Sentences on photography by Torbjørn Rødland
After rationalism and mysticism—twenty lines.
The muteness of a photograph matters as much as its ability to speak.
The juxtaposition of photographs matters as much as the muteness of each.
All photography flattens. Objectification is inescapable.
Photography cannot secure the integrity of its subject any more than it can satisfy the need to touch or taste.
Good ideas are easily bungled.
Banal ideas can be rescued by personal investment and beautiful execution.
Lacking an appealing surface, a photograph should depict surfaces appealingly.
A photograph that refuses to market anything but its own complexities is perverse. Perversion is bliss.
A backlit object is a pregnant object.
To disregard symbols is to disregard a part of human perception.
Photography may employ tools and characteristics of reportage without being reportage.
The only photojournalistic images that remain interesting are the ones that produce or evoke myths.
A photographer in doubt will get better results than a photographer caught up in the freedom of irony.
The aestheticizing eye is a distant eye. The melancholic eye is a distant eye. The ironic eye is a distant eye.
One challenge in photography is to outdistance distance. Immersion is key.
Irony may be applied in homeopathic doses.
A lyrical photograph should be aware of its absurdity. Lyricism grows from awareness.
For the photographer, everyone and everything is a model, including the photograph itself.
The photography characterized by these sentences is informed by conceptual art.
The photography characterized by these sentences is not conceptual photography.
3:14 pm • 27 July 2014 • 262 notes
Hello, I have finally gotten around to updating my website. There are photos of my zine, “Read The Wind Sock,” up as well as my commissioned portraits. I want to take more portraits again, so message me and I’ll tell you what city I am in.
8:55 pm • 23 July 2014 • 4 notes
Walther König, by Wolfgang Tillmans
An interview from 2011, of how Walther came into the book world by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
3:49 pm • 23 July 2014 • 1 note
From the “Buttery Battery" Series
RCA MA Photography 2014
2:35 pm • 14 July 2014 • 11 notes
Francesca Tamse tackles landscape photography in unexpected and meticulous ways, creating pictures at once visually captivating and loaded with meaning. They are to be experienced again and again to decipher their many layers, but their impression lingers, settling somewhere between carved photographs and flattened sculptures that push both her subject matter and her tools in new directions.
Francesca was the first interviewee that I was lucky to meet in person [update: I just met Lance Brewer at a 4th of July barbecue while visiting New York last week, which was a pleasure], as we found out we had many common friends and interests, including a nearby coffee shop. It was so great to put a friendly face on our email exchanges and geek out together in real life.
Francesca was born in 1989 in the Bay Area and graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2013. She currently lives in San Francisco and will be starting her Masters in Photography at the Royal College of Arts in London this fall. She self-published a small edition of books called neo Ancient sites and just put out a new zine through Colpa Press and 8-Ball Zines called Read the Wind Sock.
Excerpt from Pending
Thanks for a thoughtful write-up and interview of my work!
1:38 pm • 11 July 2014 • 19 notes
Reference from something I took upon arriving to Santa Cruz, March? 👒🐌
1:42 am • 11 July 2014 • 2 notes
🎱One more!! 🎱crew SF. BEST WEEKEND NEW FAIR NEW BOOKSNEWFRIENDSMOREBOOKSMOREFRIENDS photos by @damienmaloney #8ballzinefairsf #billiardpalacade 🎱
2:28 pm • 8 July 2014 • 1 note
Spread from my zine, “Read The Wind Sock” available as a set of three w/ Kappy and Chris Lux. Co published by @colpapress and @8ballzines Available at needles and pens 8-ball site. Also, I am so happy with yesterday’s turn out from the fair. Big thank-yous to everyone for taking part and coming thru! It’s been an amazing week-end. 🙏✌️🔜❗️
6:20 pm • 7 July 2014 • 3 notes
SF- ”Pages,” Installation of printed spreads from books soon-to-be published from Deadbeat Club, Hamburger Eyes, and 8-Ball artists. I have some spreads installed for new zine coming out this Sunday. Co-published by Colpa Press and 8-Ball Zines
At RVCA | VASF Gallery, San Francisco, CA
July 5th 6-9pm
5:46 pm • 2 July 2014 • 6 notes
Here’s a sneak peek spread from my new book coming out next week during the 8-Ball Zine fair in San Francisco (July 6th). It will be a limited edition set, along with artists, Chris Lux and Dave Kaplan. Co-Published by Colpa Press (SF) and 8-Ball Zines (NY). More info soon!
2:27 pm • 26 June 2014 • 5 notes