Madge Gill. London. 1884-1961. In children’s home until 19. Blinded in one eye during childbirth (stillbirth). Drew and painted, often in the dark. Seances. Showed at East End Academy but gained recognition at Hayward Gallery’s outsider show in 1979 in her 90’s.

Valie Export -  Asemie - Die Unfähigkeit, sich durch Mienenspiel ausdrücken zu können (Asémie - l’incapacité à s’exprimer à travers des signes)1973  Autriche, à Vienne, en 1973

Pep Carrió  (b.1963, Palma de Mallorca, Spain) - But My Face I Do Not Mind For I Am Behind It, 2004 Collages Surr

Matisse at Tate Modern
“An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, a prisoner of style, a prisoner of a reputation, a prisoner of success,” wrote Henri Matisse in his book Jazz (1947). It was with this book that the French painter, then already in his seventies, radically challenged his own practice. 

John Ernest Joseph Bellocq (1873 – 1949) was an American photographer who worked in New Orleans during the early 20th century. Bellocq is remembered for his haunting photographs of the prostitutes of Storyville, New Orleans’ legalized red light district. These have inspired novels, poems and films. Bellocq was born in a wealthy white French Creole family in the French Quarter of New Orleans. He became known locally as an amateur photographer before setting himself up as a professional, making his living by taking photographic records of landmarks and of ships and machinery for local companies. However, his personal projects included the opium dens in Chinatown and the prostitutes of Storyville. Many of the Storyville negatives were deliberately damaged, with many of the faces scraped out. Whether this was done by Bellocq, his Jesuit priest brother who inherited them after E. J.’s death or someone else is unknown. Bellocq is the most likely candidate, since the damage was done while the emulsion was still wet. These were only known to a small number of his acquaintances. Latter part of his life, he lived alone and acquired a reputation for eccentricity and unfriendliness. According to acquaintances from that period, he showed little interest in anything other than photography.

Getatchew Mekuria, The Ex & Friends by Nick Helderman on Flickr.