Monday, June 30, 2008

Jane and Louise Wilson @ 303 Gallery

Jane and Louise Wilson
June 14-August2, 2008
303 Gallery
525 West 22nd Street
New York, NY

Olivia Arthur

(via Conscientious) Olivia Arthur is a Magnum nominee.

1000 Words Photography

(via Liz Kuball's blog) Check out this brand new online photography magazine edited by Tim Clark: and its blog: -- on the blog you can find a post showing great new work by New York Photo Festival winner Alana Celii, from a series titled Odd Symphaty.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Julia Margaret Cameron @ The Met

Through September 2008 on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is an exhibit titled "Framing a Century", curated by Malcolm Daniel, including works by Julia Margaret Cameron, Brassai, William Henry Fox Talbot, Roger Fenton and more.
You can read a review of the show by Roberta Smith titled "Aristocracy of Talent for an Egalitarian Art" for the New York Times here and see a Times slide show of some of the works here.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Cara Phillips: Risk & Reward

A little delayed, but here is a link to Cara Phillips' June 6th post "Risk & Reward" which very eloquently talks about what it is like to be a women in the arts, how much effort & energy it takes to be in the arts and/or to run a project and about doing the right thing.

Friday, June 27, 2008

A Conversation with Dina Kantor

Heli & Andre © Dina Kantor

Dina Kantor was first introduced to us via Joerg Colberg's Conscientious blog. Joerg highlighted Dina's recent project "Finnish & Jewish" - which explores & documents a very small community in Scandinavia.

Avi & Keren © Dina Kantor

Dina kindly agreed to answer a few questions (see below) and to share her artist statement, in which she explained her project and her connection to the community that she has been photographing. Dina sees an intrinsic ability in the photographic medium to record details which is underlined by her stylistic choice of clear lines and her use of a sober palette. Dina has an interest in exploring the role of photography in the construction of identity & community building. An important issue that she collaboratively explores with her subjects in "Finnish & Jewish": Dina through the act of picture taking - thus becoming an active participant in the process of identity construction -- and her subjects by sitting for the project.

NP: Tell us a little about yourself.

DK: I grew up in Minneapolis, MN, and am now based in Brooklyn. I studied Journalism at Studio Arts at the U of MN. After college, I lived in London for a while before moving to New York. When I got here in worked in advertising for a few years. The only thing that really kept me sane at the time was photography, so I decided to go to graduate school. I received an MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in 2007.

My photographs have been featured in various publications, including Photo District News. I was named to Heeb Magazine's Heeb 100 list in 2007 and have received grants from both the Finnish Cultural Foundation and the Finlandia Foundation National. My photographs have been exhibited nationwide.

NP: How did you discover photography and what inspires you?

DK: The first time I took a photography class was in the 4th grade.
Unfortunately, I was trying to use old cameras that belonged to my grandfather, and none of them really worked. I didn't really get back into photography until I was in college.

I'm always inspired when I meet new people. I love seeing the way people dress, how they choose to present themselves, and what sort of things they choose to surround themselves with. It's no surprise, I guess, because my father was a sociologist. He used to drive me and my siblings through Uptown in Mpls in the 80s and we'd go "people watching." It's still one of my favorite pastimes.

NP: How did this project (Finnish & Jewish) come about?

DK: My mother was born in Finland and emigrated to America as a child in 1947.
Almost thirty years later, when she married my father, she converted to Judaism. I began photographing in Finland as a way to explore my own heritage, but as the project continues, it has come to embody a larger exploration.

Finland has a population of 5.3 million people, with only an estimated 1,500 Jews (and just two synagogues). I am interested in how such a small community maintains its cultural identity.

With these pictures, I am investigating the ways in which photography contributes to the construction of identity and community. Today’s society is increasingly complex and multi-cultural. As our heritages blend, our identities are no longer definable by a generic social stereotype of community, but by our unique experiences and backgrounds. Photography has an intrinsic ability to record details. I am employing it to record cultural signifiers and traditions as they blend, as well as to depict physical characteristics of a hybridized community.

NP: Do you think people were open to being photographed for this project because they want to preserve and project/share their identity & heritage?

DK:I'm sure each of my subjects had slightly different reasons for wanting to be photographed. But I'm guessing that the opportunity to help preserve their community's identity played into it for some of them.

I also think that, in a religious community, there are no real physical boundaries or exact definitions of who belongs or why. I chose to photograph anyone living in Finland who self-identified as being Jewish, not only the official members. Somehow the photograph helps establish these boundaries, both for the community itself and for the viewers. I think choosing to participate in my project may, in some way, have confirmed their sense of belonging to this specific community, whether that was conscious or not.

