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When Manjari told me about this project I was really moved. She talked of the many trips she took with her family to visit Hindu temples and the ubiquitousness of imagery of deities in India, and that when she relocated to the States, art galleries and museums became her pilgrimages.

As commonplace as paintings and sculptures of Hindu deities are, there are no photographs. Manjari intends to change this by creating a series of photographs of specific gods and godesses, with every detail included, created from scratch. Just take a look at what she achieved for Maa Laxmi. Manjari's Kickstarter campaign is already 25% fulfilled; there are plenty of rewards available so why not consider helping to fund this project and we can all go see the enormous results in a gallery near us soon!

Maa Laxmi © Manjari Sharma




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Stella Kramer, Julie Grahame, and Allegra Wilde are excited to announce IN THE LOUPE, a WebTV show that will premiere at the end of July. It's TV with the three of us, talking about everything photography.

IN THE LOUPE has information, attitude, interviews, reviews and real photo news. We're not shy about telling you what we think, and we'll have special guests talking about their work. Nothing is off-limits. Agree or disagree, but you won't be bored.

If you've got a project or a book coming out you'd like to promote, a show about to open, a Kickstarter or Emphas.is project you need to raise money for, or just have an idea or suggestions to make, let us know! If we think it's interesting, we'll put you on the air.

And of course, if you've seen some amazing work you think we should know about, tell us!

Should you want to sponsor or advertise with us, drop us a line.

We've got a Tumblr blog here and you can get a taste of what's to come by watching the trailer. IN THE LOUPE plans on being THE place for photography talk. Join us!


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I am so honoured to be included in this, the first Photo Blog Awards from Life.com. Indeed, it was visiting the Time Life Picture Collection in 1993 when I first thought about publishing my own magazine, wanting to show more in-depth features than had become vogue. Not only in incredibly good company, including ConscientiousTime's LightboxAmerican Suburb XBurnFeatureshootNY Times Lens Blog and NPR Picture Show, but also such a wonderful write-up. 

"This is a blog in love with photographers. Scroll down aCurator's page and you'll see one photographer's name after another in bold, black letters with sharp, seductive images in between. These posts often link to glorious, full-screen features - free of surrounding navigation bars and text - on the main aCurator.com site... But the signature strength of the aCurator blog is, in fact, suggested by its name. Grahame is a curator with a flawless eye and, in her assessment of the work she presents, an immediately trustworthy, no-frills tone...  aCurator's triumph is a clarity of purpose wedded to a keen intelligence, and a willingness to let its stunning photographs largely speak for themselves." - From Life.com

I am fortunate and thoroughly privileged to have also been named in the top ten photo blogs by JM Colberg of Conscientious in his interview with the British Journal of Photography

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I met photographer and fellow Brit Lucy Helton at an ASMP portfolio review last year and was thrilled to bits and really impressed when she emailed me about this new venture.

Sombra Projects was co-founded by Lucy, Tiana Markova-Gold and Tom White and is "a platform for documentary photography and socially conscious art. Utilising multiple methods of distribution including community-based projects, online showcases, site-specific exhibitions, print publications and affordable fine art prints, our goal is to make documentary photography accessible to as wide an audience as possible.  Working with contributors from various disciplines, we aim to present documentary-based work in innovative ways, enhancing the experience of the viewer and providing an arena in which engagement and debate are both welcomed and encouraged."

These are from their latest featured project: Fondation des Jeunes Haitiennes Optimistes, photographed by Tiana Markova-Gold with words by Jocelyne Firmin.

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© Tiana Markova-Gold

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© George Tice

AIPAD Photography Show is something I heartily enjoy and have been going for as long as I can remember, spending hours browsing vintage and contemporary work and seeing friends and colleagues. The move to the Armory was a huge bonus, not least of all because you can now get an espresso and a decent (albeit $10) sandwich. 

My first stop was with Paul Amador. I smiled drolly at his 19" print of Arnold Odermatt's 'Buochs, 1965' while we nattered, then turned my back for five minutes and he'd sold it. Paul also had some of Robert Voit's equally-entertaining 'New Trees'. 

I loved Mark Seliger's large sexy platinum prints at Steven Kasher. Robert Morat Galerie had Richard Renaldi's ridiculous 'Smashed Water Tower' and a major highlight for me in the shape of 'Sound Affects', Christian Patterson's stunning series of bright colour photographs of Memphis, Tennessee. I'll take a dozen. Always great to see Chris Killip's and Graham Smith's Britain in the 1970s, at Eric Franck.

June Bateman had three stunning prints by Michael Massaia and I overheard people wondering about his technique - the platinum prints literally sparkle. 

There are always vintage classics in abundance and I could spend days just rifling through the stands for Doisneau, Abbott, Winogrand, Bresson - images of which I never tire. I was embarrassed to not have been familiar with Builder Levy's work on New York and the Boroughs in the 1960s-80s. Mapplethorpe was the first photographer I fell in love with back when I was in my late teens; I adore his portraits and his flowers and would have happily taken home Patti Smith curled up against a radiator.

Just as exciting as all the eye candy is running into lots of interesting people. I represent the Estate of Yousuf Karsh as a member of the American Photography Archives Group and count wonderful people such as Mary Engel (Ruth Orkin, Morris Engel) and Victoria Haas (Ernst Haas) among my associates. Both of them were in a flurry. Jennifer and Lisa Tice were there and introduced me to their sprightly dad, George Tice, who was standing in front of a large gorgeous print of his, 'Petit's Mobile Station' from 1974, at Peter Fetterman. It was the first time I was meeting Mr. Fetterman and I learned we share a home town in North London. 

More APAG people there and I ran into the walking resource Leslie DiRusso who was with Barbara Nitke, so that was a thrill. Then there's always the formidable ladies who are my Karsh associates at the Boston MFA leading a large group of people in a tour of the galleries. Another flurry. I managed to punctuate the flurries with a lunch with my favourite Missouran photographer Mark Katzman, a successful commercial shooter and photographic-process-fetishist and font of knowledge, and a cuppa with compatriot Louisa Curtis, old mate, photo consultant and industry vet.

The most bizarre thing I saw was a woman with a huge shaggy dog. One gallerist quipped "She must be very wealthy."

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© Richard Renaldi

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© Arnold Odermatt

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© Robert Mapplethorpe




















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© Michael Massaia

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I round out my week being most proud to have been included in Gabriela Herman's Blogger Series. Gabriela has drawn tons of press and praise, and I'm in exceptionally good company.

Portrait of aCurator, February 2011 © Gabriela Herman




Via Jiri Rezac at Greenpeace International.

In July 2010, Greenpeace-commissioned photographer Lu Guang documented the aftermath of the massive oil spill at the city of Dalian in China. A couple of weeks ago, the dramatic series of pictures he shot during this assignment portraying the death of firefighter Zhang Liang was awarded with the third prize in the Spot News Stories category of the World Press Photo
competition. In this video Lu Guang provides his personal perspective on this tragic event.

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My pal Niels sends news: "Out of more than six thousand contestants, my portrait series is between the finalists for Hasselblad Masters 2010, the most prestigious title that exists for photographers worldwide. As far as I am aware I am the only Dutch (and the only Colombian) photographer that got there. So, please vote"

© Niels Van Iperen


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A short interview with yours truly from SlideShowPro about aCurator photo magazine. SSP is the platform upon which top web designer bigflannel built the mag. With thanks to Todd Dominey.

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Hot off the press! This special edition newspaper from Arkitip features images from the archive of Janette Beckman in a 24-page photo-heavy collectible. Yours for only $7.50.
 
aCurator with preview copy, NYC © Janette Beckman

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