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Laena Wilder: Zanzibar Memoir
My first trip to Zanzibar was in 1993, I had just spent three months traveling overland through Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania and only intended to stay in Zanzibar a few days. Instead I got stuck waiting an additional seven weeks for my visa to India. As I meandered through the labyrinthine streets of Stone Town, it was only a matter of days until the locals sitting in front of their homes began engaging me in conversation: "You have walked by me for several days now, sit down and tell me who you are and why you are here." A sparked mutual curiosity led to daily conversations and deeper (…)
Jenny Sampson Book: Skaters - Tintype Portraits of West Coast Skateboarders
Skateboarding culture is exceptionally well-documented, and yet, the catalog of images is almost completely without portraiture... until now. In ghostly tones and stark, haunting relief, Sampson has pulled off the trick of tricks: She has persuaded random skaters to sit still while she photographs them with a staggeringly slow camera, and in doing so, she has captured, against all odds and with chilling nuance, the restless soul of skateboarding ."
-- Bret Anthony Johnston, author and skateboarder
Jake Mein: Six for Gold
In 1998, I found myself in New Zealand, a world away from coastal Maine where I had been living. Glaciers extending to the road, fjords and mountains and deserts, sandy beaches where I could dig a hole and they would fill with hot water to soak in, thermal activity like Iceland, the Bay of Islands with its green hills, the pancake rocks, the glow worm tunnels, kiwi birds and kakapos, Stewart Island with the surprise of the Aurora Australis, the Otego peninsula with those round boulders, but also with those tiny sapphire blue penguins that are only a foot tall (where did they come from?) and (…)
Michal Greenboim: Orchard Trail
In April, I was reviewing portfolios at PhotoLucida in Portland, Oregon, and there at my table was an unassuming young woman who I initially thought was French and who had 2 things with her: a mock-up of a book as well as a huge stack of prints, all diptychs. I found myself flipping through the pages of the book and then pausing to look through a substantial number of prints and then back to the book and then back to the prints and back again to the book. The photographer was looking at me like I was a bit crazy and I actually don't think I've ever viewed anything in quite that way, but there (…)
Priya Kambli: Buttons for Eyes
My artwork is intrinsically tied to my own family's photographic legacy. At age 18, I moved from India to the United States, a couple of years after my parents passed away. Before I emigrated, my sister and I split our photographic inheritance arbitrarily and irreparably in half - one part to remain in India with her and the other to be displaced along with me, here in America. For the past decade, my archive of family photographs has been one of my main source materials in creating bodies of work, which explore the genre of personal narrative.
C.J. Pressma: Evidence
In 1972 I was watching the Fellini film, Roma, and was captivated by splashes of light involving sparks from a street car at night. That scene with its dark nature and surreal quality motivated me to emulate a specific photographic style. It seems strange to me (almost absurd) that such a momentary scene became a motivation for an entire body of work that is interwoven throughout my artistic career. I call these images Evidence and Inhabitants. They are the evidence of places and people I have never been able to fully remember, but manifest themselves in the photographs I make.
Michelle Rogers Pritzl: Not Waving But Drowning
Not Waving But Drowning is a look inside an Evangelical marriage. These images show the truth of a life lived in the confines of oppressive gender roles, cult-like manipulation, and the isolation of Fundamentalism.
David Pace: Sur La Route
Sur La Route (French for "On The Road") is a series of portraits taken outside the house where I live along the narrow dirt path that stretches from Bereba to the small family farms that surround the village. Around sunset the inhabitants return to their homes carrying firewood or items that have been harvested during the day. I make the photographs using the simple landscape as my studio, employing a fill flash to illuminate the farmers against the darkening sky. The fleeting light lasts only about 45 minutes. Because I return to the village every year I am able to give away the images from (…)
Ben Huff: Atomic Island, Adak
I first met Ben Huff in 2011 in China of all places. There was an international photography festival there, through the lush valleys and surreal mountains on a 13-hour train ride (I'll mention briefly that I was standing for this entire ride) straight west from Shanghai, in the small city (3 million people) of Lishui. This place was picturesque and humid and a mix of ancient and brand new (they were still building the hotel we were staying in). The festival unfortunately no longer exists, but I remember walking into the "American Pavilion" (for lack of a better description for the amazing (…)
Diane Pierce "The Accidental Photograph" and "Thinking About Drawing"
The quick capture of an image and the passage of time over its manipulation is combined in my series "The Accidental Photograph." With the photographic image, a Polaroid print as the foundation, slowly over days, weeks, or months I have a dialog with a variety of casually collected items. The techniques and materials of collage become the possibilities for what I see in the final piece. The images ask to be deciphered by a viewer's own internal logic and are not suggestive of any one particular notion of mine. It seems the nature of collage to be in flux through process and as likely (…)
Alnis Stakle: Ilgas
One of my favorite things about jurying an international competition is discovering photographers that I would never encountered otherwise. I've finally finished looking at the last portfolio (#780) in the jurying process for Issue 12, the curators' issue, of Aint-Bad Magazine and was miraculously transported to a place that at first I didn't recognize as being real. It looked like a movie set, the clouds parting to reveal an old building that could be an abandoned factory or an asylum (and when I say clouds parting, it's like that moment at the Sun Gate when the clouds descend into the (…)
Jess T. Dugan: Every Breath We Drew
Every Breath We Drew explores the power of identity, desire, and connection through portraits of myself and others. Working within the framework of queer experience and from my actively constructed sense of masculinity, my portraits examine the intersection between private, individual identity and the search for intimate connection with others. I photograph people in their homes, often in their bedrooms, using medium and large format cameras to create a deep, sustained engagement, resulting in an intimate and detailed portrait.
Anna Beeke: At Sea
The once romantic notion of travelling the ocean to distant and exotic lands has become an accessible and affordable way to vacation thanks to cruise tourism. About 10 million Americans take to the sea aboard cruise ships every year, and cruising is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the tourism industry worldwide. My ongoing project At Sea is a light-hearted exploration of the leisurely world of cruise culture.
Evie Aarons: Homelife
Being housebound means enduring an ongoing shift between reality and the surreal. The safety of objects; plants, books, television, the internet, wrap around us and we are home. The outside world becomes irrelevant and fades away. Moments that are constructed bear resemblance to ones that are spontaneous and both serve as representations of living. These are the photographs that make up Homelife.
Kathryn Allen Hurni: House of Surprises/Twinsburg
Throughout every stage of photography exists the act of encountering. As a photographer I'm confronted by my vision, or particular desire to photograph a specific subject amongst a crowd. I'm confronted by obfuscation; am I capturing the subject's truth, or mine- does it matter? In many ways, the act of engaging with photography is like stepping in front of a mirror and encountering some version of the self. And I wonder how it is to have a physical reflection of the self with a twin: some person that is within and apart.

This ongoing series documents the annual twins festival in (…)
Daniel George: Nobody Wanted
In the American West, vast areas of remote, arid terrain were disregarded by early settlers and described as "the lands nobody wanted." In the Upper Snake River Valley of Eastern Idaho, parts of these sagebrush desert expanses, now overseen by the Federal Bureau of Land Management, are regularly used by local gun-owners for target shooting. My work is an examination of this culture and tradition, which is rooted in the concept of rugged individualism, the myth of the frontier, and a strict championing of the Second Amendment. Through the documentation of landscapes, artifacts, and (…)
Cody Cobb: West
These photographs were made while roaming the American West in search of true solitude. It's a search that's becoming more of a challenge as civilization spreads, so these dreamlike moments are reminders of how quiet the wilderness can be.
Black & White: The Center for Fine Art Photography
I'm still hand processing my Tri-x, rolls of 120mm that fill a locker, boxes of 4x5 that hold surprises and secrets. I forget who is in the picture sometimes, it's been so long, and am glad I know about N+ development (my geeky darkroom friends are either chuckling or wagging their fingers at me right now). I remember more often why I pressed the shutter. The light, the moment, the ache, the overwhelming need to capture what was in front of me, my camera, my eye.
Jacqueline Walters "Poetics of the Landscape" and "Here and Elsewhere"
It might be close to a decade ago that Jacqueline Walters walked into RayKo Photo Center. At the time, she had a small box of prints tucked under her arm (as the years passed I noted that the dimensions of the portfolio box grew and grew). These first prints were images of a misty landscape buried in dense fog, but this wasn't San Francisco, her most recent home. This was a flat land with a creek like glass running through fields of lush grass with animals and rounded trees emerging from the mist. It's not only that the (…)
Rebecca Drolen: Hair Pieces and Transplants
Sometimes something sits with you. For days. Weeks. Years.

