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Europe Week: Margaret de Lange

Guest editor, Jacqueline Roberts shares the last of her European selections today with Margaret de Lange. A huge thank you to Jacqueline for her insight and efforts. It’s been a wonderful week!

Margaret de Lange lives and works in Norway. She studied photography in Oslo. She has held solo exhibitions among other places in: Tarragona, Brussels, Paris, New York, Stockholm . She was recognized for Best portfolio at the Photo Festival in Arles, France, and with an Honorable mention by the Leica Oskar Barnack Award. She has published two books, Daughters and Surrounded by no one with Trolleybooks (London) .

In her series entitled, Daughters, Margaret presents black and white photographs taken of her two daughters during the summers of their childhood. Though the project began in 1993 and continued through 2002, it wasn’t until both daughters were old enough to grant their permission did de Lange take the step of exhibiting the work.

The images depict the two girls enjoying their summers out of doors, barefoot and often bare-bodied, in a dark and grainy, high-contrast style. In the photographs, the children seem to be a part of the nature around them, with dirt and grass clinging to knees and feet, with hoods of animal skin; they become like the creatures of Scandinavian folklore that, as de Lange explains, “were said to appear at twilight, and were always beautiful, but often evil as well.” And so we view the daughters, captured as they linger in a hazy half-darkness, in that time between day and night and an age between child and adult, exploring, discovering, and experiencing all of those little adventures which amount to growing up. These “creatures” exhibit their initiated ways through various little clues: dead birds hanging from string, bold stares from beneath fury capes. All together, the effect is unabashedly dark and earthy, yet calm and elegantly matter-of-fact.

The images, de Lange points out, are representative of a typical Norwegian childhood during the brief but sweet summer months. However, the way in which the images are rendered, with deeply encroaching shadows and heavy grain, pushes the subject into more of a dream realm that speaks more of the meandering experience of these pre-adolescent girls and a world that is very much their own.

As for the daughters, the photographs represent a precious conservation of memory. “She has preserved random pieces of our childhood, and we treasure those moments” says Jannicke de Lange, speaking for herself and her younger sister, Catherine.

Submit to The Family at DCCP!

The Family – A Juried Exhibition 
Special Guest Juror: Aline Smithson 

The Show

For the Family, Smithson will select 35 photographs for a print exhibition at the DCCP
gallery, which will be on display from January 12, 2013 through February 2, 2013. The
Juror’s Choice, Best in Show, and Honorable Mention awards will be published on a
Lenscratch special issue (www.lenscratch.com) as well as the DCCP website.


•Each accepted participant will be included in the print exhibition, and the DCCP online gallery.
•Juror’s Choice – $100 cash prize, plus a free (three-image) submission to a future call for entries show at the DCCP.
•Best in Show – A one-year individual membership to DCCP, plus a free (three-image) submission to a future call for entries show at the DCCP.
•2 Honorable Mentions – A free (three image) submission to a future call for entry show at the DCCP.

Click here to download the pdf for entry information.

• Participation is open to all artists working photographically, amateur and
• Entries must be recent works that have not been exhibited in any previous DCCP
main gallery show.
Entry Fee
Entry fees are non-refundable and are good for a submission of three images. Up
to three additional entries may be submitted at $5 for each entry (both members and nonmembers).
Entry forms are included in this .pdf or for download at detroitccp.org
Check or money order should be made payable to:
Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography.

Early Submission Discount – Must be postmarked by Saturday – September 29, 2012
DCCP Non Members $25
DCCP Members / Student $20
Additional Entries $5 per image
Regular Submissions – Must be received by Saturday – November 3, 2012
DCCP Non Members $30
Current Student (with id) $25
DCCP Member $20
Additional Entries $5 per image
• Applicants signing up for membership at the time they submit will receive the
automatic discounted entry fee. Membership application form is available in this
.pdf packet or for download at detroitccp.org. Please note that Annual
Membership is a separate due requiring registration, and is not complimentary for
those having participated in a previous exhibition at the DCCP.

ILLUSION at the Center for Fine Art Photography

Looking at the current exhibition at The Center for Fine Art Photography
Gallerist Terry Etherton of the Etherton Gallery selected images for the current exhibition at The Center for Fine Art Photography’s ILLUSION exhibition.  
Directors Selection: Cellar in the Attic, Ida Roden
Juror’s Selection: Against the Storm, Emma Powell
Directors Honorable Mention/Livebooks Award: Untitled (Object), Jim Kazanjian
Wax Marilyn, Hollywood, CA, Frank Mullaney

