Tag Archives: Relationships

Betsy Schneider, Jasper

Betsy Schneider, Jasper

Betsy Schneider

Jasper,
Phoenix, 2012
From the Triskaidekaphobia series
Website – BetsySchneider.com

Betsy Schneider is a photo-based artist who lives and works in Tempe, Arizona and Sharon, Massachusetts. She is fascinated by photography and uses it to better understand such complicated things as time, decay, the body, childhood, culture, and relationships. Her work has been shown internationally and is in several collections including the Nelson-Atkins Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Museet for Fotokunst in Denmark. A 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, she is currently working on her fellowship project Triskaidekaphobia, portraits and video interviews with 250 thirteen year olds. She is eager to include a wide geographic and demographic in this project and urges anyone with connections to thirteen year-olds interested in participating to contact her. She is an Associate Professor at Arizona State University.

Alix Perry

A summer re-run of an earlier post….

One of my favorite booths at Photo LA was hosted by the Queensland Centre for Photography, Australia; and one of my favorite discoveries at Photo LA was Alix Perry, who is represented by QCP. Alix creates photographs printed on needlepoint backing with selected parts of the image actually embroidered to heighten the visual experience. This is totally in keeping with a trend in photography that is hands-on and one-of-a-kind.

Photographs preserve memories and I reinforce this through the meticulous, but sentimental act of embroidery. I photograph the ephemeral relationships I have with objects and moments, and print them on Aida cloth. I embroidered parts of the photograph to reinforce and enhance the images. 

I am inspired by the idea of the photograph as an object. Another purpose of embroidering is to imbue my emotional attachment and physically respond to the subject in an organic way. The series self-consciously explores ideas of becoming, a process of coming to be something or of passing into a state.

Alix Perry

A summer re-run of an earlier post….

One of my favorite booths at Photo LA was hosted by the Queensland Centre for Photography, Australia; and one of my favorite discoveries at Photo LA was Alix Perry, who is represented by QCP. Alix creates photographs printed on needlepoint backing with selected parts of the image actually embroidered to heighten the visual experience. This is totally in keeping with a trend in photography that is hands-on and one-of-a-kind.

Photographs preserve memories and I reinforce this through the meticulous, but sentimental act of embroidery. I photograph the ephemeral relationships I have with objects and moments, and print them on Aida cloth. I embroidered parts of the photograph to reinforce and enhance the images. 

I am inspired by the idea of the photograph as an object. Another purpose of embroidering is to imbue my emotional attachment and physically respond to the subject in an organic way. The series self-consciously explores ideas of becoming, a process of coming to be something or of passing into a state.

Senior Love Triangle: Photographs by Isadora Kosofsky

Three people—Jeanie, 82, Will, 84, and Adina, 90—are bound together in a relationship, a love triangle of sorts, a three-way connection that they rely on to shield them from the pains of loneliness and the fear of aging. Every day the trio meets near their senior-care facilities (each lives at a different location) to spend their remaining days together. Will picks up Jeanie at her care center, greeting her with a long kiss, and the two head hand-in-hand to collect Adina for whatever the day may bring.

Recently, that includes Isadora Kosofsky, who, after the death of the maternal grandmother who raised her, began to search for catharsis through photography. “Grief following my grandmother’s death unconsciously led me to photograph the lives and relationships of the elderly,” Kosofsky says.

The trio’s relationship clearly challenges cultural norms. Will, describing the trio’s bond to Kosofsky, said, “We live above the law. Not outside the law, but above the law. We are not outlaws.” Will, Jeanie and Adina are connected by more than time and space. “There are many different kinds of love,” Adina told Kosofsky. Their relationship, like all relationships, can be frustrating for all three. Jeanie once confided in Kosofsky that “to share Will is a thorn in your side…A relationship between a man and a woman is private. It’s a couple, not a trio.” But despite Jeanie’s misgivings, she must share Will with Adina and Adina must share Will with her.

Kosofsky met Jeanie, Will and Adina three short years after picking up a camera. “I befriended the group because I recognize a part of me in both Jeanie and Adina. Will, too, is familiar to me… a reflection of men I have known,” she says. “When I share in their lives, I am reminded of my adolescence.”

