My second museum outing included a trip to the Moma and the International Centre of Photography. I also went to the Whitney, and was informed that the exhibition was no longer there. However, while I was there, I did check out the Jeff Koons exhibit and I was truly blown away. Despite the fact that Jeff’s work is not photography per se, it was a worthwhile contribution to my research. It was extremely engaging and actually made me question things. What was it made from? What was it supposed to symbolize? How did he recreate these figures and images so accurately? Some of his painting were so realistic, they were in a sense like photography. It inspired me to question how we see the world around us, and furthermore how we are able to translate that into an artistic form; a skill that is crucial for creating successful photographs.
In regards to the Moma exhibit, I have to admit that it seemed rather lacklustre in compairison to the Genesis exhibition by Sebastiao Salgado. Sebastiao’s photographs were truly breathtaking. The exhibit was described as “as quest for the world as it was, as it was found”; a quest that I believe was fulfilled with both a softness and a stark intensity. He captured the natural world in its purest essence, as well as humanity in its most raw and primitive form. Sebastiao’s photo essay explored unseen corners of the earth; the frigid cold of Alaska, to the extreme heat of Madagascar and Africa. A wide range of subjects indeed, yet bound together by a common sense of fragility. His photos all had common elements: black and white, contrast, sharp images, and a sort of “misty” glow. These elements held his exhibition together and helped viewers experience the journey despite the many varying landscapes in his photos – something to consider for our own photo essays!
All in all, the photos I saw at each of the exhibitions were truly eye opening and useful for my photography research.