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The Latin American Photobook, Jonathan Torgovnik’s Intended Consequences Win Les Rencontres d’Arles Awards

The Latin American Photobook, edited by Horacio Fernández and published by Aperture, has been awarded the historical book award at the Rencontres d’Arles photography festival. The volume, a blend of bibliography, facsimile, and encyclopedia, offers a critical study of the most important photography books to come out of Latin America, from the 1920s to today. Along with Aperture’s The Dutch Photobook: A Thematic Selection from 1945 Onwards and Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and ’70s, The Latin American Photobook is part of a growing body of scholarship on the photobook and its place in photographic history.

Jonathan Torgovnik won the Rencontres d’Arles Discovery prize for Intended Consequences—his portraits of women and their children who were born of rape in the Rwandan genocide—which was published by Aperture in 2009. Watch an excerpt of a panel discussion with Torgovnik, and read an interview with the photographer on FLYP. Intended Consequences and limited-edition prints of Torgovnik’s work are available for up to 35% off as part of Aperture’s summer sale, until midnight EST, August 10, 2012.

Check out The Guardian for more coverage of the Rencontres d’Arles festival prizes.

Ari Cohen and Advanced Style

Several years ago, I heard from Ari Cohen that my work was being featured on his blog, Advanced Style.  He was showcasing the images of my mother as the blog features stylish women in their prime.  I have checked in with his blog ever since. I find this page especially encouraging!

You might call Ari the Sartorialist of the senior set, activity photographing women and men with distinction on the streets of New York. The blog has become a phenomenon, and is now a book, with and introduction by Maira Kalman and contributions by Dita vonTeese. It’s now available through Amazon.

 Ari has created a Kickstarter Campaign for ADVANCED STYLE: the documentary.

Advanced Style is a documentary film about stylish older women living in New York City.  The film follows the daily lives and inspiring moments of New York’s most fashionable seniors. These portraits of women aging gracefully with tremendous spirit will challenge conventional ideas about beauty, growing old, and Western culture’s increasing obsession with youth.
For three years we have filmed many stylish, older women in New York City, but we need your help to turn this project into a full-length documentary film. Through our discussion of style, we’ve started a grander conversation about embracing age and living life to the fullest. Our *senior* starlets share their tips for choosing accessories, and perhaps more importantly, how they cope with their changing physical appearances and abilities, sex at an older age and, inevitably, death. No topic is off limits.

Critical Mass: Katarzyna Majak

Looking at portfolios from Critical Mass 2011…

Polish photographer and writer Katarzyna Majak lives in Warszawa, Mazovia, received her PhD from the Faculty of Multimedia Communication at University of Fine Arts in Poznan and is a graduate of Poznan University in English literature and Russian literature. She is a regular writer for for Kwartalnik Fotografia (Fotografia Quarterly), contributed to photo magazines 1000 Words, “Format”, ”Fototapeta”, ”Fotografia”, ”Pozytyw”, ”Labirynt Czwarty”, ”Labirynt Piąty”, and the “Point of View. Photography of the city. Post-conference publication”.

Katarzyna has created portraits of women who are practicing other spiritual practices in a country that is almost completely Catholic for her Critical Mass submission.

Poland is said to be more than 90% Catholic. Christianity was forcefully introduced centuries ago to have successfully erased almost all the traces of paganism, witchcraft or shamanic traditions. Basically no line of heritage survived. In the series of almost 30 portraits and engaging interviews I present a counter to the seeming homogeneity by revealing the realm of those existing beyond the mainstream – witches, healers, enchanters, visionaries and spiritual leaders.

Only a few traditional healers (so called ‘whisperers’ who mix religion and primeval superstitions to heal and remove spells using prayers) survived on the Belarusian border and cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Others will try to revive a dead tradition – they may have had grandmothers who could ‘see’ or were herb healers. Many, left with no other choice, travel abroad – to North America, Peru, or New Zealand – to learn, come back and mix the knowledge with some local traditions – old Slavs ceremonials or demonology. Most believe pagan spirit and witchcraft somehow managed to survive in the subconscious.

This fascinating journey from a woman to a woman (the youngest in her early 30s and the oldest in her late 80s) all over the country was my search for female wisdom and plurality of spiritual paths hidden within a monoreligious society. For many of my models it was a ‘coming out’.

I took pictures with a very low depth of field and focused on their eyes. While shooting women wore ceremonial outfits and hold their ‘objects of power’. They were asked to look directly into the lens to heal a potential viewer and work with the energy transmitting it through the lens.

Festival ImageSingulieres

ImageSingulieres Documentary festival of Photography, is a very promising new comer on the map of Photo Festivals in France. ImageSingulières is held in Sète, a fishing town on the Mediterrannea, thanks to photographer Gilles Favier, founder and artistic director of the Festiva. Photography was on display in galleries and museums around town, and as well as on screen in a old wine storehouse each evening, where local oysters was abundant and so delicious !

Attending the Festival opening week-end on the first days of May, I had a good time with a bunch of photographers : Rena Effendi (Azerbaïdjian), Jens Olof Lasthein (Sweden), Sohrab Hura (India), Kosuke Okahara (Japan) , Ali Taptik (Turkey)….

I was delighted to visit their exhibtions, especially “House of Happiness” by Rena Effendi. ,. Her work documents family and cultural rituals in the traditional society of the Ferghana Valley in Ouzbekistan, through vibrant portraits of women.

© Rena Effendi – Gula, a 22 year old Uzbek woman left her husband because he took a second wife. She now sells icecream in a park. Osh. Kyrgyzstan. September, 2007


One of my favorite exhibition during ImageSingulieres , “White Sea Black Sea,” a powerful series of panoramic photographs by Jens Olof Lasthein is a visual journey along Europe’s eastern borders. His book White Sea Black Sea (2008 – Dewi Lewis Publishing ) is definitively a must-have !

Update : Congrats to Kosuke and Sorhab who have been selected to participate in Joop Swart Masterclass 2009