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Couple in Venice, © Michael Weschler

At the ASMP NY Fine Art Portfolio Review last week I was thrilled to see both familiar and new faces, and (mostly) new work. Michael Weschler is a name I recognize from my editorial licensing days, he was one of those golden photographers who were signed to the premiere agency, Outline. 

Michael presented a body of work exploring "Redefining Men," just simply challenging male stereotypes. The series includes celebrity portraits as well as regular people. I, of course, adore these romantic holiday-makers. What's Italian for 'buff'?

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© Evžen Sobek

Does this sheep not have a knowing look? Thanks to Evžen Sobek for confirming what I, and the Housemartins, have always known...



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I met Boston-based photographer Lou Jones at Fotofusion in West Palm Beach, Florida, last year. He is a soft-spoken sweetheart of a man with a most fascinating and prolific history, not least of all having photographed 12 consecutive Olympics. Lou's website can tell you more. I fell for his images of dancers and he kindly agreed to let me choose some. 

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All images © Lou Jones

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From the series "And I" © George Holroyd

A diary of images "made in collaboration with the artist's most faithful companion, a progressive neurological disorder known as Essential Tremor."

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"Several years ago, I was diagnosed with Essential Tremor, a progressive neurological disorder which can cause debilitating tremors and loss of coordination, when the symptoms that I have had since adolescence eventually worsened to the point that I began experiencing difficulty in performing simple everyday tasks."

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"The series, 'And I,' is a diary; a collection of glances which illustrate a reality distorted by frustration, embarrassment, and a growing sense of social isolation. It serves as a visualization of the impact that Essential Tremor has on me and my closest relationships as I continue to come to terms with the new realities that I am presented with."

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All images © George Holroyd

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[241 3205 825 81221 364097+210 1200 120 00010 011100= A woman who talks to herself]

Pure, simple enjoyment from Conrado Sarid-Maletah - part of a project he did two years ago in Mount Carmel, Israel. I dare you to not enjoy this series. Conrado is a talented artist, check his website for some interesting work in different media.

Perhaps you may try to work out what the cryptic captions are all about....

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[59 21 31058 715 593161+ 01 10 12001 120 010010= This is the woman who escapes.]

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[221314581 45 59698019+ 110100110 00 011010121= the caller of spirits]

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[241 3205 825 21921+210 1200 120 00010= A woman dances, she moves her body to the beat of the waves of some sea]

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[241 3205 825 995 1 210 42250+210 1200 120 100 0 101 12001= She is a woman who laughs at sugar clouds]

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'The Rooms' is a personal project from New Yorker Jason Homa. In it Jason "...explores the meeting spaces of Alcoholics Anonymous, without any people in them. It seeks to show the diversity of its members through the spaces but also to unify them with a common spiritual element."

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I knew next-to-nothing about AA. Now I know their meetings mostly take place in churches, and that there's no saving of seats.

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All images © Jason Homa

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Carpenter's workshop, Alsisar


My fantastic friend, eminent copyright lawyer and photographer Rupert Grey and his wife Jan have always been explorers. Now they are driving their vintage Rolls Royce thousands of miles across India, and Rupert is telling their stories via his website - it's thoroughly enjoyable reading. Here's a taster:

"...One of the Chowkidars, by one of those agreeable chances that life on the road confers, was a Rolls Royce mechanic. His name is Prabhu. He is 75 and has one word of English. I mentioned to the Raja of Alsisar, with whom we dined a couple of nights ago, that the Rolls had developed a bad cough in the mornings. Prabhu, he said, was the man. He used to look after his grandfather's Rolls 40 years ago. Prabhu appeared, smelled the exhaust fumes, changed a spark plug, adjusted the carboretter and we went for a test drive.

His word of English came into play: "SPEED", he shouted. I sped. At 55 mph we raced down a strip of tarmac barely wider than the Rolls. Flocks of goats parted like the Red Sea for the Israelites, bullocks pulling carts looked up in alarm, Camels sniffed resentfully. Armed with the Raja's implicit authority and the loudest hooter in Rajasthan, I became Toad of Toad Hall during his brief moment as King of the Road."

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Rupert's 1936 Rolls Royce on the Brahmaputra river

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Rupert inaction

Of course, Rupert will tip up for the Chobi Mela International Festival of Photography next week and I will wish I were there. Meanwhile, for those of us who would like to be intrepidly exploring but who are home-based for now, let's enjoy a little vicarious thrill.

