Peter Kennard

20 05 2012

Kennard’s work is very political. The pieces have an unsettled quick to dry appeal. It is as if one was hastily trying to get the message out into the world before we blew ourselves up. I also find the pieces rather dated. Not just because of their political references but because it reflects the hectic and turbulent 70s and 80s.

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PAVEL OSIPOVICH KOVALEVSKIJ

20 05 2012

I’ve often wondered about artists/photographers who follow wars. Does their work depict warfare as it is or do they glorify heroic events? I suppose both. PAVEL OSIPOVICH KOVALEVSKIJ worked for the Russian government to illustrate the Turkish-Russian war. The pictures are interesting and I suspect that every war has similar images.  Before the photograph, paintings must have been used to galvanize the ruling classes around the war. Later, with photographs the common man’s opinion became more important.

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One of my favourite movies on the topic of illustrating warfare and its heroes was “The Americanization of Emily” with James Garner and Julie Andrews.