Wednesday, January 27, 2010

52 Editions

There is an image from my series The Family Dig available for purchase through 52 Editions, a Los Angeles-based organization that promotes the collecting of affordable contemporary photography.

"Rug, 2008"
© Ben Alper

8.5"x11" Archival Pigment Print
Limited Edition of 275

$45.00 Unframed
$125.00 Framed

Anyone interested in purchasing a print, should visit website for more information.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Vernacular: #02

Today's image pays homage to the website Awkward Family Photos - an online archive that has amassed an impressive amount of the uncomfortable, strange and often unnerving photographs made in the name of familial preservation. If The Exposure Project was ever to submit an image for consideration, this would be the one we'd send...

Photographer Unknown

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Submissions Are Now Closed...

We would like to take a moment to thank everyone who submitted work in consideration for Graphic Intersections V. 02. This call for entries was certainly the most global and diverse that we've been a part of and we sincerely look forward to reviewing all of your images. The 20 chosen photographers will be posted on this blog, as well as on our website, on:

February 20th @ 12:00 pm

Stay tuned for further updates...

Trying Them On

Anyone in the New York-area on Thursday evening should stop by Hendershot Gallery for Jon Feinstein's latest curatorial effort, Trying Them On, an exhibition which:

"explores fascination with “the other" through gendered, sexual, racial and subcultural costuming. The exhibiting photographers depict white Europeans and westerners who glamorize and vilify other cultures, at times presenting them as the enemy, while at others declaring them a cultural muse. On the surface, the latter appears to be an attempt to understand or elevate them, but in many cases this actually leads to further complication by turning their identities into caricatures. This exhibition also explores the motivations for this role-play: is it an act of mere flattery? What does it mean to try on the skin or cultural signifiers of another?"

© Helen Maurene Cooper

Trying Them On - Curated by Jon Feinstein
Presented by Humble Arts Foundation and Hendershot Gallery

Opening Reception: January 21, 2009 - 6-8 pm
Exhibition run: January 21 - February 27, 2010

Exhibiting photographers: Andrea Robbins and Max Becher, Michael B├╝hler-Rose, Helen Maurene Cooper and Claire Beckett

Show some support and swing by for the festivities!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Last Chance To Submit To Graphic Intersections V. 02!

Submissions for Graphic Intersections v. 02, the second installment of our Exquisite Corpse-inspired project, close tomorrow! Anyone interested in submitting work for consideration must do so before:

Tuesday, January 19th before 11:59 pm

We look forward to reviewing your work and watching a new sequence of images unfold. For those interested, you can read the submission guidelines here.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin's Afterlife

I recently found Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin's most recent project Afterlife via the new issue of Foam Magazine. In the press release for a recent exhibition at Goodman Gallery, it states:

"Afterlife is a re-reading of a controversial photograph taken in Iran on 6 August 1979. This remarkable image, taken just months after the revolution, records the execution of 11 blindfolded Kurdish prisoners by firing squad. The image, which captures the decisive moment the guns were fired, was immediately reproduced in newspapers and magazines across the world. The following year it was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and for the next 30 years its author was simply known as “Anonymous.” Only recently has the photographer’s identity been revealed as Jahangir Razmi, a commercial studio photographer working in the suburbs of Tehran.

The artists sought out and interviewed Razmi, and based on these discussions along with an examination of the 26 neglected images on the roll of film Razmi produced that day, they present a series of collages–an iconoclastic breakdown or dissection of the original image – that interrupts our relationship as spectators to images of distant suffering."

From "Afterlife"
© Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin

From "Afterlife"
© Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin

From "Afterlife"
© Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin

From "Afterlife"
© Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin

From "Afterlife"
© Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Timothy Briner's Boonville at Daniel Cooney Fine Art

My good friend Timothy Briner's debut solo show at Daniel Cooney Fine Art is currently on view at the gallery through February 27th. I've seen the exhibition a couple of times now and can safely say that any admirer of photography should do themselves a favor and spend some time with the work - particularly in person. In addition to being a wonderful image-maker and fantastic printer, Timothy's vision of America is one that seamlessly straddles a fine and mysterious line between our connection with history and our desire (or need for that matter) for contemporaneity.

From Boonville
© Timothy Briner

Timothy Briner's Boonville
Daniel Cooney Fine Art
511 West 25th St., Suite 506
New York, NY

On View Until: February 27th

Vernacular: #01

I've been collecting found photographs for quite some time now. Whenever I find one in a thrift store that piques my interest I always buy it. I find the process of sifting through other people's memories truly fascinating, albeit voyeuristic. What captivates me the most though about these images is their lack of context. The back stories, anecdotes and embellishments that typically accompany these images in the possession of their original owners no longer provide any frame of reference.

