Just found an interesting post by Martin Parr on “photographic clichés”.
Let me try and outline the basic genres that can be found.
1. The above ground landscape with people.
This is a relatively recent development with the major influence of Gursky, being the starting point. You take a high vantage and place people within the frame setting them in a larger urban or even rural landscape.
2. The bent lamppost.
You see this a lot in the USA, where they are blessed with many bent lampposts. The scene is urban and generally quite run down. This can be traced back to Stephen Shore amongst others.
3. The personal diary.
Nan Goldin gave this genre a major boost with the famous “ Ballad of Sexual Dependency ” project, but there are predecessors with the likes Larry Clarke and Ed van der Elsken.
4. The Nostalgic gaze.
Photographers love to shoot a factory, a shop, a club or some institution that is about to close. We, of course, welcome and praise the sense of community that is threatened.
I’m currently doing research and photographing a new series about horses, with a working title of Loose Reins. Coming from a background of riding and a profound love of horses, things lined up for me to begin on a project about it.
I started photographing in the area where I grew up, Karlslund, outside of Örebro Sweden, and I’m now doing some traveling to shoot more material. So far I’ve been to South Dakota and California, and Tennessee, Colorado and New York State is in the works. I’m also hoping to go to Wyoming.
A part of the series will be exhibited during Örebro Photo in June 2014. Stay tuned for more updates!
I published a little travel journal from my recent trip to Tokyo on Time & Space
Performance artist boychild, on the cover of Girls Like Us, shot earlier this year.
Part of my series La Mort La Vie is featured on Stampsy today, check it out in high res on their site or a tablet.
Creation is Love II
Showing some work, a blend of old, and new unseen photographs, as a slideshow at this event in Brooklyn tonight. So excited to be among talented artists and musicians!
Am on the other side today! @mayafuhr photographing me for @bullettmagazine with @nicoleflorence @tt646 @flowah_child #instagram
Photo: Agnes Thor
In the End from La Mort La Vie (2013)
Eternity from La Mort La Vie
Fountain of Youth from La Mort La Vie (2013)