Douglas Ljungkvist is originally from Goteborg Sweden. He is a self-taught photographer whose work examines places and environments, both public and private. After a long career in sales & marketing Douglas started photographing about eight years ago and full time for the past four. His work has been exhibited at the New York Photo Festival, Hereford Festival, London Street Photography Festival, Bridge Art Fair, and more. In 2011 he was awarded the gold prize at the Px3 Fine Art Book proposal category and participated at Review Santa Fe in 2010. His first monograph, Ocean Beach, will be published in the fall of 2013. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
of Visual Arts. After returning from living and working in Europe, Marc began traveling the
country, concentrating on photographing and documenting American culture. It
was through these travels that Marc began his book project, Nevada Rose which captures the places and personalities of Nevada’s legal brothels.
His work has been seen in the New York Times, Interview,
Time, Stern, D Magazine, The Observer, Inc., Exit, Fortune Small Business, Marie
Claire South Africa and many others. Marc was a recipient of the Magenta Art
Foundation’s 2006 “Flash Forward” award was nominated for the
2009 NY Photo Awards and was an official selection for the 2011 and 2009 Lucie
Awards. Nevada Rose was published by Umbrage Editions in May 2011. On October 4th, Marc will be presenting an illustrated lecture (and book signing) at the Observatory in Brooklyn, NY.
Nevada Rose:PScattered throughout the state of Nevada, tiny desert towns like Pahrump, Ely and Scotty’s Junction are home to the country’s only legal brothels. Legalized prostitution is vitally important to the economic survival of the many counties and towns where they reside. It’s because of this interdependence and tolerance that the Nevada brothels are so deeply rooted in the history and settlement of the American West.
Photographed over the past 5 years, Nevada Rose rolls back the curtain to reveal not just the brothel interiors, but it’s varied cast of characters – the women, the owners, the various workers and even the customers. My goal with the work has been to document the industry as honestly and objectively as I can, neither glorifying nor demonizing the sitters. In the spirit of August Sander and of Bellocq’s images from the Storyville brothels, Nevada Rose is a cultural survey and the only complete photographic document of a slowly fading chapter in American history.
Some photographers are natural observers, and some take that curiosity to another level and want to open a few drawers and dig a little deeper. French photographer, Stephanie de Rouge, is one of those visual investigators, probing into the pysche of how we humans function, especially in big city life. Stephanie has traversed a number of approaches to looking at our lives–shooting New Yorkers in their bedrooms or on their rooftops, and with the work featured below, In Your Fridge, shooting what her subjects eat, or at least have in their refrigerators.
After 30 years in Paris, Stephanie now makes her home in New York, teaching at the International Center for Photography, works as a contributor for Le Journal de La Photographie and the New York Times, and is a freelance portrait photographer. Her work has been featured in many publications and she has exhibited widely, with two recent exhibitions in Paris.
Through my travels, I have developed a fascination for big cities and their devastating energy. Since I live and work in New York, I am more than ever wondering how humans survive those tentacular – always exciting – and often hostile urban spaces. How they preserve their singularity and intimacy, where they find the soft, he poetic, the soothing, where they hide their secrets.
I started the project by shooting portraits of New Yorkers in their bedrooms (In Your Room) thinking it could be a good place for intimacy. I was wrong. Or not exactly right. The building walls don’t talk. New Yorkers move all the time, share/sublet bedrooms…Not a good setting for a long term relationship with one self.
Quickly, my subjects whispered a few words about a place dear to their hearts: rooftops. An outdoor space for intimacy? Why not…Let’s see…I discovered more than 40 of these urban shelters between earth and sky (On Your Roof), and as fascinated not by the amazing light, not by the phenomenal views, but by the real people I met up there and the very touching stories they shared with me.
Then I got thirsty…Can I grab a juice in the fridge?
Sometimes there is a WOW factor when looking at photographs, and Thomas Jackson’s work has it in spades.
Thomas grew up in Providence, Rhode Island and probably absorbed a lot of Rhode Island School of Design cells in his baby formula which resulted in creative genes. He did, however, earn his BA in History from The College at Wooster and began a career in NYC as an editor and book reviewer for magazine. After reviewing stacks of photography books, he was inspired to pick up a camera and create his own work. He has exhibited at Central Booking in DUMBO, Brooklyn, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and a variety of other venues. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
I am featuring two bodies of work, Emergent Behavior and The Robot Series. Thomas produced a wondrous handmade book with hinges and port holes for The Robot Series–it’s worth a look on his site.