Anyways, I thought I'd kick off this new vernacular series with an image that I've spent the last few days returning to again and again. Truly an amazing portrait...

Photographer Unknown

Mark Boellaard

Dutch artist Mark Boellaard got in touch a few weeks back to share some of his recent collage work. Below are just a few examples that I particularly liked. You can see more here and here.

© Mark Boellaard

© Mark Boellaard

© Mark Boellaard

© Mark Boellaard

© Mark Boellaard

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Unless You Will: Issue 03

The third issue of Unless You Will recently went live and contains some wonderful work by 5 contemporary female photographers. Among those highlighted is Exposure Project member Anastasia Cazabon. Also included are photographs by: Ieva Jansone, Mauren Drennan, Rita Maas and Heidi Romano.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Chris Bentley's The Wandering Era

Exposure Project collaborator Chris Bentley e-mailed me today to let me know that his new short film, The Wandering Era, is now online. Shot on Pixelvision, the film follows a small group of humans as they travel through the desert in search of other survivors after a series of apocalypses.

The Wandering Era from Chris Bentley on Vimeo.

Monday, January 4, 2010

The 2010 Canteen Awards In Photography

Stephen over at Canteen Magazine e-mailed me today to announce that submissions for the 2010 Canteen Awards in Photography are now open. Follow the guidelines below to submit:


Deadline: February 28, 2010

First place: $500 + your portfolio published in Canteen Six, posted on our website, and featured in our contest show at powerHouse Arena.

Three runners-up: $100 + your work posted on our website and featured in our contest show at powerHouse Arena.


Fee: $15 (you will receive a single copy of Canteen) or a subscription to Canteen. Enter the discount code “contest.” Pay here.

Submit: After you pay the entry fee, you may submit five to eight jpegs here. Please read our complete Rules & Regulations before entering.

Selection: Canteen’s goal is to be as transparent as possible about our selection process. See our Rules & Regulations for details.

Questions? Write to


Arnold Lehman is the director of the Brooklyn Museum.

Matthew Porter’s work has recently appeared in the New York Times Magazine, VMAN, and Exit. He holds an MFA in photography from ICP-Bard and is represented by M+B Gallery, the Marty Walker Gallery, and the Creative Exchange Agency.

Canteen art director JJ Sulin’s photographs have won industry awards, including CA, Archive, ADG, and Print.

Canteen art director Betsy Bell’s work has appeared in Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity (Focal Press), and she has exhibited work at e3 gallery, Umbrella Arts, the Chelsea Gallery Space, and the Wall Street Viewing Room.

Graphic Intersections v. 02 Deadline Extended!

Due to an increased number of submissions in the last few weeks, we have decided to extend the deadline for Graphic Intersections v. 02. Submissions now must arrive before:

Tuesday, January 19th @ 11:59 pm

For more information on Graphic Intersections and the specific guidelines surrounding the competition, please visit the "Submissions" page.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Michael Schmelling's The Week Of No Computer

Michael Schmelling's website possesses quite the diversity of photographs. In addition to his interesting editorial work, he also has a number of engaging personal projects. The Week of no Computer "is an obliquely autobiographical collection of photographs and writing, constructed from the footnotes and outtakes of Schmelling's life." TV Books published this work in 2008, which can be purchased here through their website.

For those of you out there interested in book cover design, you should take a look at George Saunders' Pastoralia, In Persuasion Nation and Civilwarland In Bad Decline - all of which Schmelling provided cover photographs for.

From "The Week of no Computer"
© Michael Schmelling

From "The Week of no Computer"
© Michael Schmelling

From "The Week of no Computer"
© Michael Schmelling

From "The Week of no Computer"
© Michael Schmelling

From "The Week of no Computer"
© Michael Schmelling

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Kathrin Klingner's Domestic Intervention

Hey Everyone!

After a much needed respite from blogging in the past couple of weeks, we are back to our regular posting schedule. To inaugurate 2010 on this blog, we offer up Kathrin Klingner's Domestic Intervention - a project that explores the intersection between sculptural mediations and ubiquitous domestic spaces.

From "Domestic Intervention"
© Kathrin Klingner

From "Domestic Intervention"
© Kathrin Klingner

From "Domestic Intervention"
© Kathrin Klingner

From "Domestic Intervention"
© Kathrin Klingner

From "Domestic Intervention"
© Kathrin Klingner