look here

Looking at one’s self, looking at other people, voyeurism and surveillance became central concerns for many photographers.

From the article How we looked, BJP 24/06/09.

The act of looking and the question of the (male) gaze became central in the 1970s: In Laurie Anderson’s work Object/Objection/Objectivity (Fully Automated Nikon) she photographed the men who verbally assaulted her in the streets of New York, later covering their eyes with a white band in the finished images, negating and criminalising the male gaze.

Our cultures’ obsession with sex and sexuality is very apparent in most of the commercial images surrounding us. The question of portraying (sexual) identity, the balance between subject/object, how we look and see each other, is as relevant as ever.

Man Ray (August 27, 1890 – November 18, 1976):

Sin_titulo_1928_jpg

Diane Arbus (14 March 1923 – 26 July 1971):

artwork_images_424175658_167084_diane-arbusdiane-arbus_15

Helmut Newton (31 October 1920 – 23 January 2004):

npov_058_newton_1

Nobuyoshi Araki (born May 25, 1940):

araki1

Sally Mann (Born May 1, 1951):

artwork_images_424705927_292331_sally-mann

Bettina Rheims (born December 18, 1952):

1333829601069.01.LZZZZZZZ

Richard Kern (born 1954):

richard-kern-feature-inc

(You can see some fascinating footage of Kern shooting girls here.)

Cindy Sherman (born Jan 19, 1954):

cindy_sherman_205_217

Catherine Opie (born 1961):

OpieChild

Juergen Teller (born 1964):

54678_MariaCarlaBoscono8_Paradis_Finn_123_1145lo

Wolfgang Tillmans (born 15 August 1968):

tillmans_2

filter

More on the subject of identity and gender in the latest issue of Danish Photo Mag Filter – for fotografi #3, Theme: Normality.

One thought on “look here

  1. Pingback: 2010 in review « Eyes Wide Shut

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s