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spiralcity
10-01-2007, 03:18 AM
Richard Kern,
All photos posted where taken in one of the two apartments Richard Kern rented in N.Y City from 1979 to 1986.

Richard Kern’s photos can be rather disturbing. His work reflects the punk underground scene of the late 1970’s thru the mid 1980’s. The photos I posted are scanned from his 1997 book ‘New York Girls’.

I’m amazed at the results Richard Kern was able to achieve while using a bare-bones set-up.

Please take a look at his work and feel free to post your thoughts.

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2007-4/1252181/greenlady.jpg

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2007-4/1252181/blonde.jpg

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2007-4/1252181/girlinmirror.jpg

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2007-4/1252181/onall4s.jpg

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2007-4/1252181/bwcoveredface.jpg

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2007-4/1252181/girlbluebackdrop.jpg

Ray Heath
10-01-2007, 08:54 AM
g'day Spiral

what are your thoughts on this work?

apart from 'greenlady' i think they are fairly shallow, poorly captured and have little narrative value

Pinholemaster
10-01-2007, 08:59 AM
Yawn

spiralcity
10-02-2007, 01:57 AM
The work is scanned from a book. The images I have posted are of very poor quality. No fault of Kern.

I posted these images because most of his work may not be suited for this site. the photos above are tame enough.

Ray Heath
10-02-2007, 06:13 AM
The work is scanned from a book. The images I have posted are of very poor quality. No fault of Kern.

I posted these images because most of his work may not be suited for this site. the photos above are tame enough.

ok Spiral

a couple of issues occur to me;

why post 'very poor quality' work/scans whatever?

why post work that may not be suitable?

why not explain why you felt compelled to post this work?

i checked out this guys website, sleazey comes to mind, why does a middle aged man need to photograph quite young women in such a slip shod and perverse manner with little artistic intent?

please explain yourself

noblebeast
10-02-2007, 09:39 AM
Didn't he star with Tim Allen in "Home Improvement"?
;-)

cosm670
10-02-2007, 10:31 AM
There is also a web based show about him made for Vice Magazine called Shot By Kern. http://www.vbs.tv/

Michel Hardy-Vallée
10-02-2007, 11:59 AM
DIY punk ethos? Surely, you must jest. It's glamour-on-a-shoestring, not punk.

Had a look at his web site and it's mostly softporn, at the level of the French New Look magazine: "Tammy and Sammy were out for a bike ride. Then Tammy said, Oh, let's have a picnic here. And it was only a few minutes before Sammy had Tammy for lunch."

spiralcity
10-03-2007, 01:01 PM
ok Spiral

a couple of issues occur to me;

why post 'very poor quality' work/scans whatever?

why post work that may not be suitable?

why not explain why you felt compelled to post this work?

i checked out this guys website, sleazey comes to mind, why does a middle aged man need to photograph quite young women in such a slip shod and perverse manner with little artistic intent?

please explain yourself

1. I posted what I had.
2. It dosent matter the quality of the scans. The photos are intended to get people talking.
3.No work was posted that wasnt suitable.
4. Why do I need to explain? This is the thread to discuss photographers?

I like what Richard Kern did. His work may not be suited for all. He never used professional models, and yes his images where shot on a shoestring budget.

We all see art differently.When I look at Kerns images I see the sleazy, gritty side of N.Y and YES in my eyes he does capture the PUNK feel of the late 70's and mid 80's.

Kern also produced some videos for MTV back in their early days.

I truly dont understand the statement below.

I checked out this guys website, sleazey comes to mind, why does a middle aged man need to photograph quite young women in such a slip shod and perverse manner with little artistic intent?

We could have a long discussion about art if you like.

Michel Hardy-Vallée
10-03-2007, 03:31 PM
We all see art differently.When I look at Kerns images I see the sleazy, gritty side of N.Y and YES in my eyes he does capture the PUNK feel of the late 70's and mid 80's.

Kern also produced some videos for MTV back in their early days.


Just think about the cognitive dissonance between these two statements...

Ray Heath
10-03-2007, 08:45 PM
1. ... We could have a long discussion about art if you like.

g'day spiral

yeh, we could have a long discussion, or you could just explain yourself a little more, as i have asked of you twice already

as for these images, don't get hung up on the fact that this photographer is known/published/whatever

make up your own mind about him

to me his work is poor and could have been done by anyone

why don't you try this kind of image making and you may come to realize, as i have, that it's not hard or particularly special but can be done much better with diffferent light, different material, different subject, but still done simply

Alex Hawley
10-03-2007, 09:01 PM
- sleazey comes to mind, why does a middle aged man need to photograph quite young women in such a slip shod and perverse manner with little artistic intent?


