JEANINE MICHNA-BALES @ Wyandotte County Historical Museum


“Michna-Bales’ haunting photographs follow a route from the cotton plantations of central Louisiana, through the cypress swamps of Mississippi and the plains of Indiana, north into Canada — a path of nearly fourteen hundred miles. They evoke the constant fear these night travelers must have felt of being killed or recaptured as they traversed harsh terrain and ominious river crossings guided from one secret, safe location to the next by the ever-changing clandestine group known as the Underground Railroad. The culmination of a ten-year research quest, Through Darkness to Light imagines an epic journey to liberty as it might have appeared to any freedom seeker.”

Wyandotte County Historical Museum
631 North 126th Street, Bonnier Springs, Kansas 66012

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Filter Photo Festival 2017

This year, the premiere photography festival event for the midwest will take place in Chicago from September 21 – 24.

Filter Photo Festival is a multi-day celebration of photography that takes place every autumn in Chicago. Festival programming includes workshopslecturesartist talks, exhibition receptions, and much more. The majority of events take place at the Festival’s hotel headquarters, Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, and evening activities primarily take place at galleries and partner institutions around the city.

Portfolio reviews are a central element of the Festival. During a portfolio review an artist is able to share work directly with local, national, and international photography professionals, including gallery directors, curators, editors, and publishers. Emerging and established photographers are welcome to sign up for these twenty-minute, one-on-one sessions.

The Filter Photo Festival has been an important part of the Chicago arts community since 2009, and has hosted an impressive roster of established artists and photographers as Festival Keynote Speaker including Joel-Peter Witkin, Penelope Umbrico, Carrie Mae Weems, Debbie Flemming Caffrey, and Curtis Mann, among others.  This year, John Chiara will join the Festival as the 2017 Keynote Speaker.

The event is largely open and free to attend, with keynote speakers, artist talks, and gallery walks around the city at partner locations during the course of the festival. The gallery, Filter Space, will host a number of exhibitions. Visitors can take in the opening reception for: we like small things at Filter Space September 21, 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The opening is free and open to the public. we like small things, curated by Jennifer Keats, Owner and Director of The Donut Shop, presents photographic work in progress, one-offs, inkjet prints, silver gelatin, alternative processes and more. All images are 10 x 10 inches or less, in this salon-style exhibition that showcases smaller work.

2016 Filter Photo Festival attendees at a Filter Space gallery presentation

The lineup of talks during this year’s festival include:

Terry Evans
September 21, 12:00 PM
The Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel

Alejandro T. Acierto
September 22, 12:00 PM
The Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel

Sara J. Winston
September 22, 1:00 PM
The Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel

Ronit Porat
September 23, 12:00 PM
The Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel

Jeffrey Wolin in conversation with Catherine Edelman
September 23, 5:00 PM
Loyola University Museum of Art

Professionalizing the Artist: A Panel Discussion
September 24, 12:00 PM
The Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel

For more information about the Filter Photo Festival, including schedule of events, workshops, portfolio review sessions, and contact information – please visit the Filter Photo website:

 F-Stop Magazine is a proud media sponsor of Filter Photo Festival.

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Damien Drew @ Black Eye Gallery

Damien Drew: WABI- SABI
September 5 – 24, 2017

Opening night- Friday September 8, 6-8pm

“The Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi is an appreciation of a transient and understated
beauty in the modest, imperfect, ephemeral or decayed. Drew’s exhibition expresses this
notion through his perspective of modern day Japan.”

Japan has one of the world’s largest economies and a population that is shrinking due to
low birthrates. With employment opportunities predominantly found in large urban centres
there has been a marked decline in rural regions. Drew’s images seek to document that which
is temporary and to celebrate its beauty in turn. The viewer is invited to consider details
and qualities in paired scenes that may be inconspicuous, congruent or contrasting. In a
world that is increasingly homogenised through global retail chains, Drew carefully observes
the melancholy beauty of the many towns and villages that have now become neglected.
“We do not dislike everything that shines, but we do prefer a pensive lustre to a shallow
brilliance, a murky light that, whether in a stone or an artefact, bespeaks a sheen of antiquity.
We love things that bear the marks of grime, soot, and weather, and we love the colours and
the sheen that call to mind the past that made them.”
– From Jun’ichirō Tanizaki, ‘In Praise of Shadows’ 1933

Black Eye Gallery
3/138 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst 2010 02 8084

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Mário Macilau | Malte Wandel @ Kehrer Galerie

© Mário Macilau: »Enjoyment« & »Stairs of Shadows«, from the series »Growing in Darkness«, 2012-2015

Mário Macilau | Malte Wandel: Mashup
September 2 to October 14, 2017

Opening September 1, 2017, from 7 to 9 pm.

