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Review Santa Fe: Daniel W. Coburn

Over the next month, I will be sharing the work of photographers who attended Review Santa Fe in June.  Review Santa Fe is the only juried review in the United States and invites 100 photographers to Santa Fe for a long weekend of reviews, insights, and connections.  
When I first started writing about the genre of Photographing Family some years back, there were only a handful of image makers capturing the pathos of domestic interactions in a significant way.  Phillip Toledano, Doug DuBois, and Elizabeth Flemming, to name a few, brought a sensibility to telling stories that were at once personal, yet universal.  Photographer Daniel W. Coburn is following in those footsteps with his beautifully executed project, Next of Kin.  Daniel gives us a sense of place and of people. His proximity allows for an ability to be a participant observer where he is able to capture the intangible essence of family, interpreting those he loves with a lens that honors, explores, and understands.

Daniel received his BFA from Washburn University and is currently an instructor and graduate student at the University of New Mexico.  His work his held in public and private collections, and he has published and exhibited widely.
In Next of Kin I use craftsmanship and beauty to engage my viewer in
a dark family narrative.  After a
yearlong hiatus from my hometown, I returned to reexamine my relationship with
immediate family. I use the camera to describe the powerful personalities of my
parents, and the complexities of their relationship. I photograph the children
in my family to revisit my own childhood, which exists only as a set of
fleeting, enigmatic images in my aging memory.

 Next of Kin records the interaction of a working-class family living in Middle America, and the anxiety that occurs within the confines of suburban dystopia. The viewer is encouraged to contemplate the complexities of these relationships in dialogue with their own family experience. How the imagery functions in conversation with the viewers personal family narrative becomes paramount and its value is ultimately determined by its transformative potential.

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Giving Thanks

Aline Smithson, Thanksgiving 2009

In an effort to spend time with the many relatives who have come west for Thanksgiving this year, I am re-running last year’s Lenscratch Thanksgiving Exhibition on Family. I hope you enjoy it….again!

I have much to be thankful for this year, and a big part of that thanks is to the wonderful photography community, always incredibly supportive, giving, and thoughtful. Looking back on a handful of charitable programs such as Life Support Japan, Collect.Give, and Change the Truth, it is evident that photographers truly understand that life is about receiving AND giving. Thank you for reading Lenscratch and enjoy your friends and families.

The 2010 Lenscratch Family Exhibition
Bernd Reinhardt, Lena’s Little Feet, Los Angeles, CA

Jessica Todd Harper, Self Portrait with Marshall (with Lion), Philadelphia, PA 2010

Dawn Roscoe, The Family Portrait, Naperville, IL

Dave Jordano, Butch & Wiley, Gulfport, Illinois 2008

Warren Harold, Watering Hole, Houston, TX

Shawn Robinson, Loreni and Miles, Los Angeles, CA

Lydia Panas, Athens, 2010, Athens, Greece

Joanna Black, The Maultasch Baby, Edinburgh, Scotland

Ken Rosenthal, Seen and Not Seen #1164-3

Jessica Kane, Quiet Time at Stiles Lake, Stiles Lake – Spencer, MA

Nancy Baron, Ella Reclining, Los Angeles, CA

Elizabeth Fleming, Gathering, Carlisle, IA

Ashly Stohl, Untitled, Los Angeles, CA

Doug DuBois, Russell Heights, Cobb, Ireland, 2010

Peter Riesett, History, from the series Testament, Ellicott City, MD, 2007

Jefferson Hayman, Harper Dancing,, Tappan, NY

Dan Shepherd, Family Crosswalk, Sri Lanka, 2007

Karen Florek, New Blessing, Marina del Rey, CA

Kaity De Laura, Three Generations Of Vows, New Jersey

Linda Morrow,, Dadpower, Long Beach, CA

Britney Anne Majure, Brother and Sister with pet Parrot, from series Train Trestle Kids, Mississippi, Leaf River, MS

