ASX.TV: Ren Hang – A Portrait (2013)

Ren Hang doesn’t have a lot to say about himself. In the fine art environment, where emphasizing one’s own importance (or having representation to do so, while you maintain the air of expensive mystery) is the norm, this resistance to pretense could be considered a form of madness. But this hasn’t stopped the twenty-seven-year-old photographer, […]

Daido Moriyama: “Tights and Lips”

  One of the most revered living Japanese photographers, Daido Moriyama’s work is saturated with the melancholic beauty of life at its most ordinary. His photographs epitomize wabi-sabi, the Japanese aesthetic of finding beauty in imperfection. Moriyama focuses in on the lost and the discarded, and finds echoes of living through the breakdown of traditional […]

JO ANN CALLIS: “EARLY COLOR”

  Although my work outwardly seems to vary over many years, there are certain links running through all of it. I consistently want to make things that satisfy my sense of beauty. I respond to the tactile nature of things. Another element that pervades it is tension or anxiety. These elements always live within me […]

Money, Paint and Jokes – An Interview with Richard Prince (2007)

“I thought these new models were more generic and less identifiable and could make it seem like after the logo and copy were cropped out that the re-photographed image could be more my own.”   An Interview with Richard Prince by Brian Appel, 2007 BRIAN APPEL: Hope you had a chance to read my review […]

Two Perspectives on Antoine d’Agata’s – ‘ANTICORPS’ at Le Bal (2013)

The stairs lead us to an overwhelming space. The walls breathe no more, they are covered with images from the floor to the ceiling, as as many painful scars to bear.   By Guillaume Blanc, ASX, February 2013 Antoine d’Agata – The drifting mankind With the exhibition Anticorps, Le Bal shows, from 24th January to […]

Asger Carlsen – ‘Hester’ (2012)

 “I am tired of photography.” – Asger Carlsen   By Paul Loomis, ASX, February 2013 Asger Carlsen’s new book, Hester, features twenty-one impossible photographs.  Their subjects are almost humorously mangled yet unbloodied human bodies.  The first image is a pile of plump flesh with stretch marks, mounded in globs atop a bipod consisting of an […]

Sébastien Girard – “STRIP-O-GRAM” (2012)

The male strippers parade their sexuality and occasional flamboyant 80s hairstyles in front of paying female customers, who grin and push dollar bills into their thongs.   Strip-o-Gram By Paul Loomis, ASX, February 2013 In 2007 Sebastian Girard set up an automatic email alert on eBay for keywords related to photographs and strippers. Over a […]

Francis Bacon – “Survey”

  “I feel ever so strongly that an artist must be nourished by his passions and his despairs.” – Francis Bacon   Francis Bacon (28 October 1909 – 28 April 1992) is largely known for his grotesque, graphic and emotionally raw imagery. Bacon’s abstracted figures typically appear enclosed within glass or steel geometrical cages and […]

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An Interview with Robert Heinecken – “Photographist” Pt. 2 (1996)

Porno Film Strip #4, 1972 Lithographic film 57 x 17 1/4 inches TAPE NUMBER: VII, SIDE TWO APRIL 14, 1996 LEHMER: All right. So let me rephrase that. There was an interesting statement made by an artist about the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, that they always have photography exhibited in the hallways of the museum outside of the […]

An Interview with Robert Heinecken – ‘Photographist’ Pt. I (1996)

“But aside from this other kind of intellectual thing of the drawing and writing, I was like into hot rods more than anything else, and girls, obviously, and drinking beer and smoking, all of these things that the pastor’s son is not supposed to do.”   Interviewed by Stephen K. Lehmer TAPE NUMBER: I, SIDE […]

Christer Strömholm – ‘Post Scriptum’ (2012)

  Many of his photographs were taken in Paris, and anticipate the work of more contemporary photographers like Nan Goldin in that they are documents from Strömholm’s eclectic and vigorous life.   By Paul Loomis, ASX, January 2013 This volume compiles photographs from several extremely hard to find books by Christer Strömholm, a Swedish postwar […]