Washington D.C.-based photographer Jay Turner Frey Seawell’s series National Trust examines the way democracy looks. In these dark observations, pangs of red, white and blue light cut through black suited bodies and gray limestone masonry. An uncertain, lurching creepiness pervades the work. Information is not presented earnestly in these photos rather it is withheld, blocked by TV cameras and dark shadows that loom menacingly over the punctum of the frame. National Trust is an allegory for the present condition of American politics, a behind-the-scenes tearing apart of the ways in which political transparency is constructed. Seawell recently spoke to us about the series.
This year, the Aperture Foundation opened its annual benefit up to a wider range of ideas—a silent auction of Instagram photos curated by New York Times Magazine Director of Photography Kathy Ryan [@kathyryan1]. Individual cell phone photos by artists both famous and unknown sold with some going for thousands of dollars a piece.