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 Following on from his series Gay Wildlife, Mickey "I'll get naked too, that's fine" Aloisio spent three months on the road photographing queer men and their communities across the country during the fall of 2016. 

"During this time, I found my subjects by going to the different safe spaces of that particular area. I would then arrange to go to their home to create art with them as two collaborators. I would also stay with these men, as I was not able to afford staying in hotels for such an extended period of time. I realized through this, what the strength of a community feels like, and how belonging to such, can afford us opportunities that otherwise may not be possible."

Mickey, could you be more frank? We made a reasonably safe-for-work edit. There is more fun to be had over at Mickey's website.

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All images © Mickey Aloisio

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 Lalla Essaydi, Bullets Revisited #3, 2012 Three chromogenic prints mounted on aluminum, 66 x 150 in. overall; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Purchased with funds provided by Jacqueline Badger Mars, Sunny Scully Alsup and William Alsup, Mr. Sharad Tak and Mrs. Mahinder Tak, Marcia and Frank Carlucci, and Nancy Nelson Stevenson; © Lalla Essaydi

 REVIVAL, an exhibition of contemporary sculpture, photography and video by women artists, will be on view at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) June 23-September 10, 2017. 

"Exploring how arresting aesthetics and intense subject matter can spur the viewer into a transcendent encounter with a work of art, the exhibition focuses on 16 artists, including Louise Bourgeois, Sonya Clark, Petah Coyne, Lalla Essaydi, Maria Marshall, Alison Saar, Beverly Semmes, Joana Vasconcelos, and Bettina von Zwehl. REVIVAL launches the exhibition schedule celebrating the museum's 30th-anniversary year."


There will be a gallery talk at midday on June 28th, 2017. Admission is free.

Located in Washington, D.C., The National Museum of Women in the Arts is the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to recognizing the achievements of women artists.

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Anna Gaskell, untitled #104 (A Short Story of Happenstance), 2003; Chromogenic print, 71 ½ x 90 ¼ in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Heather and Tony Podesta Collection; © Anna Gaskell

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Deborah Paauwe, Tangled Whisper, 2004; Chromogenic print, 70 ⅞ x 70 ⅞ in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Heather and Tony Podesta Collection; © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VISCOPY, Australia; Photo by Lee Stalsworth

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Charlotte Gyllenhammar, Fall III, 1999; Chromogenic print mounted on aluminum, 38 x 39 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Heather and Tony Podesta Collection; © Charlotte Gyllenhammar

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Maria Marshall, Future Perfect, 1998; Iris print, 56 x 39 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Heather and Tony Podesta Collection

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 Photos by Nigel Henderson / Tate Publishing

 Welcome to Nigel Henderson's "Streets". This wonderful book comprises Henderson's photographs made in London's East End from 1949 to 1953 - around Whitechapel, Bethnal Green and Bow - and is out now from our friends at Tate Publishing. 

"Nigel Henderson started to take photographs in 1947 when he borrowed a Leica camera from Mr. Humphrey Swingler to document Slade School of Art. His mother-in-law offered to buy him a camera so he bought his own, purchasing a Rolleicord that Henderson used to document the East End, producing small square negatives from which the photographs in this book have been reproduced."

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The book is chock full of Henderson's black and white records of the neighborhood, many of which were unpublished during Henderson's lifetime. It also includes a smattering of quotes. My favourite:

"I wish, looking back, that I had been better technically; that I sung the song of every small blotch and blister, of every patch and stain on road and pavement surface, of step and rail and door and window frame. The patched garments, the creaky shoes, the worn bodies, the stout hearts and quirky independent spirit... the sheer capacity to get on with it of the disregarded... the humour and fatalism of those trapped, possibly by choice in the small tribal liaisons of the back and side streets."

I think you did OK, Mr. Henderson.

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The book explores Henderson's place in this post-war era, with fascinating tidbits such as Henderson's guiding Cartier-Bresson around Bethnal Green in 1951.

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The Tate Archive acquired his collection across two decades and has now digitized 3,000 Henderson negatives, which you can explore here.

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Nigel Henderson's "Streets" is out now, £24.99 over at the Tate's website. Added bonus - a Martin Parr quote: 'Henderson knew how to turn a street into his own theatre. He understood the simple strength of documenting the streets of London, with their players, dramas and characters. This beautiful book really brings his photographs to life.'


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All photos by Nigel Henderson / Tate Publishing

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 Working within his usual creative process, Klaus Enrique turned, along with his stomach, to producing a series of Trumps. I think we both needed to get these out of our systems.


Brighten up with Klaus' previous feature Homage to Arcimboldo.

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 From Live Burls by Kirk Crippens and Gretchen LeMaistre / Schilt Publishing 

Friend of aCurator Kirk Crippens (see previous article on the Great Recession) has a new book out now in collaboration with photographer Gretchen LeMaistre (from the lovely people at Schilt Publishing

One has to ask, WTF is wrong with people?  "In 2013, an alarming number of Redwood National Park redwood trees were shorn of their knobby protrusions, called burls. The trees were disfigured by thieves aiming to sell the distinctive burl wood on the black market. One team was bold enough to fell an entire tree for its burl. Concerned over the welfare of these iconic treasures, Kirk Crippens and Gretchen LeMaistre worked with park rangers to access each damaged tree. From 2013 to 2016, they made many visits to the redwood forests of Humboldt County, California, observing the trees in changing light and seasons."

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The trees are almost gone. Buy a copy of this book in remembrance!

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"Redwood trees are living witnesses to our human history, sometimes existing for as long as three thousand years. Out of respect for their ancient heritage, and after an extended period of aggressive logging in the late 1800s, Theodore Roosevelt championed protection efforts that led to the formation of the National Park Service. Pioneering photographers such as Carleton Watkins and Eadweard Muybridge also fostered preservation through their striking images, many of which influenced the United States Congress. Crippens and LeMaistre honor the link between the history of photography and conservation by retracing the paths and methods of the early photographic masters."

