MoMA. New York

IMG_0876An enjoyable visit with the main aim of seeing the  photography section but I also spend a long time looking around the museum enjoying all the other art exhibits. (My iPhone images are not great )

Sigmar Polke

 Potato House

Sprouting potatoes growing up a frame–below –caused amusement , not only to myself and hubby , but to the two ladies and gent seen in the picture.

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 Akram Zaatari 

After They Got the Right to Arms. Fourteen young men posing with guns’ 

The images of young men posing with guns were thought provoking , especially striking was the one below. What was such a young boy doing with a gun? The answer is not straight forward as the photographs were studio based portraitures and that Zaatari’s work involves re-using found images such as these . His work questions what can be understood from these re-worked documents , and how truth and history can therefore be misunderstood. An interesting and important concept worth considering , what impact does this have on the documentary value of such images? . 

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Richard Avedon

The highlight for me was to see some of Richard Avedon’s work , I admire his portraiture immensely. The highly detailed large scale print from the series In the American West was wonderful. Avedon spent around 6 years taking portraits of drifters , cowboys , and the disadvantaged he encountered on his journey. Using a white background his subjects are isolated from their surroundings , the intensity of his subjects gaze makes it impossible to look away. Documentary portraiture like this interests me immensely , I have a personal preference for using a plain background , I would love to have such characters pose for me ! 

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