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Artist Statement: The photographs in this ongoing series, Surruralism explore birth, life, death, … dreamscapes, … family, … animals, … other worlds, in a rural setting. …influenced by painters/ paintings. …various art movements. ( Surrealism. …Pittura Metafisica. ..Symbolism. )
The images have not been manipulated. Everything is as seen through the viewfinder.
Bio: B. 1949. …raised on a small farm, in N. Illinois.
…have lived in Oregon for many years. …photos, in private collections. …exhibitions, in the US, ..Ireland,..& the Netherlands.
Mike Callaghan’s work focuses on fragmentation, rearrangement and reinterpretation while considering the intimate cycles of identity, preservation and mortality. Mike interrogates the subtlety of gesture and the subtlety of difference in a moment when frameworks of relationships are at once prominently visible and exhaustively hidden.
Bio: Mike Callaghan is an artist and writer whose practice focuses on fragmentation, rearrangement and reinterpretation while considering the intimate cycles of identity, preservation and mortality. Mike interrogates the subtlety of gesture and difference in a moment when frameworks of relationships are at once prominently visible and exhaustively hidden. Mike’s work has been exhibited throughout North America and Europe, including at Griffin Museum of Photography (Massachusetts), Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (California), Center for Photographic Art (California), Reece Museum (Tennessee), Soho Photo Gallery (New York), Manifest Gallery (Cincinnati), Gallery 44 (Toronto), Propeller Gallery (Toronto), Elysium Gallery (Wales) and PhotoIreland (Dublin). Also, his work has appeared in a number of publications, including ZYZZYVA, Der Greif, BlackFlash, Drain, Crooked Teeth, Barzakh, Burningword Literary Journal and The Shanghai Literary Review. He earned an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.
There is a mean-looking wasp sitting on the arm of an empty teak chair on the patio in my backyard. Every day the wasp visits. Why does it keep landing on the chair?
I want answers.
I live in a small town, at least spatially, in Greater Boston. The town is five and a half square miles with 42,000 residents and an abundance of tiny, often unseen critters lurking in its yards—yards measured in square feet, not acres. With a couple of chairs and a few flowers, a small suburban oasis was created on the patio. But those wasps…and these tiny spiders that seem to jump into thin air? What else is living around me?
I need answers.
The camera provides an up-close peek at my fellow patio dwellers whose respective behaviors pique my curiosity and intrigue me. All subjects seen were photographed outdoors in my backyard or front porch; none were harmed. Whether planting a single flower or large garden—you won’t have to travel far to find interesting neighbors if you look close enough.
If you plant it, they will come.
Bio: James M. Collins is a graphic designer and commercial photographer who lives and works in Arlington, MA. He uses photography as a way to ponder the natural world and probe how things work. Such as: Why is the wasp eating the wood furniture on the patio?
7 x 9.75″
Number of pages: 24
Number of images: 23
Hand stitched, 3 hole Japanese stab binding
Artist Statement As a child I spent many hours roaming the maze of rooms in my father’s furniture store. The shapes that filled these make-believe spaces, 1960’s reproductions of ‘Early American’ furniture became imprinted in my consciousness. Without realizing it I committed these shapes to memory.
Fifty years on I find that looking at the outlines and forms of this particular style of furniture open a direct portal to my childhood, and what it felt like to be me then. I move back and forth in time as I see these familiar shapes surface unexpectedly in my everyday life.
Bio: Pamela Connolly has exhibited throughout the US and Europe, including at the National Portrait Gallery in London where she was a finalist in the 2015 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition. Her photographs are in the collections of Houston Museum of Fine Arts and numerous private collections. Her self-published book, ‘Cabriole’ will join the collection of the Indie Photobook Library at Yale University, and the International Center for Photography Library.
Connolly taught photography at The Horace Mann and Masters Schools in New York for 10+ years. She has also organized photo-workshops to kids at risk, most notably in collaboration with the ‘Kids With Cameras’ organization in post- Katrina Louisiana. This workshop culminated in an exhibition entitled ‘Where We Live’ at the Union Gallery at Louisiana State University and the State Library in Baton Rouge and Muhlenberg College where Connolly was invited as a visiting artist.
The Beauty of Bodega Flowers
A singular flower photo sticker is adhered to each page opposite the image
of a group of flowers
Artist Statement: As a diehard New Yorker, I have often admired the flowers one may find in her neighborhood bodega. Bodegas are unique and ubiquitous to the various neighborhoods in New York City; of course, pending gentrification. Their locations span from the Bronx to the Lower Eastside and Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn. They are reliable 24 hour stores where one can purchase a beverage, lottery tickets, smokes or a sandwich. Many are also places where you could buy a colorful bouquet of flowers in a pinch. Wrapped in cellophane, these bouquets are specifically identified as ‘Bodega Flowers’. Some may view these flowers as ‘cheap or less than’ but that’s simply not the case. Roses come in every color, Daisies are pretty, and fluorescent Pom Poms are for the taking. Bodega Flowers are for everyone and they are truly beautiful!
