Reading Time: 2 minutes The black and white images – of bodies and skin, rocks and the moon, landscapes and birds – are presented in an enigmatic sequence that stirs a sense of the uncanny
Reading Time: 2 minutes Presenting over 150 works ranging from painting and sculpture to film and photography, the exhibition seeks to reposition Surrealism as a global movement
Reading Time: 2 minutes Fascinated by the unlimited possibilities of post-production, the photographer explores a world without stereotypes and predictability
Reading Time: 5 minutes Chinese-American photographer Michelle Watt’s whimsical, surrealist style draws outside of the lines of today’s commercial market. Here, she discusses the importance of staying true to your voice — and why it’s time for a new era of photography
Reading Time: 3 minutes Think of Guy Bourdin, and you’ll probably think of intense, transgressive images shot in highly-saturated colours. There’s his photograph for Pentax in 1980, for example, which shows a gush of red liquid apparently streaming from a prone woman’s mouth; or his shot from 1978, which shows a woman’s bottom and legs lying on orange sofa – her head firmly out of the picture.
But Bourdin also shot award-wining black-and-white work, which is less known now but which was celebrated in its time. There’s his black-and-white campaign for Chanel’s first ‘Premiere’ watch, for example, which he shot in 1987. Influenced by his interest in Surrealism – in particular Man Ray – and not clearly advertising images, this campaign went on to win the Infinity Award at the International Center for Photography (ICP) in New York in 1988.
Reading Time: 4 minutes It would be an understatement to say that the legacy of Gyula Halász – better known by his pseudonym, Brassaï – has been the object of extensive research and countless curatorial projects. Yet the Fundación Mapfre, the private institution that has shown the highest devotion to photography in Spain, has entrusted Peter Galassi, the former chief curator of photography at Museum of Modern Art, to conduct what will probably be the definitive exhibition about the Hungarian-French photographer at its Barcelona gallery, the Garriga i Nogués exhibition hall (19 February to 13 May). The exhibition could be considered to be Galassi’s biggest curatorial endeavour so far since he retired from MoMA, and the catalogue, published by Fundación Mapfre, can attest to the pertinence of this major survey of Brassaï.
Reading Time: 4 minutes In the 1950s, André Breton, the anarchic poet-founder of Surrealism reached out to the Bordeaux…
Reading Time: 2 minutes From photographs inspired by crime scenes to pseudo-scientific experiments, Clare Strand has always marched to…