After over four decades of weekly issues, New York Magazine cuts back to bi-weekly issues due to growing online market. The magazine will now shift its focus to fashion and luxury, since these subjects still come alive in print through photography.
"Dear all, wanted to invite you all to my show this Friday in Miami. It is the unveiling of a new series I just completed with Caitlin Levin and is of Gingerbread and Candy Art Galleries. The photos will be on show at Dylan’s Candy Store and there will be plenty of sweet treats and I assume some sweet beverages also…" -Henry Hargreaves
If you can, check out the opening reception at Dylan’s Candy Bar (801 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach FL) on Friday December 6, 6-8 pm.
"We emailed Art Buyers and Art Producers around the world asking them to submit names of established photographers who were keeping it fresh and up-and-comers who they are keeping their eye on." -Aphotoeditor
Lowe South Africa developed a campaign for the Cape Times newspaper last spring in which famous photographs—the wartime kiss, Beyers Naude and Desmond Tutu, Winston Churchill smoking, etc.—were reimagined as selfies. “You can’t get any closer to the news,” says the tagline.
"Photographers have been invited to submit their work to the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award for a chance to win a cash prize of $120,000" -British Journal of Photography
1050 Ponce De Leon Place is a famous – some would say notorious – old apartment building in my neighborhood in Atlanta GA. The folks in 1050 are Section 8 which refers to the Housing Act of 1937 providing housing subsidies for low income Americans. I’ve lived here since 1992, and have seen many characters come and go from that building. I’ve also met some amazing people. One of the more surprising things I’ve noticed over the years is that many in this community are always smiling. I finally got the nerve to investigate. My idea was to get to know the people who lived at 1050 and ask them - why, with all that is against you, financially, physically - are you smiling a genuinely beautiful smile? And that was the beginning of my project.
This project focuses, in broader terms, on the happiness and contentment found in Americans that seem to have nothing to smile about. Particularly the older folks, the handicapped, and those dependent on government aid for help. At first glance, the people who live at 1050 Ponce De Leon Ave fit this description. To those more fortunate, while driving or walking by, it may seem that there is just sorrow and desperation living inside the hulking red brick apartment building. But, to every yin there is a yang. There is happiness found there, a bubbling up of the human spirit. Many of these amazing older folks are fighting battles with poverty or illness, yet they are truly happy individuals. They always seem to be smiling, and helping each other. To me this is a powerful project to catch on film because in their happiness we find ours. Smiles are contagious, and these people are wonderful. I’ve seen these folks impacting our neighborhood with their personalities, grins, and hugs since I moved to Poncey Highlands.
While this project would seem to dictate a truly photojournalistic approach, I come to photography from an advertising background, where creating the scene as imagined is more important than truly documenting it. In my advertising work I lean toward capturing what exists but skewing it better, happier, snappier. In my fine art work I push documentary photography towards something a little more affected…in the direction I want the viewer to go. With that in mind I use available light, but supplement it with additional lighting. I use a photojournalist’s camera, but shift the color and values to create the message I want the viewer to take away. I document the entire scene, but edit the images towards the message I’m trying to communicate. While it would be dramatic to document their pain and bad days, I’m choosing to illustrate their happiness, their gratitude and their brilliant smiles.”