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Jimi Hendrix, 1968 © Donald Silverstein

Sexy news from the ever-groovy Snap Galleries. Gallery director Guy White says it so well, I'll just nick his blurb as usual.

Abs by Jimi Hendrix 

"In 1968, New York born, London-based photographer Donald Silverstein (1934-75) created one of the most famous and recognizable images of Jimi Hendrix. It featured on a hugely popular poster, originally included as a pull-out with Electric Ladyland. This is, quite simply, one of the absolute all time classic photographs of the incendiary guitarist. "Iconic" is a very overused term these days, but in this instance it really is justified. It seems incredible given the importance of this image that it has never been available to purchase as a limited edition photograph before now, but that is the case.

Right now, for the very first time, Donald Silverstein's estate are offering collectors the chance to own this image as a limited edition. If you remember the original 1960s poster, you will know that the contrast was cranked up to 10 - and it was difficult to pick out detail. Deliberately, the limited edition photograph has been left just as Donald Silverstein would have seen it originally, and I have to say that the fine detail is just exquisite. You can get a sense of that from the image above. 

This is such a key piece. If you are an established collector, I think you are really going to want this. If you are a new collector, and are thinking about taking the plunge on something special in 2013, then this would be a truly great place to start. There are four different size choices, from 16x20 inch (40x50cm) paper right up to a monster 6 ft (1.8m) high version. If you are going to purchase one, my advice is definitely "Go Big" if space and wallet permit it. The 30x40 inch paper size would be a real showstopper.

I know, I know, it's just after Christmas, and there are all kinds of reasons why you don't want to buy something now, but think about it for a second...

...No space?  Lose a mirror. Seriously - isn't it better to look at this?

...No money after Christmas?  We can help. If you want to pay by installments we can work something out with you.

...Too much to eat over the holiday period? What better way to shed a few pounds than to take inspiration from Mr Hendrix's incredible abs? Here's how: buy the limited edition photograph, frame it and hang it on your wall; put some Jimi on very loud, put your exercise mat on the floor under the photograph and crank out the sit-ups until you look like this." 

#yum

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Mirka Krivankova captures the simple life in a small town in Městec Králove, Czech Republic. Mirka lives and works in the Czech Republic, and is a member of the Czech Federation of Photographic Art. She also publishes a blog showing the work of other photographers, and seems to be an all-round sweetheart.


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"Last Call," Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Nashville, Tennessee, 1974 © Henry Horenstein, courtesy of ClampArt

That's all for this year, folks! 

Thank you to all the wonderfully talented artists from all walks of life, and from several countries, who have been featured this year. Wishing all my contributors and readers a happy and healthy new year. 

Keep up the good work!

Julie. 


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Self-Portrait, Chelsea Hotel, 2011, © Linda Troeller  Part of CCNY's upcoming benefit auction.

The work of Linda Troeller has been growing on me. She's amazing in-person and it's always interesting to see what she's up to.

Linda's work is part of "Time Lapse/Identity," an exhibition at Ververs Gallery in Amsterdam, December 22nd to February 9th, 2013 with an opening reception on January 12th (5-7 pm).

Later that night, Linda will appear at the Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy in Amsterdam to present her photographs and stories about the legendary Chelsea Hotel in New York, where she lives. It was sold in NYC's rapid real estate development to a boutique hotel and is closed, and being renovated, with most people no longer able to live there. The landmark has been a creative home to Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Arthur Miller and Janis Joplin among many other artists. A selection of Chelsea Hotel photographs will be shown in an exhibition at the CODA Museum in Apeldoorn (Netherlands).

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Self-portraits all © Linda Troeller

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Roisin and Jordan, Russell Heights, Cobh, Ireland, 2011 © Doug Dubois

Peggy Sue Amison, Artistic Director at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh, County Cork, Ireland, shared some work from Doug Dubois that she has recently curated into an exhibition. Doug has been in residency at the Centre for the last four years, making work about a local housing estate, "focusing on the young people with a specific interest in the 'bravado of youth'."

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Dean's tatt, Russell Heights, Cobh, 2009

"During those four years, always in the summer months, Kevin, Erin and a number of other young people in the neighborhood collaborated with Doug and all that goes with large format photography (long exposures, lighting etc...) to create this collection of photographs, a somewhat fictional, somewhat documentary account of adolescence in Ireland and a coming of age story centered around this housing estate in Cobh - a place not unlike hundreds of other housing estates around the world."

