January 22nd, 2015

Study: Taking “Artistic Photographs” Makes You Attractive to the Opposite Sex

There are as many motivations to pursue a life in photography as there are photographers, but a study lead by Scott Kaufman of the University of Pennsylvania may nudge a few more into the ranks.

The study, titled “Who Finds Bill Gates Sexy? Creative Mate Preferences as a Function of Cognitive Ability, Personality, and Creative Achievement” sought to “clarify the role of creativity in mate selection among an ethnically diverse sample of 815 undergraduates.”

The authors found that the ability to take “artistic photographs” was a highly prized creative attribute among both sexes, ranking seventh in the list. Not too shabby.

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(Do note that while, ahem,  “writing magazine articles” wasn’t deemed nearly as attractive as some other creative pursuits, it wasn’t rock-bottom of the list — we just clipped the list here for space purposes. The full list, giving magazine writers their proper context, is here.)

According to Kaufman, et al.,  creativity that falls into the “ornamental/aesthetic” form proved more attractive than creativity that falls into the “applied/technical” arena (activities like coding, for example).

The above is via Tiffany Mueller who makes a persuasive case that photography really belongs at number four on the list.

June 5th, 2012

MOMA Appoints Quentin Bajac as Chief Curator of Photography

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City announced today that Quentin Bajac is the museum’s new chief curator of photography. Bajac will assume the position in January 2013, replacing longtime curator Peter Galassi, who retired last year.

Bajac, who currently lives in Paris, is the chief curator of photography at the Centre Pompidou, where he’s worked for almost ten years. His past exhibitions at the museum include a retrospective of William Klein’s work; “Dreamlands,” which explored how World’s Fairs and theme parks have influenced architecture and design; and “The Subversion of Images: Surrealism, Photography, Film.” Bajac began his career as the curator of photography at the Musée d’Orsay.

In a statement released by MOMA, the museum’s director Glenn D. Lowry says:

“Quentin’s superb accomplishments in Paris over the past 17 years, at the Musée d’Orsay and the Centre Pompidou, have brought significant attention to the importance of photography in art history and as a critical component of contemporary practice.”

Bajac is also the chair in the history of photography at the Ecole du Louvre, and a graduate of the Institut d’études politiques and the Institut national du Patrimoine.