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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.

 

 

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At Arles, Ann Ray plunges us into the intimate world of Alexander McQueen

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Carlo Mollino’s erotic Polaroids inspire Jeremy Scott for Moschino

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Robert Frank : The birth of a legend

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