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Europe Week: Margaret de Lange

Guest editor, Jacqueline Roberts shares the last of her European selections today with Margaret de Lange. A huge thank you to Jacqueline for her insight and efforts. It’s been a wonderful week!

Margaret de Lange lives and works in Norway. She studied photography in Oslo. She has held solo exhibitions among other places in: Tarragona, Brussels, Paris, New York, Stockholm . She was recognized for Best portfolio at the Photo Festival in Arles, France, and with an Honorable mention by the Leica Oskar Barnack Award. She has published two books, Daughters and Surrounded by no one with Trolleybooks (London) .

In her series entitled, Daughters, Margaret presents black and white photographs taken of her two daughters during the summers of their childhood. Though the project began in 1993 and continued through 2002, it wasn’t until both daughters were old enough to grant their permission did de Lange take the step of exhibiting the work.

The images depict the two girls enjoying their summers out of doors, barefoot and often bare-bodied, in a dark and grainy, high-contrast style. In the photographs, the children seem to be a part of the nature around them, with dirt and grass clinging to knees and feet, with hoods of animal skin; they become like the creatures of Scandinavian folklore that, as de Lange explains, “were said to appear at twilight, and were always beautiful, but often evil as well.” And so we view the daughters, captured as they linger in a hazy half-darkness, in that time between day and night and an age between child and adult, exploring, discovering, and experiencing all of those little adventures which amount to growing up. These “creatures” exhibit their initiated ways through various little clues: dead birds hanging from string, bold stares from beneath fury capes. All together, the effect is unabashedly dark and earthy, yet calm and elegantly matter-of-fact.

The images, de Lange points out, are representative of a typical Norwegian childhood during the brief but sweet summer months. However, the way in which the images are rendered, with deeply encroaching shadows and heavy grain, pushes the subject into more of a dream realm that speaks more of the meandering experience of these pre-adolescent girls and a world that is very much their own.

As for the daughters, the photographs represent a precious conservation of memory. “She has preserved random pieces of our childhood, and we treasure those moments” says Jannicke de Lange, speaking for herself and her younger sister, Catherine.

Medium Festival: Marjorie Salvaterra

Featuring photographers seen at the Medium Festival in San Diego….

I admit that I am already a fan and friend of Los Angeles photographer, Marjorie Salvaterra, but I have no hesitancy in sharing the new body of work (still in progress) she brought to the Medium Festival. Marjorie is a diminutive and determined photographer, creating large scale and compelling visual gestures that don’t reflect her stature. Her new project, HER, is influenced by Italian cinema, with a European sensibility and an out- of-the-box approach to image making that reflects the world of women–the land mines of life, motherhood, friendships, relationships that we all navigate through on a daily basis.

Marjorie has exhibited widely including the Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France,  Clark-Oshin Gallery, Los Angeles,  Robert Berman Gallery, Los Angeles, Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco, and The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado. Her work was included in the George Eastman House Museum auction at Sotheby’s, New York and she was runner-up for the 2009 and 2010 Berenice Abbott Prize for Emerging Photographers and a current finalist for Critical Mass 2012.

I am a decent woman. 
 A pretty good wife — with a great therapist, otherwise I would’ve screwed this one up way too many times. 
 A mother – I think this one I do best except between the hours of 6:15 and 7:30pm and certain whole days at a time. 
 A daughter – I was a pretty terrible daughter growing up. I’m starting to get the hang of it now that I’m a parent. 
 A good sister. 
 And lastly a friend. To some, the best and to others, impossibly guarded. 

I’m forty three years-old and I’m trying to grow as a person but so is my skin. I’m not that interested in holding onto my youth. My life is far greater now. But letting go isn’t as easy as it sounds. Some days I don’t recognize this person who looks back at me in the mirror. She is older, has responsibilities. She has had to learn that sometimes God has a bigger plan for her life than she does. Not everything goes the way she wants it to go. Things happen. Money comes and goes. So do jobs. As well as friends.

People sometimes get sick and her kids will inevitably get lice and share it with her, which is still preferable to pin worms that their friends get. She will cry over losses and and weep when she sees her child standing in a line of other children. Not because everything is wrong. But because everything is right. On the outside, she strives for peace but inside there is a turbulence of holding on too tightly to all these things that have finally brought that peace and true joy. 

With HER, she turns away from the mirror and turns the camera on her own life — examining the psychology of her age and her gender in black and white, through surreal interpretations and exaggerated gestures, reminiscent of Italian cinema, creating photographs that reflect the universal idea of womanhood and assure HER that she is not on this path alone.

Preview: Arles Photo Festival 2012, 60+ images

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Lens Culture is featuring a high-resolution slideshow preview of more than 60 images from the upcoming Rencontres d’Arles photography festival in France, which starts a week from today. Blog Commenting . The thematic focus this year is on the work of graduates from international photography schools, including a major overview of 30 former students of cole Nationale Suprieure de Photographie in Arles, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.