Art, schmart. Just because someone calls it art doesn't mean anything. It doesn't do a thing for me. Anyone with a 35mm and various rolls of film can do this stuff all day long. Slip-shod, poorly done, ect., ect., ect. Ho-Hum. Quite amateurishness IMO.

Alex Hawley
10-03-2007, 09:15 PM
HAH! Here's a couple lines from the Wikipedia article on Kern:

- he had a deep interest in the aesthetics of extreme sex, violence, and perversion -
and

He has pornographic spreads for Hustler and Hustler's Leg Show magazines, and is currently having his work showcased on a pornographic subscription site called NewNudeCity - The World of Richard Kern.
So he's on some fringe edge and is a recognized professional pornographer. DUHHHHH!

spiralcity
10-04-2007, 03:01 AM
So people are talking.... hmmmmm

I dont feel the need to defend Kerns work. Richard Kern could do a much better job at that than I.

MR. HEATH, I dont feel the need to explain anything to you. Perhaps you should go back and read my last post.


as for these images, don't get hung up on the fact that this photographer is known/published/whatever

make up your own mind about him

to me his work is poor and could have been done by anyone

That statement couldnt ring more true. Perhaps you should reread what you wrote, or perhaps you feel it is your duty to tell others what art should be.

Everything cant be Flowers, smiling children, and happy clowns.

Art is as we see it.

spiralcity
10-04-2007, 03:05 AM
Ray Heath,
Your post is stating 666 as I write this, must be a sign. hahahahaha

Anton Lukoszevieze
10-04-2007, 03:08 AM
What's punk about them? I grew up surrounded by other kids who were punks at the end of the 70's, they looked great compared to this lot. These people look like a bunch of geriatrics on a fashion shoot...............
That said, the aesthetic quality reminds me of Cindy Sherman's work, but not nearly as accomplished.

spiralcity
10-04-2007, 03:24 AM
What's punk about them? I grew up surrounded by other kids who were punks at the end of the 70's, they looked great compared to this lot.

Harry, I should have made myself more clear. I was reffering to a book called 'New York Girls'. when I made that comparison.
I understand that many people will find Kerns work objectionable, and I agree. Some of his work is disturbing and uncomfortable to view.



Just think about the cognitive dissonance between these two statements...
I dont see the conflict. Perhaps your reading a bit to deep into a simple post.

Ray Heath
10-04-2007, 04:03 AM
So people are talking.... hmmmmm

I dont feel the need to defend Kerns work. Richard Kern could do a much better job at that than I.

MR. HEATH, I dont feel the need to explain anything to you. Perhaps you should go back and read my last post.



That statement couldnt ring more true. Perhaps you should reread what you wrote, or perhaps you feel it is your duty to tell others what art should be.

Everything cant be Flowers, smiling children, and happy clowns.

Art is as we see it.

g'day spiral

i didn't mention 'art', maybe you should reread, i suggested that you try this work yourself and not be lead by some overrated sleaze bag

do you find it difficult to express yourself in a meaningful way?

you started this thread, i'm just seeking your opinion

Sparky
10-04-2007, 05:03 AM
Welcome to APUG...!

:)

Sparky
10-04-2007, 05:27 AM
I'm very familiar with kern's work - it's a bit of a funny niche market - because his work (here referring to his EARLY work-which REALLY - are his films) was more about conveying an attitude of nihilism - one specific to the new york punk scene of the late 70s. I see his work (and Mapplethorpe's) forming a nexus whose missing element was probably the work of Jimmy DeSana (a contemporary of mapplethorpe - but both preceded Kern, and inspiration for Cindy Sherman). I think it would have been better perhaps to look more at this work - the kind you'd see festooned on album covers, etc...

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000003TAH.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

Contextualization: Jimmy DeSana

http://www.thebody.com/visualaids/web_gallery/2006/oates/images/02_large.jpg

But I guess the whole deal with niche 'markets' like this is simply the fact that it wouldn't mean much to you if you weren't part of it... kind of like a fred picker photo is for other people (i.e. people find meaning in the work through a common love for something - and in that case it would be the zone system)