Bio: Melissa Eder’s work has been shown nationally and internationally; venues include: Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York University’s Broadway Windows Gallery, Art in General, the Aperture Foundation, the Humble Arts Foundation, the Whitney Houston Biennial, the Parlor Gallery, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
She was an artist-in-residence at the Henry Street Settlement in New York City, the Saltonstall Foundation in Ithaca, New York and the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. She has received numerous grants including funding from the Puffin Foundation and two Manhattan Community Arts Fund grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Her work has been reviewed by the New York Times, highlighted in Feature Shoot and various other publications. She participated in the Satellite Art Show during Art Basel Miami 2016. Melissa works in Brooklyn as an artist in residence through the chashama studio residency.
Artist Statement: I have been carrying this film around for over a quarter-century from Hanoi to Saigon to Boston to New York. I was adopted by an American family at the end of the war, studied Vietnamese history and documentary photography at Harvard College, and returned to Vietnam in 1993. Many excellent photo essays have been published about Vietnam, mainly about the war years. This book is not about war or famous people or infamous places. Instead, it is about ordinary people doing ordinary things in ordinary places.
Bio: Mark F. Erickson was born in Saigon in 1972, evacuated as part of Operation Babylift in April 1975, and adopted by an American family. At Harvard College, he studied Vietnamese history and documentary photography. In 1993, Mark returned to Vietnam and created a portrait of the Vietnamese in the spirt of Robert Frank’s The Americans, Rene Burri’s The Germans, and W. Eugene Smith’s Pittsburgh Project.
Artist Statement: While standing in the supermarket checkout line, I noticed a very colorful plastic toy gun for sale, under $5 I think. I bought it out of curiosity and researched the history and culture of toy guns.
I discovered ( not surprisingly ) that cap guns first appeared following the end of the American Civil War in the mid 1860’s, as firearms companies looked for new sources of revenue. By the early 20th century, cap guns were popularized by cowboy heroes of the American cinema and television. Military, secret agent and space guns soon followed. As we all know, this history continues today in all types of media, gaming and entertainment.
As all the toys I photographed were long abandoned by their original young owners, I find they have a new purpose. Pairing them with common objects can start a conversation, ” is the gun in the purse an expression of concealment or a containment?”
Bio: In college, as a dual major in graphic design and photography, I was also painting, but couldn’t get my ideas onto canvas fast enough, so I abandoned the paint brush for the still camera and studied photography with Gus Kayafas and Paul Muller; for this I was awarded honors. After college, I went on to become an established commercial and fine art photographer.
Personal projects include a five year study of country fairs, 6 years photographing biker culture on location and a multi year study of the North Atlantic fishermen and women.
Juried exhibiton history includes: The Griffin Museum, 555 Gallery, UFORGE, Zullo, Davis Art Gallery, Panopticon, Hera Gallery, Pearl Street Gallery, Providence Center of Photographic Arts and various Boston City Hall shows.
Current juried exhibition; 2019 Massart Alumni Show “Nourish”.
Upcoming solo exhibition at the Pearl Street Gallery in Chelsea, NOBO; Urban Landscape photographs of Revere, Chelsea, Lynn, Everett and other towns North of Boston.
TREASURES: Objects I’ve known all my life
Other contributors: PaperChase, Print & Bind
Sara Morris, Editor
Jason Adam, Designer
6.5 x 4”
Number of pages: 94
Number of photographs: 44
Printer: Paper Chase Press
Artist Statement: These objects we live with, that we build our lives around, that we give breath too, become part of our lives — and tell our stories.
I often like to show the simple things in life through my art, and specifically in regards to “Treasures” I want to show how these ordinary objects have purpose and beauty. I hope that by photographing them, I’m getting people to stop and look at the mundane. For me, it’s a meditation on the simple things we can overlook. In my own way I’m listening to what the objects have to say. The mindfulness comes with stopping. Listening. Transcending the objects we collect from “just stuff” to “treasures.”
Bio: Bootsy Holler is an intuitive artist who has been a working photographer for over 25 years in fine art, music, editorial, and advertising. Best known for her remarkably sensitive style of portraiture, she has been noticed and awarded by the Society of Photographic Journalism and Association of Alternative News-media.
Now a fine art photographer her work examines the nature of identity and the reimagined family photo album. Bootsy has exhibited in 17 solo shows and over 30 group exhibitions over the years. Her fine art has been featured in publications including PDN, NPR, Lenscratch, and Rangefinder.
