Jennifer Schwartz of Crusade for Art is on a mission, trying to piece together the puzzle by connecting emerging photographers with collectors and galleries — one art CSA at a time – as well as providing grant opportunities for new projects. We caught up with the gallerist-turned-arts-evangelist who told us why now is the time for art and what we can do to protect it.
When I first spoke with him about how to make a living at it, his advice to me was pretty simple, “Throw everything into your photography. Put everything else aside.” At the time, I was a recent college graduate with no money, so it wasn’t difficult to put everything else aside — there was nothing else. I just jumped in with both feet and never looked back
I made “Less Americains” for a number of reasons but a major one was because I was getting sick and tired of this monumentalizing of Robert Frank’s “The Americans.” It was as if the book had become a biblical text that couldn’t be questioned. It was beyond reproach. I was thinking, “Hang on a minute. The discussion around that work is turning it into some sort of mythology. They’re just creating myths. And I really don’t like that. I react very strongly to that.
Mishka Henner is an artist based in Manchester, England. He’s been shortlisted for the Prix Pictet and Deutsche Borse Prizes, and was awarded the ICP Infinity Award for Art in 2013
Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, a husband and wife photography team, documented Rochester after Eastman Kodak’s bankruptcy in their new book, “Memory City,” published by Radius Books. Their conversation with James Estrin has been edited.
“I think now there is a greater need for picture editors and people who can craft visual narratives [to] help photographers develop [their work],” Davis says, “at a time when there are fewer of us than there have [historically] been.”
Emotion is the starting point but emotion can be cloudy and two dimensional on its own. I’ve tried to first let myself feel, then try to interpret what I’ve been feeling, then root it in the history of the medium and of human experience, which of course are two things that are cyclical but nonetheless leave plenty of room for freedom. They also help balance each other out. Sometimes the mind is terrifying and sometimes the heart is.