Emiliano Granado and I were hanging out sharing work w/ each other one evening last fall when he pulls this little white box out of his pack explaining to me that it contains what he’s been working on for the last 3 years. From the look in his eyes I could tell it was something that mattered to him. Indeed, rightfully so, as when he opened the box and I began to shuffle through the stack of 4x5s, I knew it was not just a major step for him, but it was an excellent body of work by any standard. It’s inspired and honest and completed - a rare combination. If you’re in NYC he’s having an opening this month; go check it out.
The painter, Keegan McHargue at his studio in Brooklyn,
A portrait of the artist, Kalup Linzy for New York Mag,
The actress, Jennifer Lawrence for W magazine:
The painter, Alex Steckly,
It’s rare anymore that I take the time to mention inspirations like a movie, but I was so taken back by Hiroshi Teshigahara’s The Women in the Dunes that I could not not share it. I guess it was a relatively big art house hit in the 60s and 70s. and the story itself is a beautiful parable on existence, absurdity, reality, meaning, and struggle in the existential vain of that era (Beckett, Camus, Sartre), and while I think it remains as relevant today philosophically, the truly mesmerizing aspect of this film is the cinematography by Hiroshi Segawa. It is incredible, inspired, and along w/ Soy Cuba and The Third Man, one of the most beautifully photographed black and white films I’ve ever seen. From the stark nature of light and shadow, to the visceral treatment of the human form alongside the nearly surreal visual personification of the sand itself, the film comes alive in the filming. Four stars and some thumbs and what have you.
The singer/songwriter, Tyler Stenson:
Portrait of the band, Girls,
I was in Cape Cod this past weekend, and the entire time I couldn’t shake this old, brilliant Paul Strand photograph out of my head…
photo: Nude, 1925 40N, by Edward Weston (©Cole Weston)
A portrait of the director, Derek Cianfrance,