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out and about in chelsea

September 14, 2009

As I previously mentioned, I’m blogging for the São Paulo Photo festival. I wrote this post for them, but figure its worth sharing here as well.

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Last night was mayhem out in Chelsea, in a good way. Wine was free flowing, fall fashion outfits were out on display, and it was hard to walk two feet without bumping into someone you knew. Photo blogger Andrew Hetherington was all over the scene, as were curators Amani Olu, Melanie Flood and Leslie Martin, and photographers Will Steacy, Casey Kelbaugh, Amy Elkins , Justine Reyes, Robin Schwartz and Phil Toledano, among many others.

I started out the night at the Bruce Silverstein gallery to see a show by Todd Hido called “A Road Divided”
Looking from the vantage point of his car seat, and shooting outward through ever changing layered mixtures of condensation, grit, and reflecting glare upon the car’s windshield, Hido masterfully transforms the mundane terrain peripherally sandwiching the myriad of roads typically dotting the outskirts of American cities, into inexplicable poignant images, filled with cinematic gravitas and dream-like sublimity, often “crossing the double lines’ between painting and photography.
Kara, my roommate, and I now have this image from the promo card  prominently displayed on our mantle.
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From there I moved on to the Yossi Milo gallery to see the work of Simen Johan titled  “Until the Kingdom Comes”  This was a great exhibit to see in person as the images were truly large scale, each taking up an entire wall.

Simen Johan depicts a natural world hovering between reality, fantasy and nightmare.  Merging traditional photographic techniques with digital methods, Johan’s images are crafted over time and may include a synthesis of landscapes from various geographical locations and animals photographed in captivity or in the wild.

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Next up was Clamp Art gallery to see the much anticipated first New York solo show of the talented Amy Stein.  She describes her work as such:

My photographs serve as modern dioramas of our new natural history. Within these scenes I explore our paradoxical relationship with the “wild” and how our conflicting impulses continue to evolve and alter the behavior of both humans and animals. Within my work I examine the primal issues of comfort and fear, dependence and determination, submission and dominance that play out in the physical and psychological encounters between man and the natural world.
Many of the images I had come across before, but there were still a few unseen gems such as this one
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This was the scene at the gallery
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I moved on to do a quick stop at the Lehmann Maupin gallery (www.lehmannmaupin.com) to see new work by Juergen Teller, but was not really impressed. Last night also happened to be Fashion Night Out and all the fashionistas seemed to be at this exhibit. Bjork even made an appearance there!

Last stop was the Aperture Gallery, one of my favorite places in Chelsea. Aperture is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to promoting photography, you should become familiar with it if you haven’t yet. There was a group exhibit featuring the new Dutch landscape.

In keeping with the golden age of Dutch landscape painting four hundred years ago, a new visual statement on the landscape has emerged from the Netherlands. Expressed through the modern mediums of photography and video art, this new imagining of the Dutch landscape is urbanized and altered, depicting the Netherlands as the most artificial country in the world.

Artists featured inluded: Hans Aarsman, Wout Berger, Henze Boekhout, Driessens & Verstappen, Marnix Goossens, Arnoud Holleman, Gert Jan Kocken, Jannes Linders, Cary Markerink & Theo Baart, Hans van der Meer, Gábor Ösz, Bas Princen, Xavier Ribas, Gerco de Ruijter, Frank van der Salm, Hans Werlemann, and Edwin Zwakman.

Aperture was a great spot to close the night. Even after the alcohol ran out (gasp!) people stayed around for a while mingling and discussing art.

Shout out to my amazing photo friends who circled the night with me: Manjari Sharma, Kara Brodgesell, Janessa Markgraf, Erika Hokanson, and Deidre Schoo.

Sao Paulo Photo Festival

September 10, 2009

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Today is the official start day of the first ever São Paulo Photo Festival. (Unfortunately right now the site is only available in Portuguese). For a first festival, they have quite a line up of guests, lectures and workshops.  Invited international guests include  Amy Arbus, Antonin Kratochvil and Scout Tufankjian.

I’m honored to have been invited by one of the festival organizers, Jay Colton, to be the New York corespondent for the festival where I have been contributing to the official blog, writing about all the photo happenings in New York. 

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This is a huge step for São Paulo and Brazil in trying to get a foot on the world  photography map. I applaud their efforts and look forward to watching the festival grow.

In honor of this, I leave you with on old self portrait of mine shot from a roof top in the Pacaembu neighborhood of São Paulo.

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Melanie Flood

September 10, 2009

I’ve just returned from a fabulous evening out at Melanie Flood Projects.

Melanie Flood Projects is an artists salon specializing in contemporary photography based in the Brooklyn home of Melanie Flood. The gallery brings artists and art lovers together in a space that juxtaposes the aesthetic dialogue of fine art with the haphazard and personal existence of the domestic setting, highlighting contrasts and commonalities in unexpected ways. The aim of Melanie Flood Projects is to create a fresh and informal meeting point for looking at, reflecting on, and talking about art.

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I have been to several events here and they never seem to disappoint. The opening tonight was titled “Under the Glass Bell, A dream” with photographs by Grace Kim, but the events are usually about much more than the photographs on the wall. By opening up her home to the art community, Melanie allows for a relaxed environment that is very conducive to meeting people, which believe it or not, is actually hard to find in New York.

