Das tägliche Pendeln mit der Bahn ist langweilig? Der Fotograf Jeff Mermelstein aus New York zeigt, warum Sie derweil trotzdem nicht mit Freunden chatten sollten.
Why do some fashion photographs transcend their commercial character to function as works of art, while others do not? In part, the answer lies in the ability of a fashion photograph to reflect two or more worlds: the perfect world inside the frame—where youth, beauty, and luxury reign supreme—and the harsh realities of the world outside it. The best fashion photographs remind us of other works of art or expand the boundaries of the genre, redefining what a fashion photograph is supposed to do, or be.
The 1970s and 1980s are seen in a new light thanks to a joint exhibition of works by David LaChapelle and Joseph Rodriguez. The upcoming exhibition will present LaChapelles’s „Recollections in America“ and Rodriguez‘ „Spanish Harlem“. Galerie Bene Taschen will open the doors to its Cologne venue for the Show on April 26, 2018.
In his latest series entitled Recollections in America, photographer David LaChapelle used a production process in which he builds “neo-collages” from acquired photographs taken during intimate family gatherings in America during the 1970-1980’s.
Die Galerie Bene Taschen freut sich, vom 26. April bis 7. Juni 2018 die Ausstellung Recollections in America mit Fotografien von David LaChapelle zu zeigen.
In the wake of World War I, Puerto Rican and Latin American immigrants first began arriving in New York, settling in a little corner of upper Manhattan around 110th Street and Lexington Avenue, which is now known as Spanish Harlem. With a foothold firmly established in El Barrio, the neighborhood blossomed after World War II, when a new wave of immigration transformed the face of the city.
To coincide with his Exhibition at Cologne’s Galerie Bene Taschen, we catch up with Joseph Rodriguez to discover more about his poignant ’80s snapshots of El Barrio.
Midway through Freedomland – the second of Richard Price’s three novels set in the fictional New Jersey city Dempsey – an ambitious local reporter scrutinizes the apartment of a mother grieving over the disappearance of her young son.
It took five years for Brooklyn-Born photographer Joseph Rodriguez to complete the Spansih Harlem series, his most expansive, thorough, and personal body of work to date. A Puerto Rican New Yorker born in the 50s, Rodriguez grew up strongly Aware of the stereotypical narratives attributed to his community across the Mainstream media – a reductive, simplistic discourse he always felt the urge to defy. „As a Latino, I wanted to own my Story,“ he tells us. „That’s why it took me so Long to make this work – I wanted to do the opposite of what the media did, and go in deeper, give a broader, wider lens view of what it truly meant to be a part of this community of East Harlem, ‚El Barrio‘.“
Joseph Rodriguez fotografierte in den 80er Jahren die Straßen und Häuser des New Yorker Viertels „Spanish Harlem“. Im Mittelpunkt stehen dabei nicht Kriminalität und Gewalt, sondern die Anwohner selbst. Sie gewährtem dem Fotografen Zugang zu ihrem Gemeinschaftsleben – so entstanden intime Fotografien, die vom 20. April bis zum 30. Juni in der Kölner Galerie Bene Taschen ausgestellt werden.