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Photographing the Photographic Image: Anne Collier

Anne Collier is an unusual type of photographer in the sense that she takes photographs of existing photographs. Largely, of famous women role models, Marilyn Monroe, of course, amongst a few lesser known feminine starlets of the past. Yet it’s not as straight forward or as unimaginative as it sounds. Collier holds her images quite literally at arms length, working with not just the image itself but with the background on which it appears: a frame, magazine, book, poster, a blank wall or textured surface. It has a distancing effect and totally readjusts our perspectives of well known work (reminiscent of Fiona Banner’s curated exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery here in London). A lot of her work, unsurprisingly, focuses on the “gaze”, forcing the viewer to reassess the way we view not just images but advertisements and people themselves. This naturally plays into the interesting and ever going debates surrounding female objectification and sexualisation. Taken out of their commercial context, what do these images mean and how should we view them?

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Fresh Guacamole, Western Spaghetti and Roof Sex

Unlike the title of this post suggests and perhaps disappointingly, this is not a blog post about recipes and sex, but a post about the work of PES. PES, or Adam Pespane as he’s lesser known, is an American director and stop motion animator of numerous short films and commercials. Instead of using actors and actresses, however, he uses chairs, hand grenades and dice (amongst many other inanimate objects). In his highly imaginative scenarios, influenced by Czech surrealist Jan Svankmajer he manipulates every day objects to make cookery videos or in the case of roof sex, a rather raunchy video of two chairs having sex. Fresh Guacamole is his latest offering, released in 2012, and is the shortest film ever to be nominated for an Oscar.

Hit the jump to watch ‘Fresh Guacamole’. Make sure your sound is turned up, as the sound effects really make it:

Most of PES’s films can be found on YouTube.

WATCH THIS SPACE: Rumour has it PES is currently working on his first feature film.

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