Monthly Archives: June 2014

Josef Sudek’s Still Lifes

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Only a smattering of other photographers — American Edward Weston comes to mind — were as able as Josef Sudek in capturing light so magnificently. How it is refracted by glass, how it bounces off a surface, how it plays with its contrary, the shadows. Sudek’s excellent skills as a printer, acquired after years of stubborn trials and errors and unwavering perfectionism, only sublimate the extraordinary quality of his images. The tonal range of his prints is such that the […]

Profound and Lucid Sight

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‘Subject matter will be more powerfully affecting if it presents itself through the artist’s expressive manipulation of his medium. Thus, instead of merely transcribing visual sensations-instead of seeking merely to copy nature-the artist should, rather, condense these sensations. Working toward serenity by means of simplification, he will be able to produce a more vivid, less accidental representation of the subject, lodged in the entire compositional arrangement of the work of art.’ P. 17, Henri Matisse, A Retrospective, by John Elderfield, […]