"It is typical of the photographic art of van Lamsweerde and Matadin that they urge their image making to de-stabilise the pristine surface expected of consumer culture; to this end they make use, in turn, of the Gothic, inscrutability, androgyny, comedy, eroticism, surrealism, fantasy, montage, cinema, replication, image manipulation, Pop art, fetishism and art historical nuance." (Michael Bracewell, from the introduction)"
About the Author
Penny Martin is Editor in Chief of The Gentlewoman magazine and Chair of Fashion Imagery at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Previously, she was Editor in Chief of SHOWstudio.com from 2001-08. Penny has curated several exhibitions - most recently, When You're A Boy: men's fashion styled by Simon Foxton at The Photographers' Gallery, London - and is a contributor to numerous magazines and newspapers including Fantastic Man, W and The Independent. Michael Bracewell is a UK based novelist and cultural historian. He writes extensively on modern and contemporary art, and his most recent publications include Richard Hamilton: Modern Moral Matters (Serpentine Gallery, London, 2010), Bridget Riley Paintings and Related Work (National Gallery, London, 2010), Damien Hirst: Beautiful Inside My Head Forever (Sotheby's London, 2008) and The Postcard Art of Gilbert & George 1979 - 2010 (Prestel, 2011). Olivier Zahm, founder and co-editor of Purple Magazine is an internationally acclaimed writer, art curator and fashion theorist. He lives in Paris. Bruce Sterling is author, journalist, editor, and critic. His nonfiction works include The Hacker Crackdown: Law And Disorder on the Electronic Frontier (1992), Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next Fifty Years (2003), and Shaping Things (2005). Antony Hegarty is a musician and artist from New York. He performs with his group Antony and the Johnsons. In 2010 he released an album and a book of drawings called Swanlights. Much of Hegarty's recent work addresses his relationship to the natural world.