Well Read: Visual Explorations of the Book@ Photographic Center NW

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Well Read: Visual Explorations of the Book
November 6–December 20, 2014
Reception & Lecture: Thursday, November 13, 6–9pm | Lecture: Doug Keyes, 6:30PM
Artists include: Thomas Allen, Cara Barer, Mary Ellen Bartley, Terri Garland, Kerry Mansfield, Doug Keyes, Heidi Kirkpatrick, Abe Morell, Kent Rogowski, Mickey Smith, Victor Schrager & Paul Sundberg

Well Read: Visual Explorations of the Book, and exhibition featuring photographers who explore artistic interpretation of the book as an object in a multitude of forms and observations. With the increase of information being accessed online, the book’s role as a repository of knowledge is shifting. The tactile object qualities as well as the emotional connections provoked by books are inspiring photographers to interact with them in myriad ways.

Photographic Center NW, 900 12th Avenue, Seattle, 98122

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No Greater Fiction @ Bosi Contemporary

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No Greater Fiction
October 29 – December 6

Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 29, 6 – 9 pm

Peter Baker, Felix R. Cid, Sarah Muehlbauer, Yorgos Prinos, Manal Abu-Shaheen, Hrvoje Slovenc, and Mónika Sziládi

Bosi Contemporary
48 Orchard Street, New York, NY, United States
New York, NY 10002

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IN & OUT @ camara oscura galeria de arte

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IN & OUT
Sergio Belinchón, Line Gulsett, Ellen Kooi, Johann Ryno de Wet, Cecilia de Val
24 October – 27 December 2014

camara oscura galeria de arte
c/ Alameda, 16, 1º B
ES 28014 Madrid, Spain

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Guillermo Cervera @ Anastasia Photo Gallery

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Guillermo Cervera
OCTOBER 24, 2014 – JANUARY 4, 2015

Anastasia Photo Gallery NYC
166 ORCHARD STREET NEW YORK, NY 10002

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Sebastião Salgado, Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre @ Polka Galerie

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Sebastião Salgado
curated by Wim Wenders
8 novembre au 20 décembre 2014

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Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre : Industry
8 novembre 2014 au 17 janvier 2015

Polka Galerie 12, rue Saint-Gilles, Paris 3e

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Alejandro Cartagena @ Kopeikin Gallery

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Alejandro Cartagena: Bliss
October 25 – December 20, 2014

“The past few years have found me obsessed with the idea of youth; fixating my attention to the different ways cultures construct the social meaning of this life period and how we are to act upon such settings. With these pictures I am looking to portray a moment of bliss in young adults who are shifting into a state of desired adult liberty and somewhat out of the construct they´ve been born into. The images represent an instant of total disregard that offered them a flash of delight.” – Alejandro Cartagena

Kopeikin Gallery 2766 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90034

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Renato D’Agostin @ Leica Gallery San Francisco

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Renato D’Agostin: The Beautiful Cliché – Venezia
November 5, 2014 – January 31, 2015

Leica Gallery San Francisco
463 Bush Street
San Franscisco, CA 94108

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Book Review: Elena Perlino’s Pipeline

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Elena Perlino, a documentary photographer born 1972 in Italy, lives in Paris and attempts, as I read on the back cover of her book Pipeline, “to show the complexities and contradictions” of migrant Nigerian prostitutes’ experiences in Italy. I’m not really sure how photographs can actually show that … I’m not saying that the life of “sex slaves” or “victims of trafficking”, as they are mostly referred to in this book, is not full of complexities and contradictions – it is, it is! (and, by the way, what is not?) – yet photographs, by their very nature, are reductions of complexities and thus not exactly apt at showing them.

Elena Perlino seems to be aware of this which is why this book comes with texts that, in addition to the pictures, try to express that complexity with words. The one text I warm to most is The Girls from Benin City (the capital of Edo State) by Laura Maragnani and Isoke Aikpitanyi that begins like this: “A week had gone by and Judith said: you can’t stay here with no money and no job. You’ve got to pay for your food, pay some rent. You’ve got to work. And for anybody without papers, there’s only one kind of work.”

Why call a book on human trafficking “Pipeline”?  “The local papers call the routes travelled by the sex slaves the ‘pipeline’.  And to tell the truth there is not much difference between the girls and the oil: both mean big money,” writes Giuseppe Carrisi in La fabbrica delle prostitute. Well, big money not for the girls for it would otherwise be difficult to understand  why “trafficked women sometimes end up becoming traffickers themselves, or drug dealers.“ Probably because there’s more money in that.

As regards the photographs: I didn’t think them (many of them, that is) convincingly framed or well-composed but some are. Here are two examples:

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Some pics were (intentionally, I suppose) blurred, often I had to guess what I was looking at. It would have been helpful had the circumstances of the picture taking been explained.

Although Pipeline is full of photographs, I do not understand it chiefly to be a typical photo book (in which the well-captured picture matters most). Rather, I see it as a document that makes use of very diverse images to highlight a social problem.  And, does it succeed in that? Yes, absolutely!

Perlino Cover

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Thierry Cohen @ East Wing

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17 October – 20 November

Opening Reception Thursday 16 October 7:00pm – 10:00pm

“Darkened Cities” by French photographer, Thierry Cohen. At first glance, these images seem to be of fantastic night scapes taken from some of the most celebrated cities in the world. They are that, but much more – they are both a poetic exploration by Cohen and a message of what these cities could look like if all light and atmospheric pollution were removed.

East Wing
#12 Limestone House, DIFC, Ritz Carlton Annex
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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JEAN-CHRISTIAN BOURCART @ Black Box at Bizarre

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EAN-CHRISTIAN BOURCART: ALL ABOUT LOVE
October 17, 2014 – February 10, 2015

Book Launch and reception October 17 from 7pm to 4am at Bizarre 12 Jefferson Street Brooklyn NY 11206

Black Box at Bizarre
12 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206

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