Sunday, January 31

Frances Benjamin Johnston

Self-Portrait as a Bohemian Woman, 1896

Theodore Roosevelt Jr. with His Parrot Eli in the White House Conservatory, 1902

Sioux Indian Chiefs with William Jennings Bryan at the Pan American Exposition, 1901

Lower Falls of Yellowstone, 1903

The Veiled Woman, 1896

A Miner, 1903

Frances Benjamin Johnston was one of the earliest female photographers in America. She was well-known for her portraits and documentary work. In 1895, she opened her own photographic studio in Washington D.C., taking portraits of the rich & famous of her time such as Susan B. Anthony, Mark Twain, and Booker T. Washington. Her self-portrait shown above, Self-Portrait as a Bohemian Woman, is one of her most controversial portraits, showing three symbols of rebellion. Back in 1896, proper Victorian women were not supposed to smoke cigarettes, drink beer, or show off their petticoats.

Thursday, January 28

Matthew Lawrence

We Will Live With The Animals, 2008

We Are All Somebodies Dinner, 2009

Matthew Lawrence is currently showing some of his work in an exhibit on the West Chester University campus at Mitchell Hall. If you're around West Chester, PA, you should come check it out. You have to see his art in real life to get the full's some really interesting art; very bright, loud, and colorful. He uses broken bits of glass, marbles, blocks, beads, glitter, you name it! He grew up in York, England, and is now a local artist living in Lancaster, PA.

"I desire my artwork to be a visual feast, candy coated and sickly sweet. The work is as much about its physical presence as it is about its psychological presence. The work is often based on appropriated images from my childhood in England. These cartoons are redefined and now live in the realm of glamorous, glitter filled pieces. Their content is changed and the images are now filled with opulence and decadence. I don't want people to like them; I want people to love them. I don't want people to like me; I want people to love me."

Wednesday, January 27

Sunday, January 17

Diane Arbus

"I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn't photograph them."

Lady at a masked ball with two roses on her dress

Albino sword swallower at a carnival, 1970

A Jewish giant at home with his parents in the Bronx, NY, 1970

For Christmas, my mom gave me a book on Diane Arbus because she always was fond of her work, and it got me interested.