In 2014, I was at PhotoNola in New Orleans, Louisiana. I viewed numerous portfolios, ones that were so large they required 2 tables to hold the case. Ones that were small enough to hold in my hand like a flip book. That particular year, the portfolio review slots sold out within five minutes of registration for the event opening. I knew then that the quality of work at this festival would be good because the photographers that registered were clearly ready and on their (…)
Laura Parker: Artist talk and exhibition closing
I first saw Laura Parker's work at Review LA. This was a portfolio review run by the great folks at Center who also organize Review Santa Fe. Review LA, which unfortunately no longer exists, happened concurrently with Photo LA, so it felt the entire city was submerged in photography. It may have been 9 years ago now that I saw Laura's work and yet it still resounds with me. Back then she showed images of horses and water printed through circles or what appeared to be lenses on large sheets of chromogenic paper, unfurling like scrolls with looking-glass glimpses of equine legs and chests (…)
Hermand-Grisel Sea Sketches celebrated at The Los Angeles Center of Photography.
The Los Angeles Center of Photography just opened its doors to the Second Annual Fine Art Exhibition, aka "Singular point of view 2017". From May 19th to June 23rd, LACP will showcase an impressive collection of fine art photography, accurately selected by Crista Dix, and embracing 50 shoots from the work of 39 artists, plus 52 additional images, virtually exhibited on an online gallery.

Among the highlighted artists of this edition, we are proud to acknowledge the presence of the fine photographer, and founder of All About Photo, Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, who is (…)
20 YOUNGARTS Winners Named 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts
YoungArts Winners From 10 States and Representing Eight Artistic Disciplines Receive High Honor Bestowed to Talented High School Seniors
Tony Yazbeck to Direct Multidisciplinary Public Showcase featuring U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts
Performance and Accompanying Exhibition of Scholars' Visual Art and Writing
Will Take Place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts June 19, 2017
The winners of Summertime
Discover the images of the photographers that won the Call for Exhibition at A Smith Gallery with the theme Summertime.
Cromwell Schubarth
I've been jurying this plastic camera show for a decade and right from the beginning, there were a few Polaroid images in the show. The purists of the Diana and Holga camps questioned these unique instant pictures in the exhibition, but indeed, there are some Polaroid cameras made entirely out of plastic, the lens included
Pamela Gentile: Portrait of a Film Festival
I first saw Pamela Gentile's work at the PhotoAlliance portfolio reviews in San Francisco. She had precious B&W prints that fit easily into my hands. Though the prints were small, what the images contained was so substantial, that I kept looking up at this unassuming woman. And I kept repeating over and over during the review: "Why isn't this a book?" I said the same thing last week at her solo show opening at the Leica Gallery in San Francisco on April 6th. She was worried because a torrential downpour started at the same moment as her reception, but that didn't stop anyone from coming to (…)
Bill Vaccaro: "Jesus Is On The Mainline" & "The Magic Hedge"
It was like this: a tiny cross on a hillside under a fairly sinister sky. Along with this: a barn in the distance seen through a corn field with "REPENT" painted in giant letters on the roof, big enough to be seen by a passing plane. And this: a home-made billboard that says, "Hell is Real." I know that. Well, as a metaphor, I know that. I saw these pictures made by Bill Vaccaro at a portfolio review. Actually, I think we met outside of the review room at the bar, but either way, these images made me chuckle and shudder simultaneously. (…)
It's up for two months, nearly, and each day I walk through the gallery at RayKo Photo Center and look at the images that I selected as the Best of Show and the Honorable Mentions for RayKo's 10th Annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show. I still feel drawn to those five images, seen here. Michael Weitzman's Best of Show image, "Giddy Up" still (…)
All About Photo Awards 2017
The majority of this year's submissions were in color as were the winning images. Yet the idealism of yesteryear seems to be tarnished with all the events that are happening now in the world. The winning image by Italian photographer Marco Gualazzini features a man carrying a dead and bloodied hammerhead shark larger than him down a street lined with buildings in ruins. It is a mesmerizing picture from Somalia.
Annette LeMay Burke: Fauxliage
This past week I attended the annual Our World Portfolio Review sponsored by San Francisco's PhotoAlliance. It's always a great venue for seeing new work and also discovering projects by photographers that you may have known, but didn't know what they'd been exploring lately. Annette LeMay Burke is one of those photographers for me. She'd had one image in a travel exhibition I'd juried a few years back titled, "The Perimeter of the World," and then it was as (…)
Elisabeth Ajtay
In 2012, I was working at the PhotoAlliance Our World Portfolio Reviews and in walked Elisabeth Ajtay. She strode up to my table with a box of beautifully crafted prints (if you've never participated in a portfolio review, it's kind of like speed dating in that you have 20 minutes to present your work, pitch your story/project/portfolio to the curator/magazine editor/gallery director/book publisher sitting across from you. It can be the shortest or longest 20 minutes of (…)
Michael Weitzman: Morph
Last week I installed both galleries with works accepted into RayKo's 10th Annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show. And the selecting part was no small feat as there were 5000 entries into the competition. The most we've ever had. This year was special, for more than one reason. Not just the number of entries, which was phenomenal. And not just because it is the 10th anniversary of the show. It could also be the last exhibition at RayKo Photo Center as the owner of the business is moving on after 26 years. So not (…)
Selected photographers and images from Art Wynwood
The opening reception at Art Wynwood was packed! It seemed that all the VIPs of Miami wanted to be there. To see or to be seen that is another question... Joke aside as Nick Korniloff, Founder of Art Wynwood and Partner of Art Miami LLC stated "Art Wynwood continues to prove that it is the most important winter contemporary art fair, offering both new and seasoned collectors the opportunity to acquire works from well-known and mid-career artists"

Art Wynwood now it its 6th edition is clearly in full swing and the quality of the pieces shown reflect that for sure.
Stephen Albair: Hidden Gardens - Secret Views
I first met Stephen Albair when I became the gallery director at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco. He had some images in the Marketplace section of the gallery, and they were like none of the other artists' works. Not documentary, not portraiture, not landscape...not like anything I'd really seen before. They were tableau photography. A tableau vivant is a French phrase meaning "living picture."Before photography was invented it was a popular pastime to recreate (…)
Light Sensitive 2017 at Art Intersection
In graduate school in 1993, I took my first and subsequently last Photoshop class. I realized the technology was going to change rapidly and dramatically and constantly and...need I mention the frustrations of Photoshop before layers? (I imagine more than one of you is heading to the kitchen to pour a drink right now just remembering those early days). Anyway, thanks to this experience, my concentration in graduate school quickly became historical processes. I put away my 35mm camera and picked up a wooden view camera and started making my own emulsions and studying all those beautiful (…)
Peter Wiklund: Mankind and everything after
I first encountered Peter Wiklund's work in a juried pinhole photography show at RayKo Photo Center perhaps six years ago. The imagery was everything that a pinhole camera can do and more. Distort and bend and turn surreal even the most simple of subjects. And there was Peter, or rather, I wouldn't know they were self-portraits until later, so rather, there was a man, naked in a barren landscape, trees dead with winter or the apocalypse, the man bent and curled (…)
2017 Student Show RayKo Photo Center
On the walls right now at RayKo Photo Center are works by 25 different artists, all of whom have taken classes during the last 26 years that RayKo has been in business. Since 1991, RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco has provided traditional darkroom rentals and educational resources for photographers. In 2002, construction began in an industrial building at 428 Third Street, and the third incarnation of RayKo was opened in the fall of 2004. Housed in a spacious 12,000 square foot building, RayKo is the largest public photographic community center west of the Mississippi.
Akira Seo: Flowers and Phototaxis
If anyone out there knows my likes and dislikes (and this is when it comes to photography. Not food or music or anything else)...but when it comes to pictures, even my students remember from my first Photo I classes more than 20 years ago, I had some subjects that I was fairly subjective about. Meaning there were certain things I didn't want to see. Flowers, boats, babies, cemeteries, lobster traps (I was living and teaching in Maine then)...the list would grow, sometimes change, but always included flowers as my number one subject that I didn't want to view . Maybe I had been swayed early on (…)
Child, Bride, Mother: Nigeria
Too Young To Wed is proud to announce the release of Child, Bride, Mother: Nigeria, our newest multimedia collaboration with the Ford Foundation and the New York Times Sunday Review.
