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24.02.2011

 

GoSee Tip : Minor Cropping May Occur presents diary style snaps from 1962 to today - 50 years of captured moments

We would have loved to snoop through the diaries of our older sisters and secretly explored our brothers’ picture collections.

The Lombard Freid Projects make it possible to take a peek into photographic documents without having to hold back. The photographs are loaded with entertaining embarrassments, lovely memories and – just to spice things up – go way back. A magical array of 13 photographs delivers a piece of reality.

‘Minor Cropping May Occur‘ is the title of the New York exhibition and presents photographs from 1962 to today in the style of diary entries. The participating artists do not consider themselves as part of the documentary tradition, which would only marginally apply as a category anyway. They meticulously contemplated which motifs to share. They create complex emotional stories and transgress private and public boundaries. A foible for voyeurism is a necessity.

The 13 photographers hail from various nations and have similarly varied backgrounds. Some are established greats and others are promising newcomers.

Keizo Kitajima was particularly active in Japanese post-war journalism, a fresh movement, which was distinguished by its rough, distorted and contrasting visual language. JH Engstrom stems from Sweden and his photographs pay homage to his emotional cosmos. Takashi Homma from Japan addresses questions of false intimacy, such as in the 'My Daugher' illustration project.

Jacob Aue Sobol is a MAGNUM photographer and comes from Denmark. Nick Haymes was born in Britain and lives in New York. His focus lies on brutal honesty and daily challenges every cliché of the common family portrait.

Other project members: Janine Gordon (USA), Mike Brodie (USA), Hiromix (Hiromi Toshikawa, Japan), Rona Yefman (Israel), Carl Johan De Geer (Sweden), Daifu Motoyuki (Japan), Nick Waplington (UK) and Walter Pfeiffer (Switzerland).

Minor Cropping May Occur (selected diaries 1962-2011)
co-curated by Lea Freid and Nick Haymes
Ends 19 March 2011

Lombard Freid Projects New York
co-curated by Lea Freid and Nick Haymes
518 West 19th Street
New York

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