Jocelyn Allen, How?, London, UK

Tom Leininger, Front Moving In, Denton, TX

Michael Butler, Chloe & Me, Pacific Palisades, CA

Sheila Newbery, Nephew, Berkeley, CA, 2010

LeAnn Cannon, Untitled, South Carolina, USA

Bianca Dorso, Noah, Los Angeles, CA

Ruben Natal-San Miguel, untitled, Harlem Tribe, New York, NY 2010

Claude Peschel Dutombe, Love & Prayers, Manila, Philippines

David Strohl, New Addition, Maui, HI

Yoichi Nagata, Sketch of Autumn, Yokohama, Japan

Constance Hobbs, Winter Heart, Locust Valley, NY

Garry Loughlin, Cian& Fu, Dublin, Ireland

Deborah Parkin, Dream, from September is the Cruellest Month, Northumberland, UK

Desiree Edkins, Sparkler, AZ 2008

Dona Schwartz, Lu and Bruce, 2 years, Minneapolis, MN

Liz Huston, The Keeper of Family Secrets, Los Angeles, CA

Brad Buckman, Sunday, 8am, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Kathleen Taylor, Gathering of Grandchildren, Chicago, IL

Victor Vargas Villafuerte, Sunday Afternoon, Montreal, Canada

Carly Miller, Family Reunion, Rochester, NY

Kristen Fecker Peroni, Thanksgiving 2009, Chelsea, MI

Jon Brown, Chemistry, New Forest Hampshire, UK

Patricia Lay-Dorsey, Phil and Scott, together 22 years, San Diego, CA

Arianna Sanesi, Adelaide, Prato, Italy

Jordanna Kalman, September, New York, NY

Priya Kambli, Muma, Sona and Me, Kirksville, MO

Marilyn Sanders, Family of Five, Santa Monica, CA

Shea Naer, Untitled 2010, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY

Steve Giovinco, Untitled ( Greenwich, #0800), Greenwich, CT

Elizabeth Wolynski, Waiting For The Parade, Las Vegas, NV, May 2010

Rachel Pierson, they didn’t even spell my name right, Municie, IN

Paige Fukuhara, Untitled (Chinatown 13), New York, NY

Sylvia de Swaan, With Simon, Patrick, and Paula from Friends and Family, Boston, MA

Riad Galayini, Tough Love, Los Angeles, CA

Julio M. Romero, Generic Family from Northwest Mexico on a Sunday, Tijuana

Allison Donnelly, Grandfather, Durham, NC

David Cory, Cousins and Cupcakes, South Bend, IN

Serrah Russell, First Step, Seattle, WA

Kati Mennett, Two, Boston, MA

Sara Jane Boyers, Mother Cat & Kitten from The Kitten’s Journey, Santa Monica, CA

Ashley West Leonard, Nausea, Los Angeles, CA

Veronica Hansen, Taking the Time, Southern Spain

Katrin Koenning, Zane and Kobe watching cartoons, from the series ‘Near’, Cleveland, Queensland Australia

Stan Raucher, Metro Line 3 near Coyoacan, Mexico City

Steve Giovinco, Untitled ( Greenwich , #0800), Greenwich , CT

Elizabeth Glorioso, Night-Night, Babies, Cleveland, OH

Suzanne Revy, Family Walk, Groton, MA

Randy Magnus, My Sister Marlaine with Grandpa, Central Valley, CA

Thomas Krueger, The Krueger Family, Danbury, IA

Marika Dee, untitled, Prizen, Kosovo

Nadia Sablin, Jen Jones and her Children, Phoenix, AZ

Sonia Paulino, Papá Nonon, Kissimmee, FL

Lane Collins, Untitled, Montezuma, Costa Rica

Jaime Permuth, Untitled (Pizarro family in their car), from the series Yonkeros, 2010 Willets Point, Queens

