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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.

 

 

A dream cast for the new Pirelli calendar shot by Tim Walker
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A dream cast for the new Pirelli calendar shot by Tim Walker

Photography Naomi Campbell, Whoopi Goldberg, Adwoa Aboah, Lupita Nyong’o, Djimon Hounson… British fashion photographer Tim Walker orchestrates a dream cast as he revisits Alice in Wonderland for the 45th Pirelli calendar. Naomi Campbell, Whoopi Goldberg, Adwoa Aboah, Lupita Nyong’o, Djimon Hounson… British fashion photographer Tim Walker orchestrates a dream cast as he revisits Alice in Wonderland for the 45th Pirelli calendar.

From Rihanna to Marina Abramovic, discover Annie Leibovitz’s latest portraits.
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From Rihanna to Marina Abramovic, discover Annie Leibovitz’s latest portraits.

Photography The first image of Bruce Jenner newly reincarnated as Caitlyn. Marina Abramovic surrounded by snakes. These iconic photos have been brought together in a new book by Annie Leibovitz. The first image of Bruce Jenner newly reincarnated as Caitlyn. Marina Abramovic surrounded by snakes. These iconic photos have been brought together in a new book by Annie Leibovitz.

Everything you need to know about Irving Penn
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Everything you need to know about Irving Penn

Photography Irving Penn was a discreet man. Of course, we know some pictures of him, a few rare self-portraits, and a number of images caught of him on shoots. At his funeral mass in October 2009 his family edited a little brochure of 12 portraits showing him at work. In this booklet - now a highly sought-after piece of fan memorabilia - was also a list of those who did the eulogy. Among them were his faithful stylist Phyllis Posnick, Anna Wintour and Issey Mikaye – proof, if needed, that fashion always played an important role in his oeuvre. Irving Penn was a discreet man. Of course, we know some pictures of him, a few rare self-portraits, and a number of images caught of him on shoots. At his funeral mass in October 2009 his family edited a little brochure of 12 portraits showing him at work. In this booklet - now a highly sought-after piece of fan memorabilia - was also a list of those who did the eulogy. Among them were his faithful stylist Phyllis Posnick, Anna Wintour and Issey Mikaye – proof, if needed, that fashion always played an important role in his oeuvre.

Irving Penn at the Grand Palais
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Irving Penn at the Grand Palais

Photography Irving Penn would have been 100 years old this year. To celebrate this anniversary, the Grand Palais is showing a vast retrospective that retraces the 70-year career of this legendary American photographer. It brings together some 240 images, from fashion and still life to portraits, nudes and street scenes. An opportunity to see among other things his famous ‘Small Trades’ series taken between 1950 and 1951, of working men and women. Irving Penn would have been 100 years old this year. To celebrate this anniversary, the Grand Palais is showing a vast retrospective that retraces the 70-year career of this legendary American photographer. It brings together some 240 images, from fashion and still life to portraits, nudes and street scenes. An opportunity to see among other things his famous ‘Small Trades’ series taken between 1950 and 1951, of working men and women.

Bohemian life according to Ed van der Elsken
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Bohemian life according to Ed van der Elsken

Photography Until September 24th, the Jeu de Paume museum is hosting the first French retrospective of photographer Ed van der Elsken, entitled La vie folle. Part rebel, part philosopher, the Amsterdamer was above all a seducer, in love with bohemian life. Until September 24th, the Jeu de Paume museum is hosting the first French retrospective of photographer Ed van der Elsken, entitled La vie folle. Part rebel, part philosopher, the Amsterdamer was above all a seducer, in love with bohemian life.

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.