Take a look at the stars of photographer Tim Barber’s online collective Time & Space – from Ed Templeton to Petra Collins
Thought people would get bored of photographs of people dicking around and getting naked? Nope, not yet. To coincide with Blues, Tim Barber's new cyanotype print show at New York's agnès b gallery, we thought we'd explore some of the stars of Time & Space, his online photography community, formerly known as Tiny Vices.
The online gallery showcases 66 artists and photographers who have been carefully selected by Barber for being particularly important in terms of what their work brings to the world of photography and due to the personal relationship he has with each artist.
Only when put together is it apparent that a youthful, carefree thread runs through the assemblage of artists, even photographs that document machinery and futuristic gadgetry suggest a hunger to snap the perfect portrait of our time. Each artist captures loved-ones, oddities, light, ubiquitous scenes and delicate moments which, as a whole, totally sum up the world's photographic culture of the last decade. Oh, and it's not all tits, beers, knee-socks and fireworks. Here's 10 from Barber's online community that you should really know about.
Totally unique Danish photographer with a habit of subtly digitally mutating his subjects until they become surreal, brightly-lit snapshots of scenes you wish you hadn’t walked into. A lot of Asger’s images look like cast-offs from a roll, until you realise that those people over there are crowded around an enormous pile of alien matter, or that the dog in the bottom corner has a woman’s face. Things are just 10 per cent not what they should be.
Petra is the kind of feisty, entrepreneurial wonderkid who makes people feel unproductive just by googling her name. At 21-years-old she’s a designer and photographer who’s just released her first book, Babe. Tim Barber used to assist Ryan McGinley back in the day, and now Petra is Ryan’s go-to girl in terms of being a muse and something of an apprentice.
That man on Instagram who poses with his eyeballs rolled back in his head is actually a really, really great photographer. His portfolio includes tattooed girls, car crashes, passive aggressive notes, drugs, models pulling funny faces and a terrific shot of Ariel Pink having a laser pen shone into his eyes. Jason’s one of those guys who everyone claims to know but is never actually at the party.
Most people use black and white film so that everything they photograph looks better, but Yusuf uses it to make the world seem terrifying, sharp and bendy. Double exposures, crackly and dust-spattered film and eccentric subjects make his imagery an assault on how the world should be, and is, perceived via photography.
The elusive Aurel Schmidt creates paintings, photographs and installations with a tongue in cheek attitude to sexuality and death. Last year the The New York artist produced and curated Date of Birth, a show of teenagers’ artwork at Ramiken Crucible gallery, and she recently showed a series of pop-up exhibitions at the Venice Biennale 2015.
Ed was photographing skate kids smoking and teenagers making out way before everyone else. His love for youth culture and the methods by which people make themselves known or stand out is second to none, as is his obvious unbridled passion for doing so. One of the more famous photographers on Tim Barber’s list, Ed belongs in Time & Space because even though he’s been going for longer, his passion is still as it was when he was just a teenager starting out.
Lina’s work has been gathering an awful lot of attention in the past few years due to exposure by way of Zeit Magazin and Swiss gallery Christophe Guye. Although most of her work is a sexual, intimate autobiography, she also photographs friends, family and models she finds suit the personal, sleepy aesthetic of her work.
Some of Heidi’s film photographs look like they’ve been unearthed from a dusty, sun-damaged box in a family garage. Their washed-out aesthetic and curious, expressionless subjects leave you confused at which year they were shot in, their timelessness broken only by giveaway American Apparel hoodies or era-defining Nokia models.
Toronto-based Philip’s documentary photography and personal projects have been featured in nearly all of the world’s most infuential magazines and exhibited in The National Portrait Gallery. His highly-polished, rather surreal work takes him to strange corners of the world where ever-changing politics have drastic effects on the landscape and social aesthetic of countries such as Iraq, Turkey and Afghanistan among others.
Some people are too much of a pussy to even bring a camera to a lido, but for seven years photographer Corey Arnold worked as a deckhand on crab ships off the coast of Alaska and has lived to tell the tale. This pic of a guy cuddling a juicy dead fish is testament to the adrenalin-fuelled high jinx you can only imagine going on onboard that ship.