Video filmed and directed by Jonathon Bartley

British artist Andrew Jackson explores the meaning of home, belonging, and place, with a concentration on the African diaspora. 



Invisible Britain is a platform that is working with underrepresented individuals and communities to amplify their voices and help enable them to to tell their stories via a diverse range of creative projects. The platform will also run workshops on the creative arts, a mentorship scheme and provide practical support and advice regarding creative opportunities, as well as offering paid work placements on film and television productions.

The book Invisible Britain: Portraits of Hope and Resilience (Paul Sng, Policy Press) reveals untold stories from people in the margins of British society, left out of the conversation and suffering at the hands of government policy. 

Visit Invisible Britain for information on film screenings and book signings, beginning November 1st, 2018.




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 Mummy, St. John's, 21st Street, Brooklyn, 1980 © Larry Racioppo

 Us older British ex-pats grew up without Halloween and some of us have trouble relating to the madness that descends upon us each October. Larry Racioppo on the other hand, grew up in the thick of it. 

There are a lot of great photos on Larry's website but when you've finished here, be sure to check out some of the audio of Larry talking about his work.

"Growing up in South Brooklyn, I loved Halloween. My cousins and I didn't wear store-bought costumes, just a little face paint. We were more interested in fighting our friends with homemade chalk bags and throwing eggs than in 'trick or treating'. In 1974 I began photographing the kids in my neighborhood every Halloween."

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Girl in Bug Costume, 18th Street, Brooklyn, 1996

"The 11th Street Photo Gallery in the East Village exhibited some of my black and white Halloween prints in 1979. The Village Voice reproduced 8 of these images in its centerfold along with a story about the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. Scribner's published HALLOWEEN, a book of these photographs, in 1980 and eventually the New York Public Library's Photography Collection purchased a portfolio of this work."

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Dracula, Fort Tilden, Queens, 1997

"I continued photographing on Halloween with newer and better equipment. Using a Hasselblad camera and a strobe unit, I photographed at my local Catholic church in 1980 and at the Park Slope Food Coop in 1982. In the 1990's I returned to my old neighborhood with a 6x9 Fuji camera and shot with120mm color. When I moved to Rockaway Beach, Queens in 1991, I began photographing there on Halloween too."

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Shaving Cream Fighter, 20th Street, Brooklyn, 1978

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Mugger and Victim, St. John's, 21st Street, Brooklyn, 1980

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Witch and Sea Creature, 18th Street, Brooklyn, 1996

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Angel #1, St. John's, 21st Street, Brooklyn, 1980

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Mamie and Ike Eisenhower, Union Street, Brooklyn, 1982

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Power Rangers and Leaves, 18th Street, Brooklyn, 1994

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Ninjas and Clown, Rockaway, Queens, 2016

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Gypsy and Costumed Kids, Rockaway, Queens, 2008
All images © Larry Racioppo

Read about Larry's book "Brooklyn Before", out now from Cornell University Press.


Without question, one of the highlights of 2017 was Pete Souza's talk with Michael Shaw of Reading the Pictures, which was a special presentation brought to us by the exceptional folks at Photoville. Publisher Shaw and former White House photographer Souza met at St. Anne's Warehouse in Brooklyn before the start of Souza's national tour to promote his bestselling book, "Obama: An Intimate Portrait." 

Above is the 2 minute excerpt but I strongly recommend a large glass of something and the whole 90 minutes, below.



aCurator was given the book on Christmas morning and cried till lunchtime. Here I am telling him.

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 Saxophone Player and Young Girl, 11th Street, 1977 © Larry Racioppo Courtesy Cornell University Press

 "Brooklyn Before: Photographs, 1971-1983" is a new book of photographs by Larry Racioppo, out now from Cornell University Press. The book is chock full of street scenes of Brooklyn, a couple of decades before the gentrification of large parts of the borough. Larry recorded the feelings and the fashion in his beloved neighborhood. 

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Guitarist, 40th Street, 1971

From the preface: "When I returned to Brooklyn in December 1970, after two years in California as a VISTA volunteer, I had no plans and a thrity-dollar camera I barely knew how to use. I was twenty-two years old and I wanted to become a photographer. I took a course at the School of Visual Arts, a job with the telephone company, and I began to photograph my family and friends in South Brooklyn."