Primary Colors: New York Center for Photographic Art (NYC4PA)
There's always a challenge when jurying a show. I prefer best when the work is anonymous. Just photograph after photograph appearing on my screen, unencumbered by words, names, titles. Just the image to absorb and process and respond to. This was the case with the NYC4PA's recent competition, Primary Colors. In my years as an instructor, I used to teach a class in color photography called "Color Vision" and each year the students would not just explore technical tests with different types of film and different types of (…)
Daniel Grant: Remembered Landscapes And My Affair with Diana
In 2009, I was asked to curate a show for the San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries. This was an exhibition of 10 curators selecting 10 images by 10 artists (10x10x10). At the time my brother had recently died and I had the understanding of how fleeting life is, how short and bittersweet and unpredictable and relentless really. I had been building shows based on antiquated and analog and toy cameras for (…)
RayKo Photo Center's 10th Annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show will include images from around the world by 89 different artists! There were over 5000 images submitted to the juried exhibition and we whittled that down to just under 100 pictures. No small task. Displayed here are just 1/3 of the images from the show (33 to be exact). They were taken with a multitude of cheap toy cameras with limited controls like the Diana, the Holga, Lubitel, an assortment of Lomo cameras, the Bluebird, some plastic Polaroid cameras, Ansco, Banner, the Brownie Hawkie, the Agfa Isoly and a slew of (…)
Becoming Photographs by Rania Matar
Becoming is a continuum of Rania Matar's work from the past several years, and it's a feast to view her multiple projects together. Through this collection of portraits, Matar leads us through many stages in the life of a woman. She photographs girls and young women from the US and from Lebanon, her country of origin. Matar notes, "These are not meant to be a comparison, on the contrary, as the lines blur quickly. Regardless of place, background and religion, girls that age everywhere seem united by similar feelings, aspirations and attitudes."
Alex Ramos Railroads
An exhibition not to be missed at SFO by photographer and Leica Gallery Director Alex Ramos.
He explains: As a child growing up in Berkeley, California, I was fascinated by the late night passage of the once daily Amtrak Coast Starlight race through town for points North which opened up a list of questions I wanted to explore later in life. Weekend trips to the California State Railroad Museum with my parents eventually led to road trips across the state to survey the land and track down two mile long, 3,000-ton steel snakes easing their way through the American landscape.
Beverly Conley -  Life in the Ozarks: An Arkansas Portrait
There's this picture of a woman enveloped in steam, standing in a yard where just visible in the mist are big white chickens and a distant paddock and weeds taller than the woman who is earnestly plucking a dead chicken that is strung up by its feet. It's an image I can't stop looking at, its mysteries manifold. It has a force of its own, outside of the rest of the Beverly Conley's powerful documentary project about the Ozarks. There is something about this woman, age indeterminate, place almost mystical, ritual vague until told. Having lived all over the world, I thought perhaps this was the (…)
Art Miami 2016
Celebrating its 27th edition, Art Miami was the first major event to kick off Miami Art Week along with sister fair CONTEXT Art Miami.

For me it was a first and I had no idea what to except but I was most certainly pleasantly surprised. The VIP preview that included the Press, drew an impressive crowd of Art lovers, from wealthy long time collectors to new impulsive buyers with no knowledge of the art market. Clearly some people are here to speculate and better understand the latest tendencies to invest wisely while others are just here to be blown away to find their next piece (…)
Johnna Arnold: Everywhere All Around
One day it happened. I was rounding the corner through the print viewing area at the back of RayKo and there was a giant, glowing seed. At least I think it was a seed. It was a glowing kernel that seemed to be emitting its own light, surrounded by what looked like the softest pine needles. It was lying there on a field of, fathomless, black. Then Johnna Arnold came out of the darkroom and I understood who was responsible for this magic trick. She was in the midst of her artist residency at RayKo Photo Center then, hunkered down in the color mural room, the color darkrooms (…)
Ashley Valmere Fischer: "Dark Sun" and "Petri Dish"
I'm currently looking through all the applications for the artist-in-residence program at RayKo Photo Center. This year's submissions are different, darker perhaps, something poignant in the artists' search. I'm looking right now at Ashley Valmere Fischer's project proposal. It has me captivated, not just for the process she employs, but for the resulting images.

Ashley uses the magical, beautiful, strange... and toxic process of Mordançage. We experimented with this in graduate school, respirators strapped on, gloves snapped on, ventilation systems on high, and stood back and (…)
Discover the jury of All About Photo Awards 2017
Our second edition of the All About Photo Awards invites photographers from around the world to submit their best work for consideration. In reference to Henri Cartier-Bresson's photo essay, The Mind's Eye investigates the depth and thoughts behind each image.

Winners will receive $15,000 in cash awards, extensive press coverage and global recognition. The grand prize is $10,000, the 2nd prize is $2,000, the 3rd prize is $1,500, the 4th prize is $1,000 and the 5th prize is $500!
All winners will have their work published/showcased on Lenscratch, ViewFind, Be-Art (…)
Jared Ragland
This summer I juried a show with Judy Walgren and while there were some photographers whose work I was familiar with, there were many more I didn't know. This particular exhibition, "With Our Own Eyes," was one focused on documentary photography. And within that show were stories of heartbreak, like RJ Sangosti's "Rig To Death" and Elizabeth Fladung's "The Hidden Homeless." Others were seen with the piercing eye of the street photographer studying the social landscape surrounding them like Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, Preston Gannaway's "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" and (…)
In Memoriam: Steve Harper
Legendary night photographer and Educator, Steve Harper passed away this summer in Colorado, at age 85. Steve was a pioneer in the study of Night Photography and the first to teach college-level courses (Night Light I and II) in the genre. He painstakingly researched and documented various films, developing protocols, lighting techniques, etc.,
Vanessa Marsh: Falling
Tonight I stood under a shower of hundreds of thousands of red paper hearts that flew up into the sky like an unpredictable swarm of birds and then they fell to the rain slicked streets of the Place de la Republique in Paris. It's the one year anniversary of the Paris shootings today and it is also that time of year when Paris Photo and Fotofever happen simultaneously. Somehow, with the climate feeling very heavy from the recent presidential election in the United States and then this day of remembering last year's tragedy, it doesn't seem like the moment to be thinking about art. But yet, (…)
Marcus Haydock: Insurrection
Sometimes there are pictures that stay in your mind's eye. Long after you've experienced them. There is one by Marcus Haydock, an image of a girl lying on the lip of an empty pool at night. It is like a scene from my adolescence. It is also like Ralph Gibson meets Daido Moriyama. It's sexy and dark and has an edge. A very sharp edge. All of Marcus' work from his book, "Insurrection" has this charge. I was fortunate enough to meet the photographer at Fotofest this spring. He had both this riveting black and white work from Insurrection that made my heart beat faster, the pauses, the pacing, it (…)
All About Photo Awards 2017
Our second edition of the All About Photo Awards invites photographers from around the world to submit their best work for consideration. In reference to Henri Cartier-Bresson's photo essay, "The Mind's Eye" photography competition investigates the depth and thoughts behind each image.

$15,000 in cash prizes!

David J. Carol: No Plan B, Photographs from 1993-2016

There's something about that image of the schooner, fully rigged, sailing across the sea behind a shingled house. I've looked at this picture a hundred times and still I like to believe it's real, a rectangle cut into a wall that reveals a view into another world. Is this the Voyage of the Dawn Treader or is this a David Carol photograph? Option B. There's a rhythm to David's pictures. I flip through them: the frozen fish, real or not real? The white head of a ghost horse peering from the perfect corner of the fence with a black storm sky swirling behind him. It's a dream, no wait, it's a (…)
Takeshi Moro: Wannsee in Berliner Blau
Yesterday I met with Takeshi Moro. It was a different day and it wasn't just the rain in the midst of the drought in California. I've looked at Takeshi's work before: large color photographs of Finnish saunas, actually three unfolding stories of Finnish saunas with a black and white chapter in the middle. That's something else though. This time, the photographer opened a giant box and unveiled something I had never seen before: cyanotypes on large canvases. Now, I know what you're thinking: canvas? Blasphemy. (That's usually how I react to canvas anyway). But these prints were gorgeous (…)
Misha Petrov: Rocket Man
"We have our dreams because without them we could not bear the truth."
Erich Maria Remarque

Maybe it's this: the silver chill of the cold, bleak winters of my childhood that lasted for months and months on end. Maybe that's what made me stop and stare at this particular image of a small valley, an indentation in the land, covered with the thinnest layer of snow, barely covering the ground underneath. The grassy earth strewn with discarded tires and there, in the midst of that odd landscape ringed by tower block apartment buildings, are two tiny men walking through the (…)
Lissa Rivera: Beautiful Boy
I first saw Lissa Rivera's "Beautful Boy" series at Filter Photo Festival in Chicago. There was a buzz about her work amongst the reviewers. I hadn't had a formal portfolio review with her, so I was curious. I glimpsed the images (she was surrounded by onlookers) at the Festival's Portfolio Walk where it ended up she was the winner of that year's People's Choice Award. Not a surprise. I was delighted to rediscover this series while jurying Photolucida's Critical Masscompetition earlier this month. I had forgotten not just the strength of Rivera's picture making, but the bravery of her (…)
Jonas Kulikauskas: Yosemite People
I first met Jonas Kulikauskas years ago when he walked into RayKo Photo Center. He had a portfolio of beautiful street photographs from Lithuania, small black and white images which made me dream of my seasons in Sweden just across the Baltic Sea. His pictures were tinged with nostalgia and wonder. During our meeting, he graciously gave me a book of another collection of his pictures titled, "City," this place of concrete and strangers that is somehow more foreign than the far off country of Lithuania. I followed Kulikauskas' work then, watching him make cyanotypes and etchings and wet plate (…)
Tariq Zaidi: Cattle of Kings - The Mundari of South Sudan
One of the last set of images I viewed in Photolucida’s Critical Mass had a photograph in it that stopped me. It featured a muscular man wearing nothing but shorts, a necklace, and some face paint holding a semi-automatic weapon standing poised between two of the most beautiful animals I've ever seen. Actually, he is in the center of a herd of these giant cattle, larger than any bull or cow I've seen on my continent. And it is clear from the man's stance that he would do anything to protect them. To say the image is powerful is an understatement. There were many great surprises in this year's (…)
Critical Mass Highlights 2016
Well, it's happened again. Coming in under the wire, I just finished judging the latest round of Critical Mass finalists. A bit about the competition: Critical Mass is organized by the non-profit, Photolucida, which also hosts a biennial portfolio review in Portland, Oregon. Critical Mass is an annual online program that makes connections within the photography community.

