy to come up with an assignment on - let's say - Martin Parr who was one of the photographers you guys suggested.  We would need sun, bright colours, beaches & people eating ice cream. We thought we'll better keep you busy indoors. And who is the master when it comes to take photos of interiors? Right. Candida Hofer. She studied at the Kunstakademie in Dusseldorf, where she was in Bernd Becher's photography class, along with Struth, Bursky and Ruff.  She sort of adapted the Becher style: just as they have systematically photographed industrial structures, she has been photographing interiors of museums, libraries and representative buildings since the early 1970's. Hofer is well known for her bright & shadowless photographs with an enormous depth; her scenes are empty & events are absent.  It's all about blankness & light, symmetry & alignment. We'll hand out the assignments to you on Sunday evening. A special thanks to... for allowing us to use this more than perfect photo to give you an impression of the upcoming #candidahoferassignment"

My attempts...
(excuses as follows: Thanksgiving week house full of company, first week of December Christmas catching up/mailing & then the company Christmas party... had to run around nearby with the cell phone camera when could catch a scene that might work with holiday purpose at the forefront...)

Exhibit exhibit (kinda sorta, only outdoors)

outdoor #gallery in #TheWoodlands #TX
#sculpture boy under the shade at home in the tall pines trees
instead of indoors
#photoassignment 2/3 trying #candidahoferassignment

2 out takes of boy sculpture in The Woodlands
along Woodlands Parkway

Link to the Public Art & Map for The Woodlands...

The Dreamer by David Phelps

new #pinballmachine
where are all the old originals?
Not at this #arcade MainEventEntertainment
#thewoodlands #tx #speedracer #photoassignment bonus
trying  #candidahoferassignment
sad days - we use to own an old pinball machine & foosball game
when the boys had to stand on chairs to play them
good #memories & better photo ops

*correction: #speeddemon he's a little red devil not a Speed Racer

2 out takes of the Speed Demon Pinball Machine
only thing missing is the classic flippers on this machine
(I did not stop to play the game, as it was mid day,
nobody was in the arcade, nor the bowling alley,
was on holiday errand run & thought I would really
Really like to find an old arcade with old flipper machines
before I gave in to try a pinball game--that & bring some kids
with me would be the best?!)


Candida Höfer Artist...

Wiki link...

Museo Magazine article/interview with photos...

You Tube - Through the Lens of Candida Hofer 2010...
4:18 minutes from Hong Kong Tatler -
(note: talks about her cameras, if you like those details)
"if you have an idea, be persistent keep doing what you want to do..."

Candida Hofer Interview - Fondazione Bisazza...
3:34 2014 translated "Immagini di Architettura"

"The subjects of my work are public and semi-public spaces. I prefer them when they are without people. Spaces then seem to tell more about people, what they do for them and what people have been doing to them. Spaces are about light. This is why I photograph them in the light that I find in them, may it be natural or artificial light. Spaces have functions. Functions create similarities. I am fascinated by the differences in these similarities."
Candida Höfer

In the USA find her works...

Listed in Artcyclopedia:

Guggenheim Museum NYC (1 photo in the Collection Online: Deichmanske Bibliothek Oslo II 2000)
Brooklyn Musuem NYC (1 photo online: Brooklyn Museum of Art IV 2001)
Harvard Univ. Art Museums Massachusetts
Candida Hofer in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Database (*page no longer exists)
Mildred Land Kemper Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri (1 photo: Museum fur Volkerkunde Dresden I - Museum of Ethnography Dresden I 1999 - with a note that it's not on view in the museum)
Musueum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (1 photo: Bucherei Leipzig IX 1997)
Norton Museum of Art West Palm Beach FL (1 photo: U-Bahnstation Theaterplatz OsloII 2000)
Philadelphia Museum of Art (2 photos)
Phoenix Art Museum Arizona (1 photo online - center photo of three & her name referenced as a recent acquisition to the collection in the Summer Breeze Gallery but no photo in view on that page online of the gallery, except around a corner there's a partial view: Candida Höfer, Palacio Nacional da Ajuda Lisboa VII, 2005

