The booth at Nofound Photo Fair – More about the show on Food For Your Eyes website
Jade Doskow is a New York-based photographer and professor. She is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts and City University of New York, where she teaches architectural and digital photography. She is a photo-blogger for the Huffington Post and has exhibited her work widely. Her work has been featured on WIRED, NPR, and the New Yorker Photo Booth. Her large format photography examines the visual paradox between utopian architecture and its unpredictable current environment.
Photography doesn’t usually have the problem that it’s too noisy an art form, but that was exactly the challenge that faced the organizers of Photoville, a new photo festival that will open in Brooklyn, New York, on June 22. One of the major components of the show is an exhibit inside a warren of industrial shipping containers. Forty-two of them, to be exact, laid out in a maze carefully planned with both exploration and safety in mind.
“Getting a container is simple. Getting 42 of them placed in an intricate pattern is complicated. The most complicated thing is they’ll show up, they’ll dump it and they’ll drive away. I’ve learned that their preferred hour of doing that is 4:30 in the morning,” says Sam Barzilay, formerly of the New York Photo Festival, who is one of the three minds behind the festival. “Dumping a container as it grinds off the truck onto cobblestone is about the loudest thing I’ve ever heard.”
But when the festival opens, the containers will be there, full of photos. And that won’t be all: Photoville will also include about 1000 feet of fencing covered with community-centric photography, presentations from organizations like the Magnum Foundation and Photo District News, a number of workshops and even a beer garden and a dog run with a dog photo booth. And it’s all completely free.
Photoville is the product of United Photo Industries, a year-old cooperative comprising Sam Barzilay, Laura Roumanos and Dave Shelley. Barzilay says that the idea behind the event, and United Photo Industries’ other projects, is the realization that New York real estate affects the art scene. Empty storefronts have meant that small pop-up galleries have been relatively accessible during the last few years, but that won’t last forever. “The writing on the wall was sooner or later the economy would pick up again and people will be back in business, opening the stores,” says Barzilay. “Those spaces weren’t going to last.” They wanted to figure out a way to continue to present artwork without the overhead needed for a giant space. And once the shipping-container idea struck, the ideas just kept coming.
The end result is meant to appeal to photographers and civilians alike. “Even though it’s the most easily relatable art medium at this point, because everybody carries a camera, I think a lot of the time people are afraid of photography exhibitions,” says Barzilay. “We’re trying to cater to a full spectrum of people. I want people to come and enjoy it.” That’s why the free and open model is so important to the organization.
Barzilay and Shelley have both worked for the New York Photo Festival in the past, but Photoville is not meant to be competition for the more established festival. New York is big enough and “art-loving enough” to support many festivals, says Barzilay—and, besides, Photoville isn’t even meant to be a festival in a traditional sense of the word. “We’re trying to build a destination, trying to build a place where you go and spend a day listening to lectures and participating in a workshop, probably having a beer, to bring your dog to the dog run,” he says. “It’s a place to spend physical time with the photography, not so much as a passive viewer.”
Photoville will be held in Brooklyn from June 22 through July 1. More information about the event is available here.
See more work from Bruce Gilden, one of Photoville’s featured photographers, here.
It’s a couple of months now since I left Iquitos, but I still have the jungle on my mind.
Supay Fotos is a collective of photographers in Peru who work both individually as well as a collaborating on projects. While I was in Lima they had a show of photos on Iquitos called Borde (which means border or edge, as in ‘the edge of reason’). One of their members, Adrian Portugal, whom I had the pleasure of meeting while I was in Iquitos, recently sent me some photos of the project.
Again, I was super-lucky to be in Lima and be able to visit this show. Here are a couple of photos from the exhibit:
The New Yorker published one of Portugal’s images for a story back in 2010. For the occasion, their blog Photo Booth, wrote a post about Supay’s work.
Features and Essays
Syrians in our minds…
Tomas Munita has done great work for the New York Times from over there… I can hardly imagine how difficult the conditions…
Tomas Munita: A Day With the Arab League Monitors in Syria (NYT)
Update Wednesday 8 February 2012:
Time Lightbox posted a slideshow this morning by Italian photographer Alessio Romenzi, on assignment for Time in Homs. Rather than wait until next week, want to share the link to the work here…
Alessio Romenzi: Syria Under Siege (Lightbox)
Antonio Bolfo’s NYPD: Impact on NYT Lens…Always loved this work… Saw it exhibited in Perpignan 2010…Definitely worth another look..
