Photographers


Anne_Arden_McDonald_sponges-print.jpgI had the pleasure of meeting the artist Anne Arden McDonald at a solo exhibition in Brooklyn recently. Anne works in a really wide range of media, including photographic prints that she makes both with and without cameras. The recent installation includes prints measuring up to 90" in some cases along with smaller prints that feature details. In intricate processes Anne makes contacts prints using various objects, bleaching and manipulating the resulting prints (in one case, painted with "medicines, spices and household cleaners").

As a person with almost no patience I am fascinated and in awe of Anne's work. Here are just a couple of examples of her photography and there are more series on her website.







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Bleach painting made with spon
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Fragility, 2011, 126 x 50 ins.
Contact print of a pile of layers of glass and eggshells, exposed with a flashlight

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Cells, 2007, 69 x 50 ins.
Contact print of circular and spherical objects





All images © Anne Arden McDonald

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Talk about stumbling upon... I was asked to answer some questions for the Parsons School of Design MFA Photography Catalog and whilst browsing last year's I saw this and just had to post it.

Bobby Davison has some most intriguing work on his website, Untitled Proof, that you need to check out.

"Cromagnon, 2010" © Bobby Davison

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Receiving an email from Michael Massaia whilst on the hoof this week, I first looked at these images on my silly little iPhone. They brought a big smile to my face, both because they remind me of the freedom of buying fireworks when I was a kid in London (they're illegal in New York) and because I love how he consistently produces these beautiful, dark, moody images across all his various portfolios.

'Quiet Now' is Michael's first still life portfolio; as with most of his other work he shoots on large format b/w film, develops in Pyro, then produces handmade platinum prints. Gorgeous.

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All images © Michael Massaia

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One might think of washing as monotonous, but Sivan Askayo's 'Laundry' series is a delight: sometimes sea creatures, sometimes notes on a stave. Sivan has been to Madrid, Barcelona, London and Buenos Aires, to snap anonymous smalls.

"Laundry project begun in the vibrant alleyways of Tel Aviv's Jaffa neighborhood and has become an ongoing project, taking me to Madrid, Barcelona, London and Buenos Aires to snap the anonymously displayed drying clothing. The project, that was named 'Intimacy under the Wires' reveals images of laundry both intimate and unconfined while their snoopy character makes laundry, a seemingly prosaic subject, all that more intriguing."

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All images © Sivan Askayo

David_Joseph_01.jpgSometimes simplicity is just as refreshing as a hot cup of coffee. David Joseph showed me his work at a portfolio review explaining how the series of forgotten coffee cups was inspired by David's donations to auction for the Design Trust for Public Space in NYC. 

"I realized that New Yorkers, no matter their socio economic status, were leaving their tags all over the City. This is the new graffiti, and whether it is City Bakery, Starbucks, or Jacques Torres the city is covered in beautiful litter left by multi-taskers who always think they can do one more thing. I hope these images, like all of my images, challenge people to reconsider what they see everyday."

Better known for his luxurious and rich architecture photography, these are light relief and a statement on the nature of our lack of interest in our environment. We all live so up close and personal in NYC, how is it we care so little about litter?
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All images © David Joseph

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Martin Brink has a piece in Illiterate Gallery's The Big Picture show, now on in Denver. The print is from his new series 'Trash in Grass' which reflects Martin's usual brilliantly tongue-in-cheek observations of what's immediately in front of him.

He's been busy so there's also an interview with Urbanautica, and his book 'The Daily Round', images from which previously seen here in aCurator, is featured at Various Points.

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All images © Martin Brink

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'Close Your Eyes'

British photographer Hester Jones' series 'Call Yourself a Mother' explores "the maternal ambivalent feelings and fantasies many mothers experience towards their children" in a handful of stark and ambiguous constructions. Jones does not include the mother's face, denying us the  look that the mother would be giving and prompting us to question the action taking place.

A graduate of London's prestigious LCC and, among several other exhibitions, with work just shown at 2010 Brighton Fringe, Hester's work can be seen here in the States at the Mpls Photo Center in 'Woman As Photographer: Picturing Life as a Woman' which opens March 4th and coincides with International Women's Day.

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'Keep Still'

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'Open Your Mouth'

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'Stop Now'    All images © Hester Jones

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I met Norman Borden at an ASMP portfolio review. Says he, "This is a project about smokers - people who are a vanishing breed and often pariahs but who still enjoy the nicotine rush, the feel of a cigarette between their fingers or lips, and how the act of smoking defines them as individuals." I encouraged Norman to continue this project and to photograph in other cities.

The mayor of New York City recently announced that he is enacting a smoking ban in parks, beaches and pedestrianized areas such as Times Square. Thankfully, the NYPD is not going to be collecting $50 fines; apparently the ban will be enforced by the people around you, defenders of public health and morality! "if a person does not stop when you request, then you can call 311 to report it, or you can notify a Parks Department employee or a Park Enforcement officer." I'm renaming these city employees Enjoyment Spoilers as they do a great job ensuring you don't ride your bike, smell the flowers, or just have too good of a time in a public space that you pay for out of your taxes.

We are not at all invested in preventative healthcare. We are not invested in intelligent ways to help people stop smoking. We are not invested in reducing pollution - how about all those cars idling their engines for half an hour while they wait to switch side of the street? There is no shame being attached to that, to a department store air conditioning the street in summer.

How about banning plastic bags Mayor Bloomberg?

Images © Norman Borden

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Azhar Chougle is "a fine-art documentary photographer, based in Mumbai, India and New York, NY." He's been keeping me abreast of his work over the last few months with his eloquent, thoughtful submissions.

"The New York city subway always felt like a teleport to me. Descending down the stairs from a concrete jungle and emerging at the edges of urban existence. 'The Last Exit' is a conceptual documentary series exploring the very edges of the subway system." I love the bucolic 6 train platform, and the exit to the Milky Way. 

Also check out Bombay Taxi, Azhar's essay on the individuality of the taxi cabs he takes through India's most populous city.

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All images © Azhar Chougle

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I love Jaimie Warren. This is my concession for 'Valentine's Day'.

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All images © Jaimie Warren

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