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"Patron" Hillbilly Ranch, Boston, Massachusetts, 1972 © Henry Horenstein, courtesy of Horenstein and ClampArt


I am pleased to present a small selection of images from Henry Horenstein's 'Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music.' As you can see, I went with a selection of people on the periphery, but you can also see some big-name country music stars at ClampArt, NYC, where the exhibition is on now through October 13th, and online, in conjunction with Henry's latest book of the same title.

"Some say the 1970s were the last great decade of country music - between the pomade, plaid jackets, and goofy hillbilly jokes of the 1950s and the more polished 'Urban Cowboy' sound of Nashville in the early 1980s. Horenstein's work captures it all, from the roadside seediness of TJ's Lounge to the backstage glamour at the Grand Ole Opry. From bluegrass festivals and country music parks to the honky tonks and dance halls, these images picture such celebrities as Dolly Parton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Waylon Jennings, up to a recent cardboard cut-out of Garth Brooks (which speaks volumes about the artist's personal opinion of the direction the genre has taken of late). However, the photographs feature not only the stars, but also include the familiar venues and enthusiastic fans who sustain them."

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Full disclosure: I am now working at ClampArt and thrilled to be in a position to work with artists such as Henry, and others who have been published here in the past, not least of all one of my favourites, Lori Nix.

Submissions to aCurator are still thoroughly encouraged!

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Jennifer Schwartz, owner of Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, fund-raiser, educator, and photographer in her own right, completed a successful campaign recently to buy a VW bus, deck it out with flat files, and create a Crusade For Collecting. Jennifer is genuinely invested in making art accessible and affordable. Taking the van to multiple cities she'll be pitching an art tent and giving away photographs! "Creating collectors on the spot." As Jennifer says, people care so much more these days about the source of the goods they purchase, they could be experiencing the pleasure of buying art directly from artists, instead of buying mass-produced.

"This is about bringing attention to photography and the work of emerging photographers. It is about opening people up to the idea of supporting, patronizing and buying art. I hope there is enthusiasm and support out there from photographers, artists and students."

Trust me, when you see her make the pitch, you'll be on-board. Nobody denies la Schwartz. "I am willing to crash on couches and eat beef jerky, but gas takes cash money. I'll do the driving, you just give a few bucks and spread the word."

Here's the original campaign. Now help her take the art to the people!

DONATE $1 + HERE.



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© Laurie Griffiths

I love Brighton, a seaside town in my home country of England. And, I love students. Here is the related news.

"A collection of work by 15 photographic artists goes on show from September 14 - 21, 2012 as part of the Photography MA at the University of Brighton. The exhibition 'Déjà Vu' showcases emerging and established international talent and multiple award winners of high-profile competitions including the London Photography Festival, 2011 East-West Art Award, 1000 Words European Photography Award, The BookCase Study Publication Award. The catalogue, which will be available both at the exhibition and online at the App store will feature images from each artist and an essay by Joanna Lowry, MA Photography Course Leader." (Read it here.)

"The course has a reputation for developing an informed practice in contemporary independent photography, combined with high levels of craftsmanship and a conceptual depth that gives the resulting work an intensity, professionalism and edginess that is distinctive. This is a fantastic opportunity to see progressive photographic-based work in the heart of Brighton before it travels further afield."

So, if you're fortunate enough to be around, head to the University of Brighton Foyer Gallery, Grand Parade, Brighton. Chuck a pebble into the sea for me.

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© Chloe Lelliott

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© Virgilio Ferreira

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© Vanessa Roy

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Kurt Hollander submitted some work recently. His blurb said that he's from NY but has been living in Mexico City for 20 years, and quite prolific, too: "...edited Poliester, a contemporary art magazine of the Americas, from 1982-2000, wrote and directed Carambola (2005), a feature film starring Diego Luna, am the author of el Super (rm 2006) and Sonora: the magic market (rm 2008) and have exhibited my photos in galleries and museums in Mexico City and recently at Rotunda gallery in Brooklyn."

