November 10, 2017

Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up - 10 November, 2017

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up - Lauren Greenfield's epic Generation Wealth at ICP New York, World Press Photo exhibition in Washington DC and the 24th Noorderlicht Festival in Groningen, The Netherlands. Photojournalism Now is on hiatus now until 24 November. See you then!

Exhibition: New York
Lauren Greenfield - Generation Wealth

Las Vegas strippers showered in dollar bills and LA rappers weighted down with bling; celebrities and socialites consuming more than they could ever use; teenagers crippled by eating disorders; parties for children that cost thousands; luxury homeowners now homeless...these are just some of the scenarios photographer Lauren Greenfield has captured in her expansive study of what it means to live the so-called American Dream.

In this massive, and incredibly impressive, retrospective that spans more than 25 years of Greenfield's work, including photographs and videos, Generation Wealth paints an extraordinary picture of the age of consumerism and a world driven by rampant consumption where the dollar is worshipped beyond comprehension. This is a must-see. I'd go so far as to say, it is the exhibition of the year, for me. If you are in New York check it out. Also Phaidon has an amazing deal on shipping - only $10 to the US for the book! Much cheaper than excess baggage or postage!

(C) All images Lauren Greenfield

Until 7 January, 2018
International Center for Photography
250 Bowery

Exhibition: Washington DC
World Press Photo 2017

This week I had the opportunity to see the World Press Photo exhibition in Washington DC. In the awesome space that is the Dupont Underground, a disused tram (or trolley car) station underneath Dupont Circle, the exhibition presented by World Press Photo and Lightscape DC, is truly impressive. I've seen many of the images before, online and in print, but on the walls of this super cool venue, the large prints, and the numerous projections, make the work even more impactful. If you're in DC, check it out.

Until 26 November
Dupont Underground

Festival: The Netherlands

Jay Gould
The 24th edition of the Noorderlicht International Photography Festival features the work of 74 photographers from 26 countries. With the theme ‘NUCLEUS, imagining science’ this expansive festival celebrates science and its representation with exhibitions across six locations in Groningen, Eelde and Assen. I visited Groningen and Noorderlicht in 2013 and it is one of the best festivals of photography in the world. Here is a brief selection of work I've chosen from this year's programme. Visit the website for more information.

Karin Borghouts

Monica Alcazar Duarte

Francesca Catastini

Edmund Clark

Marcus Desieno

Todd Forsgren

Michael Najjar

Henk Wildschut

Ulrike Schmitz

Caleb Charland

Until 26 November
Various venues
Visit Noorderlicht for more information

November 03, 2017

Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up - 3 November, 2017

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up a group show opens in New York, Gabriela Herman launches her book The Kids: The Children of LGBTQ Parents in the USA and Australian  Leila Jeffreys at Olsen Gruin. Next week Photojournalism Now comes from Washington and the 2017 World Press Photo exhibition.

Exhibitions: New York

The Photocloser - Group Show

On Wednesday night Frank Meo, aka the Photocloser, launched his inaugural exhibition with a group NYC show featuring the works of Donna Ferrato, Ron Haviv, Salem Krieger, Ken Hamm, Robert Ripps, Mara Catalan, Doug Winter, Maddi Ring, Patricia Gilman, Danielle Kelly, Shravya Kag, Bruce Byers, Ethel Wolvovitz and Bob Zahn. I popped in for a few minutes to see the work and say hi to Frank. Then it was off to the next opening. New York is awash with photography exhibitions.... 

(C) Ken Hamm

(C) Ethel Wolvovitz

(C) Bruce Byers

(C) Salem Krieger

Until 4 December
Paulaner 265 Bowery NYC

Leila Jeffreys - ORNITHURAE VOLUME 1

(C) All images Leila Jeffreys

I reviewed Leila Jeffreys' Conversation with a Cockatoo a couple of years ago and absolutely loved the way she captured the personalities of these iconic Australian birds. In her collection - ORNITHURAE VOLUME 1 - Jeffreys once again creates portraits that sing with individuality and vibrancy. It was fantastic to discover the Olsen Gruin gallery, which is the New York iteration of Sydney's Olsen Gallery, in New York and to view this work in an extraordinary space. The works are also presented beautifully and at a large size, are extremely impressive. 


Until 12 November
Olsen Gruin
30 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
T: + 1 (646) 613-7011

Book Launch: New York
The Kids - The Children of LGBTQ Parents in the USA

Brooklyn photographer, Gabriela Herman, whose parents split up after her mother came out, has created a book The Kids: The Children of LGBTQ Parents in the USA featuring the stories and portraits of 75 children who were raised in LGBTQI families. Over seven years Herman worked on this project traversing the US taking portraits and gathering anecdotes from her subjects. Last night she held a signing at Aperture and there were a number of those pictured in the book in attendance, along with an enthusiastic and rowdy crowd!

(C) Gabriela Herman

Savanna raised by her mom and step mom: "My high school was an art school in Tempe, Phoenix, which is a good half-hour drive from where my town is. I would carpool with a good friend of mine, and her mother, surprisingly enough, is very conservative. It’s very strange to me that I love these people so much, and yet their mind-set can be very different from mine. She knows my parents. She loves my parents. We’ve been friends since second grade. So we were driving to school and we were listening to the radio, and I think it was the beginning of gay marriage becoming legal. They were read- ing this email that this woman had sent to somebody on the radio station, saying, “Who we need to worry about are the children of these gay people.” That was her email, and it was like, “We need to make that a priority. We just can’t let them be raised by these people.” And I got so angry, and they said, “If you have any comments, please call in—we want to hear you.” And I kept calling and calling, and my friend and her mom were like, “Keep doing it! Keep calling!” I finally got through, and I just went off. I couldn’t even tell you what I said. I was like, “I am a child with gay parents, and I am truly appalled at this email. No one needs to feel sorry for me. My parents are amazing.”

