of the sensational book Generation Fetish, Lee Higgs has shot onto the
scene like a flaming spaceship. His work has been widely applauded and
many consider his vision to be one of the freshest and most astonishing to
surface in recent years. And what is so amazing is that he only recently
started shooting women (since he was 41). He claims to know very little
about photography, that he was always more influenced by books and music
and specifically the psychedelic movement. He grew up devouring the works
of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouc, and William S. Burroughs.
The photos that Lee turns out, especially for his personal work, are what
Gisele Turner describes as "video clips of the music scene - MTV in
still life". They are ultra-vibrant snapshots of a surreal world
where sexual taboos are completely non-existant. His use of wide angle
lenses and the cross processing of his film are hallmarks to his wholly
original vision and classify his as "one of the most important nude
photographers of the 21st century..".
One of our picks for Best Books of 2001, Generation Fetish
is nothing less than a masterpiece of stimulating, artsy, fetish
photography. What's most striking is not just the imagery itself,
scantily-clad, beautiful girls are always striking, but the extraordinary
way that Higgs incorporates color and composition. The entire book is a
psychedelic carnival of sexual and fetish imagery showcasing lush and
dramatic scenes, rich saturated colors, weird angles and twists, and a
collection of women who are undeniably arousing make this book a
dreamworld that even Gumby would get off on ... if he could get inside.
It's a breathtaking new vision, albeit one that not everyone will
immediately understand, so don't be surprised to hear critics saying they
didn't "get it". Don't be swayed though, the art world would be
well served if it had more creatives like Lee Higgs pumping out exciting
and original works like this.
Generation Fetish is a superb publication and a great intro to Lee
Higgs' work. And after working your way through its 368 pages you'll very
likely be craving for more.