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People Love PhotosReview - People Love Photos
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by Christian Klinger
Amadelio.org, 2009
Review by Christian Perring
Mar 16th 2010 (Volume 14, Issue 11)

Klinger's documentary follows four young photographers: Tanyth Berkeley, the collaborative team Traci Matlock and Ashley MacLean, and Elinor Carucci, who all address issues of intimacy and sexuality in their work.  It's a 90 minute documentary with one short DVD extra, so that's about half an hour for each artist or team.  Klinger interviews the artists , their subjects, and other experts, and the resulting work is very informative about the photography. 

Tanyth Berkeley works in Brooklyn and focuses on unconventional female or transsexual people who grab your attention.  We see her walking around the city taking random pictures of people she sees in the street, and we also see her talking to the filmmakers in her studio.  Traci and Ashley work in east Texas: they explore sexuality, and their own relationship in their images.  We see them taking photos of a model and we see them working together in the home they share.  They focus on nude female models, and it is funny to see them using their back yard to take pictures of models; they interact with their models in very informal ways, with music playing and sharing wine with them.  They talk about how they like taking risks in their pictures, involving themselves with their subjects, and addressing sexuality and violence.  Matlock and MacLean are eloquent in discussing their projects and the segment on them is very interesting.

Maybe the best known of the photographers featured in the DVD is Elinor Carucci.  She has had two books published: Closer and Diary of a Dancer.  We see her talking to the filmmakers, and other art experts discussing her work.  She goes through some of the photographs from her first book, saying what they mean to her and how they reflect on her methods.  We also see her interact with her children and take photographs of them in a public park, and this leads to her explaining some of her more recent work.  Her work includes is especially focused on her family: how she relates to her husband, her children, and her parents, and she likes to show some of the more physical aspects of life: touching, bleeding, and snot.  She talks about her experience of complexity living as a woman, but there isn't quite the same eloquence here as in the other two segments.

People*Love*Photos is an unusual documentary at a time of growing interest in fine art and documentary photography, so it is worth seeking out.

 

Links:

·         Tanyth Berkeley at Bellwether

·         T&A

·         Traci & Ashely at flickr

·         Elinor Carucci

·         Amadelio.org

 

© 2010 Christian Perring        

 

Christian Perring, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Dowling College, New York


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