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Jimi Hendrix, 1968 © Donald Silverstein

Sexy news from the ever-groovy Snap Galleries. Gallery director Guy White says it so well, I'll just nick his blurb as usual.

Abs by Jimi Hendrix 

"In 1968, New York born, London-based photographer Donald Silverstein (1934-75) created one of the most famous and recognizable images of Jimi Hendrix. It featured on a hugely popular poster, originally included as a pull-out with Electric Ladyland. This is, quite simply, one of the absolute all time classic photographs of the incendiary guitarist. "Iconic" is a very overused term these days, but in this instance it really is justified. It seems incredible given the importance of this image that it has never been available to purchase as a limited edition photograph before now, but that is the case.

Right now, for the very first time, Donald Silverstein's estate are offering collectors the chance to own this image as a limited edition. If you remember the original 1960s poster, you will know that the contrast was cranked up to 10 - and it was difficult to pick out detail. Deliberately, the limited edition photograph has been left just as Donald Silverstein would have seen it originally, and I have to say that the fine detail is just exquisite. You can get a sense of that from the image above. 

This is such a key piece. If you are an established collector, I think you are really going to want this. If you are a new collector, and are thinking about taking the plunge on something special in 2013, then this would be a truly great place to start. There are four different size choices, from 16x20 inch (40x50cm) paper right up to a monster 6 ft (1.8m) high version. If you are going to purchase one, my advice is definitely "Go Big" if space and wallet permit it. The 30x40 inch paper size would be a real showstopper.

I know, I know, it's just after Christmas, and there are all kinds of reasons why you don't want to buy something now, but think about it for a second...

...No space?  Lose a mirror. Seriously - isn't it better to look at this?

...No money after Christmas?  We can help. If you want to pay by installments we can work something out with you.

...Too much to eat over the holiday period? What better way to shed a few pounds than to take inspiration from Mr Hendrix's incredible abs? Here's how: buy the limited edition photograph, frame it and hang it on your wall; put some Jimi on very loud, put your exercise mat on the floor under the photograph and crank out the sit-ups until you look like this." 

#yum

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Self-Portrait, Chelsea Hotel, 2011, © Linda Troeller  Part of CCNY's upcoming benefit auction.

The work of Linda Troeller has been growing on me. She's amazing in-person and it's always interesting to see what she's up to.

Linda's work is part of "Time Lapse/Identity," an exhibition at Ververs Gallery in Amsterdam, December 22nd to February 9th, 2013 with an opening reception on January 12th (5-7 pm).

Later that night, Linda will appear at the Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy in Amsterdam to present her photographs and stories about the legendary Chelsea Hotel in New York, where she lives. It was sold in NYC's rapid real estate development to a boutique hotel and is closed, and being renovated, with most people no longer able to live there. The landmark has been a creative home to Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Arthur Miller and Janis Joplin among many other artists. A selection of Chelsea Hotel photographs will be shown in an exhibition at the CODA Museum in Apeldoorn (Netherlands).

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Self-portraits all © Linda Troeller

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Roisin and Jordan, Russell Heights, Cobh, Ireland, 2011 © Doug Dubois

Peggy Sue Amison, Artistic Director at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh, County Cork, Ireland, shared some work from Doug Dubois that she has recently curated into an exhibition. Doug has been in residency at the Centre for the last four years, making work about a local housing estate, "focusing on the young people with a specific interest in the 'bravado of youth'."

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Dean's tatt, Russell Heights, Cobh, 2009

"During those four years, always in the summer months, Kevin, Erin and a number of other young people in the neighborhood collaborated with Doug and all that goes with large format photography (long exposures, lighting etc...) to create this collection of photographs, a somewhat fictional, somewhat documentary account of adolescence in Ireland and a coming of age story centered around this housing estate in Cobh - a place not unlike hundreds of other housing estates around the world."

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Ben in the garden, Russell Heights, Cobh, 2010

"This work is a deliberate collaboration between artist and subject - certain photographs were made spontaneously, but most are fashioned, working together, utilizing a selected wardrobe, setting and circumstance. The scenes are carefully crafted and stylized, evoking the narrative rhetoric of literature and film without doing away with the photographic claim to depict lived experience. The portraits, similarly directed, are often tightly framed to concentrate on the anxious countenance and fragile bravado of a future life not fully imagined or realized."

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Bonfire, Russell Heights, Cobh, 2011

The exhibition is on now through December 23rd, 2012 so if you're in the 'hood, please go check it out - looks rather lovely round there...

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Russell Heights, Cobh, 2011

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Eirn in the garden, Russell Heights, Cobh

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All images © Doug Dubois

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