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.