Breakfast, John’s Island, WA, Karen Strom

Cinecitta 22, Gianluca Gamberini

Snow Shadows, Eleanor M Brown

Immeasurable, Ellen Jantzen

Persephone, Anne Berry

Bollards in Sea Green, Kathleen Taylor

Carlo Van de Roer

I once had my aura read and having my energy analyzed was an insightful experience. The color of those energies is what Carlo Van de Roer looks at when making his unique and engaging aura portraits. Carlo is producing a book of these intriguing portraits and has created a Kickstarter campaign to bring attention and monies to the projectThe portrait of Miranda July, below, is one of my favorites.
Miranda July
Miranda July
Carlo was born in
Wellington, New Zealand. He received a BFA from Victoria University before
working and exhibiting internationally in the United States, New Zealand, the
United Kingdom and France. Carlo has received the ADC Young Guns Award, the APA
Silver to Pixels Award for Fine Art and the PDN Pix Award. He was named a Top
50 Photographer by Photolucida and received the Honorable Mention for the BMW
Paris Photo Prize in 2010. His work has been featured in the New York Times,
The New Yorker, INTERVIEW magazine, Vogue Italia, Wired Magazine and
NPR. Work from The Portrait Machine Project has been exhibited
at M+B Gallery in LA, Suite Gallery in NZ, Festival d’Hyères and Carrousel du
Louvre in France.

His Kickstarter campaign is featured in the video below. Consider helping him reach his goals by contributing here.

The Portrait Machine Project Book is a collection of polaroid
aura portraits of subjects ranging from my grandmother to Miranda July,
Terence Koh and James Frey. The 9.75 x12 inch, 96 page, full color,
hardcover book also includes the camera generated diagrams/descriptions
that accompany each polaroid.

This project started when I was making polaroid portraits here in NY. I was interested in the idea that a camera could offer an insight into the subject’s character or my relationship with them, especially if its a portrait of someone you know. The relationship between the camera, photographer, subject and viewer was something I wanted to explore. 
I started using the polaroid aura camera because of what it promised to do, it was invented in an attempt to record what a psychic might see. This seemed like a familiar idea to me — that a camera could provide an otherwise unseen insight.
The tension, or harmony, between the portraits and the people I was photographing was something I wanted to make accessible to you as the viewer, so I started including people that might be familiar.
The camera is built around an instant land camera, it gets attached directly to the subject by sensors which read biofeedback, that’s converted into information about the them and is depicted as color in the polaroid. The camera also generates a printed diagram and description which includes information about their character and how they are seen by others.

Example of how the camera generate the color seen in the image above.

Andi Schreiber

Andi Schreiber is what one might coin as a domestic Martin Parr. She turns her camera on her life, her children, family and friends with a glaring lens that is full of color, reality, and the details of our humanness. There is humor and pathos in her seeing, and her skills as a photojournalist bring domestic life into sharp focus.

Andi graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA and was a photojournalist in Boston Before moving New York City to work as a magazine and newspaper picture editor. In 2002, she traded in city life for suburbia and lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and sons.  Recently Andi’s work was featured in the Kiernan Gallery’s exhibition, Family Dynamics, and she was an award recipient in PHOTO/arts Magazine’s book and online exhibition, My Own Wilderness.

In 2010 and 2011, Andi’s books Lush Light and WonderLust were each awarded Honorable Mention in Blurb’s Photography Book Now competition.

WonderLust is a visceral response to my immediate surroundings – a world where I’m at home yet hovering on the periphery, an insider and outsider at once. Through these images I find my place within my family’s framework and that of a larger existence.

A sense of wonder and thrill of attraction is at the core of this project. These photographs are made at home, at poolside, at parties and in parking lots, of family and friends, and people unknown to me. They are pieces of my world and a manifestation of inner life. I fight the urge to pre-visualize; my process is random. I’m struck by the accidental image: a flash of color, a passing gesture. Details make me tingle. I need to experience deeply what is here, right now. The camera enables me to vanish into moments before they are gone.
This ongoing body of work, WonderLust, embraces sensation and a passion for what’s unseen. It’s as if I have no choice but to turn that irresistible desire into something tangible, into a photograph. I want to seduce the viewer to feel as I do – to know pleasure, to be alive.


Video: 34 Award-winning photographers & multimedia makers

A 22-minute presentation of the winners of the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards 2011 — some of the best in global photography and multimedia today.

The nine top winners and 25 honorable mention winners represent work from 14 countries – submitted by artists from 48 countries.

In 2011, the international jury of experts awarded prizes in three categories:

Photography Portfolio
Single Image

The winning entries cover a broad and diverse range of subject matter, stylistic approaches, and technical processes. Enjoy!

These award winners are currently being screened at film festivals and international arts venues around the world, including the SPE National Conference Film Festival in San Francisco; the Houston Center for Photography during FotoFest 2012; The Bilder Nordic series in Olso, Norway; the Voies Off Festival in Arles, France; the international photo festival in Tuscany, Italy: Cortona On The Move — and venues in Paris, London, New York, Brisbane and others to be announced.

Enter YOUR photographs and multimedia for the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards Awards 2012:
lensculture.com/awards. The competition is now open for new submissions!

Christopher Capozziello

Looking at few of the portfolios that received Honorable Mentions for the Santa Fe Prize offered by Center and jurored by Maggie Blanchard of Twin Palms Publishing….