NP: Thank you so much! We are looking forward to seeing more of your work.

Take a look at more of Dina's photography via her website:

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Reminder: Opening Tonight - Sasha Wolf's "In Our Dreams"

In Our Dreams
Sasha Wolf Gallery
June 26 to August 9, 2008
10 Leonard Street
New York, NY

(tx for the reminder, Rona)

The Girl Project Invited to SCOPE Miami!

The Girl Project has just been invited to show at SCOPE Miami this December.
Kate Engelbrecht says:

"This is a huge honor and opportunity. As a result I am making a huge push for new participants. Please forward the following jpg. around to friends, family and colleagues and ask them to forward it as well. And of course if you know a teenage girl interested in photography please send her my way! Thank you for your support."

So please make your sisters, nieces, daughters, godchildren and friends aware of this fantastic project! More info here:
Find out more at or by reading yesterday's interview with Kate Engelbrecht. ©The Girl Project

Garie Waltzer

The amazingly beautiful work of Garie Waltzer will be on view through September in Cleveland. (tx, Jane)

Garie Waltzer
June 23 - Sept. 5, 2008
Humphrey Atrium Gallery at University Hospitals
11100 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Girl Project: A Conversation

© The Girl Project

The talented Dina Kantor recently made us aware of the ongoing The Girl Project --"A national collection of photographs taken by teenage girls. The photographs represent teenage girlhood and life as seen through the eyes of young women in America", states the project's website.
Reminiscent of projects such as "Kids With Camera" and "Through The Eyes of Children - The Rwanda Project", this project however gives viewers a unique look at girlhood in America today and encourages and empowers girls to express themselves and take ownership.

© The Girl Project

The project intrigued us and made us curious about who is behind the idea. The Girl Project is spearheaded by New York based photographer Kate Engelbrecht, who took the time to answer a few questions for us:

NP: Tell us a little about yourself.
KE: I am from Minnesota originally. I grew up in Northern MN but have lived in NYC for the past 10 years. After college I didn't have a clue what to do with myself. I had majored in sociology and was not interested in a career in academia, so I moved to NYC and started working in advertising. Shortly after I learned I didn't want to work in advertising.

NP: How did you discover photography?
KE: It was at the ad agency I worked for. While I was quickly becoming uninterested in advertising I was even faster falling in love with photography. I bought a used Minolta with a 50mm lens for $150 and started shooting. It is still my favorite camera.

NP: How did this project come about?
KE: I had been toying with the idea for some time - looking for a way to blend two things that interest me (photography and girlhood). At some point I realized that the opportunity was bigger than just examining female adolescence through photography... and that it could also be a way to understand girls in an entirely new way. I figured why not go to the source - why not let the subject speak for herself.

NP: What would you consider to be the ideal venue to show an exhibit of these images you are collecting and curating?
KE: Great question. And I'm torn between two answers. One is institutional, by where my dream is to see The Girl Project on exhibit at ICP, Mass MoCA or The Walker. The other is to make it more approachable... more accessible... and get Target to sponsor a traveling exhibition in their stores.

NP: Thanks so much! We are much looking forward to seeing how the project progresses.

The Girl Project also has a blog:

Elaine Duigenan & Susan Bright: In Conversation

IN-CONVERSATION: JULY 11, 7pm — 7:45pm

UK photographer Elaine Duigenan will discuss the exhibition, 'Intimate Archaeology, with Susan Bright.

Susan Bright is a freelance curator and writer. Recent curatorial projects include: Something out of Nothing, Fotogalleriet, Oslo, How We Are: Photographing Britain (co-curated with Professor Val Williams), Tate Britain, London, Face of Fashion: Corinne Day, Mert & Marcus, Steven Klein, Paolo Roversi & Mario Sorrenti, National Portrait Gallery, London and 1+1=3: Collaboration in Contemporary British Portraiture, Fremantle Arts Center, Western Australia and Australian Center of Photography, Sydney. She is the author of Art Photography Now (2005), published by Thames & Hudson. Previously she was Assistant Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, Curator of the Association of Photographrs and Acting Director for the MA Photography (Historic and Contemporary) at Sotheby's Institute, London. Susan Bright now lives and works in New York.

Debra Klomp Ching

111 Front Street, Suite 206 | Brooklyn NY 11201

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Helen Levitt @ Laurence Miller

Henri Cartier-Bresson
Helen Levitt

Side by Side

June 5-August 14, 2008

Laurence Miller Gallery
20 West 57th Street
new York, NY

Monday, June 23, 2008

A Conversation with Alessandra Sanguinetti

Talented Alessandra Sanguinetti will have another show in September at Yossi Milo Gallery in New York. In the mean time you can read about her and her photography on the magnum blog, in a post by Martin Fuchs titled "A short conversation with the Magnum nominees" (from September 7, 2007).

