Lumina: New Voice for Australian Photography @ Black Eye Gallery

Baby’s Breath, 2015 – Ongoing unpublished work from the series ‘Emotional Geography’. Photo by Anna Maria Antoinette D’Addario/ Lumina

Lumina: New Voice for Australian Photography
June 6 – June 18, 2017

Opening night- June 8, 6-8pm

“Lumina- meaning to illuminate- is a new Australian collective of award winning photographic artists, intent on breaking ground in visual storytelling and dissemination. Founded by eight women who are leading practitioners in the documentary genre, Lumina marks a unique voice among Australian collectives.”

Black Eye Gallery
3/138 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010

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Book Review: Destino Final by Giancarlo Ceraudo

Caption to Destino Final: One of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo cries on her son’s name inscribed on the wall of the Park of Memory, the Monument to the Victims of State Terrorism located along the coastline of the Rio de la Plata river, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2007.

From 1976 until 1983 Argentina was held hostage by a military dictatorship. Approximately 5,000 opponents of the brutal regime were put on planes and thrown into the sea. “They were unconscious: we undressed them and when the captain of the flight gave us the order we opened the door and threw them out, naked, on by one.” (Adolfo Scilingo, former Argentine naval officer).

In 2003, documentary photographer Giancarlo Ceraudo and journalist Miriam Lewin began investigating these “death flights”, their research resulted in Destino Final. It is one of these documents that will unavoidably start a horror movie in your head that many very probably would prefer not to watch.

The very first photograph shows a small plane that one imagines will soon be taking off and of which the caption says: “Skyvan PA-51, one of the five planes of the Argentine Naval Prefecture used for death flights during the 1976-1983 military dictatorship. The aircraft operated the flight on 14 December 1977. Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States, 2013.”

Skyvan PA-51, one of the five planes of the Argentine Naval Prefecture used for death flights during the 1976-1983 military dictatorship. The aircraft operated the flight on 14 December 1977. Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States, 2013

Destino Final is an impressive, and deeply moving, document and that has mainly to do with the ingenuity of photographer Giancarlo Ceraudo. Let me elaborate: Photographs, generally speaking, capture the moment and, as the saying goes, bring time to a standstill. In other words, photography is about recording the present. So how do you go about a photographic project that aims at recording occurrences that happened before your time?

Giancarlo Ceraudo opted for photographs in black and white that show the insides (from cockpit to rear door) of the then used planes, concentration camps, cells, survivors and ex-detainees, among them contributing journalist Miriam Lewin, forensic anthropologists working in mass graves, boxes with remains of bodies found in mass graves, public rallies, scenes at the courthouse, family members paying tribute to their loved ones and and and … In other words, he found a way to photograph the past as well as the present.

There are also informative texts (in English and in Spanish) in Destino Final. Contributing writers are Argentine investigative journalist Horacio Verbitsky, Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón Real, Argentine-Italian plane crash analyst Enrique Piñeiro, writer and activist Taty Almeida, and anthropologist Carlos ‘Maco’ Somigiana.

Horacio Bau’s funeral. Forensic anthropologists returned the remains to his family 30 years after his disappearance during the dictatorship. Trelew., Chubut Province, Argentina, 2007.

Photographs are essentially triggers, photographs with texts are triggers that give direction. In the case of Destino Final, photographs, captions, and texts all point to atrocities that make us wonder how on earth it was possible to follow such orders, to commit such heinous crimes.

There are also photographs that show men responsible for these crimes awaiting their verdict in the court room and one cannot help but look at them in horror. To be sure, they do not appear any less human than other human beings yet looking at them and imagining what they then did and ordered others to do changes what we see.

Destino Final is an important book.

Destino Final
by Giancarlo Ceraudo
Shilt Publishing, Amsterdam 2017
www.schiltpublishing.com/publishing/authors/giancarlo-ceraudo/

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Photography as Response @ The Center for Fine Art Photography

Break © Joshua Sarinana

Photography as Response
October 6 – November 11, 2017

Reception Date | November 10, 2017

All Selected Artists | Geoffrey Agrons, Sobia Ahmad, Greg Bal, Steven Brown, Joan Lobis Brown, Lynne Buchanan, Preston Buchtel, Antonio Busiello, Danielle Cadwallader, Christine Carr, Shelley Corcoran, Camilo Cruz, Carol Devine, Michael Dillow, Timothy Eastman, Farrah Emami, Onur Ercoskun, Diane Fenster, Dan Gemkow, Paula Rae Gibson, Celine Hartwig, Jeffrey Heyne, Janet Holmes, Michael Honegger, Christopher Janaro, Larassa Kabel, Beth Kerschen, Dottie King, Marie-Luise Klotz, Shelley Koon, DG Krueger, Natasha Lavdovsky, Erica Martin, Courtney Mooney, Kris Moore, John Nickerson, Roberto Pestarino, David Pittenger, Georgina Reskala, Denise Ross, Joshua Sarinana, Kathryn Scott, Lucas Stiegman, Kaitlyn Stoddard-Carter, Robert Toles, Sandra Chen Weinstein, and Yousuf Zafar.

