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.
My colleagues Stella Kramer, Allegra Wilde and I are proud to announce the launch of our web TV series In The Loupe. Our first episode is an interview with John Botte, photographer and NYPD detective assigned to Commissioner Bernard Kerik on 9/11.
Tiny Ropes of Misery, 2008. Collaboration with photographer Anja Schaffner
Riitta Ikonen is a self-described "interdisciplinary artist creating visionary images through costume and collaboration." Working across different media, Riitta produces delightful work, insightful work, political work or a combo thereof. Everything on her website is enjoyable (try 'Fantasticology'); she's done some really cool things ('Mail Art') and won some wicked awards (Shortlisted for the London 2012 Olympic Bridges arts commission).
Riitta was born and raised in Finland, and now lectures at the University of Brighton in England. She has exhibited worldwide regularly since 2004 and been involved in a myriad of creative ventures. Hat tip to photographer Janette Beckman for the intro via her pal, artist Ian Wright.
This was a tough edit to make so better visit her website and see what else you might enjoy.
This is an important project that deserves your backing if you are in any way concerned about or interested in the business of incarceration in the United States. A nice lad from the north of England, now living in Seattle, Pete Brooks ardently brings illuminating photographs and true stories to our lives.
"I believe the United States needs to pursue large-scale prison and sentencing reform. We must stop warehousing people and be creative with rehabilitation. Prisons in the US are socially and economically unsustainable. As they exist, prisons are a liability ... and they are ignored."
Out of the corner of the eye I keep on Twitter I noticed my photo-network-pal Pete Brook mention Barry Goldwater. I followed his link through to The Photo Exchange and from there to the Barry Goldwater Photographs website; he was an avid and talented photographer, and all of Goldwater's four children spent time in his darkroom during their childhood.
The senator's estate published a book, "The Eyes of His Soul, The Visual Legacy of Barry M. Goldwater, Master Photographer (2003)" and on its web page Goldwater's son, Michael, writes "Famed photographer Yousuf Karsh, on assignment for Life Magazine, arrived at our home in Phoenix during the 1964 presidential campaign and spent three days surveying sites and checking the light without clicking the shutter once until the last day. The photographs were beautiful. Dad told me later that I had just learned an important lesson from a Master Photographer that he greatly admired."
Artist Rob Hann is physically in New York much of the time. But I know deep down he's always on the road. I'm thrilled to present a summery selection of rich and gorgeous photographs from a trip earlier this year.
"While trying to decide where to go on my latest road trip I found myself singing Little Feat's 1971 song, Willin', one of my absolute favourites. There's a line in the song that goes "I've been from Tucson, to Tucumcari, Tehachapi to Tonopah" so that's what I did. I flew into Tucson, Arizona, got a rental car and headed off. In 2 weeks I drove 5,700 miles and took in 7 States. Curiously, I never took any pictures in Tucson or Tucumcari, Tehachapi or Tonopah." View the magazine full screen photo feature.
As much as Jim Henson and the Muppets were a major part of childhood, it's Peanuts for which I feel the most love. Snoopy and Woodstock featured heavily in my childhood and I often think about Snoopy's happy dance when I'm feeling like celebrating.
New York's Museum of the Moving Image is the current venue for 'Jim Henson's Fantastic World', a traveling exhibition by the Smithsonian Institution. "The exhibition spans Henson's entire career, with drawings, cartoons, and posters produced during his college years in the late 1950s and objects related to the inspired imaginary world of his popular 1982 fantasy film, The Dark Crystal. The exhibition features artifacts from Henson's best-known projects, The Muppet Show, The Muppet Movie and its sequels, Fraggle Rock, and Sesame Street, in addition to materials from Sam and Friends, an early show he created in the 1950s, and his pioneering television commercial work in the 1960s." Miss Piggy, Kermit and Bert and Ernie are all there as well! Let's go!