Her Visitor series was selected for Critical Mass Top 50 in 2011. She has been commissioned by commercial companies to design and produce art for their creative advertising spaces and has work in the Grammy Museum permanent collection, as well as in private collections around the United States and Europe.
Imperfect is a collection of images that show moments within a journey during a chapter in my life of intense realization and transformation. The experiences during this time led me to more wholly accept myself, my path and my photography as inherently flawed. The images, some of which I at first rejected, yet later came to appreciate, can represent the subjectivity of what one considers fit to include in the narrative of their life story.
This project explores the value of what we may choose to disown at first, and how accepting both sides of the spectrum may lead to a more total picture of our world. This collection is a self-published photo book released in June 2019.
Bio: Roslyn Julia is a photographic artist. Drawn to the medium of photography through her sense of awe, the theme can be found all of her images. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan in 2013 and is currently based in Ithaca NY.
She is an avid photobook lover with three of her own published. The most recently released is self-published and titled Imperfect (June 2019). She will release one more book before the end of 2019 to be published by Goldenrod Editions, a company she co-founded with Grace Tyson this year. Her photographic work has been shown nationally and internationally and featured in publications including: Lenscratch, F-Stop Magazine, Fraction Magazine, Muybridge’s Horse, Don’t Smile, Float Magazine and C-41 Magazine.
Cultures in Transition: Spirit – Heart – Soul
12 x 13.25”
Editor: Geir Jordahl (True North Editions
Designer: Kate Jordahl (True North Editions)
Foreword: Anne Wilkes Tucker (Curator Emeritus: Museum of Fine Arts Houston)
Afterword: Peter Finke (Professor for Social Anthropology, University of Zurich, Switzerland), Printed in Bolzano, Italy by Longo SPA AG
Bound in Milan, Italy by Legatoria C&G S.r.l
Artist Statement: Cultures in Transition explores the changes that people go through, the subtleties that make their life evolve, their spiritual guiding light. Oliver Klink photographed environmental portraits of the continuity between family, work, and spirituality over 15 years, in 5 Asian Countries (Bhutan, Myanmar, Mongolia, China, India). There was no separation, but peoples’ concerns about how ‘progress’ can create disconnection and alienation between themselves and their communities became more evident. This fluidity of life is at the core of Cultures in Transition.
“Klink’s pictures are dreams manifest – they become representations of our past, present, and future. His photographs are of exotic places and people, yet they connect deeply to what it means to be human. They are about survival and hope. They are about the Spirit, Heart, and Soul in us all.” Geir Jordahl, True North Editions
Bio: Oliver Klink studies in physics and photography were the catalyst for his love of light and the complexity of our existence. He captures our cultural changes, the environments we inhabit, and the insights into the modern world constantly unfolding in new and unexpected ways.
Klink was awarded Black and White Photographer of the year 2018 by Dodho Magazine, selected as Top 50 Fine Artist by Critical Mass (Photolucida) in 2016 & 2018, received the Spotlight Award by Black and White Magazine (2018). His book, Cultures in Transition won seven awards for best photography book of 2018.
Klink solo shows include: the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California; PhotoCentral Gallery, Hayward, California; Pictura Gallery, Bloomington, Indiana; Camerawork Gallery, Portland, Oregon; BWGallerist, RedFilter Online Gallery; Galerie Shadows, Arles, France; Conti Museum, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Speciation: Still a Camera
Bree Lamb, editor
Shawn Bush, designer
A.D. Coleman, author
Barbara Tannenbaum, author
Printer: Ofset Yapimevi
$40, includes shipping
This work uses x-rays to explore the micro-evolution of cameras and is a metaphor about the limits of evolution. Form and media may have changed, but the camera is still a camera: a tool to create images by capturing light. Today’s sophisticated digital cameras look and operate far differently than the first cameras of the nineteenth century, however the essentials have not changed. The photographer points a contraption with a lens towards the subject to encode its likeness on a storage medium, be it film or digital sensor. This project is also an homage to the cameras I have owned, used, or handled. The tools of the trade, having faithfully imaged for decades, have themselves been imaged. The resulting images align with an inner desire to probe those unseen spaces and realms I sense exist, but do not observe with my eyes.
Bio: Kent Krugh is a fine art photographer living and working in Cincinnati. He holds a BA in Physics from Ohio Northern University and an MS in Radiological Physics from the University of Cincinnati. His work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions both national and international and in major festivals including FotoFest in Houston and the Festival de la Luz in Buenos Aires. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors in both national and international print and portfolio competitions. Krugh has been a Photolucida Critical Mass Finalist. His work is held in various collections including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum, and the Cincinnati Art Museum. A book of camera x-rays and essays by A.D. Coleman and Barbara Tannenbaum, Speciation: Still a Camera, is recently published.
