Strömholm was initially drawn to the area's edgy subterranean nightlife: the peep shows, the strip clubs, the prostitutes and their pimps. Like his subjects, he worked into the early hours, trawling the streets, befriending and photographing his subjects. For a time, he lived on the fifth floor of the Hôtel Chappe, where six of the transsexuals featured in the book also lived. As Christian Caujolle, the owner of the Vu photography agency in Paris, notes, Strömholm "shared their early afternoon breakfasts… watched them put on make-up and clothes, went down with them to the streets as they solicited for clients". This was a kind of insider reportage based on trust and friendship. "Everyone knew what I was doing," Strömholm wrote later. "I never took stolen pictures." It shows. … [Read more...] about Les amies de Place Blanche by Christer Strömholm – review
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This provoked a spat between two of Arbus's most articulate critics, AD Coleman, writing in the New York Observer, and Janet Malcolm in the New York Review of Books. Coleman objected to the book because it "exploits its human subjects in ways that I find morally reprehensible"; because it could not be considered a complete piece of work, since it was unfinished and unpublished at Arbus's death; and because "it seems designed to further mythologise her and inappropriately inflate her body of work". For Malcolm, on the other hand: "If anything could serve the cause of the people who inhabit [such institutions] it would be Arbus's pictures; only someone with a heart of stone or a mind much softened by cant could fail to be moved by them. The retarded are the highest nobility of all in Arbus's hierarchy of the different." … [Read more...] about The vision thing
"The bad news is, it is largely the send-off we expected. Of course there is epic action to savour and surprises and spoilers to spill, but given the long, long build-up, some of the saga’s big revelations and developments might be a little unsatisfying on reflection." … [Read more...] about Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker review round-up: Critics divided on Episode 9
FM: Yes, I was upstairs at Brixton Academy, sitting down. Or standing up when an act came on. The acts were a long way away. It’s disconcerting watching everything on screens. You’ll know there was a ruckus with Slowthai [the rapper was marched off stage after leering over host Katherine Ryan]. I saw him throw his mic into the moshpit in anger, but after he disappeared in the crowd it was impossible to see what was happening. He’d seemed pretty angry from the word go. Standard punk, but maybe there’s more I should have picked up? He was the first number: “Deal wiv’ it”. I was surprised he had his shirt off and trousers down so quickly. It takes a bit longer for a symphony orchestra. … [Read more...] about Mahler versus Slowthai! – what happened when our pop and classical critics traded jobs?