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Ben in the garden, Russell Heights, Cobh, 2010

"This work is a deliberate collaboration between artist and subject - certain photographs were made spontaneously, but most are fashioned, working together, utilizing a selected wardrobe, setting and circumstance. The scenes are carefully crafted and stylized, evoking the narrative rhetoric of literature and film without doing away with the photographic claim to depict lived experience. The portraits, similarly directed, are often tightly framed to concentrate on the anxious countenance and fragile bravado of a future life not fully imagined or realized."

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Bonfire, Russell Heights, Cobh, 2011

The exhibition is on now through December 23rd, 2012 so if you're in the 'hood, please go check it out - looks rather lovely round there...

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Russell Heights, Cobh, 2011

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Eirn in the garden, Russell Heights, Cobh

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All images © Doug Dubois

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Woman Carrying Fish, by Jeremy Scott (USA). Grand Prix de la Découverte winner & 1st place in the People/Portraits category

The results of the first annual International Fine Art Photography competition were announced in November and the results were exhibited at NoFound during Paris Photo. The Grand Prix de la Découverte winners' prizes included a weekend in Paris for the opening of the exhibition during Paris Photo, and all 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners and the finalists had work accepted into the prestigious collection of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. As one of the jurors, in esteemed company, aCurator is pleased with the results and proud to publish the winners!


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Red Note, by Javier Arcenillas (Spain). Grand Prix de la Découverte winner & 1st place in the Street Photography/Documentary category

Below are some of my personal favourite runners-up.

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BBoy Attitude, by Alessandro Falco (Italy). Finalist in the Street Photography/Documentary category 

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Legs Are All You Need, by Lucia Eggenhoffer (Czech Republic). Finalist in the Street Photography/Documentary category 

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Devonian Drawer: Gastropod, by Art Murphy (USA). Finalist in the Still Life category

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An update from dedicated photographer Ronny Sen, raising funds over at emphas.is to complete this project. Give a little bit...


Stifling, claustrophobic, oppressive, sweltering. I'm not talking about the tube's airless Circle Line or the subway's over-conditioned L train in rush hour but the unreserved general compartments of Indian Railways.

Kolkata-based Ronny Sen has worked for publications in both India and abroad. His works have been published and exhibited in many countries. Since 2006 he has been awarded by the Sony World Photography Awards, National Geographic Magazine, Shoot nations by the UN, Powerhouse, The Forward Thinking Museum, and The Lonely Planet Magazine. Presently, he is working on his long term project 'Documenting Death' which revolves around people who are dying.

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All images © Ronny Sen

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I recently had the great pleasure of meeting Steven Albahari, Publisher of 21st Editions. They have the most beautiful collection of books. There is work from photographers including some of my favourites Herman Leonard, Michael Kenna, and with one of my greatest loves, Imogen Cunningham among their recent artists. Sadly, or perhaps thankfully, she is sold out. Learn more about the interesting history of 21st Editions and browse all their books. Mouth-watering!

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© Bar Am-David

Based in the UK and Tel Aviv, Bar Am-David submitted this straight-up portrayal of the people of Jaffa.

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"Tel Aviv is divided into nine districts that grew up during the city's short history. The most notable of these is Jaffa, the ancient port city out of which Tel Aviv grew. This area is traditionally made up of a greater percentage of Arabs but recent gentrification is attracting a young, professional population and Israelis.

"Jaffa is the most celebrated place in Israel, where Israelis and Arabs live in peace together despite the conflict. My purpose was to examine the lifestyle of this particular place and to look at how ordinary people survive in their extraordinary circumstances. These photographs do not pose solutions but serve as a reminder of enduring spirit through the most challenging adversity." - Bar Am-David.

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Bar is well-published and exhibited, and his work was included in the National Portrait Gallery Taylor Wessig Portrait Prize in 2010.

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All images © Bar Am-David

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The main nod I give to Thanksgiving each year is for Mrs Karsh. I could not be more thankful for this constant in my life. For the trust she places in me, the incredible photographs I represent, and for her friendship. I must not forget my close mate, Jerry Fielder, the curator and director for the Estate - these titles say nothing about what Jerry does and who he is.

In any event, this is the image that I am currently licensing - the right honorable Brian Mulroney, former PM of Canada. 'Parks Canada' will be using it in an interactive exhibit. Their Agent, Contenu Internet et nouveaux médias, made of point to tell me how much he enjoys this blog! Je suis honoré.

Brian Mulroney, 1985 © Yousuf Karsh

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