Artist Statement: A long term project of Dan McCormack’s is a series of Photograms. The project began in 1984 as a set of familial images. It continued in 1999 as “Hips and Vertebrae” with professional models. And again in 2015, the Photograms are Figure and Objects. The later part of this series included drawing and writing by the model.
Bio: Dan McCormack earned an MFA in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1970. He taught photograpy at Purdue University, Pratt Institute, SUNY New Paltz in his first three years after graduation. He has been teaching at Marist College for the past 28 years where he currently heads the film photography program. Dan won a NYSCA-CAPS Fellowship in Photography in 1982 and an Ultimate Eye Foundation Fellowship in Figurative Photography in 2009.
Artist Statement: When my mom, who had Alzheimer’s, died, I stored the possessions of hers that were hardest to part with in my attic, which also holds the remnants of my own past lives. “The Attic” is my effort to record and honor the people, places and influences represented by all that I’ve stashed on that echoey top floor.
Bio: Julie Mihaly earned her BFA & MFA in photography from The San Francisco Art Institute before teaching undergraduate & graduate photography at NYC’s School of Visual Arts, The Mason Gross School of Art at Rutger’s University & The Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. Mihaly spent over two decades working as a photo director, editor & researcher at magazines such as Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, Garden Design, et al.
She has shown her photography throughout the U.S. in solo & juried exhibitions, including winning one of four WorkingArtist.org photography awards in 2018 as well as first prize in Soho Photo Gallery’s 2019 Annual Juried Exhibition. Four books of her work have been published: She Began to Realize (funded in part by the NEA), The View From Here, Radius: One Year Five Miles, & The Attic.Mihaly lives in the Hudson River Valley where she continues her work.
Artist Statement: For just over a year I asked as many of the people I encountered within a 5-mile radius of my home in Poughkeepsie, NY if they’d allow me to take their pictures. Some refused, but over 750 acquiesced with kindness, grace & good humor. Some also shared bits of information about themselves. “Radius: One Year Five Miles” is a record of the strength, diversity & uniqueness of the community I call home.
Bio: Julie Mihaly earned her BFA & MFA in photography from The San Francisco Art Institute before teaching undergraduate & graduate photography at NYC’s School of Visual Arts, The Mason Gross School of Art at Rutger’s University & The Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. Mihaly spent over two decades working as a photo director, editor & researcher at magazines such as Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, Garden Design, et al.
She has shown her photography throughout the U.S. in solo & juried exhibitions, including winning one of four WorkingArtist.org photography awards in 2018 as well as first prize in Soho Photo Gallery’s 2019 Annual Juried Exhibition. Four books of her work have been published: She Began to Realize (funded in part by the NEA), The View From Here, Radius: One Year Five Miles, & The Attic. Mihaly lives in the Hudson River Valley where she continues her work.
Look Me in the Lens: Photographs to Reach Across the Spectrum
Other Contributor: Eian Miller-Wilson, provider of insights
9 x 11″
Number of pages: 108
Number of photographs: 60
Printer: Edition One
Artist Statement: Using film and digital photography, I strive to create images of tonal depth and vivid sensory detail that act as a starting point for a viewer’s unique visual journey. My work explores the themes of connection, loss, and self-discovery, often through the lens of my own perspective as the parent of a child on the autism spectrum. I work hard to produce images that walk the line between light and shadow and are faintly (or not-so-faintly) unsettling because they touch on something familiar – an emotion, a memory from childhood, a nameless longing. I believe we are all striving to connect, no matter how different our perspectives may seem, and I hope my work fosters that connection.
Bio: Kate Miller-Wilson is a Minnesota-based fine art photographer and writer, who believes strongly in daily creative practice and self-challenge. She uses everything from large format film cameras and ancient lenses to modern digital tech to create work that touches the viewer and prompts connection.
Together with her son, she authored the successfully crowd-funded photo book, Look Me in the Lens, which explores how autism affects the parent-child bond. Her award-winning work has been featured in numerous gallery exhibitions around the country and published in Shots Magazine, Lenscratch, My Modern Met, Natural Parent Magazine, and many others.
HÄfu2HÄfu – A Worldwide Photography Project about Mixed Japanese Identity
Foreword by Duncan R. Williams
Introduction by Nina M. Cataldo
18″ x 24″ (unfolded)/ 9″ x 4″(folded)
Number of pages: 152
Number of photos: 120
Price: $30 (US)
Artist Statement: Hāfu2Hāfu is an ongoing worldwide photography project exploring what it means to be hāfu – a person with one Japanese parent. Japanese-Belgian photographer Tetsuro Miyazaki has interviewed and portrayed fellow Japanese hāfu, with a parent from nearly 100 different countries. The 120 people in this book do not answer questions but ask them: each hāfu poses a question to you, the viewer. With these questions, Hāfu2Hāfu is creating dialogue and stimulates self-reflection about identity, so that we can find answers of our own.
