She asked, they told: a video collection of photographs and personal stories from JoAnn Santangelo's long-term project featuring 65 gay people who were forced to served from the closet.

So long, Don't Ask, Don't Tell. May we never see the likes of you again.

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Anderson Smith is, according to one of his clients "one of the best in Atlanta." His fashion photography is beautiful, nicely playful, but I chose some examples from his personal work for this blog. Not just a cool photographer, Anderson is also the smooth host of a weekly radio show One Hour Photo: "Everything photography and more" on Armada FM - how clever!

Anderson interviewed me and my In The Loupe colleague Stella Kramer recently, posing some excellent questions and making the hour interesting and entertaining. We look forward to guesting again in the future.

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All images © Anderson Smith
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Queer Kid Jonathan, from Texas, on a billboard in Amsterdam © M. Sharkey

News from Camp Sharkey "Queer Kids goes global with features in The Guardian/Observer, La Repubblica in Milan and coming up, Paris' Têtu. Also, FIVE Queer Kids photos win a Pride Photo prize, get billboards in Amsterdam + exhibition."

Sharkey's feature ran in aCurator last year: he's done an amazing job at getting this important series published. Here's to many more!

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Plus a lovely new series on Brooklyn's mean, green hipsters.

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"I might even show you my photograph album. You might even see a face in it which might remind you of your own, of what you once were. You might see faces of others, in shadow, or cheeks of others, turning, or jaws, or backs of necks, or eyes, dark under hats, which remind you of others, whom you once knew, whom you thought long dead, but from whom you will still receive a sidelong glance, if you can face the good ghost. Allow the love of the good ghost. They possess all that emotion... trapped. Bow to it. It will assuredly never release them, but who knows... what relief... it may give to them... who knows how they may quicken... in their chains, in their glass jars. You think it cruel... to quicken them, when they are fixed, imprisoned? No...no. Deeply, deeply, they wish to respond to your touch, to your look, and when you smile, their joy... is unbounded. And so I say to you, tender the dead, as you yourself would be tendered, now, in what you would describe as your life." Harold Pinter from 'No Man's Land' requested by Pinter to be spoken at his funeral. Via Steve Pyke

Los Muertos, Mummies of Guanajuato, opens at Art Jail, 50 Eldridge Street, NYC on September 23rd, 2011, with a reception on Thursday 22nd - hope to see you there.

Full the full screen magazine photo feature.

Read the story behind the photographs on Joerg Colberg's Conscientious.

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Yousuf Karsh photographed Mrs Kennedy in 1957, and here is his story:

"Widowhood and adversity had not yet touched the glamorous young wife of the handsome Senator from Massachusetts. Our meeting was at Hammersmith, her mother's home in Newport. I photographed her against a Coromandel screen that complemented her dark beauty. Weeks later, in New York, she saw me walking down Fifth Avenue and rushed toward me to inquire breathlessly about her photographs. Our last meeting was shortly before her untimely death, when she came to my exhibition 'American Legends.' She stood alone at the entrance, her quiet presence penetrating the crowd."

Jacqueline Kennedy, 1957 © Yousuf Karsh



"I owe graffiti for introducing me to the fine art world."

When the Internet began to become an increasingly necessary tool for business and I was still running the photo agency, I was oft peeved by the graffiti artist named Retna for having the same name as my company and showing up accordingly in search results. Licensing images to the press ensured we always had a pretty good presence if you Googled 'Retna' but as time has gone by the graffiti artist has won, and my old agency returns solely because they own the URL.

I'm happy to hereby contribute to the artist's ongoing success, and I actually rather like his work. Plus, he says he got the name from a Raekwon song, which is a better story than any I used to make up if asked.
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Opening at Amador Gallery in midtown NYC on September 13 and running until November 19th, 2011, is an exhibition by Lars TunBjörk. It looks to be most entertaining.

"Amador Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition of color photographs by internationally renowned Swedish photographer Lars Tunbjörk, featuring works from 1988-2002. This exhibition in many ways constitutes a trilogy, focusing on an investigative arc that Tunbjörk has examined through a series of lauded photo-books: Landet Utom Sig (Country Beside Itself), Home and Office."

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All images © Lars TunBjörk courtesy of Amador Gallery

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Nick Brandreth is a freelance photographer in New Jersey. He studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology, whose graduating class I used to welcome to my photo agency each year, prior to my departure in 2006. I was always impressed with the work and the well-rounded skills they learned from top profs Dennis Defibaugh and Doug Manchee. Nick is a contributor to various publications including the Wall Street Journal. He has a self-portrait in the About section of his website, something I live in hope for.

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All images © Nick Brandreth

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Stephen Bulger Gallery "is pleased to present 'Queer', the first comprehensive overview of Sunil Gupta's work to date. Exploring narratives of contemporary gay life in India and other parts of the world, he has tackled issues of gender and sexuality and documented his own experiences of living with HIV."

The Toronto-based gallery is holding a reception with the photographer this Thursday, September 15th, from 5 - 8 pm.

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Ajay Malghan hadn't been in touch since last year, when I looked through some very different, very personal work of his. I had been impressed with his attitude towards a grave diagnosis followed by multiple surgeries (see his light-hearted statement here.)

Studying hard in the interim, and taking advantage of rapidly-disappearing resources (a photo store going out of business; the impending removal of color darkrooms from his school) Ajay produced this camera-less series of fruit and veg - his statement on humans' modification of the natural world around them.

"Naturally Modified deals with how our intake has forced us to modify our crops in order to keep up with our methods of consumption. By altering genes and modifying these crops we're altering nature without fully understanding the consequences. There's a reason the cycle of corn (and other crops) takes as long as it does and I think we're opening up a Pandora's box by speeding up the process.

Nature has developed its cycles over thousands of years and we've managed to alter (them) in the last couple of decades... Our imposition on nature is distorting the line between what is needed and what we construct to support our needs. This is why (in this series) a lemon is purple or an onion is red; because with genetic modification, pesticides and fertilizers, they're no longer what we thought they were." Ajay Malghan

Ajay plans to make this body of work his thesis and aims to present large, mounted prints.

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