richard billingham :
'my father raymond is a chronic alcoholic.
he doesn't like going outside, my mother elizabeth hardly drinks,
but she does smoke a lot.
she likes pets and things that are decorative.
they married in 1970 and I was born soon after.
my younger brother jason was taken into care when he was 11,
but now he is back with ray and liz again.
recently he became a father.
'dad was some kind of mechanic, but he's always been an
alcoholic. it has just got worse over the years.
he gets drunk on cheap cider at the off license.
he drinks a lot at nights now and gets up late.
originally, our family lived in a terraced house,
but they blew all the redundancy money and, in desperation,
sold the house. then we moved to the council tower block,
where ray just sits in and drinks.
that's the thing about my dad, there's no subject he's interested
in, except drink.'
'it's not my intention to shock, to offend, sensationalise,
be political or whatever, only to make work that is as spiritually
meaningful as I can make it -
in all these photographs I never bothered with things like
the negatives. some of them got marked and scratched.
I just used the cheapest film and took them to be processed
at the cheapest place. I was just trying to make order out of chaos.' biography
richard billingham was born in birmingham in 1970
and began taking photographs while studying fine arts at
after college he returned to birmingham, and worked stacking
shelves in qwik save, doing art by night.
billingham began photographing his family as reference
material for paintings.
the subjects are his father ray, his obese and tattoed mother liz,
his unruly younger brother jason,
the dog's another character: caught flash-pupilled with the cat
beside the fridge with the brown dribbles all down it;
or thoroughly chewing its behind on the sofa.
he took so many shots that the family stopped noticing
and the result is that they are portraited without artefice.
his photos were first shown in the barbican art gallery, london in 1994
entitled 'who's looking at the family'.
two years later these selected images feature in billingham's book,
'ray's a laugh', published by scalo, 1996.
after the overnight fame, he stopped taking still pictures,
but moved on to hi-8 video footage, resulting in the 47minute
TV film called 'fishtank', commissioned by artangel.
first exhibited in 1995 at anthony reynolds gallery, london,
the works have since received international acclaim.
in 1997 he won the citibank private bank photography
prize and his work was one of the talking points of 'sensation',
the exhibition of contemporary british art from the saatchi collection,
in london and berlin (1997), and new York (1998).
the latest stills are depopulated landscapes:
dead-end waste ground; patches of semi-rural / industrial
dereliction behind red-brick walls; threadbare greens and
eroded playgrounds between housing estates;
a windblown spinney mirroring a painter's cloud-puffed sky...
lives and works in stourbridge (uk).
Joseph Paul Jernigan (January 31, 1954 – August 5, 1993) was a Texas murderer who was executed by lethal injection at 12:31 a.m.
In 1981, Jernigan was sentenced to death for stabbing and shooting 75-year-old Edward Hale, who discovered him stealing a microwave oven. Jernigan spent 12 years in prison before his final plea for clemency was denied. His cadaver was sectioned and photographed for the Visible Human Project at the University of Colorado's Health Sciences Center.
Visible Human Project
The Visible Human Project is an effort to create a detailed data set of cross-sectional photographs of the human body, in order to facilitate anatomy visualization applications. Jernigan's cadaver was encased and frozen in a gelatin and water mixture in order to stabilize the specimen for cutting. The specimen was then cut in the axial plane at 1 millimeter intervals. Each of the resulting 1,871 slices were photographed in both analog and digital, yielding more than 65 gigabytes of data.
At the prompting of a prison chaplain Jernigan had agreed to donate his body for scientific research or medical use, without knowing about the Visible Human Project. Some people have voiced ethical concerns over this. One of the most notable statements came from the University of Vienna which demanded that the images be withdrawn with reference to the point that the medical profession should have no association with executions, and that the donor's informed consent could be scrutinised.
Mark 12:31, "The second most important commandment is this: 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself.' No other commandment is greater than these."
Hellen van Meene is an artist who makes photos, mostly portraits, mostly of young people, and mostly of girls. Thanks to her galleries she can make a living out of this. Her work is shown in museums and galleries all over the world. She is the single subject of three books and appears along other artists in many other books and magazines. She lives in Heiloo, The Netherlands.
hellen van meene
Well before Corey Arnold ever thought about photography, he fished. As a child, he dressed as a fisherman for four consecutive Halloweens, and once brought a dead 3-foot Mako shark to school for show-and-tell. He knew he wanted to be a professional fisherman, even if he didn’t understand what that actually meant. What was a recreational escape for his father became an identity for him.
After studying photography in college, Arnold sought a way to combine those two parts of his life. He eventually found work on a crab boat in Alaska’s Bering Sea, an extremely dangerous and once obscure job, now popularized by the television show Deadliest Catch.
Arnold is transparent about being as much participant as observer in his pictures, and some of the most beautiful images from his seven years aboard the Rollo and the Two Bears are both more collaborative and introspective in nature, documenting the drudgery of the work, reflecting the surreal perception of the world brought about by isolation and lack of sleep during months spent at sea, and exploring the complicated and sometimes violent relationship between humans and the natural world.
Nazraeli Press recently brought the work together in Arnold’s first book, Fish Work: The Bering Sea. Signed copies can also be purchased directly from the photographer.
Corey Arnold is based in Portland Ore., where he is represented by Charles A. Hartman Fine Art as well as in Los Angeles by Richard Helle
|If Robyn Cumming were a creature she would be a troll baby because they're small, creepily strong and totally adorable. If she were an object it would be a stack of 500 million 10 dollar bills which, in turn, would be used to buy more objects. If she were an emotion it would be laughing that turns into coughing...and then dry-heave style crying. |
Robyn is a Photo-based artist working in Toronto. She received a BFA from Ryerson University and an MFA from York University. She currently teaches in the Photography Dept. at OCAD and Ryerson University. You can find her work in some of the following publications or, if you prefer couch potato learning, you can tune into an episode of "Snapshot" airing on BRAVO and available as a DVD. By posting their fancy logos below, Robyn acknowledges the support of the Toronto, Ontario and Canada Art Councils.