Archive for November 19, 2008

Jonas Bendiksen in conversation at Aperture Gallery in NYC, November 24

From the Aperture e-blast:

“On Monday, November 24, Magnum Photographer Jonas Bendiksen will be in conversation with prominent author and editor of the Paris Review Philip Gourevitch about Bendiksen’s latest book The Places We Live (Aperture, 2008), a unique and powerful portrait of slum life today introduced by Gourevitch. A multimedia exhibition of this work is now on view at the Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway, until January 2009.

Don’t miss this thoughtful discussion at Aperture Gallery! Jonas Bendiksen will also be available to sign copies of his book.”

From the event website:

Jonas Bendiksen and Philip Gourevitch

6:30 p.m.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
New York, New York
(212) 505-5555

Aperture presents an important conversation between Magnum photographer Jonas Bendiksen and noted author Philip Gourevitch. Their discussion will focus on the subject of Bendiksen’s recent and remarkable book, The Places We Live, which documents life in slums around the world.

2008 has witnessed a major shift in the way people across the world live: for the first time in human history more people live in cities than in rural areas. This triumph of the urban does not entirely represent progress though, as the number of people living in urban slums—often in abject conditions—will soon exceed one billion.

Gourevitch writes in the book’s introduction, “Here are whole families, and all their belongings and their relationships, unfurled before us and at the same time engulfing us as we look in….To see these lives, you must enter their space, and Bendiksen leads you in….You are not simply the viewer, much less a voyeur: you are what the people in the picture are looking at as you look at them.”

Jonas Bendiksen is a member of Magnum Photos and recipient of numerous awards, including the 2003 Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography. His photographs have appeared in National Geographic, GEO, Newsweek, and the Sunday Times Magazine, among many other publications.

Philip Gourevitch is an author, journalist, and editor of the Paris Review. He has published articles for publications including Harper’s and The New York Times Magazine, and is a staff writer for The New Yorker. His books include Standard Operating Procedure and We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda.


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FotoWeek continues: Bruce Gilden speaks in DC, November 19th, 5:30 p.m.

SO much going on at FotoWeek DC! I hope you have all had a look at the offerings and are making plans now to attend the 2009 Festivities!

As part of FotoWeek DC, Bruce Gilden will be speaking at 5:30 at the School of Communications, Weschler Theater, Mary Graydon Center at American University

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, room 31 (Free Parking is available after 5 pm in the Sports Center Garage)

“As part of the Camera as Catalyst Magnum Photographers Series, Bruce Gilden will

lecture on his work.

Gilden’s curiosity about strong characters and individual peculiarities has been

present from the beginning of his career. His first major project, which he

worked on until 1986, focused on Coney Island, and on the intimacy of the

sensual, fat or skinny bodies sprawled across the legendary New York beach.

During these early years Gilden also photographed in New Orleans during

its famous Mardi Gras festival. Then, in 1984,he began to work in Haiti,

following his fascination with voodoo places, rites and beliefs there; his

book Haiti was published in 1996.

In June 1998 Gilden joined Magnum. He returned to his roots and tackled a new

approach to urban spaces, specifically the streets of New York City, where he

had been working since 1981. His work culminated in the publication of Facing

New York (1992), and later A Beautiful Catastrophe (2005); getting ever

closer to his subject, he established an expressive and theatrical style that

presented the world as a vast comedy of manners. His project After the Off,

with text by the Irish writer Dermot Healey, explored rural Ireland and its

craze for horseracing. Gilden’s next book, Go, was a penetrating look at

Japan’s dark side. Images of the homeless and of Japan’smafia gangs

easily bypassed the conventional visual clichés of Japanese culture.

Gilden, who has travelled and exhibited widely around the world, has

received numerous awards, including the European Award for

Photography, three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships,

and a Japan Foundation fellowship.

He lives in New York City. (”

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