(C) Gabriela Herman

Zach was raised by his two adoptive moms: I was born in New Orleans. My mother was sixteen. Patricia— she’s Vietnamese. My father, Charles, was seventeen. He was black and Spanish. I was adopted by Barbara and Kim, so I have two moms. As Americans, we’re pretty quick to put people in a box or judge them, whether it’s about having two moms or what your race or ethnicity is. I had less trouble with having two moms and more issues with finding myself in terms of race and ethnicity. People said stuff about my moms, but I made it clear that if you want to talk smack . . . I called people out the first couple times. The first time that I had a real issue with having two moms was in third grade, because prior to that, everyone was like, “Oh, my God, Zach is so lucky. He has two moms. I’m so jealous.” I think for little children, that whole concept of being lesbian or gay, it’s like, “Whatever.” Honestly, I feel like sometimes parents worry about that too much for their children. They’re so afraid of what the world has in store for them. At that age, I remember people used to ask, “Why are you black and they’re white?” or “Why are you Asian?” I remember saying, “I’m adopted.” For a lot of kids, for what they understood of adoption, that was good enough for a long time.

October 28, 2017

Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up 27th October, 2017

This week Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up comes from New York City and features a brilliant exhibition by Debi Cornwall - Welcome to Camp America, Inside Guantánamo Bay - at Steven Kasher Gallery, as well as Flint, a story by LaToya Ruby Frazier who was a keynote speaker at Photo Plus Expo in New York yesterday.

Debi Cornwall - Welcome to Camp America, Inside Guantánamo Bay

Debi Cornwall, Compliant Detainee Media Room, Camp 5, U.S. Naval Station Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, 2014

“My goal in making this work was to invite people to look at Guantánamo again after almost 16 years. Most of us have stopped looking,” says Debi Cornwall whose first New York solo exhibition - Welcome to Camp America, Inside Guantánamo Bay - opened last night at Steven Kasher Gallery.

Welcome to Camp America, Inside Guantánamo Bay, is described as “a vivid and disorienting probe into the U.S. Naval Station on Cuba known as “Gitmo.” Cornwall was given access after eight months under strict conditions including the requirement to process and print her medium format film on the base, under the watch of military censors.

Labelled by former President Barack Obama as the place where “we tortured some folks”, Guantánamo Bay through Cornwall’s lens questions the so-called war on terror and “examines the compromises we make between decency and fear in the post-9/11 era.”

Welcome to Camp America, Inside Guantánamo Bay is a fascinating expose segmented into three bodies of work: Gitmo at Home, Gitmo at Play and Gitmo on Sale. The exhibition comprises 29 large-scale colour photographs as well as formerly classified documents.

Debi Cornwall, Comfort Items, Camp 5, U.S. Naval Station Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, 2015

Debi Cornwall, Liberty Center Band Room, U.S. Naval Station Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, 2015

Debi Cornwall, Recreation Pen, Camp Echo, U.S. Naval Station Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, 201

Debi Cornwall, Murat, Turkish German (Germany)
Refugee counselor
Held: 4 years, 7 months, 22 days
Released: August 24, 2006
Charges: never filed
Containerdorf, Refugee housing
Bremen, Germany, 2015

Debi Cornwall
Anonymous Chinese Uighur (Albania)
Held: 4 years, 7 months Transferred to Albania: May 5, 2006 
Charges: never filed
Tirana, Albania, 2015

Debi Cornwall 
Hamza, Tunisian (Slovakia 2015) 
Held: 12 years, 11 months, 19 days 
Cleared: January 12, 2009 
Transferred to Slovakia: November 20, 2014 
Charges never filed
By the River Hron, Slovakia, 2015

Panel Discussion:
Saturday 28 October 2.30pm to 5pm 
Steven Kasher Gallery and the Center for Constitutional Justice will host a panel discussion with Debi Cornwall, J. Wells Dixon and Mark Fallon. Moderated by ICP's Fred Ritchin. The panel will discuss Guantánamo Bay, art, and social justice. The event is free but seating is very limited, please RSVP here

Exhibition on until 22nd December
Steven Kasher Gallery
515 W 26th St.,
New York

All images courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery.

Social Issues: 
LaToya Ruby Frazier - Flint

At Photo Plus Expo in New York this week I attended the keynote speech Women in Photography featuring Sue Bryce, Barbara Davidson and LaToya Ruby Frazier. I was particularly taken with Frazier's expose on Flint, Michigan where the horrendous poisoning of that community's water is literally killing its residents. Others have tackled Flint also, including Matt Black as part of his extraordinary Geography of Poverty.

The photo (below) is from a feature in Rolling Stone magazine and shows the difference between the water in Flint and the water in Detroit, both cities of Michigan. (Photographer unnamed)

(C) LaToya Ruby Frazier

I hadn't heard Frazier speak before. She gave a powerful, inspirational discussion on the power of photography and the passion that drives her was evident in her voice. Here are some of her images featured in Elle magazine's feature on Flint, a feature that Frazier said was unexpected; she never thought a women's fashion mag would have any interest in social issues. It ran over 12 pages.