Saturday, November 29, 2008

the architect's brother





anna's bird-man picture post was too cool to be left in ambiguity. by chance, i stumbled across the image and a site of the full exhibit it belongs to! the show is called "the architect's brother" and is a collection of works by Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison. the ParkeHarrisons, despite the misleading appearance of their photographs, are contemporary american photographers who have been exhibiting their work since the mid-1990s. they are internationally renowned for their unique artistic approach to photography and the extreme production effort put into making each piece. the pair draws inspiration from a wide variety of sources, including silent films, dreams, inventors, theatre, cinema, & literature. and often presents the prevailing topic of a wounded earth attempting to heal itself through the vignette of a man in a black suit embroiled in some interaction with the landscape. "the architect's brother" is a traveling exhibit, though the ParkeHarrison's work can also be found in the notable collections of such museums as The Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, & The National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian

When I look at these, I have an overwhelming feeling of looking into the Industrial Age around the late 1850s... they're like perfect, eerie dreams. 

And if you REALLY like it, you can get the book here.

2 comments:

ANNIE+CARLOTTA said...

i cant help wonder just HOW they made some of these shots... magical!

yasamine said...

yeah! it really amazes me.