Jay Uhler © Francesco Mastalia
From "Organic: Farmers & Chefs of the Hudson Valley" by Francesco Mastalia, published by powerHouse Books.
For this two-year portrait project, Francesco Mastalia
photographed over 100 farmers and chefs located around New York State's Hudson Valley, a region known for its organic and farm-to-table principles. Mastalia decided to use the wet-plate collodion process, producing these appropriately earthy images. The amber toned photos are collected into Mastalia's new book
, which is out now from powerHouse
""Organic" is one of the most misunderstood and often misused words describing food today. In narrating their own stories, the farmers and chefs share their philosophy about what it means to grow and live organically and sustainably. "Organic" is not just about growing and producing food, it is about the life of the planet. It is about preserving an agricultural tradition that will safeguard farmland for future generations."
After clocking up some thousands of kilometers, Dan Eckstein
has completed his lovely project about long distance truck drivers on India's vast motorways, full of colourful characters and customized vehicles. I'm pleased to report that the book of the series launched this week - "Horn Please: The Decorated Trucks of India" is out now via PowerHouse Books
""Horn Please" could be considered the mantra of the Indian highway, and some version of the phrase is written on the back of practically every truck on the road in India today."
See the previous post about this project, from 2012, here in the aCurator blog
Horn Please: The Decorated Trucks of India by Dan Eckstein, published by powerHouse Books.
A new book from the archives of the one and only Jim Marshall
, made posthumously, but as he had outlined in a notebook that was found after his death. I count myself damn lucky to have shared a glass of wine or three with Mr Marshall a few years ago, thanks to my mentor and pal, another one and only, Jim's close buddy and peer, Baron Wolman
"Woodstock showed the world how things could have been, and for this reason it's important that we never forget this experience, this place, this time, this dream that came true, if only for three days..."
The road to Woodstock © Baron Wolman
was Rolling Stone magazine's first photographer, working with stars such as Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and all the greats of the day. Living in the Haight in its heyday, he photographed some of the musicians in his home studio. In 1969 he was on the road photographing music festivals around the USA on assignment for Rolling Stone magazine when word started to trickle through about a major musical event happening in upstate New York. Joining the long traffic jams, Wolman made it to Woodstock, along with, ultimately, hundreds of thousands of other people.
His latest book, Woodstock
, (Reel Art Press
) is filled with Wolman's photos of the atmosphere and events occurring around and beside the live bands at this, the most famous music festival of all time.
Revisiting his contact sheets for the first time in years, he was pleasantly surprised to find he had enough material to complete a book dedicated this time not to the musicians but to the crowds.
"Woodstock" is beautifully printed, with rich blacks and lush gold tone. It includes a foreword by Carlos Santana and features an extensive Q&A with Baron Wolman and Woodstock creator, Michael Lang.
There's a great bookstore edition but it also comes as a limited edition
that includes a print of these chilling cows, and an actual, rare, original Woodstock admission ticket.
In the blurb for the book, Baron says "The thing to remember about the 1960s, even near the end in '69 was that everything was totally different, the behavior was new and unexpected. Plus, the 1960s were simply wildly photogenic in every way imaginable. The changes that were taking place in the heads of the people were visually manifested. I mean, how could you not take pictures?"
"No one could have predicted the enduring influence of the Woodstock experience. Yes, the bands were first rate and there were many of them. And the setting... was picture perfect and tranquil, a bucolic setting for relaxing with friends and listening to music and getting high. But in unexpected ways, Woodstock became more than a concert for all of us. I ended up spending most of my time out in the wild with the crowd because what was happening 'out there' was just too interesting not to explore."
