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Miami Art Week 2013: Photography – Cool Hunting: photography picks from this year’s extravaganza

Miami Art Week 2013: Photography

From Pieter Hugo’s “Kin” series to Mapplethorpe’s stunning Polaroids, our photography picks from this year’s extravaganza

by Jonah Samson in Culture on 09 December 2013

Every December, Miami is packed with contemporary art from around the world, and the range of media from across the fairs that set up their temporary annual digs is astounding. Jumping out from the myriad sculptures, paintings, videos, performance art and more are some compelling photographs—photos that manage to capture so much through a carefully crafted click of the shutter. Have a look at the images that caught our eye in 2011 and 2012, and a look at this year’s highlights below.

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The photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe have likely never been described as subtle, but a beautiful and discrete series of small Polaroids from the 1970s on display at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac allude to the artist’s notorious lifestyle in the most gentle way. Our favorite was an image of hands arranging a pair of biker boots; a symbol of the leather culture that was the graphic subject of much of his photography.

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Alison Rossiter‘s minimal images at Yossi Milo Gallery deconstruct the photographic process and push the limits of what is considered to be photography. By sourcing long-expired photographic papers (expiry dates back to the 1920s), she creates simple and sophisticated compositions using only developing chemicals and the altered nature of the paper itself.

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