Archive for November, 2008

Josef Koudelka: Meet the artist November 18, 6 pm at American University in Washington, DC

From the Aperture Events page, a unique opportunity to meet one of our greatest artists:

Josef Koudelka

Meet the Artist

6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

American University Museum
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 855-1300

Please join American University in welcoming Josef Koudelka to celebrate the opening of Invasion 68 Prague, an exhibition of the remarkable work he made during that one historic week in 1968. Invasion 68 Prague is now on view at the Katzen Arts Center, co-produced with Magnum Photos, the exhibition features large-scale ink-jet prints of a selection of work from the related Aperture publication, along with extensive text panels.


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Larry Fink lectures at SVA in New York City, November 20

The Camera Club of New York presents a lecture and book signing by photographer Larry Fink

Thursday, November 20th
The School of Visual Arts Amphitheatre
209 E. 23rd Street (2nd and 3rd avenues), 3rd Floor
(please bring photo ID)

Book signing and sale to follow the lecture.

Free to CCNY members, SVA students, faculty, and staff
General admission $10, $5 for other students with ID

During a 40-year career, photographer Larry Fink has explored the human condition from myriad angles – and always with a human touch. Among his publications are Somewhere There’s Music (Damiani, 2006), The Forbidden Pictures(powerHouse, 2004), Runway (powerHouse, 2000), Boxing (powerHouse, 1997), and Social Graces (Aperture, 1984).

More recently, he curated Lisette Model and Her Successors, an exhibition opening in September 2007 at New York’s Aperture Gallery and featuring his own work and that of major photographers such as Diane Arbus, Peter Hujar, Bruce Cratsley, Rosalind Solomon, Bruce Weber, Lynn Davis, Leon Levinstein and Raymond Jacobs.

Fink has shown widely, with exhibitions at MoMA (1979) and The Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC (1997). He recently had a show at the Pace MacGill gallery in NYC that focused on the current political climate concentrating on the democratic contest between Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama. He has received two Guggenheim fellowships and two NEA grants. His commissioned work has appeared in such magazines as The New Yorker, GQ, Vanity Fair, and The New York Times Magazine. He has taught at New York University, Cooper Union, School of Visual Arts, Yale University and Parsons School of Design. Since 1988 he has been a professor of photography at Bard College.

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John Paul Caponigro lectures at Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, November 20

Maine-based photographer John Paul Caponigro travels west for a public lecture at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) in San Diego this week as part of the Julia Dean Photo Lecture Series

The Power of Color with John Paul Caponigro
November 20-22, 2008

Public Lecture:
Thursday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Lecture is FREE to MoPA Members and Students, $8 General

From the event website:
“Digital imaging is revolutionizing color photography and liberating color photographers in ways that have only been dreamed of. It is now possible to extend the range of color manipulation for photographers to levels that were previously only available to painters. There’s never been a better tool for controlling and exploring color than the computer.

John Paul Caponigro (, author of Adobe Photoshop Master Class and the DVD series R/Evolution, is an internationally renowned artist. A contributing editor for Digital Photo Pro and Camera Arts and a columnist for Photoshop User and, he teaches workshops both privately in his studio and at select public venues. A member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame, a Canon Explorer of Light, and an Epson Stylus Pro, his clients include Adobe, Apple, Kodak, and X-Rite.”

This lecture is held in conjunction with a workshop with John Paul, November 20-22 sponsored by Julia Dean Photo Workshops. To register for this workshop: please call The Julia Dean Workshops at (310) 392-0909 or visit

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First Annual FOTOWEEK DC: November 15-22!