EMERGENT BEHAVIOR: The hovering sculptures featured in this ongoing series of photographs are inspired by self-organizing, “emergent” systems in nature such as termite mounds, swarming locusts, schooling fish and flocking birds. The images attempt to tap into the fear and fascination that those phenomena tend to evoke, while creating an uneasy interplay between the natural and the manufactured and the real and the imaginary. At the same time, each image is an experiment in juxtaposition. By constructing the pieces from unexpected materials and placing them in environments where they seem least to belong, I aim to tweak the margins of our visual vocabulary, and to invite fresh interpretations of everyday things.
THE ROBOT SERIES: In this series of photographs, I’ve combined elements of science fiction literature and film with storytelling motifs from Medieval tapestries and altarpieces to create a darkly humorous narrative about a lone robot’s failure to co-exist with the natural world. Against that backdrop, the work explores the uneasy, opposing emotions Mother Nature provokes in us: fear and fascination, reverence and contempt, attraction, revulsion, greed, guilt and the queasy feeling that in the end, she will get us back for everything we’ve done wrong. I chose to build the series around a robot because he seemed an apt representation of our otherness within the natural world, and a stand-in for our ceaseless desire to force our environment into permanent submission—no matter how doomed the effort might be.
Irina Rozovsky (b.1981, Moscow) studied French and Spanish literature as an undergraduate at Tufts University and received an MFA in photography from Massachusetts College of Art. Her work has been featured in numerous national and international exhibitions and publications, including 25 under 25: Up and Coming American Photographers; 31 Women in Art Photography; Exposure at the PRC, the Magnum Expression Award, Photo España, and others. Her first monograph One to Nothing was published by Kehrer Verlag, and named on the "Best Books of 2011" lists by Alec soth and photo-eye Magazine. Irina lives in Brooklyn, NY and teaches at the International Center of Photography and the Art Institute of Boston.
Happy 2012! A huge thank you to all the hundreds of photographers that sent me their favorite images of 2011. Note that these images are favorites and speak to the photographer in a meaningful way. I love creating this annual post, allowing photographers who have never shared their work to sit along side significant image makers. They way I see it is that we all share a common passion and why not bump up against each other once in awhile.
I wish you all many successes in 2012 and that the joy of creating photographs continues to enrich your lives. Thank you for reading Lenscratch and for enhancing my life with your work. This post is created in 5 parts so as not to crash the rss feed (which happened last year). Simply keep going through older posts until you reach the end.
And finally I’m sharing my two favorites–the first is an image I’ve had in my head for a couple of years, and the second is more personal, a reflection of a life transforming trip.
THE 2011 LENSCRATCH FAVORITES EXHIBITION
Susan A. Barnett, Trouble from the series “Not In Your Face”, Houston, Texas
Kyohei Abe, Modern Banquet, Detroit MI
Jennifer Schlesinger-Hanson, Here nor there, Santa Fe, NM
Lydia Panas, Kitty, Christine and Kira, Kutztown, PA 19530
Polly Chandler, All You’ve Left Me Is A Feather On An Unmade Bed, Springfield, Missouri
Amanda Keller Konya, Gentleman’s Club, Los Angeles, CA
Charles Mintz, Coney Island – Gym, Brooklyn, NY
Larry Torno, Rechanneling Morris Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
Ann Mitchell, Bullocks Wilshire, Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Cat Gwynn, Winter Moon – December 2011, Los Angeles, CA
Anette Nordskog, Plastic Palm Trees, Euskirchen, Germany
Angela Bacon-Kidwell, not so silent 2011, Wichita Falls, TX
Monica Denevan, Convergence, China 2011
Ruben Natal- San Miguel, Hope, 2011 NYC
Michael Cannon, Chalkboard Girl, Santa Fe
Sean Perry, Love, New York , NY
Andi Schreiber, I’m His, New York City
Michael Massaia, Seeing The Black Dog#8, New Jersey Turnpike – 2011
Harvey Hanig, black belt is a state of mind, North Aurora, IL