I had the great pleasure of getting to know Christopher Capozziello when he attended his opening at the Julia Dean Photo Workshops in Los Angeles last year. He had won the Berenice Abbott Prize for his series, For God, Race, and Country. From our conversation, and from exploring his many meaningful and compelling projects, it is obvious that Christopher is a very special person and photographer. He is founding member of AEVUM, a collective that looks at photography as a privilege, and seeks to give voice to others. Christopher’s work is well celebrated and for good reason. His philosophy is this:

“His work focuses on documenting both life around him, and stories that are outside of his own experiences. He believes that there is a redemptive quality to photography; that it can take the unpleasant or repulsive and make it beautiful, not by misleading anyone, but by allowing the viewer to stop and take a deeper look at the subject. As a photojournalist, his method of making pictures is not something new or incredibly deep – it is, simply, to tell the truth.”

The project that garnered Christopher the Honorable Mention for the Santa Fe Prize, The Distance Between Us, is a deeply personal series about his twin brother who navigates the world with Cerebral Palsy. His compassionate lens takes us on a life journey full of struggle and suffering, but ultimately is life affirming. Chris writes a monthly column on AEVUM about this project. There is also a terrific interview with Chris in Daylight Magazine.

The Distance Between Us from Christopher Capozziello on Vimeo.

The Distance Between Us: Over the last ten years I have been making pictures of someone very close to me, but it wasn’t until recently that I disclosed the photographs I have been making of the young man with cerebral palsy are of my twin brother Nick. By sharing who he is, I have seen first hand what suffering can do. It unites people in ways that other aspects of life cannot. When I meet someone who has a sibling that is sick or down on their luck, a friend or close relative who is ill, I hear the ache in their voice as they tell me their stories and express the guilt they feel as they watch the ones they love suffer. Then, almost always, they ask how Nick is doing. Sharing stories of suffering creates solidarity, and it makes us care more deeply for others.

Nick’s brain surgery was completed in early 2010 and for the first time our family holds out hope that things might change for him. We now wait to see how his condition changes as the doctors continue to treat him over the coming year.

©All images by Christopher Capozziello

My brother Nick, sitting on a fire hydrant in New York City, trying to relax from a cramp.

Nick has been getting bad cramps again. Earlier tonight he came out of his bedroom with his knee turned in, barely able to walk. It was hard to look because it appeared broken at the knee. Mom and Dad helped him into bed, straightened his leg against the end of his bed, and gave him medicine to relax his muscles.

After 30 years of struggling through life, the doctors decide to allow Nick to undergo Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery. They hope that the surgery will help curb the muscle spasms from the CP. Should this work, Nick’s life will change in a drastic and beautiful way. He may be able to get a job and function better in society.

During the first surgery Nick stopped breathing, and the doctors had to pull him quickly out of the anesthesia before they were finished. They told him that he didn’t have to go back for the other half of the surgery, but I pulled for him to do it. “Why only fix half the problem,” I questioned. He was afraid of having the metal frame screwed into his head again. They did that while he was awake and he was only given topical Novocain. But, two months later, we were back in the hospital, and it was finally over. Now we wait to see what the surgery will do for him.

Nick smokes. He has been unable to hold down a job because of the muscle spasms, and when he is around other smokers, it’s a way for him to connect with them. But, Nick is diabetic and at tremendous risk of stroke and heart disease. He has tried quitting.

When I visit home, I can almost always find Nick in his room on the computer, playing Farmville or listening to music.

When I photographed Nick at the Ale House, a woman asked if I was making fun of him. I told her I was his twin brother. She yelled over Nick’s singing, ” ‘Cause if you’re making fun of him, there are a lot of guys here who wouldn’t like that!”

Re runs: Edmund Clark

This post first ran in 2009…

The Houston Center for Photography recently opened an exhibition titled Prime Years. I was intrigued by this often under-exposed subject, as much of the work showcased in the fine art world spotlights a more youthful population. Curator Fernando Castor R. selected 13 photographers who are/were exploring the many aspects of aging. From the editorial to the personal, the work in Prime Years depicts centenarians, artists, relatives, and other individuals enjoying, enduring, and living their lives beyond the age of 60.

Edmund Clark is a well regarded British photographer with a reputation for “combining strong ideas with an ability to work in sensitive situations and with people on the margins of society.” He works as an editorial and a fine art photographer; his book, Still Killing Time, about long term incarceration, was a finalist at the NY Photo Awards and received an honorable mention at the IPA Awards. Edmund’s project, Centenarians, is featured at HCP.

Statement for Centenarians: These people were born before television was invented, before cars were mass marketed, before the Titanic was built, before the Russian Revolution or the First World War. They are all over 100 years old and the last of the pre-technological age. For some, Queen Victoria was still on the throne when they were born. A hundred years later the telegram marking their centenary came from her great, great granddaughter.

Another project, titled No Place to Go, takes a look at asylum seekers in Britain that flee persecution in one country only to experience discrimination in another.

Images from No Place to Go