– The Seattle Times just posted a gallery of convicted rapist and serial killer Rodney Alcala’s photographs from the 1970’s. The photos were found in a storage locker that Alcala had until he was arrested in 1979. The Orange Country District Attorney has just released the photos in hopes of identifying some of Alcala’s victims. Be warned the photos are quite creepy considering the circumstances but there are some really great images.
Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy of Orange County California is asking for the public’s help in identifying women, young men, and children in dozens of photos seized when detectives searched a storage locker that Rodney Alcala rented in Seattle. If you know who any of these people are, please contact Huntington Beach police detective Patrick Ellis, at 714-375-5066, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Images were shot before July 1979.
See the full gallery here.
I’m aware of their [Esser and Leong’s] work, and my position is, these are fairly common tourist locations,
© Robert Bergman
– Fantastic article in The Wall Street Journal by Judith Dobrzynski on photographer Robert Bergman who is set to have his first exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art in DC, P.S.1 in Queens and Yossi Milo Gallery in Chelsea. Everyone at Yossi Milo have been raving about Bergman for months and I absolutely can’t wait for the three shows. Bergman has an amazing eye for portraiture and I really don’t understand how his work was only recently discovered. You can get Bergman’s only monograph A Kind of Rapture here.
© Robert Frank
– There is a great article by Anthony Lane in the new issue of The New Yorker on Robert Frank and the traveling exhibition of The Americans that is going up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the 22nd. Check it out here
© Alec Soth
– The New York Times had an article last Friday on Alec Soth and his new project Black Line of Woods commissioned by The High Museum of Arts in Atlanta for the “Picturing the South” series. It was great to finally get some info on the project because he has been keeping it a secret for so long. There was one thing that I didn’t understand in the article though. The writer of the piece neglected to say anything about Yossi Milo Gallery and made it seem like it Alec went straight from the Whitney Biennial to being represented by Gagosian, seems they left out a pretty pivotal point in his career. Overall it was a very nice article though and I hope I can make a trip down to Atlanta to see the show after it opens on August 8th.
– I came across this interesting article on The Independent’s site about a huge collection of photographs from the First World War that was discovered recently in France. It’s quite an impressive archive and a lot of the portraits possess and August Sander like quality. The photographer is unknown but the collection is a great historical document. See the full archive here.