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Proof: Media for Social Justice is a non-profit created to educate global citizens about the economic, political and humanitarian hardships facing post-conflict societies issuing a variety of media.

One of Proof's current initiatives is 'Child Soldiers'. Up to half a million children have been engaged in more than 85 conflicts worldwide. Proof produced the exhibition, 'Child Soldiers: Forced to be Cruel' based on the book by Leora Kahn, which features 40 photographs taken of child soldiers from all over the world, which "seeks to illustrate the story of children subjected to unspeakable violence and manipulated by war criminals."

Learn more and see how you can support the organization. Donations over $1000 receive a print. You can also buy the 'Child Soldiers' book.

Photo: Peter Mantello

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It's always busy in Leonard-Land (despite Herman being 86!). "Legends of Jazz Photography" at Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles features the work of Herman Leonard, William Claxton and William Gottlieb, April 1 - May 15, 2010 / "Jazz Giants: The Photography of Herman Leonard" is at the Jazz Heritage Center in San Francisco, April 5 - May 16, 2010 / June 1, 2010 sees the release of Heather Pinson's book for the University of Mississippi Press, "The Jazz Image: Seeing Music Through Herman Leonard's Photography" / And the Jazz at Lincoln Center exhibit "In the Best Possible Light: Herman Leonard's Jazz" has been extended until June 19, 2010.

Aside from his historic music photos, Herman also worked in fashion.You can read about his time in Paris in the 50s and 60s in ZOOZOOM.

Ella Fitzgerald singing to Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, NYC 1949 © Herman Leonard Photography, LLC

halsman_monroe.jpgFounder of the scientific art of jumpology, Philippe Halsman's Jump will be on view at Laurence Miller Gallery in NYC from April 1st to May 28th, 2010. His book, Jump, was originally published in 1959 and contained a whopping 178 celebrity jumpers. Irene Halsman, Philippe's daughter, manages his estate, and is a member of the American Photography Archives Group along with me and a whole host of famous photographers and their estates.

In other news, Marilyn Monroe LLC is currently lobbying in Albany, NY, to retroactively change New York state law to allow for a right of privacy after a person dies (see S.6790 Sampson). The NY Times, AP, Getty, Hearst, NBC, CBS and many more oppose the Bill. It's hard to imagine it passing, but if you plan to make any Marilyn Monroe merchandise, do it sooner rather than later.

Marilyn Monroe and Philippe Halsman © Halsman
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The artist reception at Aperture Foundation tonight, March 11, is for Australian photographer Michael Corridore whose show "Angry Black Snake" is opening. Corridore photographs public events in such a manner as to make the viewer question what they are seeing - drag race or apocalypse?

More on Michael Corridore from aCurator soon; in the meantime see his work online at Aperture or visit the show and then buy a limited edition print.

Untitled, 2006 from Angry Black Snake © Michael Corridore, courtesy Aperture Foundation
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In 1995 an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 struck the city of Kobe and its vicinity. Ryuji Miyamoto's photographs show Kobe as it was just after the earthquake - buildings suspended in time before being demolished are visibly straining, buckled and warped. On view from March 9th, 2010 at Amador Gallery in New York's midtown.

Ryuji Miyamoto - Mitsui Trust and Banking Building, San-no-miya, Chou-ku 1995. Gelatin Silver Print, courtesy of Amador Gallery

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Opening March 18th is a new exhibition by Eric Ogden. Eric has put together "a collection of new and selected work from my career (personal & assignment work) that is unified by one vision." He goes on to say "I have been for years recreating... a mythical version of my youth. As years pass, fact increasingly blends with fiction, memories and personal myths turn in on themselves, and you ask yourself: is the truth what events you can recall, or the feelings you have about something, even if it never happened?"

Eric's nostalgic photographs will be at Hous Projects through May 8th.


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Coming next to ClampArt (opening February 25th) is a group show. The clue is in the title - "the exhibition addresses artists' fascination with natural history museums as seen by their depictions of museum displays, including dioramas and taxidermy, in addition to artists' interest in viewing animals through a pseudo-scientific lens" says Brian Clamp. The show includes Clamp staples Jill Greenberg, Blake Fitch and Amy Stein alongside Richard Barnes, Marisol Villaneuva and more.

This image by Ms Villaneuva is from "Uncaged: The Unnatural History of Caged Birds" a project wherein the artist "hope(s) to create a connection between the original wildness of birds, and the sense of freedom they evoke within those who view them."

© Marisol Villanueva, "Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata), Summit Rock, West Side between 81st and 85th Streets, New York," 2007, C-print (Edition of 7), 28 x 42 inches, Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City

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The ICP Triennial is ending this week. I found the opening night really annoying, getting shoved and elbowed more times than I care to mention, and having inhaled enough hair spray and perfume to kill a small animal. So, I'm personally not rushing to the 'Closing Party' and now I've seen the invitation I'm not likely to change my mind - but is Justin Timberlake going?

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I am bringing up the rear here as Stephen Mallon's Flight 1549 series has been blogged and blogged again, but it's almost a year since the event unfolded and there's an exhibition at Calumet in New York for the anniversary (reception January 15th). Steve was commissioned by the crane company to photograph the plane being salvaged, and posted a selection on his website. Fun and games ensued with Steve being hassled by the plane's insurance company and all the photo community yelling "free speech!". Ultimately, he was able to keep and publish much of this incredible and exclusive record. It's a chilling memory; Steve's work makes it haunting and beautiful.

Flight 1549 © Stephen Mallon



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Now showing at ClampArt are Jill Greenberg's "New Bears". Jill constructed outdoor studios in Vancouver and Calgary to photograph these creatures and it's interesting to see the prints in a smaller size than the big bears and the monkeys. This particular baby however was photographed in Jill's home - I wonder how many assistants queued up outside for that job!

Jane Fonda Bear © Jill Greenberg

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