Bill Durgin: Figurations

First, a disclosure. Bill lives next door to me, as he has for the past 6 years. We are both photographers (although one of us is more accomplished, and I’m not talking about me). We’ve borrowed equipment from one another before. And we both fulfilled our civic duty by serving on our condo board.

Ok, now the relevant stuff.

I suppose at some point, every photographer goes through a nude phase. Most of the time, the nudes look pretty average. You know, get the girl naked against a black background and some moody lighting and pretend you actually have a vision. But in the end, it’s just another average nude photo that no one really wants to look at because it’s neither provocative nor interesting.

But when I received a postcard from Bill about his show, Figurations, I thought, “Boy, these are both provocative and interesting.”

You know how sometimes you’ll shoot a portrait and the person’s arm will be hidden behind their back, and someone says, “It looks like they only have one arm!” And you think, “Geez, I’m an idiot. I’m not paying attention and this stuff just happens unintentionally.”

Bill does it intentionally.

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Photo by Bill Durgin


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Photo by Bill Durgin

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Photo by Bill Durgin

Intrigued? Only a few more days to see it in person:

Bill Durgin Figurations
September 4th – October 11th 2008
Reception 7-9 pm  October 2nd
Merge Gallery
205 West 20th Street
(between 7th & 8th Ave)
New York, NY 10011

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Allen Murabayashi is the Chairman and co-founder of PhotoShelter.

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