Kevin Thrasher, Amanda & Jay, Richmond, VA 2010

Sheri Lynn Behr. Ira and Ira (by Roxanne), Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Tom M. Johnson, Wolcott Sisters 2009, from the Lakewood Project, Lakewood, CA

Alexandra Hoffman, My Greatest Gift , Los Angeles CA

Sam Comen, Easter barbecue in Wasco, CA. April 12, 2009

Keith Prue, Columbus Day Parade, East Boston. MA,2006

Jennifer Shaw, Ice Pops, Enon, Louisiana

Frank Biringer, Untitled, from the series From the daydreamer’s diary, Stord, Norway

Paris Visone, Cole on Sunday, Peabody, MA

Mark Tanner,Daddy Shadow, Redondo Beach, CA

Michal Rubin, Silia & Mika taking a nap, Paris

Alek Lindus, Untitled, Washington Square Park, NY

Clint Weldon, Breakfast of Champions, Sarasota, FL

Valery Rizzo, Making Tiramisu, Southern Italy

Domenico Foschi, Couple, Los Angeles, CA

Allison Michael Orenstein, Ao & Simone, San Francisco, CA

Eric Bickford, Ninety Two Years and Three Months, Benicia , California

Gray Malin, Grandfather on his 90th Birthday, Dallas, TX

Will Kuberski, Birthday Girl, Brick, NJ

Cammie Toloui, Stumptown, Portland, OR

Bruce Barone, Family, The Lower Mill Pond, Easthampton, MA

Linda Plaisted, Sun and Daughter, Frederick, MD

Ellie Perez, Father, Baltimore, MD

Daniel Porter, Rosa, Ngatimoti, NZ, Dublin, Ireland

Claire Mallett, La Familia De Los Muertos, Olvera Street, Los Angeles, CA

Kurt Jordan, Kate and Graham, Mammoth, CA

Darren German, Mother and Daughter, Austin, TX

David Morris Cunningham, Wedding Party, 1950, Woodstock, NY

Deanna Dikeman, Crossword puzzles, Sioux City, Iowa, 3/05

Carl Corey, 2226, Ranch Family, South Dakota, 2008

Amelia Morris, 5 Macmilllan Gardens: What Was Left, Gateshead, United Kingdom

Jess T. Dugan, Michael and TT at home, Boston, MA, 2010

Linda Alterwitz, Unseen, from the series Beneath the Surface, Tucson, AZ, 2008

Cat Gwynn, Dad, you’re just not that cool, Los Angeles, CA

Deb Schwedhelm, Welcome Home, San Diego, CA

Russ Martin, Family Behind Bars, New York City, NY 1979

Gabriela Herman, How We Bathe, Chilmark, MA

Mimi Haddon, Shark Attack, Santa Monica, CA

Ellie Brown, Shaving Legs, Neddham, MA 2001

Gina Kelly, Kelsey, Cotati, CA

Philip B. Bowser, The Family Egg Hunt, Portland, OR

Sean Black, 1977, from the Dad series, Palm Springs, CA

Bill Chapman, Twins, St. Louis, MO, 1994

Alicia Gay, Supper Table, Loudon, Tennessee, 2009

C. Gary Moyer, Jersey Shore Wedding, Seaside Heights, NJ

Fiona Eloisa Wilson, Getting Her Husband Ready for Work, from the Store series, Ossining, NY

Rafael Ruchs, The Way We Live, New York City, NY

Helen K. Garber, Gorman, CA, 1998

Aline Smithson, Before the Feast, West Hartford, MA

Happy Thanksgiving to All!

Scott Hubener

Documenting our lives in a way that allows for others to participate in the experience is an art. Making something that is personal into something that is universal is not easy to do. Photographers such as Doug DuBois, Elizabeth Flemming, and Phillip Toledano have done it well, and so has Scott Hubener. His series, Something in the Way, looks at those still moments when he might be re reading and look up and notice the pants hanging over the door and captures that in a way that makes you see them differently. He finds those moments where family members are lost in thought or captures his world in a way that elevates the house on a hill in a more poetic way. He has a book of this work, produced through Blurb.