The Washington, DC area is about to become ‘photo central’ – even if you are not able to attend, I urge you to have a look at all the exciting events, exhibitions, discussions, films and video projection, portfolio reviews and more that the organizers and sponsors are bringing to the community. It is outstanding! Hats off and hearty congratulations to all those involved, most especially the dedicated volunteers. If only to be nearby…

From the event website,

“The week of November 15-22, 2008 will mark the launch of FotoWeek DC, the first annual gathering of a diverse and wide-ranging photography community in the nation’s capital, including photographers, museums, universities and all those involved in the profession across the metro D.C. area, including Virginia and Maryland. Unique among American cities, Washington, D.C. is a nexus of artistic, business, political and public sector energy, in which photography plays an integral role. FotoWeek DC seeks to bring together all photographers and imaging professionals from every discipline to join with the public in celebration of the medium.”

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VII Photographers: exhibitions on view in Brooklyn and Woodstock, New York and Winchester, Massachusetts

VII Photo presents the work of three photojournalists Marcus Bleasdale, Ron Haviv, and Donald Weber, who witnessed this swift and intense conflict between Georgia and Russia, providing a sweeping narrative of both the media’s prominent and controversial role, as well as the sheer senselessness of the war that erupted in August.

There will be an opening reception at VII’s gallery in Brooklyn on November 18, 6 p.m.

The exhibition is curated by Denise Wolff with support from Human Rights Watch and will remain on view at VII through December 31st, 2008.

The exhibition is open to the public from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

For more information, call the VII office: +1.212.337.3130 (office)

VII Photo is located at 28 Jay Street, in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.

OTHER EXHIBITIONS featuring the work of the VII photographers are on view at the Center for Photography in Woodstock, New York, and at the Griffin Museum in Winchester, near Boston, Massachusetts.

HUMANKIND is now on view at the Griffin Museum in Winchester, Massachusetts through January 11, 2009.

Organized by Hasted Hunt Gallery, NY, in collaboration with VII, Humankind showcases the work of international photographers Marcus Bleasdale, Alexandra Boulat, Lauren Greenfield, Ron Haviv, Gary Knight, Antonin Kratochvil, Christopher Morris, James Nachtwey, Franco Pagetti, and John Stanmeyer.

From the exhibition website:

“The 1955 exhibition, The Family of Man, which explored man’s indomitable nature, was seen internationally by tens of thousands of people and the catalog sold millions of copies.

Humankind, a contemporary response to that classic exhibition featuring images by members of the photo agency VII, is on display in the Main Gallery of the Griffin Museum November 13 through January 11, 2009.

Edward Steichen, curator of The Family of Man exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art more than 50 years ago, wrote, “It was conceived as a mirror of the universal elements and emotions in the everydayness of life – as a mirror of the essential oneness of mankind throughout the world.”

The exhibit was noted for its affirmative point of view and its look at man’s perseverance in the face of adversity. It toured the world for many years and the book was believed to be the most successful photography book every printed.

The exhibit was also criticized for its collectively upbeat portrayal of a world full of happy children and uncomplaining workers.

Mostly, however, The Family of Man is viewed as a record of classic photographs.

In Humankind, the photographers see a world that is different than five decades ago, with conflicts in the Middle East, AIDS, and concerns about the environment. Yet, it is also much the same.

Humankind is a mighty vehicle for understanding our global civilization as each VII photographer portrays her/his unique view of humanity,” says Paula Tognarelli, executive director of the Griffin Museum of Photography. “The world has changed in 50 years. Despite the opportunities and challenges that have come with the passage of time, the human face is constant in how it reveals our many emotions.”

The Griffin Museum of Photography is open Tuesday through Thursday, 11 am – 5 pm; Friday 11 am – 4 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, noon – 4 pm. The Museum is closed on Monday. Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for seniors. Members and children under 12 are admitted free. Admission is free to all every Thursday. For more information, call 781-729-1158.

