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Rachel Hulin, Picnic

Rachel Hulin, Picnic

Rachel Hulin

Picnic,
Storrs, Connecticut, 2012
Website – RachelHulin.com

Rachel Hulin is a writer and photographer. Her work has been shown at Jen Bekman Gallery, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Wallspace Gallery, and The New York Photo Festival. She has written about photography for Photo District News, Emerging Photographer Magazine, Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, and The Faster Times. She is editor and co-founder of The Photography Post. Her first book — A children's photography book about a flying baby — will be published by powerHouse in April 2013.

Vance Gellert

I recently had the great pleasure to co-juror the Portrait Contest hosted by the Santa Fe Workshops.  Over the next several days, I will be featuring the work by several of the winners.  Almost a thousand photographers submitted closed to 4,000 images and the decision process was a tough one.  So many stellar photographs, so I am thrilled to featured these stand-out portraits.
Vance Gellert’s Second Prize Winning Image
 
Nina and Misha, Russian Performance Artists

Vance  received his MFA in photography from
Virginia Commonwealth University. He has been widely exhibited and published and has received numerous grants for
his work including one from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was
co-founder and executive director of pARTs Photographic Arts in Minneapolis where
he also curated exhibitions for 13 years. He joined IFP Center for Media Arts
as photography curator in 2008.



Vance has a natural ability as a portrait photographer, as evidenced in the series below, Real: Artists and Landscapes.  I am also featuring a sampling from his series, Smoke and Mirrors, about ritual and ceremony in health care in third world countries and western clinical practice.

REAL: Artists and Landscapes
Sometime in 1998, I was turned down for a travel grant request to curate a project of photography from Cuba. When I inquired as to what I could have added to make the request fundable, they said samples of my artwork, which was confusing since this was a request to find other people’s artwork. Heeding that advice, I went to Cuba on my own dime to find artists and brought my trusty Hasselblad. I photographed the photographers I interviewed in their studios as well as the environs in and around Havana.

There’s something about visiting visual artists in their studios. It not only yields compelling imagery, I find it creatively inspirational. After leaving the gallery in 2003, I set off on another project to find self-taught artists around Minnesota for interviews and portraits in their studios. The portraits were complemented with images of their environment that were taken on the way to or from the artist’s studio. These were paired with their portraits and a sample of their artwork in the exhibition REAL: Artists and Landscapes.

Images from Smoke and Mirrors

From the NY Times: When Vance Gellert studied pharmacology
in the early ’70s, he found that a scientific method of systematic observation,
precise measurement and disciplined testing could explain the efficacy of most
treatments. For that matter, it was a satisfying way of explaining much of the
world around him.

Mr. Gellert had always wanted to study the
role of shamanic ritual in enhancing the application of traditional plant
medicines. In 2005, as he approached 60, he resolved to combine his academic
and photographic interests by studying and documenting shamans and other
healers in Peru and Bolivia. He spent 10 months of the next five years living
with healers, studying their rituals and undergoing treatment himself.
Mr. Gellert understood that just because
the spiritual world of the shamans didn’t conform to Western science didn’t
mean that the healing he witnessed wasn’t real. “Scientists generally approach
things quantitatively and statistically,” Mr. Gellert said, “but there are
thing that don’t lend themselves well to that kind of research and
understanding.”
In fact, he was aware of powerful forces at
work; forces he didn’t know how to explain. Photos, it turned out, often served
better than scientific prose to describe what he witnessed — or experienced.

“Since it was invented, photography has
served science as a recorder of facts,” Mr. Gellert said, “but photography also
has subtleties and nuance that can communicate on a different level. When you
start looking at things that are not quantifiable, photography might be an
excellent tool.”

It is difficult to capture spiritual
experience in a photograph. Yet Mr. Gellert’s portraits often suggest powers
lurking just beyond what the eye can see.

The shamans let him into their lives and
encouraged him to photograph their treatments. They had confidence in their
practice and had no qualms about sharing it with a medical colleague, even one
who might occasionally have seemed slow to fully grasp what they were doing.

Though he started his quest
to learn about the relation between ritual and medicine, he came to see
ceremony and ritual as an integral part of healing. “The medicines are the
tool, but it is the process of interaction between healer and patient that is
most important,” Mr. Gellert said.


