October 22nd, 2010
October 21st, 2010
All Photos © Alison Wright. Above: Tibetan nomad girl in Degang Valley, Kham, eastern Tibet.
Alison Wright has spent her career of more than two decades photographing endangered cultures in the most remote regions of the world. Working as a social documentary photographer she was inspired to start the Faces of Hope Foundation. The foundation helps to provide medical care to children and communities around the world.
Wright will be an artist in residence this November at the Jumeirah Essex House ( South Gate Gallery) in New York City. The gallery will exhibit her photographs through December, 2010. To see more of Wright’s work click here.
October 20th, 2010
All photos © Brian Adams.
When I was first introduced to The Eskimo Cookbook, I knew that I was in possession of something precious and perhaps even sacred. The paper-and-staple cookbook written by students of the Shishmaref Day School in 1951 details traditional Native Alaskan recipes for everything from Polar Bear to Whale in the simplistic language of children; the instructions are often without measurements, cooking temperatures, or times and include hand-drawn illustrations of local plants and herbs. Weathered and yellowed from handling and a shelf-life of over sixty years, the book is fragile and feels as though it could fade away at any second, not entirely unlike Shishmaref itself, currently threatened by coastal erosion induced by climate change. – Ash Adams
To see more of Adams’ work click here.
October 19th, 2010
|© Keith Johnson/Panopticon Gallery. Above: Mac Music, Chicago, IL, 2010
Keith Johnson received his MFA from RISD studying with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind following a year at Visual Studies Workshop with Nathan Lyons. He supports his fine art making as a consultant in the northeast and is on the summer faculty at CPW, Penland School of Crafts, VSW, Maine Media Workshop, and Jackson Hole Art Association. To see more of Johnson’s work click here.
October 18th, 2010
|All photos © Asger Carlsen
Asger Carlsen’s Wrong project feels both very personal and universal. It seduces us by allowing ourselves to experience his own feelings. The work is in fact an expression of his own “feeling of not belonging anywhere”. At the same time we also feel repelled by the appeal of work. This is strictly concerned with the fact that the work is about “imperfection”. Asger uses the same tools that the creative industry adopted to create a perfectly designed image. But the scope here is the opposite of perfection. Perfection is an abstract concept that has nothing to do with the reality of being human. Here we have a photographer that produces human images. – Frankie Nazardo
Morel books in London recently published Wrong: Asger Carlsen. To see more of Carlsen’s work click here.
© Park Seung Hoon/Galerie Paris-Beijing. Above: Textus #017, 2009.
New Photography in Korea, the upcoming exhibition at Galerie Paris-Beijing, showcases a dozen photographers based in Korea, who are now on the cusp of international recognition. But it refers mainly to South Korea, the small discreet country in between China and Japan, who most often appears in the media because of the conflict with its awkward brother, North Korea. Since the 1980s we have been witness to lightning growth in “The Land of the Morning Calm”. The path that South Korea has taken since the devastating Korean War (1950-53) has, in only a few decades, transformed it from being a Third World country into a fully industrialized nation. One only needs to be there to appreciate its economic as well as cultural vitality, its perpetually changing urban landscapes, and its incredibly dynamic art scene led most notably by its cinema and museums, festivals, contemporary art fairs and other biennials of international scope. Not a day goes by without a new gallery opening in Seoul.
Urbanization, globalization, consumption, identity, culture, memory, family, sexuality, the fabric of society – these are the currents in contemporary Korean photography that are represented in the variety of themes addressed by this generation born out of the Korean miracle. To find out more about the exhibit click here.