British photographer John Paul Evans' bodies of work take a sideways look at traditional representations of marriage - "performative responses to the history of the wedding portrait in western art" - and feature himself and his husband, Peter.
You can see some of Evans' photographs right now, as part of the Pride Photo Awards at Foam Museum of Photography in Amsterdam, July 31st to August 20th, 2015.
Gabriela Herman's portrait series features sons and daughters of gay parents. The Kids get a chance to tell their stories as part of the project - some of them are pretty surprising, some are funny, all of them are interesting. Gabriela began the project before the US Supreme Court ruled on same-sex marriage, addressing this strange question about whether it is in kids' interest to be raised by two people of the same sex...
I asked 'Are you gay?' and he says 'Well, I haven't had any experiences to be sure.' And I think the next words out of my mouth were, 'Dad, I'm pretty sure you're gay.'
Props to Gabriella and the "kids" for their collaboration, and my personal props to my dear friend Jenny Laden, one of the founders of a camp for children of gay parents some moons ago; I believe their chosen collective noun was "Queerspawn"! Read Jenny's story here.
Here is a body of work from another interesting photographer I met at PhotoLucida. Donna Pinckley showed prints from this series, "Sticks and Stones," which is a work in progress, sadly, as Pinckley continues to meet mixed race couples who experience verbal abuse because of their skin colours.
Alongside teaching, Arkansas-based Pinckley has been making strong portraits for years. When you're done here, check out her colour work.
"For over twenty years I have photographed a particular social and cultural group of children. Before my eyes and in front of my camera they have passed through adolescence into young adulthood. My goal throughout has been to portray not how the world sees them, but how they see themselves.
"I began by working with one child at a time, but as my subjects have grown up and matured, people and relationships have replaced toys and skateboards, both in their lives and in my photographs--siblings and friends, casual acquaintances, and mostly recently, romantic partners.
""Sticks and Stones" began with an image of one of my frequent subjects and her African-American boyfriend. Her mother and I were catching up in the kitchen when she told me of the cruel taunts hurled at her daughter for dating a boy of another race. As she was speaking I was reminded of another mother in another kitchen many years ago, whose daughter had been the object of similar racial slurs. What struck me was the resilience of both couples in the face of derision, their refusal to let others define them.
"I have continued photographing interracial couples of all ages, aiming as always to capture how they see themselves, the world of love and trust they have created despite adversity. I began adding the hateful words they've been subjected to at the bottom of the images as a reminder of how the world too often sees them. For me, and I hope for viewers, the juxtaposition is stark and disturbing."
"Free Summer Block Party Series Connecting East Harlem and Museum Mile Featuring Live Music, Art, Food and More."
Summer is most definitely upon us and I for one am looking forward to New York City's stinking hot August. But 'Uptown Bounce' kicks off this Wednesday, July 22, 2015! From 6-9 pm, El Museo del Barrio and Museum of the City of New York Present Uptown Bounce: Summer Nights @ 104th and Fifth.
The Hip Hop Revolution exhibition is still on at MCNY and should not be missed. Featuring the photographs of three photographers, Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Martha Cooper, the exhibition is an immersive experience that includes personal ephemera such as polaroids signed by the musicians on set.
At the opening for Hip Hop Revolution I was shocked at the number of New Yorkers who confessed they had never been to the Museum of the City of New York before. Get it sorted, people!
Talking to the BJP: "The online shop will allow us to not only showcase new and emerging talent, that otherwise might not have made its way into the main gallery space, but will also aim to expose some fascinating projects and one off pieces from within the collection," says Hoppen. "I think our programme of online shows will have something for everyone."
I have been curious about online print sales for years now, who is buying online, at what price points. "Affordable" might be the key here, but I still say "who knows?". Good luck to Hoppen on taking this step.
Newly available first edition gravures from Karl Blossfeldt's gorgeous plant series for £250!
Also now online are images from Matt Henry, who says of his series 'My personal practice focuses on America during the 1960s and 1970s. The works take the form of staged scenes constructed as set-builds in the UK using props sourced from here and the United States."
And just launched are Joseph Szabo's Rolling Stones Fans. In 1978 Szabo was gifted a ticket by two of his students in return for a ride to see the gig in Philadelphia. He found himself immersed in a crowd of 90,000... A book is out now.
Hoppen are also promoting their artist Eamonn Doyle and his just-released book "ON" which includes kind words from Martin Parr: "With this new series of work he has come back down to street level and made a series of scenarios showing the intricacies, and indeed mysteries of life on the Dublin streets. The images are often details of a wider take and are the kind of observations we all make when we walk along, but would never dream of capturing." They will be offering signed copies soon.
Another photographer scored at Photolucida portfolio reviews. Bangalore-based Archana Vikram asked women between the ages of 35 and 55 to bring her five objects that hold important memories for them.
Vikram says: "The series seeks to convey the deeper connection betweens the "things" we hold dear and who we are. The nuances depicted by each object in a frame and how and why it was one of the five things treasured by each subject were fascinating. The essence of each personality isn't the object or group of objects in each frame but its significance to the subject or the memory or experience it calls to their mind."
Boston-based Eileen Clynes is a proudly recovering Catholic; she is also an exceptional person: a talented artist, a veteran of US armed forces, and a powerful head-turning presence. She thrilled me to bits with her modern-day saints when we met last April at the Photolucida portfolio reviews.
Of this series she says: "Exceptional Holiness is inspired by growing up Catholic and having a fascination with religious art. The work is a modern take on traditional Catholic Saint cards, drawing inspiration from tchotchke-style religious art such as hologram last suppers and light-up Virgin Marys."
"I approach this work using a similar style where saints and holiness were portrayed, but also adding elements of political and social issues to explore what modern holiness might look like."
Read more about the modern day saints on the Exceptional Holiness website and over on Clynes' blog. You can pick yourself up a number of votive candles in the gift shop! But where is hologram Jesus??
From Primordial Landscapes, images by Feodor Pitcairn, published by powerHouse Books
"Primordial Landscapes: Iceland Revealed elegantly explores the diverse and raw beauty of Iceland's extraordinary landscapes through striking images by photographer and naturalist Feodor Pitcairn and the inspired words of geophysicist, author, and poet Ari Trausti Guðmundsson."
We don't need the official press release to help us fall in love with these spectacular images and this cracking-looking book. Otherwise, Feodor Pitcairn's production company specializes in underwater work, and indeed "Mr. Pitcairn took delivery of the first Sony hi-def handy camera delivered to the U.S. in March of 1988, and has been shooting in HD ever since."
These were shot on a Hasselblad. Jolly fabulous they are too. The book is out July 7, 2015, from powerHouse Books.
From Primordial Landscapes, all images by Feodor Pitcairn, published by powerHouse Books
The photography world lost a Great last month, with the departure of the lovely Harold Feinstein. Feinstein's wife, Judith Thompson, had wisely spent several years recording him speaking about his life and work - just a short clip of which is seen here. "This clip, edited from a 15 minute reverie on life and photography came from a taped conversation on June 17th, just three days before he passed. Here he speaks about the gift of life and the continuous adventure of unwrapping this gift...even after departing from the body. Harold's appreciation for life and beauty will live on through his images and teachings for generations to come."
"When your mouth drops open, click the shutter." - Harold Feinstein