Out of Focus Photography at the Saatchi Gallery London

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Out of Focus Photography at the Saatchi Gallery London

Post by Marizu » Sat Jun 16, 2012 4:05 pm Etc/GMT-1+01:00

There are a number of artists from Saatchi's collection being exhibited in this show that use large format equipment.
Before we go any further, beware that there are a number of images being displayed that may (quite rightly) offend the sensibilities of many.
There are a couple of images from Mitch Epstein's American Power series.
Katy Grannan has a number of striking and large portraits of Frisco's finest. I think that these images were shot on LF. Certainly much of her earlier work was.
David Benjamin Sherry's large landscape photographs look like they originated in a view camera before being romantically developed and printed by Cheech and Chong. These are truly captivating images.
A collection of Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin's collected 10x8 negatives of nudes in the Warsaw Ghetto are shown under red glass as the hadn't been fixed properly.

As the large frormat camera is a favourite tool of the contemporary photographer, I'm sure that there is much more work that has been created using our favourite tools.

Anyway, this exhibition is free, I can offer no warranties and I suspect that the only person that likes all of the pictures in this mixed bag is Saatchi himself.

Stick your head in if your passing and let us know what you think <ducks/>

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Re: Out of Focus Photography at the Saatchi Gallery London

Post by Acheron Photography » Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:32 am Etc/GMT-1+01:00

Thanks for the information, Marizu. And, um, apologies in advance for being negative, but I did think this was a pretty bad show.

The Mitch Epstein's were, I agree, good - but there were only two of them, and the better one was in the Tate Modern photography room for months last year. And offsetting that there was some terrible HDR from Luis Gispert and room after room of sight gags masquerading as art. It doesn't help that the artist I wanted to see most - Hannah Starkey - wasn't on show as they had a temporary exhibition that was occupying some of the space.

Anyway, as Marizu says this show is free so if you happen to be in the area, do pop in - perhaps I am just a grumpy old man and you'll like more than I did.

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