Julianna Barwick in Church

I can’t say I’m a regular churchgoer. In fact, there aren’t many altars that have ever borne witness to my presence. Yet I had no problem heading down to Our Lady of the Lebanon Catholic Church in Brooklyn Heights last night. For I was worshipping at the feet of Julianna Barwick, who performed her album …

Portraits of Animals

There have been some wonderful animal portraits taken over the last few years by the likes of Tim Flach and Morten Koldby. Animals have been given the attention normally afforded to humans so that we see their unique personalities shine through. Czech photographer Lukas Holas is the latest to try his hand at the genre …

Public Nudity

You know what you’re home lacks? I can tell you. It’s a picture of you naked, illustrated by Jill Kleinhans. Jill is a very obliging woman and for a small fee she’ll create a custom block print of you au naturel. All you have to do is send her a nude photo of yourself. Quite …

Music Inc

Recently discovered and very much enjoyed, Inc are brothers Andrew and David Aged based in LA who are signed to 4AD. This however is not the music you’d expect from a label that brought you This Mortal Coil and Throwing Muses. This is a kind of twisted, slightly wonky R’n’B, which has been back in …

A Ride Back in Time

You think the New York City subway’s bad now, take a look at the images of Christopher Morris. Taken in the early eighties, when riding the subway could still be seriously injurious to your health, they capture the gritty, graffiti filled reality of NYC back in the day.

Terrain

Jackie Nickerson’s portraits of African farm workers are a fine example of how photojournalism has become more artful and large format in its presentation of life’s realities over the last twenty years. Her new series ‘Terrain’ takes things a stage further. Currently showing at the Jack Shainman Gallery on 20th and 10th street, the images …

When We Were Young

Derek Ridgers has been taking pictures of UK youth culture since punk and has a massive collection of simple portraits of various sub cultures. Skinheads, new romantics, punks, club kids and mods have all fallen under his lens. With the blanding out of contemporary culture these images now have a rawness that reminds us of …

Inside Llewyn Davis

          Some people never learn. No matter how many chances you give them they always manage to do the one thing that guarantees the golden egg turns into a brown turd. The protagonist (or perhaps the antagonist. Llewyn is irritating enough to be both) of this strange and absorbing film set …

Philip Seymour Hoffman RIP

I was lucky enough to see Philip Seymour Hoffman on Broadway in 2000. He played the lead along side John C Reilly. Apparently every other night they swapped roles such was the depth of their respective talents. I have to say that it was one of the best 2 or 3 greatest performances I’ve ever …

The Horror, the Horror.

I have a confession. Unless they are old and black and white, horror films terrify me. I would sooner slice off my own face than willingly choose to see a horror flick. If I have gone it’s at the behest of some woman who seems to gain delight from watching me pretend to look at …