Bio: Tetsuro Miyazaki is a half Belgian and half Japanese photographer, based in the Netherlands. He grew up in Brussels and spent most of his summer holidays with his family in Japan. For most of his life, he has identified as ‘hāfu’ or ‘half Japanese’.
After his first year as a full time professional portrait photographer (2016) he decided to compare his experiences with 192 Japanese hāfu: one from every country in the world. This resulted in Hāfu2Hāfu; a photographic project in which he investigates what it means to be hāfu. By portraying and interviewing other hāfu and by sharing their unique identity related question to you – the viewer – we create a dialogue about identity and stimulate self-reflection. He has currently photographed 150 hāfu from 98 different countries.
Caught in the Looking Glass
Size of book 8×8”
Jace Graf – binder, consultant
Number of pages 32
Number of photographs- 12
Binding: open spine stitching
inside covers: mirrored paper
with handmade slip case
Artist Statement: Caught In The Looking Glass is a handmade artist’s book that celebrates random reflections that appear on a shiny surface. Twelve color images illustrate that, indeed, another world can exist within the frame of a mirror. This lay-flat book contains twelve images that were captured in or around a chateau in the South of France. Inside covers are lined with mirrored paper; the book is enclosed by a soft, paper slip case.
Bio: Linda Morrow is a fine art photographer and book artist who lives in Long Beach, CA. Her childhood played out on a ranch in Arizona where she spent long hours memorizing the landscape and using her imagination to amuse herself. This background combined with years of teaching likely brought about her love of books and her interest in the process of making them.
Artist Statement: When my father died, the sun went out. I felt the night sky open to infinity, icily reaching away from me in emptiness. For two years, nothing could console me for his loss. But then I took up my camera. Photography gave me the courage to face both his death and mine.
Roland Barthes asserts that “a photograph is a witness [to] what has been. Every image is an image of death.” But Barthes is wrong. A photograph can create its own energy. Like Cezanne’s paintings, it can live and breathe.
I use my camera to defy death, to embody the moment of transcendence when mass becomes energy. In that moment, we know ourselves to be infinite — a part of the universe. When we die we will merely change in form. Nothing is ever lost. The energy of those we loved exists forever all around us. And we will too.
Bio: Fern L. Nesson is a photographer, lawyer ( J.D. Harvard Law School ’71), an American Historian (M.A. ’82 Brandeis) and a teacher. She recently completed her M.F.A. in Photography at the Maine Media College (’18).
Her work has been shown at the Panopticon Imaging Gallery in Boston and at Pascal Hal Gallery in Rockport, Maine. She has an upcoming solo exhibition at Les Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles, France in July, 2019 and at The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, Maine (September-November 2019. Fern is the author of Signet of Eternity (2017).
Flora and Fauna
8 x 10”
edition of 100
Self-published by Olive&Root
Flora & Fauna is a collection of photographic still lifes selected from several series taken between 2015-2019. The unstaged compositions are from my fine art & documentary project and solo exhibition titled Gowanus which included 50 photographs of what was once one of the most toxic waterways in the US.
Post Mortem Portraits are also included here and are a series of arranged studio still lifes of found flora and fauna, insects, birds and mice in the tradition of Victorian Post Mortem photography and are influenced by 17th Century Dutch and Flemish landscape and still life painting.
Bio: Nancy Oliveri is an American artist born in Providence, RI in1958. She studied film and fine art photography at the Hartford Art School in the early 80’s and has lived and worked in NYC since.
She has exhibited internationally in the US in juried group and solo exhibitions including Barcelona, Berlin and Budapest. She has received numerous awards and acknowledgements including the Julia Margaret Cameron, Women See Women Awards, the Pollux Awards Still Life Category winner and the Paris Px3 awards and many others. She has been featured in Musee Magazine, White-hot Magazine of Contemporary Art, L’Oeil,The Eye of Photographyand self published several books under olive&root.
Oliveri continues to work on a photography project of ancestral and DNA memory images which is influenced by her 25 years of practice as a psychotherapist.
People of the Scorched Earth
edition of 100
Published by Olive & Root
*People of the Scorched Earth is a collection of fictional dystopian landscapes shot from a myopic and sometimes mawkish perspective. Inspired by climate devastation, the staged landscapes suggest the resilience of the natural world in the face of fire, flood and mass destruction. The photographs also mimic the psychological attempts to make visual sense out of environmental trauma. *(from WHITEHOT Magazine)
Bio: Nancy Oliveri is an American, New York artist who was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1958. She was raised in a small Connecticut town named Uncasville after the Chief of the Mohegan tribe. She grew up during the 60’s and 70’s, inspired and influenced by the drive-in movie theater where her father worked. She later studied film and photography at Hartford Art School in the 80’s with an emphasis on conceptual art which continues to be a central influence in photographic and artistic practice.
