Monday, December 21, 2009

Romanticism: Photographs by Lou Reed

Untitled Statue by Lou Reed
Untitled "Statue", 2005-2008 by Lou Reed

Avant-garde rocker Lou Reed, founding member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame group The Velvet Underground, has just published his third book of photographs. Lou Reed: Romanticism features black and white and color images of landscapes and architectural motifs, shot on Reed's travels to Scotland, Denmark, Big Sur and elsewhere. The photographs are taken with a specially altered digital camera, which is said to give them "an aura of strangeness, or otherworldliness".

Reed says of his work, “I love photography. I love digital. I love digital. It’s what I’d always wished for. Being in the camera and experiencing the astonishing accomplishment of the creations of life sparked through the beauty of the detailed startling power of the glass lens."

Lou Reed previously published two books of his photography: Lou Reed's New York in 2006 & Emotion in Action in 2003. The photographs from Romanticism are currently on display at Steven Kasher Gallery in New York City, through January 9, 2010.

Lou Reed: Romanticism Book Cover
Lou Reed: Romanticism Book Cover

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Update, 1/9/2010: Romanticism will be on exhibit at Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University, from January 22, 2010 – March 20, 2010.