Alex Prager‘s latest exhibit “Compulsion,” which opens April 5 at Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York City, continues to explore the cinematic esthetic she is known for. Like much of her early work, there are detailed and dramatic photos that look as if they were taken on a movie set. But now her “characters” are at a distance or sometimes even missing from the frame, allowing each viewer to determine his or her own version of the events taking place in the photo. Inspired by the grisly scenes captured by tabloid favorites Weegee and Enrique Metinides, the cinema-style photos in “Compulsion” feel almost invasive; as if we are all spectators of a crime we were too late or unwilling to prevent. Further playing on the role of the viewer, each of Prager’s “scenes” are paired with a closely cropped photo of a woman’s eye.
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All Photos © Kevin Cooley.
Skyward is Kevin Cooley’s new video installation project portraying Los Angeles’ manufactured landscape and its relationship to the natural world. Presented as a projection on the ceiling, the work is a metaphysical gaze skyward – past the gridlock of street-level to the pristine blue sky promising freedom and limitless possibility.
Shot entirely in L.A. County, the work is comprised of hundreds of individual shots, presented in one continuous sequence. Cooley explains the visual narrative: ”We begin downtown near Bunker Hill and make stops through various parts of the city. Flurries of overlapping flight paths, of birds, helicopters and more, are punctuated by the brief appearance of iconic southern California structural elements such as freeway interchanges and rows of palm trees and we discover interdependent ecosystems largely overlooked in everyday life.” Cooley’s installation is on view at YOUNGPROJECTS, a contemporary gallery for moving images, until March 9, 2012. (more…)
© Henry Jacobson. Musicians gather at an impromptu jam around a bonfire at Storyhill Music Festival in northern Minnesota.
Photographers and filmmakers Sara Terry (director) and Henry Jacobson (cinematographer) are currently at work on a feature length documentary, FOLK, that follows several singer-songwriters as they travel the United States, sharing their music with fans and fellow musicians. The film, which is currently in post-production, is “part music documentary and part road trip movie,” Terry writes in a description of the film. “FOLK lets our characters’ lives and their songs do what singer-songwriters have always done: amplify the themes that resonate across our cultural landscape—whether it’s re-defining success in the face of failure, trying to find wholeness in an increasingly fragmented world, or struggling to make sense of the trials and triumphs that make us all so human.”
This is the second documentary from Terry and Jacobson. Their award-winning first film, Fambul Tok, told the story of a grassroots organization promoting healing and reconciliation in post-conflict Sierra Leone.
© Henry Jacobson.
Henry Jacobson is a photographer/filmmaker based in NY. The image above is part of his “fashion for peace” project. In 2008, while shooting the documentary “Fambul Tok” with Sara Terry in Sierra Leone, Jacobson met Adama Kai, a Sierra Leonean fashion designer, trained at Parsons, who chose to return to Freetown to start her own line rather than work for a US label. That started Fashion for Peace, where Jacobson works with designers in post conflict countries, creating content (still and video) for them to use freely to build their business, and to promote their work in the developed world.
Jacobson just completed a video & still shoot with fashion designer Ata Omerbasic in Sarajevo, Bosnia (“I Remember”, coming soon) and wrapped the film in Sierra Leone. To see more of Henry Jacobson’s work click here.
© Jimmy Williams.
While on a typical commercial assignment, James, a retired golf caddie, started belting out a simple blues rendition of the song Stardust… High up in the sky the little stars climb, always reminding me that we’re apart… a favorite tune of his late wife. James was not a musician by trade, but his soulful interpretation of the melody overcame the shakiness of his pitch. James’ delivery was innate. The emotional connection created while taking this portrait stirred my desire to continue with a series. Today, I’ve photographed over thirty like-souls in a series I call “Music Makers”.” – Jimmy Williams
Click here for an audio/visual narrative on the project.
The Music Makers series returns to North Carolina this week for a solo exhibit at UNC’s Center for Study of the American South. Opening reception, October 14th 2010, 5-7pm.