Sunday, January 27, 2008

famous photographers without websites: goldin, dijkstra, and mann

continuing the theme of photographers without websites, i thought i would point out just a few of the famous portrait photographers without official sites.

Nan Goldin is the mother to an entire generation of photographers inspired by her confessional, frank, self-chronicling approach to color photography. i'm not surprised that she doesn't have a website, but it's a shame that there isn't an amazing archive of her work available online. though maybe her work is best viewed in her great books, like the Ballad of Sexual Dependency... the photo on the left, of her ex-girlfriend Siobhan, is one of my favorites of hers. there's an interesting article about her here, in which she says of her subjects: "People feel that I'm narcissistic, voyeuristic or vicarious. Or they say I make the viewer vicarious. But I don't think so. I show my people in their full strength, staring back at you. They're not victimised by you. They're not objectified by you."

Rineke Dijkstra is another major fine art portraitist without a website, as Colin Pantall pointed out in the comments. as Colin said, and as is true for the other photographers in this category, she just doesn't need a website.

Image Makers, Image Takers has a cool interview with Dijkstra, available online where she talks about really concrete and practical stuff, from how she chooses subjects to whether she thinks photographers have to be technologically proficient...

Sally Mann is another one. i don't think a website is quite her style. luckily there are already some great resources about her work online, including videos from her episode of the show Art 21 and a small collection of YouTube videos... at left is one of Subjectify's all-time favorite subjects, Miss Jessie Mann.

1 comment:

colin pantall said...

Esko Mannikko, who's up for the Deutsche Borse Prize, is another without a website. That's because he's just not interested I think. Paul Graham didn't have one until recently and Wendy Ewald's is under construction.