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Huge congratulations to Tamara Reynolds for her 1st Place win in the 2018 Project Launch Grant, recognizing her remarkable series, The Drake. The Project Launch Grant is granted to an outstanding photographer working on a fine art series or documentary project. The grant includes a cash award to help complete or disseminate the works, as well as providing a platform for exposure and professional development opportunities.

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Read the full article here with words by Juror Sarah Hermanson Meister, Curator, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art.

Kassel Dummy Award 2018

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Kevin Kunstadt's, Letter Box, and Andrew Waits's, Aporia, have both been shortlisted for the 2018 Kassel Dummy Award. 

The KASSEL DUMMY AWARD is the dummy competition for the best unpublished photobook mock-up of the year. Together with our cooperation partner Verlag Kettler, the festival invites all photographers worldwide to take part. 50 books will be selected for the shortlist and exhibited in Kassel and at other international photo events. 3 winners will be chosen by an international jury. The winner of the First Prize will be produced and published by Kettler, Germany.

FotoRoom: Matthew Genitempo

Jasper by 33 year-old American photographer Matthew Genitempo is a series of photographs that mixes portraiture and landscape photographyshot on film on the Ozarks Mountains in Arkansas, USA. The work looks at the men who have chosen to live off the grid that Matthew has encountered during his explorations of the mountains’ forests.

Hello Matthew, thank you for this interview. What are your main interests as a photographer? 

Thanks for the opportunity. Like many other photographers my main interest in photography began as a way to access or give myself reason to access places otherwise unreachable. Over the years my interests have changed a lot, but if there is one that has been constant, it’s using the camera as an excuse to make my way into places unknown.

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Read the full interview here.

Image Threads Reading Room LA

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Actual Size and Image Threads Collective is pleased to present Reading Room, an interactive, one-day casual library of photo books and zines that will exist within the exhibition Arboreal. Visitors are invited to enjoy coffee, snacks and conversation while exploring a selection of publications together. All are welcome and anyone who wishes is encouraged to bring their own favorite photo book, to share and discuss. Image Threads Collective is an art-centered workshop and teaching collective founded by Nathaniel Grann and Jenia Fridlyand, focused on bringing together artists, educators, and bookmakers to communities for a mutual exchange of ideas and experiences.

Arboreal is an exhibition of light-jet silver gelatin prints and a book of photographs by Virginia Wilcox. These images present a survey of trees inhabiting a mangled urban landscape that looks something like wilderness. Taken in Los Angeles parks, the photographs are formal studies, primarily concerned with texture, dimension, depth, and division of space. Human presence remains subtly traceable in the details: man-made objects scattered amidst brush, alterations to the landscape, and a feeling of searching and belonging to hidden spaces.

Mack First Book Award 2018

 

The First Book Award is a photography publishing prize open to photographers who have not previously
had a book published by a third party publishing house (this does not include self-published print on demand projects).

The award was established in 2012 to support emerging photographers. The call for submissions emphasises a predilection for projects conceived in book form: works that find a voice through the book.

The award is not an open submission. Each year, a diverse array of international nominators are asked to recommend suitable projects.

Previous winners include: Anne Sophie Merryman (2012), Paul Salveson (2013), Joanna Piotrowska (2014), Ciarán Óg Arnold (2015), Sofia Borges (2016) and Emmanuelle Andrianjafy (2017).

We are grateful for the support of:

Wilson Centre for Photography
Kraszna-Krausz Foundation

 Aporia by Andrew Waits has been shortlisted for the Mack First Book Award 2018. 

Aporia by Andrew Waits has been shortlisted for the Mack First Book Award 2018. 

2018 FotoFilmic Solo Exhibition

FotoFilmic is pleased to introduce the work of three promising rising photographers whose film-based artistic practices each attracted high interest and praise from juror and contemporary photography lead figure Mark Steinmetz.

SOLO III Winner Matthew Genitempo, a recent University of Hartford MFA graduate, presents his recently completed series ‘Jasper’ taking place in a homonymus small town in Northern Arkansas’s Ozark mountains. Matthew’s SOLO III Exhibition will open July 21, 2018 at PULP in Vancouver/Bowen Island, BC and run through August 19. Mark’s Weekend Master Workshop will run concomitantly to the opening on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, 2018.

The FotoFilmic SOLO III Runners-Up selected by Mark Steinmetz are Michelle Peters, currently in school at RISD, and Ruya Qian from Shanghai, China. The curated selection of works published here will also be reproduced in print in the upcoming SOLO catalogue publication compiling all SOLO exhibitors of this first exciting program edition.

View the announcement here. 

