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An examination of one of Walker Evans's iconic photographs of the Great Depression. Kitchen Corner, Tenant Farmhouse, Hale County, Alabama shows a painstakingly clean-swept corner in the house of an Alabama sharecropper. Taken in 1936 by Walker Evans as part of his work for the Farm Security Administration, Kitchen Corner was not published until 1960, when it was included in a new edition of Walker Evans and James Agee's classic Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. The 1960 reissue of Evans and Agee's book had an enormous impact on Americans' perceptions of the Depression, creating a memory-image retrospectively through Walker's iconic photographs and Agee's text. In this latest addition to the Afterall One Work series, photographer Olivier Richon examines Kitchen Corner. The photograph is particularly significant, he argues, because it uses a documentary form that privileges detachment, calling attention to overlooked objects and to the architecture of the dispossessed. Given today's growing economic inequality, the photograph feels pointedly relevant. The FSA, established in 1935, commissioned photographers to document the impact of the Great Depression in America and used the photographs to advertise aid relief. For four weeks in the summer of 1936, Evans collaborated with Agee on an article about cotton farmers in the American South. The result of that project was the landmark publication Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, documenting three sharecropper families and their environment. These photographs were intimate, respectful portraits of the farmers, and of their homes, furniture, clothing, and rented land. Kitchen Corner powerfully evokes Agee's observations of the significance of "bareness and space" in these homes: "general odds and ends are set very plainly and squarely discrete from one another... [giving] each object a full strength it would not otherwise have."
Seeing For Others is the second book from London's Royal College of Art (RCA) Photography Department, following on from Hardcover: Image Perspectives. Seeing For Others is a deeper look into the fascinating and ground breaking work coming from the RCA Photography Department. These innovative artworks are featured alongside visual and text-based conversations and essays from experts in the field. A dream can be an image or a series of images that come to me. Such images have an unusal intensity. Thus starts the philosopher Alexander Garcia Duttmann's exploration of what a dream might be. This book brings together 21 young artists who challenge each other to make visible their dreams through photography and film. The philosopher responds to the dreams and resulting images, weaving together a precise yet provocative text that opens up the relationship between images and text, dreams and pictures. Designed by Marine Duroselle with an additional text by Olivier Richon, distinguished artist and Professor of the Photography Programme at the Royal College of Art in London and edited by the renowned photographer Rut Blees Luxemburg. Seeing for Others will inspire anyone with an interest in photography, moving-image and contemporary art practice.
This third book showcasing the most cutting-edge work produced by the Royal College of Art (RCA) Photography Department follows on from Seeing for Others and Hardcover: Image Perspectives. Waving Flags brings together 20 emerging international artists whose individual photographic practices engage with the potential and pitfalls of translation as an artistic device. Though differing radically in their style and approach, these young photographers each produce work that questions the role of translation in creative practice: can it be a constructive tool for the artist, or are there certain ideas that remain untranslatable? Richly illustrated with a diverse range of photographic work specifically conceived for this publication, Waving Flags situates fresh talent from one of the UK's most innovative photography courses alongside critical essays by leading academics. Edited by renowned photographer Rut Blees Luxemburg and featuring text by distinguished artist and RCA professor Olivier Richon, Waving Flags offers a fascinating insight into one of contemporary art's most elusive concepts.
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