Kosofsky herself is not that far removed from adolescence. She is 18 years old and is now a documentary photographer based in Los Angeles—finding inspiration from photographers like Jane Evelyn Atwood, who spent years documenting one subject. Kosofsky believes long-term projects offer the opportunity of deeper and more poignant storytelling. In her own projects, it is her goal to “devote myself to living amongst my subjects as an occupant, rather than a visitor.”

“The aged are becoming increasingly hidden and disenfranchised. I noticed that even towards the end of my grandmother’s life, she appeared distant from society,” Kosofsky says. The photographer is currently engaged in photographing a three-part series on aging—a subject about which she is passionate. “I feel that age is a perceived barrier and that we too have once, either literally or figuratively, shared their fear of isolation and their wish for acknowledgement,” she explains. “Even when Jeanie and Adina are not present, Will walks with his right hand straight and open at his side, as if he were waiting for someone to hold on.”

Isadora Kosofsky is a Los Angeles-based documentary photographer. More of her work can be seen here.

Burke + Norfolk

2011 © Simon Norfolk

The Crawford Art Gallery presents Photographs from the War in Afghanistan by John Burke and Simon Norfolk. Burke was the first photographer to make pictures in Afghanistan while accompanying British forces in the late 1880’s. Fast forward to present day, Norfolk’s work follows the footsteps of Burke. His images are a contemporary response to Burke’s war scenes, presented alongside one another, modern parallels and similar vantage points included.

Accompanying the exhibition is a short film by Simon Norfolk, which discusses John Burke’s photography and both of their relationships with Afghanistan.

Simon Norfolk has appeared in Aperture issue 188 and is featured in The New York Times Magazine Photographs (Aperture 2011).

Photographs from the War in Afghanistan by John Burke and Simon Norfolk
April 20–June 30, 2012

Crawford Art Gallery

Emmet Place
Cork City, Ireland
+353 (0)21 480 5042

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Trevor Powers, Untitled

Trevor Powers, Untitled

Trevor Powers

Untitled,
Boston, 2011
From the Sleep the Clock Around series
Website – CargoCollective.com/TrevorPowers

Trevor Powers (b. 1985) is a photographer and curator based in Boston, Massachusetts. He studied photography at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, where he graduated in 2008. His work is primarily based around travel and the relationships, connections, and routines of everyday life. He is interested in exploring America, collaboration, zines, and creating community and sharing work through events and shows he curates. Most recently, he launched the All Visual Boston Slideshow, a series of one-night only, digitally projected group shows featuring the recent work of local and international artists.   

Keren Moscovitch, The Other Woman

Keren Moscovitch, The Other Woman

Keren Moscovitch

The Other Woman,
Brooklyn, 2010
From the Me Into You series
Website – KerenMoscovitch.com

Keren Moscovitch lives and works in New York City where she teaches at the School of Visual Arts. She received a BA from Georgetown University in 2000 and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2005. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, both in the US and abroad, including the Art + Commerce Festival of Emerging Photographers which traveled worldwide in 2006 and exhibitions at I-20 Gallery, Foley and Sasha Wolf Galleries, SLAG Gallery, Studio 150, Vlepo Gallery, the Slap-and-Tickle Gallery and the Kinsey Institute. Her recent work explores intimacy and sexuality within the context of nontraditional relationships and lifestyles. She is publishing her first monograph this spring and is raising funds through Kickstarter where contributors can preorder a copy of the book.

Kati Mennett

Kati Mennett creates visual stories, and as her website states, she is in search of the spectacular. Currently living in Massachusetts, Kati graduated from the Art Institute of Boston with a BFA in Photography. He work has been exhibited in the US and Europe and featured in publications such as Another Man, Dayfour, F-Stop Magazine, Vogue Italia, and Umter Magazine.

I like the idea that she is looking for the spectacular in the mundane. Kati is infatuated with the notion that fantasy is constantly a part of reality–and those ideas make us look at ordinary things with a fresh eye.

Portrayers: All of my work is inspired by childhood wonder. I never want to loose that outlook on life, the thrill of the unknown and the ability to find beauty in everything.

My documentary on my family and friends is about finding the beauty in the sometimes mundane and everyday life. Having awareness of how temporary life is, I am chronicling all my experiences and relationships to give them permanence.

My series Portrayers is about creating fantasies. Whether they be about adventure, love or mystery, these images are meant to excite and entertain!