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Happy Birthday Man Ray!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS with tags , , , on August 27, 2009 by echostains

Man Ray with Dali

Man Ray with Dali

It’s American Surrealist photographer Man Ray’s birthday today.  Born in 1890 -1976: original name Emmanuel Radnitzky, is best known for his work as a photographer though he thought of himself as a painter.

Kiki 'Queen of Montparnasse'

Kiki 'Queen of Montparnasse'

He contributed to the Surrealist and Dada movements and was reknown as a fashion and portrait photographer.  He liked to refer to  these as his ‘photograms’ or ‘Rayograms’.

manray_noire-and-blanche

manray_noire-and-blanche

This avant- garde artist has been highly influential in a number of fields including  film, sculpture, collage and even performance and conceptual art. 

Man Ray glass tears

Man Ray glass tears

For more of his work, including his biography see HERE

For more of my birthday blogs;-

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Gauguin

Dali

Leonardo da Vinci

Hart Benton

Turner

Van Gogh

Morris

Pollock

Chagall

Kahlo

Modigliani

Degas

Hopper

Marcel Duchamp

Aubrey Beardsley

Art I LOVE: Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, – A Bygone way of Life

Posted in ART, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE with tags , , , , on June 24, 2009 by echostains

a whitby street

a whitby street

I have always  loved these sepia photographs by Victorian Frank Meadow Sutcliffe (b. 1853 – 1941).  I have several  framed prints.  Although posed, there is a certain lack of self consciousness in a lot of these photographs.   It did help that Sutcliffe actually knew these villagers.  The fisher people are  my favorite portraits.  The character of these people shine  through their faces.  Theirs wasn’t an easy life, battling against the elements in order to live.  They were hardy people though with loads of grit, as evidenced in their portraits.

 

Henry Freeman Lifesboat man and hero

Henry Freeman Lifesboat man and hero

Although born in Leeds Yorkshire, Sutcliffe seems to have been fascinated by Whitby and it’s people, capturing  lots of its rural life  and some of the surrounding villages on his camera. Sutcliffe  had his studio in Whitby and lived just outside.

halcyon days

halcyon days

Sutcliffe chronicles a life that has all but disappeared.  From capturing  everyday working life to even the leisurely way people and animals moved down the lane.  At work and at play, you get the feeling that these people communicated  and cared for one another.  There is a sense of community which I find quite charming.

A reassuring sense of community

A reassuring sense of community

  Read all about this interesting photographer here

whitby  harbour

whitby harbour

The Sutcliffe Gallery UK  is a rich source of Sutcliffe’s photographs.  You can buy postcards and even framed prints here

The Sutcliffe Gallery Australia, lots of additional information on individual photos here

Back in the Picture

Posted in ART, BRONTE BITES, DESIGN, PAST PLACES, YORK BREAK with tags , , on June 19, 2009 by echostains

At last!  We got a new camera!  The other one broke and couldn’t be fixed.  I have missed not having a camera a lot.  I saw lots of interesting sight today in Manchester.  My mobile just does not do it at all……

haworth church stained glass

 

haworth church stained glass

I also like to keep track of my depleting face, which seems to be altering shape by the day..and not in a good way I may add!  I can’t wait to get snapping away!  Here’s one I did earlier with the last life of the old camera –

inside the apothecary haworth

inside the apothecary haworth

Art I LOVE! Andreas Gursky – GO BIG!

Posted in ART, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE with tags , , , on April 8, 2009 by echostains

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Favorite Art: Art I LOVE, Pentii Sammallahti:The World in Black and White

Posted in ART, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE with tags , , , , , on January 24, 2009 by echostains
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houston-texas-1978-pentti-

Whilst looking through some old research I had on disc, It occured to me  that so far in my blog, I haven’t included any photographers.   I came across this photographer a few years ago.  I love the abstract quality in his work.

sammallahti_pentti_50-penalti-napal-94

sammallahti_pentti_50-penalti-napal-94

I don’t know why, but I thought he was Russian.  Wrong! when I looked in the Wikipedia I found that Pentii Sammallahti was actually born in Finland! HELSINKI to be exact.  Now that is strange…………look at page 14 of my Altered Art Book.

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sammallahti_pentti_60-solovki-white-sea-russia-92