VII photographer Lauren Greenfield‘s work is included in the exhibition Converging Margins at the Center for Photography in Woodstock through January 11, 2009

From the exhibition website:

“Historically, artists have lived to some degree or another on the margins of society – seen as neither working class nor upper class. Because of such a fluid identity, artists are able to interact with people and communities from a diverse range of backgrounds. They are often drawn to life on the margins as it represents a distancing from the norm and allows for more freedom of thought and action. By choosing not to belong to any one sector of society and by remaining ‘unclassifiable’ artists can break through existing barriers between often disparate sectors of society.

Converging Margins highlights 11 photographers whose work shows us what it is to be human and how mutable identity is even in a time in which people are becoming more attached to concepts of race, beauty, class, religion, and ethnicity. The photographers featured in Converging Margins have established and maintained long-term relationships with their subjects, and through the act of photographing, they become a fixture of these communities and transcend any perceived barriers by making their art.

Paul D’Amato happened upon the Mexican neighborhood of Pilson in Chicago in 1988. Feeling drawn to the energy of the poor and “rough” neighborhood, D’Amato spent the next 15 years returning to photograph the people of Pilson. He began by photographing the notorious gang, “La Raza”, whose trust gained him access to the community at large, inviting D’Amato to weddings, quinceneras and dinner. He photographed as a member of this community, from the inside looking out.

Juliana Beasley has been photographing in the Rockaways region of Queens, New York for several years. Her images are imbued with the mystery and melancholy her subjects exude. Over the years Beasley has become friends with many of the people she photographs and has come to consider the Rockaways a place full of magic and wonder. Her portraits reveal the raw human energy of challenged people living life fully on the edge of mainstream society.

Artists often move away from the towns or small cities in which they grew up in only to return seeking a sense of connection to family, friends, and places left behind. Richard Gary, Rachael Dunville and Deana Lawson have each returned to photograph people and places from their past in order to capture the essence of the moments and relations that shaped them. They view their hometowns with a removed perspective but with the genuine desire to connect and reexamine the moments and people from an earlier chapter of their life.

Lauren Greenfield’s multi-media project, Thin documents women who are fighting their obsession with making their own bodies painfully and dangerously thin. Not only have these women marginalized and become psychologically detached from their own bodies, but they show the human mind’s ability to marginalize us from ourselves and others. Through her process of filming, interviewing, and photographing her subjects, Greenfield allows us to witness their struggle, understand its complexity, and see the fragility of the human body under self-imposed stress.

The series The Girl of My Dreams began when Stacy Renee Morrison accidentally found a trunk of keepsakes once owned by Sylvia DeWolf Ostrander, a woman born 133 years before Morrison’s own birth. Compelled by the mysterious trunk, Morrison began to research Ostrander’s genealogy. Shortly thereafter, Ostrander began appearing in Morrison’s dreams. Through her photography, Morrison created a place where the two women could converge. With Morrison serving as Ostrander’s surrogate in the images she effectively connects the living and the dead and brings a long-forgotten woman to life.

Each year, Miles Ladin photographs the fashion shows at Bryant Park during NYC’s Fashion Week as well as the after parties that are attended by the ‘rich and famous’. Ladin has been photographing these events for several years and as a result of his familiar presence, he has become part of this culture. With the intimacy of an insider, Ladin’s images allow us to peak into such exclusive private gatherings and consider the spectacle of public identity.

Lucas Foglia’s photographic portrait of a neighborhood garden in Providence, Rhode Island reveals such endeavors as a place for people who live within a larger community but come from different backgrounds to gather, work side by side, and transcend cultural and societal boundaries. Foglia’s images additionally celebrate the community garden as a meditative space where locals are able to participate in a collective enterprise and create beauty.

Ed Templeton began skateboarding at age thirteen in California. Through skate culture Templeton found a forum to discuss racism and homophobia and in turn has come to serve a pioneering role in making skateboarding a leading cultural force. Skateboarding, now a worldwide culture (and industry) attracts people from all sectors and margins of society. Ed Templeton’s photographs and site-specific installations echo the feeling of a living scrapbook and suggesting skaters as a nomadic collective family.

