Eduardo L. Rivera is a photo-based artist working in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his BFA in Photography from Arizona State University where he worked along side Guggenheim fellows Betsy Schneider and Mark Klett. Eduardo’s work is in personal collections and has been displayed in various galleries within the southwest region including a partner space with The Etherton Gallery in Tucson, Arizona and the Marion Center for Photographic Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His 131 and Third Avenue Market series have earned him travel grants to the 2011 and 2012 Society for Photographic Education national conference and also to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil from the Ted Decker Catalyst Fund. He lives in Tempe, Arizona and splits his time photographing and working at the ASU Art Museum.
Ordinarily I don’t feature movies on Lenscratch, but after watching Wasteland recently (on Netflix), is am moved to broadcast the importance of this film. Artist Vik Muniz shows us what the power of humanity and art can create, and how it can change lives. Wasteland was nominated for an Academy Award, and a long roster of other awards including the Sundance Audience Award for Best World Cinema Documentary.
Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives.
Last week I attended the new Annenberg Space for Photography’s exhibition, Beauty CULTure. The show got me thinking about the work of André França, a Brazilian photographer, who has created a project titled, Vanishing. As a woman, I can interpret his work in so many ways. For me, it’s about loss, about becoming invisible, about our culture and the desire to turn back time, or about those were lost to abuse and murder. André doesn’t have a statement for this project, as he prefers to have the viewer bring their own interpretations to the work.
André was born in Brazil and received an M.A. in Communication and Contemporary Culture at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. Currently living in Salvador, Brazil, André creates his work all over the world, including New York City, London and in Brazilian cities. His first photography exhibition was held in Salvador, Brazil, in 2003. Since then his work has been displayed in solo and group shows at the Goethe-Institut gallery in Salvador, Brazil (2008), A Gentil Carioca gallery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2009), and at the X Bienal do Recôncavo in São Félix, Brazil (2010). His work has been published in “10×15” and “Muito” magazines, in exhibition catalogues, as well as featured on art and photography blogs on the internet. His work also appears in private collections.
Claudio Edinger, 1952, Brazil, is a photographer with a long history in the photographic world. He started with photography in the 1970’s and hasn’t stopped since then. Since 1983 he has released an amazing number of monographs covering images of the famous Chelsea Hotel (1983), Venice beach (1985), Brazil’s Carnaval (1996) and São Paulo (2009) amongst others. Madness covers images of Latin America’s largest insane asylum. It took him several years to find a publisher who was willing to publish it in 1997. Today Claudio works with a large format camera. He uses selective focus and an experimental use of color. With this technique he has focused on architecture, landscapes, cityscapes and portraiture. He has created impressive portraits of Paris, the Amazon region, Homeless people sleeping in the streets and recently on Downtown LA. Claudio has received the Leica Medal of Excellence twice amongst many others. The following images come from the series Downtown LA, Rio de Janeiro and Madness.
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I always tell my workshop students on the first day that my one week workshops actually go on forever…That is, if a student stays in touch with me and continues to produce compelling work , I do stay on as a lifetime mentor…The picture above is proof…Chris Bickford (left) with Burn readers Roberta Tavares and her twin sister neurologist Dr. Renata Tavares (background) in Lapa area of Rio de Janeiro with Lance Rosenfield (right) …Chris and Lance have both survived my New York loft class several years ago and remain close friends…Chris’ essay on New Orleans Mardi Gras will show up here on Burn on Monday. Lance, on Burn with Thirst for Grit, has just formed a photographers coop PRIME and several photographers in his coop have been published here like Charlie Mahoney with his essay Troubled Paradise. So my alums are rockin.
