What happens when you mix a bunch of young Italian and American and Chinese photo students in a Bushwick loft mid-summer for seven days in a row?
A warm thanks to all who participated in “The Open City” at Photo Workshop New York this month, especially guest speakers J. Carrier, James Pomerantz, and Phil Toledano, and Laura de Marco and Kate Fowler, who invited Andres and I to teach.
My spring pictures from a Ukrainian orphanage were recently posted on Feature Shoot with an article by Adam Mc Cauley.
Andres Gonzalez and I will teach a one-week workshop in New York from July 7-13 this summer. Its organized by Spazio Labo’ Fotografia. If you know someone who might be interested, please forward the link. Thank you! THE OPEN CITY: http://www.photoworkshopnewyork.com/the-open-city/
An excellent review by the esteemed photographer/writer Adam Bell, posted on Fototazo.com as well as on Adam’s book review site. “Two Rivers represents the best possibilities of self-publishing – marrying uniquely powerful and evocative work within a striking, unorthodox and beautiful form.”
Here’s a link to the Photo Booth post for a story I shot last year for The New Yorker. The images were made in villages along the Savas River, the dividing line between Croatia and Bosnia. I spent a week traveling back and forth across the border searching for the roots of a dying kidney disease called Balkan Endemic Nephropathy. Written by Elif Batuman, the story was published this week.
Two Rivers appeared in the May 27 issue of the New Yorker, along with an introduction by Elif Batuman:
The Kickstarter page for the Two Rivers book has launched! Advance copies are now available, with companion text by Elif Batuman and design by SYB. Please share the link if you like it:
Finally developed some frames from last summer just before we left Istanbul and this winter in Water Valley.
Ive been rooted in Istanbul for the last week week, working with 9 other artists and Frederic Lezmi at the Poligon Book Lab. We’ve each created a photo book dummy that will be displayed at Poligon for a week, beginning Saturday March 2. Its been a rare opportunity to edit, cut, tape, print, discuss, and critique, collaboratively.
For my book, we decided to revisit work from the past – One Year in Ukraine. We came up with very simple approach, guided by the themes in the work (more details coming soon). Ive also come out of this with an idea for a new direction for the Uyghur project, thanks to the innovative atmosphere here!
Last summer during Ramadan, I spent a week near Adana photographing members of a Turkish women’s theater group for a New Yorker story by the hilarious and brilliant Elif Batuman. Maria Lokke posted about it recently on Photo Booth.
The show is curated by William Ewing and will open at Somerset House in London. Ill be showing eight prints along with fifteen stellar photographers: Helen Levitt, Ernst Haas, Saul Leiter, Fred Herzog, Joel Meyerowitz, Harry Gruyaert, Robert Walker, Boris Savelev, Karl Baden, Alex Webb, Jeff Mermelstein, Andy Freeberg, Melanie Einzig, and Trent Parke. Later in the week, there’s a ticketed even at which William Ewing will speak about the exhibition and chair a Round Table Discussion along with some of the participating artists.
An update on the latest step forward for Two Rivers, the book: We made a dummy (with no pictures) to test the Japanese binding with different fabrics and papers. The cover was a little long, but I was happy to see how flat it opens. Way better than the last one. More news soon.
I went to Copenhagen for a week in August to teach a workshop at Fatamorgana. Afterwards, each photographer sent an image they made during the week for a post. Here they are, in alphabetical order…
Glad to be showing work in an exhibition at Somerset House in London this fall, a show curated by William Ewing that explores the work of color photographers influenced by Cartier Bresson’s idea of “decisive moment.” The show includes works by 14 photographers, including Saul Leiter, Trent Parke, Joel Meyerowitz, Jeff Mermelstein, and more.
Finally got around to scanning pictures from my trip to Cyprus almost four months ago. Editing these reminds me how long it takes to develop a complete project. Actually, I can’t say Ive ever done that, yet here I am starting over on a new one.
Looking forward to escaping the heat of Istanbul for an August trip to Copenhagen – teaching a 5 day photo workshop at Fatamorgana:
I was inspired and challenged by the students last spring. Glad they invited me back!