June 11, 2011
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November 27, 2009
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October 27, 2009
- Todd Hido (on portraiture)
October 18, 2009
American Suburb X has a great interview with Lewis Baltz
Q. Nowadays most photographers seem to regard photography as the best way of recording a ‘real present’ – of course, this is part of the history of the photography. Do you think we need photographs to give us real information about our present today?
A. No, I don’t think we need that at all, any more; we already know, to the point of ennui, what the world looks like in photographs. Other than in very specialized circumstances, photography has been left behind as a descriptive medium. Of course this loss of utility renders it more available to an aesthetic reading. Since the beginning photography has insisted on its place among the fine arts, now it has arrived, though in ways and for reasons unsuspected by most of its partisans.
In becoming inutile – no longer content-driven – photography became self-reflexive, much as painting did from the time of Manet. Photographs no longer provoke a meditation upon external phenomena, but on the conditions of their own existence. Photography became Modernist at precisely the moment when Modernism faltered, and became commodified at the moment when the intellectual prestige of the commodity is at its lowest ebb. Poor photography. On the other hand, given the recent applications of technology photographs are now quite acceptable objects for the market.
September 13, 2009
Freshjive is taking their logo and name off all products, website, and promotional materials starting in 2010. This will certainly be interesting to see as one of my biggest problems with street brands is that while much of their clothing may be very good, there is inevitably some huge logo slapped all over it ruining the whole thing.
I don’t doubt that the move will be a successful one however I wonder if it represents the first in an industry wide sea change or will it be only successful for the early bird (a la Radiohead’s donation system of In Rainbows)
The company is still Freshjive. It’s just that none of our product will have any of our logos or even our name AT ALL. Not even in the labels. And after the turn of the year, no promotional material, nor our website will have any logos. It’s really invigorating to approach designing a line WITHOUT the constrictions of how the logo is gonna be placed or used on the garments.
September 3, 2009
August 11, 2009
Tom Waits: The whole town is kind of like a folk song. It’s like public domain. You do have a hand in the building of it. It didn’t get built by one guy. This is what I envisioned, we all work together. Even in your house, the things you do to your house, well, someone will be living in it, and its what you did to it. And someone after them will be living in it. I get bothered by all the people you see every day that I’ll never see again. We’re surrounded by strangers. Millions and millions of people you see every day that are just like fish. They’re just extras in the movie starring you and you’re an extra in the movie starring them. It’s just peculiar. Then you’re really aware of it in a city ’cause there’s so many people and you’re just pushing through. You’re just like a sperm flipping your flagellum around, you know, trying to make your way through the city.
Beck: Who you know and whatever situations you find yourself in with whatever people—it’s all sort of arbitrary. There are an infinite amount of doors you could’ve opened.
Tom Waits: And walk right out and walk right into another door and start another life six blocks away.
June 2, 2009
A lot of the time I don’t like Mark Romanek or his work, other times I cannot stand him or it. Then there are still other times when I think he’s brilliant.
January 22, 2009
October 26, 2008
September 30, 2008
This makes me sick. Why not admit the gaffe, accept responsibility for the mistake and move on rather than inventing a new addition to the Newspeak dictionary? Gotcha Journalism? Please. I’m committing thoughtcrime on McCain and Palin right now.
via Steven Beelen