For the third year, we’re celebrating the NEW YEAR with updates from some 30 members of our TWO LOOKS online photographic community from around the world, which includes first books, upcoming and current exhibitions, new blogs, and long-term projects. Congratulations to all of you.
In addition, we’d like to give a special thanks to everyone who’s supported Rebecca’s “My Dakota” book and upcoming exhibition in 2012. We couldn’t have done it without your support. (There is still one limited ed. of “My Dakota” available, as well as a few of the handmade artist books; please contact Alex for more information: email@example.com). Near the end of the column, you’ll also find two worthy projects you may want to consider supporting. And, as some of you have requested, this column ends with a short list of some of our upcoming 2012 workshops.
So, to all of you, we’d like to wish you a very productive NEW YEAR, and — as always — please stay in touch.—Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb
Please leave your congratulations to fellow photographers in the comment section at the end of this blog posting or contact him or her directly through his/her website.
Some of you may remember New York City-based photographer Magdalena Sole (originally from Spain) from the Venice and New York workshops. Above, is the cover of her first photography book, NEW DELTA RISING, which will be available from Amazon in January. You’ll also find, below, the cover of L.A.-based photographer Alia Malley’s new book, A CAVALIER IN SIGHT OF A VILLAGE (Havana and Brooklyn workshops), which was funded thanks to a very successful Kickstarter campaign, and Norwegian photographer Marie Sjovold’s DUST CATCHES LIGHT (Norway workshop), a book which was launched this fall in Paris.
We’ve also included covers of Austin, Texas photographer Bill McCullough’s limited edition book, TECHNOCOLOR LIFE: AMERICAN WEDDING (Woodstock workshop), Canadian photographer Richard Marazzi’s book on Cuba, EPOCA (Toronto workshop), British photographer Justin Partyka’s FIELD WORK (Cadiz workshop), Canadian photographer Ewa Zebrowski’s artist’s book, SEA OF LANTERNS (Venice and Aperture workshops) with text by Anne Michaels, a book which will be launched at the Art Gallery of Ontario in May 2012, and award-winning Swedish photographer Per-Anders Pettersson’s catalog of photographs from South Africa, EKHAYA (Project Workshop @ Caption Gallery).
You’ll find more details about the above publications — including where to purchase them — on the photographers’s websites, as well as on some of the additional links listed below (such as the Amazon link for Magdalena). — AW and RNW
–In U.S., the book will soon be offered by Photo Eye – http://www.photoeye.com, Currently, here’s where it can be ordered in Norway and Sweden:
Richard’s website: http://www.richardmarazziphoto.com/
Bill’s website: http://www.billmcculloughphotography.com/
Justin’s website: http://www.justinpartyka.com/
Ewa’s website: http://www.ewazebrowski.com/
Per’s website: http://www.peranderspettersson.com
CONGRATULATIONS to many of you with recent and upcoming exhibitions, including U.S. photographer, Susan Berger‘s, MARTIN LUTHER KING BOULEVARD, which will be on view at the Griffin Museum of Photography near Boston from January 5, 2012 to March 1, 2012. (Susan was recently in our Book Weekend Workshop @ Radius this past fall.) Also, New England photographer Chris Chadbourne‘s STATE FAIR photographs (Photo Project @ Caption Gallery) will open next June at the Griffin Museum, and then travel to venues in Las Vegas, Nevada, and North Carolina (the work was also shown at the New England Photo Biennial –see photo below). San Francisco-based Jane Paradise , recently who attended our UNBOUND workshop at LOOK3, has work in a group exhibiton at the Bedford Gallery near San Francisco, including this photograph below from her BLUE COMMA series from Cape Cod, which was selected for the Bedford Gallery show by SFMOMA’s Sandra Phillips and Oakland Museum’s Drew Johnson (here’s a link to a video interview of the two curators about the exhibition). Jane will also have work in Buenos Aires and near Boston at the Griffin Museum in 2012.
For all of you who remember Norwegian photographer Tone Elin Solholm (Venice and Barcelona workshops), she will be having an exhibition of 20 photographs from her first book, THE GIANTS’ LIVING ROOM, at the noted Oslo gallery, Fotografiens Hus (House of Photography) from February 9-26, 2012, which will include the poem Rebecca wrote for the book (Tone’s photograph and Rebecca’s poem below).
U.S. photographer Susan Cardona (CPW Workshop) will have an exhibition, IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, this summer in Eastport, Maine. New York City-based British photographer, Shane Gray, will have an exhibition of his STREET PHOTOGRAPHS this spring at the Lunasas bar at 126 1st Av. (between 7/8 St.), and you can see his latest projects and the exact dates of the show on his website. One of Minny Lee‘s photographs from her Self-Portrait series is currently featured in the group exhibition, DREAMS, at the Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, until January 7, 2012.
Belgium photographer Serge Maes — who some of you may remember from the Barcelona and New York workshops — currently has photographs in a joint show in Bussum, the Netherlands, until the end of December, and will have a new website up and running soon. And one of the youngest photographers in our community, Austrian photographer MAFALDA RAKOS (Photo Project @ Caption Gallery), will have some of her photographs of her fellow teenagers in the photography festival in Braga, Portugal, “Entcontros da Imagem,” in fall 2012.