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Children on a Break from Pentecostal Church Services, 7th Avenue, 1979

I love this excerpt from Julia Van Haaften's essay: "Art photography was in full ascendency by 1980, when the critic John Russell asked Berenice Abbott, the rescuer of Atget's archive, about her professional practice a lifetime earlier. "Of course," she told him of her experience starting out from Man Ray's studio in 1925, "there were hardly any photographers in Paris then. It wasn't like today, when every other person is a photographer."

"Brooklyn Before: Photographs, 1971 - 1983" is out now from Cornell University Press, with essays by Tom Robbins and Julia Van Haaften. Hardcover only $34.95. If you like Arlene Gottfried, you are safe with Larry!

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John's Caddy, 6th Avenue, 1975

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All images © Larry Racioppo

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 Walking On Glass, Göteborg, Sweden, 2013 © Mabry Campbell
All images © Mabry Campbell, Courtesy of Catherine Couturier

 Floating my boat are many of the gorgeous images from Mabry Campbell which will be on exhibit, and for sale at reasonable prices, at Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston, Texas, from September 8th - October 13th, 2018. 

"Mabry Campbell is a fine art photographer from Houston, Texas who is internationally known for his fine art and architecture photography of iconic Houston landmarks and locations around the globe. He works primarily in black & white fused primarily with long exposures to create images of an altered reality shaped both by his vision and his desire to impress an initial moment of confusion upon the viewer. For Campbell, his goal is to amplify inherent qualities in forms to create images with suggested emotion and heightened visual presence - to make images that are removed from reality as far as possible without compromising the essence of the object matter."

Yum!

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Honoring I - The Time Dynamic - James Turrell Houston, Texas, 2015

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Enter Performing Arts, Houston, Texas, 2013

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Chapel of Thanks-Giving No. 3, Dallas, Texas, 2017

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Chapel of St. Basil No. 2, Houston, Texas, 2011

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Between Two Towers, Houston, Texas, 2018

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Chapel of St. Basil No. 6, Houston, Texas, 2011

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The Atalaya, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2015

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Genesis V - Gus Wortham Memorial Fountain, Houston, Texas, 2015
All images © Mabry Campbell, Courtesy of Catherine Couturier

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New from my favorite naked photographer and his chosen bears. Mickey Aloisio shot these during a couple of months in Europe earlier this year. It seems he's as comfortable getting naked abroad as at home! Read more about Mickey in an earlier blog post "Gay Wildlife".

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All images © Mickey Aloisio

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 Image: © Daniel Handal, "Yellow Parisian Frilled Canary (Acqua Santa)," 2017; Archival pigment print, painted frame; Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City

 ClampArt is pleased to announce "Daniel Handal: Pajaritos" - the artist's first solo show with the gallery. aCurator is thrilled to watch the birdies in full screen in the magazine. I particularly love the way the matching frames elevates these portraits, and how much leg work the artist had to put in finding the correct paint colors. "Pajaritos" is on view now through July 7, 2018 at ClampArt, 247 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001.

Finding exotic bird keepers in New York City, the artist travels to their homes with a portable studio resembling a pup tent with a variety of pastel-colored backdrops that include a place for a perch. He picks an appropriately hued backdrop to situate in the tent along with the bird, and when the excitement settles and his subject rests, Handal shoots the portrait.

Due to their ability to soar far above the earth, birds universally represent the idea of freedom. Handal embraces this symbology and employs the birds in a form of self-identification. The artist was raised in Honduras in Central America where "pajaros" is a derogatory term for gay men. Growing up in a machismo Hispanic culture, Handal struggled with his own sexuality as a youth, worried about his ability to be true to himself amidst the stringent societal pressure to conform. Read more about the series and its underlying message over at ClampArt.


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 This is the first feature by one of the students who attended my "It's Shot, Now What?" marketing and branding classes in Norway. Anette Asbjørnrød captured my attention with her variety of work. She brings a certain empathy to all she does. "Off Season" is a classic set of photographs of a coastal town during the winter, enhanced by Anette's eye and the muted palette.


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 © Ruth Orkin

 Sad news from our colleagues that Ninalee Allen Craig, aka Jinx, has died at the age of 90. She was the subject of a series of photographs by Ruth Orkin that includes the iconic "American Girl in Italy," a series made in Florence in 1951 and featuring Ninalee Allen, 23 at the time. 



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