When people look at my pictures, I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.Robert Frank
Robert Frank, one of the most prominent photographers of the 20th century, passed away at the age of 94.
He documented American society while on his cross country road trips in the 1950s, eventually publishing a 1958 black and white photobook The Americans.
“With that little camera that he raises and snaps with one hand he sucked a sad poem right out of America onto film.”Jack Kerouac
Writes the New York Times in his obituary:
“The Americans” challenged the presiding midcentury formula for photojournalism, defined by sharp, well-lighted, classically composed pictures, whether of the battlefront, the homespun American heartland or movie stars at leisure. Mr. Frank’s photographs — of lone individuals, teenage couples, groups at funerals and odd spoors of cultural life — were cinematic, immediate, off-kilter and grainy, like early television transmissions of the period. They would secure his place in photography’s pantheon. The cultural critic Janet Malcolm called him the “Manet of the new photography.”
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Photographer Todd Anthony took pictures of Bolivia’s indigenous female wrestlers for his new project, Flying Cholitas.
This unique group of athletes wear more than stylish dresses and beautiful petticoats — they come together to demonstrate pride in their history.
Once colonized by the Spanish and rejected as lower-class citizens, pejoratively known as “cholita,” they have since embraced the name to symbolize their persistent fight against subjugation and hierarchy.
Symbolizing the culmination of strength, power, and beauty, the cholitas will not be denied in activism nor aesthetics.
We take pictures intending to show someone else — whether it’s our Instagram followers or our family and friends.
But the illusion of infinite shelf space keeps so many pictures on the phone, gone and long forgotten.
Photos should not be stashed away in the closet or hoarded on the hard drive for safekeeping. Even the snap-happy tourist collects a souvenir of the present that few eyeballs witness.
Photography binds us
We communicate in images. And each viewer brings to the picture their interpretation of the truth.
But the facticity of each photo lies within the intensity of the pixels themselves, en route to perception. We can never look close enough.
Just imagine what it’s like when we train the eye to see.
“The first taste is always with your eyes.”
Everything is contrived, from the glowing burger buns, fresh lettuce and tomatoes, to the juicy fresh meat. Video takes food advertising even further, making it come alive from its static state.
Table top advertising or food marketing is no different than any other product marketing: the illusion never matches with the reality of creating it. In reality, the food has been dressed up and augmented to look fresh and mouth watering like those lobsters in Red Lobster commercials.
Fashion advertising is similar. The model is always more enticing wearing makeup and sporting a six pack. When models make commercials, they never smile. Bad assery sells.
Not surprisingly, food porn and selfies are huge on Instagram too, the people’s marketing platform. A little bit of shoot preparation and filters make both food and faces look better than they actually are.
Today, anyone can use technology to create a Hollywood look. Everyone’s deceiving and buying lies at the same time. We all desire better versions of ourselves, including what appears on our plates.