The Center for Fine Art Photography, 400 North College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524

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Irving Penn @ Fotografiska

Classic Irving Penn portrait of his Swedish wife and often used model Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn: Harlequin Dress Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn New York 1950© Condé Nast

Irving Penn: Resonance – Photographs from the Pinault Collection
16 June – 1 October

“As one of the most celebrated and influential photographers of the 20th century, Irving Penn wielded an enduring influence on the development of the medium with his classic portraits and carefully arranged still lifes. A master of light and composition, Penn allowed each subject and object to play the lead against a simple background, each one a nucleus of equal importance. Detailed studies of everyday objects such as cigarette butts, paper cups or pieces of bone were portrayed with the same perfect harmony as haute couture, super models and ordinary workers,” Johan Vikner, Exhibition Coordinator at Fotografiska says.

Fotografiska

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(Im)possible to see: North Korea @ Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography


(Im)possible to see: North Korea
June 22 – September 3

“More than 70 photos selected specifically for exhibition in Russia are united by one main idea — to show the possibilities of photography in the study of the image of one of the most secretive states.

The exhibition also includes photos taken during the years of friendship between the USSR and the DPRK, when photography played a huge role in shaping of ideologically balanced image of “friendly socialist country”. Combination of contemporary and archival materials, showing similarities and differences in themes, narratives, and ways of display also raises question about the boundaries of photography and possibilities of perception. ”

Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography

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RYO MINEMIZU @ FOTO CARE


RYO MINEMIZU: THE SECRET WORLD OF PLANKTON
JUNE 21 – 24, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 6:30-8:30PM

“The Secret World of Plankton will feature 24 spectacular photographs, including 3 large-scale works, which capture in meticulous detail the beauty and complexity of plankton — tiny living things measuring about 2 mm to 15 mm that float and drift in our planet’s oceans and other bodies of water. Apart from bacteria, these plants, animals, and other types of organisms are the most abundant life form on earth and play a critical role in the marine food chain. ”

FOTO CARE
43rd WEST 22ND STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10010

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Maggie Taylor @ photo-eye Gallery


Maggie Taylor: A tale began in other days
July 7th – September 2nd, 2017

opening at photo-eye Gallery on Friday July 7th, 2017.

photo-eye Gallery
541 SOUTH GUADALUPE, SANTA FE, NM 87501

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Adam Jeppesen @ FOAM

Adam Jeppesen – Out of Camp
16 June – 27 August 2017

“An important aspect of Jeppesen’s work is his analogue and labour-intensive approach. His photographs are the product of physical challenge and experimental printing techniques. He abandoned his search for the perfect print in favour of cheap reproductive techniques and mass production. Coincidence, damage and imperfection are essential elements in his work. At a time when the image has become infinitely perfectible and reproducible, Jeppesen experiments with the photograph as a unique object that is subject to the forces of change and decay. ”

Foam
Keizersgracht 609
1017 DS Amsterdam

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MaryAnn Vitiello @ Exhibit No.9


MaryAnn Vitiello

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 27, 6-10pm

“MaryAnn Vitiello, Nurse Practitioner and Photographer, documents the heights and depths of the human condition while maintaining a focus on the capacity of the human spirit to prevail over adversity. Whether capturing the resiliency of Cambodian land mine victims or her grandchild’s joyous first splash in a pool, Ms Vitiello’s work reflects her experience and consciousness as an AIDS nurse, activist, and mother. Through her photographs, she seeks to tell her own story while depicting what we share — our interconnectedness across cultures and geographies.”

Exhibit No.9
550-102 Cookman Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

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Annual Members’ Show @ Colorado Photographic Arts Center

Image Abbey Hepner

CPAC’s Annual Members’ Show
June 9 – July 29, 2017

Opening Reception & Award Ceremony with Rebecca Robertson: Saturday, June 10, 2017, 5 – 8pm

“The Colorado Photographic Arts Center is pleased to announce its annual members’ photography exhibition juried by Rebecca Robertson, Photo Editor of PDN/Photo District News. Robertson reviewed over 380 images submitted by 77 artists and selected 23 works by 21 photographers for the exhibition. She selected an additional 15 works for inclusion in the catalog as a Special Mention subset. The exhibition is a survey of new work made by CPAC members and is intended to highlight the creative talents of CPAC’s core constituency.”

Colorado Photographic Arts Center
1070 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80204

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