Markus von Platen

Posted: June 7th, 2014 | Author: paul paper | Filed under: Installation, Photography | No Comments »






Markus von Platen (b. 1984, Copenhagen, Denmark)

Blog Reblog: Athena Torri & Enrico Smerilli

Posted: May 26th, 2014 | Author: paul paper | Filed under: Photography | No Comments »

BLOG REBLOG is a project/show, curated by Max Marshall and Paul Paper, which aims to appropriate and reflect the online culture of post-curatorship and how masses of images are spread.


On the occasion of the show’s second run in Austin, I like this blog continues interviews with the photographers paired together for this project.


1. Do you think the role of the author is transformed by the blogosphere?
Athena Torri: I think that today’s authors who get involved in blogging purposefully or unwillingly have to become comfortable with giving up major power over their work. Yes, they made the work, but once it hits the blogosphere it might spread and grow and shift away from their original intentions. I recently saw a small retrospective of a photographer who I really love. I had never seen her work in person and at the show she displayed her images alongside a narrative-like text. I realized that I had been interpreting her images incorrectly, and I enjoyed both interpretations of the work. I think if the work is strong it will have space to let the viewer project their own stuff onto it, while still holding the author’s intent. I think that today authors participate in many more collaborations than they consent too.

Enrico Smerilli: Thinking about the role of the author, I consider Roland Barthes’ essay the ‘Death of the Author’. As a curator within blogosphere, one is empowered to articulate a visual narrative. It can be represented in a linear or non-linear mode of storytelling. Personally, I am intrigued by how people either consciously or unconsciously move through these over-lapping realities. The psychology of a blog is the window to the ’self’. We cannot fully understand that ’self’ without considering the dynamic relationship with the audience. This touches upon the relationship between subject and object, it forces one to look at this exchange. In some ways, we, as authors, become anonymous in a vast landscape of other individuals creating meaning. We can never escape our roles as authors, creating meaning and co-creating visual narrative with others. The nature of the Internet, and perhaps the blogosphere too, is that it is continually changing our definition of identity and community. The blogosphere celebrates that there is never a single interpretation or perspective. It is, rather, a multidimensional space, which on many occasions can feel like a shared authorship.

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Athena Torri

2. How do you think blogging is changing the way we view images?

Athena: I think that today we see a ton of images every day. Family photos, friend photos, blogs with photos. Today’s viewer is constantly reading images and has a broader understanding of what an image communicates. Today’s media which is largely driven by blogs is relying less on text and more on images. This makes images more abundant and sometimes mediocre. At the same time it’s also creating an interesting dialog and a looseness for the medium that I find refreshing.

Enrico: There is no denial that blogging is changing the way we view images. On any given day, it is a landscape that is saturated with images. Sometimes it can be too much, but I always seem to find inspiration. It is a fascinating study on human behavior. We want to document our lives and the things that hold meaning to us. However, our tendency as human beings to speak through visual language is not something new. There are, of course, arguments from within the professional photography community that the real art and craft of photography is diminished because of the mass consumption of images. On the other hand, it appears to have opened up new interpretations and whereby traditional boundaries between mediums often overlaps. Blogging illuminates the significance of visual images in our lives, it is a deep pool of knowledge. From a metaphysical level, I contemplate how maintaining a blog and our interactions via a pervasive Internet culture creates a dialogue between the physical (known) and the spiritual (unknown). By being able to experience and learn from visual imaginary through a blogging arena, there is often a greater understanding across cultural boundaries. The vast absorption of visual imagery might also open our psyches in unexpected ways.

Enrico Smerilli

Enrico Smerilli

Athena: 3. Some of your work including the piece I picked for the project uses appropriated visuals. What lead you to use these images and video?

Enrico: The process of reinterpreting images fascinates me. This attraction is demonstrated in the image you’ve selected for BLOG-REBLOG. This image, as part of my Atlanti series, intends to emphasize the connection between the image, the basic concept of photographic language, and its relative observation. The random composition that is created on the page reveals two images set against the light. This allows for new hypotheses to be represented and explored. The use of appropriated images in my work always challenges me, it is often a new dialogue when reinterpreting images and/or when combining photography and video as one exploration.