She has shown her work extensively in the US and internationally including a solo show Ph21 Gallery Budapest in 2016 and also was acknowledged as a finalist for the Julia Margaret Cameron and Pollux awards and was invited to exhibit in the Berlin Foto Bienniale.
She is also a licensed psychotherapist in private in Manhattan where she works with artists, writers & creative entrepreneurs.
Downtown LA: Who Needs It? Street Story of a Fading Era – Early 1970’s
7 X 8”
Printer: A&I Fine Art & Photography
I’m a freelance photographer living in the Los Angeles area.
In the late 1960’s I first saw the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, W. Eugene Smith, Brassaï,
Eugene Atgét, Robert Doisneau and others. I was blown away by their straightforward,
moving, artful photography.
I eventually purchased a 35mm SLR camera. The streets of downtown Los Angeles became my outdoor photography classroom. Through trial and error my photography career began.
I’ve photographed for publications, book, corporate, industrial, health care, education and non-profit foundations. From oil rig workers in the Gulf of Mexico to corporate
executives to river rafting blind teenagers to artists in China.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, now living about 20 minutes from downtown.
Artist Statement: “My artwork is primarily inspired by my experience with nature and environmentalism. It is specifically motivated by my concern for the future due to the effects of climate change, sea level rise, deforestation and many other environmental impacts humans have had on the planet. My goal with these projects is to visually depict this modern conflict between the natural world and the manmade world in interesting and provocative ways, to create elaborate, photorealistic images that show a striking contrast between utopian and dystopian visions of the world. I portray this as an epic struggle and in my work these forces clash in theatrical, post-apocalyptic battlegrounds.”
Bio: Nick Pedersen is a photographer and digital artist whose work primarily focuses on nature and environmental issues. A main theme in his work is “beautiful decay,” creating elaborate, photorealistic pieces that reveal a satirically, post-apocalyptic vision of the not-too-distant future. He holds a BFA degree in Photography, as well as an MFA degree in Digital Arts from Pratt Institute in New York.
His artwork has been shown in galleries across the country and internationally, recently including the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Paradigm Gallery, and Arch Enemy Arts. He has published two artist books featuring his long-term personal projects Sumeru and Ultima, and his work has been featured in numerous publications such as Vogue, Create Magazine, Juxtapoz, and Hi-Fructose. In the past few years he has also completed Artist Residencies at the Banff Center in Canada, the Gullkistan Residency in Iceland, and the Starry Night Retreat in New Mexico.
These Years Gone By… is a love story told through my grandparents letters from World War II. Shortly after my grandmother’s death in 2008, my mother discovered over 300 letters that my grandparents had written to each other during World War II. They had been kept by my grandmother for over 60 years and inherited by my mother. The letters provided a new insight into the lives of my grandparents during this critical time in world history. From these letters, artifacts and family photos, I have woven together a narrative that tells the story of this challenging time in their personal history.
Bio: I’m an artist who explores narrative storytelling through photographs and multimedia using constructed realities that cross over into implied fiction. My work contains a graphic story-telling quality with a cinematic feel.
Although my work embraces the post-modern world it is highly informed by history, and research plays an important part in my work. A desire to be creative on a daily basis fuels my curiosity about the human experience, I document experiences in sketchbooks as a way of remembering my life.
My work has been featured in the Prix De La Photographie Paris, American Photography 28 and 35 Annual, PDN Photo Annual.
The day I moved to a desert as a teenager, someone welcoming me to the area said, “Look how big the sky is!” I became intrigued with how landscapes that are void of most vegetation can strikingly portray the illusion of vast spaciousness, as well as allow for a direct experience with the raw forms, colors and surfaces that might otherwise be obscured by grass, moss, or trees.
For this body of work, I traveled extensively through the treeless arctic deserts of Iceland, the world’s driest desert, Atacama of Northern Chile, the deserts of the American West, and the mouth of the ice fjord in Greenland where the most productive glacier in the Northern Hemisphere surrenders to the sea.
I’ve created a series of landscape photographs that offer a glimpse of the most remote corners of the world. These natural settings invoke the beauty and drama of fairy tales, when long-ago giants and elfs walked the earth.
Bio: I am a multi-media visual and performance artist. The themes I work with include minor obsessions, the bizarre landscape, self realization, and social justice. I often integrate storytelling into my work through text and spoken word. I hold a BFA in Painting and an MFA in Performance Art, both from Arizona State University. I have had solo exhibitions throughout the U.S. including at The Cultural Center of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa, Florida. My previous photographic exhibition, Floating Blue, debuted at the 10th Annual Songzhuang Art Festival at the Czech China Contemporary Museum in Beijing, China, in the fall of 2017, and is currently touring 6 US cities. My self published photography books include, Floating Blue, The Middle of Nowhere, The End of Nowhere (Stories and Photographs), and, Adventures of Otto, a Tiny Toy Dinosaur. I live in Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
My obsession with photography and the photographic image began when I was about 12 and my mother received a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera for Christmas. I was fascinated by family albums and the opportunity to participate in the creation of photographic images by “borrowing” her camera was exciting to me. I began recording the world around me without concern for cost so that eventually I had to get a paper delivery route to pay for the cost of processing the large number of pictures I felt the need to take.