Jessica Auer, Skogafoss

Jessica Auer, Skogafoss

Jessica Auer

Skogafoss,
Iceland, 2011
From the Re-creational Spaces series
Website – JessicaAuer.com

Jessica Auer is a documentary-style landscape photographer from Montréal. Drawing inspiration from history and archeology, her work is largely concerned the study of cultural sites. From the beaten track to the frontier, Jessica explores places where history and mythology are woven into the landscape, and where contemporary landscape issues emerge. She received her MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in 2007 and is the recipient of several grants and awards. Her work has been exhibited in Canada and the United States and is held in various private and public collections, including the Musée des Beaux Arts du Québec and the Canada Council Art Bank. Jessica is a co-founder and co-director of Galerie Les Territoires in Montréal and teaches photography at Concordia University. She is represented by Patrick Mikhail Gallery in Ottawa.

Cara Phillips, Ultraviolet Lovers #1

Cara Phillips, Ultraviolet Lovers #1

Cara Phillips

Ultraviolet Lovers #1,
New York, 2010
Website – Cara-Phillips.com

Cara Phillips was born in Detroit, Michigan. After spending most of her life in the beauty industry – first as a child model then as a make-up artist in luxury department stores – she returned to Sarah Lawrence College to study photography. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally and it is in several private collections. Cara not only focuses on her own work, she also writes and curates. She is the co-founder of the online exhibition site, Women in Photography, and a member of the international photography photo group, POC Project. Her first monograph, Singular Beauty, is being published by Dutch-based Fw: for Fall 2012.  She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Jessica Auer, Sublime Settlement

Jessica Auer, Sublime Settlement

Jessica Auer

Sublime Settlement,
Faroe Islands, 2011
Website – JessicaAuer.com

Jessica Auer is a documentary-style landscape photographer from Montréal. Drawing inspiration from history and archeology, her work is largely concerned the study of cultural sites. From the beaten track to the frontier, Jessica explores places where history and mythology are woven into the landscape, and where contemporary landscape issues emerge. She received her MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in 2007 and is the recipient of several grants and awards. Her work has been exhibited in Canada and the United States and is held in various private and public collections, including the Musée des Beaux Arts du Québec and the Canada Council Art Bank. Jessica is a co-founder and co-director of Galerie Les Territoires in Montréal and teaches photography at Concordia University. She is represented by Patrick Mikhail Gallery in Ottawa.

Tom Paiva

Los Angeles photographer, Tom Paiva, often finds himself working in another reality, creating his photographs long after our heads have hit the pillow. Tom received his BFA from the San Francisco Academy of Art, and for the last 15 years has worked as a freelance photographer specializing in large format photography of industrial and maritime settings, as well as architecture and interiors. Tom is passionate about night photography and is a co-founder of The Nocturnes, an organization dedicated to night photography, and has recently started a blog that celebrates twilight and night photography. What I love about Tom’s work is that his night images elevate industrial structures to epic proportions, the same structures that seen during the day don’t get a second glance.

Tom has a new project, Closed Auto Dealerships, that shot at twilight bring a strange beauty to a sad subject.

Closed Auto Dealerships: Over the past year I have been working on this project of the closed auto dealerships in Los Angeles. Well over 3500 dealerships have closed nationwide, laying off an estimated 200,000 people. This presence is felt in these acres of empty asphalt and boarded up buildings.

This impact was an obvious indicator of the ailing economy and inspired me to take the project on and both document and try and capture that feeling of loss. It is particularly powerful when shot at night. While I was scouting and shooting this project, I thought about the people who worked there and the thriving businesses they once were.

Early on, I decided to shoot this project in 8×10, which gave me the discipline to really study the subject and be very deliberate about composition and lighting.

Matthew Baum, Untitled

Matthew Baum, Untitled

Matthew Baum

Untitled,
New York, 2011
From the Eighteen series
Website – MatthewBaum.com

Matthew Baum is an artist and teacher based in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Brown University in 1995 with a degree in American History and later studied architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Matthew earned an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2007. As a graduate student, he was a co-founder and director of the VisuaLife photo education program, working with underprivileged high school students in New York City. He currently teaches photography at the School of Visual Arts and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Rachel Hulin, Hall Flight

Rachel Hulin, Hall Flight

Rachel Hulin

Hall Flight,
Providence, Rhode Island, 2011
From the The Flying Series series
Website – RachelHulin.com

Rachel Hulin is a writer and photographer. Her work has been shown at Jen Bekman Gallery, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Wallspace Gallery, and The New York Photo Festival. She has written about photography for Photo District News, Emerging Photographer Magazine, Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, and The Faster Times. She is editor and co-founder of The Photography Post.