Archive for July 25, 2007

Lecture/Booksigning in NYC for DARFUR: Twenty Years of War and Genocide in Sudan

powerHouse Books, Amnesty International, and Barnes & Noble present

Ron Haviv, Leora Kahn, and Larry Cox
Contributors to Darfur: Twenty Years of War and Genocide in Sudan

July 30, 2007

Barnes & Noble Astor Place,
4 Astor Place, New York, NY (between Broadway and Lafayette)
Tel: 212-420-1322

Time: 7pm

From the e-press release:
“Time: 7pm

About the book, Darfur: Twenty Years of War and Genocide in Sudan:
Even by conservative estimates, the situation in the Darfur region of the Sudan is grave. There are 3.5 million people who are hungry, 2.5 million who have been displaced by violence, and 400,000 individuals who have died since the crisis began in 2003. The international community has failed to take steps to protect civilians, or to influence the Sudanese government to intervene. The spread of violence, rape, and hate-fueled killings across the border into Chad is simply the latest atrocity. Call it war. Call it genocide. Call it famine. There is no single word to describe the plight of these people. They face all of these horrors at once.

Darfur: Twenty Years of War and Genocide in Sudan features the work of photographers and writers including:

Lynsey Addario, who has focused on human rights issues ranging from the effects of the Castro regime in Cuba to life under the Taliban in Afghanistan to the war in Iraq.
Pep Bonet, who makes poignant photo essays that have shed light on some of the most heartbreaking examples of human atrocities in recent history, including Darfur.
Colin Finlay, who has covered war, conflict, genocide, famine, environmental issues, religious pilgrimage, and disappearing traditions and cultures, as well as made numerous documentaries for television.
Ron Haviv, who has covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, the release of Nelson Mandela, cocaine wars in Columbia, the Gulf War, the flight of the Kurds from Iraq, conflict in Russia, refugees in Rwanda, and political upheaval in Haiti.
Olivier Jobard, who, in April 2004, was the only Western photographer to go into Darfur; he also was the first photographer to penetrate into Fallujah, the Iraqi town seized by American forces, spending two weeks with Iraqi rebels.
Kadir van Lohuizen, who covered the Palestinian Intifada, conflict areas such as Angola, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Liberia and DR Congo. From 1990 to 1994 he covered the transition in South Africa from apartheid to democracy.
Chris Steele-Perkins, who began his first foreign work in 1973 in Bangladesh, followed by work for relief organizations as well as travel assignments. Steele-Perkins joined Magnum and soon began working extensively in the Third World.
Sven Torfinn, who is based in Nairobi, Kenya, working on assignments for Dutch and international media and N.G.O.s.
Jon Alter, author of the widely acclaimed Newsweek column that examines politics, media and social and global issues since 1991.
Larry Cox, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) since January 2006 and veteran human rights advocate.
Mia Farrow, an award-winning actress and has devoted much time to humanitarian causes, particularly those supporting children. She has been associated with UNICEF since December 1998.

The book covers three periods in the Sudan crisis, including images shot in 1988, when an estimated 250,000 Sudanese died of starvation; images from 1992 and 1995 that capture the atrocities of a civil war, when hundreds of thousands fled their homes to other destinations in Sudan or left the country altogether; and images from 2005 and more recently, bringing to light the severity of the humanitarian crisis underway, with the Sudanese government and the Janjaweed militias committing systematic violence on the people of Darfur.

A handbook is included that provides website links and additional resources for readers to pursue. It specifies measures they can take to make their voices heard so the people of Darfur do not feel forgotten. All proceeds from the book will benefit Amnesty International and Genocide Intervention Network.”


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Elizabeth Opalenik’s “POETIC GRACE” – Pre-orders Now

Elizabeth Opalenik is a wonderful artist who has touch so many through her work, and her teaching. Her series of nudes produced in the Mordancage process are truly memorable.

Elizabeth wrote recently with this news:
I have just returned from Singapore with a copy of my monograph, Poetic Grace, in hand. It was a thrilling, somewhat daunting and quite a rewarding experience to be on press for the printing. The book is bigger and as lovely as I had hoped for after 28 years. It is now 12×13 inches in size with 90 four color images. The book and the limited edition clamshell sets should arrive and be ready to ship mid August. Additional details and ordering information are available at

I am still offering the prepublication price of $65, plus shipping until August 15. After that date the price will be $75. Because I am publisher and distributor, the book can only be ordered through me for now, but some stores will carry it by fall. That said, I would be pleased if you could pass this information to any stores near you that may want to offer “Poetic Grace”.”

From the book’s website:
“In my 30 years circulating through the photographic community, I have met few individuals who have developed their creative inspiration as richly as Elizabeth. The images that flow from her frequent bursts of inspiration always surprise and delight me. She has the wonderful ability to turn any photographic process into her own unique vision and voice, from infrared to handcoloring to Mordançage. There are more unrestrained, creative impulses in her
fingers and heart than seems fair in one person.” —Reid Callanan

An exhibition of the work featured in “Poetic Grace” will open August 30 at Verve Gallery in Santa Fe. There will also be a book signing at the gallery on September 1st.

Bravo, Elizabeth! What a great accomplishment. I can’t wait to see your book and congratulate you in person when we teach together next week in Maine!

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Lecture by Charlotte Cotton on August 3 at PCNW/Seattle

Charlotte Cotton, recently appointed Curator of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), served as Juror for the exhibition “UP & NOW: 12th Annual Photographic Competition Exhibition at the Gallery of the Photography Center Northwest. The show opened on Friday, July 13th and continues on view through August 30th.

Ms. Cotton will be giving a public lecture entitled “THE PHOTOGRAPH AS CONTEMPORARY ART on FRIDAY, AUGUST 3rd at 7 p.m.

From the website:
“This lecture concerns photographic practice over the past decade and the notion of photography as an accepted and fashionable form of contemporary art. The lecture qualifies the versions of contemporary art photography that have made a lasting impact on the discourses of art as well as highlighting the issues they raise for our perceptions of photographic practice today.”

Her book of the same title is one my favorites – here is the publisher’s description:

“With some of the most important artists and key works, this is an ideal introduction to the twenty-first century’s dominant art form.

From conceptual art’s use of the banal and ‘artless’ snapshot to the carefully constructed tableaux of Jeff Wall, The Photograph as Contemporary Art considers the full range of ways that today’s artists engage with photography to make art.

Some artists, such as Sophie Calle and Erwin Wurm, use photography as a record of a real performance or everyday action, while others such as Yinka Shonibare and Gregory Crewdson stage invented scenes and narratives to tell fictional stories. Andreas Gursky, Thomas Demand and Rineke Dijkstra present a cool, seemingly objective view of the external world, while Nan Goldin and Wolfgang Tillmans offer up intimate details of their private lives. In the hands of Luc Delahaye and Allan Sekula, photography is a means of creating documentary, while for those such as Cindy Sherman and Gillian Wearing, the photograph becomes a repository of personal, social and cultural values in an image-saturated world.”

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Lecture with Charlotte Cotton
Curator of Photography, LACMA
The Photograph as Contemporary Art

Tickets: $8, $5 PCNW & SAM members and students
Location: Seattle Art Museum , Downtown, 1300 1st Avenue , Seattle , WA 98101
Purchase lecture tickets at PCNW, by calling (206) 720-7222, or online at Brown Paper Tickets.
For more information, call (206) 720-7222 or click here.

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