Photographers at any level, from anywhere in the world, submit a portfolio of 10 images. Through a pre-screening process, the field is narrowed to a group of 200 finalists who go on to have their work viewed and voted (…)
Pingyao International Photo Festival: Lucia Ganieva
To walk into a big factory space turned into a massive gallery in an ancient walled city in China is one thing. To walk in and see an artist's work whom I had shown back in 2010 is another. I had met Lucia Ganieva back in 2008 at Fotofest in Houston. She had several portfolios, each more compelling than the last. One about "iron mules" (motorbikes with side cars), one about women who guard the art at the Russian museums, and one about factories. I exhibited all three projects at RayKo Photo Center nearly 7 years ago now. But here at the Pingyao International Photo Festival (PIP for short), (…)
Ernie Button: Vanishing Spirits, The Dried Remains of Single Malt Scotch
I'm in China right now, roaming the streets of the ancient walled city of Pingyao while attending the Pingyao International Photo Festival (the oldest and biggest photography festival in China). Sitting in front of shops on back streets are these mechanical rides, sometimes a monkey, sometimes a bear, sometimes an octopus or a cat or a fox (never with a child on board, by the way)... seeing these made me think of Ernie Button's images of the same types of kiddie rides that he photographed when he was in Lishui and other parts of China. I first saw his photographs of China at Photolucida in (…)
Michael Joseph: Lost and Found
Earlier this year, I met Michael Joseph at Fotofest in Houston, Texas. He had big, haunting portraits of young people who were wandering the country, mostly by rail. Most of them looked as if they had been through something or were on the run: a girl with face abrasions and a Band-Aid above her eye, another girl with the tattoo "trust no 1" across her clasped knuckles, a beautiful boy with a furrowed brow and the saddest expression looking back at the camera. I had lots of questions about these pictures. Why were they wearing bandanas? What was the symbolism of the face tattoos (many had dots (…)
Justyna Mielnikiewicz: A UKraine runs through it
It's that time of year again: I just began jurying the Critical Mass competition. This is an annual competition that is hosted by the non-profit, Photolucida. The aim of Critical Mass is to provide participants with career-building opportunities and to promote the best emerging and mid-career photographers working today. Critical Mass is about exposure, connection, and community - as well as some very notable awards... one of them being a book monograph!
Atsuko Morita: Project 365
I am lucky because Atsuko Morita prints in the color darkrooms at RayKo Photo Center so I get to see what she is creating. Right now, she is in the throes of a labor intensive series called, ''Project 365.'' I see her with her handmade camera with its 31 lenses on a regular basis. That's right, multiple lenses. There's a reason for this.
Polly Gaillard: December and Everything After
I first met Polly Gaillard> and saw her memorable images at a photography festival called Click646 in Greenwood, South Carolina back in 2011. Organized by Jon Holloway, the festival consisted of portfolio reviews, exhibitions, speakers, workshops, and other public programming and events including live music and a street festival. At the time, Polly was showing her portfolio of photographs from her series, ''Pressure Points.''
Nicole Jean Hill: Unarmed
When Judy Walgren and I walked around the gallery at RayKo Photo Center nearly 6 weeks after we'd juried the documentary exhibition, "With Our Own Eyes." we realized what a challenge we were going to have in selecting a Best of Show winner. Out of the 450 photographers' projects that we looked at, we had picked just 35 artists to participate in the show. And yet the strength of the work of those 35 photographers was enough to make us laugh, cry, stop, breathe, get angry, become sad, breathe again.
Hilary Duffy: La Isla
Now we've all seen pictures from Cuba. Maybe some of us have seen so many that we're desensitized to images from that country. When we see an old car in front of an old building with peeling paint with a woman on the stoop smoking a cigar, we might even shudder. There are exceptions to this rule, as Judy Walgren and I found out while jurying the documentary competition, ''With Our Own Eyes.'' It was actually one of the subjects that we didn't argue about while in the throes of jurying: no Cuba pictures; jaded, we thought there was nothing new that we hadn't seen.
Lauren Welles: Coney Island
This quote is a perfect description of what we see in Lauren Welles' photographs of Coney Island. She recently entered a show called "With Our Own Eyes" that I juried with Judy Walgren, an exhibition of street photography and social documentary work. Out of the nearly 450 photographers who entered the competition, Welles was not only selected to be one of the 35 exhibitors, but she also had every picture that she submitted chosen by us. Oh, and she also got an honorable mention and sold a piece, but that's the icing on the cake. When Judy and I viewed her work, there was a layering and a (…)
Horia Manolache: "Chairs" and "The Prince and The Pauper"
The first time I saw Horia Manolache's work was when he was a graduate student at the Academy of Art University. Prior to pursuing his Photography MFA he had a very sleek, very beautiful portfolio of chairs. Yes, they were beautifully lit and beautifully photographed, his years of studio photography clearly shining through these wonderful color images. It was the second piece of the diptych that made me pause. The other half was a portrait of a person that the artist imagined the chair would like if that chair were human.
Bruce Morton: Forgottonia
When I saw Bruce Morton's work from his series, "Forgottonia," I didn't know, really didn't know, that it was referring to a region of the state of Illinois. The western part, the bulge that sticks out, that presses up against Missouri. I initially thought it was a brilliant name for some pictures that were about a place that felt frighteningly close to the place I grew up. Some place non-descript, a suburban place with lots of humidity and beautiful light, but also a lot of other things that could be forgotten. But no, Forgottonia was a real place.
No Child Left Behind: Victoria Mara Heilweil
I first saw Victoria Mara Heilweil's work years ago when I relocated to San Francisco. The first series I recall consisted of tiny prints of bed sheets, color images but subtle, almost monochromatic, like what the early morning light will offer you. Tangled sheets, perhaps there was a tussle or just the restlessness of a difficult night. No matter, they are intimate. Such small images of the bed where the artist and her husband had slept. Personal and yet universal. Looking at "Traces" was like viewing a secret.
Jason Reblando, Home and Away: In the Wake of the Filipino Diaspora
I first met Jason Reblando at the Maine Photographic Workshops (now the Maine Media Workshops) in 2003. He was my student in a 7-week intensive portfolio class (and when I say intense, I mean intense). Jason was lucky (he might be able to laugh about this now) to be enrolled with a passionate group of photographers, ones who would often sneak out of their beds before dawn to get first crack at the light and the possibility of making the best photograph in the class. They were collectively a documentary group, roaming far and wide across the state of Maine, turning up subcultures I didn't know (…)
Emma Powell: "In Search of Sleep and Svala
I first encountered Emma Powell's work when Todd Hido had selected an image from her series, "In Search of Sleep" for an exhibition he juried for RayKo Photo Center. The show was called "Voyeurism and Intimacy" and here was a cyanotype self-portrait of Emma, glancing back as she paused in a wall-papered hallway, looking both radiant and exhausted, and also a little frightened. It could be because the shadow cast upon the wall behind her isn't her own. I remember unwrapping this piece for installation and thinking that it was rare to see such a beautiful cyanotype with so many tones and also (…)
PhotoAlliance: Benefit at Oakopolis Gallery
PhotoAlliance, founded in San Francisco in 2002, is gearing up for it's 14th year with a Pop Up Exhibition of Collector Prints and photography books. Now this is something many people don't know: PhotoAlliance has a treasure trove of 80 different images by many well-known photographers that you can purchase to support this non-profit. In early September there will be the chance to buy these at a 20% discount at Oakopolis (in conjunction with PHOTO Gallery) during their benefit to aid the future programming of PhotoAlliance. This is a great way to start or add to your collection with works (…)
Ben Altman: Site/Sight and Memory Mechanism
The first time I saw Ben Altman's work was at Filter Photo Festival in Chicago. Altman had so many projects that we had to whittle it down to just a few in the short 20-minute review session. I learned many things in this first brief meeting... one was that he was from upstate New York, like me. And he had a project that bordered on obsession. Ok, really it is obsessive. Unlike me, the photographer was working on a long term project documenting his Land Art style meditation on mass (…)
Interview: Nick Brandt
Ann Jastrab discovered the exhibition "Inherit the Dust" at Fotografiska in Stockholm, Sweden (ending September 11, 2016). Moved by what she saw, she contacted Nick Brandt and asked him a few questions for our readers of All About Photo.