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Highlight of the evening was meeting Phil Toledano, who after watching this interview of him and then meeting him in person made me fall in love with him a little bit.

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Update:  Check out the New York Times Brooklyn blog for a recap and a photo by me!

I’m back.

August 31, 2009

Yes, I have been MIA, but that’s only because I’ve been shooting and shooting and shooting and have so much in store for the blog, so keep watch.

In the meantime, I’ve been featured recently on a few sites and blogs and thought I’d share the links:

The Bronx Times

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Beautiful Decay

Lost at E Minor

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And, here I am (thanks, David)

I actually used this space as an outdoor studio for a beach portrait shoot. Will post images soon.

whirlwind of a weekend

July 28, 2009

I just returned from a weekend photo workshop in Northampton, MA hosted by robert lyons and jorg colberg. We were extremely fortunate to be in such great company with such a small group- there were only five of us. The workshop focused on personal vision and portraiture, but clealry, went far beyond just that. I’m still trying to process it all and am not really one with words. I’ll leave it to say that it was extremely refreshing and challenging and has made me on a whole rethink my own photography. Below, some images from the workshop.

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MJ, never to be forgotten

June 26, 2009

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I’m Gonna Make A Change,
For Once In My Life
It’s Gonna Feel Real Good,
Gonna Make A Difference
Gonna Make It Right . . .

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Vanity Fair parodies itself

March 16, 2009

I find this absolutely hilarious!

VF March 2006 cover:

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And in the current issue:

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Doesn’t Paul Rudd look eerily exactly like Tom Ford?

deYoung in San Fransisco

March 9, 2009

saw two great exhibits while visiting my sister out west in san fransisco at the deYoung museum

1. Warhol Live

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2. Yves Saint Laurent

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My partner in crime, Amelia, and I had the pleasure of going on the museum tour of the YSL exhibit. What a hoot. It was us and about 35 other 60+ yr old women. They provided as much entertainment as viewing the exhibit! Weren’t you always wondering what exactly haute couture means?

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My Blog Intake

February 25, 2009

People often ask me what blogs I read. Well here goes….

(Thanks Google Reader!)

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Time Out NY pics

February 19, 2009

Click HERE to see a slide show of images I took for Time Out New York about various Brazilian goodies around the city.

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Callahan Photo Contest

February 17, 2009

UPDATE: I won!

On a whim I submitted this image to a photo contest on The Year in Pictures blog and am now a finalist. Yay.

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The contest was to recreate your own version of this iconic Harry Callahan photo:

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You can still vote for me by adding a comment on the blog here.

Caroll Taveras: You can still get yours too!

February 6, 2009

I went and got my portrait taken by Caroll Taveras this past Sunday.

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Open until February 11th.
Photo Studio
539 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn 11217
Tuesday – Friday, 1-8pm
Saturday – Sunday 12-5pm

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Obamarama

January 22, 2009

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MARTIN SCHOELLER

I was fortunate to be able to go down to DC for the inauguration festivities. There’s something to be said about being amongst the crowds at a time like this. I brought my camera everywhere but the photos became more of a documentation of what was going on and less strong visual images; proof again that I am not a photojournalist. I did manage to see two photo exhibits that I would recommend to anyone in the DC area. The first was at the National Portrait Gallery. Aside from seeing the original iconic Shepard Fairey acquisition, there is an exhibit there titled Portraiture Now: Feature Photography featuring the works of KATY GRANNAN, JOCELYN LEE, RYAN MCGINLEY, STEVE PYKE, MARTIN SCHOELLER, and ALEC SOTH.

The second exhibit was at the Corcoran Gallery, and while not free like 90% of the museums in DC, was totally worth it. The exhibit, Richard Avedon: Portraits of Power is an astounding collection of five decades of work from one of the great masters. I have been a huge fan of Avedon since day one.avedonobama

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a day in the studio with Elsa and her polaroid

January 2, 2009

To complete a tripytich orignally started in 1988, my siblings and I partook in the third and final sitting this past week in front of Elsa Dorfman’s almighty 20×24 Polaroid camera. There are only 6 of these camera’s in the world! (The Polaroid images comes out at 23″x36″.)

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Below, the originals from 1988 and 1998. (excuse poor quality)

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And the final image taken in Dec 08:

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ROOM Blog

December 3, 2008

Got a shout out from the blog over at ROOM studio:

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Just have to do it

November 5, 2008

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Cara Phillips

October 29, 2008

I was very fortunate recently to get the chance to work with Cara Phillips. I have been a huge fan of hers since I began reading her blog Ground Glass about a year ago. As an emerging female photographer myself, it was truly an inspiring experience to be a part of the project. We worked on her series “UV Beauties” photographing people off the streets, You can read and see more about it here. Below is the shot she did of me!

And this one of Fury Young who also helped out.


I am back

October 29, 2008

Ok ok, its been a while. A lot has happened. I actually am working a lot these days. Yay. Even got to travel around for work a bit. Double yay.

Chris Buck and I in São Paulo in Sept.

Also moved to Brooklyn and am loving it. I will post about my new apt soon.

I(prounoun) show

August 28, 2008

Some good news. I was selected for Projekt30’s online show called I(pronoun) which showcases self portraits in various mediums. (thanks to those that voted!) You can view the show here.

In the News…

February 12, 2008

My work was featured in these two online photo galleries.  (The first one, my photo was chosen as the cover.)

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