Thursday, February 27, 2014

Roswell Angier (b. 1940) is an American photographer

Roswell Angier (b. 1940) is an American photographer.
In the 1950s, when Boston was a major Navy port, the area around Washington Street became known as the Combat Zone; the name derived from the Shore Patrolmen, who prowled the rock-and-roll bars, busting the heads of sailors.  By the 1970s, when Angier spent two and half years (1973-1975) photographing the area, the sailors and patrolmen were gone, and the rock-and-roll bars had been replaced by strip clubs.
Angier used his Leica to capture more than the mere fantasies of customers; his interest was in the complexity of the people of “adult entertainment” community.  He became acquainted with many of the strippers and showgirls who allowed him to photograph them.  Angier’s pictures of these people suggest that “…there is a lot which they never reveal on stage, or in their breezy conversations in the dark shadows of the clubs; qualities of grace, wit, resilience, and singleness of heart”.
From 1978-1982, Angier continued his social documentary work, exploring the Native American communities of New Mexico and Arizona.  Having driven through the area numerous times, and influenced by Robert Frank’s image of an Indian bar on Highway 66 in Gallup, N.M., Angier began photographing the towns surrounding the Navajo reservation.  Angier’s images depict a people trying to persevere in the midst of a community gripped by increasing marginalization and debilitating alcoholism.

Roswell Angier has taught photography for over 35 years; he currently heads the photography program at Tufts University.  Angier’s work is included in numerous institutional collections including: Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts; Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, Massachusetts; Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts; Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C.; Wells Fargo Bank, Los Angeles, California. 

Lina Scheynius is a Swedish model-turned-photographer

Swedish model-turned-photographer Lina Scheynius is not shy when it comes to documenting the luminously raw yet delicate moments of her friends’s personal lives, and her own.  Simultaneously voyeur and participant, her poised nudity challenges traditional theories of the female role as passive and objectified. Yet her interplay of casual observations—a calloused heel, fingers interlocking, a moment observed alone on the toilet, or a glimpse of her lover’s penis in the bathtub—still manages to feel exposed, tender, and sincere.
In an age of Instagram-selfies, Scheynius’ diary reads like a Sasha-Grey-meets–Tracy-Emin collection of images underlined by surprisingly strong sexuality but without being at all sensationalist. Despite her commercial success as a regular fashion contributor to Dazed andVogue, her photographs still manage to find beauty in the simplest, most unanticipated moments. More than mere snapshots of the everyday, her work is full of emotional meditation—part autobiographical, part still-life, but always affirming a refreshingly frank and unapologetic vision of contemporary life.