Saul Robbins: Where
I first met Saul Robbins at Fotofest in Houston in 2008. He was standing behind a table covered with prints of chairs. Not just any chairs. Therapists' chairs. Actually, psychotherapists' chairs. As the daughter of two therapists, I found myself staring at these images from Robbins' series, "Initial Intake." The subtle differences in each chair, each office, each detail in the background; the similarities too, the leather (is there a therapist discount for the Eames chair?), the soothing colors, everything so calming. (I briefly saw a marriage counselor who had a line of photographs that (…)
Charles Mintz: Lustron Homes and Hardware Stores
I first met Charles "Chuck" Mintz at the portfolio review at PhotoNola. (Registration for the 2016 reviews opens on September 8th. If you’re interested in going, have your finger on the button because the year I reviewed (2014), it sold out in less than five minutes. I think this explains why the work I viewed in New Orleans was so fantastic. All on the artists that participated were not just ready, but they were organized and had complete and potent bodies of work to share.
Mimi Youn: Polaroids and Beyond
I first met Mimi Youn when I was invited to the Seoul International Photo Festival back in 2011. Mimi was assisting with the festival and also acting as my translator part of the time. I noted that she carried a small box with her and on my last day, I asked to see what was inside. Here was a surprise. Tucked inside was a stack of meticulously carved, cut, scored, and manipulated Polaroids. Each with writing or drawings or actual 3 dimensionally raised words or figures rising up from the emulsion. I was stunned not just by the beauty of these unique objects, but also by the visceral response (…)
Dave Jordano Detroit: Unbroken Down
I met Dave Jordano at Review Santa Fe more than seven years ago. This is a particularly good portfolio review because the participants are juried into the festival. Dave Jordano was the last artist I met with at that review... I remember seeing him meeting with another reviewer and I thought, "I've got to see what that photographer is showing." It looked powerful, even from a distance. At the time, he was showing work from his project, ''Articles of Faith,'' which documented African-American storefront churches in Chicago. Jordano photographed the interiors of these churches; his images of (…)
Havana: Light Beyond Vision
For the past three years, a Boston photographer who specializes in colorized infrared photography, has been traveling off of the beaten path in Havana, Cuba and the surrounding countryside capturing rare images that explore it s many hidden gems. Using this truly unique approach allows the photographer to reveal sunlight that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye. Sixty of these vivid panoramic images have been compiled into a 130-page coffee table book, Havana: Light Beyond Vision. With captions offering insight into the places, people, culture and history, from Hemingway's seaside (…)
Sandrine Hermand Grisel: Nocturnes
Back in 2009, I had the opportunity to exhibit a wonderful series of photographs by Sandrine Hermand-Grisel. At that time, she had recently moved to the United States from France and she and her family had embarked on a road trip like another famous European...Robert Frank. Her images from this journey were pulled together in a group titled, ''Somewhere...'' And I got it. Looking at them, the gritty road, the strange landscapes, the buildings of no architectural significance... but also the dream of America and what it could mean. Always the highway and the land. I loved those dark pictures, (…)
Tara Bogart: "a modern hair study"
I was first introduced to Tara Bogart's work when Todd Hido juried her image into a show called, "Voyeurism and Intimacy"at RayKo Photo Center. As I installed the piece, "a modern hair study #10," I thought there must be more of these and they must all be this beguiling. This was a great idea for a portrait project, so much revealed and concealed simultaneously. The fact that the women are nudes made each portrait charged and then the different choices these women made for their hair and bodies (tattoos, dye, styles, cuts), was completely engaging. Where could this idea have been born?
Charlotta María Hauksdóttir: "Outlook" at the Reykjavík Museum of Photography
I first met Charlotta Hauksdóttir when she had recently relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area from Iceland. Moving from one country to another is difficult enough, but moving from perhaps the most beautiful country in the world to the gated communities of Palo Alto was more than a little challenging. At the time, Hauksdóttir had a portfolio of the perimeters of properties, all that could be seen were towering trees and bushes and very tall solid fences...most often you couldn't even see the roof of the house behind that fence. I thought, ''Well, so this is what it feels like to be an (…)
Filter Photo Festival, Chicago
General registration for the 2016 Filter Photo Festival opens June 1st! Filter is a multi-day celebration of the photographic medium that takes place every autumn in Chicago. Festival programming includes workshops, lectures, artist talks, exhibition receptions and much more. Portfolio reviews are a central element of the festival. I was honored to be a reviewer a few years ago and not only got to see some really incredibly curated shows at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, but also every photography gallery in the city was brimming with great works on view for the festival, such as the (…)
PhotoAlliance Lecture: Ron Jude and Josh Smith
I first met Ron Jude when I was in Los Angeles at Bergamot Station. There are a number of galleries there, one of them, Gallery Luisotti, represents him. Jude was exhibiting ''emmett'' at the time, a selection of his earliest images made during the early 1980s, but edited into a compelling, dream-like book and sequence of pictures nearly 30 years later. The teenage boy that figures largely in the images reminds me so much of my high school boyfriend, that I wonder if indeed the images were made in rural upstate New York where I grew up and not in Idaho.
Jules Maeght Gallery features the winners of the All About Photo Awards
The winning images of the first annual juried photography awards hosted by All About Photo will be exhibited at the Jules Maeght Gallery in San Francisco May 17th - May 28th, 2016! The ten international jurors (Julia Fullerton-Batten, Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, Frank Horvat, Ann Jastrab, Ed Kashi, Jules Maeght, Klavdij Sluban, Keiichi Tahara, Ami Vitale, and Cara Weston) viewed and scored nearly 5,000 images for this inaugural competition. As one of the jurors, I was overwhelmed not only by the number of submissions, but also by the quality of the submissions. There were so many dynamic images (…)
EUQINOMprojects: A new photography gallery in San Francisco
I've known Monique Deschaines for many years, ever since she was a graduate student at the San Francisco Art Institute. Back then she was making very brave self-portraits, but now she is doing something even braver: she has opened her own photography gallery in San Francisco. No small feat in the most expensive city in North America.
YPA, Young Photographer Award, 2016
The YPA (Young Photographer Award) recognized May 14th at Venice Arts the exemplary portfolio produced by Andrea Abrego, an Advanced Studies Photography student from the non-profit organization Venice Arts.
Photographer Spotlight: Emma Jaubert Howell
I was asking Rebecca Horne about talented students in her course at the California College of the Arts a few years ago. She immediately said, "Emma Howell. You've got to see her work." It was about that time that it appeared in Wired magazine. The article discussed how ''this amazing camera prints on glass..'' but it's really the amazing artist who built the camera and blew the glass and also hand coated liquid emulsion (collodion) onto said hand-blown glass... And then luckily for me, recently this same Emma Howell walked into RayKo Photo Center, fresh out of the Cleveland Institute of (…)
The newly expanded SFMOMA presents the New Pritzker Center for Photography
The gallery space will be tripled and the inaugural exhibitions showcasing 260 works from the distinguished Doris and Donald Fisher Collection of postwar and contemporary art, more than 600 artworks promised to the museum through its Campaign for Art and the debut of the new Pritzker Center for Photography.
Kris Sanford: Through the Lens of Desire
Last year, Pier 24 had a massive exhibition of found photography called "Secondhand." Certain rooms were so brilliantly curated that I had to return and marvel at how simply pairing certain images could change their context. Which led me to think about what Kris Sanford could have done if given a wall to sequence with her latest series of pictures.
Aint-Bad Magazine: Call for Submissions for the next issue!
I met Taylor Curry and Carson Sanders a few years ago when they were still undergraduate students at the Savannah College of Art and Design. They were both making some interesting pictures (Taylor was putting odd things like fish and dollar bills into the enlarger head instead of negatives to make cliché verre prints. He's still making great cameraless work. And Carson, the visual anthropologist, was and still is capturing the beauty of the American South as well as having his imagery be informed by various cultures, here and abroad.
Norma Quintana: "Circus: A Traveling Life"
Discover the exclusive interview between photographer Norma Quintana and Ann Jastrab Gallery Director Rayko Photo Center.
