James Turrell · The Wolfsburg Project (English subtitles) (by KunstmuseumWolfsburg)
Meat Testing, Prince George’s County, Maryland. From the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives at The Library of Congress.
“Far from “bloated,” Cotton Tenants reads with the spare and measured beauty of a writer who knows that under the social circumstances he can only allow himself so much. It is a deeply moving work, in which the central character of Let Us Now Praise…—the writer himself—is all but invisible. In short, it is a hitherto undiscovered species: a masterpiece of self-restraint, written by James Agee.”
It is often thought that a photographer – like any artist – at some point will develop a style and an imagery which she will forever go on employing, perhaps with slight variations. Brea Souders shatters this preconception: her work deals with the concepts of memory and absence, focussing on a visual rendering of the concepts themselves that completely eschews cheap sentiment. Souders’ projects range from the more naturalistic, almost impressionistic Counterforms to images that are highly conceptual and reminiscing of Joan Miró’s surreal paintings in Film Electric, her latest.
Of Film Electric, Souders says: “[T]he photographs in this series are tapestries of my personal history. They contain slices of forgotten adventures, portraits of loved ones and strangers, untold experiments and family vacations, as well as shards of unrecognizable shapes and empty spaces–memories alongside their absence. Together, the charged fragments merge in energy and light to create a new narrative”.
I was given the first issue of Mossless a couple of weeks ago (Emanuel, THANK YOU), and it included a beautifully printed book of work plus interview with Brea Souders. Absolutely gorgeous.
click HERE to hear “Debriefing,” a recorded reading of short stories by Susan Sontag produced in 1979 and released by TANAM Press.
Cellphone photo 10th and Cambie
Kate Brown, I’m considering this the perfect parting image for Vancouver.