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Portfolio: Underground New York through Richard Kern’s polaroids

 

The sulfurous american photographer Richard Kern is back at the Fortnight Institute to exhibit a serie of never-seen-before polaroids of the underground New York scene from the 80's-90's.

A photographer and a director at once, the American Richard Kern imposed himself as major figure of the new-yorkese underground scene throughout the years. As he lived in the East Village in the eighties, he quickly started to document the clandestine scene that was exploding with artists such as Sonic Youth (for which he directed a video for Death Valley ’69), Lydia Lunch or even David Wojnarowicz. His fascination for sexual perversion, drugs and voyeurism quickly got him to be called an “erotic photographer”. A qualification that, if hardly deniable, is also very reducing seen as his unique visual identity.

 

Through Polarized, the Fortnight Institute offers a retrospective of the never-published-before photographer's polaroids captured in-between the eighties and the nineties. A more intimistic side of his work which recalls his talent as a portraitist and his sensitive vision of his forever city. 

 

Polarized, jusqu'au 9 octobre au Fortnight Institute à New York.

 

By Marion Ottaviani.

 

All pictures courtesy of Fortnight Institute.

 

 

Helmut Newton, Mario Testino and Jean Pigozzi, together in a must-see show
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Helmut Newton, Mario Testino and Jean Pigozzi, together in a must-see show

Photography This legendary photography trio is being celebrated at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin with a brand new exhibition conceived as a triptych: Helmut Newton’s Unseen, Mario Testino’s installation Undressed and finally Jean Pigozzi’s Pool Party. It’s a visual escapade of beautiful images by these sacred beasts. This legendary photography trio is being celebrated at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin with a brand new exhibition conceived as a triptych: Helmut Newton’s Unseen, Mario Testino’s installation Undressed and finally Jean Pigozzi’s Pool Party. It’s a visual escapade of beautiful images by these sacred beasts.

“Pacifier”, an exhibition by photography's freshest star Petra Collins
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“Pacifier”, an exhibition by photography's freshest star Petra Collins

Photography At the tender age of 24 photographer Petra Collins, muse and collaborator of Gucci, unveils her first solo show in Canada entitled “Pacifier”. At the tender age of 24 photographer Petra Collins, muse and collaborator of Gucci, unveils her first solo show in Canada entitled “Pacifier”.

Coco Capitán’s Fantasy China
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Coco Capitán’s Fantasy China

Photography The Spanish photographer, to whom we owe the crossed out logo t-shirt in the last Gucci runway show, is releasing a book of photos from her trip to China. The Spanish photographer, to whom we owe the crossed out logo t-shirt in the last Gucci runway show, is releasing a book of photos from her trip to China.

Portfolio: the big “Autophoto” event at the Cartier Foundation
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Portfolio: the big “Autophoto” event at the Cartier Foundation

Photography Thirty years ago, the Cartier Foundation paid a “Hommage to Ferrari”, today it’s widening its field with a new exhibition entitled “Autophoto”. A look back at two centuries of automobiles through the work of major photographers including Juergen Teller, Jacques Henri Lartigue, William Eggleston, Peter Lippmann… Thirty years ago, the Cartier Foundation paid a “Hommage to Ferrari”, today it’s widening its field with a new exhibition entitled “Autophoto”. A look back at two centuries of automobiles through the work of major photographers including Juergen Teller, Jacques Henri Lartigue, William Eggleston, Peter Lippmann…

Generation 2000, New York youth by photographer Ryan McGinley
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Generation 2000, New York youth by photographer Ryan McGinley

Photography When he was just 25 years old Ryan McGinley presented “The Kids Are Alright” at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, a powerful portrait of New York youth that was as candid as it was crude. Today he’s back with “The Kids Were Alright”, a collection of 1600 shots that are just as subversive, taken between 1998 and 2003. When he was just 25 years old Ryan McGinley presented “The Kids Are Alright” at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, a powerful portrait of New York youth that was as candid as it was crude. Today he’s back with “The Kids Were Alright”, a collection of 1600 shots that are just as subversive, taken between 1998 and 2003.

Irving Penn, 70 years of career celebrated at the New York Met
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Irving Penn, 70 years of career celebrated at the New York Met

Photography With “Irving Penn: Centennial”, the Met offers us a majestic retrospective of titanic proportions: 200 photographs from portraits of Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, his wife and muse, to images of Marlene Dietrich, Pablo Picasso and so many more… With “Irving Penn: Centennial”, the Met offers us a majestic retrospective of titanic proportions: 200 photographs from portraits of Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, his wife and muse, to images of Marlene Dietrich, Pablo Picasso and so many more…