All posts tagged: Vintage Photographs

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Natural Act collages by Merve Ozaslan

I went to see the Hannah Höch exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in London this weekend. It’s the gallery’s annual paid exhibition and is well worth a visit. Höch was a member of Berlin’s Dada movement in the 1920s along with George Grosz, Raoul Haussmann and Jean Arp, as well as a driving force in the development of 20th century collage. She spliced together images taken from fashion magazines and illustrated journals, creating a humorous and moving commentary on society during a time of tremendous social change. Later that day I discovered the work of Istanbul-based artist Merve Ozaslan via Pinterest and Behance. In a similar way to Höch, Ozaslan takes vintage black and white photographs, from people on the street to young ladies on the beach, and inserts pieces of natural scenery. The result is an ordinary urban scene juxtaposed tongue-in-cheek with green forests, a field of daisies or the swirling current of the sea. See more of Ozaslan’s work on Behance and follow her on Pinterest. Images: Merve Ozaslan on Behance

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Embroidery on print by Maurizio Anzeri

Italian-born artist Maurizio Anzeri makes his portraits by sewing directly into found vintage photographs. The artist said: “There’s a dynamic in what happens between the photograph, the embroidery on top, and you standing in front looking at it. I try never to completely cover a face, you can always still see the face underneath. Like a costume or other identity, my work reveals something that is behind the face that suddenly becomes in front. It’s like a mask – not a mask you put on, but something that grows out of you. It’s what the photo is telling you and what you want to read in the photos”. Anzeri’s work has been featured in Dazed and Confused, see a previous post on his spread ‘It Came From The Sky’ in Dazed and Confused June 2011 here. His work has also been exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Images: Maurizio Anzeri