Antonio Bolfo: NYPD: Impact (NYT Lens)
Andrea Bruce from Kabul
Andrea Bruce: Children in Kabul (NYT)
Here’s Lauren Lancaster from Kabul too…Completely new photographer to me… See later in this post for Lancaster’s photos from GOP primary in Florida…posted on New Yorker’s Photo Booth
Lauren Lancaster: Youth in Kabul (Le Monde M Magazine)
Ricardo Cases from Florida on assignment for Time…Lightbox slideshow…
Plenty got printed in the magazine too…
Ricardo Cases: A Sunshine State of Mind for the Florida Primary (Lightbox)
Charles Ommanney: Newt Gingrich on the Florida Campaign Trail (Newsweek)
Charles Ommanney: US Presidential Campaign 2012 (Reportage by Getty Images)
Peter van Agtmael: On the Campaign Trail with Newt Gingrich (Lightbox)
Lauren Lancaster: Running in Florida (Photo Booth)
Massive Florida Primary gallery on NYT with photos by Heisler,Crowley,Yam,Litherland, Thayer, and Henry…
NYT (various photographers): The Florida Primary
To other issues… Here’s a link to Scottish photographer David Gillanders’ multimedia The Neglected…Finished sometime last year, but only discovered this last week…
David Gillanders: The Neglected : Street Children in Ukraine (Vimeo)
Pete Pin: The Cambodian Diaspora (Lightbox)
Sally Ryan: Black Jews of Chicago (zReportage)
Marvi Lacar: A ‘visual diary’ of depression (CNN photo blog)
Bruno Barbey: Istanbul (Magnum)
photo: Steve Liss
New Yorker (various photographers): American Poverty (Photo Booth)
Evgenia Arbugaeva: Siberian Memories (NYT Lens)
photo: Jason Andrew
Financial Times (Photos by Jason Andrew and Brandon Thibodeaux): Atheism in America (FT)
After reading Toni Greaves’ interview about her Radical Love series last week on BJP, I visited her website and ended taking a look also at the multimedia version of the project, which was posted on Time.com while back… Really enjoyed… Very good audio…
Toni Greaves: Radical Love: The Sisters of Summit, NJ (TIME)
Maija Tammi: Small Sizes and Great Love (Polka) multimedia
Lise Sarfati: She (Guardian)
Stephanie Sinclair: A Day with Warren Buffett (WSJ)
Denis Sinyakov: Moscow’s Migrant Workforce (Msnbc)
Veronique de Viguerie: With Libyan Arms, Mali Fighting Is Revived (NYT)
Adam Ferguson: Karen Rebels Remain Defiant (NYT) Myanmar
Brandon Thibodeaux: War Torn: An Iraq War Veteran’s Story (WSJ channel on Youtube) video
Andre Bruce: Leaving Iraq (NOOR)
Ayman Oghanna: Iraq (Polka)
Luis Carlos Barreto: Tropical Light (NYT Lens)
Lot of new features on Panos Pictures site….
Ivan Kashinsky: Guaranda Carnival (Panos)
Karla Gachet and Ivan Kashinsky: Dance of the Devils (Panos) Gachet and Kashinsky are both represented by Panos, but they also have a common website at Runa Photos. See later in this post for their brand new iPad App…
Xavier Cervera: Revolucion o Muerte (Panos)
Stuart Freedman: The Englishman’s Eel (Panos)
Jason Larkin: Power to the People (Panos)
Sergey Maximishin: The Institute (Panos)
Dean Chapman: Fading Memories (Panos)
Mark Henley: The Vaults (The Atlantic)
Alvaro Ybarra Zavala: Tahrir, 1 Year On (Reportage by Getty Images)
Nadia Shira Cohen: Egyptians (NYT Lens)
Ed Ou: Egyptian Youth (Reportage by Getty Images)
Alessandro Gandolfi: The Catacombs of Las Vegas (Parallelo Zero)
Brenda Ann Kenneally: The Last Nights at the Western Hotel (Lightbox)
Kadir van Lohuizen: Money, God, and Criminals (NOOR)
Liu Tao: Blood, Sweat, and Tears (zReportage)
Maciek Nabrdalik: Faith : Polish Catholicism (VII)
Adrian Fisk: Dilli Purani Dilli Naye (Foto8)
Reed Young: Brownsville (Lightbox)
Phil Moore: DRC Elections (Photographer’s website)
Peter Turnley: Cuba : A Grace of Spirit (Photgrapher’s website)
Michael Carlebach: South Florida (NYT Lens)
Jean-Marie Simon: Guatemala’s War Years (NYT Lens)
Bharat Choudhary: Young Muslims (NYT Lens)
Jordi Ruiz Cirera: The Mennonites of Bolivia (Foto8)
Olga Kravets, Maria Morina and Oksana Yushko: Grozny: Nine Cities (PDN Photo of the Day)
David Dawson: Working with Lucian Freud (Lightbox)
Michael Tsegaye: Fighting Forgotten Tropical Diseases (BBC)
Thomas Hulton: The Lam Family of Ludlow Street (NYT Lens)
Espen Rasmussen: Transit (The Atlantic)
New Yorker (photos by Sylvia Plachy and Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao): Battle of Panoramas
Andrew Burton: Best of 2011 (Photographer’s website)
Gerd Ludwig’s The Long Shadow of Chernobyl
Short Stories: From Ecuador to Tierra del Fuego by Karla Gachet and Ivan Kashinsky
Gina #12 Oakland, CA 2009, courtesy Brancolini Grimald by Lise Sarfati
Lise Sarfati (Telephoto)
Steve Pyke on reviewing over 8,000 images for the World Press Award (PicBod)
Steve Pyke from the World Press Photo Award on fifteen hour days (PicBod)
Ed Kashi (Bangkok Post)
Anthony Shadid (Mother Jones)
Doug Mills (NYT Lens)
Barton Silverman (NYT Lens)
James Whitlow Delano (Asiasociety)
Harry Hardie on Lynsey Addario & Tim Hetherington’s ‘In Afghanistan’ exhibition
Ed Ou (Wired Rawfile blog)
Venetia Dearden (e-photoreview)
Kael Alford (Vimeo)
Yunghi Kim (Tiffinbox)
Leo Maguire (BJP)
Guy Martin (Ideas Tap)
JB Russell (shootlove)
Elinor Carucci (PicBod)
Brett Ziegler (NYT Lens)
Update 8 Wednesday 2012:
Just as I had finished the post yesterday, we got news that Magnum photographer Sergio Larrain has passed away.
