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Catalina Bartolome

October 1, 2009

Over at Colectiva, I stumbled upon Catalina Bartolome’s brilliant work. Wanted to share.



Simon Roberts

September 14, 2009

Lots and lots of photo happenings these weeks. Need to share about one more-

On the rainy cold Friday of last week, Kara dragged me to hear an artist’s talk at the Klompching Gallery in Dumbo. I was reluctant to go, never having heard of the photographer, Simon Roberts, and it being rainy and me being tired, but it being her birthday, I willingly obliged. Honestly, it was one of the best events I have attended since being in New York. When we walked in, the talk had already begun and there were only about 20 people seated in the small gallery space; it was so intimate, as if we were meeting in his living room and he was showing slides from a recent vacation. He had just started describing how he got started with his project titled We English. Publisher Chris Boot explains, “Simon Roberts traveled throughout England in a motorhome between August 2007 and September 2008, for this portfolio of large-format tableaux photographs of the English at leisure. Photographing ordinary people engaged in a variety of pastimes, Roberts finds beauty in the mundane; the result is an elegiac exploration of identity, attachment to home and land, and the relationship between people and place. This is the most significant contribution to the photography of England in recent years.”  Typically, I am a portrait lover and not really one for landscapes, but Simon has changed me. He was incredibly eloquent in talking about his work, delving deeply into the how and why, clearly exposing his thought process and showing that there were no random occurrences, every decision was intentional. There are those photographers that have all the discourse, but fail to provide shattering work, and then there are those photographers that have beautifully stunning work, but fall short when it comes to the discourse. Simon is one of those photographers that seamlessly brings both to the table, and for that, this experience, was truly unforgettable.




We English will be at the Klompching Gallery through Oct 24th.

Kara has a sound recap of the event here as well.

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.


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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©Todd Hido
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.

© Simen Johan
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
© Amy Stein
This was the scene at the gallery
crowd @ clamp art
I moved on to do a quick stop at the Lehmann Maupin gallery ( 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.

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.


© Grace Kim

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.

living room

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.

me and phil toledano

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

Proud Flesh

August 20, 2009

I’m ecstatic for Sally Mann’s new series ‘Proud Flesh’ and for the possibility that I may even get to meet her at the opening at the Gagosian Gallery on Sept 15th!

Jorg Colberg at Conscientious has an excellent post about the series with reflections from Sally Mann herself. Go here to read.




New work by Annie

August 10, 2009

In light of Ms. Leibovitz’s troubled financial affairs, (thanks to the NY Times article, and countless bloggers), I’m sharing some images she shot for this month’s Vanity Fair.

Oh John Hamm how I love you so. I  cannot wait for Mad Men to start up its third season this Sunday.






July 28, 2009

I’m really drawn to Robert Lyons portraits of his ex-wife, Mariam, a series that I was introduced to this past weekend.




© Robert Lyons

In each image there is an over looming sorrow in her expression. Clearly, these were shot at a difficult time in both their lives. It reminded me of some photos I took a few years back, and by photos, I mean photobooth shots, when I was experiencing a similar state of sorrow.



brazilian jumpers

July 17, 2009

I went to see Ed Kashi speak last night at Powerhouse and launch his new book, Three.

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Upon closer inspection of the third image, which coincidentally, he shot in Brazil in 2002, I was reminded of one of my own images shot in Salvador, in the northeast of Brazil in 2002 as well.

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18.jump© Gabriela Herman

Nirrimi Joy Hakanson

July 14, 2009

Came across this girls work today and sorta fell in love. She is 16 by the way!

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cover art

May 27, 2009

This weeks New Yorker magazine features a cover by Jorge Colombo done with his finger on an iphone! Watch a video here of how he made the image step by step. Pretty cool.



April 20, 2009

Latest Vogue feature shot by Steven Meisel



April 20, 2009


Just watched  Tierney Gearon: The Mother Project. Go see it. (You can get it on Netflix)  Again, blown away by someone whose work I wasn’t all to familiar with going in. Film follows photographer Tierney Gearon working on a series documenting her schizophrenic and manic depressive mother and in turn deals with mother-daughter issues,  Tierney’s own relationship with her children and the balance between family and art. Below, some images from the final project:






She makes me want to shoot film!

And make pictures with my own mother.

Super excited that I’ll be in LA this coming weekend and will  be able to see the very last day of her new exhibit entitled “Explosure”  at the  ACE Gallery.

Ah, New York

April 14, 2009

Don’t you just love it when out of the blue (well, through your google reader) you find out about a photo lecture, have never heard of the photographers, attend, and are simply blown away and are introduced to a whole new world and philosophy on photography? Well that happened last night. South African photographers, Oliver Chanarin and Adam Broomberg presented their work at the Visual Arts Theate and Susan Bright (who wrote Art Photography Now, a must read) was there to follow the talk with a candid discussion. I am extremely fortunate to be living in New York and have free access to events like these. Highly urge you to go to their site and read what they have to say about their work and study each image. I found them to be quite brilliant last night. picture-19picture-20picture-21Images by  Oliver Chanarin and Adam Broomberg


them @ work (image from

Nadav Kander talks about his “Obama’s People” Portraits

April 10, 2009

The photo blog Lens Culture has just posted a fabulous audio interview here, with photographer Nadav Kander. Kander discusses his intentions behind the hotly debated portfolio he shot at the end of 2008 of Obama’s People for the New York Times magazine. You can view the whole essay here. Some of my favorites below:


Rahm Emanuel: Chief of Staff


Euguene Kang: Special Assistant to the President


Joseph Biden: Vice President


Samantha Power: Advisor


Dennis McDonough: Senior Foreign Policy Aid


Ken Salazar: Interior Secretary

Gui the cover superstar

April 3, 2009

I met the Brazilian photographer Gui Mohallem last year in New York during the maddness of the first New York Photo Festival. I was introduced to him through a friend and we immediately clicked. It was the kind of connection that only happens every once in a blue moon where even though you’ve known this person lets say for just a day, you feel like you were meant to know them your whole life. Even rarer, the fact that I’m not talking romance here, (Gui is gay, as you’ll see below), but a pure connection on some deeper human level.

