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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."

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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.

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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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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.


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© 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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