Photographers


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Over the last year Melissa has shown me her portfolio of spellbinding images from two series, 'Behind the Glass Curtain' and 'Somewhere Between Sleep and the Clouds'. I've watched the progression and development, and relished her enjoyment of and enthusiasm for her personal work. During a portfolio review recently, we discussed 'lucid dreaming', a talent some people have for taking control of their dreams whilst in them, which could be great fun.

From 'Somewhere Between Sleep and the Clouds':

"Inspired by the mythical worlds in films and fairy tales, the photo montages in this series evoke our timeless penchant for escapism by using imagination and whimsy as a counter point to the banality and stresses of the modern condition. Through these interwoven images, I attempt to create a surreal and illusory world of boundless possibilities and unbridled creativity."

Every image within each montage is created by Melissa.

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© Melissa Lynn


aCurator's most popular feature this year has been M. Sharkey's Queer Kids project. We can thank young Sharkey for heading off for another round of subjects recently, and for producing this video. A healthy dose of laid-bare teenage honesty.

© M. Sharkey


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Fine art photographer and print maker Michael Massaia updated me with an email about his newest body of work 'In The Final Throes - New Jersey'.

While we're all snoozing away, Michael is not getting off our lawn...

"I took all of these images using large format black and white film and developed all the film in a pyro staining variation developer to help me obtain the look I was going after (also it allows for grainless, huge enlargements). After developing the film I'm hand-making 30x40 inch platinum prints as well as 40x60 inch pigment prints. These pictures were quite difficult to take because I literally had to be on people's yards at around 4 am (without their permission in some pretty rough areas) with a large view camera. I was nervous taking them but I'm excited with the results."

Dreamy.

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All images © Michael Massaia

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A moment's reflection is required. If you can't keep a dry eye looking at these, you know they're great portraits; and, we need them, to remind us.

"For the past 7 years on Remembrance Day I have been shooting portraits of veterans. The portraits are all shot in the same style, crop etc. I am aiming to keep shooting it for at least another 3 years. The project is based around the concept of The Unknown Soldier."

'They That Are Left', taken at The Cenotaph, London, Remembrance Day 2010.

All images © Brian David Stevens

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All images © Brian David Stevens

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Robert Rutoed is a prolific Austrian photographer and filmmaker. Prints from his project 'Less is More' are currently on view at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery in a group show titled 'WoRK', curated by our pal Andy Adams at FlakPhoto. Since I find myself craving work with a sense of humour, I'm happy to publish a small selection of Robert's photographs.

Robert has ecommerce nailed, so go take a look at some interesting limited edition book/print combo purchases available on the Rutoed website.

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All images © Robert Rutoed

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John announced a "merciless edit" of his blog. Upon visiting, I fell for this photo. Ahh, New York City.

© John Marshall Mantel


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Based in Helsingborg, Sweden, Martin Brink has an eye for the quiet, everyday moment, with work in simplistic categories such as 'Objects' and 'Mailboxes'. Here's just a small sample of what's available on his website. Martin's series 'The Daily Round' is also a book - check it out here.

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All images © Martin Brink

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Opening November 11th at Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson, NY is 'Ordinary Things. When artists make their private life public. What is it like living with a photographer?'

Featured is the work of specially talented Thatcher Keats whose first show with Haddad was 10 years ago. This is a great opportunity to buy a limited edition silver print by Thatcher at a great price; he is a collectible artist, is widely exhibited and also lectures on photography.

Go get one.

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© Thatcher Keats

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Every week, I volunteer for a New York-based charity, and I've met some lovely and fascinating people. Most of my colleagues seem to have an artistic bent and today I saw this fabulous photograph by one of the people I'm sometimes lucky to work with, young Felipe Vasquez. It was fun to work with Lark for a short period; now she's off at a different location so I miss her and I'm happy to see her here, looking fierce.  

Lark and Billy © Felipe Vasquez

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Monday, November 1, 2010
The Lighthouse, Chelsea Piers

Bids may be placed online for all auction lots starting Monday, October 18, 12:00 noon EST, and ending Monday, November 1, 12:00 noon EST. Absentee bids may be placed via fax at (212) 979-7759, or using the absentee bid form available online until Monday, November 1, 12:00 noon EST. Bids will be entered on behalf of absentee bidders at the event, up to the maximum amount specified on their forms. The highest bids at the close of the live and silent auctions are the winning bids. All proceeds benefit Aperture Foundation.

Image ©
Hank Willis Thomas

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