Tag Archives: John Simon Guggenheim

Photographer #431: Darcy Padilla

Darcy Padilla, 1965, USA, is a photojournalist and documentary photographer. Her career as a freelance photographer started after completing 12 internships at daily newspapers as The New York Times and The Washington Post. Since then she covered stories in Cuba and Haiti, on Aids in Prison and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, just to name a few. Her most acclaimed body of work is The Julie Project. This long-term project is the story of a woman called Julie Baird. Eighteen years Darcy followed and photographed the story of AIDS, drug abuse, abusive relationships, poverty and death. Julie died on September 27th, 2010 at the age of 36, after having lived a turbulant life in which she gave birth to six children of whom the first five were taken away from her. It is an impressive, heartbreaking project with a dramatic, yet expected ending. The series rightfully received the W. Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography in 2010. Amongst other awards for her work is the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for the work she did photographing residents of transient hotels in one of the poorest neighborhoods in San Francisco. All of the following images are from The Julie Project.

Website: www.darcypadilla.com

Writer Luc Sante to Lead Discussion on Using Photography to Capture Criminal Evidence

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Luc Sante, author of Evidence, to speak tomorrow at 6 p.m.


Even a seemingly empty photograph can tell a remarkable story, according to acclaimed writer Luc Sante, who will be speaking in conjunction with the MoCP’s current exhibition, Crime Unseen, tomorrow at 6 p.m. The lecture will be held at Columbia College Chicago’s Hokin Lecture Hall, located at 623 S. Wabash Ave., Room 109.

Sante, who will be armed with a collection of nearly 100 unpublished New York City Police Department photographs from the 1930s, will discuss how even seemingly benign photographs can be used to document real criminal evidence.

Admission is free and open to the public.

About Sante:
Since 1984, Sante has written on the subjects of film, art, photography and a variety of cultural phenomena. Among his numerous awards, Sante received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship; a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters); a Grammy for album notes; and an Infinity Award for writing from the International Center of Photography. His books include Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York (1991); Evidence (1992); Walker Evans (2001); and Folk Photography (2009).

Brian Ulrich Book Party

Please join us on for a Book Party celebrating Is This Place Great Or What, Brian Ulrich’s long-awaited first monograph. The event will be held at Aperture Gallery on Thursday, October 20, 2011, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

The book presents the photographer’s decade-long exploration of the shifting tectonic plates that make up American consumer society. Ulrich focuses, in part, on photographing the architectural legacies of a retail-driven economy in the midst of collapse—shopping malls on the brink of demolition, empty big box stores, and other retail structures in transition.

Is This Place Great or What coincides with an exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Brian Ulrich (born in North Port, New York, 1971) holds an MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. In 2009, he was the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. He is represented by Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; Julie Saul, New York; and Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco. In 2006, Aperture published his work as part ofMP3: Midwest Photographers Publication Project.

Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
New York, New York
(212) 505-5555

Photographer #343: Greg Miller

Greg Miller, 1967, USA, is a portrait photographer who’s images are a mix of documentary, conceptual and street photography. In 1990 he received a B.F.A. in photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He works on an 8×10″ view camera. By using this technique it forces him to interact with his subjects. He wants his images to convey stories and concentrates on the relationships between people within a single frame. He directs the people in his large-scale scenes and perfected this technique over the years. When people misinterpret his directions he embraces it, as it creates a more believable moment. Greg’s images are sharp, clear and contain a strong narrative. In 2008 he earned a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. The following images come from the series Nashville, County Fair and Asilo.


Website: www.gregmiller.com