On the Artists Wanted
website, a woman photographing her son dressed as a girl piqued my interest.
"Photography was a way of being able to participate in a world where I didn't normally feel I fit in. I started photographing my children but quickly became known for capturing other people's children as they were seen by their parents. I was in love with the challenge and process of connecting with my subjects. No matter how a photo shoot started, there was always mutual trust and respect by the end. Through this process I learned that energy, positive energy, is contagious, and what I was searching for in my life was coming through in my images.
'The Many Faces of Hambone' was inspired by my mother's shallowness and how the emphasis on appearance stunted my emotional and spiritual growth. These images of my 9 year old son best illustrate my intent to show that a beautiful child does not translate into beauty within. I thank my mother now as I understand her own insecurities and lack of love for herself kept her from accepting me. It has taught me to appreciate my life and has inspired me to be a better mother, person and artist. He is not going to be a cross dresser or gay because I dressed him up; he is going to be a beautiful, independent, confident human being because I adore and accept him for who he is. I believe the photographs are beautiful, and my son looks pretty darn cute and convincing as a girl; the images individually and as a series are purposely and consistently meant to be emotionless and non contagious. The audience emotionally should be left wanting more." - Hilary Mullarkey, September 2010View the magazine full screen photo feature
Our good friends at Snap Galleries
are excited about the new exhibition which just opened in their London Piccadilly space and runs through November 6th.
Says gallery director Guy White "After one of the busiest weeks I can remember, our new Jimi Hendrix exhibition is up on the walls, and looks magnificent. I can say with some confidence that it is one of the finest collections we have had the pleasure to display. I still can't believe that we are the first gallery anywhere in the world to host a solo exhibition of work from Gered Mankowitz' Jimi Hendrix archives.
And by a simple twist of fate, our gallery premises are the exact same location where Gered's father, Wolf Mankowitz, set up the Mankowitz family business, dealing in antique Wedgwood china, in the late 1940s."
As well as prints for sale there's also a book
available in conjunction with the exhibition.
Nick Gleis is clearly a prolific photographer of craft. He has provided photographic images for heads of state and royalty worldwide including Japan, South Korea, UAE, Turkmenistan, Dubai, Cameroon, Mexico, and China - his expertise lies in photographing the most exclusive private jet aircraft. With Martin Parr having selected Nick's work for exhibit at the upcoming Brighton Photo Festival in England, and with his photographs being published around the world, Nick agreed to publish these images full screen in aCurator. With understandable sensitivity to the privacy of the clients, we know little about who and where; we can only gasp at the sheer opulence and let our imaginations run wild within the frame.
Nick sent in a statement: "In the last decade the field of photography has seen a complete revamp in the way we do things. When I was studying photography with Ansel Adams and other noted photographers there was an important phrase which I believe was first stated by Minor White. 'When combined with The Zone System, pre-visualization makes the photographer's vision a reality.' Ansel had developed a method of exposure, development and printing that produced what the photographer intended to be seen. It wasn't necessarily a literal version of what was there. Pre-visualization is the photographer's vision of the final image.
This pre-visualization is the single most important step to achieving a great image in today's world. Pre-visualizing the final outcome - then assembling the necessary elements - is the way to create lasting images, whether one is photographing an aircraft or a sports car. Virtually all photographs taken by me involve pre-visualization. Far too many photographers today rely on digital tricks and software to produce technically good images, but images that neither excite nor inform the viewer. I would advise all up and coming photographers to slow down and look at the scene very carefully. Is there a better angle? Is the lighting optimal? After all, lighting is everything." - Nick Gleis, September 2010
The gorgeous work of lovely M. Sharkey
got a makeover when he launched his new website this week. Fresh navigation does a great job displaying his galleries and aCurator is always pleased to see big images online. Sharkey's Queer Kids feature
remains the most popular aCurator story to-date.Thom Browne © M. Sharkey
It is going to be a happy week! I had to be dragged away from Chris Killip's photographs at AIPAD this year and now his first solo show in the States opens at Amador Gallery
on Wednesday September 15th. I can not wait for the reception for '4 + 20' where I'm hoping to chat up my fellow expat countryman.Bever's First Day Out, Skinningrove, North Yorkshire, 1982 © Chris Killip courtesy of Amador Gallery
I noticed Leah Giesler
following me on Twitter
, and visiting her website I found a young woman from Philadelphia undertaking a wonderful project - traveling across South America taking photographs for 25 non-profit organizations while she's 25 years old. I'm pleased to present a selection from her series in Colombia.
"The 25twenty-five Project
is a long-term, online, documentary photo series telling stories across and about South America. I am creating a space to re-imagine this continent by combining poignant photo essays about 25 non-profit organizations along side of other contextual cultural observations, posted to a bilingual website.
My motivation for the 25twenty-five Project comes from my interest in finding creative, effective forms to adapt the way we Westerners look at others around the world. After completing a project working to this end with images from India, I wanted to move onto a new challenge and tackle the misunderstood and under-imagined continent of South America. So, I created the 25twenty-five Project in order to educate and engage audiences over the course of one year and ask the question, how much do North Americans really know about this 'other America'?
By consistently posting these works to the 25twenty-five bilingual website over the span of one year, I will be gradually illustrating more positive parts of these countries and creating a dialog that travels between the two Americas. So many of us North Americans lack relation and consideration to the countries and people of South America. And often, when we have no information to go off in imagining this place, we rely on the negative information we do have. Through this project, I will be gradually building a new (and more positive) relationship between both North and South American audiences."View the full screen magazine photo featureBasic pediatric exam, Corporación Condor, Providencia © Leah Giesler
is a Cuban-born photographer
living and working in South Beach. Joe submitted images for
consideration and I love this photograph from his personal work.
It's a fun visit so take a trip to Joe's website - his behind-the-scenes ballet images are enchanting.
Edifice © Joe Gato
Another gem from the Karsh archives. I recently watched the original 'Italian Job' for the umpteenth time - it features a stellar performance from Noel Coward as an overly-patriotic, jail-dwelling mobster (Donald Sutherland nominally takes this place in the not-too-awful remake).Noel Coward, 1943 © Yousuf Karsh
's latest exhibition officially opens tomorrow, Friday September 10th. The prints from his series on recycling of subway cars in the States look stunning at Front Room Gallery
, a lovely space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Steve's so cool, he even had the MTA at the press review last night.
UPDATE: Listen to Steve talk about the project on NPR View the photo feature in aCurator Magazine
.© Stephen Mallon
Celebrating the 200th edition of Aperture Magazine
this month, with two covers available, Cindy Sherman or Clare Strand. It's a brilliant issue featuring Strand's 'The Spot Marks the X', Martin Parr's 'Oscar and his Taxi and 'Five Years After Katrina' with photographs by Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick. Buy it, or better yet, go ahead and subscribe
now and get a free book. © Clare Strand from the series 'The Betterment Room - Devices for Measuring Achievement, 2004-5' courtesy of Aperture