As published in AAD earlier this month, this article provides you with an insight into The European Month of Photography, but more specifically Paris, where Paris Photo and Fotofever run in parallel. The full article can be found HERE
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Published back in October of this year, my article for AAD pertaining to art galleries, is I am confident every artist will find helpful. The full article can be read HERE.
Yet another article on this subject matter, which can be read here: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/889699/will-facebooks-obscenity-police-ever-accept-photos-as-art#comment-423084. In response, I have written a long and detailed comment which can also be read here-under:-
“I have read this subject matter on numerous occasions, the content of which is primarily repetitive, as the issue is always the same. Primarily, Facebook not only have no understanding of the arts, they also have no interest. The owners and the management give the impression of being uncouth and uncultured, so is it any wonder that such issues exist.
Facebook only address such issues after the event (and then only for the select few, as Facebook are essentially impossible to communicate with!). The statement above wherein you write that Facebook’s Frederic Wolens quoted Courbet’s L’Origine du Monde as an example, is amusing to say the least, and simply demonstrates a limited repertoire of excuses.
I am well acquainted with both Frode Steinicke and Luc Wouters and extremely familiar with the absurdity of the ban of Courbet’s L’Origine du Monde. A case where Facebook clearly bit off more than they could chew, and as you correctly state, where as a result “ridiculed around the world”. However, I’m not so sure that Facebook being ridiculed globally is of any major significance to Mr. Zuckerberg , as his image of a corporate dictator, now expands beyond the corporation and constantly spills into the public domain. Effectively, Mr. Zuckerberg has positioned himself as a dictator as to what is and isn’t art and also as a dictator of the public that use the Facebook platform. Effectively, users are frequently disciplined like small children with no means or rights of recourse.
With regard to your proposal that qualified art institutions should be treated differently, I find this ludicrous and in no way taking into account or respecting the status of established art galleries and the artists themselves. Why should the latter be segregated, as without the artists, the art institutions themselves would not exist, in the same way as art would not exist if curatorial responsibilities were left to Facebook (as you rightly point-out).
Additionally, a lot of the censorship resulting in accounts being blocked or disabled seem to amount to nothing more than individual victimisation. If I may take myself as an example, wherein my own personal account is on average blocked for 30 days every 2 weeks or so. As I write my account is blocked, following my having shared (yes shared not posted) a post from my own official artist’s Facebook Page. The post in question was not made by myself, but by one of several administrators of my page. The post pertained to one of my own artworks, which I subsequently shared via my personal page. As a result, my account was once again blocked, yet the artwork in question was not removed or sanctioned in any way. In my opinion, nothing more than pure victimisation.
It is also worth noting that Facebook is awash with pornography or sexually titillating images of zero artistic merit, yet these are seemingly allowed because they apparently do not breach the Facebook Terms and Conditions. Obviously an increasingly ludicrous situation therefore and not one that I envisage is going to improve anytime soon.
Moving to the subject of Pinterest, it is interesting that you should make reference to them. I also maintain a Pinterest account and of late am receiving continued notification of post that I have shared from other pages, which apparently do not meet terms and conditions. However, as it is not I who made these posts (I simply shared them!), it’s not quite clear why I am receiving notice of posts pertaining to another party. I also maintain a Pinterest Board which depicts my own artworks, none of which have been removed to date, the majority of which have elements of nudity. I have written to Pinterest on this subject (as least they have a basis of communication, which is more than can be said for Facebook!), informing them that I am opposed to them imposing their censorship policies, especially where the posts do not pertain to me. However, I have also notified them that should any of my own artwork posts be deleted, I will close my account forthwith, as under no circumstances will I condone censorship of the arts (the message in question may be viewed via my blog: http://photoconception.com/blog/?p=1115). This resulted in a standard generic response, to which I again replied, indicating that the issue required a response from a living person. To date, no further reply has been forthcoming, which suggests one of several possibilities. Either Pinterest have no living persons and are thus unable to reply, do not know how to reply or lastly have simply decided not to reply. Whatever the excuse, no reply comes as no major surprise. Ultimately however, Pinterest are not Facebook, and if they decide to follow the route of Facebook, I would not wish to bet money as to the duration they will continue to be in business.
It’s a sad world in which we live, where censorship policies seem to be more severe than they were back in the middle ages. Is this progress I ask myself, certainly it is not from an artistic perspective.”
FVM Global is essentially an online fashion magazine based out of Los Angeles. The current (May 2012) edition features one of my artworks from my series “Romantica”, on the front cover of the magazine, and inside the edition you will find an in-depth interview with myself, together with a gallery of an assortment of my artworks. The article in question from the May edition of the magazine can be found HERE.
Despite the fact that I hold a contract with the globally renowned nude art magazine ”Met-Art”, I rarely contribute to them. However in November 2010 (following on from my 2007 cover), my second cover was published, this time entitled “Yangtze”. A search of my name via the Met-Art website will provide you more information and sample images from the two series in question.
Aside from being produced as limited edition artworks, the full series of 50 artworks is scheduled for publication in 2012, alongside 50 individually written poems. The series will have an inaugurate exhibition coinciding with the book launch in 2012 (dates and venue to be announced in due course).
Additional information on the artworks can be found HERE.
Erotic Review Magazine is a is a monthly UK-based lifestyle publication. Covering eroticism and sex-related topics, it was first published in 1995 as a print magazine, migrating to an eZine format in June, 2010. In addition to the monthly magazine, available to paying subscribers as a virtual flipbook (or a downloadable PDF), the magazine’s website also features blogs and reviews available free of charge.
Erotic Review comprises feature articles, fiction, photography portfolios and a review section, taking a literary approach to eroticism and sexuality. The magazine’s stated purpose is ‘to appeal to the primary sexual organ – the brain’ which it achieves through ‘great writing, which is witty, funny, intelligent, knowledgeable’ (ref. Wikipedia).
The February edition (number 118) is entitled “The Art Issue” and features a special portfolio of my work and myself as an artist, with a full 15 page colour spread. The featured portfolio pages can be downloaded in PDF format by clicking this LINK (be sure to view the PDF in two page format, so you can see the pages side-by-side). The full magazine can be downloaded from the Erotic Review website, with prior subscription.
The December issue of “Aesthetics Now“, has an 8 page spread entitled “Poetry in Motion”, featuring my artwork series “Sensuality & Desire”, which for the editorial, has been coupled with the poetry of Alison Croggon. A great magazine, some great prose and a great series of artworks, with editions still available for purchase (contact me for additional information).
This article provides a great insight into the world of photographic art, and I count myself lucky that as a photographic artist, I’m standing on the right side of the fence!
To read the full FT Magazine article at FT.com CLICK HERE.