Fine art photographer and print maker Michael Massaia
updated me with an email about his newest body of work 'In The Final Throes - New Jersey'.
While we're all snoozing away, Michael is not getting off our lawn...
took all of these images using large format black and white film and
developed all the film in a pyro staining variation developer to help me
obtain the look I was going after (also it allows for grainless, huge
enlargements). After developing the film I'm hand-making 30x40 inch
platinum prints as well as 40x60 inch pigment prints. These pictures
were quite difficult to take because I literally had to be on people's
yards at around 4 am (without their permission in some pretty rough
areas) with a large view camera. I was nervous taking them but I'm
excited with the results."
A moment's reflection is required. If you can't keep a dry eye looking at these, you know they're great portraits; and, we need them, to remind us.
"For the past 7 years on Remembrance Day I have been shooting portraits
of veterans. The portraits are all shot in the same style, crop etc. I
am aiming to keep shooting it for at least another 3 years. The project
is based around the concept of The Unknown Soldier."
'They That Are Left', taken at The Cenotaph, London, Remembrance Day 2010.All images © Brian David Stevens
is a prolific Austrian photographer and filmmaker. Prints from his project 'Less is More' are currently on view at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery
in a group show titled 'WoRK', curated by our pal Andy Adams at FlakPhoto
. Since I find myself craving work with a sense of humour, I'm happy to publish a small selection of Robert's photographs.
Robert has ecommerce nailed, so go take a look at some interesting limited edition book/print combo purchases available on the Rutoed website.
All images © Robert Rutoed
Another accomplished youngster. I'd seen one of Argentinian photographer Alejandro Chaskielberg
's images illustrating a fiction piece in the New Yorker earlier this year. More recently, when I saw he was part of the Brighton Photo Festival, I visited his website and was just as thrilled by his work as I was the first time I saw it. I am particularly drawn to this series, 'Borders'; as Alejandro puts it, he is working with photography "in the border of the reality. Creating fictional scenarios with real people and situations." Chaskielberg shot on 6x6 positive film with a Rolleiflex.
Other projects include a unique series on the Argentine financial crisis in 2001
, and more recently his ongoing project 'The High Tide: Native Islanders and the Community of the Paraná River Delta
' which documents the Guaraní culture, and for which he received the 2009 Burn Emerging Photographer Grant. Chaskielberg was included in PDN's 30, 2009, 'Our Choice of New and Emerging Photographers to Watch'. And speaking of watching, here's Chaskielberg being interviewed
in Brighton.View the full screen magazine photo feature
.© Alejandro Chaskielberg
announced a "merciless edit" of his blog
. Upon visiting, I fell for this photo. Ahh, New York City.© John Marshall Mantel
Based in Helsingborg, Sweden, Martin Brink
has an eye for the quiet, everyday moment, with work in simplistic categories such as 'Objects' and 'Mailboxes'. Here's just a small sample of what's available on his website. Martin's series 'The Daily Round' is also a book - check it out here
aCurator is proud to present images from the digital exhibition '100 Portraits - 100 Photographers: Selections from the FlakPhoto.com Archive'.
November 6-13th is Fotoweek DC, and as part of the event, the city of Washington will be transformed into a nighttime gallery. The festival has traditionally leaned toward photojournalism but is introducing an art photo component with the 100 Portraits projection this year. Andy Adams
, editor and publisher of FlakPhoto.com
and Larissa Leclair
, photography writer and curator, are presenting an exhibition drawn from the digital archive that has developed over four years of daily updates on Flak Photo. In the new tradition of online curation and celebrating the burgeoning online photo community that Flak represents, the two made their selections together in a series of Skype video chats.
"As an added fine art component to the NightGallery projections, this screening features 100 dynamic portraits from an exciting group of contemporary photographers in all stages of their careers, each selected from the digital archive on FlakPhoto.com. Our decision to highlight work from this website celebrates the role that a thriving online photography community plays in the discovery and dissemination of work produced by significant artists in the Internet Era. Contemporary photo culture is marked by a continuous flow of images online, and our aim is to take a moment to recognize some of the noteworthy photographs published in this ever-expanding archive over the past four years. In this context, projected several times larger than life, these portraits look back at us and embody a louder voice in the discourse of the gaze." - Andy Adams + Larissa Leclair
To learn more about the contributing artists and to see all 100 portraits, view the full online exhibition
The aCurator edit features Richard Renaldi
, Sophia Wallace
, Brea Souder
s, Jen Davis
, Carrie Will
, Manjari Sharma
, Shen Wei
, Dorothee Deiss
, David Wright
, Phillip Toledano
, Susan Worsham
, Brian Ulrich
, Ben Handzo
, Elizabeth Fleming
, and LaToya Ruby Frazier
100 Portraits -- 100 Photographers: Selections from the FlakPhoto.com Archive from FlakPhoto.com on Vimeo.
Opening November 11th at Carrie Haddad Photographs
, Hudson, NY is 'Ordinary
Things. When artists make their private life public. What is it like
living with a photographer?'
Featured is the work of specially talented Thatcher Keats
show with Haddad was 10 years ago. This is a great opportunity to buy a
limited edition silver print by Thatcher at a great price; he is a collectible artist, is widely exhibited and also lectures on photography. Go get one
.© Thatcher Keats
Every week, I volunteer for a New York-based charity, and I've met some lovely and fascinating people. Most of my colleagues seem to have an artistic bent and today I saw this fabulous photograph by one of the people I'm sometimes lucky to work with, young Felipe Vasquez
. It was fun to work with Lark for a short period; now she's off at a different location so I miss her and I'm happy to see her here, looking fierce.
Lark and Billy © Felipe Vasquez
's project 'Philosophers' has reached across two decades. Steve has an essay in the New York Times
about how this project grew exponentially, and a gallery of images that feature quotes by the subject made during the photo session.
"I have spent almost a quarter century photographing philosophers. For the most part, philosophers exist, and have always existed, outside the public spotlight. Yet when we reflect upon those eras of humankind that burn especially bright, it is largely the philosophers that we remember. Despite being unknown at a time, the philosophers of an era survive longer in collective memory than wealthy nobleman and politicians, or the popular figures of stage, song and stadium. Because of this disconnect between living fame and later recognition, we have less of a record of these thinkers than we should. Our museums are filled with busts and paintings of long-forgotten wealth and beauty instead of the philosophers who have so influenced contemporary politics and society. My aim in this project has been the modest one of making sure that, for this era at least, there is some record of the philosophers."Professor Peter Strawson, Oxford, 21 May 1990, © Steve Pyke