VICE’s Photo Issue Is Out and We Have the Pictures

by Henry Kaye on July 11, 2014 · 3 comments slideshow

Thomas Albdorf- Krimmler Ache Waterfalls, Detail (from A Song of Nature [Working Title]), 2014

Thomas Albdorf- Krimmler Ache Waterfalls, Detail (from A Song of Nature [Working Title]), 2014

According to the masters of ironic hyperbole at VICE, the magazine’s annual photography issue is an event of biblical proportions. More specifically, it’s “a cultural barometer that has been used by historians since the age of Talbot to determine which artists are on the front lines of photography in any given year.”

Lucky for us, then, that they’ve shared a few images with us from this front line, before their scheduled release this Monday. Get ready to be wowed. We’ve seen the issue—curated by Matthew Leifheit (formerly of AFC)—and it’s an incredible accomplishment. Many of the images have never been published before and all of them are extraordinary.

This year the theme of the issue is the term, “trompe l’oeil,” which loosely translates to the use of images to create an illusion. This edition features work by stars like Laurie Simmons and her mentor Jimmy DeSana, Thurston Moore, and Jaime Warren. There’s even a spread by Cindy Sherman, who may be the only living household name art photographer. There’s also work by Robert Melee, Michael Marcelle, and Thomas Albdorf; all personal favorites of ours.

Mostly, the issue is filled with work by young up and coming photographers, because that’s the point. To that end, a show of the photographs in this issue will open at Pioneer Works in Red Hook July 31st. We give it our highest recommendation.

We also recommend picking up the full issue because what you’re about to get is just a taste of what’s in store. We left out the ham vaginas and Freddie Kruger and Hannibal Lecter recreating a nativity scene because we know that just won’t reproduce the same here as it does in print.

Robert Melee's "Bowling."

Robert Melee’s “Bowling.”

Rachel Stern's "portrait of Alexandra Forsythe."

Rachel Stern’s “portrait of Alexandra Forsythe.”

OKeefe

Erin O’Keefe’s work from the series “Natural Disasters.”

Nocito

Jason Nocito’s “Pud.”

Marcelle

Michael Marcelle’s work from the series “Third Skin.”

Zoë Le Ber

Lazarus

Jason Lazarus’s “Thurston Moore, (09/10/13).”

Cole Don Kelley

Cole Don Kelley

Bea De Giacomo's work from the series "Notte."

Bea De Giacomo’s work from the series “Notte.”

Sara Cwynar's "Girl from Contact Sheet (DarkroomManuals)."

Sara Cwynar’s “Girl from Contact Sheet (DarkroomManuals).”

blooms 001

Rose Marie Cromwell’s work from the series “Blooms”

Lucas Blalock's "Courtesy Ramiken Crucible."

Lucas Blalock  courtesy Ramiken Crucible.

Thomas Albdorf's "Krimmler Ache Waterfalls, Detail (from A Song of Nature [Working Title])."

Thomas Albdorf- Krimmler Ache Waterfalls, Detail (from A Song of Nature [Working Title]), 2014

Work by Cynthia Talmadge and Matthew Leifheit

Work by Cynthia Talmadge and Matthew Leifheit

Kevin Zucker’s work from the series “Black and White Sunsets.”

Kevin Zucker’s work from the series “Black and White Sunsets.”

  • chas potts

    Some of these are interesting. Yay art!

  • Bill Williams

    Most are not. Yay for, “it’s who you know” !

  • Mike Avina

    Strange and good but mostly not things I’d look at twice.

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