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Boston Week: Asia Kepka

While I am enjoying the Focus Awards hosted by the Griffin Museum and the Flash Forward Festival hosted by the Magenta Foundation in Boston this week, I featuring Boston photographers, today with Asia Kepka.  

I love Asia Kepka’s work, but also her person. David Hilliard took this amazing photograph of her:

In Asia’s words: 

The day I was born my grandmother cried.
The tears were not tears of joy, she cried because she had never seen such an ugly baby.
Many years later, I became a model and a whole new world opened up to me. It was fun, but even more fun awaited me when I landed in NYC 20 years ago. I arrived with $100 in my pocket but my boundless enthusiasm was priceless. My friend greeted me at the airport and gave me my first point and shoot camera. Things were never the same.
I felt like a dog hanging its head out of the window of a fast moving car. With camera in hand and very little English, I embarked on a career as a photographer. I was lucky to start with the best clients imaginable: Wired, Time, Fortune, and the NY Times.

Her work has pathos and humor and I am sharing her series, Bridget and I.

Bridget and I: In 2004 I found Bridget on Craigslist . I was  intrigued and decided to spend $100 not knowing really what will I do with her.

One day I took her out of my basement, dressed her up and started to set up a portrait. She looked bit stiff and the photo needed something.. never before I was a fan of doing self portraits but I decided  to jump in. Suddenly  I found myself in the midst of my most exciting project-don’t get me wrong- taking photos always brought me incredible rush and joy. 

Working as a photographer I feel like a dog with it’s head out of the window of a car on the way to the park. This project is even more exciting. It became my visual diary- place where I record  my dreams, my past, my everyday life .

My hope was to create a fairy tale that is timeless, independent of place, hermetically sealed from the outside world. This cathartic process has allowed me to explore issues of my identity as a woman and as an immigrant. Quite often images of me are reflection of my Mother and Grandmother back in Poland.

 “I feel like i’m watching Fellini’s movie” -said an onlooker  at the site of  Bridget and I in a hotel pool in Arizona. At times dragging mannequin in public places draws quite an attention and “being in a moment” is a challenge but seeing reactions of bystanders is always positive and at times priceless.

 All images are self portraits taken with 4×5 camera. The only exception are water shots. 

 This adventure can be physically challenging  – Bridget is heavy and rigid , she endured being shipped via Fedex and  immersed in many bodies of water.She got slammed by the wind in a sand storm ,which caused her big cracks on her head and she is missing a toe.   I hope she lasts few more years as I plan on continuing this project for a avery long time. 

San Francisco screening: global photography and multimedia winners

The world premiere screening of Lens Culture’s International Exposure Awards winners from 2011 will take place in San Francisco at the San Francisco Art Institute this Friday, January 20, at 7:30 p.m. We’re thrilled that the presentation of this award-winning work will be the opening act for the San Francisco PhotoAlliance 2012 Lecture Series.

The fast-paced, inspiring video presents very diverse winning works in Multimedia, Photography Portfolio, and Single Image categories, as well as examples from 25 honorable mention winners. The winning entries represent some of the best contemporary work (in all genres) submitted from 48 countries.

If you’re in San Francisco, don’t miss it. The PhotoAlliance photography lecture series is one of the best in the world. tv kantine . Photographer David Hilliard will present a mid-career retrospective of his work in an engaging talk just following the screening. Everyone is invited to stay after the presentations for some wine and lively conversation.

From San Francisco, the projection will travel to arts institutions, festivals, galleries, museums and photography schools around the world. steviapoeder . Cheers, again, to all of the winners it’s remarkable work!


Yael Ben-Zion

Life leads us down many paths, some unexpected, and where we end up isn’t always where we set out to go. Yael Ben-Zion was born in Minneapolis, MN and raised in Israel. She returned to the states to attend Yale Law School and pursue LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees. It was at Yale that Yael took a photography class with David Hilliard and her path was not a straight line into law. She practiced for awhile, but made the switch to photography because it felt right and she had stories she wanted to tell. She studied at the International Center of Photography and now lives in New York.

Yael’s first monograph, 5683 miles away (Kehrer, 2010), was selected as one of photo-eye’s Best Books of 2010 and for the PDN Photo Annual 2011. It was also a nominee for the German Photo Book Award 2011. She lives and works in New York.

In August 2000 I left Israel for the US. Time and distance have made me think about the differences between here and there, in terms of the mentality, sensibilities, and way of life. While every expat must have their share of figuring out issues of identity and belonging, in the case of Israel, the country’s existential anxiety and tight social relations complicate these issues even further. 5683 miles away I keep thinking of the tradeoffs.

5683 miles away is an attempt to “go behind the scenes” of a country that is known for its turmoil and consider the meaning of normal life in this charges place. In repeated visits to Israel, I have photographed interiors and exteriors, portraits and still lifes in order to capture the texture of Israelis’ day-to-day life, thereby examining my own feelings towards my homeland. Personal and intimate in nature, the photographs allude to the complexity of the political climate in Israel, and question its emotional and social consequences. As opposed to providing answers, however, the work offers a reflection on the way people spend their lives.

(The newspaper complete headline reads: “American Official: Syria is ‘Cruel and anti-Semitic'” (Haaretz, Sep. 18, 2007))

Ella with Protective Gear






Lea and Shimon
(Lea Michelson, artist, working on a sculpture of her former classmate, Shimon Peres)


Still Life with a Headless Angel




A View from the Balcony

Black Iris

Beautiful Vagabonds at the Yancey Richardson Gallery

Act of Flying #16, 2006. © Sanna Kannisto

Beautiful Vagabonds: Birds in Contemporary Photography

Exhibition on View:
July 21–August 26, 2011

Yancey Richardson Gallery:
535 W 22nd Street 3rd Floor
New York, NY
(646) 230-6131

The Yancey Richardson Gallery’s new exhibit “Beautiful Vagabonds: Birds in Contemporary Photography” is a multi-artist show that explores the allure of birds. Showcasing the work of 20 photographers, the exhibit consists of photographs, video, and audio works. Several of the exhibit’s featured artists have been published by Aperture: David Hilliard appeared in issue 177 and published a book with Aperture titled David Hilliard: Photographs; the work of Simen Johan appeared in issue 172 and Aperture offers one of his prints Untitled #99; Aperture published three books by the duo Kahn & SelesnickScotlandfuturebog, City of Salt, and The Apollo Prophecies; Aperture also published Sanna Kannisto’s book Fieldwork and offers her limited-edition portfolio Act of Flying; Louise Lawler appeared in issue 145; and Neeta Madahar’s work was featured in issue 179 and Aperture offers her print Sustenance 95.