Saturday, September 29, 2007

Kenji Nagai: Death of a Journalist

The shooting of Japanese videographer Kenji Nagai in Myanmar was captured on video and clearly shows the Nagai was not accidently shot, but was shot at point blank by a soldier.

Read letter from Canadian Journalists for Free Expression sent to the President of the People's Republic of China.

Depth of Field: Modern Photography at the Metropolitan

The innaugral exhibit, in the new photo gallery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has just launched and will be on display throught to March 23.
New York Times article.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Censorship or Pornography?

A Nan Goldin photograph, owned by Elton John, was removed from a exhibition in the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in the UK.
CBC Article

This is the image.

View a selection of other Nan Goldin images.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Ruth Kaplan in New York Group Show

Lisette Model and Her Successors
Exhibition on view: September 7–November 1, 2007

The broadest and most enterprising survey of its kind, this group show brings together for the first time a selection of vintage works by Model-one of the last century's most significant photographers-and thirteen of her successors.

Lisette Model, Diane Arbus, Bruce Cratsley, Lynn Davis, Elaine Ellman, Larry Fink, Peter Hujar, Raymond Jacobs, Ruth Kaplan, Leon Levinstein, Eva Rubinstein, Gary Schneider, Rosalind Solomon, and Bruce Weber

Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
Between 10th and 11th Avenues
New York, New York

10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Louie Palu: George Eastman House Lecture

Louie Palu

Alway a good place to visit, George Eastman House in Rochester, NY offers a Fall lecture series.
Louie Palu will be speaking on Sunday, November 11 @ 2pm.
Louie's book on the miners of Northern Ontario Cage Call: Life and Death in the Hard Rock Mining Belt will be published October 15.

Photolucida - Critical Mass 2007

Registration for Photolucida's Critical Mass 2007 is now online! Registration will be open for a month.
Critical Mass is an annual juried competition sponsored by Photolucida. It is a valuable addition to Photolucida's popular in-person Portfolio Reviews, and offers an online submission and selection process. Participants receive tremendous artistic exposure at a fraction of the cost of in-person reviews. The aim of Critical Mass is to provide participants with career-building opportunities and to promote the best emerging and mid-career artists working today. 2006 is the fourth year of Critical Mass.

NOOR - A New Photo Agency

A bit late with this post, but a new photo agency launched at Perpignan this year...
Noor has been created by 9 photographers who have left agencies where they worked for many years.

Samantha Appleton (U.S.)
Jodi Bieber (South Africa)
Philip Blenkinsop (Australia)
Pep Bonet (Spain)
Jan Grarup (Denmark)
Stanley Greene (U.S.)
Yuri Kozyrev (Russia)
Kadir van Lohuizen (The Netherlands)
Francesco Zizola (Italy)

As when VII was launched in 2001 at Perpignan, it is quite exciting to see what these photographers will do with the freedom and challenges a new, small agency offers.

PDNonline posts this story.

Nuit Blanche

Nuit Blanche, the all night art fest takes place on Saturday, September 29 beginning at 7:30pm and ends at sunrise on Sunday the 30th.
Experience downtown Toronto like never before. Definitley a fun night to go gallery hopping with friends.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Phantom Shanghai Book Launch & Party

The Official Canadian launch of Greg Girard's book & exhibition Phantom Shanghai.

The party takes place on Saturday, September 22, from 7-11pm, at Monte Clark Gallery and Tappo Restaurant & Wine Bar
A limited number of signed First Editions will be available for purchase.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

WEEKLY TORONTO PROJECTION: John Vink: The Quest for Land

Saturday, September 8th, 5:30pm

John Vink: The Quest for Land

For details

Index G+ and LeeKaSing Galleries
50 Gladstone Avenue (just north of Queen St W across from Gladstone Hotel)

World Press Photo 07 in Montreal

For the 6th consecutive year, the World Press Photo exhibition will be on display in Montreal. August 31 - September 30.
Along with World Press Photo, 2 other exhibits will be showing.
60th Year Anniversary images of Magnum Photos and RESPECT as series of aerial photos of the Canadian boreal forest.
Admission is $9.

Just for Laughs Museum
2111 Saint-Laurent

M├ętro Saint-Laurent

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Rita Leistner: Portraitscapes of War: Lebanon 2006

Portraitscapes of War is an on-going body of work, of which Lebanon 2006 is the first installment. These diptychs of portraits and landscapes were made in Lebanon during, and in the aftermath of, the Hezbollah-Israel conflict last summer (July 12 - August 14, 2006). Merging journalism with artistic practice, these portrayals of the impact of war raise questions about the relationship between individuals and the contexts in which they find themselves -- between citizenship and inhabitancy. People are both a part of and apart from the land. Caught in a place where there are aggressors on more than one side, victims of war may be defined by the conflict and denied their self-identities. They become so-called collateral damage. It is all too easy to forget that, like us, they are just ordinary people, but unlike those of us blessed with peace at home, they inhabit extraordinarily unfortunate lands. Here, I wanted to show the scale of destruction, but not take away from our ability to identify with the people. I was in Lebanon during the war, but I could just as well have made these kinds of images in Israel, or Chechnya, or Sri Lanka, or Iraq.

Opening reception at Harbourfront Centre, York Quay, Friday, September 14, 6-9pm

Lana Slezic Exhibit, Book Launch & Talk

Mary Ellen Mark Exhibition & Lecture

Mary Ellen Mark
Ward 81

September 8 – October 6, 2007

Stephen Bulger Gallery
1026 Queen St W

In conjunction with the exhibition of Mary Ellen Mark’s series Ward 81, there are two special events:

Ryerson Kodak Lecture: Mary Ellen Mark
Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 7pm
Location: Ryerson, L-72. limited seating, first come first served.

Free Saturday afternoon film screenings at CAMERA (located at 1028 Queen Street
West) 1pm and 3pm, every Saturday from September 8 – October 6th.

The gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of work by Mary Ellen Mark in Canada. Since the early 1970’s, Mark has traveled extensively to make pictures that reflect a high degree of humanism. Today, she is recognized as one of our most respected and influential photographers. Her images of our world's diverse cultures have become landmarks in the field of documentary photography. Mark’s portrayals of Mother Teresa, Indian circuses, and brothels in Bombay were the product of many years of work in India. Moreover, Mark’s photo essay on runaway children in Seattle became the basis of the academy award nominated film Streetwise (1985), with her husband, Martin Bell, as director and cinematographer.

Our exhibition, Ward 81, will showcase work from one of Mark’s earliest series. In 1975, she was assigned by a magazine to do a story on the making of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), which was shot on location at the Oregon State Hospital. While there, she briefly got to know the women of Ward 81.

Ward 81 is the women's security ward of the hospital and is the only locked ward for women in the state. The women on this ward are considered either dangerous to themselves or to others.
In February of 1976, Mark and Karen Folger Jacobs, a writer and social scientist, were given permission to live on the ward in order to photograph and interview the women. They spent thirty-six days on Ward 81. A monograph of this work was published by Simon and Schuster in 1979.

In 2005, Phaidon released Mark’s 15th book, Exposure, which was a compendium of her iconic portraits of America. She has exhibited internationally for over 4 decades and her work is found in the permanent collections of most major institutions. Amongst her many awards and grants, she has been the recipient of: the Cornell Capa Award from the International Center of Photography; the Infinity Award for Journalism; an Erna & Victor Hasselblad Foundation Grant; a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship; and the Dr. Erich Salomon Award for outstanding merits in the field of journalistic photography.