As a child coming of age in Guatemala, New York-based photographer Jaime Permuth‘s perception of Cuba was shrouded in mystery and clouded by inescapable biases. When he visited the country in November of 2014 to speak at Havana’s Month of Photography, organized by La Fototeca de Cuba, he left all his assumptions at home, choosing to immerse himself within the realities of Centro Habana.
Boy On East 5th Street (4th of July), 1984
When New York City-based photographer Ken Schles lived in the East Village in the 1980s, the neighborhood was, in his words, “like a war zone.” He moved to the area in 1978 at the age of seventeen, and on the other side of the 1980s, he would emerge from the wreckage of the heroin epidemic, the AIDS crisis, and abandoned apartment buildings with his book Invisible City, a time capsule of sorts excavated from a city that no longer exists.
© Jiehao Su
EXHIBITION: Developed: Three Emerging Photographers, United Photo Industries, 111 Front Street, Suite 204 Dumbo Brooklyn, March 5 – 26, 2015
The winners of the inaugural Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards, Jiehao Su, Sebastian Collett, and Ayumi Tanaka, will exhibit ten pieces each from their winning series. Where Grand Prize winner Jiehao Su’s Borderland deals with themes of isolation and belonging in a rapidly urbanizing China, Ayumi Tanaka works in collage to revisit her childhood, and Sebastian Collett creates portraits of his hometown, to which he returned for his 20th year high school reunion.
We asked 25 photographers: ‘What’s the worst job you had before becoming a professional photographer?’
Brooke Frederick: A “Fan Photographer” at Lakers and Kings sporting events in LA. You basically had to chase people down and convince them to let you take their photo and then buy it. People would run away from me, completely ignore me, or yell at me to leave them alone. It was not fun.
Carli Davidson: I had a lot of pretty craptacular jobs before I became a photographer. I think jiffy lube grease monkey and truck stop porn shop cashier tie for the worst. I always came home with great stories thought!
Eirik Johnson: I worked as a landscaper and garbage collector for a housing development while in college. Pardon the pun, but that stank.
Elinor Carucci: I was a professional belly dancer for 15 years while developing a career as a fine art photographer (also published a book about my life as a professional belly dancer – Diary of a dancer – SteidlMack 2005), but i loved it! The worst job i had was babysitting a (the poor thing) colicky baby…
For Nothing to Lose, choreographer Kat Champion of Australian Dance company Force Majeure teamed up with artist and fat activist Kelli Jean Drinkwater to create a dance piece featuring an entire cast of performers of size. In giving space for these seven dancers express themselves physically, Nothing to Lose confronts daily discrimination and censorship applied to bodies deemed “fat,” “big,” or “plus-sized,” cutting through the cultural haze of prejudice to reveal the aesthetic potential and beauty of larger physiques.
Quest for Self © Mohammad Anisul Hoque
EXHIBITION: Defying the Laws of Gravity: Photographers in Bangladesh 1987 – 2014, Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, 5 – 28 March 2015
Seven photographers from Pathshala school in Dhaka, Bangladesh present a diverse series of images geared towards fighting injustice and honoring the past, present, and future of the republic. Subjects range from war veterans to garment workers, with each individual series regarding Bangladeshi with insightful, sensitive, and courageous eyes.
Beneath all the snow and ice that blankets much of the planet right now, it’s hard to imagine that in a few three short weeks, winter will be officially over and the budding blossoms of springtime will begin to rear their heads. As early as mid-March, farmers will begin to plant the first of their crops, vegetables like broccoli, carrots, kale, and peas. These delectable garden shots by New York City-based food and travel photographer Randy Harris remind us that on the other side of these grim skies and snowflakes await sun-drenched days spent enjoying fresh salads and grilled produce.
© Rus Anson
From highbrow to lowbrow (and everything in between), this is what we found of interest in photo-land this week.
- PDN’s 30 announced [PDN]
- “Everyone is a fucking photographer now all of a sudden” [Waterford Whispers News]
- “Patent bully” sues small photo websites [Ars Technica]
- ‘The Oscars Organized Neatly’ [Things Organized Neatly]
- ‘What happened to crime photography?’ [Slate]
- Lynsey Addario on The Daily Show [dvafoto]
- The Museum of the City of New York releases thousands of images by a 17-year-old Stanley Kubrick [dvafoto]
- Lenny Kravitz designs a Leica [PetaPixel]
- World Press Photo winner Giovanni Troilo accused of submitting dishonest, staged images of Charleroi, Belgium [TIME]
- “Saying, ‘Here we are having fun, now everybody look and smile!’ can be a disruption of the experience.” [NYTimes.com]
For Preservation, Los Angeles-based photographer Blake Little submerges men, women, and children in bucket loads of honey, allowing the sappy fluid to enfold and enshrine them as if in a block of amber.