Several years later as a student in the University of Iowa Art Department’s new photography program under the late Professor John Schulze, who along with several others including the great Ansel Adams literally began the teaching of photography in university art departments. I received my MFA degree in 1975 and began a teaching career that ended with my retirement in 2007.
Artist Statement: Lilliputian Landscapes are photographs of tabletop constructions that I make with food, found objects and tiny plastic figures. The miniature people transform the scene into a world with a life of its own. Cauliflower becomes a snow-covered hill, and a butternut squash turns into a construction site. I always create each scene entirely in front of the camera and do not use Photoshop or any other computer tool to construct the picture.
Conceived in 2004, these photographs have evolved over the years with a new theme or subject each year. My first series was landscapes made entirely of fruit and vegetables. Then came sushi, Fiesta ware, flowers, technology, money, games, artists, bubbles, ice, vintage objects and so on. My most recent series is fantasy landscapes that portray an uncomplicated world devoid of politics, pollution, and hatred.
Bio: Gloucester, MA based photographer, Judy Robinson-Cox, has been creating miniature photographic tableaux for the past several years. Originally a mixed-media abstract artist and macro photographer, she creates and photographs tiny imaginary worlds to escape from the prejudices, hatred and politics that permeate our culture. She is represented by the Square Circle Gallery in Rockport, MA; Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck in Gloucester, MA; and is in the permanent collection of the Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University.
Stories of the Batwa Pygmies of Buhoma, Uganda
Musinguzi Amos, Coauthor
Scott Kellermann, Coauthor
8.5 x 11”
Artist Statement: Exotic locations stimulate my creative juices, and being a veterinarian, I love to photograph wildlife. But I also enjoy portraying individuals from diverse cultures. In 2006, I went to Buhoma, Uganda to photograph mountain gorillas; I also met Batwa Pygmies, an ancient race of hunter-gatherers who had lived alongside the gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for millennia. They were evicted from the forest 1992 to protect the gorillas. They were said to be happy, but this was belied by their demeanor.
In December 2017 I returned to interview and photograph the Batwa. They demonstrated and told stories of their former life in the forest, and they described the expulsion’s deadly impact and their miserable current existence, which has improved, but they are still ultra-poor.
This photo-essay exemplifies the conflict in Africa between efforts to protect endangered animals and the negative impact this has had on traditional human lives.
Bio: Tony Schwartz was born in New York City. Before devoting himself fully to photography, he was an academic veterinary surgeon and immunologist, on the faculties of the Ohio State University, Yale University School of Medicine, and most recently, at the Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton, Massachusetts, until retirement in 2005. He resides in Boston, Massachusetts and Peru, Vermont.
Tony has been involved in art all his life, including drawing, oil painting and clay sculpture. Since retirement, his artistic passion has been photography, associated with photo-education at the New England School of Photography, workshops and photographic tours. Tony has had several solo exhibitions of his work, and has been in many juried, curated and invited national and international exhibitions. He has received awards for his photography, is a juried member of the Copley Society of Art, Boston, and is represented by the 3 Pears Gallery, Dorset, Vermont.
Artist Statement: Pleasure palaces from a turbulent time, “Dark Pools” looks at 100 years of German history as seen through a selected group of ornately designed pools in Berlin. In styles ranging from Roman bathhouse to Bauhaus, the book also shows the pools built for the infamous Nazi Olympics of 1936, the summer American runner Jesse Owens made Olympic history.
This photo book resulted from an artist residency in 2011 in which I was a participant. Seen initially as a gallery exhibition, the concept of producing a book developed later as I began to see how the background and context would be interesting to present as well as the visuals to form a more enriched storytelling experience, although a gallery situation would still be an effective means of presentation.
Bio: An artist and filmmaker, Lisa Seidenberg’s work is shown in international film festivals and galleries. Her film “Slippery Slope” screened at the Berlin International Film Festival. Recent work has been shown at Experiments in Cinema (USA), London School of Economics (UK), Zebra Poetry Film Festival (Germany), and Figueroa de Foz Film Festival (Portugal). She previously worked as a cinematographer for news and documentaries.
