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Today at The Heavy Light, Dirk Anschütz' blog, is an article about photographer Claudia Hehr.

"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.

© Claudia Hehr

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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.

View the full screen magazine photo feature.

Watch Lee talk about her work.

Charlie © Lee Grant

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Sandstone Wall, Moab Canyon, UT, 2009 Copyright © 2010 Huntingon Witherill

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.

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Rock Forms, Salt Point, CA, 2009

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Sunrise, Zzyzx, CA, 2009

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Bentonite Spires, Caineville, UT, 2009

All images Copyright © 2010 Huntington Witherill


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Update: Here are some pics of Jiri's installation on London's South Bank.
Images © Jiri Rezac

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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.

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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.

Visit the Karsh website for details.

Frank Lloyd Wright, 1945 © Yousuf Karsh

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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 2010

View the magazine full screen photo feature.

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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.

Jimi Hendrix © Gered Mankowitz

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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

View the magazine full screen photo feature.

Visit his site Biz Jet Photos for more great images.

Stretch DC-8 © Nick Gleis

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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

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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

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