Sarah Palmer was born in San Francisco, and lives in Brooklyn. She received her MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from School of Visual Arts in 2008, where she was awarded an Aaron Siskind Scholarship, and her BA from Vassar College in 1999. Her work has been exhibited in the US and in Europe, at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, in satellite exhibitions at the New York Photo Festival in 2009 and 2011, and at Foam_fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam, among others. Her photographs and writing have been published in print and online journals and exhibition catalogs. She was awarded the 2011 Aperture Portfolio Prize2011 Aperture Portfolio Prize in spring 2012 and has had solo exhibitions at the Wild Project, in 2010, and at Aperture Gallery in fall 2012. She is on the full-time photography faculty at Parsons The New School for Design and the Board of Directors of Rooftop Films.
Throughout its 60-year history Aperture has never turned away from its hallmarks: an abiding respect for photography as an artistic medium and a tireless encouragement of the free exchange of ideas. From its founding in 1952 through the present, the foundation has always attracted the leading image-makers of the day, and it is only fitting this anniversary serve as a time to reflect on the past. In the celebratory exhibitionAperture Remix, this instinct towards nostalgia is focused on a reflection of photographic influence.
Curator Lesley Martin invited ten contemporary photographers to look back on past Aperture publications, choose a personally influential example and pay artistic homage through appropriation and modification. Martin went to great lengths to select artists explaining, I was looking at a range of people who could represent the directions that photography is moving in now, the way documentary is shifting, and the way digital is being incorporated into photographic practice.
The diversity is apparent, and artists selected span both space and time. Japanese artist Rinko Kawauchi drew inspiration from American photographer’s Sally MannsImmediate Family,created more than a continent away. Meanwhile,Alec Soth selected Robert AdamsSummer Nights, which he reinterpreted into a video, Summer Nights at the Dollar Tree, 2012. When explaining his reasoning for working with Robert Adams past publication he says, Over time, you begin to understand influences and the nuances of what makes your own work different.The other artists commissioned to create work include Vik Muniz, Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, Martin Parr, Viviane Sassen, Penelope Umbrico, James Welling and Doug Rickard, who chose to remix Stephen Shore’s Uncommon Places.
While the initial assignment could be read as encouraging passive appropriation, Rickards approach to Stephen ShoresUncommon Placesis an example of how remixing encouraged unexpected results. Instead of physically intervening with the publication, Rickard decided to analyze the influences that affected it to create his expansive homage. After reading several interviews and text on Shores work, Rickard honed in on postcards as a source of inspiration forUncommon Placesthrough their unique and plain depictions of America. Reminiscent of the great American road trip, Rickard took a digital road trip on eBay to scavenge hundreds of thousands of postcards for his re-imagining. From this wide edit he narrowed down to a smaller set of candidates he felt had the appropriate ingredients that would yield imagery most reminiscent of the original 8 x 10 photographs in Shores publication.
I spent hundreds of hours doing it because his book is so iconic, and I felt homages or anything that is connected to something iconic is always tricky,” Rickard says. “It was important that I did something that was worthyand fitting of this era toowhich is the digital era.
Although the outcomes are decidedly mixed, the assignment uniformly challenged each artist to wrestle through the issue of influence. In an age of image abundance, it may seem easier to ignore icons for fear of looming too close to previous conceptsbut to process and pay tribute is equally demanding. The moral of the story could be dont try anything ever, but figuring out how strong each contributing artists voice is within all their layers of consideration is what makesAperture Remixsuch an engaging exhibition.
Jessica Todd Harper’s work has been internationally exhibited and discussed in publications ranging from The New Yorker to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Her first monograph, Interior Exposure, was selected by O, The Oprah Magazine as well as PDN as a top book recommendation, was shortlisted at the NY Photo Festival for Best Book and won a first place Lucie Award. She was a project winner at Center, Santa Fe and one of “PDN’s 30”. Editorial clients include New York Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Die Zeit Literatur and Newsweek. Jessica has been invited to talk about her work at The International Center for Photography, NYC; Google Headquarters, Palo Alto, CA and Aperture Gallery, NYC. Harper has taught at both The ICP and Swarthmore College. Her next book is due out in Spring 2014 and will include writings by Alain de Botton and Alison Nordstrom. She lives and works in Philadelphia.
Paris Photo and Aperture Foundation have joined forces to launch two new photobook awards in 2012, celebrating the book’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography. Entries will be accepted from July 15 through September 10, 2012. A pre-selected shortlist of thirty titles will be profiled in The PhotoBook Review; exhibited at Paris Photo at the Grand Palais and at Aperture Gallery in New York; and tour to other venues, to be determined. Winners will be revealed on November 14, 2012, Paris Photo opening day.
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A $10,000 prize will be awarded to the photographer/artist whose first photobook is deemed by an independent jury to be best of the year.
PhotoBook of the Year
PhotoBook of the Year will be awarded to the photographer/artist, and publisher responsible, whose book is deemed by an independent jury to be the best of the year.
