Adult depictions of childhood are often nostalgic. Freedom, discovery and a sense of wonder are all common themes as grown-ups recall the more innocent world of youth. While the difficulties of childhood are by no means ignored by the popular consciousness, the experience of being a kid is vastly more complicated than we generally want to remember. And it doesn’t...
March 24, 2017
Questions about what portraits can and cannot convey about a person have existed for as long as artists have depicted posed subjects. Body position, gaze, dress, clothing, colors, objects in the frame and other elements are scrutinized by viewers searching for meaning. The work of Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer explores, among other things, what portraiture can reveal. The duo... More »
March 22, 2017
Swiss photographer Romain Mader has won the 2017 Foam Paul Huf Award recognizing young photographic talent, the Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam announced last week. Mader won the award, which includes a 20,000 Euro (approx. $21,603 US) cash prize and a solo exhibition at Foam, for his series “Ekaterina,” a fictional account of the photographer seeking a bride in an imaginary Ukrainian... More »
March 9, 2017
Dutch portrait photographer Rineke Dijkstra has been named the 2017 Hasselblad Award Winner and will be awarded 1 million Swedish Krona (about $110,540 USD), the Hasselblad Foundation announced today. In a prepared statement, the foundation says Dijkstra’s large-scale portraits and video studies “recall the visual acuity of seventeenth-century Dutch portraiture, offering intimate portrayals of her sitters whilst also suggesting the situated... More »