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This morning, I came across an interesting profile in Wired, which looks at portrait photography of Dina Litovsky, specifically, the 40 people she captured getting tattooed at the NYC Tattoo Convention this past June and the Empire State Tattoo Expo (also in Manhattan) last month. Litovsky's focus was not documenting the shows or the tattoos, but the collectors' experience, and their expression of that experience, when getting work done. Wired explains:
Surrounded by the sound of buzzing guns, Litovsky wanders around until someone catches her eye. She chooses subjects based on their facial expressions and body language, and any interesting props they use to distract themselves from what is occasionally a painful procedure. Some people thumb through their smartphone. Others chew gum or suck on lollipops to stave off nausea. "Many subjects go into almost a trance state, a mental zone where the pain sensation transforms into an emotionally euphoric state," she says.
As noted in the article, Litovsky shoots with a flash, "which captures her subjects and nothing more," making them look like studio shots. I'm just wondering how the artists felt about flash going off while they're trying to work. Well, maybe she wasn't in their faces.
Another interesting mention in the article is Litovsky's earlier work, Ink Girls, which are portraits of tattooed women, and the judgments viewers had of the women in her photos. She told Wired: "I saw how easy it was to stereotype certain types of tattoos and attribute character traits and social standing to the people that have them. [...] In a way, a traditional portrait of an individual with tattoos can be a dead end. We understand less, not more about the person."
Read more about her work, and see additional photos in Wired and on Litovsky's website.
On the Facebook page of the wonderful Loretta Leu, matriarch of the renowned Leu Family's Family Iron, I began seeing fantastic portraits of the Leu's and other artists as well as photography from events like the recent tattoo convention in Paris. So, I set out to find who was behind the lens of such engaging images so that I may share them with y'all.
The work is that of Switzerland-based photographer Bobby C. Alkabes. Bobby's work reflects an intimacy with her subjects, many of whom I know are not keen on having their photo taken but seem to be enjoying their shoot with her. She's also captured so many great moments in the tattoo world and beyond, which you can find in the Events section of her portfolio.
Bobby graciously permitted me to use these images above, including the action shot of a collabortive tattoo between Kurt Wiscombe & Filip Leu, shown above. Check more of her work on Facebook & on her site, where many of her prints are available for purchase.
In putting together my tattoo book on blackwork, I've not only been privy to new, stunning work from the world's top tattooists, but also top photography of the art. Today I want to share with you a new photography find:
The tattoo portraits of Lee Corkett, WeatherVane Images, Conejo Valley, CA.
Lee is a freelance photographer and designer who is working with Zulu Tattoo in LA to capture his body of work on beautifully decorated bodies, like this piece on Nikki Haydock.
For a close-up of the tattoo, check out our Flickr page.
What I particularly like about Lee's work is the ease and movement of those bodies; you especially see it in fabulous dance galleries, with some adorned in tattoos and henna art as well.
Catch more of Lee and Zulu's work in my upcoming book.