Gui was in town for a solo gallery show in Dumbo that he miraculously arranged while visiting New York on vacation. It featured an on-going series of his called “Rehearsal to Madness” all made using a digital pinhole technique. When I went to Brazil the following month, I was fortunate to be included as part of the series.


We were spinning around and around, hands clasped together and camera strung around his neck, atop a hillside looking over the city of São Paulo, when this shot was taken.

On another note- I was delighted to receive an email from him this week with a link to the cover of UK’s MC Mag featuring none other than Gui himself!


Click here to see the entire gorgeous photo spread shot by Manuel Nogueira.

two photographers venture to the island of marth’s vineyard for a weekend in march

March 30, 2009

It’s fascinating to revisit a place that is so familiar to you with someone who is seeing it for the first time.

Lucas took Polaroids of what he saw:



while I took pictures of him and all his cameras:






and a few others…






Black White + Gray

March 28, 2009

Just watched Black White + Gray: A portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe by James Crump about the life of Sam Wagstaff and his undeniable contribution to the discovery of photography.

For those with any interest in photography at all, it is a must see. You can watch instantly on netflix.


From the director:

Black White + Gray meditates on Wagstaff’s life journey and his transformation through shared passion and experience with Mapplethorpe. It points to how Wagstaff found his true role as a collector of photography and through Mapplethorpe was enabled to visit and unlock parts of his true self. It likewise gives new dimension to Mapplethorpe and his role inspiring Wagstaff in his early collecting of photographs. The film I hope demonstrates the symbiotic bond that grew out of a chance encounter in 1972 and how the work of both men continues to resonate today. When Wagstaff and Mapplethorpe made their first discoveries and triumphs in the medium, photography didn’t enjoy its present status nor the hyperbolic values now being realized at auction. I think both men would be amused by their joint influence, which continues to play itself out in the art world.

(read more here)


March 24, 2009

Jon Chonko has started a clever site,  Scanwiches, where he takes scans of the sandwiches he eats for lunch.

Simple idea, beautiful results.

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Melanie Flood Projects

March 19, 2009


Last night I attended March Madness at Melanie Floods. What a treat. It was a salon-style event in her Fort Greene home. very casual. nice mingling. goodies. (dumplings and cadbury mini eggs!) and a room full of uber talented photographers. It was nice to finally meet Noah Kalina in person, after having seen his face all over the internet. I also got to not only meet, but have a rather lengthy conversation with Juliana Beasely, whose work I came across fairly recently. I really like this image from her new series entitled Rockaways.


Below is an excerpt from a great interview with Melanie Flood about her prrojects. You can read the rest here.

The Current State of the Art Market Q&A with Melanie Flood of Melanie Flood Projects

1. Please explain to us about Melanie Flood Projects…How did it start it? Why in your house?

I began Melanie Flood Projects over the summer of 2008 because I felt that artists and photographers (like myself) needed a new style of venue to showcase their art. I was tired of it being utterly impossible for a young, talented artist to display their work, other than online or in crowded group shows that require a participation fee.

The Idea came to me when I was in the position of Managing Editor at Zingmagazine. We were involved in Art Chicago 2002 and while visiting I came across stay at home mothers that ran public galleries from their homes. These women were artists, curators, collectors, and they didn’t allow motherhood prevent them from being involved with what they loved. I was influenced most by a young woman who had Amy Sillman watercolors displayed on her fridge with magnets. Made me think differently about he way art should and could be displayed.

So based on the inspiration from these women, I decided to base the gallery from my home and I am fortunate enough to live in a lovely brownstone in a great part of Brooklyn. I am also drawn to the idea of the home as a social hub apart from public spaces such as bars, clubs, galleries, & cafes.

Wish I could go

March 9, 2009

I will be out of town on Sat, but if I were in the city, I would definitely go to Sarah Small’s “The Delirium Constructions Meet Tableau Vivant” extravaganza. Click here to see what I mean. Not something to be missed. How to be in two places at once. hmmm.

Love this image of hers;


Gallery Walk

February 22, 2009


© Alex Prager

Photo pal Jeff and I ventured the Chelsea grid yesterday and hit up several galleries.  One I have not been able to get outta my head. “The Big Valley” by Alex Prager @ Yancey Richardson. Struck by each image.



Amazing, right?

Also worth mentiong. Steven Shames @ Steven Kasher.


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.


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


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

NY Times Mag

February 8, 2009

Why is it so damn good??


Here to see the whole portfolio

Caroll Taveras: You can still get yours too!

February 6, 2009

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


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


Michal Chelbin

February 6, 2009

My awesome roommate recently purchsed Michal Chelbin’s new book “Strangely Familiar,” which means I know get to look at it whenever the mood strikes. I find its one of those rare books that every image is equally striking. When I saw this image


I immediately thought of this one by Sally Mann. (who by the way, was my absolute first inspiration in photography)


Here’s some more fav’s from Strangely Familiar. I’m in love with Chelbin’s use of color.