Enrico: 3. I read in your biography that you were born in Italy and have Ecuadorian origins. I, also, read that you live in the United States and have been there for sometime now. How has your origins and time in Italy influenced your work? Specifically, is there anything within your series “Where Ever We Will Find Paradise” that explores these geographic locations or experiences in those countries and as a work in progress?

Athena: I constantly think about how my origin affects my work, in one major way in which it always has affected my work is that as a default I am concentrating on subjects that are not familiar to me. In my series “The Outsider” I am looking a style of woodworking that is American. In America woodworking can be a family thing – something fathers pass on to sons. Being neither a son or an American I found a disconnect there… When making my new work in Italy, I was looking at the Alps in which I grew up. These mountains are full of lineage and memories for me. For my Italian family “Passeggiate” or hikes are essentially religious in their nature. My grandmother and grandfather married in those Alps. The title of the new work “Dove Mai Troveremo Il Paradiso” (Where Ever We Will Find Paradise) comes from a quote written on a picture of my grandmother on the day of her wedding. I take that quote very literally when making this new work. I am finally looking at something I know well – hiking is very instinctual for me. It is something that my family has passed on to me, so as a result the images I am making feel familiar. But I think a common symptom of being a part of three different cultures is that even here in this aspect of my life to which I feel very close I can find disconnect. Never truly having had the time to dig my feet into any of these three cultures, I find that I am always observing my cultures from the eyes of a visitor.

Blog Reblog: Jessica Williams & Anthony Smith

Posted: May 20th, 2014 | Author: paul paper | Filed under: Photography | No Comments »

BLOG REBLOG is a project/show, curated by Max Marshall and Paul Paper, which aims to appropriate and reflect the online culture of post-curatorship and how masses of images are spread.


On the occasion of the show’s second run in Austin, I like this blog continues interviews with the photographers paired together for this project.


1. Do you think the role of the author is transformed by the blogosphere?

Jessica Williams: Whenever I see an image online I do not necessarily assume the person posting it was the author. However, I do accept that a person posting things online is an author in his or her own right. As such, the images, texts, videos, etc that this new type of author assembles becomes something else, something new. This something could be an artwork, a manifesto, an essay, an representation of a way of being, or even an ideal way of being (or personhood) to which the author aspires.

Anthony Smith: Yes, not only can anyone who creates a blog become an author/curator in a real way, but I believe image makers are more influenced by the way people process images so swiftly online. Especially with the popularity of social sharing sites like Tumblr, where the images can be taken out of context from someones original intention, either by pulling it from a larger body of work or unintentionally pairing it with other imagery. Sometimes this act even slowly degrades an image in quality, color, etc. as it is re-blogged over and over again, not to mention, losing authorship or ownership in itself.

Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams

2. How do you think blogging is changing the way we view images?

Jessica: It’s hard for me to answer this one concisely. What is meant by blogging? There are so many facets of “blogging” and each one contributes to the change in the way we view images. One thing: even though I know somewhere in the back of my mind that most images I see online are low-resolution versions of an original, I look at so many images a day that I become casually blind to most digital artifacts and strange color casts. This, of course, does not apply to when I upload my own images. My critical photographer’s eye is never satisfied and sees every detail and mistake my image’s translation to the web. So it goes.

Anthony: Definitely, the most obvious illustration I can think of is the physical way people interact with images online. as opposed to say a book or a physical print. The act of scrolling through a catalog of images at an enhanced pace I feel has given a new perspective on just how quickly we can make a conclusion about what we are seeing and move on, maybe only stopping on something we find particularly interesting. In a way, I think this has sort of exaggerated the preciousness of physical printing, when we can find most work available online for free.

Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith

Jessica: 3. Do you think there is danger in a young artist having multiple bodies of work online? Or does it make websites and the artwork on them more communal when artists can see each other change and grow in real time?

Anthony: I think that having multiple bodies of work online can be dangerous, especially if the work is very different. It can be confusing and it’s easy to be critical. On the other hand, I personally am really interested in seeing someone’s work move from A to B. I also like to see work in progress or bits of ideas unfinished here and there, it gives me some insight into the process the artist is using, which can be more interesting than just a slideshow of images.

Anthony: 3. I’m curious to know, from your recent work, how do you feel about the way people view your work online, as opposed to a gallery or public space? How different is the experience, and how much thought goes into how the work will be viewed online while you are making it, or is it simply documented and put online as a separate process?

