"Pushing back against the voices of intolerance by celebrating the beauty and strength of New York's diversity."
"This project aims to publish a hardcover book of social documentary photographs taken on Broadway, not the theater district but the 13 mile long street that runs through the entirety of Manhattan. The collection is a meditation on the city's diversity and the tolerance that holds it together.
"I'm launching this in this moment because I want to be proactive and push back against the intolerant voices that are overpowering the conversation and sowing the seeds of division by presenting a celebration of the great strength that comes from embracing diversity. New York's success over the years, it's growth into one of the worlds capital cities is proof of this.
"In a desire to spread the word beyond the 'bubble' of Manhattan and other urban centers I'll going to match every backer by donating a copy to free to a school or college."
All images © David McIntyre
The "Ruffle a Summer Soire" dress, à la kale. Tea-length, naturally. Accents include turmeric and quinoa belt,
lime, and turmeric shades, and tomato and red quinoa corset heels to elevate the overall presentation.
A fabulous new project from Evelina Reinhart
, a photographer whose work with food brought us The Joy of Eating
, a photo series-turned-book about food for acid reflux sufferers that she made as her thesis project at SVA
. Next up is 'Our Appetite for Trends.'
"They come and go as quickly as the next runway show. Technically, perhaps, they're comestibles, but what we're devouring are trends. If it's not in Vogue it's not going into our mouths."
Read all the color stories over at Evy's website
, and see prints this week at Gallery 128, as part of The Fun Food Show, opening December 1st, 2016. Private reception, December 9th, 2016, 6-9pm. 128 Rivington Street, NYC.
Evy tells me it took about 30 hours to create one image. She's a fantastic food stylist. "The canvas was large, 30 x 35 inches, and it was filled with real food and then photographed."
Oh yeah - Reel Art Press
does it again! The Estate of Jim Marshall
is pleased to announce the launch of "Jim Marshall: Jazz Festival
" (Reel Art Press, September, 2016). We lost a true hard-working character when Jim died, and we thank Amelia Davis for her dedication to keeping his work out there, and editing such a rich and fabulous book (and for letting me make an edit for this story! Thank you!) The book covers six years of Monterey and Newport Jazz Festivals, on stage and behind the scenes, and is chock-a-block with pics.
In time for the holidays this is a good bet for music lovers and those interested in jazz and its history.
Sonny Rollins, Newport Jazz Festival, 1963
Johnny Hodges, Monterey Jazz Festival, 1961
Nina Simone, Newport Jazz Festival, 1963
Cannonball Adderley Sextet, Newport Jazz Festival, 1963
Duke Ellington Orchestra, Monterey Jazz Festival, 1960
Odetta, Monterey Jazz Festival, 1960
Dizzy Gillespie, Monterey Jazz Festival, 1963
Crowd, Monterey Jazz Festival, 1960
See previous aCurator posts on books from Reel Art: Disco
by Bill Bernstein and Woodstock
by Baron Wolman.
When I first met Arthur Drooker
, at PhotoLucida
portfolio reviews in 2015, his book on conventions was still a twinkle in his hungry eye. Arthur had hit upon the idea of covering a variety of the countrywide events held for certain, specific interests.
"In 2013, while researching a potential photo series about historical reenactors, I came across the Association of Lincoln Presenters website. They were promoting their upcoming convention. When I saw that, a bell went off in my head. That's it! Conventions."
Hail to the Chiefs, Association of Lincoln Presenters convention
'The Association of Lincoln Presenters welcomed me to their convention and it was a great experience. From there I began researching other conventions, specifically quirky and photogenic gatherings that really show like-minded people sharing their passion whether it be taxidermy, clowning, or fetishes."
Her knight to remember, Military History Fest
"Each year, according to a Convention Industry Council study, there are 1.8 million conventions, conferences, and trade shows in the United States. These gatherings directly support 1.7 million jobs, $263 billion in spending, and $14.3 billion in federal tax revenue. As impressive as these figures are, they don't interest me as a photographer. I see conventions not as revenue sources but as visual treasures. To me, they're unique expressions of community, culture and connection."
Mernage a Trois, Merfest
All together now, VentHaven ConVENTion
Clown cluster, World Clown Association
Blown Away, Military History Fest
Brony parade, Bronycon
All images © Arthur Drooker
"The remote New Mexico community of Pie Town is famous for the photographs that Farm Security Administration photographer Russell Lee made there during the Great Depression. In this book author-photographer Arthur Drooker documents his own travels to Pie Town to find out what became of it seventy years after Lee visited."
"Vera & John" is a collection of photographs that Jason Wilde
made from notes that his mum, Vera, left for his Dad, John. Without Vera's knowledge, John and Jason saved more than 90 notes between 2005 and 2014. Jason then set about making more than 4000 photos of paving stones on specific streets in Camden, north London, where they and five generations of Jason's family have lived, using those images as the background for his photographs of the notes. Simply brilliant, fascinating, and fun.
View the full screen magazine photo feature
- These are but a few of the insights into the life of Vera & John. See more: Jason has launched a Kickstarter campaign to turn this into a book. Enjoy the video promo, and drop a bit of cash - the pound is so weak you can get a book for $26! Contribute here
"The idea of making a project about my mum and dad came to me while visiting their home in 2005. With no one home I had a rummage through the fridge and food cupboards before making a nice cup of tea. Leaning against the wall next to the kettle was a note. I had been collecting notes since 2003 for a different project (called 'Silly Arse Broke It') and realised that this single note outlining that evenings dinner arrangements was a potential project."
See "Silly Arse
" here in aCurator Magazine.
