UNDER THE CUBAN SUN @ Throckmorton Fine Art

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UNDER THE CUBAN SUN
June 16 – Sept 17

“UNDER THE CUBAN SUN” is what Spencer Throckmorton has titled the show. He says, “What is so moving in these 42 photographic images is how the consequences of each period of political upheaval in Cuba, — from the 1930s dictatorship to the 1960s Revolution to its abandonment by the Soviet Union in the 1990s — wrought a different focus to the photographers who used their genius to capture the souls and resiliency of the Cuban people. Too often the world has seen only Cuba’s crumbling cities and decaying automobiles, rather than the personalities of the populous, not just in Havana but in its desperate rural outposts. Now we see seven decades that portray the real heart of the Cuban people.”

Throckmorton Fine Art
145 East 57th Street, third floor, New York, NY 10022

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Sharon Boothroyd @ White Cloth Gallery

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Sharon Boothroyd: They all say please
1st June – 17th July 2016

Opening 31st May 2016 6-8pm

“After finding prayer cards in a church I became interested in other peoples’ prayers as a way of learning about our shared inner desires and wishes. I discovered online prayer forums where people post their prayers anonymously. I selected and edited some of these prayers down and created photographic interpretations for them.
I realised that, at some point in my life, many of these prayers had subconsciously been my own.”

White Cloth Gallery
24-26 Aire Street
Leeds
LS1 4HT
0113 218 1923

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ANA CASAS BRODA @ FOTOHOF

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Ana Casas Broda – Video Game 2009

ANA CASAS BRODA fertility
June 3, – July 23, 2016

FOTOHOF
Inge-Morath-Platz 1-3 / 5020 Salzburg / Austria

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Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich @ The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography

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June 6 – August 28

Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters, a photographic collaboration between Chicago photographer Sandro Miller and actor John Malkovich.

The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography
119072, Moscow, Bolotnaya emb., 3 build. 1

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Interview with photographer Julia Autz

JuliaAutz20F-Stop Magazine: The current issue of F-Stop Magazine includes images from “Transnistria,” can you tell us about this project? What led you to creating this work?

Julia Autz: It was kind of an accident. I was searching for a subject for my diploma and while I was doing the research I found an article about Transnistria. Immediately I knew that this was the place where I would like to go for my diploma. Before that article I had never heard anything about that country and none of my friends knew of the place either. I found it interesting that this “country” is so unknown and that the media doesn’t tell anything about that. So it was very important for me to tell something about that country.

F-Stop: How do you choose what or who to photograph? What are you looking to capture?

JA: It is always different. For this project it was very important for me to show the daily life of the people in that unrecognized country. In many articles about Transnistria you only hear about the negative things: the KGB, corruption or the huge present of the Russian military. But not often do you hear something about normal people and their daily life. So I wanted to show that. How is it to grow up in a country that is shunned by the rest of the world? How is it to live between the Russian and the European cultures. The question about their identity is very interesting and not easy to answer.

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F-Stop: Do you have a favorite image in this series? If so, which one and why is it the image that speaks to you most?

JA: No, I don’t have a favorite image. I just have one for a period of time. And then comes another picture. But I think I have about five favorite pictures, and they are all portraits.

F-Stop: Are you working on any other projects currently?

JA: I am currently working on a project about Abkhazia. It is also not recognized, just by a few small countries. After the collapse of the Soviet Union there was a big war between Georgia and Abkhazia.

JuliaAutz01F-Stop: Why do you photograph? What do you think compels you to make the images you create?

JA: After one documentary photography course in university I realized that this is the medium I wanted to work with. I was fascinated by communicating stories through images. With photography you have many opportunities to see the live of other people or cultures. And you have as the ability to illustrate untold stories, to see the world in a different way.

F-Stop: What photographers or other artists inspire you?

JA: August Sander, Robert Frank, Rineke Dijkstra, Martin Parr, Alec Soth, Cuny Janssen, Rob Hornstra….

 

For more of Julia Autz’s work: www.juliaautz.com

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Center Forward 2016 @ The Center for Fine Art Photography

Prix West N. 189 © Christa Blackwood

Prix West N. 189 © Christa Blackwood

Center Forward 2016
September 2 – October 1, 2016

Center Award |Christa Blackwood
Forward Award | Chris Sanford

All Selected Artists | Anne-Laure Autin, Mariana Bartolomeo, Craig Becker, Sara Belleau, Bieber Boyz, Christa Blackwood, Richard Bram, Angie Brockey, Robert Calafiore, Janaisa Cantele, Heidi Clapp-Temple, Rebecca Clark, Bridget Conn, Margherita Crocco, Melanie Eclare, Carol Erb, Catherine Fairchild, Christine Fitzgerald, Suzanne Goodwin, Susan Guice, Garrett Hansen, Stewart Harrison, Adriene Hughes, Ilonamarja Laine, Mary Shannon Johnstone, Susan Keiser, Sandra Klein, Brian Kosoff, Molly Lamb, Maggie Meiners, Ashley Miller, Emmanuel Monzon, Robert Moran, Kat Moser, Heather Oelklaus, Michael Pointer, Emma Powell, Vicki Reed, Jared Ricardo, Ibai Rigby, Casey Riggs, Michelle Rogers Pritzl, Zak Rose, Sebastian Rut, Kris Sanford, Erica San Soucie, Nicole Schwartz, Paul Sisson, S. Gayle Stevens, Dane Strom, Pat Swain, Jane Szabo, Brandy Trigueros, Mariana Vieira, Rebecca Webb, Guanyu Xu, Dianne Yudelson, and Shari Yantra Marcacci.

