Wednesday, May 19th, 2010...2:04 pm
Mark Klett is a Geologist turned photographer. Klett seems to be fascinated with time, his most famous collections making use of the contrast in changes over time. His most famous work are called the “Rephotographic Survey Project” and the “Third View” which consists of many photographs of the American West. The first was done between 1977 and 1979. The second was done between 1977 and 2000, where in 4 years Klett and his crew photographed 109 historic sites that were in a famous photo survey of the West in the 19th century to show the change in landscape. Another famous work is called “One City/ Two Visions” done in 1990 where Klett tries to capture the same famous 360 view of San Franciso from the top California Street that was so beautifully captured by Eadweard Muybridge in 1878. This work is is also an example of Kletts use of the change over time as the photographs were presented as an accordion, to show the contrast in the old vs the new images.
I really enjoy Mark Klett’s work because I am interested in that sort of history. Even in his other collections he uses history to create his photos. The only thing I didn’t like as much about his famous collections is that he photographed the same things someone already did 100 years ago. Even though the contrasting ideas are cool, it is, to me, just a modification on an idea and not entirely original.
Arthur Liou started pursuing his interest in art after working as a producer in China when he came to the US in 1994. Liou is an artist who finds his identity extremely important when taking photographs. In the “Cedar Key” project, Liou stripped down to the basics and used a $15 plastic box camera called Holga in order to get “more me” in the pictures and get back to the true essence of photography. Using Holga Liou had not control over his aperture or shutter speed which means he had less control over the images taken in by the camera.
I absolutely love Arthur Liou’s work and his “Cedar Key” project. His black and white images take the normal b/w photograph to a completely different level. Liou’s use of high contrast filters and inclusion of the outer edge of the film changes normal scenes to almost abstract. The photographs have layers (like a parfait, or an onion) at first i couldn’t see what was photographed so i took the other elements of the picture in without being distracted by the obvious.
Jeffrey Wolin is a portrait photographer and writer. He is famous for his many books published and his permanent collections featured in many museums and institutions across the country. His series “Written in Memory: Portraits of the Holocaust” is composed of portraits of Holocaust survivors. Wolin has had many other books published and is a professor of photography at the University of Indiana. One of his most recent collections is titled “New Faces at the Crossroads: The World of Central Indian” which consists of many portraits of people around Indiana with accompanying mini Bios.
Jeffrey Wolin brings ton of personality into every photo he takes. This is what i like most about Wolin’s work, he can make a simple color portrait and mini bio so hip and interesting. The photographs of the person in their environment makes you want to know about the person and read about them, something i think would be very challenging. The photographs aren’t as impressive to me by themselves as some of the other artists but paired with a story make something interesting.