Monday, April 8, 2013

Turned Away: A Closer Look at 'No-Kill'

Turned Away: A Closer Look at 'No-Kill': Video reveals the grim reality of limited-admission policies: Slamming the door in the faces of animals in need keeps intake and euthanasia statistics favorable but…

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Yes, I realize these are horrific and may be terribly upsetting...

Yes, I realize these are horrific and may be terribly upsetting...:

Yes, I realize these are horrific and may be terribly upsetting (they are to me). There are also color photos which are much more graphic and which I could hardly bring myself to look at for longer than a second or two, let alone post (you can view them for yourselves on the artist’s website).
Nevertheless, it’s an important series. So here it is.
Sally Mann - What Remains (2003)
“Mann’s fifth book, What Remains, published in 2003, is based on the show of the same name at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC, and is in five parts. The first section contains photographs of the remains of Eva, her greyhound, after decomposition. The second part has the photographs of dead and decomposing bodies at the federal Forensic Anthropology Facility (known as the ‘Body Farm’). The third part details the site on her property where an armed escaped convict was killed. The fourth part is a study of the grounds of Antietam, the site of the bloodiest single day battle in American history during the Civil War. The last part is a study of close-ups of the faces of her children.Thus, this study of mortality, decay and death ends with hope and love.”

Andrei Tarkovsky - Instant Light (1979-82)From a series of 60...

Andrei Tarkovsky - Instant Light (1979-82)
From a series of 60...

Andrei Tarkovsky - Instant Light (1979-82)
From a series of 60 Polaroid photographs taken in Tarkovsky’s native Russia and in Italy, where he spent time in political exile.
“Tarkovsky often reflected on the way time flies and wanted to stop it… The melancholy of seeing things for the last time is the highly mysterious and poetic essence that these images leave with us. It is as though Andrei wanted to transmit his own enjoyment quickly to others. And they feel like a fond farewell.”

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Robert Herman: The New Yorkers

Robert Herman: The New Yorkers:

Brooklyn born photographer, Robert Herman began working as an usher at a movie theater owned
by his parents. The exposure to a wide range of films during his formative
years provided him with a unique vision: “Working for my father allowed me to
view the same movie repeatedly,” he recalls, “until the story line began to
recede and the images became independent of the narrative." 

Robert received a BFA in film making from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and received his Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts in NYC.  Later as a production still photographer on
independent feature films, Herman discovered the life at the periphery of film
locations was more compelling than the film sets. His book of his NYC color street photographs, The New Yorkers, to be self-published in the fall of 2013 with help from a successful Kickstarter campaign. His is currently also working with Fractured Atlas to defray additional costs and accepting additional tax deductible donations.
His work is part of the permanent collections of the George
Eastman House and the Telfair Museum in Savannah, GA. His photographs are also
in many private collections and has exhibited across the United States including
the Museum of Modern Art, the galleries of the Savannah College of Art &
Design, The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art and The Henry Gregg Gallery in
DUMBO. This spring, photographs from The
New Yorkers
were included in a traveling exhibition that originated at the
Istanbul Photography Museum, and then moved to Ankara, Turkey with more venues
to be announced in the coming months.

The New Yorkers
York City is like a diamond mine. The pressure will turn one into coal dust or
a multi-faceted jewel. To survive with some sort of evolving grace, it is
absolutely essential to cultivate a Zen-like awareness. Consciously choosing to
be in a state of openness is also useful for making photographs. To paraphrase
the art critic John Berger: A photograph that surprises the photographer when
he makes it, in turn surprises the viewer. No matter how hardened and cynical
one becomes, the act of taking a picture, forces one to try to return to an
innocent wonder. Every time I go out to make photographs, I ask myself this
question: Can I see the world with vulnerability and clarity?

New Yorkers is a body of work that I began when I was still a student at NYU,
when I was learning to be a photographer. I was living in Little Italy at the
time and everyone around me seemed to be a subject: the man who changed tires,
the superintendent of the building next door.  I discovered Harry Callahan’s magnificent book: Color and
Robert Frank’s The Americans. These images opened my mind to what a strong
photograph could be. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then this
was my starting point. Both of these photographers re-made the mundane, the
ordinary and the everyday and transformed them into small and transcendent

the years, I lived in several different apartments and I continued making pictures
in whatever neighborhood I happened to be living in. Becoming comfortable in my
new surroundings would ease the way for me to make the authentic photographs I
was seeking. Key to this body of work was letting the subject matter determine
the outcome. I would make myself available, allowing my intuition to be my guide
and let the content rise to the surface. The true epiphany was not to embellish
or to judge: with the removal of the internal impediment strong subject matter
would speak for itself. Like a man searching for water in the desert with a
dousing rod, I became a vessel and allowed the images to pass through me onto
the film.