Mimi Plumb: What Is Remembered
In her later teens and early 20s, Mimi Plumb went back to where she was from, suburbia. She photographed the landscape of her childhood: the mushrooming housing developments, suburban malls, the county fairs, the torn up swaths of land, and most importantly the people living there, the kids, the teenagers, the adults, all reminders of her youth... Throughout her childhood years, in the 1950s and 1960s, growing up beneath the shadow of Mt. Diablo in the California suburb of Walnut Creek, Plumb watched the rolling hills and green valleys be developed with tract homes and strip malls. To her (…)
Jonah Calinawan: A Million Suns
It was clear when Jonah Calinawan sat down at my table at FotoFest that his beautifully printed cyanotypes disclosed a personal journey, and also a transcendent one. These images of his figure traveling through a surreal landscape in the deepest blue of the night sky are sublime. The photographs are collaged, yet they are seamless. I believe that he is really carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders or looking into the abyss which happens to have branches like a tree or sleeping on a boat-shaped bed that is moored, but not for long. As a viewer, I feel the moment is near when the (…)
Shelley Calton: Concealed, She
I was recently at the FotoFest 2016 Biennial in Houston and was thrilled to have Shelley Calton sit down at my reviewer table with not just her book, "Concealed,"but a box of gorgeous color prints. There were stories for each of the portraits, riveting stories to match the gripping images. There had been a buzz in the reviewer break room about these pictures of women with guns. Having seen a few such projects in the past and having worked with my good friend, Cathryne Czubek, on her film project, ''A Girl and a Gun,'' I was wondering just how good these pictures could be. As it turned out, (…)
Yukari Chikura: Zaido
There's something about the surprise of a portfolio review that never grows old. As a reviewer, I sit behind a table covered in a white tablecloth, waiting expectantly for the next artist to appear. Though I'm sent my schedule ahead of time, I rarely look at the artist list. I like the mystery of not knowing what work is about to be presented to me. I just returned from FotoFest in Houston; this is the granddaddy of all the portfolio reviews existing today. The first Biennial was held in 1986 and has expanded to include a year-round education program, a robust schedule of traveling (…)
Inaugural Exhibition of "In Search of Great Men" by McNair Evans
This winter my son and I missed a connecting flight and were told that due to the holidays, there wouldn't be another flight available into my small, hometown airport (or anywhere near it) for 8 days. It was a moment to laugh or cry. I just looked at my 10-year-old and said, ''Let's find the closest train station and make our way the last 1,000 miles.'' We cuddled up in two seats and watched the land open up as the train veered away from the city into the wide river valley with the distant curving hills. Away from the road, everything was different, the trees denser, the birds more numerous, (…)
Looking Forward, Giving Back 2016
If you're anywhere near San Francisco on April 26th, join First Exposures for their 7th annual celebration of youth photography. This annual fundraiser called ''Looking Forward, Giving Back'' is an opportunity to not just support an important program, but also one of the great community events of the year.
Cig Harvey
I first met Cig Harvey when I had rolled back into Rockport, Maine, in 2000 after years abroad. She had the private darkroom next to mine at the Maine Photographic Workshops and while I was churning out what I considered to be somewhat tortured self-portraits, Cig was printing out even more beautiful self-portraits that spoke of something in an indirect way, subtle and dark, a moment, really a life, expressed in something as simple as the way a stocking clad foot met the floor. I have that image in my mind's eye sixteen years later and marvel at the beginning of the journey that would shape (…)
Mark Citret:
I've been lucky enough to see Mark Citret's work in person at a few different venues. As a platinum printer, it takes a lot for me to be seduced by a print...and not only was I drawn in by the beauty and craft of Citret's prints, but I was so impressed that I bought one. An image of a perfect conical mountain rising above a flat sea with a shadow devouring the peak. Sublime. So when Mark mentioned that he was making a book of the landscape he'd always dreamed of, I had to wonder what that was if it wasn't the print I'd purchased.
Bin Feng and Tajh Bergeron at the Savannah College of Art and Design
I went back to Savannah, Georgia, on a midnight red eye flight a few weeks ago during a cold snap in the South where there was ice on the street in the morning and the frost coated grass crunched under my feet. This never happened when I lived there 23 years ago. There was something that was the same though. The light. The magic light of the winter in a place tucked up river from the sea, filtered by two-hundred-year-old trees and the thick air...
RayKo Photo Center
RayKo's 9th Annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show is opening on March 9th from 6-8pm! China may have announced that they've stopped making the Holga (a plastic medium format camera with limited controls, a fixed focal length, and a unique and often quirky plastic lens), but artists are still churning out images from this toy camera and many others like the Diana, the Bluebird, the Brownie Hawkeye, the Ansco Pix Panorama, the Sprocket Rocket, and many others you've never heard of. Along with the 90 international artists juried into this competition, we will also be featuring the work (…)
Original Masterclass with Antoine D
Not to be missed! Participate in the original Masterclass led by world famous photographer Antoine D'Agata! He will teach you how to become a better photographer and to extend the limits of your approach. Only 10 places are available, make a reservation today! The workshop will be in Georgia from April 24, 2016 until April 29, 2016 .
Lewis Watts "New Orleans Suite"
Lewis Watts, a photographer based in Richmond, California, has been photographing in New Orleans since 1994. He was initially drawn to its history and culture, the patina of its building and the patina of the faces of the people. He was also interested in the connection between Louisiana and the West Coast because of the great migration during WWII and afterward. This was something Watts researched for his book, ''Harlem of the West, The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era'' (Chronicle Books 2006). Watts was able to return to New Orleans multiple times through the ensuing years and then was (…)
Bryan David Griffith:
I've been watching Bryan David Griffith's work for years now. Like Bryan, I lug around a view camera and make platinum prints and those were the first images of his that I fell in love with. He had these dream-like images from a series called, ''In A Big World Wandering.'' I marveled at the tiny figures in the sublime platinum prints, some in places I recognized, some in the strangest and most surreal settings. The way Bryan used the movements of the large format camera to heighten the dream-like quality of the image...really alluring. I'd been following this work for a while when I ran into (…)
Marta Zgierska and Christian Vium won the Prix HSBC
The 21st edition of the HSBC Photography Prize was held in the HSBC Bank headquarters in Paris, France. The two winners are a Polish photographer Marta Zgierska for her project Post and a Danish photographer, Christian Vium for his project The Nomadic City. They have both won a monograph of their work published by ''Actes Sud'' as well as a traveling exhibition.
Revolution Revisited - Photography by Kim Komenich
Revolution Revisited, with work by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Kim Komenich, will be exhibited for one day only, February 23, 2016, at the Leica Store San Francisco Gallery and in conjunction with the release of his latest book with the same title. This event coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Philippine Revolution, which is depicted and documented in this exhibition. There will be a reception, talk and book signing with the artist the same evening.
Tarrah Krajnak
I first met Tarrah Krajnak at Fotofest in Houston. She had a portfolio of small prints, almost like a book, that told the story of her beginnings. Mysterious muted color pictures from Peru, beautifully sequenced, from surreal images of deformed animals to landscapes appearing through the dense fog to nuns coming out of the darkness to seemingly abandoned cars and people on the edge of the flat earth. I saw this story years ago now, but it has stayed with me in my mind's eye, haunting me. In this series, ''Stray'', Tarrah returns to Lima, Peru, after 30 years to discover the orphanage where (…)
Mary Riggs Ramain: Not Myself
I first encountered Mary Ramain's work when I was working on an exhibition that Jan Potts, of Corden Potts Gallery, and Beth Keintzle were putting together for RayKo Photo Center. These two women curated a show called "The Invisible Age" and it was full of powerful self-portraits from a variety of female artists from around the world. I met with Jan and Beth to discuss the imagery and also to decide which of these profound pictures we should select for the postcard. For me, there was one clear winner: Mary Riggs Ramain. A Polaroid, an imperfect Polaroid picture of a pair of hands gripping (…)
Minjin Kang: Not Part of Sale
I met Minjin Kang at the Filter Photo Festival in Chicago in 2014, where I had the chance to review her work "Ham Radio." This moving series showcases her extraordinary ability to tell people's stories through her work. I revisited these pictures recently and wondered how Minjin found these individuals who use ham radios? Primarily they are older men living in rural settings, far removed from the campus life of an art student. We discussed this seeming anomaly and Minjin had this to say: ''Even though most users of Ham Radio are Caucasian old men, and I am a South Korean young woman, they are (…)
Photographer Spotlight: Christopher Churchill
What is Chris Churchill's background, how does he manage commercial and fine art work or what are his projects, check out the interview of the very talented photographer by our journalist and favorite gallery director Ann Jastrab!
Winners of the Prix Photo AFD
The three winners of the 4th edition of the "Prix Photo AFD" were chosen on January 12, 2016 during a ceremony at the Maison Europeenne de la photographie in Paris France. Launched in 2012, the ''Prix Photo AF'' mission's is for photographers to raise public awareness about Southern countries' development. In 2016, 98 professionals submitted their work.
Dennis Hodges A Sense of His Soul
I started a competition almost ten years ago that featured work from toy cameras (plastic cameras with plastic lenses like the Diana or the Holga) and while jurying this competition, I first encountered the work of Dennis Hodges. His graphic, dark images were somehow beautiful and ominous at the same time. I noted that the framed pieces came from Hungary, yet if they didn't sell during the exhibition, I shipped them back to Kansas. A mystery.
