Thursday started off with a visit to Photo Miami.
First pictures to make an impression were by the young California photographer Alex Trager and her faux voyeuristic images (above and below).
Miklos Gaal's pictures have looked interesting for two years running now.
Two major works by Robert Polidori.
Needless to say there was lots of Asian photography this year including this by Cui Xiuwen.
Wout Berger creates some original still lives in nature.
John Divola's cars were pretty and mysterious.
Then it was off to AIPAD Miami.
This unusual August Sander portrait of a child was one of my favorites of the whole day.
Luis Gonzalez Palma showed both old work and this new color piece (above).
I like Michael Wolf's portraits of Chinese copy painters.
The spirit of Bob Dylan was much in evidence with different pictures at many booths. This 1966 picture by Daniel Kramer.
An untitled John Divola.
A David Hockney polaroid with a great accompanying letter to Heny Geldzahler postmarked "1976"... (It says "Swimming pools are such marvelous subjects don't you think?")
Shinuchi Maruyam creates some interesting pictures manipulating liquids in his own studio.
Martin Parr remains my favorite colorist.
Where could this photographer have gotten his color sense from?
A rare snap from more innocent times.
At NADA, Matthew Spiegelman has an interesting vision as seen in the two pictures above.
These Walead Beshty photograms were made by folding the paper and exposing different sides to different light.
Matt Ducklo's surreal images are of actual "Touch Tours", organized for the visually impaired by different museums.
It's hard to avoid Kate Moss. The above installation piece by Nico Vascellari is titled "I Kate You".
An My-Le's new series record the American navy's protection of Gulf oil platforms.
Melanie Schiff - that's her in the bottom picture - was a standout and has already been tapped for the next Whitney biennial.
Mark Borthwick was selling polaroid editions of a number of images for $60 each!
Meanwhile at Art Miami, the Starns were showing large new work.
While at another booth there was an unusually small and delicate Thomas Ruff.
Ruud Van Empel's pictures are holding up well.
Meanwhile many photographers are working with the same selective focus as Miklos Gaal. Here a print of a Japanese race track by Naoki Honjo.
Around the corner from a particularly good Massimo Vitale.
Lastly, lenticular photography finds an appropriate subject in this commentary on the vanishing presence of native americans. Edward Curtis's subjects appear and disappear as you move past the image.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Posted by The Year in Pictures at 8:15 AM