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.


"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!



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!


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.


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


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

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


Hillside Fence, Study 6. Teshikaga, Hokkaido, Japan, 2007 © Michael Kenna

I am thrilled to publish a selection of work from master photographer Michael Kenna, in conjunction with his retrospective at Chris Beetles Fine Photographs in London, showing from November 14th, 2012 to January 2nd, 2013. This is Kenna's first exhibition in London in seven years.

"I prefer suggestion over description. The world is pretty chaotic, seemingly always speeding up and getting louder and more visually dense. I am interested in finding and/or creating calm shelters from the storm, places where quiet and solitude is encouraged and inner contemplation possible. I think we could all use a break from time to time..." Michael Kenna, via Chris Beetles.

Michael was one of my fellow jurors for the Grand Prix de la Découverte recently and I was over-joyed to find this fellow British ex-pat (he lives in Seattle) warm, funny, and snappy

I was interested to see some of Kenna's commercial work. Take a look.

Michael is also showing 'Asian Landscapes' at Galerie Troncin-Denis in Nancy, France, from November 15th, 2012 to January 5th, 2013.


© Michael Massaia

"Borrowed Time is an exploration into the moment the point of no return has been reached and subsequent freedom that follows. Using the visual of mid-flight plane failures was my attempt to show the moment that horror, relief, freedom, and graphic beauty all meet at once."

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© Neil Craver

Based in North Carolina, Neil Craver started out as an abstract painter and figurative sculptor. He is embracing photography to explore his philosophical theories.

"This project is meant to be consumed with your emotions, and not simply perceived with your sense organs. I wanted a transcendental meaning behind them, not only with the use of chromatics and aesthetics. I wanted a 'subliminal composition' to create an undertow of messages to stress the strong influences of unconscious elements affecting and driving people's lives."

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© Sean Hawkey

British-based Sean Hawkey is a "documentary photographer and communications consultant who has worked in 40 countries, focusing mainly on development, humanitarian and rights-based issues." aCurator is proud to publish some images from this series he made in Nicaragua.

"Where do all those Olympic gold medals come from? Almost certainly some of the gold comes from mines like these. The gold is mined by people risking their lives, sometimes losing their lives; risking their health, normally losing their health. The gold is processed using the most toxic of substances that find their way into the water that people and animals drink, the air that people breath, and into the soil. These images are just a small example of a vast human and environmental disaster worldwide related to the mining of gold and other precious metals. The miners themselves rarely get much out of it, they mainly manage to get by for a few years, not a bad option in some developing countries. The enormous mining corporations like B2Gold and Gold Corp strike incredibly favourable deals, that many say can only be got with corruption, where they pay perhaps 5% in royalties - this is the case with B2Gold in Nicaragua - so they get great profits for their shareholders; but it is filthy lucre, shameful profit, they leave behind poisoned environments that may never recover, and that doesn't help the people living there. Protestors against this state of affairs are routinely murdered across Latin America... Gives another meaning to winning gold." - Sean Hawkey.

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"Patron" Hillbilly Ranch, Boston, Massachusetts, 1972 © Henry Horenstein, courtesy of Horenstein and ClampArt

I am pleased to present a small selection of images from Henry Horenstein's 'Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music.' As you can see, I went with a selection of people on the periphery, but you can also see some big-name country music stars at ClampArt, NYC, where the exhibition is on now through October 13th, and online, in conjunction with Henry's latest book of the same title.

"Some say the 1970s were the last great decade of country music - between the pomade, plaid jackets, and goofy hillbilly jokes of the 1950s and the more polished 'Urban Cowboy' sound of Nashville in the early 1980s. Horenstein's work captures it all, from the roadside seediness of TJ's Lounge to the backstage glamour at the Grand Ole Opry. From bluegrass festivals and country music parks to the honky tonks and dance halls, these images picture such celebrities as Dolly Parton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Waylon Jennings, up to a recent cardboard cut-out of Garth Brooks (which speaks volumes about the artist's personal opinion of the direction the genre has taken of late). However, the photographs feature not only the stars, but also include the familiar venues and enthusiastic fans who sustain them."

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Full disclosure: I am now working at ClampArt and thrilled to be in a position to work with artists such as Henry, and others who have been published here in the past, not least of all one of my favourites, Lori Nix.

Submissions to aCurator are still thoroughly encouraged!


© UNICEF /  Betty Press

"When a child behaves like an adult he sees what an adult sees." African proverb

This series of photographs is from Betty Press' 20 year project which has culminated in a book 'I Am Because We Are: African Wisdom in Image and Proverb.'

"The title of the book comes from a well-known proverb, attributed to South Africa, 'I am because we are: we are because I am.' It speaks to the interconnectedness and responsibility that we have for each other, and it embodies the concept of Ubuntu, the African idea of living harmoniously in community. Together the images and proverbs tell the story of life, moving through: family, home, education, relationships, work, leisure, environment, conflict, peace, music, dance, religion, wisdom, old age, and death, finally coming full circle with hope, as life goes on with the descendants and the living community. The proverbs in this book have been compiled by Annetta Miller who has been collecting proverbs for more than 30 years. Ms. Miller, an American born in Tanzania, has worked in East Africa for most of her life."

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Groom, Texas © Rob Hann

Repeat contributor and good mate Rob Hann makes collaborating easy and fun. I share his Brit-ex-pat love for the American highway so I am pleased to once again chuck you in the passenger seat and take you away for a bit.

"For my latest road trip I wanted to travel around the edge of Texas so that's what I did. I flew into Houston and drove a rental car anti-clockwise all the way round, with a couple of trips into the interior, til I got back to Houston. Here are some of the pictures I took along the way." - Rob Hann, August 2012

Enjoy the rest of summer! (apologies for being Northern Hemisphere-centric)

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See Rob's previous features here and here.

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