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DOT.COM at the Guate Photo Festival

LENSCRATCH will be participating in the Guate Photo Festival, coming up in November in Guatemala City, Guatemala.  The organizers asked 4 on-line platforms: LENSCRATCH, Fotovisura, 500 Photographers, and Flak Photo to create exhibitions that will be projected throughout the festival at the La Fototeca Gallery, a converted movie theater with 4 large screens running the 4 exhibitions simultaneously. The event is titled [DOT]COM.

For the LENSCRATCH exhibition, I curated 100 portraits by 50 photographers that have been featured on Lenscratch over the years, and the resulting presentation is LOOKING AT OURSELVES: Portraits featured on LENSCRATCH. Cynthia Henebry’s wonderful image is the poster image for the event.


Today, I am sharing one image from each photographer in the presentation: Looking at Ourselves: Photographers Featured On LENSCRATCH

 

 

©Susan Barnett

Thank you to Guate Photo for this opportunity and to all the amazing participating photographers.

Photographer #448: Rania Matar

Rania Matar, 1964, Lebanon/USA, is a documentary photographer who was born and raised in Lebanon and moved to the USA in 1984. Her career started as an architect before studying photography at the New England School of Photography. She concentrates mainly on women and women’s issues as identity and religion both in the US as in the Middle East. In 2009 she released the book Ordinary Lives and this spring her second monograph, A Girl and her Room, will be coming out. This series, inspired by her eldest daughter, focuses on teenage girls within their own private spaces. Both the forthcoming book and her younger daughter were the inspirations for her latest body of work entitled L’Enfant-Femme (the Child-Women). She portrays young teens and pre-teens without giving them instructions apart from not smiling. Due to the freedom the girls have to pose in their own way; they portray an array of emotions and clues to their true self. The angst, confidence and/or body language reveal their sense of selfhood and the developing sense of womanhood. As the teenagers still fluctuate between being a child and a women, Rania asks herself whether “they are meant to see themselves as little girls, teenagers or as young women?” Since 2002 she has also been taking photographs of her four children showing the various stages of their lives. The following images come from the series L’Enfant-Femme, Christian Arabs and Family Moments.

Website: www.raniamatar.com

Rania Matar’s Portraits of Teenage Girls in their Bedrooms

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© Rania Matar

For her series A Girl and Her Room, Rania Matar photographed teenage girls in the privacy of their rooms as a sort of lyrical commentary and analysis of girls in transition to womanhood.

Arianna Rinaldo, Photo Consultant for D Magazine, which recently featured A Girl and Her Room, met Matar and viewed her portfolio last year as an expert reviewer at Lens Culture FotoFest Paris. This is only one of the countless success stories from Lens Culture FotoFest Paris. If you are a serious photographer looking for a unique and efficient way to progress your career, you can still register for this year’s edition of Lens Culture FotoFest Paris, November 7-8-9. Time is running out quickly: Act now.

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© Rania Matar

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© Rania Matar

"31 Contemporary Photographers" at VII Gallery Brooklyn

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Discover the diverse, award-winning artwork, photojournalism and documentary photography of 31 contemporary photographers at this exhibition opening today at VII Gallery in Brooklyn.

This powerful, eclectic show highlights the work of winners of the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards 2010, and it represents a truly wide range of photographic styles and approaches of using photography to communicate important stories and compelling ideas. These winning images were selected by an international jury of experts, who reviewed more than 6,500 entries submitted by photographers from 47 countries.

The exhibition opens at VII Gallery on July 14, 2011 and continues through September 2, 2011. The opening party is open to the public, July 14, 6-9 pm. Join us for the festivities!

This group exhibition was shown at Gallery 291 in San Francisco in April, earlier this year, and will travel to Paris in September to be shown at the Spéos Gallery. Special thanks to our partners and sponsors: VII Photo, Ghost Pines winery, Blurb.com, and Pictopia Labs.

The award winners featured in this group show are:

Portfolio Category
Grand Prize: Jessica Hines
2nd Prize: Carolle Benitah
3rd Prize: Louisa Marie Summer

Single Image Category
Grand Prize: Martine Fougeron
2nd Prize: Albertina d’Urso
3rd Prize: Anne Berry

Honorable Mention Awards
Susan Bank
David Carol
Ellie Davies
Frank Day
Bruno De Cock
Margaret de Lange
Dan Dubowitz
Joachim Froese
Julia Fullerton-Batten
Kevin Greenblat
Daisuke Ito
Mary Shannon Johnstone
David Lazar
Sebastian Liste
Adam Magyar
Rania Matar
Justin Maxon
Bill McCullough
Marcia Michael
David Rochkind
Julian Roeder
Evzen Sobek
Miki Soejima
Ian Teh
Jan von Holleben

Congratulations to all of these winners, and our sincere gratitude to everyone who shared their work with us in this year’s competition. It was great to discover so many new talents!

You could be a winner this year! Photographers and multimedia producers, enter your work for this year’s competition: Lens Culture International Exposure Awards 2011.

"31 Contemporary Photographers" at VII Gallery Brooklyn

EXPOinvite-NY-VII-1.jpg
Discover the diverse, award-winning artwork, photojournalism and documentary photography of 31 contemporary photographers at this exhibition opening today at VII Gallery in Brooklyn.

This powerful, eclectic show highlights the work of winners of the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards 2010, and it represents a truly wide range of photographic styles and approaches of using photography to communicate important stories and compelling ideas. These winning images were selected by an international jury of experts, who reviewed more than 6,500 entries submitted by photographers from 47 countries.

The exhibition opens at VII Gallery on July 14, 2011 and continues through September 2, 2011. The opening party is open to the public, July 14, 6-9 pm. Join us for the festivities!

This group exhibition was shown at Gallery 291 in San Francisco in April, earlier this year, and will travel to Paris in September to be shown at the Spéos Gallery. Special thanks to our partners and sponsors: VII Photo, Ghost Pines winery, Blurb.com, and Pictopia Labs.

The award winners featured in this group show are:

Portfolio Category
Grand Prize: Jessica Hines
2nd Prize: Carolle Benitah
3rd Prize: Louisa Marie Summer

Single Image Category
Grand Prize: Martine Fougeron
2nd Prize: Albertina d’Urso
3rd Prize: Anne Berry

Honorable Mention Awards
Susan Bank
David Carol
Ellie Davies
Frank Day
Bruno De Cock
Margaret de Lange
Dan Dubowitz
Joachim Froese
Julia Fullerton-Batten
Kevin Greenblat
Daisuke Ito
Mary Shannon Johnstone
David Lazar
Sebastian Liste
Adam Magyar
Rania Matar
Justin Maxon
Bill McCullough
Marcia Michael
David Rochkind
Julian Roeder
Evzen Sobek
Miki Soejima
Ian Teh
Jan von Holleben

Congratulations to all of these winners, and our sincere gratitude to everyone who shared their work with us in this year’s competition. It was great to discover so many new talents!

You could be a winner this year! Photographers and multimedia producers, enter your work for this year’s competition: Lens Culture International Exposure Awards 2011.