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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.

 

 

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.

“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…