Virginia Wilcox at Actual Size

January 27- March 11

Opening Reception: January 27th,  7-10pm

Actual Size is pleased to present Arboreal, an exhibition of light-jet silver gelatin prints and a book of photographs by Virginia Wilcox. These images present a survey of trees inhabiting a mangled urban landscape that looks something like wilderness. Taken in Los Angeles parks, the photographs are formal studies, primarily concerned with texture, dimension, depth, and division of space. Light wraps itself around objects contained by carefully constructed frames. Within the frame, location, scale and time are brought into question. There is a tension between beautiful, formal landscape and frequent interruptions of everyday objects - sewer drains, concrete pathways, trash - reminders of the sprawling city below. This juxtaposition is mirrored in the construction of the images themselves: amidst the density of intersecting forms and vistas, a suggestion of infinity invites the viewer to look further while questioning what is beautiful in the contemporary landscape. The photographs were taken with a 4x5 view camera primarily in Elysian Park. Human presence remains subtly traceable in the details: man-made objects scattered amidst brush, alterations to the landscape, and a feeling of searching and belonging to hidden spaces.

Virginia Wilcox lives and makes work in Los Angeles. This is her first solo exhibition in LA. She received an MFA from University of Hartford’s Low-Residency Program in 2017 and a BFA in photography from Bard College in 2008. She has shown work in galleries and public art installations throughout the United States including Joseloff Gallery,Hartford; Glass Box Gallery, Seattle; Slideluck, LA;  the Hedreen Gallery, Seattle; and Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle.

pen Sundays 1:00- 5:00 and by appointment.

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Find the link to the show here. 

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Virginia Wilcox on Lenscratch.

   Virginia Wilcox’s   project   Arboreal  , considers the natural landscape in an environment that continually changes due to urban growth and transition. Focusing on the hillsides of Los Angeles, her black and white capture of trees and flora is interrupted by the encroachment of humans, affecting the urban ecological spectrum in ways large and small.  We reconsider our definition of landscape as pastoral and calming, now challenged by objects, structures, and behaviors that are certainly less than beautiful.  Arboreal  opens at Los Angeles’   Actual Size Gallery   January 27th from 7-10 pm. The show will run through March 11th, 2018.  Virginia Wilcox lives and makes work in Los Angeles. She received an MFA from University of Hartford’s Low-Residency Program in 2017 and a BFA in photography from Bard College in 2008. She has shown work in galleries and public art installations throughout the United States including Joseloff Gallery,Hartford; Glass Box Gallery, Seattle; Slideluck, LA;  the Hedreen Gallery, Seattle; and Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle.

Virginia Wilcox’s project Arboreal, considers the natural landscape in an environment that continually changes due to urban growth and transition. Focusing on the hillsides of Los Angeles, her black and white capture of trees and flora is interrupted by the encroachment of humans, affecting the urban ecological spectrum in ways large and small.  We reconsider our definition of landscape as pastoral and calming, now challenged by objects, structures, and behaviors that are certainly less than beautiful. Arboreal opens at Los Angeles’ Actual Size Gallery January 27th from 7-10 pm. The show will run through March 11th, 2018.

Virginia Wilcox lives and makes work in Los Angeles. She received an MFA from University of Hartford’s Low-Residency Program in 2017 and a BFA in photography from Bard College in 2008. She has shown work in galleries and public art installations throughout the United States including Joseloff Gallery,Hartford; Glass Box Gallery, Seattle; Slideluck, LA;  the Hedreen Gallery, Seattle; and Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle.

Check it out here.

The Heavy Collective

THIRTEEN: HARTFORD MFA PHOTOGRAPHY THESIS SHOW

Joseloff Gallery is pleased to present 13, a group exhibition of the Hartford MFA Photography graduating class of 2017. This exhibition brings together the work of thirteen photographers: Rita Baunok, Ben Brody, Charles Byrne, Zach Callahan, Matthew Genitempo, Garrett Grove, Kelly Lynn James, Seth Johnson, Kevin Kunstadt, Emma Phillips, Tamara Reynolds, Andrew Waits and Virginia Wilcox.

The work of the photographers in 13 varies broadly in impetus and form. Several artists choose to directly address the current tenuous political climate, as well as those who have been cast-off or have opted-out of the progress of our cities. Others look inward investigating adoration and trauma – physical and mental. Still others merge the psychological with the temporal; leading the viewer through semi-fictional narratives based on both their own experiences of the world and through their descriptions of the physical environment.

Founded in 2010, Hartford’s MFA Program in Photography is the first graduate art program with a curriculum centered on the intersection of art, documentary practice and the photobook. Graduates present both a book and an exhibition of their thesis work.

The program demands conceptual rigor, precise editing, formal experimentation and photographic excellence. The program’s faculty includes Director Robert Lyons, Jörg Colberg, Mary Frey, Alice Rose George, Alec Soth and Michael Vahrenwald. Notable guest artists and critics have included Doug Dubois, Dru Donovan, Felix Hoffman, Lisa Kereszi, Hiroh Kikai, Susan Lipper, Wiebke Loeper, Ute Mahler, Tod Papageorge, John Priola, Michael Schäfer, Paul Schiek, Mark Steinmetz, Hannes Wanderer and Thomas Weski.

Opening Reception: August 11th, 7-9 pm / On View: August 6th –12th / Gallery Hours: 11:00 – 4:00 pm daily / thirteenexhibition.com