Favorite/Inspirational Artists

Andy Warhol:

If I could meet anyone, alive or dead, it would be Andy Warhol. Leading artist in the Pop Art movement, Andy Warhol created paintings, silk prints, drawings, sculptures, films, music and photographic works and was obsessed with celebrity culture.

“I had a lot of dates, but I decided to stay home and dye my eyebrows” (quote)

“Warhol was a homosexual with a slightly bizarre personality. In the fifties he dyed his hair straw-blond. Later he replaced his real hair by blond and silver-grey wigs. The pop artist loved cats, and images of them can be found on quite a few of his art works. One of Andy’s friends described him as a true workaholic. Warhol was obsessed by the ambition to become famous and wealthy. And he knew he could achieve the American dream only by hard work.” (Reference)

Dash Snow:

American based photographer who used Polaroid images to record alcohol and drug fueled nights that he was unable to remember the next day. Snow died at the age of 28 due to a drug overdose.

“For Dash Snow photography becomes a way of engaging with environment and memory. Each snapshot captures a place, time, and emotion, freeze-framing the individual components of everyday experience, mapping out the compilation of an identity. Using a Polaroid camera for its instantaneous results and association as keep-sakes, the familiar format of Snow’s photos replicates the sentiments of his images: cheap, disposable, and plebian mementos become humble evidence of discarded beauty.

Documenting his life through a lens, Snow’s photographs explore personal existence as a periphery to globalised culture. Presenting an unabridged account of his marginalised lifestyle, Snow’s often uncomfortable images paint an intimate portrait where topical issues such as sex, drugs, poverty, and anti-social behaviour are confronted from a frank position of personal participation. Translated through the generic quality of his medium, Snow’s photos convey the disoriented fragments of memory as voyeuristic observation, conceiving the experience of ‘self’ as a bi-product of mass media dissociation.” (Reference)

Banksy:

England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter, who is best known for completing street art in various places across the world. Keeping his real identity hidden is one of the most interesting aspect of Bansky, especially in a world in which camera phones, CCTV footage, etc. is EVERYWHERE.

“Banksy, despite not calling himself an artist, has been considered by some as talented in that respect; he uses his original street art form, often in combination with a distinctive stencilling technique, to promote alternative aspects of politics from those promoted by the mainstream media. Some believe that his stencilled graffiti provides a voice for those living in urban environments that could not otherwise express themselves, and that his work is also something which improves the aesthetic quality of urban surroundings; many others disagree, asserting that his work is simple vandalism (a claim made by at least Peter Gibson, spokesperson for Keep Britain Tidy), or that his (apparently left wing) beliefs are not shared by the majority of the inhabitants of the environments that he graffitis.” (Reference)

Terry Richardson:

American fashion photographer Terry Richardson, is particularly known for his celebrity photographs and fashion shoots and his sexually controversial works. Whilst I do find some of his works overtly sexual and therefore just appear to be more like porn than photography, I love his celebrity images, and find them to be like pieces of art of the particular photographed celebrity, rather than the posed and boring, magazine shoot that we’re normally used to seeing them.

“You can’t give your photograph soul with technique. I want my photos to be fresh and urgent. A good photograph should be a call to arms. It should say, “Fucking now. The time is ripe. Come on.” (Quote)

 

 

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