Allen Frame

Allen Frame Press: Interview: ALLEN FRAME, May  2, 2019 - Brainard Carey

Interview: ALLEN FRAME

May 2, 2019 - Brainard Carey

Interview from Praxis Interview Magazine on Yale University Radio WYBCX 

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Allen Frame Press: ARTFORUM, February  1, 2019 - Matthew Weinstein


February 1, 2019 - Matthew Weinstein

curated by LIA GANGITANO

Innamorato,” an exhibition by the writer, filmmaker, and photographer Allen Frame, was dominated by Ennio, 2018, a room-size installation made up of more than fifty found Italian Mussolini-era photographs of an air force pilot, his sister, and a handsome young man. The pictures, hung salon style, were set into a variety of secondhand frames. The subjects of the photos appeared well off, beautiful, and youthful. They could be seen with skis in the mountains and cavorting on beaches, bringing to mind the bourgeois family in Vittorio De Sica’s 1970 film The Garden of the Finzi-Continis.

Seven photographs of Ennio were printed by Frame from negatives he purchased along with the photos.  Every portrait is full body, and in each one he is ready for pleasure, be it in sun or snow. Is he an object of desire for whomever took the pictures? Is it the handsome friend who yearns for him? Or is it the artist, who rescued these people from the obscurity of a flea market? Or could it be us? Perhaps it’s all of the above. Included in the installation were hand-written passages in Italian taken from Absalom, Absalom! (1936), William Faulkner’s tale of a sibling love triangle—thus revealing the narrative that Frame projected onto the images.

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Allen Frame Press: Division Review, November 21, 2017 - Tim Maul

Division Review

November 21, 2017 - Tim Maul

On the Photography of Allen Frame

Selecting images from DETOUR/ALLEN FRAME (Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg, 2001) involved engaging with a dark, elegant publication that draws a curtain on a world where sign languages of eros are embedded within a languorous drift of grain. Frame’s CV as an photographer, educator, performer, and film producer could fill this allotted space; most significantly Frame is a surviving member of the 1970’s ‘Boston School’ of artists and photographers whose historicization accelerated from the ongoing AIDS epidemic which so decimated its ranks. Its photographers include revered cultural figures such as David Armstrong, Mark Morrisoe, Jack Pierson and Nan Goldin. Now mythic, they exemplified a louche but socially determined LBGTQ clique originating in Boston with branches in Provincetown, NYC, London, and Berlin during that fabled age of cheap rents, cheap international flights, and endlessly accommodating friends of friends.

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Allen Frame Press: The Creative Independent, July 19, 2017

The Creative Independent

July 19, 2017

Allen Frame: On Following Your Curiosity

From a conversation with T. Cole Rachel

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The New Yorker Photo Booth

November 8, 2013

In 2008, New Directions approached the photographer Allen Frame, hoping to use one of his photographs on the cover of their new translation of “Last Evenings on Earth,” by the late Chilean author Roberto Bolaño. That year, a fated match was made.
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American Suburb X

October 7, 2013

Raphael: Allen, you’ve accomplished a number of things in your career: photographer, curator, writer, director, producer of a highly acclaimed movie, called Four, which received awards at the Los Angeles, Urbanworld, and New Orleans Film Festivals. Let me ask you… are there enough hours in the day for you?
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Art in America

June 1, 2010

Frame’s images appear stripped down and radical in both their suspension of narrative drive and absence of overtly biographical impulses, yet they are deeply personal.
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The New Yorker

September 14, 2009

Frame’s big, handsome color photographs of friends and lovers are not unlike the black-and-white images he’s shown previously; they’re subtle, intimate, and often quite dark, with a painterly feel for the chiaroscuro effects of shadow and light.
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The Village Voice

June 1, 2005

The tension between the kind of casual, intimate situations I like to shoot and the very stylized, even elegant compostions is one of two extremes meeting.
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Art on Paper

May 1, 2005

Dark, brooding, intimate, elegantly sexy, infinitely suggestive of the possible...the gorgeously mysterious photographic works of Tear Sheet contributor Allen Frame are as beautifully elusive as they are defiantly straightforward.
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