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Call for Submissions: The Print Swap Exhibition at Foley Gallery, NYC

We’re thrilled to announce the Print Swap summer exhibition will open at the esteemed FOLEY Gallery in New York City’s Lower East Side in July! Launched in 2016, The Print Swap is a global project connecting photographers far and wide. Here’s how it works: all photographers are welcome to submit photos via Instagram by tagging #theprintswap. Our team of curators selects the best images to be part of the swap, and every participating photographer gives a print and receives one too. During our fixed judging periods, Print Swap photographers are also considered for our offline exhibitions. Submissions are open for the NYC show now through June 20th.

The renowned gallerist Michael Foley will curate the show, and the final exhibition will include twenty-five and thirty photographs from The Print Swap. Foley has been a leading figure in the fine art photography world for thirty years, serving at some of New York and San Francisco’s most prominent galleries for fourteen years before opening the FOLEY Gallery in 2004 with a focus on photography. As the “United Nations of the art world,” the FOLEY gallery now represents groundbreaking artists working across media and continents–photography, collage, drawing, cut paper, sculpture and more. Throughout his career, Foley has kept a keen eye on rising and emerging talents, fostering new generations of artists as an educator at School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography and as the co-founder of The Exhibition Lab, a study space for fine art photographers.

As a reminder, we invite all photographers to submit to The Print Swap by tagging #theprintswap on Instagram, but you can also email your submissions to [email protected] It’s free to submit, and selected photographers pay just $40 per image to participate. This covers printing and shipping in full. We’re also pleased to announce that going forward, photographers will be able to choose their prints. While it’s been exciting and fun mailing out your prints randomly over the last few years, we’ve decided to change things up and have you choose the photo you’d like to receive! To learn more, please visit our website, and follow along at @theprintswap for updates!

Futuristic Photos from High-Rise Towers in the Paris Suburbs

As a child, Laurent Kronental walked past Les Tours Aillaud, a group of eighteen residential towers in the Paris suburbs, in wonderment. As an adult and photographer, the looming high-rises, home to some 1600 apartments, continued to haunt his subconscious. By the time he embarked on his first major body of work, Souvenir d’un Futur, he was visiting the area frequently, and residents sometimes invited him to see the tower interiors. The photographs he took of these apartments, and the view of the city from unusual windows, later evolved into a new series altogether, titled Les Yeux des Tours.

Announcing the Winners of The Print Swap Show in Paris!

The fragility of her tales © Athina Souli (@athina.souli), Piraeus, Greece

Opaque Futures © Pablo Castro (@pcastrophoto), Madrid, Spain

Feature Shoot’s worldwide project The Print Swap are headed to Paris this spring! For the last few months, photographers around the globe were invited to submit images via Instagram using the hashtag #theprintswap, and twenty-five final images were selected by the photographer and gallery director Elise Prudhomme to be part of our milestone tenth exhibition. The show will take place at the stunning Studio Galerie B&B, located between Canal Saint-Martin and Gare de ‘Est. Selected photographers hail from around the world, with roots in France, Spain, Germany, Greece, the United Kingdom, Austria, Switzerland,  Norway, the Netherlands, Russia, the United States, Australia, and more.

From the American West to the Villages of Japan with One Road-Tripping Photographer (Sponsored)

You’ll often find the Portland-based photographer Jules Davies in someplace new or hidden, whether it’s close to home in the sprawling landscapes of the American West or a small village in Japan, famous for its huge chestnut trees. While others might prefer the luxuries of high-speed travel, she opts to take her time, exploring the road less traveled and encountering unforgettable faces along the way, each with a different story to tell. She has a moniker: Julesville. Maybe it’s an imaginary place or simply a state of mind, spanning all the magical, sunlit deserts, mountains, and lakes she’s trodden.

Julesville is also Davies’s Instagram handle and website domain name, and while she’s usually adventuring through the backroads of some secret and mysterious town, she’s also plugged-in to the digital world. More than an online presence, she’s built an online community of individuals of all backgrounds, all longing for the great unknown. In Julesville, every corner of the world, no matter how remote, has its time in the sun, and personal, human stories reign supreme. Take a look at her Squarespace website, a virtual tapestry of cultures and colors, and you’ll see what we mean. We spoke with the artist about her journeys around the world, the evolution of the fashion industry, and her one-of-a-kind website.

