The Experts and the Creative World on 2HeadS

When I created the world…

Sorry, I’ll start again:

When I created 2HeadS, my main focus was photography, especially human related, as it started, bringing some art history to it, to give photography some context in the history of art and humanity. As you could see, in 2HeadS I don’t post landscapes or architecture, food photography or even less technical gear. It’s just art history on human related to photography.

However, I have another passion on paper: old engravings from books. Maybe due to the fact that my great grand parent was a well-known engraver: Robert Bénard did amazing engravings for wonderful encyclopaedias such as the Diderot & d’Alembert’s Histoire Naturelle, or the The Encyclopédie Méthodique which was the last and largest of the great French encyclopedias of the eighteenth century, as well as the Manufactures, arts et métiers, edited by the same Jean-Marie Roland de la Platière.

The Art of Writing, By Robert Bénard, from the Encyclopedie by Denis-Diderot, 1763

The Art of Writing, By Robert Bénard, from the Encyclopedie by Denis-Diderot, 1763

And if you see this engraving that Robert Bénard fexit, you easily find the principles of composition, light, etc that photographers still use in portraits for example. There’s no way to run out from this: engraving, drawing, painting… all appeared before photography, and photography, as we know, came out from them. Well… the first ever art expression were the engravings by Palaeolithic. The origin of Art.

You can’t be an expert on anything just because you read the 2 first links that google gave to your search. You should read at least the 3 first ones. And the 375 last ones. And listen to others who read the 286 links in the middle. Listen to others is good. It might relate to other things. And then you’ll understand that you are no expert on anything. Not even in cleaning your own belly button. I like to put people thinking on different matters. It gives me the pleasure of thinking on yours. You must learn going deeper, and for it you should go to the bases, to the guts, the causes… and learn how to listen, enlarging your circle of knowledge. You can’t be an expert on photography if you have no knowledge of art history. And you can’t be an expert in fine art history if you have no knowledge of literature, music, architecture, sociology… and most probably you think you are an expert and you’re even doing tutorials on photography.

Hard Softness exhibition, by Gonzalo Bénard

Hard Softness exhibition, by Gonzalo Bénard

Head Line #6, Paris 2013, by ©GonzaloBénard

Head Line #6, Paris 2013, by ©GonzaloBénard

Open your mind: everything is related and you can’t forget the influence – by sponsorship -, that high nobility and especially religion had for many centuries in the art’s development. Not only Vatican, I mean in every culture: just look at how Islam influenced arts forbidding depicture of humans, like I wrote in Notes on Persia, on how the last King of Persia changed the Islam laws to bring photography to it. Crossing Borders. Or how Hinduism lives in art. The whole iconography of every single culture in the world. From Buddhism to the European “Old Religions”. Photography owes its existence to all of this.

I’ve been feeling that 2HeadS is lacking something. And this morning I realised it was this: basis on history. Once in a while I wrote articles like the Persian, but also about history of Portrait, or even in the Conspiracy of the Triangle, bringing some Art History as example. Recently I even start asking musicians like in the Music and Photography, to know if musicians get inspired in art photography like we art photographers get inspired in music, or in literature like I do.

Yesterday I read an interview to Boris Pasternak, by Olga Carlisle at the wonderful Paris Review, and if you read it you easily know what I mean, by being inspired in literature to create photography.

But when you join forces, like literature did so many times with engraving, you can have the most astonishing results, like the engravings that Gustave Doré created by E. A. Poe’s tales. In fact, as an illustrator, Doré set himself the challenge of the greatest texts (the Bible, Dante, Rabelais, Perrault, Cervantes, Milton, Shakespeare, Hugo, Balzac, Poe), which turned him into a real purveyor of European culture. You’ll be able to see them in an exhibition at Musée d’Orsay, in Paris.

"The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe, engraved by  Gustave Doré

“The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe, engraved by Gustave Doré

It might have come to my mind because of an article I read this morning about the 100,000 art and medicine images that were released for open use by Wellcome Library.

by William Cheselden, 1733

by William Cheselden, 1733

J.G. Salvage, “Anatomie du Galdiateur” (1812)

J.G. Salvage, “Anatomie du Galdiateur” (1812)

Magnus Hundt, diagram of a human head in a 1501 anthropology book

Magnus Hundt, diagram of a human head in a 1501 anthropology book

The vivisector asked to choose between head and heart, a photogravure (1886) after an etching by M J Holzapfl

The vivisector asked to choose between head and heart, a photogravure (1886) after an etching by M J Holzapfl

But we know well that photography always made part of the creative art world since the very beginning.

Jess, “A Mask for All Souls” (1969-1992) - at Grey Art Gallery, New York University

Jess, “A Mask for All Souls” (1969-1992) – at Grey Art Gallery, New York University

Don’t you think that it’s about time to bring bit more of Art History to 2HeadS? A more open-minded based constructed 2headS, not so focused exclusively on photography as if it came out of the blues, but bringing once in a while other forms of expression that could be related: like music, literature, painting, video art or even engravings.  Let’s go for it?

You should see the engravings for the Camera Obscura and the scientific war between Christianity and Islam.

Meanwhile feel free to leave here intelligent and interesting tips, or even topics that you think it may be interesting to bring here.


Other posts you should read:

Exhibitions: Go! ;
David Szauder the Glitched PixelNoizz ;
Majid Saeedi: Lucas Dolega Award ;
Emmet Gowin and his revelations ;
Philip-Lorca diCorcia in the Street ;
Enrico Natali and other people ;
My Non Existence in a Prison. Moscow ;
Giving Birth to a Goat.
2013: The Interviews and The Photographers

January, 2014 by ©Gonzalo Bénard for 2HeadS
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