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A short interview with yours truly from SlideShowPro about aCurator photo magazine. SSP is the platform upon which top web designer bigflannel built the mag. With thanks to Todd Dominey.

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Hot off the press! This special edition newspaper from Arkitip features images from the archive of Janette Beckman in a 24-page photo-heavy collectible. Yours for only $7.50.
 
aCurator with preview copy, NYC © Janette Beckman

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The lovely Manjari Sharma has an exhibition opening at Paul Kopeikin Gallery in Culver City, LA on January 8th with the show up through February 12th. Prints from Manjari's Water series will be on view. There will be a closing reception that she will be "flying in from India for" and there will be an Indian food truck! Sigh.

Read more on Manjari's blog.

From the Shower Series © Manjari Sharma

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Writer/Photographer Ricky Powell posted this bonkers interview with Janette Beckman, which they did together while wandering through Central Washington Square Park last summer, chatting about the musicians, scenes and fans Janette has photographed in her brilliant career. It is a really really good read!

As Ricky says of JB, "Peep her shit. You'll be like, "Whhhaaattt?!""

Skinheads © Janette Beckman

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aCurator is pleased to begin a new year with an artist whose work I have admired for some time. 

Jen Davis' photographs have been widely exhibited since she graduated with her BA in 2002 (she subsequently gained an MFA in Photography from Yale University School of Art in 2008), and I have seen them in many, varied locations, most recently as part of FlakPhoto's 100 Portraits series. Brian Clamp introduced me to her photographs some time ago. It wasn't until I met her at Aperture's Snap! Benefit* in November, that I worked up courage to press her about a feature. She kindly pulled the images together during the holidays and here we are. Thanks to mutual friend, photographer Adam Krause, for endorsing me.

View the magazine full screen photo feature.

Untitled No. 34, 2010 © Jen Davis

*click through for a great pic of Jen at the event!

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Thanks to my contributors for their work and to my readers for their support in aCurator's first year. Here's to many more fabulous features in 2011.

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Where I go for the holidays © aCurator
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Urszula Tarasiewicz is a graduate of the Polish National Film School. She says she occupies her time with "large format prints, making modern photo murals with minimalistic landscapes, pictures for interior decoration and film, theater and television scenography." She's currently working 14 hours a day on a movie set.

Her latest body of personal work is 'New Urban Legends', a project featuring local children dressing up as heroes and villains from their neighborhood. Here we present a selection from 'Firemen'.

Urszula shoots on a Hassleblad, on film.  

View the magazine full screen photo feature.

Check out some of Urszula's books.

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Jo Ann Santangelo's feature has been really popular and prompted a lot of positive feedback. Matt Freeman sent over details of his 'Dog Tag Project'.

"The idea for the project came to (me) shortly after my husband and I attended the Equality March in Washington, D.C. in October, 2009. The most moving moment of the entire weekend was a cadence run we participated in, led by Lt. Dan Choi. As I ran through the mall (alongside Dan, other active servicemembers, those discharged under the policy as well as other civilians) past all the war memorials, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial, I was struck by the irony that here were a group of people - patriots all - who were fighting for our freedoms, but the very institutions they are fighting for refuse to protect theirs.

If you're interested in participating, donate $25 and receive your own set of Dog Tags with "REPEAL DADT" on one, and information about a military servicemember discharged under DADT or presently fighting discharge on the other.  The dog tags also come with a short bio about the servicemember."

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As of today, December 13th, 2010, a repeal of the heinous 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' act looks to be beyond hope. The act prohibits any homosexual or bisexual person from disclosing his or her sexual orientation or from speaking about any homosexual relationships while serving in the United States armed forces. Any person supporting this inhuman, impractical and absurd effort, rooted in religion, makes me about as mad as anything. I am humbled to publish a selection from Jo Ann's series 'Proud to Serve'.

'Proud to Serve' is a portrait project featuring Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) American service members who served their country in silence or were discharged under the current law, 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'.

There are roughly 65,000 gay service members currently serving in the armed forces. Since 1994, nearly 14,000 service members have been discharged for being gay. There are more than one million gay veterans.

Documentary photographer Jo Ann Santangelo is putting a human face on the statistics of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'. Over the last two years she has visited the homes and documented the stories of these men and women. More than half of the portraits featured in 'Proud to Serve' took place on Jo Ann's recent, twenty-eight day, 10,167-mile road trip around the United States. All images are available in a self-published eighty-two page, full-color, limited edition photography book.
 
'Proud to Serve' is currently on exhibit at The LGBT Center 208 West 13th Street, NYC.

View the full screen magazine photo feature.

Corporal Robert Potter © Jo Ann Santangelo

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I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Itkoff this week. Stella Kramer is organizing a panel discussion for the upcoming FotoFusion event in West Palm Beach this coming January and we are both on it.

Michael is the founding editor of Daylight Magazine, and he's also a fabulous, well-published and -exhibited photographer in his own right. In 2008 he published his monograph 'Street Portraits' with the Milan-based art book company Charta.

"Michael has traveled the world since 2002 taking portraits of everyday people in the street. In Itkoff's photographs a makeshift backdrop is held behind each of his subjects... This technique, normally reserved for celebrity and commercial portraiture, creates a striking aesthetic isolating the subjects from their urban contexts and allowing them to exist in a shared visual space as part of the same extended family."

Buy it here.

Henny Garfunkel © Michael Itkoff

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