Archive for April 17, 2009

April 21st: “Tuesday Artists’ Talks” features Todd Deutsch at Mpls Photo Center

On Tuesday April 21st photographer Todd Deutsch will speak about his project “Gamers” at the Mpls Photo Center in Minneapolis.  (MPLS – that’s short for “Minneapolis”)

To RSVP for this talk, or the final in the series Doug Beasley on May 19th, click here.

Todd Deutsch will exhibit his documentary project, “Gamers,”  from April 21 to May 17.

“These photographs were made at local area network (LAN) parties in suburban Minneapolis. Hardcore video game players set up their computers in an empty storefront or hotel ballroom for 2 days of continuous gaming. They play head- to- head over a temporary network dedicated to first person video combat. Players adopt aliases and enter the game from the point of view of their assumed on- screen identity. The room smells like overheating electronics and hyper- caffeinated gamers. It is an overwhelmingly male world fueled by Red Bull, Monster Energy drink, and electric blue bottles of Bawls. 

Gaming culture is closely linked to the emotional, physical, and social turmoil of boyhood adolescence. A broad social queasiness toward video games mirrors a long- standing uneasiness surrounding adolescent boys. Many of the hardcore gamers thrive on the fringes of mainstream culture. Their status as computer geeks, outcasts, and loners makes them sympathetic underdogs. Their association with ultra- violent games casts them as time bombs on the verge of becoming sociopaths. Gamers are the contemporary archetypes of male adolescence.”

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April 19th, noon at Pace University in NYC: “Photojournalism and the Aestheticis of Suffering” Panel

The LEFT FORUM starts today in Manhattan – the program is outstanding!

As part of the programming,  Kate Orne sent me a reminder of this programming she is participating on as a panelist.  It is this Sunday (day passes are available):

Sunday, April 19, Noon – 2 p.m., Pace University, room E321.

Photojournalism and the Aesthetics of Suffering: Embedded vs Unembedded, Sympathy vs Empathy.

   Moderator:  Holly Edwards, author of Beautiful Suffering: Photography and the Traffic in Pain (University of Chicago Press)

In wars and other trouble spots photojournalists must bridge the gap between victims’ suffering and viewers’ curiosity, while having to contend with spin, censorship, and too often flying bullets and shrapnel. How do they do it? What choices do they make? What do they consider to be their successes and failures? What challenges do they faces getting their images to the public? What do they have to say about the rest of the profession?

ANTONIN KRATOCHVIL emigrated to the US from the then Czechoslovakia in 1972. He has become one of the most celebrated photojournalists in the business, covering such stories as “Blood Diamonds” (diamonds mined to fund wars in various parts of Africa), Burma’s Heroin, Chernobyl, Haiti’s elections, Moscow nightlife, the war in Iraq, the wars in Eastern Europe, and celebrities such as George Clooney and Bono. He has won many awards including in 2005 the Lucie Award for photojournalism, and the Golden Light Award for best documentary book, for “Vanishing,” (de.M0 press) which documents cultures being extinguished by human catastrophes. It is the most recent of his five books.

KATE ORNE has since 2005 focused the sex trade in Pakistan. She is the first photographer allowed inside of the community of brothels, sexworkers, trafficking vicitms, pimps and clients living stigmatized under Islam. She has just returned from Pakistan where she oversaw  projects she supports with the proceeds of her images, including two schools for the children of sex workers and a free healthcare clinic. Orne received the Berenice Abbott Award for Photography 2008.

ANTHONY SUAU a contract photographer for Time Magazine, won a Robert Capa Gold Medal for his coverage of Chechnya. His 10-year project “Beyond the Fall” covered changes in the former Soviet Union, and was widely exhibited in Europe. He has also covered the Rwanda genocide. His 2001 show “Between Worlds—Kabul–New York” juxtaposed images of the 9/11 aftermath with those of Kabul following the Taliban’s withdrawal (City Museum of New York). His 2004 book “Fear This” (Aperture) examines the efforts in the US to encourage acceptance of the war in Iraq. He received the ICP Infinity award for photojournalism in 2007.
YUNGHI KIM, Korean-born American photographer, whose most recent work is a document of the remaining Comfort Women, Korean girls pressed into sexual service by the Japanese army during WWII. She has also done photo essays on Kosovo, Rwanda, Afghanistan and New Orleans following Katrina. She’s worked on the Boston Globe, and is a former member of Contact Press Images.




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