My prolific pal Jiri Rezac put together a new gallery of his photographs of London taken in the wee hours over the past six years.
"As this city never sleeps, these pictures took several years to complete and involved two Christmas Days, many early mornings, all-night scouting trips and countless missed opportunities... It is the absence of life that makes these otherwise ordinary images into something special."
When reviewing the book 'reGeneration²' from Aperture earlier this year, I noticed the mysterious photograph by Kalle Kataila. Investigating further I discovered this ethereal body of work that engulfed me and took me on a journey across the world and through time. Kalle is "a Helsinki-based photographer whose work is based around concepts of landscape and how personal narratives attribute to our understandings of these spaces." Born in 1977, Kalle is young yet thoroughly well collected and exhibited - across Europe, in the US, China, Russia and Korea, both as part of the reGeneration² touring show and independently, and with work in the Finnish State Art Collections, Museé de l'Elysée in Lausanne and more. He's also a member of the impressive Helsinki School.
The reGeneration² exhibition travels to Milan in November and comes to New York in January 2011.
Heidi Lender is a "fashion-writer-turned-photographer from San Francisco". She's been busy since quitting the writing, spending six years part-time in India studying yoga, and now spending half her time in Northern California, half in Uruguay.
Kumbh Mela is a mass pilgrimage where Hindus gather at the Ganges, and I just love this fun vibrant series from Heidi. Check out her other work, including the interesting self-portrait series 'Once Upon' - "Stand on a bench. Make sure it's Monday. Wear something pretty."
Helena V contacted me about her simple but clever project The Museum of Messages. The images are organized into separate collections, such as Political, Scary and Loving Messages.
"The Museum of Messages, which began in 1999, are photographs of messages that people write in urban landscapes about the environment, love, politics, humor, fear, expression, loyalty and more. As an artist I think it is very important to document these visual voices because people are attempting to publicize their thoughts for others to read, think and learn. Since these words don't have a very long life span, because city crews clean up these expressions, I feel that it is my duty to document these words so I can exhibit and publish them for others to appreciate."
Abby Ross is young and very hard working. I attended the opening of her first solo show, an event she essentially single-handedly put together last month at 92Y in Tribeca, Manhattan and which featured these images. They were taken during her recent travels in Senegal, capturing the people, landscape, and mood of the region.
"I've often been attracted to this essential energy that shines through where the spiritual far outweighs the material. I am interested in the poetic character of things, in the small, seemingly unimportant. There is hidden beauty in the ordinary, and great beauty in the overlooked. Little things are big, less is more. Imperfection is beautiful. Paradoxes such as these fascinate me." Abby Ross, October 2010
"Claudia Hehr is a young, talented New York-based photographer transitioning from assisting to shooting full time. Obviously never an easy step, it is probably even harder in these tough times of ours. A great thing to do for a young photographer (or an old one, for that matter) is, to work on a good project. Hone your craft, build a showpiece and be a good human being, and that's exactly what Claudia Hehr did with NAKED, her beautiful, unflinching reportage about a woman's struggle with breast cancer." - Dirk.
The series works so well because it avoids sensationalism and voyeurism, simply depicting the reality of that which we all fear.
Lee Grant is an Australian photographer just graduating with her Masters from the Australian National University. Based in Canberra, Lee has produced several bodies of work from which this edit was made, including 'Sudanese Portraits From Suburbia' which documents this growing population of immigrants and 'Belco Pride' about the northernmost suburbs of Canberra. Lee is featured in the new book 'Hijacked 2, New Australian and German Photography', and is the recent winner of the prestigious William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize at Monash Gallery of Art in Melbourne.
Lee is also the curator of Light Journeys, a new website that promotes and supports Australian women working in photography.
I was introduced to the work of Huntington Witherill by photographer Nick Gleis and I spent way too long on his website, which is not only rich with images but is also an engaging read. A snippet from Huntington's bio:
Having studied photography in the early 1970's with such notables as Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, Steve Crouch and Al Weber, Witherill has remained faithful to his classical photographic training while progressively transitioning toward a more contemporary approach to the medium. Since 1970, his work has been featured in more than one-hundred individual and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the world.
Since 1975, he has also taught photography for a variety of institutions and workshop programs throughout the United States, including the University of California, the Friends of Photography, the Center for Photograpic Art, the Oklahoma Arts Institute, and the Ansel Adams Gallery.
His next exhibition opens on October 22nd at Verve Gallery in Santa Fe.
In conjunction with 'The Co-Operative' - WWF UK and Greenpeace - a street gallery of Jiri Rezac's Canada tar sands photographs will be on view on London's South Bank from September 14th for four weeks. You can see the photo feature in aCurator Magazine and if you're in London, go check out the prints.
Currently showing through November 3rd 2010 at the USC Fisher Museum of Art is 'Regarding Heroes', an exhibition celebrating Karsh, "one of our greatest portrait photographers, whose portrait subjects include such political, social and literary figures as Nelson Mandela, Audrey Hepburn, Winston Churchill and Robert Frost."
If you're in LA on September 30th, at 7.30 pm pianist Victoria Kirsch will be joined by two fellow USC alumni, soprano Shana Blake Hill and bass-baritone Cedric Berry, for a program of vocal and instrumental music inspired by the portrait subjects featured in the exhibition. Actor Jamieson K. Price will read excerpts from Karsh's reminiscences of his photography sessions, revealing fascinating and sometimes surprising details about the iconic figures he photographed.