Frye Museum (6 photos)...
In 1996 there was a First North American retrospective of her photographs at the Frye
Bourse du Travail Calais IV 2001 (c-print & detail), British Library London 1994, Bibiotheque Sainte-Genevieve Paris II 1997, Ca' Dolfin Venezia 2003, Pierpont Morgan Library New York IV 2001

"Höfer studied photography under renowned professor Bernd Becher from 1976 until 1982. She is the senior member of the first class of students to study at the Düsseldorf Academy under Becher’s tutelage in the 1970s and 1980s. Other members of the Becher circle included Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth, Andreas Gursky, and Axel Hütte. At the time, the Academy was considered the most influential art school in Germany and the work produced by Becher’s students took the art-photography world by storm."

Artsy Net - 25 photos of her work...

note of the 25 I like this 1 especially - lots of red, lots of red polka dots, fun energy tho empty...
Spiegelkantine III 2000 - C print - edition of 100 - Galerie Fluegel-Roncak - Sold for $5,000

image from Google Search
Spiegelkantine III 2000 - C print - edition of 100 - Galerie Fluegel-Roncak
(note: this image not found on their webpage, only 1 photo of artist under Various Artists, a green curtained room photo: Fundacion Marcelino Botin Santander 2004)

Art - Bio & List - (2 photos: Teatro Colon Buenos Aires with a price tag of $7,500 & Barock Brasilien $8,000)
Bio notes mentions her hometown as - Eberswalde, Germany but Lives & Works in Cologne, Germany
(note: I'm wondering if because she's in Germany & a German photographer & a woman perhaps too that she was chosen as the Third Photographer in the Photograph Series by This Ain't Art School or possibly that she liked to photograph interior architecture/spaces, which for the winter is a good project to go indoors - in any case I do like finding out about photographers I didn't know before, that she's a woman was an added bonus)

My belated 2 out take photos of the Food Truck/Taco Truck
I would of liked to pull up to find it parked to get out & take photos & ask questions
or get to know my neighbors, though they don't live on my street they are always working somewhere nearby my street in this ever under construction city of Houston or The Woodlands--though the later will finally run out of land area to build on at some point, my neighborhood for one is completed though neighbors do move in & out so there's always the possibility of getting the chance of meeting a neighbor that is an immigrant to the USA or an expatriate that may have some limited work assignment here
but I did not find this truck again, only once spotted it in traffic - that I followed on the way home,
when finally stopped at a traffic light, got in the other lane so I could snap a few photos of it
(I especially liked the animals in the scene & would of liked to know if that was their homeland depicted in one of the nicest truckside murals I'd seen in a long while on one of these Food Truck/Taco Trucks that wasn't professional sprayed/wrapped kind of thing)

Photo Assignment Note:

I did not do well with this third photo assignment, compared to the other two, & really it was only 3 photographs plus a bonus photograph for the whole assignment in a short 10 days rather than a month

I could not make it to an Art Exhibit I had thought one was in town until January, but it was gone over Thanksgiving week holiday (end of Nov) I found out only too late - the artist with I think a few art student assistants had taken local soil samples, mixed them with water & had painted the floor & walls of the Rice Univ. Gallery with this soil paint into a landscape of wonderous animals in plants

Then I also did not make it into town Town (as in H-town) to view/photograph any large open space interior - no library, zoo, train station, airport or the like...maybe I could of found a Mall, but an empty one during the holidays--forget it & even finding the other possible large open space interior locations empty/devoid of humans during the holidays when all sorts of family visitng/visitors are in town coming/going/looking for things to do/places to go visit would of made it perhaps impossible, though I don't like to say that word?!

Nor did I catch my neighbors at home - as I know they're expat's from Russia & then I thought what an explanation it would take in order for me to even ask to take a photo of them... my back up photo idea was a food truck, most likely operated by a Mexican American, in the ongoing construction zone of the next door neighborhood & shopping area nearby, but I only found a colorful painted truck in traffic (see above) that I liked that so photographed that only after the  photo project was over...