Sam Falls – Bartlett Pears and Melon, 2011.
Courtesy of American Contemporary and International Art Objects.


Hasan and Husain Essop – Last Supper in Havana, Cuba, 2009.


Vincent Fournier – Baf Room 65, Building 25E, Ergol Suit #01,
Guiana Space Center, Kourou, 2007.

Video: 34 Award-winning photographers & multimedia makers

A 22-minute presentation of the winners of the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards 2011 — some of the best in global photography and multimedia today.

The nine top winners and 25 honorable mention winners represent work from 14 countries – submitted by artists from 48 countries.

In 2011, the international jury of experts awarded prizes in three categories:

Photography Portfolio
Single Image

The winning entries cover a broad and diverse range of subject matter, stylistic approaches, and technical processes. Enjoy!

These award winners are currently being screened at film festivals and international arts venues around the world, including the SPE National Conference Film Festival in San Francisco; the Houston Center for Photography during FotoFest 2012; The Bilder Nordic series in Olso, Norway; the Voies Off Festival in Arles, France; the international photo festival in Tuscany, Italy: Cortona On The Move — and venues in Paris, London, New York, Brisbane and others to be announced.

Enter YOUR photographs and multimedia for the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards Awards 2012:
lensculture.com/awards. The competition is now open for new submissions!

Photo Stroll – Guernsey Photography Festival 2011 – Part Three

Tony Ray-Jones on show, © Miranda Gavin

I have had a terrible June and then my lovely, very old grandpa died. The funeral is on 11 July and I haven’t been able to keep up to date with the blog. As you know, I curate and maintain this blog in my own time, independently, so it has to fit and shift around life’s happenings. I also have to keep working as I am freelance and it has taken its toll on my output last month. I think I’m nearly back on track but there are some outstanding things to add to the blog. I didn’t get to the Arles photo festival in France this year either, due to June’s events but also because I have to conserve, time, energy and money.

So, even though the month of the Guernsey Photo Festival is over, here is the penultimate post, one more to follow later in the week. These photos cover some of the local photographers and events engaging with the community such as The Caravan Gallery run by the lovely Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale, who were calling for locals to let them know about anything “Interesting, Bizarre, Special or Unique to photograph” in Guernsey, as well as the work of Guernsey photographers David Evans, Rob King and Peter Neville and who were also asked to explore the topic Identity.

Filed under: Photographers, Photography Festivals Tagged: Chris Teasdale, David Evans, Guernsey Photography Festival 2011, Jan Williams, Peter Neville, Rob King, The Caravan Gallery, Tony Ray-Jones

MOPLA: Marjorie Salvaterra

Looking at photographers and exhibitions featured in The Month of Photography in Los Angeles.

The first time I met Los Angeles photographer,Marjorie Salvaterra, I wasn’t prepared for the power of her work. She is fine boned and petite, with a grin and a pixie cut. I never imagined that the striking black and white imagery she started while on bed rest with her first child would evolve into her first solo exhibition at the Clark | Oshin Gallery in conjuction with the opening night of The Month of Photography in Los Angeles. The reception will take place at Pier 59 Studios West located next to the Santa Monica gallery complex, Bergamot Station, from 7-10pm.

The exhibition will also run June 1 – July 7, at Clark | Oshin Gallery at The Icon, 5450 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.

Marjorie was born in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Her interest in all things theatrical began a transformation from acting to photography after playing the leading role in “The Faculty Lounge,” a black and white film by the late photographer, Herb Ritts. Her early interest photography was rekindled and never looked back.
Marjorie’s work has been well exhibited including Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France; “Classic Camera Show,” Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco; MOPLA Group Show, Los Angeles; “Contrast LA,” at A&I Gallery, Los Angeles; “Alternative Photography,” at Julia Dean Gallery, Venice, California; and the “Human + Being” show at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Marjorie’s images reveal “a fine line between sanity and insanity,” according to Virginia Heckart, Associate Curator of Photography at The Getty Center. I’ve always been fascinated by human psychology. When most girls were reading Judy Blume, I was reading the DSM. It lists all the psychological disorders and their symptoms. Diagnosis is made on the number of symptoms. And yet, it is easy to go through the list of symptoms for the various disorders and think, ‘that could be me.’ Are we all a little crazy — at least at certain moments in our lives? Is it nurture vs. nature? Some believe people are either born sane or insane.

Others believe we are all born perfect and it’s the things that happen in our lives that damage us. I tend to believe the latter. In each portrait, I am looking for that line in each person: the part of ourselves that we tend to hide, the part that scares us, the part that is usually saved for the people closest to us – the ones that know our secrets.