Stephen Schuster has said that “Nobody knows the city like the graffiti writer”. His documentation of graffiti writers and their environments reveals their vision of the city and its discarded spaces as the experience of subject and photographer collide in this show.

Collectively, the artists in Converging Margins cross real and perceived boundaries through the process of photographing to show us that life is extraordinary in every way, in every place.

— Leah Oates, Curator

LEAH OATES is an independent curator and artist who has organized over 30 exhibitions and projects over the past 10 years at venues such as Nurture Art Gallery, Artists’ Space, OIA Gallery, Chashama Gallery, Peer Gallery, and The Kaufmann Arcade Gallery all in NYC. In 1999, Oates served as the in-house curator for Chicago’s Peace Museum where she organized historical exhibitions about the peace movement in the US as well as readings and lectures. Oates currently writes for NY Arts Magazine and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.”

To learn more about Oates’ curatorial projects, visit

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“TRACING MEMORY” Exhibition on view at Lightwork, November 13

The exhibition TRACING MEMORY is on view at Lightwork in Syracuse now through December 31st.

From the exhibition page on Lightwork’s website, a statement by guest curator MIRAM ROMAIS:

Photographs by Angie Buckley, Pedro Isztin, Cyrus Karimipour, and Paula Luttringer

curated by Miriam Romais

November 3 – December 31, 2008

About the Artists:

Growing up with a mother from Thailand and a Caucasian American father, Angie Buckley did not know her family history for many years. She relied on the conflicting memories and stories of relatives to piece together her heritage. Buckley received her BFA in Photography from Ohio University and her MFA in Photography from Arizona State University. She teaches at University of Colorado Denver and is also a portrait photographer. Buckley has received various awards, and her work has been exhibited nationwide, including at the Southern Light Gallery in Amarillo, TX; the McDuffy Arts Center in Virginia; and at New York University. Recent publications include Tricycle: The Buddhist Review and Coup Magazine. Her work may be viewed on her website at

Pedro Isztin was born to a Colombian mother and Hungarian father. His work explores and reflects this diverse heritage through many countries in the Americas and Europe. Isztin has exhibited and published nationally and internationally including recent exhibitions at Espace Odyssée in Gatineau, Canada, and at FOTONOVIEMBRE 2007 in Tenerife, Spain. The subjects of Destino III were a combination of old friends and family. Each of the models is shown with a photo of themselves that signified a significant moment in their lives. Isztin has received numerous awards and grants, including Photography Project grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council. Isztin lives in Ottawa, Canada. His work can be viewed at

Cyrus Karimipour revels in the flexibility of memories and uses his images to visually recreate them to depict how he remembers an event or encounter. In his series Invented Memory, he heavily manipulates his negatives to create ambiguous imagery that looks as if seeing someone else’s dream. Karimipour received his BA in English from Oakland University and his MFA in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art. His work has been exhibited nationwide, including the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA; The Museum of New Art in Detroit, MI; and Three Walls in Chicago, IL. He is represented by the Robert Kidd Gallery in Birmingham, MI, and his work can be seen at and on his website,

Paula Luttringer faces her own traumatic past, infusing her imagery with what other women remember about being abducted and held captive during Argentina’s Dirty War. Lamento de Los Muros (The Wailing of the Walls) consists of large black-and-white images, which depict the interior of the detention centers where thousands of people were held, tortured and “disappeared.” The images capture both history and memory. Luttringer’s photographs have been shown internationally. She has received awards such as a fellowship by the Guggenheim Foundation in 2001. Her work appears in the collections of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires; the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, TX; and George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. She currently lives and works in Buenos Aires and Paris.