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"Today less than 5% of old-growth coast redwood forest remains in the Northern Hemisphere, most living in the Redwood National and State Parks of the United States. Since redwoods propagate through their burls, poached trees' ability to reproduce is threatened. They also become vulnerable to disease. Decades may pass before the full impact on the forest can be assessed. Live Burls marks the conflict between entitled consumption and celebration of natural resources at the heart of the American ethos.

Kirk Crippens & Gretchen LeMaistre: 
Live Burls is out now from Schilt Publishing.

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All images © Kirk Crippens and Gretchen LeMaistre, courtesy of Schilt Publishing.

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 All images © Bruce Morton.  From "Forgottonia: The Audience"

The latest installment from the delightful Bruce Morton.

I have been following Bruce for a few years now and learned much through his series Forgottonia, which is the nickname for several counties in far west central Illinois. With the recent US election I realized how ignorant I am about much of America. In Bruce's images we see his eye is kindly and fully open. 

This book of 99 pages contains 67 color photographs with an essay by Paul Berlanga of Berlanga Fine Art/Photographs, Chicago. In reference to the first two books of this trilogy Paul writes "....what make these publications really stand out are not any individual works of artistic merit (which they certainly possess) but their sense of purpose - a mission to make a record of something special that is in the ineluctable throes of passing from the scene."

Get more info on Bruce Morton's website 
See our last post on Forgottonia.

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 Northern Soul, © Elaine Constantine

 Hosted at Spectrum in Brighton and part of Brighton Fringe, Behind the Beat is a group exhibition exploring the movements and scenes over the last 50 years that have been defined by the fashion, music and stories associated with them. Through Teds, Punks, Mods, Skins, Rudeboys, B Boys and Girls, Rave to Grime with plenty in between, the exhibition incorporates photographs from some of the UK's most celebrated documentarians, including Dean Chalkley and Harris Elliott, Derek Ridgers, Elaine Constantine, Ken Russell, Stuart Griffiths, Ali Tollervey, Gavin Watson, Olivia Rose and Paul Hallam. Behind the Beat is curated by Miniclick and Ali Tollervey.

In addition to the 9 artists, the exhibition will also incorporate images, memorabilia and unique audio recordings of stories on the scenes, all submitted by the public.

Behind the Beat will be open every weekend through May, from 10am to 6pm at Spectrum, 42 Frederick Place, Brighton, UK.

Read more and see loads more fab photos on the Miniclick website.

 

One Hundred Nights at the 100 Club is a book documenting 100 different nights at London's longest running and revered music venue.

Two photographers have combined their coverage of years' worth of gigs at London's 100 Club and are reaching out to you to help fund the book. This year, it's the 75th anniversary of live music at the club. Perfect timing!

Picture it...
"The idea of this book started life, like a lot of things, down the pub. We were four mates and regular gig goers, moaning about the prospect of yet another music venue being forced to close."

"And then it came to us. Two of us - Darren Russell and Kingsley Davis are regular photographers at the 100 Club. Stephen Dowling is a music writer, and Neil Pond is a publishing project manager. That meant we had an archive of photographs taken at London's most iconic venue, spanning four decades, and writing and design experience as well. The 100 Club's 75th anniversary was approaching, so we saw the opportunity to create a high-quality photographic book that would not only celebrate this wonderful venue, but also include the voices of the people who help make the 100 Club what it is."

Bands in the book include such diverse musicians as Babyshambles, Chuck Berry, Hugh Laurie and Lee Scratch Perry!

Check out the rewards - not least of all this tasty lens cloth. And listen to Darren and Kingsley on the Robert Elms show to learn much more.

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 Terri Gold has been featured regularly in aCurator since 2010*. Nothing beats seeing a project go from strength to strength and witnessing a photographer stick to their dreams. With that, it pleases me to announce a new exhibition for Terri which opens on April 19th, 2017 at Salomon Arts Gallery in Tribeca, New York. 

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Namibia. A Himba woman by the firelight.

"Terri Gold is an award-winning international photographer who is known for her poetic infrared imagery of the remote corners of the globe and the indigenous cultures that inhabit them. Her ongoing project that examines cross-cultural truths, "Still Points in a Turning World," is on view at the Salomon Arts Gallery in Tribeca." April 19 - May 11, 2017, with an opening reception 5.30 - 8.30 on the 19th.

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Kenya. Maasai men making a fire.

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Ethiopia. Living in harmony with nature, the Suri daily adorn their bodies with materials from the world around them, using plants, animal hides, clay, and colorfully paint their bodies with these natural pigments.

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Kenya. The Samburu men, their faces painted red with crimson ochre and impressive sets of brightly colored feathers swaying atop their heads.

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Sossusvlei, Namibia. The winds blow across the land from east and west, forcing the sand upward like ocean waves, and mysterious shadows form.
Captions and all images © Terri Gold

*Terri's past features in aCurator

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Polish photographer Kamil Sleszynski graced me with this story about a center for addiction therapy last year. "The Catholic Centre for Education and Addiction Therapy Metanoia exists since 2000. The facility helps young people addicted to drugs and alcohol.

"Located in the Knyszynska Forest in Poland, it occupies the former administration building Agroma - plants which in the past produced agricultural machinery, home appliances, and probably also weapons. Unfortunately the resort is in poor condition. If by the end of the year does not collect money for repairs, will be closed."

Since then, Kamil reports that money was raised and the center has been saved. Kamil worked hard promoting this story - perhaps it helped.


See Kamil's previous story, Input/Output, in the blog.

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