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Posts tagged "Photography"

Feminist Art Friday Feature: Carrie Mae Weems

By: Ally B.

American photographer and multimedia artist Carrie Mae Weems racism, gender, class and their intersections in identity formation in her award-winning work. Earlier in life, Weems studied dance before finding photography in her early twenties when her boyfriend got her camera. She went on to receive an MFA from the University of California, San Diego. Most recently, the artist was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Genius Award which will give her $625,000 over the course of five years with no conditions. (1)

In her own words:

"…from the very beginning, I’ve been interested in the idea of power and the consequences of power; relationships are made and articulated through power. Another thing that’s interesting about the early work is that even though I’ve been engaged in the idea of autobiography, other ideas have been more important: the role of narrative, the social levels of humor, the deconstruction of documentary, the construction of history, the use of text, storytelling, performance, and the role of memory have all been more central to my thinking than autobiography."[2]

To learn more about Carrie Mae Weems and her art, try the following resources:

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South of the Ohio: A Queer Photo Doc

Featured photographer Christian Hendricks is embarking on a photo project documenting Queer culture in the American South.  Learn more about the project and help chip in a few bucks on the project’s kickstarter, and keep up to date with the project’s tumblr page too.

I’m here for this.

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cavetocanvas:

Gordon Parks, American Gothic, 1942
From the Corcoran Gallery of Art:

Across his careers as an artist, a filmmaker, and an author, Gordon Parks consistently worked to expose racism, poverty, crime, segregation, and other social ills that existed in American society. A self-taught photographer, Parks got his start in 1942 when he earned a fellowship to work for a New Deal government agency called the Farm Security Administration (FSA). He moved to Washington, D.C. and documented the African-American community and the intolerance that they encountered around the city. His best-known photographs from this period feature Ella Watson, a government charwoman employed by the FSA, who Parks befriended and chronicled. In American Gothic, Washington, D.C., Parks posed Watson with her mop and broom in an image derived from Grant Wood’s painting American Gothic, 1930. Standing firmly before the American flag, and looking directly at the camera, Watson signifies how African Americans living in segregation during this era did not possess the freedoms and opportunities symbolized by the flag in the background. When Parks first showed the image to Roy Stryker, his mentor at the FSA, Stryker responded, “Well, you’re getting the idea, but you’re going to get us all fired.” Parks went on to become the first African American staff photographer for Life.

cavetocanvas:

Gordon Parks, American Gothic, 1942

From the Corcoran Gallery of Art:

Across his careers as an artist, a filmmaker, and an author, Gordon Parks consistently worked to expose racism, poverty, crime, segregation, and other social ills that existed in American society. A self-taught photographer, Parks got his start in 1942 when he earned a fellowship to work for a New Deal government agency called the Farm Security Administration (FSA). He moved to Washington, D.C. and documented the African-American community and the intolerance that they encountered around the city. His best-known photographs from this period feature Ella Watson, a government charwoman employed by the FSA, who Parks befriended and chronicled. In American Gothic, Washington, D.C., Parks posed Watson with her mop and broom in an image derived from Grant Wood’s painting American Gothic, 1930. Standing firmly before the American flag, and looking directly at the camera, Watson signifies how African Americans living in segregation during this era did not possess the freedoms and opportunities symbolized by the flag in the background. When Parks first showed the image to Roy Stryker, his mentor at the FSA, Stryker responded, “Well, you’re getting the idea, but you’re going to get us all fired.” Parks went on to become the first African American staff photographer for Life.

gaywrites:

Check out photographer Tatjana Plitt’s series of portraits titled “Gay Warriors,” a look at LGBT members of the armed forces and their families in the aftermath of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and in the ever-present shadow of DOMA. This one’s called Idalia & Angelie. Full interview here

The aesthetics of these photos are notable for another reason as well. They draw the reader’s gaze to the female body without sexualizing it. Instead, women’s athleticism is featured. We are accustomed to seeing the chiseled musculature of male athletes in sports photography. Women, however, aremore commonly sexualized, with shots of female athletes often indistinguishable from the gratuitous pictures of models and movie stars found in fashion layouts and men’s magazines. (via BagNewsNotes - Salon.com)

These are really beautiful photos too. Click through to look at the rest.

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Labels Project, Vol. One

The Labels Project is a collaborative project between myself and Hedda Hammer, a bay area artist and writer, and came after we attended our first pride events in Los Angeles and Long Beach.  Being newly out we noticed quite a few groups and sub groups that we felt were not properly represented in the media, even our own media.  We felt that there was so much about the LGBTQ community that we did not know, and I’m sure others don’t know about.

Though the project has gone through some changes since it’s initial conception, we hope it hope it will continue to grow and evolve as does our community.

Awesomeness

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