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A Year of Quiet Contemplation Led to the Rebirth of Alec Soth’s Photography – The New York Times

After taking a break from photography, Alec Soth has returned to capture the quietness and lyricism of people residing in their own homes.

Finding Echoes of Today’s Headlines in Central America’s Proxy Wars in the 1980s – The New York Times

Scott Wallace spent a good part of that era in Central America covering these proxy wars, whose effects are still being felt today in the debate over immigration, gangs and intervention in Venezuela. Yet for a region that is just a few hours away by plane, there has often been a great disconnect. Mr. Wallace, who developed a deep interest in Latin America during college, saw himself as someone who could perhaps become a bridge of sorts between north and south.

Hinda Schulman: Dear Shirley | LENSCRATCH

Love is a funny thing…it takes us to our highest highs and lowest lows. Our love life marks our personal histories and shapes the course of our lives. Photographer Hinda Schuman has documented the people she has loved in “an intimate and highly personal account of what it is like to live through the unraveling of relationships — both heterosexual and lesbian”. Through photographs and text her storytelling is a new book, Dear Shirley, A True Story published by Daylight Books, with forewords by Magdalena Sole and Sunil Gupta.  Hinda states, “Dear Shirley is about the power of photographs to unleash feelings and insights about both the beauty and horror of real life. I consider myself a visual storyteller. I use images –with and without text to create stories. I point the camera at myself as often as I look outward. This book tells the real life true story of the dissolution of two marriages: Jeremy after 10 years & Susan after 27 years.”

Looking Through the Eyes of a Daughter of the American South – Feature Shoot

Beginning in the mid-1970s, American artist Rosalind Fox Solomon traveled across the South creating a powerful series of photographs that reveal the state of the nation during the first decade following the Civil Rights Movement. It is here in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and South Carolina that we are privy to the complex interconnection of life rooted in the triumphs, tragedies, and traumas of the past.

Wing Chan : Urbanmontage

f22 foto space presents Wing Chan’s ‘Urbanmontage’ exhibition. Combining Chan’s signature ‘Urban-Tapestry’ and ‘Urban-Graphis’ pieces, many of the works in the exhibition are shown for the first time. Chan’s photomontages create a new lens through which we can encounter our urban landscapes in a different light. Through his work, Chan encourages an intimate connection between us and our environment. The images are not only strikingly rhythmic; they also stimulate reflection and introspection. With a creative mix of angularity and fluidity, Chan’s photomontages encourage us to take a closer look at the harmony and beauty within the apparent chaos of urban living, thus allowing the city’s true fabric to shine.

An Unflinching View of Venezuela in Crisis | The New Yorker

Alejandro Cegarra’s photo series “State of Decay” is an unflinching portrait of Venezuela’s collapse. How this country went from being one of Latin America’s richest societies to one of its poorest is a disaster of bewildering proportions, one that defies easy explanation. Venezuela has the largest proven oil reserves in the world, but since the 2014 crash in world oil prices, on which Venezuela depended for more than ninety per cent of its export revenues, its economy has contracted continuously, unleashing an economic crisis worse than that experienced by Americans during the Great Depression. In the past five years, three million of Venezuela’s thirty-two million people have fled the country. More than half of all Venezuelans lack enough food to meet their daily needs. The country’s hospital system has all but failed; countless Venezuelans have died owing to a lack of medical attention and the scarcity of medicines for treatable illnesses. Hyperinflation is expected to reach ten million per cent this year. On top of everything else, Venezuela’s murder rate is among the world’s highest, making it one of the most dangerous countries in the world to live in.

Capturing the Soul: Photographic Portraiture Before the Smartphone Era – The New York Times

But a new exhibit at the International Center of Photography shows that bokeh is hardly a good portrait’s greatest asset. The ad implies that anyone with the right smartphone can make a quality portrait, rendering a visit to a local photo studio obsolete. But, as is evident in the exhibit “Your Mirror: Portraits from the I.C.P. Collection,” there is a common motivation.