The outdoor photo I took of the sculpture was barely taken from the car driving to/from a holiday errand, but I did have to circle the block & U-turn & wait just before the light change in order to roll the window down to get that photo, plus cropped to edit out most of the road or traffic going by the other side of the roadway...

And as well the bonus pinball machine photo was taken inside a large entertainment zone building with mostly bowling lanes that I pulled over from going to/from a holiday errand once again to run in to first off find out even if they had a pinball machine at all--they had 2 new machines, the same game, set side by side, which made me wonder where there are any old classic arcades in town (but I have not gone on to find out if there are any of them elsewhere...)

It does all make me want to add these places, these photos I did not manage to take a photo of to an internal list of Photos I'd Like to Take One Day!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

fantasy of being a photographer in Henri Cartier-Bresson assignment

Fantasy of being a photographer in Henri Cartier-Bresson Assignment
second in the now a series by This Ain't Art School on instagram

about the photog...

only 6 photos to be taken in this 2nd assignment

1) Destination
2) Quacks (aka Ducks or even friendly birds)
3) Geometry
4) Do Not Crop
5) Candid (black 'n white)
6) Give up Control

From the People of Instagram...



(and a special shout out/thanks to @Bosch or I would of never found the first photographer assignment)

Quacks aka Ducks

temp filler photo until I found real Quacks/Ducks
I could 'not' find ducks in a pond to save my life
so I found this Duck Crossing sign at least first
I was not sure I was going to find Ducks in a months time either

Quacks - aka Ducks
finally, after driving to the next state & the park pond there,
I found ducks... really, I've never looked for intently or taken so many photographs of ducks--ever
I chose 'the three amigos' tho really there were 4, when I went to post to instagram it cut the 1 duck out & besides it fit the description so well--there are no 4 amigos, but coulda used the 4 muskateers I guess

in the clouds there was a Greater than/Less than symbol
walking down the street it was very clear
taking the photo it was not so clear
again a temporary filler until I could find another example of Geometry
I started thinking about Math oddly, but had to look up a definition of geometry to be sure

I wanted to use this house frame for Geometry
they had framed it up so quickly tho
that when I got my cell phone camera ready there was only the top of the roof undone
I zoomed on that
I liked the angles & thought it would be good for a Geometry example
just that wood outline with the blue sky backdrop

Do Not Crop
it was sooo hard 'not' to crop
only the crop that instagram does to post a photograph was used
I liked the shadows on the sidewalk & the infinity feeling
but it made me think about how much I 'play' with photographs
even with the use of the camera on the cell phone
how many filters I'll go thru even on instagram choices too

lucky the first photo I took was on a road trip right after the assignment was given
it's a classic police car parked behind a fence next door to the hotel was staying at
I couldn't get inside the fence to get a good clear photo of it
I thought I'd heard this antique police car being called a 'bubble gum machine' before
and it made me think of old black and white TV shows like Mayberry RFD

Candid - in black and white
I was at a ghost stories talk out of town on Halloween Eve
in the audience the author's friends came dressed as elegant witches
I was late driving in from out of town & sat in the back
how could I 'not' snap a photo of these girls up front

I knew too that these were the author's friends that get together every year at Halloween time dressed up as either Witches or Bitches--this year it looks like they are Witches, but really they've chosen a Bitch they all know to emulate as well in their elegant dresses with pearls...

Note: if I've not noted before...obviously I am 'not' a photographer, this all taken without a 'real' camera - but it was a lot of fun & I look ever so forward to the next assignment that we are told will come before the end of the year...

we've also been asked as Homework to choose our next photographer...
that's a hard thing to do, when you start looking at photographers that you just happen to like...

My short list...
(for today)

Gregory Crewdson
Diane Arbus
Sally Mann
Annie Leibovitz
Edward Weston - especially his shells
Ai Wei Wei - who is a photographer artist

Recently in looking up Jeurgen Teller & Henri Cartier-Bresson
aka Assignment One & Assignment Two
I found the 'the Eye of Istanbul' photog Ara Guler from Turkey who met Henri Cartier-Bresson
so if nothing else these assignments are making me go out & find great photographers & their photos
and their links to other photographers

from my short list, an expanded view of them...

my Fav Gregory Crewdson photograph
I could get lost in this for days
every time I look at it

more places to find Gregory Crewdson...

note: follow him on Facebook or whomever posts for him
interesting to see what shows up there, tho rarely
it's a lovely surprise when it does
over all else that pops up on ones timeline right?!

more places to find Diane Arbus...

