Friday, December 31, 2010

Photographic Sublime

Paul Mgapi Sepuya

While visually captivating I never really considered photography a medium that seriously communicated more than what was on the surface. My indifference to the practice of photography has been enlightened recently by exposure to the works of Martha Rosler, Jeff Wall and Henri Cartier-Bresson. So it's no surprise that I rediscovered Paul Mpagi Sepuya whom I met as a sophomore in a dorm room at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts on Spring Break of 2001. Since then he has worked closely with AA Bronson of General Idea and also for several publications including BUTT Magazine and I.D. The photographs Paul has done here for DisMagazine. The relationship between the object (the bedding or the models, take your pick) and what is being sold is sensual, playful and alluring. The "sublime" is a good way to explain this feeling of "spider love" as that rapturous sensation of the beautiful. Take a look.

Credit to Colby Keller at for the inspiration for this my first post.
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