I/Eye: On Photography

From “Los Caprichos: after Goya”: O te hundes o sales a flote (“Sink or swim”)

Posted in Los Caprichos, Uncategorized by Sheila Newbery on June 3, 2017
"O te hundes o sales a flote" ("Sink or swim"), from "Los Caprichos: after Goya"

“O te hundes o sales a flote” (“Sink or swim”), from the series of platinum palladium prints Los Caprichos: after Goya.

 

In late 2017, my first complete set of Caprichos will become part of the collection of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. This means they will live under the same roof as a set of Goya’s eighteenth-century originals. This would have seemed like a guarantee of permanence (and a flattering proximity) even a decade ago. But libraries are fragile things; they burn, they’re looted, they’re lost in political chaos.

Today is the day after  President Trump announced the US’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, which many governments labored to construct under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). 

An analysis of the political and legal repercussions for His Highness (and us) of His Highness’ Colossal Climate Tantrum can be read at the LawFare blog, in a post by David Wirth. Take what heart from it you can.

Los Caprichos: Tantos adeptos

Posted in Los Caprichos, Uncategorized by Sheila Newbery on July 28, 2014
"Tantos adeptos", from *Los Caprichos: after Goya* (platinum palladium, 2014)

“Tantos adeptos”, from *Los Caprichos: after Goya* (platinum palladium, 2014)

New work for Los Caprichos: after Goya: the caption can be translated as “so many followers”. The original Caprichos contain a number of images that show dubious authority figures and their fulsome adherents, either emphasizing the blind slavishness of the latter or the fatuous pretensions of the former:

Here I give you a contemporary riff on that theme.

Beso inesperado

Posted in Los Caprichos by Sheila Newbery on March 3, 2014
"Beso inesperado" from *Los Caprichos: after Goya* (platinum palladium prints)

“Beso inesperado” from *Los Caprichos: after Goya* (platinum palladium prints)

I’m back to the Caprichos  (based loosely on Goya’s album of the same name), after taking some time off to do a solo show (Ohio Woods) in San Francisco last fall. The website has been updated: there’s been a lot of editing going on behind the scenes and — slowly — I’ve been adding legends (captions) to the images. For those who don’t know  Goya’s work  (of 1799), you can see the full set of 80 prints online here. The prints were an experimental series of aquatint etchings that ranged in tone from satiric to grotesque, and which cast a jaundiced eye on late eighteenth-century Madrid.  Goya’s paintings and prints (including work from other series like Los Desastres de la Guerra)  have inspired artists as varied as Édouard Manet, Pablo Picasso, the Chapman brothers, Enrique Chagoya, and William Kentridge.The legend above translates as  “unexpected kiss”.

Nadie se dió cuenta de la transformación.

Posted in Uncategorized by Sheila Newbery on November 16, 2012
Nadie se dió cuenta de la transformación (palladium print, 2012) from "Los Caprichos: after Goya"

Nadie se dió cuenta de la transformación (palladium print, 2012) from “Los Caprichos: after Goya”

“Nadie se dió cuenta de la transformación,” (“Nobody noticed the transformation”) from Los Caprichos: after Goya: platinum palladium prints inspired by the 18th-century satirical masterpiece.

“Caprichos” means literally: whims. Images from this series are photographed from video source and printed in platinum palladium. In keeping with the spirit of Goya’s mordant titles, I’ve given each image a caption — in Spanish.

Los prisioneros

Posted in Uncategorized by Sheila Newbery on October 20, 2012
"Los Prisioneros" from *Los Caprichos: after Goya* (palladium print, 2012) © Sheila Newbery

“Los Prisioneros” from *Los Caprichos: after Goya* (palladium print, 2012) © Sheila Newbery

“Los prisioneros,” (“Prisoners”) from  Los Caprichos: after Goya: a 21st-century adaptation of an 18th-century masterpiece. Inspired by Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes’ well known album of eighty satirical aquatints, published in 1799.

“Caprichos” means literally: whims. Images from this series are photographed from video source and printed in platinum palladium. In keeping with the spirit of Goya’s mordant titles, I’ve given each image a caption — in Spanish.

La guerra de ofertas (quién va a pagar más?)

Posted in Los Caprichos by Sheila Newbery on July 7, 2012
La guerra de ofertas (palladium print, 2012) from *Los Caprichos* by Sheila Newbery

La guerra de ofertas (palladium print, 2012) from *Los Caprichos* by Sheila Newbery

From Los Caprichos: after Goya, a series of platinum palladium prints inspired by the 18th-century master Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes’ well known album of eighty satirical aquatints, published in 1799.

‘Caprichos’ means literally: whims. Images from this series are photographed from video source on a 4×5 Crown Graphic press camera and are printed on Revere Platinum.

In keeping with the spirit of Goya’s mordant commentary, I’ve given each of the images a caption — in Spanish.

Goya: drawing

Posted in Uncategorized by Sheila Newbery on May 26, 2012
By Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

By Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

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Sople con fuerza!

Posted in Los Caprichos by Sheila Newbery on March 15, 2012
"Sople con fuerza", platinum palladium print from *Los Caprichos* (2012) Sheila Newbery

“Sople con fuerza”, platinum palladium print from *Los Caprichos* (2012) Sheila Newbery

From Los Caprichos: after Goya, an artist’s book in the making, first presented at the Book Weekend with Alex  and Rebecca Norris Webb hosted by Radius Books in September 2011. It’s inspired by Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes’ well known album of eighty satirical aquatints, which the artist published in 1799, after a debilitating illness.

‘Caprichos’ means literally: whims. Images from this series are photographed from video source on a 4×5 Crown Graphic press camera and printed in platinum-palladium (a traditional process) on Revere paper.

In keeping with the spirit of Goya’s sharp-edged commentary, I’ve given each of the images a caption — in Spanish.

Channeling Goya

Posted in Los Caprichos by Sheila Newbery on November 15, 2011
"Escuchar lo que él os diga." from Los Caprichos: after Goya (2011)  © Sheila Newbery

"Escuchar lo que él os diga." from Los Caprichos: after Goya (2011) © Sheila Newbery

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