Garry Winogrand: Women are Beautiful

Garry Winogrand, Centennial Ball, Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1969

Garry Winogrand, Centennial Ball, Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1969

Garry Winogrand, Untitled, New York, 1968

Garry Winogrand, Paris, 1970

Garry Winogrand, Untitled, Women are Beautiful Portfolio, 1970

Garry Winogrand, Central Park Zoo, New York, 1967

Garry Winogrand: Women are Beautiful

Women are Beautiful is a collection of photographs by Garry Winogrand (1928-1984), which is currently on exhibition in Barcelona at the Foundation Foto Colectania. Winogrand is considered to be one of the greatest innovators of twentieth-century American photography. Winogrand’s pictures are focused on the reflection of reality, with no retouching or other ideas added. Garry Winogrand represented a new American style in photography, which broke new ground in the emerging era of street photography.

Described as an undisciplined mixture of energy, ego, curiosity, ignorance, and street-smart naiveté, throughout the 1950s, the Bronx native photographed incessantly, mostly on the streets, working as a freelance photographer for a picture agency and eventually publishing journalistic images in numerous magazines. Around 1960, after being shown a copy of Walker Evans’s book American Photographs, Winogrand began to take a more artistic approach in his work.

Winogrand eventually published four books of photographs, including Women Are Beautiful in 1975, which was composed mostly of candid shots of anonymous women on the street. He knew like no other photographer of his time how to capture the social transformation of females in the 1960s and 1970s through his portraits of women, which stand as an allegory of women’s emancipation and of their new roles in society.

Garry Winogrand: Women are Beautiful

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Nothing Personal: I’d Just Rather Be a Sexy Picture

Nothing Personal: I’d Just Rather Be a Sexy Picture

Nothing Personal is a six-minute short art film directed by the acclaimed photographer Matt Black for Black Palm Films, featuring Paz de la Huerta with original music by unkle. We’ve been seeing a goodly generous amount of Paz de la Huerta’s sexy body and bountiful boobs these past few months on Boardwalk Empire, not to mention her awkward wardrobe malfunction outside the LA’s Chateau Marmont. Now, exceeding both of those, Paz de la Huerta is seen inside the Chateau Marmont getting it on with some lucky actor in this steamy cinematic adventure. The first three minutes is all about Paz grinding it up, then the next basically explain the point of the film.

And just what is the point you may ask? The difference between making love and sex, that love provides a personal fulfillment that sex can’t accomplish. Sex is a very superficial way of appreciating people. And maybe even more to the point, narcissism is a very harsh friend.

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The Photography of Jeanloup Sieff: An Eternal Dandy

Jeanloup Sieff: Ballet, Paris Opera, 1960

Jeanloup Sieff: Yves Saint Laurent, Paris, 1971

Jeanloup Sieff: Derrière Anglais, Paris, 1969

Jeanloup Sieff, Carolyn Carlson, Paris, 1974

Jeanloup Sieff: Sylvie, Paris, 1985

Jeanloup Sieff: Catherine Deneuve, Paris, 1969

Jeanloup Sieff, Liza Minelli, Paris, 1969

The Photography of Jeanloup Sieff: An Eternal Dandy

The French photographer Jeanloup Sieff (1933-2000) is a legend in fashion photography and one of the most prominent photographers of his generation. The Moderna Museet in Stockholm is presenting the first Nordic solo exhibition of Jeanloup Sieff’s work, which features a selection from Sieff’s photographic oeuvre.

Sieff began photography in the early 1950s as a contemporary of Helmut Newton and David Bailey, belonging to the generation succeeding Irving Penn. In the course of a long career, his photography spanned from fashion, advertising and portraits to reportage and landscapes. His images are often sensual and elegant, and in the 1960s he was much in demand as a fashion photographer, especially in New York City, where he lived for many years. Sieff was awarded several prizes, including the Prize Niepce, the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in Paris in 1981 and the Grand Prix National de la Photographie in 1992.

Jeanloup Sieff had a huge popular appeal in France, the Unites States and elsewhere. His black-and-white photographs, always elegant and exquisitely printed, became his trademark style. Dancers and nudes were two recurring themes in his works. A trendy man about town all his life, early risers in Paris grew accustomed to seeing the long-haired, debonaire man driving a stylish vintage English sports car for his early morning breakfast in the St Germain district of Paris.

The Photography of Jeanloup Sieff

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Steamy Sexting: Sending Sexy Porn Notes in the Office

Steamy Sexting: Sending Sexy Porn Notes in the Office

Sexting (aka Valentine’s Day) is a very funny, twisted romantic one-minute short film created by English filmmaker Phillip Bloom for DocuMovie. Valentine’s Day fever hits big-time in a small office, with very hot and steamy results. You’ll end up getting some real goose bumps watching this one!

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The Scissor Sisters: Invisible Light

The Scissor Sisters: Invisible Light

Invisible Light is the latest music video by the Scissor Sisters, an erotically charged wonder produced by Nicolás Méndez from the Barcelona collective, CANADA.  The high production values of incredible cinematography, along with an exploration of vintage-style montage, work perfectly.  This jaw-droppingly epic collaboration is a joy to behold, a perfect pairing of visual and musical talents.

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The Bubbles: They Just Didn’t Work!

The Bubbles: They Just Didn’t Work!

Bubble (Burbuja) is a sexy, wickedly funny short film by the Spanish filmmakers Pedro Casablanc and Gabriel Olivares.  The film tells a story of the sexy escapades of Margaret and Pili, two girlfriends living in a sleepy, little town.  Margaret dreams of getting her driver’s license, buying a  new car and leaving the town forever.  But until then, she and Pili have to depend on Pili’s brother, Horten, to pick them up and drive them around on their sexy hijinks.  And they certainly take a big advantage of the situation, and as often as they can!  However, one day poor Margaret is shocked to learn that she’s pregnant: her old reliable method of bubbly contraception has failed to work.  Ooops!!

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Nude Visions: 150 Years of Nude Photography

Nude Visions: 150 Years of Nude Photography

Nude Visions: 150 Years of Nude Photography is a collection of photographs representing the unclothed human body, images that have exuded a great fascination ever since time began.  The series of photographs presented here were selected from the exhibition Nude Visions held earlier this year at Museum Fur Kunst und Gewerbe (MKG), in Hamburg, Germany.  The exhibition invited visitors to embark on a journey through a collection of images of the human body that spanned 150 years.

Nude photography is always a process of negotiation between revealing and concealing, unveiling the ambivalence about what is visible and what is unseen, between shame and curiosity, of legitimation and provocativeness. How the naked body is treated is closely bound up with the specific social context in which it occurs, the ideas of morality and the aesthetic ideal of an era.  The subject of the nude or nudity is always influenced by both the historical artistic tradition and by the reactions to contemporary impulses, which in turn are interpreted by the photographer.  Images which were still regarded as being scandalous at the beginning of the 20th century, triggering moral misgivings and controversy about a subject perceived as being delicate, hardly bring a blush to the face of anyone living today.  It is not only the motifs which have evolved over the years, but also the reproducibility of the images, as well as the extent and manner in which media coverage of them has impacted the awareness and significance of nakedness in society.

Nude Visions: 150 Years of Nude Photography, MKG, Germany

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