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Upcoming @ Sasha Wolf Gallery

Yola Monalhov's show "Once Out of Nature" has closed, but Sasha Wolf has another stellar exhibit opening June 26th, 2008. With an opening reception this Thursday from 6-8 PM.
The title of that show is "In Our Dreams" and is a group show featuring work by such greats as Garry Winogrand, Nancy Rexroth, Hannah Micley, Doniella Davyd, Katherine Wolkoff, Josef Sudek, William Eggleston and many more.
Read more about it on Sasha Wolf's site.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Aerial View

Helicopter #4 © Emily Shur

Check out some Cali aerial photographs by Emily Shur on her blog My Four Eyed Fantasy.

Friday, June 20, 2008

WIPNYC Launch Party Pics

Take a look at Women in Photohraph's website and pictures from the Launch Party.

Doris Derby & Others at The High Musem of Art Atlanta

History Remixed
Road to Freedom
Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968
June 7-October5, 2008

(from the high museum website) :

Unforgettable images that changed a nation.

The exhibition features work by more than twenty photographers, with recognized names such as Bob Adelman, Morton Broffman, Bruce Davidson, Doris Derby, Larry Fink, James Karales, Builder Levy, and Steve Schapiro. Also included is the work of press photographers and amateurs who made stirring visual documents of marches, demonstrations and public gatherings out of a conviction for the social changes that the movement represented. Key photographs include Bob Adelman's Kelly Ingram Park, Birmingham, 1963; Morton Broffman's Dr. King and Coretta Scott King Leading Marchers, Montgomery, Alabama, 1965; Bill Eppridge's Chaney Family as they depart for the Funeral of James Chaney, Philadelphia, Mississippi, 1964; and Builder Levy's I Am a Man/Union Justice Now, Memphis, Tennessee, 1968.

Supplementing the photographs are archival documents, newspapers, magazines and posters from the period. These complementary materials demonstrate how, in the hands of community organizers and newspaper and magazine editors, photographs played a pivotal role in shaping public opinion. Documents such as Rosa Parks' fingerprint paperwork and the blueprint of the bus on which she protested are shown alongside related photographs for the very first time. Also included will be several contemporary portraits, by photographer Eric Etheridge, of the young men and women who challenged segregation as Freedom Riders in 1961 and who are now senior citizens. All the photographs and documents in this exhibition will be accompanied by descriptive captions and an audio-visual component to provide deeper historical context.

Two significant groups of photographs in Road to Freedom have recently been acquired by the High. A portfolio of twenty-eight photographs by Danny Lyon, a leading photographer of the Civil Rights Movement, was given to the High Museum by Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., in 2006. Turner acquired them directly from Lyon in the 1990s, when he was hired as a photographer on the TNT movie Freedom Song about the 1960s campaign for voting rights in Mississippi. The portfolio includes photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Representative John Lewis, Ralph Abernathy and other movement leaders.

The second is a group of thirty-three vintage photographs by Washington, D.C.-based freelance photographer Morton Broffman. In addition to working for several major publications, Broffman was the photographer for The Cathedral Age, the magazine of the Washington National Cathedral, for more than twenty-five years until his death in 1992. He was a campaign photographer for Senator Eugene McCarthy, who ran for president in 1968, and took numerous photographs of the Civil Rights gatherings in Washington, D.C, and in Selma and Montgomery, Alabama. His collection includes images of marchers and movement leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, Representative John Lewis, Ralph Abernathy, Joan Baez and James Baldwin. The photographs were given to the High by the Broffman family in 2006 in honor of the artist.

Also read the article by Shaila Dewan for the New York Times titled "When Images Galvanized the Nation ".

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Angst of The Artist

Liz Kuball blogs about the struggles artist experience, while developing their voice or exploring new directions, in her post "My Angst and Me".

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Marie Sester on I Heart Photograph

The always interesting I Heart Photograph blog highlights the work of Marie Sester today, take a look here.

What Remains

"What Remains: The Life & Work of Sally Mann" is now available on DVD for purchase or rent.
You can see a preview on youtube here and read about the film and Mann in the New York Times' article by Ginia Bellafante here.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Will Steacy on Dorothea Lange

Read photographer and writer Will Steacy's post about Dorothea Lange and other influential women in his life here.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Maria Passarotti Interview

And if you haven't checked it out yet, take a look at our Maria Passarotti interview, here.

