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Yorgos Yatromanolakis – The Splitting of the Chrysalis & the Slow Unfolding of the Wings « burn magazine

‘The Splitting of the Chrysalis & the Slow Unfolding of the Wings’ arose from my unforeseen return to my homeland and my residence there for four years. Isolated in the countryside of the island, I was constantly confronted with my traumatic past, my memories and myself.

Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, Day 3 | LENSCRATCH

On the third day of our weeklong feature of Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, the images are accompanied by an essay authored by Eleanor Heartney. Eleanor is a contributing Editor to Art in America and Artpress and has written extensively on contemporary art issues for such other publications as Artnews, Art and Auction, The New Art Examiner, the Washington Post and The New York Times. She received the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award for distinction in art criticism in 1992. Her books include: Critical Condition: American Culture at the Crossroads (Cambridge University Press, 1997); Postmodernism (Cambridge University Press, 2001); Postmodern Heretics: The Catholic Imagination in Contemporary Art (Midmarch Arts Press, 2004); Defending Complexity: Art, Politics and the New World Order (Hard Press Editions, 2006) and Art and Today (Phaidon Press Inc., 2008), a survey of contemporary art of the last 25 years from Phaidon. She is a co-author of After the Revolution: Women who Transformed Contemporary Art(Prestel Publishing, 2007), which won the Susan Koppelman Award. Heartney is a past President of AICA-USA, the American section of the International Art Critics Association. In 2008 she was honored by the French government as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, Day 2 | LENSCRATCH

Nikky Finney is a renowned poet and educator originally from South Carolina who “involves herself in the day-to-day battles for truth and justice” while also guiding MFA students in her capacity as Chair in Creative Writing and Southern Letters at the University of South Carolina, among other appointments at the university.

The underground skate scene of ‘90s Brooklyn

In his project We Skate Hardcore, photographer Vincent Cianni captures a forgotten community finding freedom in skateboarding.

Bedroom shots: Alec Soth on the intimacy of personal space

Alec Soth seriously considered giving up photography, before a new project exploring human connection in the contemporary world drew him back in. ‘I can’t help it,‘ he admits. ‘I am who I am.’

Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South | LENSCRATCH

It is such a pleasure to introduce Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South. Over the next week, we will feature selections of images from each of the 56 artists included in the project, as well as accompanying essays, maps, and videos. This expansive, comprehensive, multimedia investigation into what it means to be of, from, by the American South in the first decades of the twenty-first century was co-curated by Mark Sloan director and chief curator of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, and Mark Long, professor of political science, both of whom are on the faculty of the College of Charleston, in South Carolina.

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All the world’s a stage in these photos of the ‘theater of life’ – The Washington Post

Alex Majoli has been a member of the legendary photo cooperative Magnum Photos for well over a decade. During that time, he has been so many places, including the conflict zones of Iraq, Afghanistan and Gaza and the streets of Egypt and Tunisia during the Arab Spring. He has also written several books, such as “Leros,” an examination of a psychiatric hospital on the Greek island of Leros; “Congo,” a collaborative work with fellow photographer Paolo Pellegrin about the African nation; and “Libera Me,” an interpretive book inspired by Luigi Pirandello’s “Six Characters in Search of an Author,” in which Majoli meditates on the notion that we are all “actors of life.” Majoli’s newest work continues to look at the idea that life is theatrical, but on a much larger scale. This work is on display at Le Bal in Paris until April 28. The work is also published in book form by Le Bal and Mack.

Shahidul Alam’s Photo Festival in Bangladesh Is ‘an Act of Defiance’ – The New York Times

Despite Mr. Alam’s arrest for speaking out against his country’s government, Chobi Mela continues to showcase photography beyond the Western viewpoint.

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.

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