Aline Smithson: "Self & Others"
RayKo Photo Center is proud to feature the latest exhibition of Aline Smithson's work from her recent monograph, opening on January 21st in San Francisco. "Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography" (Magenta Foundation) is an almost 20 year culmination of portrait photographs by the award-winning photographer Aline Smithson, who lives and works in Los Angeles, where she was born and raised near Hollywood and (…)
Ethan Rafal: Shock and Awe
In case you thought you missed Ethan Rafal's epic book tour that took him across the country multiple times in 2015, you're in luck. It seems that the road is calling to him and he'll be back on it. Join Ethan and Amber Hoy at SFCamerawork in San Francisco on January 28th from 7-9pm. There's more to this evening than a discussion of imagery and war and aftermath and personal journeys. Due to the interdisciplinary nature (…)
Leah Sobsey
Leah started on a long journey that took her around the country, beginning at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, where she was granted permission to handle and photograph some of the 10,000 bird skins in its collection. Then in May 2008 she was awarded a residency at the Grand Canyon. She worked with the museum collection which included specimens of tiny birds, bleached bones, clipped ferns, and fragile butterflies housed in drawers of darkness.
Carl Corey: Americaville
I was in the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon, during the biennial PhotoLucida portfolio review (which, luckily for photographers everywhere, coincides with Portland Photo Month in April) and saw a crowd of people gathered around one table in the bar. Being the curious type, I elbowed my way into the mob to see what they were all gawking at....and there, in the center of the circle, was Carl Corey. He was flipping through a portfolio of large color prints, beautiful and moody, ironically sad and majestic at the same time. I saw Crista (…)
Yael Ben-Zion: "Intermarried"
Yael Ben-Zion 's work stems from a very personal place, although the issues she engages with often have political or social implications. The images she creates are not straightforward portraiture or documentation but rather intimate moments and depictions that allude to our common experience as human beings.
Rubi Lebovitch: "Home Sweet Home"
Rubi Lebovitch brought his series, "Home Sweet Home" to PhotoLucida in Portland in 2013. There he met with resounding success, scoring a number of solo shows with the strength of his work. I was drawn by the images and their humor and outrageousness. His photographs deal with domestic scenes captured in what initially appear to be very straightforward images. Some of the pictures entertain human scenarios while others focus on inanimate objects. Both sets of images are characterized by mystery, strangeness, and absurdity. Lebovitch twists familiar sights and builds new contexts, thus endowing (…)
Marna Clarke "Time As We Know It"
Clarke began this project, "Time As We Know It," five years ago. At first she thought she was simply chronicling the process of getting old. She didn't realize that she would end up embracing these images as a tribute not just to her life, but also to the ever more demanding task of aging with grace.
Erika Gentry: Allez
Every year, Gentry takes a group of photographers to Arles and beyond. This year is no different. Erika Gentry invites seven photography lovers to join her July 11-18 2016 for a photography workshop and tour titled Photography in France: A Photographic Journey. This special tour is designed for intermediate photographers and photography lovers. Photographic opportunities abound in the Roman city of Arles and its surrounds as well as the opportunity to experience one of the world's premiere photography festivals, the Recontres d'Arles, to inspire your own work. Experience guided visits of (…)
2015 Fall Artists-in-Residence Exhibitions Open at RayKo Photo Center
RayKo Photo Center is pleased to announce the opening of our 2015 Fall artists-in-residence exhibitions. We've had two very talented female artists slaving away in our darkrooms for the past six months. Both Kathya Landeros and Kari Orvik have been hauling around large format cameras (8x10!) and making images of their communities. It goes beyond simple documentation and portraiture though, as their exhibitions will reveal.
Trent Davis Bailey "The North Fork" and the Anderson Ranch Artist Residency
The North Fork is a place in Trent's imagination. It is also a valley in his home state of Colorado. It is a farmland of mesas and plains sheltered by deep wilderness, precipitous canyons, sloping forests, and ragged peaks. When the artist was seven years old, his dad brought him to the North Fork for the first time. His dad's older brother lived there with his wife and their seven kids. Their home was a large rectangular army tent assembled at the base of a mountain. Their backyard had three ponds and a garden, where they grew their own food, and beyond that, a dense forest of juniper (…)
Christine Collins "Reclaiming the Landscape"
"You Can't Get There From Here: The 2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial" highlights Maine's artistic legacies in the making. Curated by Alison Ferris, this year's Biennial provides a comprehensive overview of the many facets of Maine's contemporary art scene. The exhibition will be on view through January 3, 2016 and there is dynamic public programming in conjunction with the Biennial.
Brenton Hamilton: The Maine Media Workshops
The Maine Photographic Workshops, now the Maine Media Workshops, is an international non-profit educational organization offering year-round workshops for photographers, filmmakers, and media artists. Students from across the country and around the world travel to coastal Maine to attend courses of all levels, from absolute beginner and serious amateur to working professional. The Young Artists Program offers creative course opportunities for high school students. Professional certificate and MFA programs in photography, film, and (…)
Justyna Badach: Book signing and the 100th anniversary of the Print Center in Philadelphia
I first saw Justyna Badach's bachelor portraits in the Critical Mass competition a few years ago. For those of you that don't know about this competition, Critical Mass is a chance to submit your photographic project to a large jury of photography professionals. The aim of Critical Mass, which is hosted by the non-profit organization PhotoLucida, is to provide participants with career-building opportunities and to promote the best emerging and mid-career artists working today. Critical Mass is a program about exposure and community. The idea is simple: photographers (from anywhere) submit a (…)
Patrice Terraz wins l
Born in 1964 he lives and works in Marseille in the south of France as an independent photographer. He is a member of the agency Signatures and developed a personal documentary style because of his humanitarian approach and his commitment to social issues. His project "Welcome on Board" documents abandoned sailors, the Girls of Parlerme (2014) is a documentary about women dockworkers in Sicily, while his series "The bad reputation" focuses on a difficult technical college.
Upcoming PhotoAlliance Lecture and Events
As a board member of PhotoAlliance, I get to see the inner workings of the organization and also am privy to upcoming events before they are announced. I'm going to let you in on some of this exciting news here, but first off, PhotoAlliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the understanding, appreciation and creation of contemporary photography. The group is comprised of artists, students, professionals, amateurs, enthusiasts, and collectors. Their goal is to foster connections within the San Francisco Bay Area photographic community through public programs and educational (…)
Paccarik Orue: "El Muqui"
I've already started looking at this year's applications even though the deadline to submit to RayKo's Artist-in-Residence program isn't until tomorrow. Heart full of hope, I'm thrilled that with this brief glimpse, I'm seeing some great images as well as some familiar names from the photography community here in San Francisco. The diversity of the image-making is so vast, I have to step back and marvel at the possibilities for creating a picture and also for sending a message. I'll write more about the program in another article while a few of you scramble to make tomorrow's deadline, but (…)
SUPERSENSE turns your digital photos into real 20x24 Polaroids
The Vienna-based SUPERSENSE, a manufactory for analog sensations, is now making 20x24 Polaroid photography available to a worldwide audience. So far, access to this legendary form of large format instant photography has been place-bound to accomplished experts such as at the 20x24 Studio in NYC, the 20x24 Studio West in San Francisco or Jan Hnizdo in Prague.
Eli Reed: "The Documentary Perspective"
Eli Reed's new monograph, "A Long Walk Home," is a retrospective of his life's work. Reed will be signing copies of this impressive book that consists of more than 250 images and spans his forty-year career. Along with the book signing on November 12th, there is an equally impressive retrospective exhibition as well as a workshop taught by Reed. He is no stranger to teaching, being a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas in Austin for the past decade while also having led workshops and courses at several universities and photography centers nationwide including the (…)
Ken Light "What
I'm eagerly awaiting my copy of Ken Light's new monograph, "What's Going On? 1969-1974." I was at the kick off party for his crowd funding campaign at the Leica Gallery in San Francisco where select images that would one day be in the book were displayed throughout the space on easels and pedestals. Shots of soldiers marching on students and young people wrapped in blankets, massed together for an unknown reason. I see now this picture taken of Ken back then when he was making these photographs. He was one of those kids, 18 and wandering through a country that was changing radically and (…)
Matt O
I've seen Matt O'Brien scanning stacks and stacks of Polaroids upstairs at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco. I've appreciated his images, have exhibited selections in the past, but always wondered at the sheer quantity of prints, boxes and boxes of integral film. But then I learned that those photographs have been shot over a 10-year-period. "No Dar Papaya" is O'Brien's photographic exploration of Colombia created from 2003-2013 with a Polaroid camera and instant (…)
David Carol juries a new show for the Center for Fine Art Photography
I met David Carol at the Filter Festival of Photography in Chicago last year. He was standing in the hotel lobby like he knew me, (really like he owned the place), and said, "Where are we going for a drink?" I assumed he was friends with Hamidah Glasgow, the director of the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO, since he was standing next to her. Later she and I conferred and she said, "I thought you knew that guy. I'd never met him."
IPA 2015 Winners Announced!
