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Blog do escritor Luís Soares

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Laura Stevens:

Over the course of one year I invited over fifty men to my home to be photographed naked. Most were strangers, and it would be the first time we met. Stripping my bed to a white sheet, my most intimate space became a site for the man to be at his most intimate. An area with defined boundaries to move within, into which I would look, and he would be looked at.

Being a woman, at the age of forty, contemplating the naked male body feels curiously problematic. With representations of the male nude predominantly made by male artists, there is a lack of imagery exploring a female sensual response to male beauty. Regardless of the advances made in recognising women’s capacity for and right to visual pleasure, the historically dominant male gaze prevails.

Pursuing a way of looking at and portraying man, I questioned the cliched symbols of a ‘hard’ and ‘active’ masculinity which deny vulnerability or the supposed feminine qualities of ‘soft’ and ‘passive’.

Allowing oneself to be the object of another’s gaze requires yielding one’s control and allowing for a revealing to occur, both physically and emotionally. To be naked-as-an-object – to become a nude – furthers this uncovering. In photographing this series of men I was entrusted with this exposure. 

Within this encounter, between him and me, what would I see?

2018

Boys and Water / Men and Water

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I keep coming back to water scenes. I keep coming back to rivers and lakes. I keep coming back to oceans. I like to explore the interaction of people, particularly of young boys and men, with water. Water can disarm even the most armed of facades. Becoming one with water is not about rushing but rather about flowing. And flowing is the closest thing to being.

Denisse Ariana Pérez is a Caribbean-born, Copenhagen-based  copywriter, author and photographer. She is obsessed with words, people and imagery and finding ways to make them speak to one another.

Her photographic work has been featured on It’s Nice That, The Guardian, El Pais, VICE, Afropunk, Dazed, Ignant, Hunger, Paulette Magazine and Accent Magazine. 

Casper Kofi

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Casper Kofi is a photographer based in London. Selected publications include: Hercules Universal, GQ (USA), Vogue Netherlands, Vogue Man, Self Service, L’Officiel Hommes +, Foam Magazine,  The Greatest Magazine, MacGuffin, Dapper Dan, Neu Neu Magazine.

Exhibition: Adorned - Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam - 13 December 2019 - 11 March 2020 

info@casperkofi.com / +31 6 50 640 952

Stephen Shames

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The young people Stephen Shames photographed in the late 1970s, in the best of the American documentary photographic tradition, were born poor in America, abandoned by adults and institutions, plagued by the violence of society. Stephen Shames becomes their spokesperson. Through his photographs and their dissemination, in particular in the form of books with engaged purpose, he insists on the idea that it is poverty which is at the root of all social problems and criminal behavior.

Projected into adulthood, unprotected, the very young people whom Shames photographs bear witness to, without pathos or staging. The photographer’s social and political commitment, which began his career in the 1960s as a columnist for the Black Panther Party, was confirmed in these reports, often produced over several years. The photographer lives by their side and records the dramatic density of their daily lives, in black and white photographs full of emotion and brute force.

Stephen Shames was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1947 and studied at the University of Berkeley, California. It was at the age of 19, during a demonstration in San Francisco against the Vietnam War, that he met

the future founders of the Black Panthers movement. He began to photograph the movement, in all its aspects, and was its main columnist for seven years. As a photojournalist, Stephen Shames views photography as a weapon of liberation, as a means of fighting for justice and social equity. During his long career, he documents the lives of the poorest, the most neglected populations and the youth who try to live and grow up in harsh and hostile environments.

In his own words, his photographic approach is to give a voice to those who are deprived of it. He is particularly interested in child poverty and racial or prison issues to draw attention to social problems in the United States, as photographers like Lewis Hine, Jacob Riis or Marion Post Wolcott did before him.

Stephen Shames has received numerous awards for his work and his works are kept in the largest public collections. In 2015, the Nicéphore Niépce Museum presented a retrospective exhibition of his work, making it possible to make this great American photographer better known to the European public.

Denis Dailleux - Ghana

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I first discovered Ghana when I came across the beautiful book Paul Strand dedicated to this country. It made such an incredible impression on me that on that day, I promised myself that I would one day go and photograph Ghana.

After Gallimard Editions published my book "Fils de Roi" - a work entirely dedicated to Egypt -, I felt that the time had come for me to find new sources of inspiration. In search of fresh landscapes and new ways of being, I set out to explore Sub-Saharan Africa.

My first encounter was in Accra, with the community of Jamestown’s fishermen. There, I was struck by scenes straight out of old oil paintings. The light along the ocean dazzled, transforming the men into silhouettes. After experiencing the prudishness of Egypt, I loved the beauty and the freedom of the Ghanaian bodies. For a photographer, these bodies are a gift.

Further to meeting Joseph, I visited his village in the Ashanti region. But Ghana is not a country so easily tamed, and I had to make many return trips. And during my last trip, I found that my stubbornness had paid off. It was then that I discovered a village at the foot of Lake Volta where I encountered the most beautiful people. It was there that I took what may be my finest portraits - of a village idiot, of the children, and once again, of a group of fishermen.

I love this feeling of perpetual discovery which reminds me of childhood. I try to live within this eternal yet self-renewing state of constant rebirth.

Collier Schorr

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Collier Schorr was born in New York City in 1963. As part of the heady New York art world of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Schorr’s early work mined the vernacular of postmodernism to create photographs that toe the line between documentary and fiction. Often using her subjects allegorically, Schorr’s work navigates the auspices of identity politics to ask beguiling questions about the nomenclature of selfhood. By introducing autobiographical referents and post-appropriation aesthetics into her practice, Schorr’s ongoing body of work negotiates the fluid nature of authorship and performance in relation to portraiture.  ‘8 Women,’ her most recent exhibition at 303 Gallery, incorporated elements of Schorr’s editorial and fashion work into her artistic dialogue, unpacking the subjective natures of objecthood and representation.

Schorr has exhibited her work internationally at prestigious venues that include  the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow; Le Consortium, Dijon; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Kunstwerke, Berlin; Walker Art Center in Minneapolis;  Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and the Consorcio Salamanca, Spain. Five monographs of Schorr’s recent bodies of work have been published by MACK, United Kingdom. Collier Schorr attended New York’s School of Visual Arts, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

Egypt, Mother and Son

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The work of Denis Dailleux, who has been living in Cairo for the past nine years, is a lasting tribute to the generosity of the Egyptian people he fell in love with on his first visit fifteen years ago, and Mother and Son, without a doubt, his most personal work. With great respect and sensitivity, he takes us into these families' inner sanctum, where a bodybuilder son's absolute love sounds like an ode to all mothers, with the power to move viewers the world over.

Margaret Bourke-White

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Margaret Bourke-White was born in New York City in 1904, and grew up in rural New Jersey. She went on to study science and art at multiple universities in the United States from 1921 to 1927, then began a successful run as an industrial photographer, making notable images of factories and skyscrapers in the late 1920s. By 1929, she began working for magazine publishers, joining both Fortune and, later, LIFE. She spent years traveling the world, covering major events from World War II to the partition of India and Pakistan, the Korean War, and much more. Bourke-White held numerous “firsts” in her professional life—she was the first foreign photographer allowed to take pictures of Soviet industry, she was the first female staff photographer for LIFE magazine and made its first cover photo, and she was the first woman allowed to work in combat zones in World War II. Gathered here, a small collection of the thousands of remarkable images she made over a lifetime—Margaret Bourke-White passed away in 1971, at age 67, from Parkinson's disease.