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The photograph in colorful Africa reflects the visions and illusions of Europe's industry. Bill Dane's ironical, icons humorously reminds us that the whole earth has got a little mixed up. At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, the natural scientist and researcher H. H. Bennett dedicated his life to the consonances of the Wisconsin Dells. Yavno's journeys to Morocco and Mexico lead to photos of great vividness, sharpness and dramatic.
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The Aperture magazine has been reissued: Photography in the digital age
Will the photograph die? And, in the era of the smart phone, the fine arts of digital imaging sometimes seem to disappear into a cloudy sky, with the technical misgivings that dissolve even the most demanding layman when all pictures become more or less the same. Not 200 years old photograph has an almost absurd story behind it, and now, several generation after the first time that photographs in museum and gallery use first-class property, the old differences between photograph and other mediums are being eroded in a world where many of the most powerful performers use a wide range of mediums, sometimes almost interchangeable.
To determine the state of the photograph, it takes an unlikely combining the abilities of a sociologist and an aesthet, but humans can't help but try. Established in 1952 to lead the struggle for the arts of photographing, Aperture has now leapt into the limelight with a co-ordinated re-launch of the printed magazine and the release of Aperture's Anthology-The Minor White Years magazine:
1952-1976, which summarizes the best works from the first period of the magazine's story. Aperture' s April edition goes in half a decade, and what at first glance looks like the daring lines of an editorship that has its power, lets the man who is so committed to leading the party's lives that he doesn't realize that the political parties are over.
Preliminary remarks by Michael Famighetti and his fellow journalists state that "all odds are on the medium", a comment that would worry any real player. So I wonder if there is something that Aperture's writers don't like, so what they see as their open-mindedness ultimately seems a little thoughtless.
This edition is entitled "Hello, Photography", and I discover a touch of despair in the enforced cheerfulness of this salute, as if the photograph were a beast that could be placated with a show of good humour. Despair is not without foundation, for in a pervasive image culture, a photo magazine can seem superfluous, if not outdated.
What is interesting about the old Aperture - with a look as stylish and ascetical as the new magazine - is that White and an inner group of photographers Ansel Adams and Historian Beaumont and Nancy Newhall always grappled with the omnipresence of the photograph and how they could find something extraordinary in this omnipresence.
Newhall Nancy almost seems amazingly modern when she wrote in the first edition of 1952: This newly started magazine contains close-ups of Christopher Williams. Aperture' new edition is certainly not without its evocative intelligentsia. I am most taken with the new photograph in Aperture by Christopher Williams' close-ups of a wrist that manipulates the faces and various movable parts of a rather graceful middle twentieth-century Exakta-cam.
Though Williams' recapitulation of the close-ups of the New Objectivity of the 1930s by Albert Renger-Patzsch and others may be a little self-confident, Williams' paintings have an animating corporeality that gives their outrageous old-fashionedness a pleasantly clear force. "Neither Abeles nor Wilson seem to have much engagement for the photographic media.
In Abeles' case, her digitally-inspired plays, which are blended with components of old-fashioned photographic work in the studios, are just as free from the cordial exchange between picture and real life as the Wade Guyton game, which uses a computer programme to print pictures onto screen, as a free-standing art work.
Guyton, who had a much debated solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art last autumn, is naturally regarded in many circles as the latest saviour of art, so why shouldn't Abeles or Wilson be regarded as the saviours of photograph? For Aperture' s editorial staff with their reasoning that "all betting is on", the response is: "Why not?
" However, if there is a concurrence between the state of the photograph today and the state of art today, it seems to me that they agree on the need to increasingly look at what is innate or innate in every media, although there will be as many different responses to this issue as there are artist who are willing to ask it.
Now that Aperture's writers find that "the always multi-functional and prominent course defining a photograph across different fields and context makes it feel particularly slippery," I wonder how exactly they saw the fonts in the anthology of Aperture Magazine, nicely published by Peter Bunnell, the young man who worked with White.
When you read the book's manuscript, you can see that smoothness was there from the beginning; indeed, Aperture was established to argue against the domination of photo-journalism and, in a way, to revive the case for the photographic arts, which had revived Alfred Stieglitz's camera work years before. What's great about Aperture Magazine is how alarming and refreshing it seems, with all the talking about the ironic relation between natures and abstractions in photograph and the outrageous frustrations of the participants about the audience's tendencies to view photos as little more than simulacra.
In 1971, Frederick Sommer, a geographer whose work is sometimes as far removed from the usual realities as everything that can be seen in the digitized imagination of the new edition of Aperture, proclaimed in Aperture: "I'm interested in sensitive surfacing, not photograph. This sensitised interface has a sincerity, an inevitability, it simply cannot do anything else.
Nevertheless, I believe that something in Sommer's conception of the fundamental sensibility of the photograph as a methodology and media provides a cue for the present and the incipient. Many of the new hi-inks lack this persistent sensibility for the way the art is influenced by the outside environment.
It has been claimed by many that the origin of the photograph goes back long before Fox Talbot and Daguerre established an idea in the 1830' s that certain light-sensitive materials could actually capture the shadow and silhouette of an object.
Summer would say that the nature of the photograph is not its ability to reflect the realm, but its ability to fix this sketch. Without the sincerity and unavoidability of the sensitised surfaces, what is it?