The awards will be judged in two stages. An initial jury will meet in New York to select the shortlisted entries in both categories. Jurors will include Phillip Block, Julien Frydman, Chris Boot, Lesley A. Martin, and James Wellford. The final winners will be decided by a separate jury that will meet in Paris before Paris Photo begins, including Els Barents, Roxana Marcoci, Edward Robinson, and Thomas Seelig.
If you are a Photobook Review Blog subscriber, you’ve already gotten word that The PhotoBook Review 002 is now available on Zinio for $1.99. This time, the PBR team has reformatted the design for better reading via the iPad and on-line. Is this treatment is a better reading experience for you? Let the team know @PhotoBookReview
If you’re still firmly a believer in the printed object and don’t want to miss out on future issues, they are still on hand at the Aperture gallery (or check the Aperture display at Kowasa Book Store, Barcelona) … and don’t forget that subscribers to Aperture magazine will receive PBR along with their November and May issues! Subscribe now in preparation for PBR 003 — special guest editor to be announced soon!
Can’t wait? Neither can we.
Gypsies is without a doubt one of the most important works of photography of the 20th century.
Last Thursday, Fondazione FORMA per la fotografia opened the much-anticipated “Gypsies by Josef Koudelka”, a world premier exhibition of the work of Josef Koudelka based on his seminal 20th century monograph, Gypsies, the artist’s 9-year photographic survey of the gypsy communities of Eastern Europe. The exhibition revisits the artist’s original intention for the work, based on the original sequencing and maquette prepared in 1968 by Koudelka and graphic designer Milan Kopriva. Koudelka intended to publish the work in Prague, but was forced to flee Czechoslovakia, landing eventually in Paris and leaving the book long unpublished. In 1975, Robert Delpire, Aperture, and Koudelka collaborated to publish Gitans, la fin du voyage (Gypsies, in the English-language edition), a selection of sixty photographs taken in various Roma settlements around East Slovakia. Robert Delpire is currently the subject of a multi-venue career retrospective exhibition in New York City.
FORMA‘s exhibition of this work calls upon Aperture’s expanded edition, featuring 109 photographs of Roma society taken between 1962 and 1971. Printed under close supervision of the artist, expressly for Forma, the images on view recount the everyday life of gypsy communities in the sixties in Bohemia, Moravia, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, and occasionally France and Spain.
This exhibit is presented in collaboration with Magnum Photos.
Gypsies by Josef Koudelka
On view through September 16, 2012
Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia
Sophia Wallace (b. 1978) is an artist working in conceptual photography and video. She received a BA from Smith College in 2000 and an MA from New York University and the International Center of Photography in 2005. Her work has been exhibited at Kunsthalle Wien Contemporary Museum in Vienna, Colgate University’s Clifford Gallery, Milk Gallery, Aperture Gallery, and Carnegie Art Museum among others. Her solo exhibition showed at Leslie-Lohman in 2010. Wallace is a 2012 Van Lier Fellow with awards including PDN’s Curator Award and Critic's Pick by the Griffin Museum. Notable publications include Identities Now, a book of contemporary portraiture by Peter Hay Halpert Fine Art and No Fashion Please! a hardcover catalog. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Recently profiled by Time‘s LightBox and New Yorker‘s PhotoBooth, Rebecca Norris Webb’s My Dakota, on view at the Dahl Arts Center in South Dakota (through October 13, 2012), is an intensely personal engagement with the landscape, a photographic response to the sudden, unexpected death of her brother. Following the family tragedy, the photographer’s “explorations shifted from the geography of the West to the interior landscape of grief,” writes Suzanne Shaheen.
For the duration of the exhibition, Webb will be opening up and soliciting photographic responses to her own inward-looking work from an online photography community through the Our Dakota open flickr group. Group members will be offered three response assignments over the course of the next few months, created by Webb and her husband and creative partner, Magnum Photojournalist Alex Webb. The first assignment, which explores the notion of loss and landscape is now live. The following two will be posted on July 1, and September 1.
A selection of photographs from the Flickr group curated by the Webbs and their assistant, photographer Trent Davis Bailey, will be shown at the South Dakota Festival of Books in Sioux Falls and at the Dahl Arts Center before the Webbs’ joint slide talk on Friday, October 5, 2012.
In addition to being a photographer, Rebecca Norris Webb is also a poet and educator. She and her husband have been conducting popular photography workshops for some time now, including one at held at Aperture Gallery in late March of this year, which sold out. The two are offering another weekend workshop called “Find Your Vision” in October immediately following the joint slide talk, which is still open for registration.
Select images from My Dakota are also being exhibited at the group show Weather (through August 17, 2012) at Ricco Maresca Gallery in New York.
View Alex Webb’s installation shots of Rebecca’s exhibition in South Dakota on their blog.
Exhibition on view:
June 1 – October 13, 2012
“Find Your Vision” Public Slide Talk With Alex and Rebecca Norris Webb
Friday, October 5, 2012 at 7:00-9:00 pm
Dahl Arts Center
713 7th Street
Rapid City, SD