KEHRER GALERIE | Potsdamer Straße 100 | 10785 Berlin | Germany

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Dougie Wallace @ Paisley Museum

© Dougie Wallace / INSTITUTE from the series ‘Road Wallah’

Dougie Wallace: Harrodsburg & Road Wallah
2nd September – 29th October

Exhibition Opening: Fri 1st September 6-8pm

“Dougie Wallace’s Harrodsburg, continues to push the boundaries of the social documentary genre, turning his attention to the consequences of the rising economic and political power of the ‘one per cent’. Harrodsburg is an up-close wealth safari exploring the wildlife that inhabits the super-rich London residential and retail district of Knightsbridge and Chelsea. ”

Paisley Museum

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Interview with photographer Mikel Berradre

“I grew up with cameras around me, but it wasn’t until I came to Osaka in 2010 that I started to seriously think about using cameras as a form of expression. I decided then to go back shooting film using cheap point and shoot cameras that I could put in my pocket, to see if I was capable of creating something relevant, something that felt real to me, without excuses like “if I had this or that camera…”. 7 years later I’ve learnt not to worry about cameras or equipment at all.”

If there is a struggle to find what Mikel Berradre defines as “realness”, it appears to largely be internal. The images in his portfolio “Memories on rice paper” are of ideas and experiences as real as life itself. However fleeting and fragile our memories may be, they are a real part of the human experience.

So I asked Mikel to speak more about the nature of his project. He said, “The main idea is represented by it’s title. I tried to find a way of presenting a series of seemingly unrelated pictures as a cohesive body of work. The concept of remembering, of memories, and how our often chaotic memories remain in our heads, is what I tried to explore. Have you ever tried to explain a dream to somebody, even a dream you clearly ‘remember’? For me it has always been close to impossible to translate them to words. With this project I tried not translating my dream world into photography, but to represent that feeling of remembering. That’s why the pictures are cloudy, dusty and the faces are not clearly presented. The only thing connecting them all is their origin, where they come from. But the possible narratives they present are just forced efforts to understand something that doesn’t have any objective meaning. I think this is what happens every time one wakes up half-remembering a dream and tries to connect the dots to form a story from some random “images” our brain creates while we sleep.”

I wondered if the project hinted that the images were literally printed on rice paper, so I asked Mikel that question. He responded, “I always felt that Memories was meant to be printed in some fragile medium to make justice to the images and it’s concept, but the rice paper in the title is just a representation of the fragility and futility of memories.”

The rice paper reference raised the question for me whether Mikel worked in other mediums, or why he chose photography as his main way to express himself. He answered, “I think photography is a very interesting medium because it lets me have enough space to breathe, to take my time to really let any idea that I’ve fallen in love with to ripen, to take form. I spend most of my “photography” time just thinking and coming to terms with myself and with my ideas, and this is what I like the most about it. It is very different from, for example, music, another medium that I love and spend a lot of time working in. For me, music is the antithesis of photography in the sense that every minute I spend working on it is time spent with it, listening, recording, mixing, mastering etc., unlike with photography where most of my time is spent away from it. I am a very slow photographer, so this medium allows me to wait for things to happen and to really enjoy the process.”

While Berradre is from Spain, he has been living in Japan for a number of years. Perhaps as a result, the influence of contemporary Japanese photography styles are evident in Berradre’s work.