12″H X 14.5″W
Number of photos: 30
Printer: Ellen Slotnick
Hand made, hand bound, Japanese stab binding
Other Contributor: Richard Reitz Smith, letterpress
Artist Statement: There is a certain fleeting elegance that can be found in the work that I do. The majestic trees that haunt the forest, the transient dignity of a once proud house that is no longer needed. A fallen tree that now lays rotting in a pond, or a building that is no longer occupied, each has a story, a history of their existence. Some long ago, others not too far passed.
These are the stories I wish to tell.
Bio: Ellen Toby Slotnick, is a visual artist born in Boston, MA. She received her BS degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and MBA from Simmons University. Her practice focuses on examining the ethereal nature of structure and landscape, investigating personal histories, and uncovering the unseen.
She has had solo exhibitions at the Gallery of Photographic Art in Tel Aviv, Israel and the Griffin Museum in Winchester, MA, She has exhibited in group and juried shows at the Concord Art Association, The Danforth Museum of Art, Galatea Fine Art Gallery, The Floyd Center for the Arts and The Texas Photographic Society. Ellen’s book, Traces was selected for the Davis Orton Gallery and Griffin Museum 2016 Photobook Show. In 2017 she was selected for Critical Mass 200. Her work is also held in private corporate collections.
Ellen actively serves on the board of the Griffin Museum of Photography. She has had two books published by Lobster Roll Press and now lives and works in Maine.
Artist Statement: I photograph as pleasure, as practice, as meditation and as homage; for my sanity and my delight. Because I must. To teach from, to learn from, to look at, to remember.
I’m interested in art per se – by itself as object, to regard and experience, and as subject matter. I’m intrigued with how people look at art in museums, and how they create vernacular art in public spaces. Mainly I’m interested in making records of my observations, and combining them into satisfying arrangements. These couplings are very pointed, not at all neutral, and hopefully reflective of my sense of humor.
The combination of two squares into the shape of a long rectangle is very satisfying.
Shooting on the street and in public spaces is its own reward.
Art making and art history have been my interests, always.
Bio: Ellen Wallenstein is a photographer, book artist and professor based in New York City. She earned a BA in Art History from SUNY Stony Brook and an MFA in Photography from Pratt Institute, where she is currently an Adjunct Full Professor in the Photo Department. She also teaches book classes at the School of Visual Arts, in both the BFA and MPS Digital Photo Departments.
A New York Foundation for the Arts Photography Fellow (2008), her work has been nominated for the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography (2000) and the Santa Fe Prize (2011). Her photographs and artist books are in various public and private collections and have been exhibited internationally. Other professional experiences include artist-in-residence, curator, photo archivist, writer, and tarot card reader.
Her self-published book “Respecting My Elders” was exhibited as one of four “Best Of Show” in the 2013 Davis Orton Photobook Show.
11 x 14”
Number of pages 32
Number of photographs 26
The Constructed Scenarios series is created to involve viewers in the act of photographic analysis. These still lifes are built using HO scale model train figures, vehicles, structures, and lights. The backgrounds are 20″x 30″ prints of actual skies and landscapes. The objects and backgrounds are positioned and lighted to blend the 3D and 2D together. Like cinema, this work utilizes built sets, actors, props, lighting, and backdrops to form a narrative. The tableaus are specific enough to be familiar, but not so realistic as to be convincing illusions. These images are both story and still life, photographic reality and theatrical performance, small scale illusion and real world mimic. They require analysis of their elements and an engaged interpretive skill– abilities that are surely needed to question the truth of photographs in our current image and information environments.
Bio: MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MA from California State University, Fullerton, CA, BFA from Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. Professor of Fine Arts- University of New Orleans, Assistant Professor- Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IN, Visiting Artist- University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.
One person and group exhibitions, local, state, regional, national, and international over 40 years.
In the collections of the State of Louisiana, Bank of America, Chicago, IL, New Orleans Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL, Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Miami Beach, FL.
Louisiana Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship 2005 and 1993, Director’s Choice Award- Best Series, Praxis Photographic Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN, Best of Show- Photocentric 2017 Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY, First Place Juror’s Award- Tampa Biennale, Artists Alliance Gallery, Tampa, FL. Now lives and works in central Florida.
The Palette of Place.
The Skin of Havana.
Ready for Connecting,
Bio: I started out with painting, well alright really with crayons.Going for those super saturated colors. Pressing down hard, you know, so the crayons break, while the color is pure.
Fast Forward, did undergraduate work in painting, pretty huge, minimalist, abstract, using squeegees, big paint. I like scale. I like the way color comes together, sits together.
Picked up a camera, just to photograph the paintings, then found a Diana Camera and went wild. Was applying to Graduate school for painting, when everyone said, to applyin Photography instead. Haven’t stopped photographing since…photographing daily with ongoing themes, flotsam and jetsam, humble urban, irregularities, staging moments,the sculpture of place.
Showing and in the collections of The Portland Art Museum, SFMOMA, and the Bibliotheque Nationale.