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College / University
University of Essex
Program / Degree
BA in Philosophy & Politics; MA in Political Theory
October 31, 2002
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I am...
... an art enthusiast. And blogger on art.
Artists I like
Goya, Velazquez, Bruegel, Cranach, Durer, Bosch, Holbein, Lichtenstein, Riley, Kruger, Schiele, the Chapmans, Bourgeois, the Bauhaus, &c.
Check out my art blog at http://umlautampersand.wordpress.com/
What exhibitions are good at the moment?
Cranach at the Royal Academy, Coming of Age: American Art 1850s-1950s at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, and Goya in Madrid (I haven't been yet, but how could it not be?!)
Centre of the artworld:
nowhere and everywhere

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At 7:15 on October 13, 2008, Enrike said…
Hello Um!
I was going over my Artreview contacts and ralised that you live in Hove! I lived there for over 3 years, I miss it so much. Then I remembered, this very famous guy, Nicolas Sinclair, he used to be my neighbourgh... Have you ever seen his work (photographer)? It is worth checking.
Brighton & Hove is very artistic place, I love it!
At 6:45 on September 30, 2008, Enrike said…
I invite you to give your opinion on the following poll about european cities and arts
At 17:08 on August 23, 2008, Bojana Romic said…
Hi Umlaut, and sorry for the late response - I read your review, thanks for sharing. Sadly, I will not be able to see the exhibition itself (I checked out the web site, though).
I find your review very interesting, I enjoyed reading it. One particular thing intrigued me: "...On the other hand, the intrusion into the personal misery (or even just mundanity) of those whom are otherwise nameless, penniless and occasionally also oblivious to their role as subject, raises some weighty ethical concerns" (second paragraph). I spoke about this aspect with many artists, and have ambivalent attitude: on one side, photography makes these people visible - but then, many photographers feel like being intruders/weird parasites/thirsty voyeurs... in other people's lives. It is a double-edged sword indeed...
At 14:24 on August 19, 2008, Jul. P. Krauss said…
I read the review + spent sometime on your blog. Good thing. thanks, bye bye,
At 1:44 on July 31, 2008, Pelle Cass said…
I think what you are describing as an invasion of privacy (reading over one's shoulder) sounds like harassment or at least annoyance. The key seems to be that the person invaded upon knows it and disapproves. When I take pictures in public, I do it openly (my camera is on a tripod and I am usually standing in a pretty conspicuous spot--however, I usually pretend I'm doing something else while I snap the shutter) and people are free to object. But as I said before, it sometimes makes me feel icky. I'm basically quite shy and I hope no one ever confronts me. I would guess Evans was a little shy also. Just today, I was standing in line to buy an ice cream cone from a truck in a neighborhood park. There, right in front of me, was a man who appears on one of my pictures. It was a little creepy.

Although I'd love to shoot my mouth off about street photography, I'm no expert. Here's a book (see below) that would tell you quite a bit, and no doubt there are some web sites (which I couldn't find for you in a very quick google).

Thanks for inviting my comment. I was just thinking about all this anyway. My real answer to the privacy issue is personal and selfish. I get an idea for a picture and I need to do it. That's about it for rationale for me!


Bystander: A History Of Street Photography (Hardcover)
by Joel Meyerowitz (Author), Colin Westerbeck
At 14:45 on July 29, 2008, Pelle Cass said…
Hello, Umlaut,

I read your blog on photos and consent. I guess since I'm a photographer, I'm a bit of a fundamentalist on the subject of freedom of expression. I think you give up your privacy when you go out on the street, at which point a person's freedom to take pictures in public takes precedence. Obviously, it doesn't give a photographer license to harass or stalk, as in van der Elsken's case, which should not be confused with issues of privacy and consent.

In general, I liked your post, but perhaps you give the impression that Evans's case was a special one. But many well known photographers have been taking pictures in public without consent at a furious pace since Many Are Called, from P.L. di Corsia to Martin Paar. With that said, off and on over the years, I have photographed people in public without consent myself. I always feel uncomfortable somehow. And sometimes I wonder what is the moral difference between public surveillance and art photography, without coming up with any convincing rationale. It comes back to what I said in the beginning, I guess. You give up your right to privacy when you step out on the street.
At 12:29 on July 28, 2008, renata padovan said…
A very good review. The show is great and I agree with you, thanks for sharing!
At 8:38 on July 28, 2008, Carla Della Beffa said…
excellent review, i agreeeeeee!
C arla
At 8:28 on July 28, 2008, Christian Sant Fournier said…
Most interesting read, i enjoyed that..
At 1:42 on July 28, 2008, Christopher Longoria said…
This intertwining narratives a democratisation proved conclusively otherwise....subsequent dialectic.

A bit overbearing....on your word knowledge...and the review...well I read it at least four times to get your point...to go see the event or not...and I still feel a little at a loss....


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