Friday, September 9, 2011

What Matters now?

Hey Photo peeps....this looks like something interesting happening at Aperture...the What Matters Now? project. Check it out!

What Matters Now?

Aperture is running a two-week long exhibition that invites everyone to submit and/or stop be and join in on the conversation about what is important to us now in a post 9/11, post instant technology society.

I recommend that everyone check it out and submit something. Tell everyone you know and if you can stop be and be a part of the discussion and meet new people!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Life Support Japan

Life Support Japan is a joined effort of Crista Dix of Wall Space and Aline Smithson of Lenscratch. They encourage the global creative community to donate images that are sold online in limited editions of 10 8.5 x 11 inch signed prints at a price of $50. The funds raised will be divided between two charities – Direct Relief International providing medical supplies to the earthquake and tsunami victims and Habitat for Humanity helping to rebuild the communities in northern Japan.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Review of Jay Heikes Inanimate Life :

Upon entering the Marianne Boesky Gallery, I was met with the familiar apathetic stares by the lackey behind the desk, a common occurence almost ritual at this point . I usually try and read the perceived success of the pieces on display by the character of the gallery employees and from their expressions I could see they were less than impressed. I however was very much impressed by the animate, voluminous sculptures at the gallery. The first piece I encountered entitled Prickly, Sickly, and Thickly, was a long tubular wooden shaft adorned with various quills and spikes from what I could only imagine are porcupines. These towering pillars seemed reminiscint of the pillars at St. Peters altar in the Vatican the artist write up describes Hienke as attempting to create inanimate life forms. The may serve as the founding pillars of his new biological Kingdom. Observed in the round the pillars are threatening, but not extensively so, it at once draws in and rejects the viewer. They appear insect like penetrating the gallery floor, like something out of a wonderfully bad Dune rip off.
The influence of Biological descriptions was extremely apparent in Heartless Ascension, here Hieke conjoins corroded iron and Bronze in the vein of Louis Bourgeois spiders. The figure however appears more languid then Bougeois' sturdy monsters on one side a long iron bar is melted to resemble a rope or a tail. The sculpture itself, according to the write up produces a corrosive energy akin to a dying battery. This may symbolize the decay inherent in modern post-industrial life, as resources dwindle. The piece, which, at some angles looks like a mosquito is for me a depiction of Ginsburg's Moloch, the terrible sprit of industry, whose methods expose the arbitrariness of matter and put (relatively) static elements through an infinite process of creation/destruction.
Hieke's third and I believe most successful work called Molting, was a series of giant skin like silver fragments on the gallery floor. According to the write-up the forms are intended to resemble the shedding of Histories baggage and the potential for new life. I find this description too simplistic. The delicate pieces, due to their location on the floor, are less prominent than his more solid sculptures. They, however, embody the ethos behind his work. Heike it seems, is obsessed with decay and time, I see Molting less a personification of change but of the cohesion of memory and time. Skin flakes are the perfect sign for memory in the face of times endless movement. OUr conception of the present is always influenced mainly by memory which appears as thin and malleable as a dry membrane.
This Conception of molting is Directly related to Battleship Potempkin, a large Photographic collage of secenes from the 1925 Eisenstein film. The Write up claims the piece is about the Postmodern struggle to combine fragments of time into cohesive historical unity. A task that is , no doubt, rendered impossible by subjectivity.

PDN Student Photo Contest

Saturday, September 4, 2010

True Fiction

LaToya Frazier, the Associate Curator for the Civic Square Art Gallery, is featured in a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.

The photographs featured in True Fiction exist between truth and fantasy, working within the lines of the documentary and tableau genres. With the onslaught of digital imaging technology, it is increasingly more difficult to believe in the idea of photographic truth. From Facebook to newscasts, our culture is oversaturated with a phenomenal amount of imagery whose original source will always be unknown. Photo manipulation, however, has always been connected to the process of image making. Contemporary photography has built upon the documentary genre, expanding into an endless array of photographic expressions.
As the debate of truth within the photographic medium recedes, a renewed interest in access has taken its place. These photographers provide us access into unseen worlds of vulnerability and secrecy, revealing unique physical and psychological spaces. True Fiction illustrates the numerous and complex new perspectives in photography by exploring the perceptual gaps between artifice and the authentic experience.