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

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Stratos Kalafatis @ Bernier-Eliades Gallery

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Stratos Kalafatis “The pig and other stories”
May 26 – July 12, 2016

The photographs of Stratos Kalafatis are narrative. Twenty years ago, in the island of Skopelos, the artist began to photograph in a daily basis creating a calendar format and recording landscapes, coastlines, people and every detail of life. With the use of the medium, square format, Kalafatis uses a palette of saturated colors, imposing seductively the flash even during daylight.

The photographic narrative is as important as the content of the images. The artist becomes therefore an author-photographer, a story teller.
This process has been repeated in previous photo projects, at different destinations, at the island of Skopelos, at Saga, Japan, at the Aegean Archipelago, at mount Athos.

Bernier-Eliades Gallery
Athens, Greece

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ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE @ Moran Bondaroff

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Curated by Vince Aletti

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 21, 6-8pm

Moran Bondaroff
937 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069

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Corey Grayhorse @ dnj gallery

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June 18 – July 23, 2016

“Color and wonderment is a consistent thread throughout my work. A wide-ranging influence of styles in art, photography, and fashion combined with traditional, and pop culture inform my perspective. I find myself inspired largely by my daughter, who serves as a constant muse in my art, and reminds me that everyday is an opportunity to offer a fresh perspective in my work. Through the lens I create strange beauty and satire, eliciting emotional and social responses. Frozen in time through photography, the work becomes a window into a fantastic dream world, with hints of my reality, to draw an audience in. The sets and locations are installations and a platform for performance art constructed and acted solely by myself, and my subjects. Through the addition of characters, my portraits show a deep interest in the unique human expression.”

dnj gallery
2525 michigan avenue, suite J1
santa monica, california 90404

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Book review — Metro: Scenes from an Urban Stage by Stan Raucher

Line-4-near-Les-Halles-Paris-920x613Public transportation can seem a bit like a traveling theater. Periodically the scene changes from one part of the city or country to another, or from day to night as the train cars travel from above-ground to below-ground, and the cast of characters can be varied throughout the play. Doors open and shut like the curtains on stage with each new scene. Tranquility can give rise to energetic vibes in just a few stops when new members of the cast come on board; and while viewing Stan Raucher’s images, one is immediately drawn into these vignettes of life.

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In his project statement for Metro, Stan Raucher speaks to the metaphor of theater. “Whenever I step into a subway station it feels as though I have entered a magnificent theater with a diverse cast of characters performing in an unscripted play on an ever-changing stage. My series Metro documents the behavior of ordinary people in mass transit systems in various countries and cultures. As individuals interact with one another in these tightly-packed public spaces, occasionally extraordinary situations that are unexpected, mysterious, humorous or poignant unfold. A strange or wonderful juxtaposition, a spontaneous gesture, a concealed mood or a hidden emotion may materialize and then vanish in a split-second. Such ephemeral events are often overlooked or quickly forgotten. My intent is to capture these fleeting moments as evocative, richly-layered images that allow each viewer to generate a unique personal narrative, and that these candid photographs will prompt us to pause and reflect on our modern lives.”

Linea-1-near-Museo-Naples-920x613Photographers are generally voyeurs, observers, people-watchers. Metro: Scenes from an Urban Stage allows the reader to catch glimpses of these improvised plays as Raucher saw them. He took the photographs in Metro between 2007 and 2014 during numerous trips he made to fifteen cities on four continents. He captured scenes in the metro systems of New York City, Mexico City, San Francisco, Paris, Budapest, Naples, London, Warsaw, Rome, Prague, Vienna, São Paulo, Lima, Delhi, and Shanghai. Raucher’s images are like the work of other masters like Walker Evans, or Robert Frank, who shot clandestine images of people and public places. “Using available light and a bit of serendipity,” Raucher says, ” I endeavor to create compelling photographs that provide a glimpse into aspects of the human condition.”

Linea-2-at-Montesanto-Naples-920x613The hardbound book contains 50 duotone images on matte paper stock which beautifully gives depth to the scenes. The intimate views of people in their own worlds lead us to guess what they are thinking, where they are going, or deduce what their day has been like. Raucher’s masterful images are rich with details and emotions, which allows the viewer to decipher body language, soak in the details of these fleeting moments in their travels, and mentally craft a script to narrate their lives based on our own sense of the world around us and the people we know. As Marlaine Glicksman sums up the book in her essay, “Raucher’s images explore and magnify a self-contained world. Yet rather than contain ours, they enable us to see farther, both into the metro and into ourselves.”


Stan Raucher is an award-winning photographer who has been documenting aspects of the human condition around the world for over a decade. His photographs have been featured in 20 solo exhibitions and included in over 60 juried group shows. His work has been published in Slate, LensWork, Black & White Magazine, The Daily Mail, The Independent, Lenscratch, F-Stop Magazine, Shots and The Havana Times. He was a 2012, 2013 and 2015 Critical Mass finalist, a 2012 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography finalist, a 2015 PX3 Bronze Award winner, and he received a 2015 Artists Trust GAP Award. His prints are held by museums, institutions, and private collectors.

Metro-Line-1-near-Peoples-Square-Shanghai-920x613Ed Kashi is an award-winning photojournalist, filmmaker, educator, and member of VII Photo Agency. He has authored numerous books detailing the social and political issues that define our times, and he is known for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition.

Marlaine Glicksman is a visual storyteller: an award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter, photographer, and writer who creates dramatic character-driven stories set in multicultural contexts both narrative and documentary and in moving images and stills.


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Metro: Scenes from an Urban Stage
Foreword by Ed Kashi and Essay by Marlaine Glicksman

ISBN: 9781942084150
8″ x 10″ inches
88 Pages; 50 Duotone

 To order Metro, visit Daylight Books site. For more information about Stan Raucher and his work, visit his website here.

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