Scott was born and grew up in Florida. He has lived in Asheville, NC for the past 10 years and received his BA in History from the University of Florida and his MFA from Western Carolina University, which he completed in 2011. His interest in photography began about 12 years ago when he started to photograph his boxer puppy, Sadie. Hubener’s work was shown recently in the 7th Photographic Image Biennial Exhibition at Eastern Carolina University (juried by Keith Carter) and the 4th Annuale at the Light Factory (juried by Dr. Susan H. Edwards). His work is featured in a group exhibition on display through February 19th at the William King Museum in Abingdon, VA.

Within the photographs of Something in the Way, people are depicted absorbed in thought or task, and a sense of ennui overshadows their existence. We cannot see into their thoughts, but we are informed of the subject’s situation by the details of the setting: lying in a bed laden with suitcases, isolated in a motel room, a child sitting with a doll. Present within the work is the theme of interiority vs. exteriority. This plays out visually within the photographs, first of exteriors of homes and the landscape in general, then juxtaposed with photographs of interiors of homes and the subjects within those walls. The subjects depicted also are representational of this theme. Their interior thoughts are masked by their exterior appearance, which is only a phenomenological representation.

In large part, these images consist of portraits of my family and friends, as well as the homes and interior spaces they occupy. I photographed objects and possessions within the homes, which are significant for the meaning they hold for the owners as well as their implications and associations for the viewer. Mundane human rituals interest me as well, and banal scenes like sitting around a table to eat, preparing food, smoking, or simply staring reflectively. Within the framing and composition, there is often space around the subjects, allowing them to fill their environment and illustrate their absorption in a task or action. These images depict the subject apparently unaware of the presence of the camera and enthralled in a chore or thought.

Even as the images suggest an overshadowing or isolation, there is also present the possibility of transformation, and the grace of the subject itself is by no means suppressed. There is something in the way an expression reveals or conceals thoughts, in the way the light falls, or in the way a gesture expresses elegance. The work is sequenced in a way that oscillates between warm and cool. This theme parallels that of the interiority and exteriority of the images. The warmth comes from inside the structures, where people can seek comfort and respite from the harshness of the elements. The exteriors are often cool, depicting snow and harsh weather. The interiors are duplicitous, however. While they offer comfort, they also enforce isolation. The balance, harmony and rhythm of life is reliant on this dichotomy, where the in-between moments become as significant as the decisive ones.

Aperture at the Wild Project

The Wild Project is pleased to present an exhibition of limited-edition prints produced by Aperture Foundation. Aperture Foundation is a leading photography non-profit dedicated to promoting photography in all its forms based in Chelsea. The exhibition focuses on contemporary artists whose work, in many cases, has been featured in Aperture Magazine, Aperture books, in exhibitions at Aperture Gallery or have been winners of the Portfolio Prize contest. This exhibition features Michel Campeau, Maureen Drennan, Doug DuBois, JH Engström, Todd Hido, Kalle Kataila, Mark Lyon, Edgar Martins, and Bas Princen.

Aperture Foundation is proud to have one of the longest running limited-edition print and portfolio programs in the United States. The print program started in the 1960’s with collaborations between the master photographers Paul Strand and later with Edward Steichen. The print program expanded over the years to offer richly diverse editions and portfolios to art lovers and collectors. Today the program works with several artists’ estates and presents prints that range from masters of the medium, to established contemporary artists and finally highlights many emerging artists of tomorrow. Proceeds from the sales benefit the artists and helps maintain the quality of Aperture’s publications and public programming. The print program supports the organization’s non-profit mission to advance photography in all its forms.

May 11–September 7, 2011
Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 29, 6-8pm

Wild Project
195 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009

Image: My Sister’s bedroom by Doug Dubois, 2004, courtesy Doug Dubois