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Come to the NY opening of Dirk Anschütz' new solo exhibition of his fabulous portrait series 'The Sultans': Turkish men of a certain age in all their patriarchal glory. As I've mentioned before, Dirk is a most entertaining photographer and story-teller, as evidenced on his blog. You can read the back story on The Sultans at The Heavy Light. I think Dirk is also onto something with a new and interesting concept on rent-to-buy art. Read more.

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Karolina Sekula sent this wonderfully eloquent statement to accompany her series on newly-single women. 

"Every year statistics reveal tens of thousands of divorces in Poland. The number becomes even greater when you count in unmarried couples that break up. In 2010 those statistics strangely and unexpectedly started including a large group of my friends and... myself. I began photographing women close to me that recently split up with their life partners, just like I did. All of the photographs were taken in my models' houses, when the first emotions had already been coped with and were replaced by sadness and melancholy."

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This hooded man kicking in a door led the submission from Nashville photographer Chris Hollo. "The Door Project began as an idea on a return flight. It occurred to me that you never really know what to expect when you answer the front door." The concept tickled me. Having spent the first half of my life in the suburbs of London, I could relate, but as a resident of New York City I have a techno-tune video intercom and a doorman (whose intercom ring is reminiscent of an 80's novelty car horn) at the entrance to my apartment building, and a spy-hole at my front door. As aCurator, I sometimes crave a bit more humour in the submissions, so I thank Chris for helping start the new year with a dose thereof. 


I was really pleased when Chris told me that he is an adjunct at Nashville State Community College and he references aCurator in one of the classes he teaches, Special Topics, a project photography class where the students get to declare a project, write up a project statement and then spend the semester working on it before exhibiting it publicly. You can see some of his students' work here.

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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.

Please keep your submissions coming and encourage your mates to subscribe to the weekly newsletter.

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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