A Photo Drawing (NSFW)

Art-photographers are exactly that: artists who use photography as a mean of expression. But this doesn’t mean that we stuck on photography, pure/raw photography I mean. Before photography there was other means of expression for us, so why not join forces between drawing or painting and photography?

Raoul Ubac - Objets reliés, 1942

Raoul Ubac – Objets reliés, 1942

Since the very beginning to the new emerging photographers there have been always some who made interesting mixes of drawing and photographs. Before or after: as pre or as post-editing. There are multiple ways of drawing in photographs, including the sketches like I wrote at “Sketching Concepts“.

Examples of that we have many, some of them belonging to a favourite box of artists: Jean Cocteau, Andy Warhol or Dennis Oppenheim. Picasso did his famous drawings with light in photography. Andy Warhol drew and painted over portraits of everyone who was someone.  Vasil Stanko drew on the walls to be photograph as Jean Cocteau and later Roger Ballen. Man Ray had some drawings too. Gonzalo Bénard have some photographs that he completed with drawings, like Jean Cocteau or Raoul Ubac. Lately we have lots of young photographers who – digitally or not -, draw over their photographs, creating geometries or giving a more fantasy mood.  Some inspired by the masters, but probably they don’t know who were them as they often go with the flow, believing in their own world that they’re doing something new and fully creative.

Monument to D. A. F. Sade by Man Ray, photograph with drawing, 1933

Monument to D. A. F. Sade by Man Ray, photograph with drawing, 1933

by Dennis Oppenheim, 1971

by Dennis Oppenheim, 1971

by Helena Almeida

by Helena Almeida

by Vasil Stanko

by Vasil Stanko

Picasso, 1949

Picasso, 1949

by ©Duane Michals

by ©Duane Michals

Senator Edward Kennedy by Andy Warhol

Senator Edward Kennedy by Andy Warhol

Jean Cocteau by Andy Warhol

Jean Cocteau by Andy Warhol

by ©Gonzalo Bénard

by ©Gonzalo Bénard

by Jean Cocteau

by Jean Cocteau

Bath scene, by ©Roger Ballen

Bath scene, by ©Roger Ballen

by ©Christer Strömholm

by ©Christer Strömholm

by Saul Steinberg

by Saul Steinberg

The Virgin Forest, by ©Gonzalo Bénard

The Virgin Forest, by ©Gonzalo Bénard

by ©Roger Ballen

by ©Roger Ballen

by ©Duane Michaels - from The Nature of Desire, 1987

by ©Duane Michaels – from The Nature of Desire, 1987

text by ©Gonzalo Bénard for 2HeadS
March, 2013
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