NEW YORK. Si intitola “Back” ed è una collettiva che presenta ‘scatti di schiena’. Tradizionalmente, infatti, i fotografi hanno sempre affrontato i loro argomenti da prospettive frontali. La mostra alla Pace / MacGill Gallery di New York invece presenta solo soggetti che voltano le spalle all’obiettivo mostrandone un nuovo carattere visivo e psicologico.
Molte delle opere in mostra catturano un momento rubato, di solitaria di meditazione e introspezione; altre mostrano un lato più cinematografico, altre ancora esplorano e interpretano la sensualità e la fisicità della schiena umana. Esposte fotografie di Adou, Richard Benson, Harry Callahan, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander Jim Goldberg, Emmet Gowin, Paul Graham, Hiro, Peter Hujar, Jocelyn Lee, Nicholas Nixon Tod Papageorge, Susan Paulsen, Paolo Roversi, Lucas Samaras, Viviane Sassen, Fazal Sheikh, William Wegman, Henry Wessel e Garry Winogrand.
In mostra fino al 28 agosto.
NEW YORK. Pace/MacGill Gallery is pleased to present BACK, a group exhibition of photographs by Adou, Richard Benson, Harry Callahan, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Jim Goldberg, Emmet Gowin, Paul Graham, Hiro, Peter Hujar, Jocelyn Lee, Nicholas Nixon, Tod Papageorge, Susan Paulsen, Paolo Roversi, Lucas Samaras, Viviane Sassen, Fazal Sheikh, William Wegman, Henry Wessel, and Garry Winogrand, among others. Featuring a range of subjects – including babies, animals, and nudes – photographed solely from behind, the selected works both humorously and seriously explore the visual and psychological intrigue of images taken from this vantage point. The exhibition will be on view from June 18 through August 28, 2015, with an opening reception on Thursday, June 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
Traditionally, photographers have approached their subjects from frontal perspectives. When individuals turn their backs to the camera, however, conventional portraits can become investigations into the transformative power of anonymity. In seeking to decipher the identity and thoughts of a figure photographed from behind, the viewer can visually assume their place within the picture – joining baseball spectators in the crowd in Tod Papageorge’s Shea Stadium, New York, 1970, witnessing Senator John F. Kennedy’s presidential nomination in Garry Winogrand’s Democratic National Convention, Los Angeles (JFK), 1960, or attending a traditional Chinese funeral ceremony in the Sichuan Province in Adou’s Funeral, Women, 2006.
Many of the works on view capture stolen, solitary moments of meditation and introspection – even of the canine and avian variety. The lone figure in Richard Benson’s Forillon Park, Gaspe, 2006 sits in deep contemplation, and as the suited man in Henry Wessel’s San Francisco, 1973 considers the myriad implications of the vast expanse of ocean before him, so too does the behatted canine in William Wegman’s Lee Street Pond, 1981. Alternatively, some pictures assume a more voyeuristic, cinematic feel, such as Lee Friedlander’s New York City, 1966, in which the photographer’s foreboding shadow appears, unbeknownst to his subject, on the back of her fur coat.
Other photographs explore varied interpretations of the sensuality and physicality of the human back. Nicholas Nixon’s portrait of his son, Sam, Arles, 1997, celebrates the formal beauty and sculptural quality of the naked body, while the sinuous shape of the spine is accentuated in Hiro’s Black Bathing Suits, Manzanillo, Mexico, 1985 and Viviane Sassen’s Nest, 2010. Susan Paulsen’s Katonah, 2014 offers a more intimate approach, allowing viewers to visually revel in the soft flesh of her endearing young subject.