Miriam Romais, the guest curator of this exhibition, is the executive director of En Foco, a non-profit organization that supports contemporary photographers of diverse cultures, primarily US residents of Latino, African, and Asian heritage, as well as Native Peoples of the Americas and the Pacific. She received a BFA from Rutgers University, and has curated many exhibitions for En Foco and independently. As a panelist/reviewer she has served with FotoFest in Houston, TX; Center in Santa Fe, NM; Photo Lucida in Portland, OR; the Bronx Council on the Arts; the New York Foundation for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts; the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and the Center for Photography at Woodstock, where she is also on the board of advisors. As a photographer, she has been awarded a Photography Grant from the Puffin Foundation, artist residencies at Light Work and the Photographic Resource Center, and Visual Arts Travel Grants from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Romais is Brazilian-American. Her work may be viewed on her website at and


2008 Light Work Grants: Kathy Morris, Paul Pearce, and Nancy Keefe Rhodes, featuring the recipients of the 34th Annual Light Work Grants in Photography. Kathy Morris and Paul Pearce are imagemakers. Nancy Keefe Rhodes received the award for a photo-historian project on local documentary photographer Marjory Wilkins.

November 5 – December 31, 2008

Light Work, Hallway Gallery
Robert B. Menschel Media Center
316 Waverly Avenue, Syracuse, NY

As It Happens: Recent Artists-in-Residence at Light Work, featuring photographs by Barry Anderson, Stephen Chalmers, Lucas Foglia, Sonya A. Lawyer, Kerry Skarbakka, Marla Sweeney, and Lisa M. Robinson

April 7 – December 31, 2008

Robert B. Menschel Photography Gallery,
Schine Student Center at Syracuse University

Gallery Reception: Thursday, Nov. 13, 5-7p

Something someone says sparks a memory. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I can feel it balanced on the edge of my consciousness. Sometimes it’s a sound, or a smell, transporting me to a place I’ve long forgotten. Whatever
the trigger, something starts us down a path to further understand or relive an experience—a memory.

“As a recorder, the brain does a notoriously wretched job.” (1) If given the choice, most of us will trust a photograph over someone else’s recollection of an event. Although images capture ‘fact’ quite literally, alone they are void of the nuances and context necessary to serve as a time-machine as powerful as the other human senses. And yet, photographs are memory.

For the four photographers in this exhibition—Cyrus Karimipour, Paula Luttringer, Angie Buckley, and Pedro Isztin­—memory is fuel. Through uniquely personal approaches, each one has created imagery that deals with powerful aspects of remembrance.

Everyone thinks, feels, experiences, and remembers things differently. Our senses are continuously challenged by a world that assaults the safety of how we remember or would prefer to, and the brain makes sense of the chaos in the best way it can. These artists express how the most emotionally laden experiences persist, and those left untouched most likely become memory traces—fragile and ephemeral.

Their work will remain, even iπf memories change and fade.

Miriam Romais

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Book Signing Event: Photo-Eye, Radius and Twin Palms at The Marion Center, November 15, 1-3

The beautifully produced books of Santa Fe-based publishers Twin Palms and Radius are among the photography books offered at an afternoon signing event this weekend co-sponsored by Photo-Eye Books and The Marion Center for Photographic Arts. Billed as “A Massive Sale of Photography Books Published In New Mexico” on the Photo-Eye Newsletter:

“Signed books by the following photographers will be available through photo-eye after Saturday’s signing:

Gay Block
KayLynn Deveney
Debbie Fleming Caffery Collection l’oiseau rare, The Shadows, Hurricane Images
Greg MacGregor
Norman Mauskopf
Jonathan Hollingsworth
Joan Myers: Wondrous Cold, Pie Town Woman, Salt Dreams
Janet Russek: Beaumont’s Kitchen Images in the Heavens, Patterns on the Earth
David Scheinbaum: Beaumont’s Kitchen, Stone, Images in the Heavens, Patterns on the Earth
Don Usner

among others.”

1:00 – 3:00 Saturday, November 15th

The Marion Center for Photographic Arts at College of Santa Fe

1600 St. Michael’s Drive in Santa Fe.

(505) 473-6502

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