True Fiction features work by:
Yasser Aggour, Kelli Connell, Gregory Crewdson, La Toya Ruby Frazier, Beate G├╝tschow, Bradley Peters, Taryn Simon, Chad States, Elaine Stocki

The exhibition runs from September 9 – November 27, 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 14, 2010, 6:00 -9:00 PM

Don't miss this exhibition.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Please join us today, September 1st ,from 4-6pm for WLCM BCK, at the Mason Gross Galleries, Civic Square:

Participating artists:
Liv Aanrud / John Almelchenko / Eileen Behnke / Caetlynn Booth / Anna Bushman / Damian Catera / Katherine DeGaetani / Erin Dunn / Megan Flaherty / Gabbe Grodin /Chris Guerra / Catherine Haggarty / Annie Hogan / Suzanne Joelson / Marketa Klicova / Gary Kuehn / Julie Langsam / Allison Lindblom / Ardele Lister / Toby MacLennan / Barb Madsen / Tony Masso / Anne McKeown / Traci Molloy / Diane Neumaier / Raphael Ortiz / Kate Pollard / Alan Prazniak / Tom Raggio / Martha Rosler / Erik Schoonebeek / Patrick Strzelec / Richard Tuttle / Betsy VanLangen / Timothy Warner / Tyson Washburn / Stephen Westfall / Shane Whilden / Wendy White / Bryan Whitney / John Yau

Monday, March 22, 2010

Summer Program in Berlin

Hi! Interested in a summer study abroad in Berlin for Photograph? Check out this great program:
The application deadline is April 9th.

Picture Berlin, founded in 2009, is a four-week program designed for emerging artists working and using the medium of photography. Set in Berlin, a city renowned for both its tumultuous political history and its thriving contemporary art scene, this program gives participants an unparalleled opportunity to develop their individual portfolios while immersing themselves in Berlin's multifaceted culture. This unique artist-initiated program encourages participants to develop an individual approach to the photographic medium by offering close mentoring from internationally practicing artists. Picture Berlin is designed to be urban and mobile, actively encouraging the participants to use the city as a resource with a rich program of workshops exploring the city, visiting artists in their studios, lectures and film evenings. Additionally, each participant is given the option to do an internship with a Berlin-based artist during that period.

A rigorous studio practice forms the heart of Picture Berlin. Over the course of the program, participants attend photography-based workshops led by the Picture Berlin faculty. Each workshop is rounded off by a group critique led by the faculty together with a selection of artists and art professionals. The program culminates in a group exhibition of the work produced over the month.

Picture Berlin brings each participant directly into contact with the vibrant cultural scene in Berlin, offering an intense four-week insight into the international art world as well as professional exhibition experience. The program leads the participants into the art scene through the backdoor, offering them access, information, and possibilities other institutionally based programs are unable to offer.

The program is directed by April Gertler.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Exposure Photography Show

The Rutgers Photography Club is looking for artists to submit to Exposure. To put your work into the show, please see our Facebook Event here.

For more information:
Email: ruphotographyclub at gmail dot com

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Three Photography Shows at Zimmerli

Lalla Essaydi: Les Femmes du Maroc

Jan 30, 2010 - Jun 06, 2010

The David and Ruth Robinson Eisenberg Gallery
Mar 19, 2010 - Jul 11, 2010

The Lower Dodge Gallery
Oct 03, 2009 - Mar 28, 2010

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Society For Photographic Education National Conference

This year's conference is in Philadelphia. Students are volunteers are discounted.

See this form: Student Scholarship Opportunities for the 2010 Conference (PDF Form)


Keynote Speaker: Kip Fulbeck
Featured Speakers: Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie and Veronica Passalacqua
Featured Speaker: Dawoud Bey

Early Bird and Volunteer registration postmark deadline: January 22, 2010
Deadline for registration cancellation: January 29, 2010
Deadline for hotel registration at discounted rate: February 1, 2010
Late registration postmark deadline (register onsite after): February 1, 2010

Larry Sultan, California Photographer, Dies at 63

See the NY Times Article here

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Paolo Ventura

December 10, 2009 - January 23, 2010

Jorg Colberg has a video of Paolo Ventura speaking about his work HERE.

537 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
Tuesday - Saturday, 11 am - 6 pm and by appointment

Saturday, December 5, 2009

History of Photography, 1900-Today

If you haven't taken the History of Photography, it will be offered next semester!

Giant Camera Built by George R. Lawrence | c.1900


History of Photography, 1900 - Today

Art History 383 Index: 68337

Prerequisites: 01:082:105 & 106 or permission of instructor: Andres Zervigon

Spring 2010

MW4, 1:10-2:30


Zimmerli Multi-Purpose Room

College Avenue Campus

This course provides an in-depth survey of photography’s history from the turn of the last century to today. Our goal will be to tease out trends in the medium’s use across a number of overlapping fields including art, journalism, science, and vernacular practices such as family portraiture. We will pay particular attention to the ways in which photography often operates as a bridge linking these various fields. Why, for example, are photographs of America’s depression-era dustbowl both government documents and works of art? How is the development of digital photography both a new means of disseminating images over the internet and an aesthetic tool? Throughout the course we will propose answers to these questions by carefully analyzing widely recognized photographs and others that have rarely received attention.

