October 16, 2015

Friday Round Up - 16 October, 2015

This week on Friday Round Up - W. Eugene Smith Grant announced, Selective Exposure for New Zealand, Darren Almond's Fullmoon reviewed, World Photobook Day celebrated, Frank Ockenfels' eclectic portraits, Magnum Contact Sheets at Foam plus the Digital Show is on in Melbourne 16-18 October, check out the program here.


Matt Black Wins W. Eugene Smith Grant, Mary F. Calvert and Marcus Bleasdale are co-recipients of the Smith Fund Fellowship and photojournalist Mohammed Elshamy is awarded this year’s Chris Hondros Fund.

W. Eugene Smith Grant Winner
For the past two years Matt Black, an American Documentary photographer, has been working to shed light on the truth of poverty in the US through his series “Geography of Poverty” a digital documentary work that combines geotagged photographs with census data to map and document poor communities. In the summer of 2015, Black undertook a thirty-state trip photographing seventy of America’s poorest places.

This week Black was awarded the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, worth $30,000 so he can continue this work. “I’m deeply honored and humbled to receive the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography. The support this grant gives my work is invaluable,” says Black who is a Magnum Photos Nominee.
Mary F. Calvert and Marcus Bleasdale are co-recipients of the Smith Fund Fellowship. Calvert won for her extensive work on sexual trauma in the U.S. military and Bleasdale for his longterm study of the political crisis in the Central African Republic. Bleasdale was also this year's winner of the FotoEvidence Book Award for the same body of work. The book The Unravelling: Central African Republic will be available mid-November, 2015.

(C) Matt Black

(C) Matt Black

(C) Matt Black

(C) Matt Black

(C) Matt Black

Exhibition: New Zealand
Selective Exposure - Group Show

This group show is curated by photographer and publisher of Rim Books, Haru Sameshima who says, "The exhibition is simply a collection of strong photo-projects that are mainly made for the gallery wall contexts, all using analogue photography. The exhibition traces the history of photography teaching in the art school context, and plots the uneasy history of some documentary practice jostling against the tide of art, in a small country."

He continues. "Reflecting back on the last quarter century, so much has seemingly changed, happened. Technologies emerged that fundamentally altered the way we do things, the methods by which we gather and disseminate information, and how we communicate. This last quarter century is also notable for the technological restructuring of photography by digital processes that now dominate the industry (Photoshop 1.0 was launched 19 February 1990). Less perceptible, but perhaps more important, are shifts in values attached to things and ideas, like the value of art, education, institutions, their ideologies".

"The selection is not an attempt to suggest a collective attitude, or a stylistic manifesto. Nor is this an attempt to weave a larger narrative using the threads of individual pursuits. It was based on a question why such a seeming anachronism as film photography is still consistently used by a diverse range of graduates from different New Zealand art schools and over such a long period."

(C) Shelley Jacobson

(C) Julius Margan

(C) Caryline Boreham

(C) Conor Clarke

(C) Shigeru Takato

(C) Tim J. Veling

(C) Peter Evans

16 October - 7 November
1st floor
37 Courtenay Place

Exhibition: Sydney
Frank Ockenfels 3

Asking David Bowie to take his shirt off is a daring way to start a conversation with one of the world’s most celebrated musicians, but that’s exactly what American entertainment photographer Frank Ockenfels did...(to read the full interview click on the Feature Articles tab at the top of the blog).

Frank Ockenfels portrait of David Bowie

Frank Ockenfels portrait of George Miller

Frank Ockenfels portrait of Adrian Brody

Frank Ockenfels portrait of Angelina Jolie

Frank Ockenfels portrait of David Lynch

Frank Ockenfels portrait Mad Men

Frank Ockenfels portrait of George Clooney

Asking David Bowie to take his shirt off is a daring way to start a conversation with one of the world’s most celebrated musicians, but that’s exactly what American entertainment photographer Frank Ockenfels did...(to read the full interview click on the Feature Articles tab at the top of the blog). 

This eclectic, amazing, fantastic show is on until 25 October.

Frank Ockenfels 3
Black Eye Gallery   
3/138 Darlinghurst Rd,

World Photobook Day - Brisbane

Doug Spowart and Victoria Cooper curated an exhibition at Brisbane's Maud Creative Gallery to celebrate World Photobook Day on 14th October. This date is based on the British Library's acquisition of what is considered the world's first photo book, Anna Atkins' British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions, which was made on 14th October, 1843!

The idea for the exhibition was to ask photographers to submit a photograph of themselves reading their favourite book. Here's a selection from the 65 photographers who participated.

Heather Faulkner: La Toya Ruby Frazier’s The Notion of Family

Maurice Ortega: Kahn and Selesnick’s The Apollo Prophecies

Jack Picone: Josef Koudelka Exiles

Camilla Birkeland: Andy Grundberg’s Mike and Doug Starn (1990) 

Judith Crispin: Sabine Korth's da Sud a Nord (from South to North)

Sean Davey: William Eggleston Paris

Sam Harris: Anders Petersen Café Lehmitz

Douglas Holleley: Carl Jung’s Man and His Symbols

James McArdle: Ed van der Elsken’s Love on the left bank

Thomas Oliver Martin Parr Common Sense

Irena Prikryl: Albert Watson’s Cyclops

Alison Stieven Taylor: Bojan Brecelj’s Strange Friends

Garry Trinh: Mike Brodie’s Period of Juvenile Prosperity

Michael Coyne: Sebastião Salgado’s Workers

Book Review:
Darren Almond - Fullmoon

The moon has long held the fascination of humans and in this series of exquisite, almost surreal painterly photographs, British artist Darren Almond gives us a unique opportunity to connect with the celestial world.

Shot over the past 15 years using exposures of half an hour, Almond captures a sublime view of some of the world's historic routes, traversing the globe to capture the landscape as the light of the full moon reveals it...(read the full review by clicking on the Book Reviews tab at the top of the blog).

This is another exquisite book from master publisher Taschen whose dedication to photographic reproduction makes Fullmoon a worthy addition to any art lover’s bookshelf.  

Exhibition: Amsterdam
Magnum - Contact Sheets

"Magnum Contact Sheets shows the magic surrounding the all-encompassing ‘decisive moment’ and how iconic images come to exist. This exhibition offers insight into the working methods of the world’s most famed journalistic photographers, by looking at their original contact sheets.

The exhibition consists of 60 contact sheets and associated single images and offers a chronological overview of outstanding historical moments from the 1930s to 2010. Work can be seen by renowned photographers such as Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David ‘Chim’ Seymour, Werner Bischof, George Rodger, Elliott Erwitt, Martin Parr, Jim Goldberg, Trent Parke, Paolo Pellegrin and Alec Soth."

Until 9 December
Keizersgracht 609
1017 DS Amsterdam

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