Sergio Larrain (1931-2012)
photo: Rene Burri
Here’s a Slate slideshow celebrating Larrain’s work…
LONDON—Baker Street Station, 1959.
Slate: Sergio Larrain 1931-2012
Lightbox: Postcards From America: The Box Set
photo: Nick Waplington
FT: Ways of Seeing
The Sacramento Bee: To our Readers: The Sacramento Bee fired longtime photographer Bryan Patrick
BJP: Firecracker Grant
NYT Mag 6th Floor blog: The Auckland Project
TIME Lightbox Tumblr: Joachim Ladefoged had only 8 minutes to photograph Messi
Allen Murabayash: Why I love Photography (PhotoShelter blog)
Dallas Morning News Photo blog: Big Miracle the movie – The story behind the real photo | How a photo from an almost botched Arctic assignment inspired a Drew Barrymore film
Firecracker: February 2012 newsletter
The National Press Club: Attorney details backlash against photojournalists
Verve: Sam Phelps
Verve: Anne-Stine Johnsbåten
Verve: Rafael Fabrés
LA Times Framework blog: Six Photography Game Changers
New Yorker: Close Inspection: Magnum Contact Sheets (Photo Booth)
Mike David: Where’s the line on toning photos, especially for contests? (Mike Davis blog)
new issue…. 7.7 : Documentary Photography Digital Magazine
Labyrinth Photographic Printing : ‘A Year in Development’ Exhibition’ – 17th February – 1st March 2012 : London
Behind the Scenes of Steve McCurry’s Rome exhibition (Phaidon) video
Awards, Grants, and Competitions
photo: Justin Maxon
Agencies and Collectives
Magnum Photos : February 2012 newsletter
Reportage by Getty Images: Peter Dench joins Reportage
Reportage by Getty Images: Introducing John D McHugh as a featured contributor
UK Uncensored by Peter Dench (Emphas.is)
Visual Storytelling in an Open Society: workshop for Egyptian photographers : Deadline for applications is Sunday FEBRUARY 12, 2012 [link to info on Lightstalkers]
Naomi Harris has a new website…
New website also by Stuart Freedman
Ed Ou has added a multimedia section to his website…
Ed Ou : multimedia
To finish off…. ‘War Photography and Weddings’. Ahem. That really is an interesting business card via @Kiehart
I first saw work by the Tokyo photographic artist, Photographer Hal, when I explored the winning images for the New Directions exhibition at Wallspace Gallery, jurored by Debra Klomp Ching. Because the image was small, I thought that he had photographed some kind of candy, but when I saw the large photograph hanging on the gallery wall, I realized that my brain could not make the connection that what I was looking at were people.
The images below are from a series, Flesh Love, where couples are vacuumed sealed in futon cases. Needless to say this is disarming work, but at the same time, it’s work that changes our perceptions. He has a book of this work available for ipads.
I go to kabukicho in shinjuku, underground bars in shibuya and many other places which are full of activity like luscious night time bee-hives. When i see a couple of interest I will begin to negotiate. I’m sure that many people initially think of my proposal as unusual or even look through me like I am completely invisible, but I always push forward with my challenge to them. The models appear from all walks of life and individually have included musicians, dancers, strippers, laborers, restaurant and bar managers, photographers, businessmen and women, unsettled and unemployed, et al.
In my early explorations I used to capture the models in a small room or enclosed space, these images can be seen in the photo books called Pinky & Killer, and Pinky & Killer DX.
During the photo session I often prompt the couple to pose as if they’re in a sticker photo booth, an extension of the regular passport type which cause friends to pose in many alternative and fun ways. The focal point of the concept was then extended for the publication Couple Jam to include the use of the models bathtub, usually in their own home. I think of the bathroom as being one of the most private and intimate place in anyone’s home, this provoked a shyness in the models, and created a unique excitement and inspiration in the scene. In my most recent project I have applied the use of the vacuum sealed package, used to store futon covers in everyday life, I found that the couple can be sealed in, with the appearance of being freshly wrapped I have called this event Fresh Love.