Friday, December 4, 2009

The Black Snapper

Check Out The Black Snapper

The Black Snapper is an online magazine for talented photographers from all over the world:

The Black Snapper magazine website presents a new artist every day, in a dedicated slideshow comprising up to twenty images. Weekly selections are made by guest curators. A worldwide community of photography professionals and experts supports the project.

The Black Snapper is a showcase for photography talent from around the world. Our basic philosophy is to utilize the dynamism of the internet to facilitate the presentation and hopefully the discovery of talented photographers. One of the primary aims of this magazine website is to support the emancipation and promotion of photography from Africa, Asia and South America.The diversity of guest curators makes the selection process more objective; there will not be a single person whose individual taste and preferences dominate the content and guest editors are invited to discuss their motivation behind their selection. A list of guest curators is published on our archives page.

The Black Snapper aims to inspire photography professionals and photography enthusiasts worldwide and to be instrumental in the development of contemporary photography.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

List of Graduate Schools

>New Jersey City University
>School of Visual Art
>Pratt Institute

Alex Bag Review

The video was very interesting because I like how the part when she talk about the years in college which I can really relate to her. She really expresses the feelings of an art student's struggle in a art college. The idea of work resemble the life of every art student. I think the way she talk about her life at SVA really resemble every student that goes to an art school. I like the way she reenact different typesof behaviors such as anxiety, boredom and ambivalence.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Edward Burtynsky at Hasted Hunt & Kraeutler

Edward Burtynsky's show "Oil" will be up until November 28th, 2009 at Hasted, Hunt & Kraeutler.

Here's a MAP

Here's a Video of the show at Corcoran from Vimeo

537 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
Tuesday - Saturday, 11 am - 6 pm and by appointment

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Robert Frank at Pace/Macgill

Robert Frank

32 East 57th Street, NYC

October 29 - December 5, 2009

Displaying old works and Contact Sheets containing those images. Worth the visit!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Xenia Nikolskaya

Be sure to check out this week's visiting artist and Fulbright Scholar from St. Petersburg, Russia. Xenia Nikolskaya

Wednesday, Nov. 4th in CSB 110/117 @ 6:30pm

Friday, May 8, 2009

Thought this Would Be Useful

I don't know if anyone has seen this website before, but Carbonmade is a free way to create a portfolio online in a very clean, professional way. Check it out, it's a good way to organize your work without having to create a website and have something to show.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

New Works by Photography’s Old Masters

A look inside Robert Capa’s Mexican suitcase reveals groundbreaking photography from the Spanish Civil War that was long thought to be lost. View the slide show and related article from the New York Times here.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Kotama Bouabane

I wanted to post this when we were sharing photographers, but I couldn't find the link in my bookmarks. His series, Melting Words is clever and I think it is a wonderful use of letter ice cubes and a lot of the photographs are beautifully staged.

Check out his site here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Jan Van Hollenben

I came across this photographer while searching staged photography. I found his work to be really hit or miss. There were certain series I really enjoyed while others were less impressive. Dreams of Flying is my favorite.
Raul Montifar:Phillipines

Eolo Perfido: Italy

Luther Cavalry: Canada

Annie Leibovitz

The Pictures above are by the photographer Annie Leibovitz. She is one of my favorite photographers. She is mostly known for her portraits. From top to bottom: The rolling stones, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Keith Haring, Elizabeth II and Kirsten Dunst.

Martin Parr on Madonna's use of Sepia toned publicitiy image

Madonna has released an image of herself holding Mercy, the Malawian baby she hopes to adopt. It's in sepia. Why?

Choosing sepia is all to do with trying to make the image look romantic and idealistic. It's sort of a soft version of propaganda. Remember when the colour supplements used to run black-and-white pictures of famine and hardship? Some still do. They do that because they want to make it look more authentic. But it's a fabrication. You can't shoot in sepia, so converting into black and white and then into brown makes everything feel less real.

Read more on the Guardian UK website here.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Barry Whittaker is pretty cool, he likes a dog and a desert

I chose this artist to share because he is one of the instructors teaching at the school I am going to study abroad in the fall.

Probably one of the most important things for an artist to have present in his work is humor. Barry Whittaker sums it up well in his statement found in the 'text' portion of his website. He also has a blog.