PhotoNOLA: Kiliii Yuyan: Searching for Home | LENSCRATCH

I always review a photographer’s website before I meet with them at a portfolio review, so I was very much looking forward to meeting Kiliii Yuyan at PhotoNOLA. His desire to document indigenous cultures comes from the personal place of his own family histories, histories that allow him to enter communities with not only a photographer’s curiosity, but a compassion and desire to bear witness to and document disappearing Arctic lifestyles. For his project, Searching for Home, Kilii looks at the people and places that most parallel his own identity.  “When I’m photographing, I’m living inside my grandmother’s stories.”

Australia’s Farmers Struggle With Its Hottest-Ever Drought | Time

“I’ve kind of given up on cleaning,” says Bullen, 36, laughing at the dust that coated her windows when TIME visited in December. Among the more pressing matters: a debt of nearly half a million dollars, an injured husband and a farm to manage alone during one of Australia’s worst-ever droughts. “We’ve had droughts before,” she says, “but nothing of this caliber.”

M.H. Frøslev – Unsettled City « burn magazine

The book is a personal depiction of a claustrophobic environment with the cityscape as framework, captured in the cities of Saint Petersburg and Moscow over the last ten years. Through ninety-five photographs in contrast monochromes and dusty colours the book unfolds the night as a motif. Here we meet bulldogs, street fights and abandoned roads alongside loving glances, intimate moments and faded buildings, all quietly standing still, waiting for the night to die down and the light to rise again. Through disquieting atmospheres and raw sensitivity Unsettled City shows us how the people of the night alternately love and fear both the city and each other. With this book M.H. Frøslev portrays feelings of alienation, inequality and pain on a par with love, intimacy and fascination.

PhotoNOLA: Rich Frishman: Ghosts of Segregation | LENSCRATCH

I had the pleasure of meeting Rich Frishman at Fotofest last March; I not only enjoyed my time with the photographer, but immediately recognized his commitment to his craft. I featured his project American Splendor this past June, showcasing photographs that are constructed of between dozens and hundreds of images. I met up with Rich again at PhotoNOLA in December and was presented with a poignant and powerful new body of work, Ghosts of Segregation. I’m happy to share that this project went on to win the 2018 PhotoNOLA Review Award which results in a solo exhibition at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery during the thirteenth annual PhotoNOLA festival in December, a cash award of $1000, and a complimentary year of mentoring and strategic marketing consultations from Mary Virginia Swanson.

Beyond the Wall: Traveling the U.S.-Mexico Border | Time

When photographer Elliot Ross and I traveled the 2,000 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border it was the spring of 2017. The post-election climate had enflamed a sense of cultural and political difference in the United States — much of which centered around the debate about the border wall. We set out expecting to find residents there who were fundamentally vexed by the relationship between the United States and Mexico; between immigrant, indigenous and Caucasian communities; and between border inhabitants and undocumented migrants. Instead, we found the opposite — and heard about fears largely left unvoiced.

A Portrait of Love Among the Ruins of Post-Industrial America – Feature Shoot

Artist Brenda Ann Kenneally knows how the game is played better than most, and uses her knowledge and wisdom expose the truth — rather than perpetuate the lies told and sold. In 2002, she and author Adrian Nicole LeBlanc began collaborating on a magazine assignment in Troy, New York, a once-thriving city whose fortunes have gone dark.

Martin Parr: 48 Years of Photographing the Quirky and Kitschy in Manchester – The New York Times

For almost half a century, the British photographer has captured the diversity and eccentricity of the city of Manchester in northwestern England.

The 2019 Kiss Exhibition | LENSCRATCH

On this day of professing love, I am extending my love to those who make this site what it is…the behind the scenes people like Jonas Yip and Brian Van de Wetering who solve all the glitches and Clay Lipsky who can turn around a design with record speed, the active daily promoters of the site: Val Patterson, Julia Bennett, Patty Lemke, and Paula Riff, the wonderful writers and editors: Linda Alterwitz, Daniel George, Amanda Dalgren, Megan Ross, Brennan Booker, and The States Project Editors…well, and so many more….and I don’t want to forget two people that were so critical to the site, Grant Gill and Sarah Stankey who are off at grad school making waves in the photo world. I love you and thank you and wish you the most wonderful Valentine’s Day!