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Hidden Faces

René Magritte, the man behind the famous painting of the man behind the apple (pun intended) had the following to say about hidden faces: It’s something that happens constantly. Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see. There is an interest in that which is hidden and which the visible does not show us. This interest can take the form of a quite intense feeling, a sort of conflict, one might say, between the visible that is hidden and the visible that is present.

The header image (above) is by Maurizio Anzeri. His embroidered patterns garnish the figures like elaborate costumes, but also suggest a psychological aura, as if revealing the person’s thoughts or feelings.

LEFT: By Maurizio Anzeri, who makes his portraits by sewing directly into found vintage photographs. RIGHT: René Magritte's famous Son of Man painting.
LEFT: By Maurizio Anzeri, who makes his portraits by sewing directly into found vintage photographs. RIGHT: René Magritte’s famous Son of Man painting.
Portraits from Fastnacht, a photographic project by Axel Hoedt. The photographs were taken in 2008 during a three-week period dictated by the regional timing of the Fastnacht festival. This varies according to the date of Easter and the commencement of the Lenten period of fasting each year. Fastnacht, literally meaning 'the night before fasting,' is an annual carnival held in Germany, but also in Switzerland and Austria, which has roots in both Christian and Pagan traditions. The latter are particularly relevant to the region in which Hoedt was working, where grotesque and frightening masks are often worn to chase away the spirits of winter in preparation for the coming spring and a new harvest.
Portraits from Fastnacht, a photographic project by Axel Hoedt. The photographs were taken in 2008 during a three-week period dictated by the regional timing of the Fastnacht festival. This varies according to the date of Easter and the commencement of the Lenten period of fasting each year. Fastnacht, literally meaning ‘the night before fasting,’ is an annual carnival held in Germany, but also in Switzerland and Austria, which has roots in both Christian and Pagan traditions. The latter are particularly relevant to the region in which Hoedt was working, where grotesque and frightening masks are often worn to chase away the spirits of winter in preparation for the coming spring and a new harvest.
LEFT: A portrait by Maurizio Anzeri. RIGHT: By E.J. Bellocq, this is one of the "Storyville Portraits" made in the red light district that dominated the New Orleans French Quarter at the turn of the century. Like this one, many of the portraits featured a prostitute with her face scratched out, but without any explanation as to why this was done.
LEFT: A portrait by Maurizio Anzeri. RIGHT: By E.J. Bellocq, this is one of the “Storyville Portraits” made in the red light district that dominated the New Orleans French Quarter at the turn of the century. Like this one, many of the portraits featured a prostitute with her face scratched out, but without any explanation as to why this was done.

 

 

 

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