Lastly, we are pleased to announce the opening of a new collective gallery in Seattle by two of our former PCNW workshop photographers, Minh Carrico and Carina del Rosario — along with a third photographer, Su’J'n Chon. The gallery is called IDEA Odyssey.
Remember when the world had seven rooms?
Ours had a back staircase and pocket doors.
One winter, I had a room under the wingback chair only I could enter.
Next summer, I hid in the flowering plum for hours, & my mother called & called.
Flattening their wings, bats crawled under any closed door. No one was safe.
Falling asleep, my book half open, I dreamt I was flying.
Since then, I’ve visited six continents and three oceans.
Now, the world with seven rooms lives inside of me.
Slowly I climb the back staircase.
My dead brother swings me around and around — finally lets go.
I fly through the air.
–Rebecca Norris Webb
NEW PHOTO AGENCY
SEBASTIAN LISTE – who some of you met at our UNBOUND workshop @ LOOK3 this summer — is now a Featured Photographer at Reportage by Getty Images. And, in case you missed it, here’s Sebastian’s two-part interview with photographer, writer, digital tech and our studio manager, TRENT DAVIS BAILEY, on Daylight Magazine earlier this year: Link to Part I. Link to Part II.
As a commercial photographer, how do you continue to inspire your personal photography? For Colorado wedding photographer PRESTON UTLEY, he decided to start a blog devoted to his personal work, called THE SNAP SHOT DIARIES. We look forward to following Preston’s new blog in 2012.
What better way to start the NEW YEAR than to contribute to documentary projects?? Below are two we think you should consider: The first is Russian photographer OLGA KRAVET’s GROZNY: Nine Cities (Olga was in our Moscow Workshop in 2007), a collaborative project with two of her fellow Russian photographers, Maria Morina and Oksana Yushko. Here is a link to the Grozny fundraising page. The second is L.A.-based photographer and documentary filmmaker SARA TERRY’s FOLK (the doc’s cinematographer, HENRY JACOBSON,is also a photographer whose work was recently featured on VISURA). Any amount you give will help support these very worthy projects.
We think it’s fitting to end FOUR CONTINENTS where it all begins — by taking a look at some new and ongoing photography projects from around the world. First we’ll start in Europe with three talented street photographers — Paris-based DAVID BACHER, French photographer DAVID BELAY (You may remember David Belay from our recent Munich workshop and our Peru workshop), and Dutch photographer BAS LOSEKOOT (Caption Gallery workshop). We’ve also included from Argentina, ALEJANDRO KIRCHUK and his moving portraits of his grandparents, as well as Venezuelan-born GUILLERMO DE YAVORSKY’S tender and surreal Skype portraits of friends and family around the world, and many of these screen shots were taken in St. Barts where he now lives. We end with Greek photographer DIMITRI MELLOS and his photographs from the streets of New York, where he’s based, and Chinese photographer MAX WANG, who recently finished a second comprehensive project photographing and interviewing 100 people across Canada, ages 1 to 100 (Max recently did a similar project in China, as those of you may remember from the Unbound Workshop at LOOK3 this past summer).
David Bacher’s website: http://www.davidbacher.com/
David Belay’s photos: http://maddav.jalbum.net/4continents/index.html
Alejandro’s website: http://www.alejandrokirchuk.com.ar/
Bas’s website: http://www.baslosekoot.com/
Dimitri’s website: http://www.dimitrimellos.com
Max’s website: http://www.yinanmaxwang.com/
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS WITH ALEX AND REBECCA
–THE STREETS OF HAVANA, Sunday, Jan. 22 thru Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. There are only a few places left in this upcoming workshop sponsored by Norway’s Nordic Light. For more information follow this link.
–WEEKEND WORKSHOP IN SINGAPORE, Friday evening, March 9, 2012, thru Saturday, March 11, 2012. An intensive weekend workshop with the Webbs and Radius Books creative director and noted book designer, David Chickey. More information about this workshop will appear soon on the Magnum website and on the workshop page of the webbnorriswebb website.
–WEEKEND WORKSHOP @ APERTURE, NY, Friday evening, March 23, thru Sat., March 25, 2012. Do you know where you’re going next with your photography –– or where it’s taking you? An intensive weekend workshop with Alex and Rebecca. Check the Aperture site midJanuary for details about fees and how to apply.
–FINDING YOUR VISION WORKSHOP @ CAPTION GALLERY, BROOKLYN, NY. Sunday May 20 thru Friday May 25, 2012.* A week-long photographing and editing workshop where each photographers begins to explore his or her own way of photographing and how to edit intuitively. Will include exercises, light room tutorials, and a presentation by a noted book editor. Applications open January 9, 2012, and early acceptance notification will start on February 9, 2012. Check the workshop page of the webbnorriswebb website for fees, application process and further details.
*If there is enough interest, we will explore offering a second session of the Finding Your Vision Workshop @ Caption Gallery the week before — Sunday May 13 thru Friday May 18, 2012.