Now in its fifth year in Boston, Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Festival of photography is now running at various locations in Boston. The headlining event, an exhibition of the work of photographer Bill Brett, opens on Friday, May 1 and runs through Sunday, May 3. (There is a public reception on Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m.) The Brett show features 50 photographs from Bill’s latest book, “Boston: Irish.” Boston magazine has a full rundown of the 2015 Flash Forward Festival.
WHEN THE STARS BEGIN TO FALL: IMAGINATION AND THE AMERICAN SOUTH
Marginalized and “outsider” artists dominate the 35 talents represented in this showcase of photography, paintings, and sculpture produced mainly between the 1960s and today — from people of faith to people in prison. But each unique piece is a brush stroke in a larger depiction of the sultry fable that is America’s Deep South. And if some of them happen to involve eerie photographs of semi-humanoid creatures in kitschy wood-paneled dens — well then, color this true blue Yankee heart intrigued.
WHERE: The Institute of Contemporary Art
WHEN: February 4 — May 10
Artist, TV Host, and self-proclaimed astrophysicist, Eric Levin is a styleboston original. Interviewing Mario Testino for the show’s Emmy Award winning episode, Levin perpetuates his on-camera persona with the popular web series, The Elevin Show, hosted by the World Photography Organization. Eric is a working photographer who shoots fashion, advertising campaigns and celebrities alike. He travels the world, loves new experiences, and all the beautiful things this world has to offer.
Sex-drenched nudes. Cheeky A-list party scenes. Sultry model-motifs. Elegant royal family portraits?
Is it possible to be one of the greatest provocateurs in fashion photography AND be the favorite family photog among British Royalty for over a decade?
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Remember that tuna salad picture that you uploaded to Instagram during lunch last week? Wouldn’t you want that printed, framed and hung on your dining room wall so you can show it off to all your friends in the near future?
Unfortunately, I can’t help you with that. Printer ink is pretty expensive and I already spent my money on a new set of Furbies for my inner child. Luckily, there is another option.
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In a world where Facebook holds 10,000 times more photos than the Library of Congress and the amount of pictures we take in two minutes surpasses the number of photos the whole of humanity took in the 1800s, it’s hard to say that the meaning of a photograph isn’t changing. With applications like Instagram and Picnik growing at an unstoppable rate, the art of photography is transforming rapidly (and not for the better, some may say). Telephones. Sunglasses. Latte foam. Practically everything is being photographed these days, leaving many to wonder if the very significance behind “good” photography is deteriorating.
That’s where Abstract Photography steps in.
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Having been collaborators from 1987 – 1999, Issey Miyake and Irving Penn were able to bring out the best in each other’s work. Miyake has a supernatural ability to create pieces of clothing that transform the wearer into exotic and alluring beasts. Penn is a photographer that can tame these beasts into photographable masterpieces. Their work together was a journey into a phantasm, where human and clothing fused together into something far headier.
Design Sight in Tokyo will be putting on a brilliant show of their work together, investigating this unique relationship and the pieces produced during those years. Expect a magical leap into an alien collection of images that will make Avatar seem like child’s play. On from September 16th, 2011, to April 8, 2012.
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