Despite the rise in photography's egalitarianism and accessibility,
there will always be those few who stand out like the photographers
interviewed in Musée Magazine No. 3.
Musée presents a new, stellar issue, Breaking
Tradition, showcasing trends in non-traditional methods of photography
including smart phone photography, chemigrams, camera-less photography, and
more. Notable artists for the issue include Cindy Sherman,
Joel Grey, Rob Pruitt, Vik
Muniz, Hank Willis Thomas, Matthew
Brandt, and the inventor of the chemigram, Pierre
Cordier. Breaking Tradition is honored to be debuting new
work from Vik Muniz and Hank Willis Thomas who have used their iPhones to
create new images specifically for Musée No. 3. Fifty
emerging photographers also embraced the Breaking Tradition theme
and created truly amazing imagery, with an unconventional scope.
Musée also interviews renowned New York-based collector
Beth Rudin DeWoody and the illustrious Director of the Whitney Museum, Adam
Weinberg. Further articles and interviews will also be available on
actor, and photographer Joel Grey, who embraced the 1.3 megapixel camera
phone early on and published his book 1.3 in 2009, is looking
forward to his newest book The Billboard Papers, using the iPhone
4S. Grey has always taken photographs but he credits the camera
phone for broadening his photographic vision.
Rob Pruitt, the
photographer behind iPruitt, from Gavin Brown's enterprise in 2008
speaks of the theme of accessibility. Pruitt describes his work as "in
dialogue with daily culture, or the culture of the day."
based photographer Matthew Brandt explains his photographic process with
images from eBay and Google Maps as well as his unique silk-screening
techniques with bubblegum, paint pigments, and more. Brandt gives
encouraging advice to emerging photographers in addition to detailing his
thrilled to be profiling the Director of the Whitney Museum, Adam Weinberg,
formerly of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Weinberg discusses his
professional history of curating photographic shows. When asked what
"breaking tradition" means to him, Weinberg says, "Anybody can put a monkey
in a computer and it will eventually make a sound. Anybody can take good
pictures, but getting a picture or a series that gives a new twist to the
language of what photography is, that's the challenge."
collector and curator Beth Rudin DeWoody shares her advice for both the
emerging artist and collector. Ross Bleckner attributes her unerring eye
and "artistic sensibility" for her spectacular contemporary private art
Contributing writer Kyra Kordoski creates an
engaging, in-depth conversation between noted art historians and writers
regarding one of the most significant photographic careers on the prolific
Cindy Sherman. An excerpt by Susan Sontag reads, "Recently,
photography has become almost as widely practiced an amusement as sex and
dancing—which means that, like every mass art form, photography is
not practiced by most people as an art—it is mainly a social rite, a
defense against anxiety, and a tool of power."
Online is pleased to be simultaneously launching its new website that
will soon be featuring further non-traditional photographers such as Pierre
Cordier's protégé Douglas Collins, and innovative camera
creator, Liz Sales. As always, we will continue the coverage of important
art events, further interviews, videos, and more.
The issue will
be available through Musée Online and the online publisher
Issuu. To view the most recent issue of Musée Magazine No. 3
Breaking Tradition please click here.
Begun as a
visually-driven, online photography magazine, Musée is
dedicated to displaying the work of international emerging photographers.
Musée Magazine and Musée Online seek to
provide a venue and resource for new photographers, with the necessary
exposure and guidance to launch their future careers. Musée
is the brainchild of noted fashion and art photographer Andrea Blanch.
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Cover: Cindy Sherman, detail of
Untitled, 1975. 9 hand-colored, black and white
photographs. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures. 2012
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