I am trying to set a good example for them as well. This week I am in Rio shooting on my own, and will pick up with my NatGeo assignment next week after Carnaval. After all I did DO in a big way Carnaval last year for NatGeo Magazine and for NG television. Thank you NatGeo. So now I am here just taking pictures for myself and possible book/iPad book and hanging with my buddies/students/friends….Hey, the ultimate spring break!! Normally it would not work to have other photographers around while I am doing my thing , but in this case it just flat out rocks..We are laughing ,talking pictures, and shooting like hell as you might well imagine. The competitive spirit works in this case because there is plenty of material to go around. Well, after all, it is a party for heavens sake with the whole world invited…
And of course the obvious. Anyone who really knows me personally will know some of MY best work will come from this week…No doubt about it. I thrive having family and friends around. Always have.
In the Mississippi Blues workshop class I am doing upcoming in April, I will be out shooting with my students as well…i also do this in Oaxaca, Mexico class…Always fun and on subjects where everyone is spread out and not tripping over each other.
Well you may imagine I have way better pics than the one above. Just used this to make a point. mozilla firefox free . Saving the hot sexy totally outrageous ones for later. Make sense? Stay tuned.
Manjari Sharma has had a great year. A breakout star with her highly lauded and publicized Shower Series, she’s been shooting commercially, working on a new project, and is now having a solo show at Kopeikin Gallery.
It doesn’t hurt that Sharma is just plain fun to be around. I asked her some questions about her recent whirlwind ride, and she happily obliged me. Enjoy!
Tell me a bit about your Water work (that combines two series) on show at Kopeikin. What has drawn you to water as a subject, and how did these two projects take shape?
The Water Series, which is a project with the large open waterscapes that took shape in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil was made on an inspired evening when I was looking onto a private beach from the 17th floor.
The Shower Series was unknowingly a social study of sorts. A study of what water and intimacy can bring one to become. I’ve always been interested in the human mind and coming from the city I do, (Mumbai) there’s always one more person to talk to, one more question ask and one more thing to learn.
So while the two projects had water in common, they felt quite unrelated to me and happened at different times of the year. At first the whole “Water” themed year felt quite coincidental.
In retrospect however the one place in the world where where I feel reflective and sincerely alone with my thoughts is in the shower. Also as someone who cannot swim, looking at other people’s relationship to a large, ominous and overwhelming body of water is in a way an expression of my own awe. What I’m saying is, with both these projects I learned more than ever that, your most successful images will ultimately be really honest self portraits. That statement gets truer for me every time I make an image I’m happy with.
You’ve had quite a breakout year! Many folks struggle to promote themselves, even when they have strong projects– how have you worked to spread the word about your work?
Honestly I put the projects out there in the world with no expectations. I think sharing your work with the right sources though is just as important as making the work. I do think I have arrived at a formula that works with my personality. When I’m making the work it’s best for me to stay focused on creating the images, getting lost in your concept and just shooting. When I surface from shooting I concentrate on stepping away from it, getting critiques, respected opinions and editing. Once I feel ready to share it I contact the channels I feel would be the best fit/ platform for the work. I think that has worked well for me for the last couple of projects since thinking about promoting it clutters your thought process often, it’s best to exclusively create and not think about anything else but what you what to shoot.
The last year though, has been a gracious one. I know that and am very thankful for it. Apart from working hard which there is no excuse for, I attribute that to luck and well wishers too. Having a fantastic family and a supportive better half doesn’t hurt either, but there’s miles to go before I sleep.
What is the new work you are starting now? Can you share a favorite image or two?
I am shooting a project in India I would rather keep a secret at this point but I also just completed a new series I have shared on my website called Anastasia.
The project in a nutshell is about the queer friendship between glamor and solitude.
How did you get started as an artist– did you go the MFA route, or follow your own path? What would be some advice you’d give to someone just starting out?
I have a double bachelors, one in visual communications and a BFA in photo. But I really don’t think there is a method to the best approach madness. My advice would be shoot, shoot shoot! Nothing can teach us more than our own images.
Do you also shoot commercial and editorial work? Can you share some tears?
I do. I have an upcoming shoot for Vogue in India here in a couple of days that I am quite excited about. Also here are a few recent tears.
MANJARI SHARMA – WATER
January 8 – February 12, 2011
Closing reception, February 12th.
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