Arbus Twins 03

not my Fav Diane Arbus - The Wade Twins
but find it interesting someone went back to find the twins
to then take a photo of them as adults - not in black
(and again more references to The Shining movie & it's twin ghost girls in the hall of the hotel)

and of course all the fun over the years of recreating the twins photo
the latest being John Malkovich 2014 lol

Lady Bartender by Diane Arbus

Lady Bartender by Diane Arbus
I like this especially for being taken in NOLA
and for the Poodle puff hair duo
read that in 2010-2011 this was hanging in NOMA
with the exhibit Residents & Visitors...and I missed it

Stan Winston Studio image of the wolfman lionfaceman in Fur
the Diane Arbus film - under those silky fur layers is Robert Downey Jr
tho I can't find a photo of hers of any such freakish man
only an earlier photographer's Lionel & oddly or not his character is also named Lionel

more places to find Sally Mann...


her family photos - immediate family - are intense
these with the children's attitude
not just smiling happy dressed up faces are haunting

I also did not know she broke her back falling off her horse
who had a heart attack & that she did a series in bed afterwards


1998 Southern Landscapes
here I would guess of the swamp
I've lived in Louisiana a lot
I have never seen a swamp photo like this one
they look to be cypress roots

I only knew her as a black & white photographer or her family
of course as always there is more
this the focus of the popular or the art world
or not a retrospective

and there is a film & not just photographs or books or galleries of Sally Mann...

What Remains - 2005 - a documentary of Sally Mann
note: it looks as if all her family are included in this from the cast list

and a YouTube - to see her work & speak, on her farm...

she mentions a book as a child that her father gave her
Art is Everywhere
perhaps it is this one from 1958 by Leonard H. Kessler

I love that it made such an impression on her, this book.
to as she say encourage children to go under the tablecloth
and see crumbs on the floor

more places to find Annie Leibovitz...

I did not know about her tie to Susan Sontag
not that it matters
her latest Vanity Fair photograph or Sting
reflecting/enbodying his Last Ship album/stage musical
and another who has embraced Facebook
I cannot follow all that I love on Facebook
I would be doing nothing but scrolling...sigh...

more about Edward Weston...

especially his sea shell, the nautilus from 1927...

he took 14 images of this Nautilus shell it says
one notation where he mentions taking 4 1/2 hrs to make an image/exposure time
(when I can take note that I have little patience for more than 4 1/2 seconds prob?!)

it's noted there also as one of the most famous photographs ever made...
a benchmark of modernism...

and one of the Top Money Making photographs at Auction
many a reference to $10 photo sold for over a Million Dollars in 2010

see the list of the Most Expensive Photographs here...

and what other artists said about his photographs...

[Diego Rivera (as described by Tina Modotti): " These photographs are biological, beside the aesthetic emotion they disturb me physically, ‒ see my forehead is sweating. Then ‒ 'Is W. very sensual?' "]

more about Ai Wei Wei...

who I've recently watched a documentary about at the Musem of Fine Arts Houston TX
The Fake Case

and soon after found him on Instagram
 @aiww or #aiww

there is a recent paint series that is fascinatingly colorful
as in cans of colorful paints are poured over people/models in clothes that are sometimes colorful as well
when many of his photos are black & white that I've seen

I cannot imagine the set up & mess & amount of photos it takes to create these photos
nor the cleanup, I've cleaned paint splashes on clothes before--many that don't come out
can only imagine your hair & all your clothes...for the sake of art??!!
It's prob not something you do more than once
and we thought that ice bucket challenge was something
does this one have a good cause or just what is Ai Wei Wei saying...hmm...
Well, these are designer clothes that he was given to photograph in whatever way he chose
curious how he chose to destroy them in paint colors--oh the choices he had...

and that the end of my Short List for the time being