As an illustration of this, “Eldorado” was made
on a day when I was sitting around my loft with my girl friend at the time when
suddenly I said, “ I’ll be right back, I have to go out and take some
pictures.” Ann nodded her ascent and with my Nikon F in hand, I walked around
the corner onto Mulberry Street.
In the bright afternoon sun two luxury cars were parked angling in from
the street towards a large green garage door. I chose my framing just as two
boys walked into the shot and I made my picture.  I was back at home five minutes later and knew I had captured
something truly special. I was at a loss to explain what had just happened. It
was truly a mystery. I realized that if I were wiling to relinquish some
control, I would occasionally be rewarded with strong photographs.
I went out to search for water
in order to survive, and I was led to something shining down from the sky
and bubbling
up from the ground.

is synchronicity and coincidence present everywhere. Photographs are a way of
revealing hidden relationships that are only present for a moment in space and
time, seen from a unique vantage point. The New Yorkers is the record of my
self-discovery as a photographer, inside and out, manifested on the streets of
New York City.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


looking through online shop Oysho feels like floating on a cloud made of bunnies and kittens. their socks section alone made me aaaaaaw too much for my own good, not to mention those ridiculously cute animal blankets. but Oysho isn’t all puppies and rainbows – they also have delicate underthings & wonderful beachwear at really reasonable prices.

Top 20 Winners of Nikon’s 2012 Photomicrography Competition

Top 20 Winners of Nikon’s 2012 Photomicrography Competition:
nikon small world competition 1st Place: The blood-brain barrier in a live zebrafish embryo (20x) [Photo: Dr. Jennifer Peters and Dr. Michael Taylor]
Nikon recently announced the winners of the 2012 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. Now in its 38th year, Nikon Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. Competition judges analyzed entries from all over the world covering subjects ranging from chemical compounds to up-close-and-personal looks at biological specimens. This year’s top honors went to Dr. Jennifer Peters and Dr. Michael Taylor of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for their photomicrograph, ‘The blood-brain barrier in a live zebrafish embryo’.
Top images from the 2012 Nikon Small World Competition will be exhibited in a full-color calendar and through a national museum tour. You can also vote for your favorites through November 13.
nikon small world competition 2nd Place: Live newborn lynx spiders (6x) [Photo: Walter Piorkowski]
nikon small world competition 3rd Place: Human bone cancer (osteosarcoma) showing actin filaments (purple), mitochondria (yellow), and DNA (blue) (63x) [Photo: Dr. Dylan Burnette]
nikon small world competition 4th Place: Drosophila retina at 40% pupal development [Photo: Dr. W. Ryan Williamson]
nikon small world competition 5th Place: Cacoxenite (mineral) (18x) [Photo: Honorio Cócera]
nikon small world competition 6th Place: Cosmarium sp. (desmid) near a Sphagnum sp. leaf (100x) [Photo: Marek Mis]
nikon small world competition 7th Place: Eye organ of a Drosophila melanogaster (third-instar larvae) (60x) [Photo: Dr. Michael Bridge]
nikon small world competition 8th Place: Pleurobrachia sp. (sea gooseberry) larva (500x) [Photo: Gerd A.Guenther]
nikon small world competition 9th Place: Myrmica sp. (ant) carrying its larva (5x) [Photo: Geir Drange]
nikon small world competition 10th Place: Brittle star (8x) [Photo: Dr. Alvaro Migotto]
nikon small world competition 11th Place: Section of a Drosophila larva gut, expressing a reporter for Notch activity (25x) [Photo: Jessica Von Stetina]
nikon small world competition 12th Place: Lymphatic endothelial cells and fibroblasts coated on cytodex beads and seeded in 3D fibrin gels (200x) [Photo: Esra Guc]
nikon small world competition 13th Place: Sonderia sp. (a ciliate that preys upon various algae, diatoms, and cyanobacteria) (400x) [Photo: Dr. Diana Lipscomb]
nikon small world competition 14th Place: Pistil of the flower of Adenium obesum (10x) [Photo: José R. Almodovar Rivera]
nikon small world competition 15th Place: Section of a Coccinella (ladybug) leg [Photo: Andrea Genre]
nikon small world competition 16th Place: Fossilized Turitella agate containing Elimia tenera (freshwater snails) and ostracods (seed shrimp) (7x) [Photo: Douglas Moore]
nikon small world competition 17th Place: Stinging nettle trichome on leaf vein (100x) [Photo: Charles Krebs]
nikon small world competition 18th Place: Coral sand (100x) [Photo: Dr. David Maitland]
nikon small world competition 19th Place: Garlic [Photo: Dr. Somayeh Naghiloo]
nikon small world competition 20th Place: Molossus rufu (black mastiff bat) embryos [Photo: Dorit Hockman]
This post was contributed by independent curator/producer Amanda Gorence.