Jessica: I’ve had a website for over 10 years now. So whenever I make an artwork, no matter what the medium, a lot of thought goes into how it will be eventually displayed online.

With photography it’s easy: over the last few years I’ve been almost exclusively shooting digital photographs, which naturally lend themselves to being viewed on screens. In fact, I have actually assembled entire series with the intention that they would only be seen online (Pictures from places) or projected onto a screen (Not Nothing). However, I also make text-based and installation works, which can be more difficult to translate. For these, I like to think of my website as a permanent open studio of sorts. With this concept in mind, for each artwork I will write a short narration that attempts to more or less directly describe both its context and physical manifestation. Sometimes the narration is an excerpt from the work itself (or a press release), but more often than not it is written specifically for the web.

That said, there is a lot I appreciate about viewing work online. For one, it is very intimate. Websites can be accessed 24 hours a day (most of them) and there are no guards looking over your shoulder or friends telling you what they think before you’ve even made up your mind. It’s just you and the screen. As such, I like to write my hypothetical open studio texts in first person, addressing the viewer directly. This is something that can not be so easily done in a gallery or public space if the artist is not present. But then again, screens are flat. So ultimately they are just two totally different experiences with different strengths and weaknesses, not better or worse per se.

Kyle Pellet

Posted: May 16th, 2014 | Author: paul paper | Filed under: Illustration | No Comments »






Kyle Pellet, San Jose, USA.

Josephine Pryde

Posted: May 12th, 2014 | Author: paul paper | Filed under: Installation, Photography | No Comments »







Josephine Pryde (b. 1967, Alnwick, UK) lives and works in London and Berlin.

Blog Reblog Austin

Posted: May 7th, 2014 | Author: paul paper | Filed under: Event, Photography | 3 Comments »


Austin Center for Photography will host Blog Reblog, which includes two hundred projected images by two hundred photographers selected by curators Max Marshall and Paul Paper. Having premiered at Signal Gallery in New York in 2013, the exhibition will be held at Big Medium, May 23 – June 7.

Two groups of one hundred photographers were selected, who were then randomly paired together and given the task of choosing one image from each other’s online portfolio. By appropriating the process of re-blogging and reflecting the online culture of post-curatorship, Blog Reblog underlines the way images are circulating on the web while raising questions surrounding authorship, curatorship, and crediting.

Featuring works by:

Aaron Hegert • Adam Ekberg • Adam Golfer • Adam Schreiber • Agnes Thor • Agota Lukyte • Albrecht Tuebke • Alex Webb • Alexander Binder • Alexis Vasilikos • Amy Lombard • Andrea P Nguyen • Andreas Banderas • Andreas Ervik • Andreas Schimanski • Andrew Lyman • Andrew Miksys • Ann Woo • Anna Krachey • Anna Paola Guerra • Anthony Smith • Antje Peters • Athena Torri • Audrey Corregan • Aurelien Arbet & Jeremie Egry • Barry Stone • Bea De Giacomo • Bea Fremderman • Benjamin Schmuck • Berry Patten • Billy Buck • Bobby Doherty • Bobby Scheidemann • Brea Souders • Brendan Baker • Brian Ulrich • Bridget Collins • Bruno Zhu • Bryan Dooley • Bryan Kreuger • Bryan Schutmaat • Campbell Sibthorpe • Carlos Lara • Carson Fisk-Vittori • Carson Sanders • Casey Wilson • Charles Negre • Charlie Engman • Christian Patterson • Christopher Schreck • Curran Hatleberg • Dan Schmahl • Dana Lixenberg • Daniel Evans • Daniel Everett • Daniel Gordon • Daniel Kukla • Daniel Shea • Darin Mickey • David Brandon Geeting • David Schoerner • David Zilber • Delaney Allen • Diana Scherer • Ed Panar • Elizabeth Chiles • Elspeth Diederix • Emiliano Granado • Enrico Smerilli • Eric Helgas • Erik Mowinkel • Erin Desmond • Erin O’Keefe • Ernest Protasiewicz • Espen Gleditsch • Estelle Hanania • Eva O’Leary • Evan Whale • Evelyn Dragan • Facundo Pires • Fanny Schlichter • Flemming Ove Bech • Francois Coquerel • Freddy Griffiths • Glen Erler • Go Itami • Grant Cornett • Grant Willing • Harry Griffin • Heather Cleary • Ignacio Navas • Ingo Mittelstaedt • Inka Lindergård & Niclas Holmström • Jake Kenny • James Jackman • Jason Fulford • Jason Lazarus • Jason Lukas • Jason Nocito • Jason Reed • Jennilee Marigomen • Jeremias Paul • Jeremy Liebman • Jessica Hans • Jessica Williams • Jimmy Limit • Jinjoo Hwang • JJ Berg • Joe Leavenworth • Joel Tettamanti • Johan Rosenmunthe • John Opera • Jon Stanley Austin • Jonas Lozoraitis • Jonas Marguet • Jordan Tate • Joss McKinley • Jr-Shin Luo • Juan Pablo Garza • Julian Faulhaber • Jure Kastelic • Kalle Sanner • Kerry Skarbakka • Kevin Tadge • Klara Källström • Kyle Laidig • Laurie Kang • Lisa Fairstein • Lonneke Van Der Palen • Luke Norman & Nik Adam • Mac Katter • Maciek Pozoga • Marina Richter • Mark Steinmetz • Maryanne Casasanta • Mate Moro • Matthew Brandt • Matthew Leifheit • Matthieu Lavanchy • Maurice van Es • Maury Gortemiller • Max Marshall • Max Zerrahn • Maxime Guyon • McNair Evans • Mette Sinke • Michael Marcelle • Michael Vahrenwald • Michelle Arcila • Mike Osborne • Miranda Lehman • Mirka Laura Severa • Nicholas Gottlund • Nico Krijno • Nicolas Poillot • Ozant Kamaci • Paul Herbst • Paul Paper • Pauline Magnenat • Pedro Ramos • Peter Happel Christian • Peter Sutherland • Peter Watkins • Philippe Jarrigeon • Ralf Brueck • Robertas Narkus • Roxana Azar • Sam Harris • Sam Logan • Santa Katkute • Sara Cwynar • Sarah Duncan • Sarah Palmer • Sasa Stucin • Sasha Kurmaz • Scott Klang • Sean Stewart • Shane Henken • Shane Lavalette • Stuart Bailes • Suzanna Zak • Sylvain-Emmanuel P • Taylor Curry • Thobias Fäldt • Thomas Albdorf • Thomas Hauser • Thomas Humery • Thomas Prior • Tim Davis • Tim Johannis • Tim Pyle • Tine Bek • Todd Fisher • Tom Lovelace • Tommy Kha • Trey Wright • Ugne Straigyte • Will Adler • Winslow Laroche • Wyne Veen • Ye Rin Mok • Zach Nader

Friday, May 23, 7 pm – 11 pm

Big Medium
Canopy, 916 Springdale Road

Contemporary Lithuanian Photobooks @ Self Publish Riga

Posted: May 5th, 2014 | Author: paul paper | Filed under: Photography, Publication | No Comments »


21st century saw a global reevaluation of the photobook. In Lithuania, a group of young artists recognized it as a fitting format to present their ideas and vision. They began investing in the development of its form, style and presentation. This selection of the examples of recent Lithuanian photography books, to be showcased at Self Publish Riga, is compiled by Paul Paper.

Books by:
Ugnius Gelguda, Paul Herbst, Santa Katkutė, Tim Kliukoit, Kritika, Andrew Miksys, Robertas Narkus, Ulijona Odišarija, Paul Paper, Ugnė Straigytė, Andrej Vasilenko & Jūratė Gačionytė, Kimm Whiskie.

Self Publish Riga is part of Riga Photomonth.

Mathieu Lambert

Posted: May 3rd, 2014 | Author: paul paper | Filed under: Photography | No Comments »






Mathieu Lambert (b.1986, France), lives and works in Montreal, Canada.

El Neoray

Posted: April 29th, 2014 | Author: paul paper | Filed under: Illustration | No Comments »






El Neoray, Antwerp, Belgium.

Ben K. Voss

Posted: April 28th, 2014 | Author: paul paper | Filed under: Digital art, Photography | No Comments »





Radiant Slug” by Ben K. Voss