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.
The Photographic Resource Center in Boston is opening a new exhibition, The Space in Between, featuring the work of Stefanie Klavens, Daniel Feldman, and Lynn Saville. Curated by Erin Wederbrook Yuskaitis,the Program & Exhibition Manager of PRC, it runs from November 15th – January 10th, 2012.
Erin Wederbrook states: The Space in Between focuses on societal built environments in urban settings. The images capture supposedly empty or vacant scenes in public spaces where humans are present without being pictured. The very absence of human subjects forces the viewer to contemplate the space in between these human-made structures. While firmly rooted in the 21st century, these photographs also portray a
timeless feel, as if the artists froze the frame at the initial moment
of abandonment, preserving a particular constructed expression of
culture for generations to come.
Daniel Feldman, Stefanie Klavens, and Lynn Saville explore these issues through architectural images that very clearly display what humans are capable of while also revealing a deeper level of cultural vulnerability.
When Kevin Miyazaki released this month’s Collect Give image by photographer Rachel Hulin, my mouth curled into a huge grin and I had to see more. The image is in an edition of 20, selling for $40 to benefit Children’s Friend, organization helps children facing poverty, language barriers, lack of education, substance abuse, and difficulty accessing health care. Children’s Friend supports families by creating safe and nurturing environments for children during the crucial early years, helping parents gain access to the resources, education, and support that they need.
Room of the Ninja Turtles, 2003, © Roger Ballen
Exhibition on view:
March 22–May 11, 2012
North-West University Gallery
548 West 28 St
018 299 4341
Playpen by Roger Ballen is a compilation of over thirty years of documentation of children, the environments they inhabit, their toys, and drawings. These images, a new body of work, Asylum, and an installation constructed specifically for the gallery will be exhibited at North-West University. Ballen’s Playpen explores photography as an art form as it takes on painterly yet sculptural roles and interacts with the viewers own childhood memories and adolescent dreams.
Children’s faces hidden by masks and crude wall drawings eerily linger throughout the black and white images by the South African photographer.
Sarah Newman was born in Miami, Florida, and began making black and white photographs at the age of seven. She has a BA in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis, and is currently completing her MFA at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Sarah’s photographic explorations run alongside her more general explorations of the world and its diverse environments. Her thesis, Through Place, explores human marks in the landscape and the various (visual, linguistic, and philosophical) parameters that underlie our notions of “nature.” Sarah recently began a new body of work photographing green energy technologies, such as wind and solar power, and considering how these innovations are integrated (or not) in our social and urban landscapes. She plans to continue this project in Malmö, Sweden in 2012-2013.
Bryan Schutmaat, 1983, USA, is a documentary photographer who received a BA in History at the University of Houston in 2009. In 2012 he anticipates to earn his MFA in Photography at the University of Hartford. He focuses mainly on portraying rural America, its identity and the inhabitants of the small towns in a poetic fashion. In his series Western Frieze, Bryan did so in the American West, looking at landscapes and interiors in sleepy towns and lonely environments. The US roadside culture plays a major role in the series in which no humans appear, yet we sence their presence. He states that his images are not meant to be a pure documentation, but rather a portrait of what American identity means to him. His latest series Grays the Mountain Sends is a combination of portraits and landscapes taken in small mountain towns and mining communities in the American West. He has exhibited his work extensively throughout the world. The following works come from the series Grays the Mountain Sends, Western Frieze and Heartland.
In this interview, Swiss photographer Yann Amstutz presents the spirit of his work inspired by his observation of nature that he then conveys through cinematic scenes. Amstutz contructs images and narratives that question the reality of the environments created.
reGeneration2: tomorrow’s photographers today exhibition and accompanying publication, is presented by Aperture Foundation from January 20 through March 17, 2011, in collaboration with the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland, and with the support of Pro Helvetia and the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York.
Nicole Robson and Daniel Kaufmann, artists from reGeneration2, are focusing their work on re-creating domestic scenes. Using different approaches from digital to physical reconstructions, they both reveal the impact of consumer society and the fatalism of modern people today.
In this clip, Australian photographer Nicole Robson explains the process of her work from building a domestic environment from scratch, to selecting her subjects, and playing with the outside light. Robson speaks about how she tries to convey an image of the modern family and domestic environment in a theatrical, superficial way, evoking also a feeling of nostalgia.
In this clip below, photographer Daniel Kaufmann guides us through his work of digital constructions from photographs of real homes. By combining ordinary environments as well as commercial catalogs from retail stores, Kaufmann reveals how advertising photography influences our lifestyles.
reGeneration2: tomorrow’s photographers today exhibition is still on view for another week at Aperture Gallery and stay tuned for more artists’ interviews on the blog!