Known for his raw yet poetic photography of biker culture, Alberto García-Alix is a Spanish photographer who continues to seduce, capturing and creating details, lights, shadows, and moods that surround him, shown in his beautiful signature black and white shots. García-Alix was an important figure during La Movida Madrileña, a countercultural movement during the 70's in Spain right after Franco's death, which put him on the map to become one of Spain's most prominent photographers as well as the recipient of the National Photography Award.
"My work is more about trying to ask good questions and not trying to come up with big shows. Every fashion company is doing that, every car company is doing that."
"A strong woman is one who feels deeply and loves fiercely. Her tears flow as abundantly as her laughter. A strong woman is both soft and powerful, she is both practical and spiritual. A strong woman in her essence is a gift to the world." - Native American saying
Gonzalo Fonseca, one of Uruguay's most important sculptors, was a key figure in the development of South America's modern art movement with his beautiful stone structures, site-specific installations and large scale drawings. “The impression I get is that you’d show up, and suddenly you’d be hearing stories about ancient Egyptian mining techniques or Renaissance architects or the root of a word,” Michael Gregory said. “That was the world he lived in, and he was able to make that exciting, and I think his work does, too.”
Alain Delon, one of France's most iconic actors, brought his nonchalance and charm to the big screen in films like Il Gattopardo, Le Samourai, Borsalino, L'Eclisse, among many others. It was his first film, Plein Soleil, set in the glamorous French Riviera and Italian coast, that put him on the map to become one of the top style icons in European cinema.
"It doesn't make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement. Today painters do not have to go to a subject matter outside of themselves. Most modern painters work from a different source. They work from within."
Bruce Davidson sits down with TIME magazine to talk about Brooklyn Gang, New York, a series of arresting pictures he took of The Jokers, a group of teens who hung around Coney Island and Brooklyn. Davidson says, "they were poor, they were sad, they were violent, they were sexual and full of life." A beautiful and timeless peak into one of New York's most stylish marginal communities of the 1950s. Brooklyn didn't have much for them, but what they had was each other.
"Where did I learn to take photographs? As a boy I was on the farm of my grandfather. It was during the war. There were cows and chickens and there were many flies. They flew around in the farm and I started catching them. And only later on I learned that it helped me be fast in reaching out for things."
One of the most iconic French painters of history, Eugène Delacroix gave his works beautiful depth and richness with his vibrant reds, blues and greens that feel more alive and fresh today than ever. Delacroix was the leading figure of the French Romantic school and was responsible for painting one of France's most iconic and patriotic painting, "Liberty Leading the People."
"I see in painters prose writers and poets. Rhyme, measure, and the turning of verses, which is indispensable and which gives them so much vigor, are analogous to the hidden symmetry, to the equilibrium at once wise and inspired, which governs the meeting or separation of lines and spaces, the echoes of color, etc... ..but the beauty of verse does not consist of exactitude in obeying rules.. .It resides in a thousand secret harmonies and conventions which make up the power of poetry and which go straight to the imagination; in just the same way the happy choice of forms and the right understanding of their relationship act on the imagination in the art of painting." - Eugene Delacroix's journal, 1847
The life of Modigliani, wandering artist, so often resembles a legend it is difficult to determine fact from fiction. What remains of this extraordinary man, dead at only 35 years of age, is a body of work that modernized figurative painting. Often characterized by their elongated bodies and blank eyes, his subjects are distincively 'Modigliani', each telling a different story about his life and art. - Tate Retrospective: Modigliani
"It is your duty in life to save your dream."