All images © Baron Wolman
Wonderful well-rounded project from
British photographer Tim Allen
, that not only beautifully documents true artisans in five practices, but raises money for charity. The series were all made around England's south east county of Kent. Here's Tim's story:
"In 2013 I photographed local fairgrounds and I had the idea to have a small book made of it which I then sold to raise money for charity. I chose the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society as I'm a sufferer of the condition who is lucky enough to be responding brilliantly to treatment and wanted to give something back. After raising £450 for NASS I decided to work on another book this year, but this time the subject matter would be broader. I've always appreciated good craftsmanship and after spending an afternoon doing research I found lots of interesting potential candidates for my project. 6 months later I had 5 shoots completed and produced the book, "Artisans," which is now on sale. I've also decided to continue the project and have several other shoots lined up already, hopefully for my third book next year."
Easthope Stained Glass Studio
Coming next month from Kehrer
is a cracking-looking book of photographs by Nancy Baron
made in and around Palm Springs, a desert resort city about 100 miles east of Los Angeles in California.
"For most people, Palm Springs evokes images of a resort town of exquisite homes, glittering swimming pools, lush palm trees, and stunning golf courses where the rich and famous go to relax and retire. For others, Palm Springs signifies a town that has faded with time along with the passing of a long procession of A-list celebrities that flocked there during the mid 20th century from Hollywood elite like Bing Crosby, Lucille Ball and Bob Hope, to Presidents from Eisenhower to Ford to Reagan."
According to Wikipedia, Palm Springs has one of the highest concentration of same-sex couples of any community in the United States. Aren't any of them working as interior designers?
There will be a solo show at the dnj Gallery
in Santa Monica's Bergamot Station from September 6 - November 1, 2014, with an opening reception and book signing September 6, 6-8pm.
All images © Nancy Baron
© Linda Troeller
After a few dedicated years of hard work and travel, the one and only Linda Troeller
has published "Orgasm." The book contains photos and interviews with women on sex, sexuality and orgasm. It is, naturally, coming soon.
will unveil it at Photoville
in Brooklyn Bridge Park, September 20th, 2014, and the book will be given release in early November. Hands above the table and no sharing - get your own copy here
"These photographs portray people whose lives have been changed by accidents, medical malpractice, and defective products."
Hoping to reach some people who love this sort of thing, here's the story:
"Collin LaFleche and Bonnie Briant have been working with the photographer Bob Walden to put together a book of his photography, culled from his 20-year career as a legal photographer in and around New York City. He worked as a freelancer, hired by law firms to photograph accident victims or accident scenes for civil negligence cases (although he did work on a few criminal cases). Some of his photos were used in major legal cases - for example, the crane collapse a few years ago - but for the most part, he was working on low-level cases that would never make the news."
These guys are running a Kickstarter campaign to fund publication of a book - read more over there
. Please spread the word.
Images © Bob Walden
"For more than 30 years, New York based photographer and painter Mariette Pathy Allen has been documenting transgender culture worldwide; in 2004 she won the Lambda Literary Award for her monograph The Gender Frontier. In her new publication, TransCuba, Allen focuses on the transgender community of Cuba, especially its growing visibility and acceptance in a country whose government is transitioning into a more relaxed model of communism under Raúl Castro's presidency. This publication therefore records a cultural watershed within Cuba. In addition to color photographs and interviews by Allen, the book also includes a contribution from Raúl Castro's daughter, Mariela Castro, who is the director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education in Havana. In 2005, Castro proposed a project, which became law three years later, to allow transgender individuals to receive sex reassignment surgery and change their legal gender."
Charito at home with one-week-old piglet, Camaguey
Alsola, Santiago de Cuba
Amanda at home, Havana
Laura at home, Havana
I know Charles Traub
as the founder and chairperson of the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media department at School of Visual Arts in New York so it's a pleasure to get an insight into his own, 50-year archive.
His book Dolce Via: Italy in the 1980s
is published by Damiani next month. "This volume is the first comprehensive compendium of his vivid color photographs made in early 1980s Italy, from Milan to Marsala. Characteristic of Traub's imagery is a candid intimacy that combines humor and spontaneity, which makes us long for an Italy that maybe only once was. Brilliant blues, reds, and yellows engulf the baroque posturing and gestures of strangers and ordinary people who become fond archetypical caricatures."