by Gian Paolo Barbieri
The work of the Dutch photographer and filmmaker Ed van der Elsken (1925-1990) revolved around years spent travelling, and the characters he encountered along the way. Born in Amsterdam, he was almost completely self-taught. His seemingly raw work is less concerned with traditional technique and composition and moreso with the evocation of atmosphere surrounding people and place.
His imagery provides quotidian, intimate and autobiographic perspectives on the European zeitgeist spanning the period of the Second World War into the 1970’s in the realms of love, sex, art, music (particularly jazz), and alternative culture.
Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo, a graphic designer, filmmaker & illustrator currently living and working in Viña del Mar, Chile. One of his few pieces with multiple people in it is this fabulously provocative digital rendering entitled ‘Kiss’.
Jean Cocteau described Clergue as “a poet with a camera.” Pablo Picasso proclaimed Clergue “the Monet of the camera.” Nudes are one of the most difficult subjects to get just right, and each viewer will have his or her own personal definitions of what is graceful, or tasteful, or altogether too much. Clergue’s nudes however walk the tightrope of exquisiteness and provocation.