Reminder: Closing Reception Tonight for Regarding Acardia

Western Style © Maria Passarotti

Regarding Arcadia: Rural Viewpoints
by Angela A'Court, James Isherwood & Maria Passarotti

On view through June 16

Monday, June 16, 6-8 pm

Susan Eley Fine Art
46 West 90th Street, 2nd FloorNew York, NY, 10024
btw. Columbus Ave. and CPW

Alison Malone

Alison Malone's website is up. Take a look here: -- full gallery to follow.

Danielle Van Ark: What's the Big Deal Anyway?

Conscientious highlighted the work of Danielle van Ark today, specifically two bodies of work: "For Art's Sake" and "What's the Big Deal Anyway?" - particularly latter made me reflect again on the recent Gallerina 'controversy'.

Art Space Talk: Tema Stauffer

Head over to MYARTSPACE>BLOG to read Brian Sherwin's interview with the formidable Tema Stauffer. (tx Rona)

Winter Gas Station © Tema Stauffer

Friday, June 13, 2008

Monday: Closing Reception for Regarding Arcadia (Maria Passarotti)

Dam © Maria Passarotti

Regarding Arcadia: Rural Viewpoints

by Angela A'Court, James Isherwood & Maria Passarotti

On view through June 16

Monday, June 16, 6-8 pm

Susan Eley Fine Art
46 West 90th Street, 2nd FloorNew York, NY, 10024
btw. Columbus Ave. and CPW

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Sarah Wilmer, Tema Stauffer , Kyoko Hamada & many more @ Randall Scott Gallery

Randall Scott Gallery always shows great work and a lot of women artists. Currently on view is the work of Sarah Wilmer and from July 12th -26th, 2008 Randall Scott Gallery (which also recently exhibited the work of Nymphoto's Margot Quan Knight) will show the work of Tema Stauffer and Kyoko Hamada. Followed by the work of Jessica Dimmock and a little later the work of Alison Brady.Find out more here.

White Horse © Tema Staufer

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Dear Kodak...

Kodak recently announced that it will stop manufacturing Readyloads. This is incredibly inconvenient for many photographers, especially those who work outside of the studio.

Emily Shur has an opinion about it. Read it here.

Opening Tomorrow: New American Fables

Amy Stein | New American Fables
Robert Koch Gallery
June 12 - August 23
49 Geary Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA
Opening Reception: July 3, 5:30-7:30pm

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A.I.R. Gallery Retrospective 1972-1979


A.I.R Gallery Retrospective: 1972 - 1979
May 2 through June 14, 2008
Opening Reception May 1, 6 – 9 pm
55 Great Jones Street between Bowery and Lafayette

“The gallery is being planned with a strong feeling of optimism. There is mutual confidence in each other's work and there is the knowledge that we are letting fresh air into the current scene.”
— Nancy Spero

“A.I.R. has acted as both a gallery and a service organization from its beginnings – a service organization committed to keeping up an on-going dialogue between women artists, writers and critics, and between New York based women artists and women artists all over the world.”
— Corinne Robbins

Werkstätte is pleased to present The A.I.R. Gallery Retrospective: 1972 – 1979.

Opened on September 17, 1972 at 97 Wooster Street, The A.I.R. Gallery was the first women's cooperative gallery in New York. Founded in response to inadequate representation of women artists, and steeped in the ongoing discourse of the women's movement, the principal focus of the gallery was to exhibit the best, if non-traditional, work by female artists. Supplementing its rigorous exhibition schedule (the gallery exhibited 16 shows in its first year) was the “Monday Nights” program: a discursive educational program that utilized a time when galleries are traditionally closed. On select Monday evenings A.I.R. opened its doors to varying speakers, performances, and how-to seminars that covered topics ranging from tax preparation to organizing a cooperative gallery.

This exhibition, co-curated by Werkstätte and Patsy Norvell, surveys the work of the gallery's members from 1972 – 1979. At a time when the New York art scene is again moving downtown, the retrospective seeks to examine an organization that helped to pioneer the SoHo art scene in the seventies. Incorporating painting, sculpture, photography and video, and often utilizing such non-traditional materials as fabric, plastic bags and human hair, the exhibition demonstrates the wide range of work shown at A.I.R. Gallery during these years.

Werkstätte will supplement the exhibition with its own series of “Monday Night” programming including a women's poetry night, a performance by Kazuko Miyamoto and panel discussions featuring curators, critics, and current A.I.R. director Kat Griefen.