Mikel says that music is his biggest inspiration for creating work, but he has always had an admiration for street photographers like Daido Moriyama. Another Japanese photographer’s work that really inspired him is Shindo Mariko’s “Bibio”; a mix of street photography with great emphasis on unpolished textures. Mikel also includes his friend Rafa Zubiria as a great source of inspiration and advice, as well as David Lynch’s surreal worlds and Thailand’s Pen Ek Ratanaruang films.

The dreamlike films of Lynch, the visceral work of Moriyama, and the psychological fragility of Berradre’s Memories  made me wonder if Berradre feels isolated in a country where he didn’t grow up. He replied, “My biggest struggle has always been the struggle with myself. I work alone, and I’ve always been a very isolated kind of artist in the sense that I almost don’t share my work with the people around me. I won’t lie and say I don’t feel isolated, but this is what it always has been and I feel comfortable this way. I think I’m opening up slowly. Despite being almost clueless about the artistic community in Japan, I would love to try working or collaborating with someone else here, maybe not necessarily a photographer, and learn from other people and their work.”

Mikel Berradre is a self taught photographer born in the Basque Country in northern Spain, but currently living in Osaka, Japan. After having an on and off relationship with photography that lasted many years, he started to seriously spend time with it while living in Japan. A major theme in his mostly experimental work is the feeling of being out of place, both literally and figuratively.

To see more work by Mikel Berradre, please visit his website at:

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SEPT 22 – DEC 31, 2017

FRIDAY, SEPT 22, 5:30 – 10:00 PM

“On the Making of Steel Genesis: Sandra Gould Ford is a collaborative exhibition that explores the work and life of artist Sandra Gould Ford, whom Frazier first met in 2015 at the Women and Girls Foundation’s Pittsburgh Conference. They soon realized they had a deep connection as Black women artists from Southwestern PA interested in working class issues. They discovered that they once lived in the same apartment building, the Talbot Towers in Braddock—Ford as a newlywed and Frazier as a newborn.”


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LATOYA RUBY FRAZIER @ Silver Eye Center for Photography

LATOYA RUBY FRAZIER: The Notion of Family
September 21 – November 18, 2017

Opening Reception
Thursday, September 21, 6 – 9 pm

“Frazier’s images explore the painful effects of decades of industrial decline, poverty, and systemic racism in her hometown of Braddock, PA. A working class town situated on the bank of the Monongahela River, Braddock’s economy had been rooted in industry since Andrew Carnegie built the Edgar Thomson Steel Works in 1873. A child of the 80s and 90s, Frazier grew up when most of the steel industry had left the region and the War on Drugs decimated her community. Frazier came to use photography and art as a way to question inequality and reclaim history.”

Silver Eye Center for Photography
4808 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

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Alejandro Cartagena @ Kopeikin Gallery

Alejandro Cartagena: The Collective Memory of the Worst Place to Live in the World Today If You Are Not White
September 9 – October 21, 2017

“In his newest body of work, The Collective Memory of the Worst Place to Live in the World Today if You are Not White Mexican photographer Cartagena continues his examination of social, urban and environmental issues but now has micro-trained his lens onto the city of Santa Barbara, California. Cartagena peels away at the immediate beauty and presents new impressions of this coastal community as a metaphor to comment on the current state of the cultural and political landscape of the United States of America.”

Kopeikin Gallery
2766 S. La Cienega
Los Angeles, CA 90034

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Tell Me a Story @ Kopeikin Gallery

Tell Me a Story, a Group Exhibition
September 9 – October 21, 2017

Opening Saturday Sept 9, 6-8 pm

Aglae Cortes
Fernando Gallegos
Juan Carlos Coppel
Jose Luis Cuevas
Karla Leyva
Mariela Sancari

Curated by Alejandro Cartagena

“In Tell Me a Story: Contemporary Mexican Photography, Curator and Mexican photographer Cartagena presents an examination on the breadth of styles and subjects that are being addressed today in contemporary Mexican photography. From the personal to the public, and from the industrial urban city to the northern farmlands of Mexico, these six young creators are exploring the possibilities of the medium and how to address the current social and political situation of a country in crisis. The exhibition includes traditional photo based works and PST LA/LA site specific installation pieces.”

Kopeikin Gallery
2766 S La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

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