He uses color very sparingly in his photographs, making them feel very much like every-day images. They are calm while still causing us to feel anxious in certain situations. In the Atmospshere photos there is a sense loss and confusion: where am I? who am I? how did get here? where are we going? wait, am I alone? What are we doing? As for the Precious Monsters and Pets we are frightened of the creatures and concerned for their safety at the same time. With the last three series, Accumulation and Absense, Thrift, and Preservation, we feel greatly overwhelmed and interested in the objects found.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Diane Arbus' freak showesque photographs are a sight to see!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Summer Service Trips to Guatemala May 22-30 and August 22-30, 2009
Join this study tour and learn about sustainable agriculture, rural development and campesino/indigenous communities in Guatemala. We work with CONIC, a national indigenous and campesino social movement organization with over 120,000 members in over 300 communities Guatemala which fights for land, human, indigenous and women's rights, and promotes rural development and food sovereignty. Trip participants will: - set up computers for community members - participate in workshops with women's groups and children - live in campesino and indigenous communities - work on sustainable development projects
Cost: Approximately $1200 (including airfare, food, lodging, fees)
For an application or more information contact William Kramer at 732-589-8024 or
Organized by the Farmer Solidarity Project

Ellen Stagg

Ellen Stagg has her own web show on IFC and I feel she's really interesting check it out here

Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison

Husband and Wife duo. Amazing.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Cool underwater pictures, it'd be great to see how he does it...

The Sartorialist

Photo-related Websites & Activities

I'd like to contribute a few image-related websites you may find engaging. Have Fun!

Rutgers University Photography Club:
I am the president of the Rutgers University Photography Club. Please comment or email me at if you are interested in being involved or contributing in some way. In no way must you come to every meeting-- you could simply tag along on photo trips or outings together if you so desire.

What do you guys do?
Take pictures, talk about photography, go to museums (both in NYC or on campus), and more!
I send out weekly facebook event invites and email reminders about art events on campus and photo club meetings.

Contact me, get on the mailing list and facebook group!
Facebook Group:

Lauren Felton (Vice President, left)
Sarah Knauff (Treasurer, right)
Portraits by Catherine Trestini

A Softer World
One of my favorite webcomics is the project A Softer World. ASW is run by my favorite modern writer Joey Comeau and delightful photographer Emily Horne. It is updated three times a week. I have aspirations to combine writing and photography; you can think of A Softer World as a close muse of mine. A personal interpretation I'd like to mention is that this webcomic is non-traditional comic, meaning it is not here to make you laugh (although most of the time it will!) ASW combines humor and sadness in their comic, and often these emotions are displayed seperately, in individual strips. Perhaps ASW is important to me because I make a connection between sadness and humor, too. Emily's way of photographing and Joey's literary response combined art form of a comic engages me.
"A Softer World is a comic that was created by Emily Horne and Joey Comeau so that people would recognize them as important artistic geniuses. Sometimes the "comic" is sad or harsh. It should be noted that this is in the tradition of George Simenon's 'romans durs' (or 'hard novels') and not in the lesser traditions of comics like Peanuts or anything else not French. Comeau is a French name. (Pronounced kuh-moe, by the way. Joey is very important, please say his name correctly. Emily is also very important but her name is easier to pronounce.)" (

External Links:
View the latest comic here:
View the archive of comics here:

Simon HogsBerg:

We're All Gonna Die -- 100 Meters of Existence

Terri B was reminded of this project by photographer Simon HogsBerg during our latest critique discussion. Check out this 100 meter long photograph project here: Don't forget to also view his website for additional projects.

I found HogsBerg's project on Stumbleupon. Stumbleupon is an add to your browser (unsure what it is compatabile with aside from Firefox and Internet Explorer) that allows you to "stumble" upon websites that it thinks you may find interesting, depending on the categories you choose you'd like to see more of. You can stumble through specific websites, like photography pages such as Flickr.

View stumble-upon here: Feel free to look through my personal Stumbleupon "favorites" that are stored when you click the "I like it!" button on your Stumble! browser:

Post Secret:
I wanted to share the art project Post Secret with you as I was reminded of our class project on the Recession. In critique discussion I remember sharing that the recession affects me in a positive way often, surprisingly.

Taken from Wikipedia, PostSecret is an ongoing community mail art project, created by Frank Warren, in which people mail their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard. Select secrets are then posted on the PostSecret website, or used for PostSecret's books or museum exhibits.

Post Secret is updated weekly, every Sunday!


Happy Easter!

Snapped this 'bunny automobile' photograph in Lindenwold, New Jersey. Cute celebratory accessory!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Picturing the Recession

Submit your photos of how you see the recession here at the New York Times website. Also take a look at other people's photos.  

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Gail Albert Halaban

This show just finished at the Robert Mann Gallery, but I still think it's worth checking out on the website. Out My Window

I fell in love when I ran into the photos and was even more in love after going to see it.

Also, she even created a blog that talks a little about the process and includes some stories of the people she included in the photos, etc. Blog Link

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Lili Almog
Andrea Meislin Gallery
The Other Half of the Sky
May 2 - June 13, 2009
opening and book signing
Saturday, May 2 4-6pm

This show is about working women in China. I can't copy her photos, but you can see them at

Although this series isn't in the exhibit, I love her "Perfect Intimacy"'s a photo project about nuns. She is interested in the spiritual world and lifestyle these women have dedicated themselves to. While exploring this world, she comes across other prominent issues, such as where and this lifestyle fits into the environment. Here are some of my favorites.