The exhibition runs through June 14, 2008. The gallery hours are Tuesday–Saturday, 11-6pm. The gallery is located at 55 Great Jones Street, NY, NY. If you require further information, please call 212 228 2996 or email

Monday, June 9, 2008

This Land was Made for You and Me

Issue 13 of Spanish magazine OjodePez just came out. Included in this issue is Jessica Ingram's Hilltop High project and Colby Katz' Rabbit Hunting project.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Women in Photography Launch Party

Women In Photography is having a launch party!

Wednesday, June 11 6-8pm
@ Giano
126 E. 7th St. Near Ave. A

1/2 priced beer & wine from 6-7pm

Friday, June 6, 2008

Hijacked- opening tonight!

Big City Press just anounced the release of their new book and exhibition, Hijacked. It features 24 Australian and 20 American photographers. Among the American artists showing are Amy Stein, Lisa Kereszi, Angela Boatwright, Alana Celii, Suzy Poling, Robin Schwartz, Sarah Small, and Jennifer Juniper Stratford.

" in collaboration with Big City Press and The Arm, enthusiastically present HIJACKED: VOLUME ONE, AUSTRALIA AND AMERICA book launch photo exhibition. Presenting the public with the most provocative and diverse new photography from Australia and America, HIJACKED breaks down barriers between artists, genres, and hemispheres to further the aim of contemporary photography.

While the work of each of the 44 photographers is wholly individual, the photographs collected in this book and exhibition speak of the time and place in which we live. HIJACKED embraces our prevailing wanderlust; these creative minds exhibit a fascination with international subcultures, fragmented trends, alternate lifestyles and urban landscapes. Explorations of suburban pleasures are placed on par with ‘high’ artistic experimentation. HIJACKED, a book of photography, is a survey of contemporary photography in both The United States and Australia."

Opening reception:

Friday, June 6th 7pm-11pm
The Arm, 281 N. 7th St., Brooklyn, NY
Music by DJ Rev McFly and DJ Teenwolf

Thursday, June 5, 2008

1000 Words Photography

New web magazine 1000 Words Photography's first issue is online now. It has a good selection of work paired with interesting writing including Candida Hofer's Series, In Portugal.

(via Conscientious.)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Summer exhibits at Wave Hill

Check out In Response: Summer Projects at Wave Hill's Glyndor Gallery and Grounds. I can't wait to see Maria Martinez-Canas's "A Room for Eden (To Ana)" in person. And while you're there you can take a stroll through Wave Hill's 28 acres of gardens, grounds and woodland. It's definitely worth the trip out of the city.

2008 NYFA Fellows announced

Congratulations to all the talented women photographers among this years NYFA fellows!

Elia Alba, Keliy Anderson-Staley, Erica Baum, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Cybele Clark-Mendes, Ana De Orbegoso, Shari Diamond and Ellen Wallenstein.

On a roll

Joerg Colberg updated his blogroll on his popular photo blog Conscientious. It now includes Nymphoto's Nina Buesing's blog where she muses about photography, art, travel, and life in NY. He also included Hee Jin Kang's new photoblog where she has already made some interesting posts.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Women in Photography launches

The new Women in Photography website launches today with work by Elinor Carucci.

Elena Dorfman (via Aperture)


Photographer @ the Library

In Fandomania: Characters & Cosplay (Aperture, 2007), Elena Dorfman is the first photographer to examine in depth the pop culture phenomenon of “cosplay” (the merging of “costume” and “play”), in which participants dress up in costumes—and live part of their lives—as characters from video games, animated films, and Japanese graphic novels. Dorfman’s portraits of “cosplayers” put the spotlight on a subculture that is exploding internationally. Japan and the United States are the biggest markets of cosplay which has held over 200 conventions worldwide including the successful inaugural New York Anime Festival last December which attracted a huge crowd at the Javits Center.

Explorations of identity through portraiture are at the forefront of Dorfman’s work, with the blurred lines between fantasy and reality a continuing theme. Her work has appeared in Village Voice, International Herald Tribune, Art & Auction, and Artweek. Her previous series, Still Lovers, appeared in museum and gallery exhibitions internationally and is the subject of two monographs.


Monday, June 9
6:30 p.m.

New York Public Library
Mid-Manhattan Branch
455 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York
(212) 340-0849


Media contact: Yseult Chehata, Aperture Foundation; (212) 946-7108 or

Monday, June 2, 2008

Reminder: HIV Law Project Art Auction Tonight -Tema Stauffer, Charlotte Dumas & many more artists participating

Tonight is the the HIV Law Project Exhibiton & Silent Auction at Moti Hasson Gallery in New York - from 6-9 pm. Participating are artists such as Tema Stauffer, Charlotte Dumas and many others.
View all the art in the exhibit/auction here. And buy tickets to the event here.