Reading Time: 4 minutes Through the work of Jess T Dugan, Paul Guilmoth and Deanna Dikeman, the precariousness of life is unpacked
Perhaps one of the most human emotions, love permeates so much of what we do.
Perhaps one of the most human emotions, love permeates so much of what we do. It has inspired and consumed artists for centuries. It has inspired movements, acts of compassion, empathy and change. It is a force like no other.
Some of the greatest love stories in contemporary photography have been cherry-picked by curator Simon Baker for an exhibition at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris. In Love Songs, as it is titled, we are invited to reflect on Nan Goldin’s Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1986), Nobuyoshi Araki’s photographs of his lifelong love and muse Yoko, Lin Zhipeng’s playful portraits of his lovers, and Rene Groebli’s hazy honeymoon and more.
In this collection, you will find a more comprehensive review of the show, along with a celebration of love through the lenses of contemporary photographers making sense of it in their work. From Karla Hiraldo Voleau’s heartbreak, to Jess T. Dugan’s delicate portraits of couples reflecting on life’s ebbs and flows, to Ana Vallejo’s addiction to love, this potent subject is explored in its myriad manifestations.