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Tina Modotti (1896-1942)

Rose, 1924

Campesinos, 1938

Workers, c 1926-1930

portrait of Edward Weston, 1923

Pablo Neruda's epitaph for Tina Modotti:

Pure your gentle name, pure your fragile life,
bees, shadows, fire, snow, silence and foam,
combined with steel and wire and
pollen to make up your firm
and delicate being.

source: Wikipedia

Edward Weston (1886-1958)

Nude, 1927, silver print

Imogen Cunningham, 1922

Artichoke, 1930

Carmel, 1938

Nautilus, 1927

Tina Modotti, 1923

Tina Modotti, 1924

Excusado, 1925

Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976)

Triangle plus one, 1928

Magnolia, c.1930

Flowering Cactus, 1930

Frida Kahlo, 1931

Ansel Adams, 1975

Manifesto of the Group f/64 (1932)

The name of this Group is derived from a diaphragm number of the photographic lens. It signifies to a large extent the qualities of clearness and definition of the photographic image which is an important element in the work of members of this Group. The chief object of the Group is to present in frequent shows what it considers the best contemporary photography of the West; in addition to the showing of the work of its members, it will include prints from other photographers who evidence tendencies in their work similar to that of the Group. Group f/64 is not pretending to cover the entire spectrum of photography or to indicate through its selection of members any deprecating opinion of the photographers who are not included in its shows. There are great number of serious workers in photography whose style and technique does not relate to the metier of the Group. Group f/64 limits its members and invitational names to those workers who are striving to define photography as an art form b…

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Gare Saint Lazare, 1932

Andre Kertesz

Meudon, 1928

Distortion series, c.1933

Under the Eiffel Tower, 1929

The studio of Mondrian, 1926


portrait of Picasso, 1932

Involuntary sculptures, c.1933

Paris by night, 1934

Bijou de Montparnasse, c. 1933

Belle de Nuit, c.1933

Place d' Italie. 1932

Hans Bellmer

Bellmer, Untitled, 1960 ______ The Doll, 1935 ________ Hans Bellmer ___________

Eugene Atget (1857-1927)

Atget came to Paris in the 1890s. Born near Bordeaux, as a young man he embarked as a sailor and cabin boy. Later he became an itinerant actor. Abandoning the stage, he aspired to become a painter, but settled for photography due to his lack of artistic education. He photographed the city of Paris on commission from public and private patrons, but also on his own. He lived an obscure life and died unnoticed. His work was discovered later by the surrealists who considered his achievements as a kind of premonition of Surrealism itself.

The photographs of Parisian streets, walls, facades, windows, storefronts, are indeed marked by a kind of quite expectation. Both intense and distracted in its concentration, in anticipation of things to come, a future drama that is at the same time the disclosure of a time already passed, as an event or a play in its final stages of completion, after the conclusion of the main action.

Through Atget´s works, Paris stages itself, presents itself as the place…

Photography and Surrealism: Man Ray