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Stephanie de Rouge

Some photographers are natural observers, and some take that curiosity to another level and want to open a few drawers and dig a little deeper.  French photographer, Stephanie de Rouge, is one of those visual investigators, probing into the pysche of how we humans function, especially in big city life.  Stephanie has traversed a number of approaches to looking at our lives–shooting New Yorkers in their bedrooms or on their rooftops, and with the work featured below, In Your Fridge, shooting what her subjects eat, or at least have in their refrigerators.

After 30 years in Paris, Stephanie now makes her home in New York, teaching at the International Center for Photography, works as a contributor for Le Journal de La Photographie and the New York Times, and is a freelance portrait photographer.  Her work has been featured in many publications and she has exhibited widely, with two recent exhibitions in Paris.

Through my travels, I have developed a fascination for big cities and their devastating energy.  Since I live and work in New York, I am more than ever wondering how humans survive those tentacular – always exciting – and often hostile urban spaces.  How they preserve their singularity and intimacy, where they find the soft, he poetic, the soothing, where they hide their secrets.

 Brookkyn, NY, Famille Englund

I started the project by shooting portraits of New Yorkers in their bedrooms (In Your Room) thinking it could be a good place for intimacy.  I was wrong. Or not exactly right.  The building walls don’t talk.  New Yorkers move all the time, share/sublet bedrooms…Not a good setting for a long term relationship with one self.

 Brooklyn, NY, Andrew et Framton

Quickly, my subjects whispered a few words about a place dear to their hearts: rooftops.  An outdoor space for intimacy? Why not…Let’s see…I discovered more than 40 of these urban shelters between earth and sky (On Your Roof), and as fascinated not by the amazing light, not by the phenomenal views, but by the real people I met up there and the very touching stories they shared with me.

 Brooklyn, NY, Fred

Then I got thirsty…Can I grab a juice in the fridge?

 New York, NY, John

Hmmm….what’s with the Barbie doll behind the salad? From Paris to New York, I opened more than 45 fridges and discovered quite amazing worlds.  Much more elaborate and revealing than I had expected in the first place.  But I knew I was at a milestone in my quest of intimacy on big cities when people actually started refusing to show their fridges.  As if something too personal was stacked between the cheddar cheese and the mayonnaise.  So…show me (what you eat) your refrigerator, I’ll tell you who you are? Maybe. Maybe no.

 New York, NY, colocataries

 New York, NY, Charmaine et Marc

 Paris, Aurore

 Paris, Famille Doucet

 Paris, Famille Reytier

 Paris, Famille Rouge

 Paris, Marie

 Paris, Monique

 Paris, Pierre

 Paris, Thierry

 Queens, NY, Famille Hamad

Rye, NY, Famille Fillion

Crime Unseen: Upcoming Events

Corinne May Botz, Three Room Dwelling (gun in kitchen), 2004; Courtesy of the artist.

When it was invented, photography almost immediately became a tool for law enforcement, turning photographs into a seemingly infallible way to identify criminals, document evidence and solve crimes. Our current exhibition, Crime Unseen, looks into the ways that photography works–and doesn’t work–as an objective way to solve violent crime.

The following events will take place in conjunction with Crime Unseen, which runs through January 15, 2012:

Thursday, November 10: Exhibiting artist Deborah Luster will discuss her archive of contemporary and historic homicide sites in New Orleans–a city with a homicide rate nearly eight times the national average–creating a complex portrait of loss and remembrance. 6pm @ Ferguson Lecture Hall, 600 S. Michigan, 1st floor.

Tuesday, November 15: Acclaimed writer Luc Sante will examine criminal evidence captured within more than 100 unpublished photographs from the New York City Police Department’s 1930s files. 6 p.m. @ Hokin Lecture Hall, 623 S. Wabash, Room 109.

Thursday, December 1: Exhibiting artist Corinne May Botz will literally bring viewers to the home of her photography: the Glessner House, where criminologist and heiress Frances Glessner Lee created models based on actual homicides, suicides and accidental deaths in order to train detectives to assess visual evidence. 6 p.m. @ Glessner House Museum, 1800 S. Prairie Ave., Chicago.

Pablove Shutterbugs Graduation Show

Photography can lift spirits and give a voice to those under turmoil.  The Pablove Foundation strives to improve the quality of life for children living with cancer through hospital play, arts programs, music.  The foundation raises funds for pediatric cancer research and advances in treatment as well as educate and empower cancer families.

Please join them this Saturday, May 14, 2011 at the Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles from 4pm-8pm for a graduation show of their first inaugural Pablove Shutterbugs program.  This 8 week photography workshop offers hands on instruction for pediatric cancer patients to find and express their voice.

Admission is free and there will be food, beverages, entertainment and auctions of photos by modern master Weegee, as well as more contemporary photographers like Bruce Davidson, David Levinthal, Zoe Crosher, Alia Malley, Lauren Greenfield and others.  Music photography works by Chapman Baehler (Brian Wilson), Piper Ferguson (Beck, Pavement, Joe Strummer), Jim Britt (Marvin Gaye), and more will also be auctioned. NFL star and Livestrong ambassador Dhani Jones will be on hand with a special Pablove Bowtie for a Cause.  KCRW DJ Chris Douridas will spin the latest in independent music to entertain the crowd.

Volunteers are also needed to bring the entire event together.  Please visit The Pablove Foundation website to sign up.