I found a book where he writes quarter-page statements/essays comparing one of his photos to another photo that (supposedly) influenced it. I find, as I work through it that I have less and less respect for him.
I find his lack of respect and caring for some of his models (the Mexican satyr, all the dead bodies) repugnant - which I think his defenders would say is the point. But I find all his reasons lacking when the reality is that he's using stolen bodies to sell pieces for tens of thousands of dollars to yuppie-dom.
The various pseudo-mystic 'I am creating God in me'-type pronouncements just make it worse.
At the same time, his visual imagination has to be respected, though he's kind of found his niche or gimmick (depending on your opinion) and rarely deviates from it.
― Erick Dampier is better than Shaq (miloaukerman), Sunday, 5 February 2006 21:37 (fifteen years ago) link
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― Erick Dampier is better than Shaq (miloaukerman), Sunday, 5 February 2006 21:43 (fifteen years ago) link
My favorite work he's done was for a Mutter Museum calendar - think this was in 1993 or 1994.
― Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Sunday, 5 February 2006 21:56 (fifteen years ago) link
― scott seward (scott seward), Sunday, 5 February 2006 22:04 (fifteen years ago) link
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― Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Monday, 6 February 2006 06:46 (fifteen years ago) link
This was very good:
― Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 19:37 (one week ago) link
The art historian (who is shown modeling for Joel in the movie) had this to say in a 2018 blog post
During the Q&A, in response to his future plans, Joel said something about being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, in an anecdote that I couldn’t completely understand. I thought about how, when he talked about not recalling where he had been and what he had done on his travels, he sounded as if he no connection to his exeriences. His dismissal of what he couldn’t remember seemed more poignant than absent-mindedness, as if such events had completely escaped him. An email from Trisha arrived after we were home, stating that Joel had changed even in the month since she last saw him, and that on Sunday, he had no recollection of the film screening nor any of the questions from the day before. She also wrote that she really appreciated what I said about working with her and with Joel and that he would not make any more photographs. I was sad, touched and glad that I had the chance to see him and to speak for his work. Trisha’s comments meant a lot to me. Joel and his work should always be thought of well.
― Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 19:40 (one week ago) link