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"Hats, Scarves and a Chain," 203 Park Avenue, Arlington Heights, Massachusetts, March 21, 1976. © Abe Frajndlich

"From the first, I insisted that Minor be only a man and not the larger-than-life legend that he had become to so many. 'Who the hell are you, Minor? Will you take off your mask?'" Abe Frajndlich, from Lives I've Never Lived: A Portrait of Minor White published by Arc Press, 1983.

Abe Frajndlich was 24 when he first attended one of Minor White's photography workshops, in Cleveland, Ohio. Soon after, Abe became one of White's several live-in students, entering a somewhat ascetic, somewhat mystical, but thoroughly amazing world; a place where he would live on-and-off until White died, in 1976.

After his third heart attack in what would be the final year of White's life, he and Abe embarked on a book project which would be a series of portraits of White that Frajndlich made in and around White's home, 203 Park Avenue, Arlington Heights, Massachusetts. Lives I've Never Lived: A Portrait of Minor White includes Abe's recollections of his six years studying under White, sharing some of his most intimate moments. White died on June 24th, 1976. The book was published in 1983.

Minor White was a highly influential photographer and teacher; he founded Aperture Magazine in 1952 with fellow photographers Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and Barbara Morgan, and edited the magazine until 1975.


See Abe's previous aCurator features: images from his book 'Penelope's Hungry Eyes,' portraits of master photographers, part one and two.

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It would be hard to be anything but moved by Joshua Lutz' latest project, "Hesitating Beauty," in which Lutz tries to convey the far-reaching impact that his mother's extreme mental illness had during and after her lifetime. 

"Blending family archives, interviews, and letters with his own photographic images, Lutz spins a seamless and strangely factual (yet unflinchingly fabricated) experience of a life and family consumed by mental illness. Rather than showing us what it looks like, "Hesitating Beauty" plays with our conceptions of reality to show us what it feels like to grapple with a family member's retreat from lucidity." ClampArt

I encourage you to listen to Joshua's moving interview with American Public Radio. Excellent reviews in American Suburb X and Mother Jones

'Hesitating Beauty' will be on exhibition at ClampArt from April 11th to May 16th, 2013. The book from Schilt Publishing is out now.


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Geoff Green showed me this ongoing project at a recent portfolio review. He slapped the large prints on the table and offered me a pair of gloves in case I wanted to avoid touching them (I declined to wear them).

Geoff describes "A survey depicting the essence of street life on one block in Brooklyn by the remains discarded on its sidewalks and its gutters. It is an anthropological/archaeological approach to street photography and neighborhood dynamics."

"The object is taken from the gutter, photographed, and printed. The final print is then taken to the street to absorb the impact of the original environment, its weather, foot, and vehicular traffic. Each print becomes a unique object."  He leaves the prints taped down until they eventually get dragged down the street. "Unfortunately, I do need to keep an eye on things so they don't get nicked."


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In the thick of some of the world's most severe 'austerity measures,' families struggle to get by in Greece. Christos Kapatos is recording his parent's additional strain. 

With his background in cinema, Christos is also working on a series of "cinematic images about the existential quest of the 20-40 year old people under the latest economic crisis hitting Europe and Greece in particular, to be exhibited in Greece and abroad in 2013-2014."


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Untitled No. 12 (from the series Impulses, 2012 © Tara Sellios

In her unsettling yet beautiful work, Tara Sellios creates images that "articulate the totality of existence, focusing heavily on the broad themes of life and death." Sellios works with large format film and produces sketches in advance that are themselves works of art. 

This young artist (b. Boston, 1987) says "Death has always possessed a significant presence within the history of art, ranging from altarpieces to the work of the Dutch still life painters. Manifesting melancholic themes with beauty and precision, as these artists did, results in an image that is seductive, forcing the viewer to look, despite its apparent grotesque and morbid nature. Through these images, I aspire to make apparent the restlessness of a life that is knowingly so temporary and vulnerable."

View the full-screen magazine photo feature (NSFL - not safe for lunch)

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Casino Pier, Seaside Heights, New Jersey, after Superstorm Sandy © Michael Massaia

"I tried in every way possible to visually/graphically make the environment come to life in its most lifeless moments." 

'Afterlife - New Jersey Shore' is a seven-year project that Michael Massaia has basically brought to an end since Sandy devastated the area. You can read an interview with Michael on the North Jersey news website, or hear his dulcet tones and watch him work below.




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From "Life in Blue" © Evžen Sobek

Here's another feature by a Czech photographer. Since 2007, photographer Evžen Sobek has been documenting life on the banks of the Nové Mlýny reservoirs in the South Moravia region of the Czech Republic. The vacationers are ex-caravanners who have embraced a more stationary life in these man-made environs.

A selection from Evžen's charming series "Life in Blue" is on-view in an exhibition at ClampArt in NYC until February 16th. Several more are collected in a book of the same title, a fine 12" square format which includes a big bonus poster. With the radio photograph on the cover, it feels a bit like an LP. It's full of more of the same, each an enjoyable, curious vignette in its own right.

Sobek is founder of the Brno Photography School and the Fotoframe competition and his work is represented in numerous private and public collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the School of Visual Arts, Osaka; and the Museum of Applied Arts, Prague.

View the full-screen magazine photo feature.

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Mirka Krivankova captures the simple life in a small town in Městec Králove, Czech Republic. Mirka lives and works in the Czech Republic, and is a member of the Czech Federation of Photographic Art. She also publishes a blog showing the work of other photographers, and seems to be an all-round sweetheart.


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"Last Call," Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Nashville, Tennessee, 1974 © Henry Horenstein, courtesy of ClampArt

That's all for this year, folks! 

Thank you to all the wonderfully talented artists from all walks of life, and from several countries, who have been featured this year. Wishing all my contributors and readers a happy and healthy new year. 

Keep up the good work!

Julie. 


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Woman Carrying Fish, by Jeremy Scott (USA). Grand Prix de la Découverte winner & 1st place in the People/Portraits category

The results of the first annual International Fine Art Photography competition were announced in November and the results were exhibited at NoFound during Paris Photo. The Grand Prix de la Découverte winners' prizes included a weekend in Paris for the opening of the exhibition during Paris Photo, and all 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners and the finalists had work accepted into the prestigious collection of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. As one of the jurors, in esteemed company, aCurator is pleased with the results and proud to publish the winners!


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Red Note, by Javier Arcenillas (Spain). Grand Prix de la Découverte winner & 1st place in the Street Photography/Documentary category

Below are some of my personal favourite runners-up.

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BBoy Attitude, by Alessandro Falco (Italy). Finalist in the Street Photography/Documentary category 

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Legs Are All You Need, by Lucia Eggenhoffer (Czech Republic). Finalist in the Street Photography/Documentary category 

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Devonian Drawer: Gastropod, by Art Murphy (USA). Finalist in the Still Life category

Grand_Prix-_Ana_Galán.jpgYvette in a Forest in Algeria, by Ana Galán (Spain). Finalist in the People/Portraits category

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