Category: Blog
21 April 2013
Written by - leonardo damiani
infrared nude



It's all True!!!  The Web will never forget.....

The great problem of every photographer is to find his pictures, his publications which over time, in the various removals, get lost.

Since I started programming this site, I realized that most of my work is no longer documentable, and in some sense I feel like part of my history had lost ...

I no longer have a copy of my work and my past customers such as magazines, small advertising agencies, architects, in short, all my clients of the old analog era have disappeared and with them documentation of my work.

Until a decade ago, a photographer's work was purely on film this means that the "originals" of the work were handled by the customer, be it a journal or a private individual.

If we add to this the "bad" habit of many publishers to "forget" to sue the name of the photographer, it becomes easy to understand how the effort to document its "Resume" (as they call it today) becomes difficult.

So I started to Google the Web in hope of finding records of my past work

And I discovered that it is true that the “Network will never forgets”

I found, in fact, a set of articles of the period 1997/1999 when I enjoyed to produce reviews on the works of emerging photographers and their exhibitions

Photography was still totally Analogic and over the internet navigation was with a 32k modem but my reviews are still there...

I decided to re-propose them never having sold the publishing rights.




Alan Lindsay Garret - Infrared Nudes (1997) -


image courtesy of lindsay garrett

This is the age of the Art Academies:
Often, too often, we forget that creativity originates with the ability to truly feel the environment which surrounds us and with the desire to represent, interpret and perhaps even to possess it. Neither money nor masters can do anything without the urge to be.

This is the age of the supertechnicians:
In fact, the various artistic disciplines are moving ever more in the direction of technical research. The work of art becomes a question of virtuosity and, inevitably, loses its capacity to represent the author's emotions.

This is the age of the Zone System:
This is the problem of so much contemporary photography; governed more by the dictates of an impeccable technique than by a sense of joy representative of the moment.

This is the age of serial production:
In this way, for the satisfaction of dealers, abuses arise of those techniques which should serve the artist to communicate his message. This is a world swamped with selenium prints, bichromate gums, salt paper, unusual toning and coloring - all with the exclusive goal of convincing the observer of the author's great skill, resting everything on the fact of their differentness.

This is the age of special effects, of the loss of pleasure in beauty:
We are losing all connection to the message.

This is the age of the new censorship:
Envy of beauty forces us to hide ourselves, thereby losing vitality.

This is the age of the new Robin Hoods:
In this reality belong people like Lindsay Garrett - simple, self-taught, at times a bit crude, but with the profound ability to learn and to communicate his desires, modestly trying to reveal himself.


It is likely that web surfers have already encountered Lindsay Garrett, heard about his history, and criticized or defended his point of view. Here, however, it is not his affairs which concern us but rather his message, the words in his photographs. Presented in this exhibition on aesthetic eroticism is a series of studies permeated with a freshness to which the author contrasts his avidity to represent beauty as the desire for the different human being - in essence, the craving felt by all humanity.. Desire represented without technical virtuosity, without insecurity about the perfection of the work, erupting from the instinctuality of the sexed relationship with the unconscious which, in photography, is the model. The friendship that ties him to his subjects allows a vision of eros that transcends sexual need, transforming it into respect for love.


 image courtesy of lindsay garrett image courtesy of lindsay garrett image courtesy of lindsay garrett image courtesy of lindsay garrett

written by Leonardo Damiani in late 1997

pubblicato nel 1997 su NeT-ArT