Inspiration Mondays: Michael Max McLeod (NSFW)

Lido Adult Theater, Houston, TX (2013)

Michael Max McLeod is a photographer, bookmaker and self-publisher. He was born in Chicago in 1973 and he currently lives and works in Phoenix, AZ. McLeod studied photography at Arizona State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Art in 2011. Before he studied photography, McLeod worked as a designer for RollingStone.com and a producer for Playboy.com.

In 2011, the artist was first recognized for his self-published ten-photo series, Casual Encounters. The book consists of portraits of men he had met on sex and dating websites. Several of the photographs in Casual Encounters appeared in exhibitions worldwide and were published in Queer Zines Volume 2, Self-Publish Be Naughty, and 10x10 American Photobooks.


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We love Manjari Sharma, and this beautiful work has so much depth and beauty. Check it out at My Modern Met-

Look At This Photo Friday!

Well, in this case it’s actually two photographs, but I couldn’t pick between examples.

Maria Ionova-Gribina’s series Natura Morta humanizes animal deaths. Those of us who travel regularly along roads come across dead animals frequently. So frequently, in fact, that it becomes something one tries to ignore, because it’s painful to think about. In this series, the artist gives the viewer a well-needed reminder that both life and death deserve recognition and respect.

Inspiration Monday with Tierney Gearon

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Tierney Gearon is an American based contemporary photographer working out of LA. Tierney had no formal photography training and originally studied ballet. While she was studying ballet, she was discovered by a European modeling agency. She then spent five years modeling and traveling the world.


During her travels, Tierney picked up a Polaroid camera and began experimenting. An agency in Paris saw some of her work, and impressed by what they saw, encouraged her to keep it up. Tierney spent several years working as a fashion photographer. She eventually moved on to making more personal work, focusing on her family and the world around her.

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Current Exhibitions: Josef Koudelka - Nationality Doubtful

Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful

Art Institute of Chicago

June 7 to September 14, 2014

Today, it is an honor to present the exhibition of the artist that made me become a photographer, Josef Koudelka. Nationality Doubtful, is his first retrospective in the United States since 1988. Koudelka started in his early twenties taking photos for Prague’s theatre, but principally worked on his ambitious series Gypsies, a beautiful representation of modern history and timeless humanism. Koudelka became famous in anonymity with his daring photographs of the Soviet-led invasion of Prague in August 1968. As a result, the artist had to flee Czechoslovakia and roamed through out Europe until 1980, until he finally found political asylum in France. Since the late 1980s Josef Koudelka has made panoramic landscape photographs and had not stopped traveling.

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Sally Mann. 1992.

sunsetgun:

Sally Mann. 1992.

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Inspiration Monday: Laurence Philomènea freelance photographer from Montreal, Canada.

I have selected a few pieces from her series “Sugar High” and “Feminine Identities.” In her portrait series, Philomène uses candy colors and floral prints to juxtapose traditional “feminine” imagery against male models and body hair. The artist’s still-life series reflects a similar questioning of gender norms by displaying sweets, “girl” toys, and beautiful locks of hair out of a human context or ruined in some way: drowned, smothered, soiled. This work casts doubt on the peculiar notion of binary gender identity and in the artist’s words, “the illusion of femininity.”

Please visit Laurence Philomène’s website and tumblr.

mudwerks:

(via Photography By Alessandro Risuleo | 25th Century)

nevver:

Darkness on the edge of town, Patrick Joust

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archiemcphee:

Photographer and light artist Michael Bosanko created this awesome light painting depicting Pac-Man being chased through a derelict building by three hungry ghosts. However he appears to be about to chomp on a power pellet, so those ghosts had better get ready to turn around and flee.
Visit Michael Bosanko’s website to check out more of his wonderful light paintings.
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archiemcphee:

Photographer and light artist Michael Bosanko created this awesome light painting depicting Pac-Man being chased through a derelict building by three hungry ghosts. However he appears to be about to chomp on a power pellet, so those ghosts had better get ready to turn around and flee.

Visit Michael Bosanko’s website to check out more of his wonderful light paintings.

[via Kotaku]

nevver:

Pattern recognition, Klaus Leidorf

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"Never Forget What Is Worth Remembering" by Diane de Ribaupierre

Featured in HGC’s “A Postcard Show

[Limited edition postcard-prints available for purchase]

"Captivated Mothers" by Jennifer Lang

Featured in HGC’s “A Postcard Show

[Limited edition postcard-prints available for purchase]

Current Events: Vivian Maier “Out of Shadow” | Harold Washington Library Center | March 29 to September 28, 2014

I had a different event in mind to talk about today, but a trip to the library, yesterday, postponed my first idea and I decided to share information on the significant exhibition presented by the Chicago Public Library’s Special Collections.

I had written about Vivian Maier in the past months, but for the ones that didn’t make it to the Chicago History Museum, here is a new occasion to discover her work.

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Current Events: “Raison d’être” Exhibition of Andre Kertesz at Stephen Daiter

Raison d’être

Exhibition of Andre Kertesz at Stephen Daiter (Chicago)

From March 7 to May 24, 2014

Well, it has been a while since I sat down and wrote about photo shows. Life never tells you what will come next and what is waiting for you at the next street corner. So to “celebrate” writing again I want to share with you a wonderful exhibition happening right now in Chicago. Stephen Daiter Gallery is presenting one of the greatest photographers ever known, Andre Kertesz.

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