The burden falls on the minority to explain itself to the majority.
I am disillusioned by the relationship between the means of production required to produce images, the privileged position of arbiters who determine which images might be seen and moreover elevated– so often those images prized by the establishment reify their position of power in the world and interest in seeing flattering depictions of themselves.
I am fatigued by the ratio of art that features nude women photographed by men. I’m disgusted that terrorism is understood in wars fought abroad but not behind closed doors on the bodies of women, children and incarcerated men. Both are horrific and unrelenting.
I’m frustrated that a heterosexual narrative is universal and a queer story is specific. I’m disgusted that white is normal and black is racialized, that men and women are treated as opposites utterly fixed in their polarities.
These are lies.
The burden remains on the minority to explain itself to the majority. I am resigned to this inescapable fact.
I had the loveliest studio visit today with aCurator founder, Julie Grahame. I’m utterly impressed with her creative approach which each week continues to astound. I see her features as solo exhibitions in the digital space. Often times she exposes me to work I haven’t seen before but can’t forget. One example is ‘The Many Faces of Hambone' by Hilary Mullarkey. aCurator’s weekly features are aesthetically refined and thoughtfully approached. I enjoy the way she utlizes the internet to create a meaningful art experience online– still a new area. I also credit Julie for being an advocate for photographers. Through her work , she exposes important photography to larger audiences. Many of her features lead to features in magazines.
As an emerging photographer, our inboxes are often overloaded with invitations to enter competitions, pay for portfolio reviews, pay for crits, pay to be in a group show. Each promise ‘exposure’. Money is a repeating theme, the flow of which tends to be one sided. In exchange for a concrete sum of money there is typically very little transparency about how much exposure was delivered. All this is to say, I’m refreshed by examples such as aCurator, FlakPhoto and others who curate photographers and then expose them to an appreciative audience with commerce not being involved on either side. In this marketplace, where most of us feel the impact of the recession, it’s exciting to find opportunities to collaborate– that is to say, to mutually invest and mutually gain from that endeavor. Submit your work to aCurator: email@example.com Subscribe to the newsletter to receive an exhibition for your private viewing each week.
Everyone who has responded to my autobiographical series Truer, please take a moment and make your feelings known by reblogging the picture below, tagging it #100Portraits and sending me a link: firstname.lastname@example.org
100 Portraits has been a huge success, covered by The New Yorker, Wired, NPR, aCurator, Washington Post and more. @Flak Photo wants to know which image is your favorite. If my image speaks to you, I’d be grateful for you to say that NOW.
I am donating a 20x24 print of this image, #4 in the edition, to the Benefit Auction for Slideluck Potshow in December. More on that later.
Re-blogging and feedback is Appreciated and Highly Encouraged!
“Frightened by joblessness, “the American people” rewarded the party that not only opposed the stimulus but also blocked the extension of unemployment benefits. Alarmed by a ballooning national debt, they rewarded the party that not only transformed budget surpluses into budget deficits but also proposes to inflate the debt by hundreds of billions with a permanent tax cut for the least needy two per cent. Frustrated by what they see as inaction, they rewarded the party that not only fought every effort to mitigate the crisis but also forced the watering down of whatever it couldn’t block.”—by Hendrik Hertzberg in Electoral Dissonance for the New Yorker
If you are in the DC area and appreciate photography you won’t want to miss this. Some of the most important photographers working today wether in fine art, photojournalism or landscape will be showing over the course of FotoWeekDC. The program guarantees to amaze, and moreover it is also FREE. My work will be shown in 100 Portraits / 100 Photographers, one of five excellent curated slideshows. The other shows are Projections of Reality curated by James Wellford, Life Lives Here curated by Cristina Mittermeier, Moving Walls curated by Open Society Foundations, and finally Work We Love curated by William Ewing and Nathalie Herschdorfer. The program is massive and worth viewing in detail.
Behind the Projections Panel Saturday, November 6 at 2:30pm Corcoran Gallery of Art 500 Seventeenth Street NW Washington, DC 20006 STATEMENT
As an added fine art component to the NightGallery projections, this screening features 100 dynamic portraits from an exciting group of contemporary photographers in all stages of their careers, each selected from the digital archive on FlakPhoto.com. Our decision to highlight work from this website celebrates the role that a thriving online photography community plays in the discovery and dissemination of work produced by significant artists in the Internet Era. Contemporary photo culture is marked by a continuous flow of images online, and our aim is to take a moment to recognize some of the noteworthy photographs published in this ever-expanding archive over the past four years. In this context, projected several times larger than life, these portraits look back at us and embody a louder voice in the discourse of the gaze.
ANDY ADAMS is the Editor / Publisher of FlakPhoto.com, a contemporary photography website that celebrates the culture of image-making by promoting the discovery of artists from around the world. An online art space + photography publication, the site provides opportunities for a global community of artists and photo organizations to share new series work, book projects, and gallery exhibitions with a web-based photography audience. http://andyadamsphoto.com
LARISSA LECLAIR is an independent photography writer, curator, and collector, and founder of the Indie Photobook Library. Most recently Leclair curated the exhibition Permanent Impermanence, a group show at the Washington Project for the Arts, including work by Todd Hido, Curtis Mann, and David Maisel, amongst others. She is a regular reviewer for Critical Mass. Larissa Leclair holds a BFA in Photography and a BA in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis and an MA from Yale University.www.larissaleclair.com; www.indiephotobooklibrary.org
Amy Elkins /Amy Stein / Andreas Laszlo Konrath / Anna Bauer /Ben Handzo / Ben Huff /Betsy Schneider / Birthe Piontek / Bob Shamis / Bradley Peters / Brea Souders / Brian David Stevens / Brian Ulrich / Bronek Kozka / Caitlin Teal Price / Carl Wooley / Carrie Will / Chris Verene / Claire Beckett / Clayton Cotterell / Daniel Ramos / Daniel Shea / Darin Mickey / Dave Jordano / David Griggs /David Maisel / David Wright / Deborah Mitelstaedt / Dina Kantor / Dorothy Deiss / Doug Dubois / Elijah Gowin / Elizabeth Fleming / Eric Ogden / Eric Weeks / Finn O’Hara / Gloria Baker-Feinstein / Graham Miller / Hector Mediavilla / Jacob Koestler /Jaimie Warren / Jane Tam / Jason Florio / Jason Hanasik / Jen Davis /Jesse Burke / Jessica Todd Harper / Jon Feinstein / Joni Sternbach /Jorg Bruggeman / Justine Reyes / Justyna Badach / Katrina d’Autremont / Keliy Anderson-Staley / Lara Pannack / La Toya Ruby Frazier / Lydia Panas /Manjari Sharma / Mary Amor / Maureen Drennan / Mickey Kerr / Mikael Kennedy / Mikhael Subotzky / Molly Landreth / Mona Kuhn / Monika Merva / Myra Greene / Nadine Rovner /Nathalie Bothur / Noah Kalina / Philip Dembinski / Phil Toledano / Rachael Dunville / Rafal Milach / Sage Sohie / Robin Schwartz / Sage Sohier / Sara Code-Kroll / Sarah Small / Sarah Wilson / Shane Lavalette / Shawn Gust / Shen Wei / Simon Roberts / Sophia Wallace / Sophie Jacobson / Steffanie Halley /Stella Kalaw / Steve Giovinco / Stewart Simons / Susan Worsham / Suzanne Opton /Tamara Dean /Tealia Ellis-Ritter / Todd Hido / Victor Cobo /Wang Yi Fei / Will Steacy / Zoe Strauss / Zwelethu Mthethwa