Archive for the ‘neu-real’ Category

Faking It

Just opened in New York, the first major exhibition on Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 200 pictures. Until 27th January 2013, with sponsorship from Adobe. Above: Dora Maar, “Le simulateur” (1936). Simple two-picture photomontage: upside-down image of a sewer interior, with the boy pasted onto it. If you […]

Photographize magazine

Photographize magazine is a new free magazine. It appears to veer strongly toward ‘the fantastic’ in photomontaged photography…

Moon gardening

Moon gardening…

Altered Images – new photobook

Just published, Altered Images: new visionaries in 21st century photography is a new 192-page photobook that surveys… “the boundary of real and surreal” in… “portraiture, landscape photography, digital manipulation, social realism, conceptual art, photorealism and digital photo-montage” Those interested in the background might also want to look at my history of fantastic photomontage.

Mars – new work by Kahn & Selesnick

New work by Kahn & Selesnick, Mars: Adrift on the Hourglass Sea. Published as a Blurb POD book.

Jamie Baldridge

Jamie Baldridge of Australia. Dystopia series: “A Ten-Penny Prophet”


Joschi Herczeg and Daniele Kaehr… “create light illusions using highly complex pyrotechnics. In their series Explosion, they built a custom-made detonator, which is connected to the camera s and synchronized to snap a photo at the very moment of the explosion.” Above: “Explosion 1” (detail) (2009)

Jim Kazanjian

Jim Kazanjian

Viktor Wynd’s Little Shop of Horrors

Viktor Wynd’s Little Shop of Horrors, London… “Surprising numbers of our visitors wish to spend their time in trying to work out what is real and what is not. A distinction that we do not see, nor understand. Up until the Nineteenth Century to call something original was to insult it, for if no one […]

Metamorphosis Victorianus

On now in New York, the exhibition Metamorphosis Victorianus. The names in the gallery’s introduction are actually links to galleries of works in the exhibition, albeit shown too small to see much detail… “Ubu Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition, curated by Meredith Harper, of 20th Century collages all united in their focus on […]

Bibliography for fantastic photomontage

I’ve updated the bibliography for my Timeline of fantastic photomontage and its possible influences, 1857 – 2007. The bibliography is now in HTML rather than plain TXT, looks nicer, has a few errors corrected, and has links.

Furnishing stories

The V&A has an interesting-looking free exhibition in London, Telling Tales, on now and set to be a key part of the London Design Festival in September 09… “This exhibition explores the recent trend among European designers for unique or limited edition pieces that push the boundaries between art and design. […] all inspired by […]

Adrift in the aether

Whatever happened to levitation?, asks Cabinet magazine.

Lexikon der Phantastischen Kunstler

A new encylopedia of fantastic, visionary, surrealist and symbolist visual artists. Sadly it’s all in German, but it’s good to know it exists.


Two new sets of pictures from Louviere+Vanessa. “If X, then why?”. Louviere+Vanessa.

Roger Ballen

Lens Culture has a new audio interview with Roger Ballen, and a set of twenty-five pictures including several new ones.

Roberto Kusturle

Roberto Kusturle…

Magical & Fictional Worlds in Visual Art

“Making the Unbelievable, Believable: Magical & Fictional Worlds in Visual Art” — a transcript of a recent panel discussion (inc. Marina Warner) at the Dept. of Communication Art & Design at the Royal College of Art in London… “The dream is returned to the world so it can be dreamt again. [but] it needed a […]

Oleg Dou

Oleg Dou.

To the Spectobarathrum!

The Colmore Fatagravures… Basilisks, Dragonelles and Dragonettes of The English and Scottish Borders