The Winners of the prestigious International Photography Awards were awarded at the Lucie Awards at Carnegie Hall, NYC on October 27, 2015. Discover a few images of this year winners.
Selected photographers and images from the Medium Festival of Photography (Part 2)
The Medium Festival, a four-day photography event with an engaging line up of portfolio reviews and artist lectures, in San Diego brought photographers of all levels together to inspire each other, collaborate and share work.
Selected photographers and images from the Medium Festival of Photography
My days at the Medium Festival of Photography reviewing portfolios were strangely bookended. The first day, I had back-to-back meetings with artists who were creating their images with fire and water (not cameras) and I thought, there's got to be an Air project soon, and there was. And Earth. All the elements in one place. There were also a lot of portfolios in between that investigated themes of family and the land and the plight of animals and humans as well as just some damn good street photography.
Matthew Finn: Recipient of the Jerwood/Photoworks Award in 2015
At Fotofest in Houston last year, I had the pleasure of seeing Matthew Finn's project, Mother. I felt like I was being let in on a secret. Honored, I carefully flipped through the 27 years of gelatin silver prints. I mean, being obsessed with family, this was like a gift from heaven. (My own mother would light a cigarette and tell me where I could go if I even reached for my camera in her presence.) And here was Matthew, casually handing over nearly three decades worth of images from his intimate relationship with his mom. I leaned in closer, "Are there more?"
Homeplace, part of GuatePhoto Festival PhotoBook Exhibition
Sarah Christianson (b. 1982) grew up on a four-generation family farm in the heart of eastern North Dakota's Red River Valley (an hour north of Fargo). Immersed in that vast expanse of the Great Plains, she developed a strong affinity for its landscape. This connection to place has had a profound effect on her work: despite moving to San Francisco in 2009, she continues to document the subtleties and nuances of the Midwestern landscape and experience through long-term projects.
Matt Black Wins W. Eugene Smith Award
Congratulations to Matt Black who is the winner of the 2015 W. Eugene Smith Grant!
Femme Papel at Rayko Photo Center
On September 23rd, RayKo Photo Center kicked off their fall exhibition season with a stunning array of unique prints by seven women artists. The show, Femme Papel, sounding similar to Femme Fatale, features incredible works by innovative women who push the boundaries of the definition of photography. And also the creation of it. Some of these photographers are local, using RayKo's darkroom facilities to pull their one-of-a-kind mural-sized chromogenic prints out of our color processor (yes, we still have color darkrooms where artists can make optical c-prints!). Some of them who aren't local, (…)
Introducing: All About Photo Awards
All About Photo is pleased to announce the call for entries for our first ever photography awards: The Mind's Eye. The title of the competition and exhibition is a reference to Henri Cartier-Bresson's essay.
Exclusive Interview: Stefano Galli
All About Photo's Editor was able to meet the famous photographer Stefano Galli in Los Angeles. Check out our full exclusive interview!
Discover the jury of All About Photo Awards!
Our first ever All About Photo Awards invites photographers from around the world to unfold their visual emotions. In reference to Henri Cartier-Bresson's photo essay, The Mind's Eye outlines depth and thoughts behind each image.

Winners will receive $20,000 in cash awards, extensive press coverage and global recognition. The grand prize is $10,000, the 2nd prize is $5,000, the 3rd prize is $2,500, the 4th prize is $1,500 and the 5th prize is $1000! All winners will have their work showcased at Jules Maeght Gallery in San Francisco in May 2016. A selection of (…)
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 Shortlist
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 is the leading international competition which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography from around the world. The selected images, many of which will be on display for the first time, explore both traditional and contemporary approaches to the photographic portrait whilst capturing a range of characters, moods and locations.

With over 2,200 entries, this year's Prize continues to uphold its reputation for a diversity of photographic styles submitted by a range of photographers, from gifted amateurs (…)
Christophe Gin wins the Carmignac Photojournalism Award
As part of the 2015 Visa pour l'Image festival in Perpignan, the Fondation Carmignac has announced that the 6th edition of the Carmignac photojournalism Award will be awarded to Christophe Gin, in recognition of his work on the theme of 'Lawless areas in France'. The award was presented by Christophe Deloire, President of the Jury and Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders.
Getty Images Announces 2015 Grant Winners
Five photographers working on long-term documentary projects about social issues were awarded $10,000 grants from Getty Images yesterday in France at the Visa pour l'Image festival. The five recipients are:Matt Eich, Mojgan Ghanbari, Javier Arcenillas, Souvid Datta and Salvatore Esposito.
Liu Bolin produces special artwork to support United Nations Global Goals Campaign
Chinese artist Liu Bolin has painted himself to show his support of the United Nations Global Goals campaign - the sequel to the Millennium Development Goals.
The artwork 'The Future' features Liu against the backdrop of 193 UN flags. This draws attention to the 17 Global Goals which aim to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle global climate change by 2030.
Event: Wang Qingsong at Beetles+Huxley
If you are in London do not miss the major exhibition at Beetles+Huxley Gallery featuring the incredible artist Wang Qingsong, exclusively this Winter.
The finalists of the Prix Pictet have been chosen.
The international award named 12 photographers whose work best represents this year's theme: 'Disorder'. We chose our 5 favorite portfolios.
Winners of the Drone Aerial Photo Contest
More than 5000 entries were submitted from everywhere in the world by talented professional photographers and amateur drone photo enthusiasts.
Check out what drones can do. It opens new possibilities for photographers everywhere.
Help Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Help Ami Vitale raise money for the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Northern Rangelands Trust in Kenya.
5 winners from the Julia Margaret Cameron Award
15 women photographers were selected by the juror Jill Greenberg as recipients of the 7th Edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award. We chose our 5 favorite.
PHOTOLONDON, a very promising 1st edition
For its first apparition on the world map of photo fairs, PhotoLondon made a strong point. Spreading in the splendid settings of Somerset House, the fair has already succeeded in attracting some of the most important international galleries, which seem eager to participate again next year, even though their sells were not all as high as they might have hoped.
7 LensCulture Earth Award Winners
Amongst the 34 unique points of view chosen by the jury of the LensCulture's Earth Awards 2015, we have selected 7 images that catch our attention.
Paris Photo LA, 2015 edition
The greatest longstanding experience International Art Fair for Photography, 100% "made in Paris, France" came for its Fourth Edition in Hollywood.
INTRODUCING! Young California Photographer Award
Paris Photo, in partnership with J.P. Morgan Private Bank, created INTRODUCING! The Young California Photographer Award. They chose to honor the work of one M.F.A. candidate enrolled in an art school in California.
10 LensCulture Portrait Award Winners
Congratulations to all the winners who were selected from 130 countries. We choose to show you the work of 10 of them.
2015 Sony World Photography Awards
The recipient of the 2015 L'Iris d'Or / Sony World Photography Awards' Photographer of the Year title and $25,000 cash prize is American photographer John Moore.
The construction of China's Three Gorges the largest hydro-electric power station in the world, meant relocating over a million people as the land they lived on at the time would be consumed by swelling reservoirs.
Five New Premium Fine Art Papers for Museums
Ilford, traditional brand in the market of photography, proudly presents five new fine art papers for museums and galleries where matte papers are highly demanded. The new ILFORD Galerie Prestige contains: Gold Fibre Gloss, Cotton Artist Textured, Fine Art Smooth, Textured Cotton Rag und Smooth Cotton Rag. According to Arnoud Mekenkamp, Joint Managing Director at Ilford Imaging Europe, the company's goal is to provide the market with premium papers - as they are used to from ILFORD.
FWAB 2014: Sean Perry
Many years ago I had the good fortune to meet the elegant and singular curator, author and collector, John A Bennette. I am deeply grateful to Mr. Bennette for many things, particularly my introduction to the wonderful non-profit organization Friends Without A Border, founded by photographer and philanthropist Kenro Izu. I have been honored to contribute to their fund raising gala every year since, and this year I am excited to share with you a special commission I have just completed for Friends.
49 photographs of Chris Killip acquired by the Getty
The J. Paul Getty Museum announced today the acquisition of 49 photographs by documentary photographer Chris Killip (British, born 1946). Combined with one photograph already in the collection, the Museum now owns the complete set of 50 images found in Killip's landmark book In Flagrante (Secker & Warburg, 1988). This gives the Getty the most significant group of vintage Killip prints in an American institution. The acquisition was made possible through the collective assistance of the Getty Museum Photographs Council, along with individual contributions from several members that allowed the (…)
Andy Warhol at Stanford
Through an invitation-only competition among some of the nation's leading art museums, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts selected the Cantor Arts Center as the permanent home of Warhol's archive of contact sheets and negatives. As a university art museum situated at a campus with accomplished faculty and students, the Cantor is ideally situated to care for the collection, facilitate new scholarship and engage with broad audiences through new exhibitions, programs and publications.
Life Framer
Winners of the Life Framer contest are announced.
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