Feature Shoot Has a New Podcast!

Ron, surrounded by one of his famous nests. He was rescued by Save the Chimps and lived his remaining years at their sanctuary in Fort Pierce, Florida, where this photo was taken. © Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

Knuckles, Las Vegas, NV 2011 © Michael Joseph

We’re honored to announce that the first episode of the Feature Shoot photography podcast is now available. Featuring first-person stories from photographers Jo-Anne McArthur and Michael Joseph, this episode dives deep into the moving and untold stories behind the pictures that stayed with them long after they clicked the shutter. Future episodes will follow the same format: photographers will recount the tale behind one of their images.

For the eight-plus years, Joseph has met and photographed individuals in an American youth subculture, known commonly as Travelers. He’s journeyed throughout the country, collecting portraits and stories from people who spend their days on the go, exploring the United States by freight train or car, and living according to their own set of rules. In this episode, he introduces us to Knuckles, a Traveler he first met in Las Vegas. Over the years, the two of them have stayed in touch, and the photographer has also visited Knuckles’s family.

Throughout the last two-plus decades, McArthur has traveled to more than 60 countries documenting the lives of animals who are exploited by humans. Through her images, she reveals the individuality and dignity of creatures we largely ignore and overlook, from those we eat to those we use for entertainment. In this episode, she introduces us to Ron, a chimpanzee who spent years of his life in a laboratory, where he lived in a 5’x5’x7’ cage, was anesthetized more than a hundred times, and had a healthy disk surgically removed from his neck. Ron and McArthur were born in the same year, though their lives followed very different courses. By the time they met, Ron had thankfully been rescued by Save the Chimps, and he lived out the rest of his life at their Florida sanctuary.

Though their careers are unique, McArthur and Joseph do share a similar dedication in giving voice to invisible or otherwise forgotten individuals: people and animals who have value and who deserve to be seen and heard.

If you’re a photographer and you’d like us to consider your story for an episode of the Feature Shoot podcast, please send us your story idea to [email protected]

Behind-the-Scenes with a Photographer Who’s Helping to Reshape the Industry (Sponsored)

In our increasingly image-saturated world, Carmen Chan‘s photographs feel like a breath of fresh air. Before settling in Los Angeles, the photographer worked in New York City and Hong Kong, refining her aesthetic and her voice across the fashion and editorial world. While tackling projects for major brands and publications, she sets herself apart with her effortlessly clean and natural style. Her approach to color and form results in images that feel breezy, uncluttered, and full of energy, and she has a way of tapping into the most authentic aspects of her subjects, whether they’re models and celebrities or interiors and cities.

As a leader in her field, Chan understands the importance of carving out a better future for other artists, and she’s not afraid to speak up about the need for more diversity in the industry. Today, the award-winning photographer has established herself as a force to be reckoned with, both as an artist and a businessperson, landing coveted assignments and supporting her peers along the way.

Chan’s Squarespace website reveals an eye that is at once modern and classic, whether you’re browsing her travel journal or a collection of her intimate portraits. She also created a blog to take us behind-the-scenes on some of her shoots and a quarterly newsletter to keep clients and followers informed about new projects. We talked to Chan about her online presence, her favorite kinds of projects, and her advice for emerging photographers who hope to follow in her footsteps.

The Death of a Parent, Captured in Photos

“Sometimes I feel like I am in a bad dream.”

“Everything is aimless and hopeless. I have lost my direction and I don’t know where to go.”

“Your dad was suddenly lying there in a hospital room. The man I loved.”

The photographer Argus Paul Estabrook remembers his mother calling him from the hospital, and he remembers flying from Seoul to be with his family in the United States. But much of his father’s battle with pancreatic cancer remains a blur. By the time he was diagnosed, it had already reached Stage 4, and when it was all said and done, Estabrook‘s father would live for only three more weeks. “Time was really jumbled like that one drawer where nothing is in the right place,” the photographer admits. “Memories become fractured and mixed together.”

