I got the plesure of studying with Patrick Nagatani while he was a professor at the University of New Mexico. while he was here in New Mexico he was really intrested in photographing atomic testing sites and reading public information related to nuclear affairs. Nagatani’s work got him into working with hollywood and building special effects models for science fiction films.The series that was most interested to me was the series Nuclear Enchantment. Nagatani combines photography with built sets and Hollywood-style (special effects) to question the ways in which photography shapes our ideas about historical truth.The planes shown in Nuclear Enchantment are mostly model planes from his own collection, which he built from kits. Nagatani’s acidic hues are the result of altering color balances during printing.
I got to experience the UNM art museum on Monday. There were two artists at the art gallery that I really enjoy looking at their work that’s Ansel Adams and Hiroshi Sugimoto. They had a section of the gallery just for Hiroshi Sugimoto, but only one image of Ansel Adams. Ansel Adams photo (Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941) was an amazing photo to see in real life. Hiroshi Sugimotos photos were also amazing to see up close, but I really enjoy (Cabot Street Cinema, Massachusetts 1978). I am happy I got to experience this Gallery.
Diane Arbus is an American photographer that revolutionized all the art she made. Arbus used bold subject matter and combined it with her photography to produce bodies of work that in some cases can be very shocking. The image “child with toy hand grenade in central park” is an image that embodies the awkwardness between childhood and violence in society. The image depicts a boy holding a toy grenade in the middle of central park making an expression that looks like he is bit of a maniac. The image became one of the most celebrated photograph in American history. This photograph is quite ironic because one of her critics Norman Mailer once said, “Giving a camera to Diane Arbus is like putting a live grenade in the hands of a child.”
James Nachtwey is an American photojournalist and war photographer. Natchtwey is an award winning photographer that has covered the most horrific stories told today. The assignments that were given to him, have taken him all over the world. Nachtwey has documented history from the violence of the Iraq war to the AIDS in Cambodia and Thailand. Natchtweys started his career in my home town Albuquerque where he was a newspaper photographer in 1976 for the Albuquerque Journal.
In 1994 James Nachtwey worked for Time magazine were he witnessed the devastating effects of the Rwanda. Nachtwey took a picture of a survivor from a hutu death camp which he named “SCARRED”. This is a picture of a man who had just got released from a hutu death camp were they were being starved, beaten, abused and some were killed. I fill that Nachtweys work is amazing, he does a great job catching the emotion and filling of his surroundings so it makes you fill like you are there in the photo.
William Eggleston is and American photographer that widely credited for his colored photography. Eggleston created revolutionized photography by bringing color into art, reducing the notion of picture’s content to what was in front of the Egglestons eye and diminishing the importance of storytelling. In the series called “Memphis” were he took a picture of a tricycle that was altered by a fish eye lens to be perceived as bigger than the houses that were in the back ground.
Vincent Van Gogh is a dutch post-impressionist painter whose work, known for its bold color, emotional honesty and rough beauty. Van Gogh painted the series “shoes” in the 1880’s. Van Gogh visited Paris were he went to a flea market, he came across a pair of worn out shoes that he bought. The shoes did not fit him so he decided to use them as a prop for his paintings; the shoes became the most celebrated footwear in the history of modern art.
Hiroshi sugimoto has been working on his photo-series entitled Theaters in which he photographs movie theaters, auditoriums and drive in movie theaters during the show. Sugimoto leaves the camera aperture open for the duration of the show and what is left is the bright screen that illuminates the surrounding of the space photographed. The images are presented as a relationship between spatial perception and time.