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Defining identity & memory with "deep fried" photo portraits, and more


Deep Fried. 1997, C-print, 50.8cm x 61cm. carrera de fotografia . Chino Otsuka. Image courtesy of Huis Marseille.

At age 10, Japanese-born Chino Otsuka was sent away to a progressive private boarding school in Suffolk, England. For her first two years at the school, she was allowed to do nothing. Directory Submission . Then, following her own interests, she started to pursue education with an unrelenting intensity. A book she wrote, at age 15, about her culture-shock and quest for personal identity, made her an instant hero and celebrity back home in Japan. (Twenty years later, the book is still a “must read” for many young Japanese students.) She went on to pursue photography at the Royal Academy of Art, and began a life-long career exploring ideas of identity, memory, and mental time travel, through photography and video and writing.

A brilliant retrospective of her work fills the entire photography museum at Huis Marseille in Amsterdam. And an equally inspiring photobook has just been published: Photo Album by Chino Otsuka.

See and read more in Lens Culture.

Frank Yamrus

Tonight at the ClampArt Gallery in New York, Frank Yamrus will open a solo exhibition of I Feel Lucky, which runs through March 24th, 2012. As someone who just celebrated another, sigh, birthday, I felt a connection to the idea of taking stock of oneself and was especially interested in understanding a male point of view on the subject. This self-portrait series was originally inspired by Frank’s forward motion into middle age, as he “stared down the barrel of his 50th birthday”. He wanted to explore his changing body image, looking at the ravages of age and time through skin and mass, but instead he became interested in examining his inner self. The project spans from childhood memories to current life, a visual journey that resulted in an appreciation of the person he has become, and for life itself.

Frank has exhibited work internationally over the past twenty years, and his photographs are held in many public collections. He has produced a book of this series, with essays by W.M.-Bill-Hunt and Sunil Gupta.

Images from I Feel Lucky

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Stephen Shames’ Bronx Boys

© Stephen Shames

Stephen Shames spent over twenty years photographing young boys growing up in the Bronx. Although the project started as a simple photojournalism assignment, Shames quickly became fascinated by the neglected New York suburb and continued to document the vibrant streets. The fruits of his labor are finally being published as a digital monograph titled Bronx Boys (FotoEvidence). The unconventional format provides universal access to readers from around the world, as well as options to zoom in on images for close viewing.

Stephen Shames worked with Aperture for his book The Black Panthers, commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the Party. The Black Panthers Portfolio, an accompanying set of photographs is now on sale! Visit the Black Panthers microsite.

Shames is founder of Lead Uganda, which puts AIDS orphans and child soldiers into school in Uganda. He is represented by Steven Kasher Gallery, New York, and Polaris Images. He currently resides in Brooklyn.

What’s next?

Coinciding with FOAM‘s tenth anniversary is a forward-looking micro-site: What’s Next. The site a selection of articles and reflections by some of the most interesting minds in photography today, covering everything from the future of the institution to the effects of digital media on photography.

The good people at FOAM say: “The question ‘What’s Next?’ is founded in our conviction that photography has fundamentally changed during the last twenty years. And this process of change and transition might not be finished yet. The digitalization of the medium has altered every aspect of photography, whether it is the photograph as an object, the position of the professional photographer, the function of the photo lab, the news agency or the photography museum.

In fact the question ‘What’s Next?’ is about far more than ‘just’ the future of photography. It is also about the future of a society dictated by visual media, of a society in which people primarily communicate with technological tools that have been developed and made into consumer products with incredible speed. It is about the future of a society in which every layman can and will be a photographer, sharing his experiences with newly made online communities, a society in which the experience of time and space have drastically changed.”

In conjunction with the website FOAM recently held a fascinating symposium, a few video clips of which you can see here:

To see more videos like this from FOAM click here

photo L.A. XX is here and Lucie Foundation is there too!

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Every January, Los Angelenos know we’ll get a big treat when Photo LA comes to town.  Not only is photo LA celebrating twenty years, they’re expanding their program to four days instead of three, and Lucie Foundation gets to present the photographic works of Tasya van Ree and Jessica Lange in the VIP lounge, and a conversation with Amy Arbus and Sara Terry on Monday January 17, 2011.

See programs here.

Buy tickets here.