MoMA Acquires Hundreds of August Sander Photographs

A procession of faces from another era is coming to the Museum of Modern Art.

In what MoMA describes as a landmark acquisition, it has received a complete set of 619 photographic prints by the German portrait and documentary photographer August Sander from his sweeping chronicle of German society, “People of the 20th Century.”

Over about 60 years, Sander, who died in 1964, created the photographic record of his country’s people, making naturalistic, anthropological portraits of tradespeople and professionals.

“His ambition is nothing less than to use photography to describe the people of the 20th century,” said Sarah Hermanson Meister, a MoMA photography curator, who described the collection as one of the most important works of 20th-century photography in its ambition, scope and influence.

“He is doing this through the German people, but it’s not limited in its intention to that.”

The set was acquired from the Sander family. The terms were not disclosed.

MoMA already has about 80 Sander photographs, but the acquisition takes its collection to a new level. Seven editions of the complete set were printed from the artist’s glass-plate negatives between 1990 and 1999. MoMA said it was now the only museum to hold one of these sets in its entirety.

The faces of boxer, draughtsman, engineer, bohemian, dancer, sailor, criminal and many more stare out solemnly in a classic survey of individuals as archetypes.

When asked her favorite, Ms. Meister said, “It’s a bit like picking my favorite child.”

“But maybe,” she added, pointing to a pale girl peering from a circus wagon, “the circus people are my favorite.”


Lorenzo Castellni’s “Air Collage” Places Iconic Paintings Into Contemporary Settings

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The art of air collage is similar to air guitar. You emulate an original and make it your own. In Lorenzo Castellini’s case that means taking the faces of famous painters and paintings then collaging them onto modern day figures in contemporary settings. The end result is a humorous take on these iconic images and a look at how they would fare in the present day. Even though the project is supposed to be satirical it succeeds in capturing the viewer’s attention by using almost universally well known paintings and placing them in different contexts.
Some of the lighthearted narratives include Van Gogh in various “ear scenarios” and The Venus de milo placed in a shell gasoline logo. The funny stories that emerge by manipulating these images is that art can be brought into the everyday realm and perhaps reach people on a different level. It also uses a childlike technique which plays on perspective and rearranges found images to make comment on the moment. Castellini will take a photo and superimpose the painted image onto that then take another photo of him holding up the collage.
The faces Castellini chooses are from famous paintings which range from Picasso’s les demoiselles d’Avignon to Hieronymous Bosch. These resemble street paintings where the artist pairs faces taken from found images with appropriate photographic gestures which include upper and lower extremities. Material wise it references copying and printing techniques bringing it up to par with today’s standards and practices. (designboom)
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Ocean Requiem: Amazing Underwater Film

Ocean Requiem

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A kaleidoscope of fascinating marine species

Ocean Requiem is a short film by Howard Hall, with original music by Alan Williams. It contains images that are as breathtaking as anything found in The Blue Planet or the water parts of Planet Earth.Vimeo/Screen capture

Hall said that he created the film as a subtle indictment of over-fishing and gill nets (it ends on a very sad image), and it’s very effective at showing a great number of amazing species in a very short amount of time. It feels like many minutes could be spent on each scene…

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This is one to watch in HD and full screen with the sound turned up!

Ocean Requiem from Howard Hall on Vimeo.

Via Howard Hall Productions

Beautiful underwater Google Map shots

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In honor of World Oceans Day, Google has released 40 new coastal and underwater Street View tours from pristine areas around the world, including places like the Great Barrier Reef, Cook Islands, American Samoa, Bali and more. Not only do these images take us to places we may never get the chance to see in person, but they also highlight the marine ecosystems that exist there, shining a light on all that we need to protect and all that we have to lose if we don’t take care of our oceans.

Below are 10 of the great underwater sights captured by Google’s Street View technology. You can head here to see even more underwater views or here to check out some lovely remote island environments.

1. Humpback whales in the Cook Islands

2. Sea turtles in Pedras Secas

3. Blue waters of Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos

4. Jacques Cousteau Park in Guadalupe

5. Manta rays in the Komodo Islands

6. Wilson Island, Great Barrier Reef

7. Sea lions in the Galapagos Islands

8. The abyss in Molokini Crater, Hawaii

9. Brightly colored fish in the Maldives

10. Nurse sharks in Magic Point off Sydney, Australia