The other day I made it over to the International Center of Photography to check out the Edward Steichen exhibit. It was well worth it. ICP is such a an interesting place. It was packed with amazing work both from Steichen, and many other photographers. The inspiration was just dripping off the walls. There was even a short, silent film which showed Steichen at work during a portrait session.
As I made my way around I took notes. Nothing incredibly detailed, but rather short, and sweet one liners about stuff that moved me. This was one of the first times I took notes while taking in an exhibit, and I would highly recommend it. I felt completely absorbed by the artwork, and seemed to get so much more out of the experience.
Here are a few of my notes which will likely make no sense to anyone but me:
-Deteriorated Mannequin heads
-Some portaits with background lights, many more with strong use of shadows
-"CAIRO" by Philip-Lorca diCorcia
-Shadows from blinds and curtains, stripes, polka dots
-"FIRE" by Mario Sorrenti
"I'M A MARIONETTE" by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
-Layering composition from front to back
-Steichen print called "Gloria" 1924. Facial closeup with black, netted veil over her face.
-Steichen avoided gaudy backgrounds, and opted for simple ones.
-Martin Munkacsi said he just wanted to be known as a "good photographer".