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10 February 2019

Ralph Gibson (born January 16, 1939)

Ralph Gibson (born January 16, 1939) is an American art photographer best known for his photographic books. His images often incorporate fragments with erotic and mysterious undertones, building narrative meaning through contextualization and surreal juxtaposition.

14 December 2018

Kate Breakey

Kate Breakey is a contemporary Australian artist who creates delicately hand-painted photographs of birds, flowers, insects, and landscapes. Often rendered in warm yellow tones, her images seek to evoke both the mystery and power of the natural world, and have been featured in such publications as Small Deaths, Painted Light, and Slow Light. “I begin with a silver photographic image, a kind of evidence,” she has explained of her intricate process. “Then I paint on this in many transparent layers of oil paint and pencil. If I am lucky, the media combine and become enmeshed, a curious union of what was real with my own exaggerations and embellishments.” She has also used photograms, wherein she places an object onto a sheet of photosensitive paper and exposes it to light, thereby creating white silhouetted images against black backgrounds. Born on August 14, 1957 in Adelaide, Australia, Breakey studied art at the University of Southern Australia before moving to Austin, TX in 1988, where she attended the University of Texas and received her MFA in 1991. Breakey’s works are in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, and the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego among others. In 2004, she received the Photographer of the Year Award from the Houston Center for Photography. The artist lives and works in Tucson, AZ. 

11 December 2018

Karl Blossfeldt, German photographer

Karl Blossfeldt, (born June 13, 1865, Schielo, Germany—died December 9, 1932, Berlin), German photographer known best for his stark close-up portraits of plants, twigs, seeds, leaves, and other flora.

In 1881 Blossfeldt began his studies as an apprentice at the Art Ironworks and Foundry in Mägdesprung, Germany, where he studied sculpture and iron casting. He then moved to Berlin to study at the School of the Museum of Decorative Arts (Kunstgewerbemuseum). In 1890 Blossfeldt received a scholarship to study in Rome under Moritz Meurer, a decorative artist and professor of ornament and design. Along with several other assistants, Blossfeldt created and photographed casts of botanical specimens in and around Rome. He continued to work with Meurer through 1896 and traveled beyond Italy to North Africa and Greece to collect specimens. Beginning in 1898 Blossfeldt taught design at the School of the Museum of Decorative Arts (Kunstgewerbeschule), and in 1930 he became professor emeritus. There he established a plant photography archive that he used to teach his students about design and patterns found in nature.

Blossfeldt had no formal training as a photographer and used homemade cameras that he outfitted with lenses capable of magnifying his subjects up to 30 times their natural size. The use of magnification resulted in images of extreme detail and clarity. With the precision of a botanist, Blossfeldt photographed the natural world for scientific and pedagogical purposes and inadvertently became a modern artist. His work was considered the forerunner to Neue Sachlichkeit photography, which favoured sharply focused documentarian images. In 1926, when Blossfeldt was already in his 60s, his work was exhibited to the public for the first time at Berlin’s avant-garde Galerie Nierendorf.The works exhibited there were published in the book Urformen der Kunst (1928; Art Forms in Nature [2003]). The first of his three photo books (the other two were Wundergarten der Natur, 1932; and Wunder in der Natur, 1942, the last published posthumously), it was enormously successful and remains one of the most-significant photo books of the 20th century.

13 March 2018


Joy Goldkind currently resides in St. James, NY. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC in 1963. She has exhibited in numerous venues across the country and internationally including a solo exhibition at the Museo Nationale Della Fotographia in Italy, where a permanent collection of her work is now held. Joy’s photographs have graced the covers of international publications and magazines such as Silver Shotz and Eyemazing. Her work has also been featured in B&W Magazine, Photolife, Zoom Magazine, Color and View Camera Magazine.