As more avid followers know, I actively dislike a small number of subjects, including religious iconography. So I wanted to see what else Kurt had other than "Holy gore" - Mexican loos hit the spot! Enjoy!

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Kurt_Hollander_21.jpgAll images © Kurt Hollander

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© UNICEF /  Betty Press

"When a child behaves like an adult he sees what an adult sees." African proverb

This series of photographs is from Betty Press' 20 year project which has culminated in a book 'I Am Because We Are: African Wisdom in Image and Proverb.'

"The title of the book comes from a well-known proverb, attributed to South Africa, 'I am because we are: we are because I am.' It speaks to the interconnectedness and responsibility that we have for each other, and it embodies the concept of Ubuntu, the African idea of living harmoniously in community. Together the images and proverbs tell the story of life, moving through: family, home, education, relationships, work, leisure, environment, conflict, peace, music, dance, religion, wisdom, old age, and death, finally coming full circle with hope, as life goes on with the descendants and the living community. The proverbs in this book have been compiled by Annetta Miller who has been collecting proverbs for more than 30 years. Ms. Miller, an American born in Tanzania, has worked in East Africa for most of her life."

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Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. The night-stalking young master of film and printing, Michael Massaia.

Here's Michael's aCurator magazine spread featuring some of the scenes shown in this video interview.

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I so happily stumbled upon this open-air exhibition when in London for a few days just after the Olympics, with London pretty much universally in a post-games, pre-Paralympics glow. Seventy-eight of photojournalist Tom Stoddart's signature black and white pictures are on display at More London Riverside, between City Hall and HMS Belfast, through September 11th, 2012.

"The world's nations are joined together in a wonderful sporting festival whose motto is 'swifter, higher, stronger'. I hope that people visiting the exhibition will leave with a greater determination to understand and help those with little access to clean water, food and medicines who, through no fault of their own, cannot run more swiftly, jump higher or be stronger." Tom Stoddart.

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Perspectives has been created with the participation of the International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC, featuring photographs taken by Tom Stoddart for the Health Care in Danger campaign.

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Original photographs © Tom Stoddart. Exhibition shots © Julie Grahame

Thanks go to enthusiastic photographer and educator Gilvanio Bragagnolo for talking me through the exhibition and recording me for the 78Perspectives Visitor Feedback!

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Gerbera © Fong Qi Wei

Whilst I loved Fong Qi Wei's 'Exploded Flower' series, I was curious to see what he would come up with next. Here we are with 'Floral Swirls.'

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Pompom

Qi Wei says "'Floral Swirls' is a series where I delve into sub-theme of colors in flowers. Just as art wants an audience's attention, flowers have evolved to demand attention from pollinators like bees, humans, birds and so on. A main feature of flowers are their colors which are distinctive and conspicuous. The set of images abstract out the colors of various flowers from their intricate structure (as investigated in my 'Exploded Flowers' series). As you look on this series you should find your attention being drawn to a select few, and perhaps ponder why that certain color combination is attractive to you."

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Protea

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Iris

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Sunflower. All images © Fong Qi Wei

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Groom, Texas © Rob Hann

Repeat contributor and good mate Rob Hann makes collaborating easy and fun. I share his Brit-ex-pat love for the American highway so I am pleased to once again chuck you in the passenger seat and take you away for a bit.

"For my latest road trip I wanted to travel around the edge of Texas so that's what I did. I flew into Houston and drove a rental car anti-clockwise all the way round, with a couple of trips into the interior, til I got back to Houston. Here are some of the pictures I took along the way." - Rob Hann, August 2012

Enjoy the rest of summer! (apologies for being Northern Hemisphere-centric)

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See Rob's previous features here and here.

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Citroen © Jean-Baptiste Courtier

We have to keep smiling somehow and photographers like Jean-Baptiste Courtier give a big helping hand!

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Cheval touquet

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Le sourire du plombier

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L'equilibriste

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Machine à laverAll images © Jean-Baptiste Courtier

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