David Janesko and Adam Donnelly forage for sticks and small objects with a pre-existing hole (for the aperture), building cameras for their landscape shots out of the landscape itself. As much a part of the artistry of their photography as the resulting photograph, these sculpture-like structures are often big enough for one of them to fit inside! They’re currently preparing for a two-week expedition, embarking in the Spring and constructing a total of 9 cameras as they make their way along the Rio Grande River from Texas to Colorado. Watch their short video on Booooooom TV now! And check out the Indiegogo page to help support their project!
“Once Upon a Time in Kazimierz” is a 17 image series of Richard Tuschman’s highly detailed dioramas. He shoots the models separately and composites them in post (more on his process here). While the Holocaust isn’t addressed directly, the sequence follows the daily routines of a Jewish family living in Krawkow in the 1930s, creating a beautiful mix of dreamy nostalgia and the looming threat of things to come. See more images below.
A selection of images from “The Struggle to Right Oneself”, a long-term project by Kerry Skarbakka exploring performance and staged photography. He says of the project: “These images convey the primal qualities of the human condition as a precarious balancing act between the struggle against our desire to survive and our fantasy to transcend our humanness.” More images below.
Japanese Artist Yuichi Ikehata’s works are a clever combination of digital and physical. Photos of sculptures made of wire, clay, and paper are subtly merged with images of the artist’s own body painted white. The viewer is left to question what’s real. See more of Ikehata’s work below.
Taking pictures all the time or following all the best Instagram accounts doesn’t necessarily mean you know what you’re doing (or even looking at). Luckily the Museum of Modern Art is here to help! Seeing Through Photographs is the first online course open to the general public en masse.
Drawing on content from MoMA’s own collection, the aim of the course is to bridge the gap between seeing a photograph and actually understanding how it works by exposing participants to various perspectives on what photography is and how it’s used. And not just today but throughout history! The course also makes use of various media: short films, video conversations, and audio slideshows featuring artist interviews. Check out Coursera.org for more information!