Lori Pond, Canelo, Bill Steen’s backyard in Arizona
Pamela Dewey, Stonyford Morning, May 1, 2011, Stonyford Ranch, CA
Lauren Henkin, Fieldnotes, Oregon
Linda Alterwitz, “Number 16” from the series In-Sight (Human Pet Scan/ Beach in Western US), Santa Monica, CA
Heidi Kirkpatrick, she’s an open book, Portland, OR
Bea Fresno, Morning Light. From the series “Santa Teresa”, Estancia Santa Teresa, Uruguay
Kevin J. Miyazaki, dead bee on the travel section, Wauwatosa, WI
Diane Cockerill, Edge of the Storm, Santa Monica mountains, CA
Susan Burnstine, Michigan & Monroe, 6:42AM, Chicago, Il
Ron Cillizza, Camper, Exeter, New Hampshire
Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin, Bubble Man Pete, Tuesdays at Garfield Park, Pasadena, CA
Bill Chapman, Grandpa Elliot and Kristin, New Orleans, LA
Gina Kelly, Akasha, Sebastopol, California
Jan von Holleben, The Pirats, Berlin, Germany
Ken Rosenthal, from the series The Forest #4987, Colville National Forest, WA
Emma Powell, Bear, made in Ames, IA
Liz Huston, “Mark Ryden in His Studio” 2011, Eagle Rock, CA
Fritz Liedtke, “Celine” from the series Astra Velum, Portland, Oregon
Liz Kuball, Untitled (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California
Heather Oelklaus, “I’d Like To Thank” Body Bag Series, Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA
Candace Gaudiani, Cleveland 1450, Cleveland, OH
Betsy Schneider, Emma, Sharon, Massachusetts
Eleonora Ronconi, The Reflection of Him, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Debbie Poulin, Ashland Avenue Bridge, Chicago, Illinois
Fran Forman, Hangzhou Moon, Hangzhou, China
Anne Berry, Persephone, Belgium 2011
Alek Lindus, Dusk, Ormos, Samos, Greece
Robert Rutoed, Image from the series “Right Time Right Place”, Vienna, Austria
Sally Mars, Minneapolis, 2011
James Pepper Kelly, Near Mills Store, Castleton, Virginia
Domenico Foschi, War veteran, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
Philip B. Bowser, In the Pumpkin Patch, just outside Portland, Oregon
S. Gayle Stevens, through my looking glass, Downers Grove, Illinois
Kristianne Koch, Mask, San Clemente, CA
Julia Vandenoever,The text, My kitchen in Boulder, CO
Rouse & Jones, Grand Central Connection, Los Angeles, CA
Pilar Law, Palm, Hawaii
Mark Berndt, Rina – Artist/Broom Maker, Lomita, CA
Michael Van der Tol, On Qualicum Beach, Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island
Jess T. Dugan, Korrie, Boston, MA
Ashley Kauschinger, Self Portrait Without You, Denton, TX
Randy Jennings, Juliet, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, Hamilton, OH
Feast Your Eyes
Exhibition on view:
January 6–January 27, 2012
37 Main Street
The New York Photo Festival presents Feast Your Eyes: A Holiday Photo Invitational. Fascinated by America’s ever-growing food culture, The New York Photo Festival held an open competition, challenging photographers to submit their best photographs of food. The jurors selected over 30 winners to be in the exhibition including the Aperture-published Elinor Carucci. Winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Carucci currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts. She was featured in Aperture magazine issue 182.
Daniel Gordon, 1980, USA, is a conceptual photographer who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received a BA at Bard College in 2003 and an MFA at Yale University in 2006. He works in a sculptural way. He searches on the internet for images that he can use. The images he finds are printed and cut in order to make large three dimensional collages. These collages are life-size, using his own body as a reference. Once the collages are finished he photographs them with a large format camera. After the photograph has been made he disassembles the sculptures in order to use several body parts for new works. In his series Thin Skin II he depicts the human body in extreme situations as giving birth, accidents and operations. Both of his parents were doctors and he feels that seeing the images of operations when he was young have influenced him in his work today. His photographs have been exhibited extensively in the US and several times in Switzerland and France. The following works come from the series Still Lifes, Portraits & Parts, Portrait Studio and Thin Skin II.