"Change" is a series of photographs of American quarter-dollars that Ralf Graebner
found on the streets of New York City, intrigued by "the metamorphosis of these quarters from looking identical when they were minted to looking distinctly unique after they had been exposed to various harsh environments over time."
He creates these graphic depictions by combining thousands of thin image slices made with a macro lens to produce a "three-dimensionally stitched image." Hard to reckon so here's the full monty on his method:
"I am using a technique called "focus stacking" to overcome two limitations of conventional photography, namely, extremely limited depth of field in macro photography at open aperture, and loss of detail through diffraction when the aperture is stopped down.
In other words, in conventional single-shot macro photography you either have to accept shallow depth of field but good detail where in focus, or more depth of field but overall soft images due to the detail-robbing effects of diffraction when you close the aperture.
What I do instead is take pictures with extreme shallow depth of field (around 1/100 of a millimeter!) but with the highest image quality where the image is in focus, and between each exposure I move the camera in increments of 1/100mm towards the subject. In order to capture a subject that requires 1 millimeter of depth of field with this technique I need to make 100 exposures. These 100 shots are then analyzed by a software that determines what's in focus and what's not, and merges everything into one image with complete depth of field, discarding what's out of focus."
Phew! Not enough for you?
"I repeat this process 30-40 times, photographing small sections of the coin, until all of the subject is captured. These 30-40 focus-stacked images are then stitched together to become the final image. With this technique I capture so much detail that I could create 10' x 10' prints that are tack-sharp. The limitations are merely the maximum width of chromogenic paper available, as well as portability of the prints: more than 7 feet, and I would run into problems getting the prints through regular-sized door frames."
Did you know? A quarter costs 11 cents to produce.
Cherry Lips © Pacifico Silano
Contributing editor to this blog Efrem Zelony-Mindell
is not only a great writer, and artist, he is also a great curator. Never doing anything by half, Efrem put together a fascinating group show that is running now through September 23, 2016 at the Rubber Factory
down on New York's lower east side - 29 Ludlow to be precise.
Untitled © Izaac Encisco
I credit Efrem for keeping me on my toes and making sure I don't get too comfy in my taste. There is such a variety of works here that the show feels huge but is in fact small and easily consumable. You can read a proper sensible interview on Humble Arts
between Efrem and Stephen Frailey, head of SVA's photography program and founder of Dear Dave magazine, which is concurrently featuring the images from this show.
Marital Troubles © Ilana Savdie
The full list of exhibited artists is: Thomas Albdorf, Ellen Carey, Alli Coates, Joy Drury Cox, Dillon Dewaters, Izaac Enciso, Aaron Hegert, Nico Krijno, Namsa Leuba, Ryan Oskin, Signe Pierce, Ilana Savdie, Pacifico Silano, and Quinn Torrens.
Untitled II, from the series "The African Queens" © Namsa Leuba
may have the best tactic to banish the dilemma of how to make a nude subject instantly comfortable for the camera. "I'll get naked too, that's fine." He tells me it happens just like that. Everything's ok if you're naked together. Aloisio's body of work Gay Wildlife
makes you comfortable. His passion for his community and his peers is instantly read in the photographs. There's something individual and unique about each subjects gaze into the camera. Aloisio and his subjects talk the entire time they're shooting; they share roles of dominance and submissiveness. That performance isn't one that happens in the photos, but there is something matter of fact and bare that results in the images from those interactions.
© Mickey Aloisio
"I love photographing the bear community because bears have this confidence about them. Maybe it's taken them a long time to achieve, but they understand the beauty of their bodies." The men in Aloisio's images give him something, but they are also able to take something from him. So do we as viewers. These photographs establish a connection and allow for the ability to be a part of a very significant and established history of camaraderie among certain types of men. The photos aren't just of naked men; they're about people. The men in Aloisio's images are more bare than naked, they tell us something about themselves. The playfulness of his imagery and the subject overcomes a very human feeling - nervousness.
© Mickey Aloisio
Sometimes it's incredibly difficult to be comfortable in your own skin and know who you are. Gay Wildlife is Aloisio's way of talking to these men who captivate him and finding out who they are, who he is, and what his community of peers is all about. These men come from all walks of life, and by photographing them in their private spaces their personalities shine through. The work is a collaboration. It'd be too easy to say these images are pornographic, position and environments are sexual, our bodies are simply the form of who we are. Just because we don't know these men doesn't make these photos voyeuristic. A huge part of any great portrait is not knowing who's in the picture. Aloisio just wants to allow these men a platform and voice to be heard, they are beautiful.
© Mickey Aloisio
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© J A Mortram
Through his ongoing commitment to Small Town Inertia
, Jim Mortram is dedicated to showing what life is like for people living in the margins of society. Basing his experiences solely around the area in which he lives, we see how the system is failing his neighbours and by extension the disadvantaged across the UK.
"Witnessing Tilney1's battle with Paranoid Schizophrenia over the course of the past 12 months, his medication changes, his endurance in isolation, his fight to exist and to navigate existence with and often without the regular support and contact with professional care teams, has been both terrifying and illuminating."
"It was as though watching a man drowning beneath the ice. I see him hitching for breath, chest heaving, eyes wild, fingers whipping at the indifferent, almost invisible, wall above.
I can do nothing but witness." J A Mortram, 2016
Film about Jim by Neale James
"This short film documentary introduces one of photography's more altruistic photographers and the people for whom his pictures have made real life impact."
Being on the receiving end of all sorts of submissions each day is a privilege I do not take for granted. Blaise Djilo
is a photographer in the Cameroon who sent over an email upon discovering aCurator. Here is a small sample of his photographs of the everyday. You should also check out his photographs of Japanese dance Butoh performed in Africa