"I was working on a travel story in Ethiopia when I heard about the estimated 80,000 children living on the streets of Addis Ababa. I extended my stay by a few days and start researching and photographing the story. Through a local NGO I was able to make contact with Bruke, a 15 year old boy, who like thousands of other street children had sought refuge underground, making his home in a small drainage hole in the middle of the road. The Merkato commercial center of Addis Ababa has become the de facto place for Ethiopian children escaping rural poverty, AIDS, abusive families, the clutches of indentured servitude and human trafficking. Thinking they have found a haven, they instead find the Merkato a harsh and dangerous environment. These children face the obvious daily struggles of finding food, protection and safety, and are forced to deal with the lingering and constant threat of sexual predators who prey on the vulnerable street children. With no social welfare system and the lack of enforceable child rights in Ethiopia, the children find themselves, in essence, in a state of civil death - the legal status of a person who is alive but who has been deprived of the rights and privileges of a citizen or a member of society.

I spent two days with Bruke, learning about what brought him to the streets and how he survives. For a short while I was able to get sporadic reports on his well-being from my fixer who passed through the area. For the last 2 1/2 years I have not had any news. I am planning to return to Ethiopia later in the year to expand on the work I started there, and with the hopes of finding Bruke again." - Jason Florio

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© Jason Florio

A slideshow of some of Michael Putland's best Clash photographs.


Photographer Dirk Anschütz asked me to write something for his blog, The Heavy Light, about how I put together aCurator magazine. So, I reluctantly talked about myself again...

A man after my own heart, he entitled it 'How aCurator's Curator Curates'.

From Giddy Up © Dirk Anschütz
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John_Cyr_BARBARA_MENSCH'S.jpgJohn Cyr is a photographer and a master printer - he owns and runs Silver 68, a traditional black and white lab in Brooklyn. He is a faculty member at ICP and is in his final semester pursuing an MFA from the Photography, Video and Related Media Department from the School of Visual Arts.

John is contacting photographers, their studios, estates, assistants, to determine whether any developer trays remain in their collections. Unfortunately, a lot have been discarded over the years, but as you can see in his ongoing project John has successfully photographed several. Enjoy letting your imagination run wild as to which of your favorites might have been printed in these.

"From the mid nineteenth century until today, silver gelatin printing has been one of the most utilized photographic processes. From classic reportage to fine art photography, the majority of it was performed in a black and white darkroom until the mid-1970's. As recently as 2000, black and white darkroom classes still served as the location for introduction to photography courses.

The digital advances in photography over the past ten years have been remarkable. Digital manipulation is found in most contemporary work, even within these developer tray photographs. This shift from film-based to digital imaging is occurring at a rapid rate, which is why photographing developer trays is a timely endeavor. Many photographers, printmakers, and photographers' archivists have already discarded or thrown out their developer trays because they believed they were no longer significant or useful. Irving Penn's developer trays have been thrown away, as have those of master printer Richard Benson. I am photographing available developer trays so that the photography community will remember specific, tangible printing tools that have been a seminal part of the photographic experience for the past hundred years.  By titling each tray with its owner's name, I reference the historical significance of these objects in a minimal manner that evokes thought and introspection about what images have passed through each individual tray." - John Cyr

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Barbara Mensch's Developer Tray ©  John Cyr

Another interview, this time with Miss Sara Rosen, about the inspiration for, and mission of, aCurator Magazine.

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There were many gorgeous-looking books laid out at the Aperture press preview, not least of all 'Destroy This Memory', photographs by Richard Misrach. The book is being published to coincide with the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and accompanied by an exhibition on view at the New Orleans Museum of Art July 24 - October 24, 2010.

"The photographs in Richard Misrach's 'Destroy This Memory' (Aperture, August, 2010) are an affecting reminder of the physical and psychological impact of Hurricane Katrina as told by those on the ground, and seen through the lens of a contemporary master. Rather than simply surveying the damage, Misrach - who has photographed the region regularly since the 1970s, most notably for his ongoing Cancer Alley project - found himself drawn to the hurricane-inspired graffiti: messages scrawled in spray paint, crayons, chalk, or whatever materials residents and rescue workers happened to have on hand. At turns threatening, desperate, clinical, and even darkly humorous, the phrases he captured - the only text that appears in the book - offer unique and revealing human perspectives on the devastation and shock left in the wake of this disaster."

Destroy This Memory, photos by Richard Misrach


Afterlife 2 © Michael Massaia

Baron Wolman recently introduced me to the work of Michael Massaia, a young, New York-based photographer who uses a large format view camera and makes his own platinum/palladium prints. He describes the images as "one shot" candid scenes that have been pushed to their limit via film developing and printing techniques. Should you find yourself in Texas, Michael has a solo show of his platinums opening on June 12th at Afterimage Gallery in Dallas. He is also represented by Gallery Two Seventy in NJ.


Afterlife 1 © Michael Massaia


Deep in a Dream 1 © Michael Massaia


Deep in a Dream 2 © Michael Massaia


aCurator is proud to support Snap Galleries of London, England.

"Marianne Faithfull is the subject of our next full length exhibition, which features unseen images by Dennis Morris from the iconic Broken English session.

It's always a pleasure to work with Dennis Morris, a really inspirational photographer with an exceptional archive. This exhibition is a real exclusive - with the exception of the classic Broken English cover image, shown alongside, the images we will have on display in this exhibition have never been seen before. We will be posting further details on the website when the exhibition opens, but please do come and see this fabulous show, which starts on 11 June 2010.

Please note that edition sizes for Dennis' Marianne Faithfull collection are going to be reassuringly small. For example, the Broken English cover image, shown here, will only be offered in two sizes - with a 15 x 15 inch image size in an edition of 15, and a 30x 30 inch image size in an edition of 8.

If you can't wait and want to get this classic piece at the best possible price, you can order one right now here."

Marianne Faithfull © Dennis Morris


There's something super special about Sarah Small.

Of the portfolio reviews I've attended, Sarah's work, which I first saw 2 or 3 years ago (thank you ASMP), has been the most enduring. The strangest of juxtapositions reigned throughout her book, highlighting brilliant bruises and silvery stretch marks. Since then she has developed the Delirium Constructions which include her Tableau Vivant events - multifarious models assembled into a series of suspended interactions. Startling, sincere images that speak to the viewer again and again.

Recommended watching: the Tableau Vivant videos at Living Picture Projects are beautifully moving, and set to the incredible tones of Sarah's a Cappella quartet Black Sea Hotel (seemingly, skill is in no short supply chez Small).

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Ariella and Crow © Sarah Small


From October 2009 through January 2010, four documentary photographers - Farhad Parsa, Arash Saedinia, Parisa Taghizadeh, and Ramin Talaie - focused their lenses on second-generation Iranian-Americans of Los Angeles, the world's largest population of expatriate Iranians. This Galleria exhibition offers a selection of engaging images by each of these photographers considering the everyday lives of their subjects. It also addresses the processes of documentation and how various understandings of hyphenated Iranian identities inflect the images that result.

See intriguing photographs capturing the varied lives and interests of L.A.'s Iranian-American community: from toddlers at play to an acupuncturist in the office of her Los Feliz practice, including a few recognizable figures such as public intellectual Reza Aslan and comedian Maz Jobrani.

The exhibition will be on view in the Goldenberg Galleria in the Fowler Museum at UCLA, from June 6 to August 22, 2010.

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