Amber Terranova is the Photo Editor for Photo District News (PDN). Amber worked previously for New York Magazine and Outside magazine. She has judged national photo contests, including Review Santa Fe, Photolucida’s Critical Mass, International Photography Awards, Light Work Student Competition, Worldwide Photography Gala Awards, The Center for Fine Art Photography’s Red competition, and the Tierney Fellowship, among others. In addition to guest lecturing at various schools and reviewing portfolios, Amber teaches international photo workshops at the Bilder Nordic School of Photography in Oslo, Norway.
ON PICTURES: Photography and Other Things
I have to admit that over the years I have never been the biggest fan of the work of David LaChapelle. It all just always seemed way too over the top for me (even if that was the point). However, his current show at Paul Kasmin, Still Life, not only changed that view but has a left a nudging feeling in the back of my mind that perhaps I should go back and take a second look at his previous work. Maybe I was missing something after all.
Roger Szmulewicz is the founder of Fifty One Fine Art Photography. He is also a consultant and curator of several exhibitions both at home, and abroad, and has worked on various publications. Fifty One Fine Art Photography is the only major art gallery in Belgium devoted exclusively to fine art photography. The gallery deals with young, emerging photographers as well as established photographers of the 20th and 21st century. In 2011 Fifty One Fine Art Photography was included in the top ten best photo galleries worldwide by Paul Laster at Flavor Wire. A second gallery will open in Spring 2013.
Bruno Ceschel is a writer, curator and lecturer in Photography at the University of the Arts London. He is also the founder of Self Publish, Be Happy (selfpublishbehappy.com), an organisation that collects, promotes and studies contemporary self-published photobooks. Ceschel has organized events at a number pf prestigious institutions (the Photographer’s Gallery, ICA, Whitechapel Gallery) and recently published a book by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin for the series SPBH Book Club.
Here’s a selection of photographs from the week…
Last week was quite a week. I was lucky and even though I lost power and water, I had refuge above 39th street. The one silver lining of my displacement was that I found myself across from the MoMA, of which I was still trying to get to in order to see the New Photography show, and by Friday I had the time.
Photography is an ever-changing medium. It’s possibilities, especially today, in an Internet world, evolve faster than is almost physically possible to keep up with and this makes the challenge for photographers to have not just a unique vision, but a relevant one, increasingly more difficult. It’s a medium that carries not just so much conceptual baggage with every click of the camera, but also, again, especially today, has more of the ‘I can do that’ or ‘I’ve seen that before’ stigmas than probably any other medium. It’s not easy game to get into.
I met Ulrich at the turn of Spring this past year. We became fast friends. Ulrich Lang has worked in art publishing and the cosmetics industry for many years. Through his eponymous fragrance line he fuses his passion for perfume with contemporary photography. Below are his favorite photographs.
Having just returned to London, my first time in over a year, I was reminded of a few truths I thought had maybe just become distant myths created by own fading memories. Among these were London is big, really big. Within this really big city there is a lot to see and the sheer expanse of its terrain makes that hard especially with only a few days. This trip proved there was more to see then ever before. More galleries have opened, including big New York names like Pace and David Zwirner, the Frieze Art Fair has expanded with Frieze Masters, as well as the other smaller fairs that arrive these days when the big name fairs come to town, and not to mention restaurants, bars, shops, and the like. Another thing I found to still be true, and wasn’t doubting, was my love for the Tate Modern. For those of you who have read my blog before, you know that I am not sure if my affection for this museum is situational or fully based on content – sometimes its hard to differentiate when there is so much invested in both. Regardless, the current show that opened this past week William Klein + Daido Moriyama proved to be all content and one of the best exhibitions I have seen in a long time.