Posts by: Kat Kiernan

Feature Shoot Recommends: Top 10 Photo Events and Happenings in London (Dec 15-21)

unnamed-2 © Gabriele Galimberti

EXHIBITION: Gabriele Galimberti: Toy Stories, V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road
December 15
Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti’s portraits of children from around the world with their toys is a moving commentary on material wealth and the universal nature of children’s playtime.

The Best Photo Links of the Week (Dec 8-12)

HDog_01_V41-1 © Jess Bonham

From highbrow to lowbrow (and everything in between), this is what we found of interest in photo-land this week.

  • Famous Photographers Speak on Robert Frank’s “The Americans” [American Suburb X]
  • ‘New York’s Chinatown in the Early 1980’s [The Atlantic]
  • ‘From Queen Victoria to a Hippo: The Pictures That Changed Photography’ [The Guardian]
  • The most expensive photo in the world ($6.5 million) or the best marketing stunt? [PhotoShelter]
  • MediaStorm’s first feature-length documentary investigates teenage sex trafficking in Seattle [dvafoto]

Fictitious Expiration Dates and the Pressure to Produce Art

Archive Image courtesy of Drs Kulturarvsprojekt/Wikimedia

Artworks must have been completed within the last two years. This sentence arises amidst other requirements for exhibition proposals, juried competitions, publications, and other venues for showing ones art. It seems harmless enough, maybe even helpful, encouraging artists to continue producing work during their busy lives. And yet I have recently begun to view this requirement as one piece in a larger problem: an expiration date on art. While generating new work is unquestionably important, the implication is that older work, work that is over two years old, has expired and is no longer of interest to these particular venues. In an effort to stay relevant, artists are pressured to release new work on a swifter timetable.

Feature Shoot Recommends: Top 10 Photo Events and Happenings in New York (Dec 8 – 14)


Untitled #32, 2013 © Vee Speers/Courtesy Kasher|Potamkin

EXHIBITION: Gilded Forest, Kasher|Potamkin, 515 West 26th Street, 2nd Floor November 7 – December 20
The holiday exhibition at Kasher|Potamkin features a variety of media and art objects. Photographs by Vee SpeersLuke Stephenson, Shae DeTar, and Marianna Rothen are on view among the fascinatingly curated collection of unique works.

Feature Shoot Recommends: Top 10 Photo Events and Happenings in London (Dec 8 – 14)

0 The Dahlia Effect, 2014 © Julie Cockburn/Courtesy of Flowers Gallery London and New York

EXHIBITION: Julie Cockburn: Waiting Room, Flowers Gallery, 82 Kingsland Road
November 28 – January 10

Julie Cockburn exhibits her altered and appropriated portrait photography. Incorporating embroidery, collage, and paint into her work, Cockburn invites new interpretations of the character of the sitter.

The Best Photo Links of the Week (Dec 1 – 5)

The-Macallan-150© Ernie Button

From highbrow to lowbrow (and everything in between), this is what we found of interest in photo-land this week.

  • Jacksonville MOCA’s Controversy Over Nude Photo [News 4 Jax]
  • Reuters Continues to Layoff Photographers [Peta Pixel]
  • TIME Magazine’s Best Photobooks of the Year [TIME]
  • Posting Legal Mumbo-Jumbo on Your Facebook Status is a Waste of Time [Gawker]
  • ‘Introducing WorkHarder, the honest alternative to Kickstarter’ [Death and Taxes]
  • Christie’s to Auction Books Annotated by their Authors [Christie’s]

A Look Inside ‘Photographers’ Sketchbooks’

SothThe sketchbook of Alec Soth

Vanden-Driessche The sketchbook of Thomas Vanden-Driessche

The mechanical nature of photography often results in the perception that photographers are “button-pushers;” that they have a keen eye and sense of timing, but the artistry stops there. Photographers’ Sketchbooks, a new book by Stephen McLaren and Bryan Formhals, provides a behind-the-scenes look into the idea conception and thought process of forty-nine photographers from around the globe.

Into the Wild: Our Latest Group Show of 33 Images Explore the Wilderness

Robin_Cracknell_01 35mm cine film with spots of fungus, debris and decay. © Robin Cracknell

Elena_Lyakir_02 As the Palms Spell Your Name © Elena Lyakir

NathanWeyland_04 Untitled © Nathan Weyland

Our latest group show explores the far-reaching corners of the world in all climates and regions to provide a glimpse into the amazing wilderness of our planet. Juror Yumi Goto selected photographs from Feature Shoot readers that take us on a visual journey. Moving through seasons and times of day these images present broad vistas as well as the detailed terrain that makes the wilderness both vast and intimate.

Congratulations to Robin Cracknell, Nathan Weyland, and Elena Lyakir who will receive a one-year subscription to Squarespace, the innovative website publishing platform perfect for photographers. They make it simple to create professional website that are 100% customizable, making web design accessible to everyone. Complete with award-winning designs, hosting, domains, commerce, and 24/7 support, Squarespace offers photographers more ways to market themselves and grow their business.

Feature Shoot Recommends: Top 10 Photo Events and Happenings in London (Dec 1 – 7)

crossing Crossing © Belinda Lawley

EXHIBITION: So Near So Far, Koukan Gallery, 106A Alexandra Park Road
November 27 – December 3

Featuring the works of Belinda Lawley and Dan Bridge, this two-person exhibition examines the everyday. Lawley’s photographic collages emphasize patterns in the surrounding environments, while Bridge’s work concentrates on small moments that encompass bigger ideas.

Feature Shoot Recommends: Top 10 Photo Events and Happenings in New York (Dec 1-7)

AAA_03_web Robin Schwartz, Shiba Up, 2006, from Amelia and the Animals (Aperture, 2014)

ARTIST TALK: Robin Schwartz: Amelia and the Animals, Aperture Gallery and Bookstore, 547 West 27th Street
December 1, 7:00pm

Photographer Robin Schwartz will give a talk and book signing for her second monograph, Amelia and the Animals. The book contains portraits of her daughter Amelia and her interactions with exotic animals. Amelia will also be present.

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