This Is Not an Exit is a poetic recounting of his father’s illness and its aftermath. Initially, the series wasn’t meant to be anything more than a way of coping. It was his father who had first introduced him to photography early in life, and documenting his final days was almost instinctual. “During that time, everything was happening so fast,” he tells me. “I was just trying to hold on to something. That turned out to be my camera.”

This Photographer Will Give You Serious Wanderlust (Sponsored)

Looking through ILL GANDER’s portfolio is a bit like looking into the future. Always on the go, this photographer has captured everyday life along the bustling railways of Jaipur, under the neon signs of Shanghai, and in the busy streets of Hanoi. He’s watched the sunsets over Puerto Vallarta and explored the mountain villages of Peru, and in many ways, he’s just getting started. Not only has he captured a melting pot of cultures, languages, flavors, and colors, but his interest in everything from old-school film to cutting-edge camera technology makes him a powerful voice for the modern age.

When the photographer set out to create a website, he did it with Squarespace, the all-in-one platform. Take a peek at his homepage, under the ILL GANDER, and you’ll find yourself transported into a universe of vibrant photos of dynamic videos. He’s also made some of his most popular images available for download as wallpapers for the device of your choosing.

Whether he’s traveling to the other side of the planet or simply hanging out with friends, the artist approaches everything he does with an infectious sense of curiosity. He’s not afraid to play around and experiment with new subjects, new materials, and new perspectives, and at the same time, he remains steadfastly focused on his business goals–a combination that’s resulted in campaigns for leading brands worldwide and publications in major magazines and newspapers. We asked him to tell us a bit about his journeys, his forward-thinking approach to photography, and his formidable online presence.

The Magical World of Puppetry, in Photos

The connection between a puppeteer and a puppet runs deep, and the Berlin-based photographer Benita Suchodrev has captured this mysterious relationship up-close. Her project Puppet Masters features students from the Academy of Dramatic Arts Ernst Busch, each accompanied by their own make-believe characters. Some might reign over a menagerie of beasts, and others have a single lonesome companion, but they all emerge from a background of pitch black.  

Submit to #ThePrintSwap to Be Considered for Our Exhibition in Paris

Images taken at opening night of the photography exhibition “Lieux-dits” by Elise Prudhomme at Studio Galerie B&B in Paris, France.

In 2018, our worldwide project The Print Swap toured the globe, with stops in NYC, LA, Sydney, London, Berlin, and Hyderabad. We’re thrilled to announce that submissions are now officially open for our next exhibition, opening this spring at Studio Galerie B&B in Paris. Photographers who participate in The Print Swap between now and March 31st will be considered by the photographer and gallery director Elise Prudhomme to be part of the show. As always, anyone can apply by tagging their best images #theprintswap on Instagram.

Under the leadership of photographers Prudhomme and Philippe Bachelier, Studio Galerie B&B is a hub for artists, providing a stunning gallery space in addition to its studio and darkroom facilities. Positioned between Canal Saint-Martin and Gare de ‘Est, the gallery’s windows face bustling street, where locals and tourists can pop in to see work from photographers from around the world. Prudhomme, who will be curating our show herself, has studied and worked as a photographer throughout the United States, Italy, and France. In addition to exhibiting her own work extensively, she’s kept her finger on the pulse of the international arts scene by working on the catalogue raisonné of the painter Francis Picabia and teaching at institutions like the Rhode Island School of Design and Speos Paris.

The final selection of exhibiting images will be announced shortly after the March 31st deadline, and in the meantime, you can stay updated by following along on Instagram at @theprintswap. All Print Swap participants give a photo and receive a photo from another inspiring artist somewhere in the world, regardless of whether or not they are selected for our offline exhibitions. It’s free to submit, and for just $40 per image, we’ll send you a stunning print in the mail. After they are selected by our team of editors, the prints are mailed out at random, meaning part of the fun is seeing where everyone’s photos end up. A photographer in Pakistan, for instance, could very well receive a print from a photographer in France.

This year, The Print Swap is will expand to include a photo book! Going forward, our founder Alison Zavos will choose 15-20 images each month from photographers who have participated in The Print Swap to include in our annual book, published at the end of the year. Learn more about The Print Swap over at our website.

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