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Friday, October 31, 2008

(Happy) Halloween (in Harlem)

Untitled (Hulk) © Amy Stein

While x-mas decorations have already started to appear in parts of the city, it is only Halloween. A great opportunity to revisit Amy Stein's "Halloween in Harlem" series.
And if you are in Harlem today you might even catch a glimpse of Amy at work.
If you are a fan of Amy's work, as I am, look out for her first monogram which is to publish soon and titled"Domesticated".
You can also see some of Amy's work at Chashama ABC in New York- through November 22, 2008.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

A Conversation with Nina Berman

Under Taliban © Nina Berman

If you head over to the Nymphoto blog, you will find my most recent interview, this time with photographer & writer Nina Berman. Nina's work is hard to forget, often heartbreaking and I am honored to present my conversation with her this week.
My opinion is that work like Nina's is not seen enough. When researching Nina Berman on the net I read that she photographed in Afghanistan in 1998. But by 2001 still only the minority of people seemed aware of the Taliban and what it is was like for women to live under their rule. Today we are very much shielded of the reality & consequences of war (on both sides of the conflict). But as I said last week, Nina Berman's unflinching eye does not allow for excuses and while it is perhaps difficult to look at some of her work, don't be chicken, take it in: www.ninaberman.com & www.purpleheartsbook.com.
And also take a look at her multi-media work, also to be found on her website: www.ninaberman.com

Her latest monogram "Homeland" is now available in bookstores and online. As is her first monogram "Purple Heart". Her work is also on view through November 15, 2008 at Jen Bekman Gallery in New York City.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

2 B'day Boys

This week two awesome people have a birthday: My younger nephew Isaac and my friend Jon Shireman. Below a photograph by the very talented Mr. Shireman. And a drawing Isaac did of himself & I more than a decade ago. I heart both of these images.
Happy Birthday!

Honk Kong © Jon Shireman

Isaac & Nina -note me in obligatory NY black-- and the camera and hair! © Isaac

Monday, October 27, 2008

Picture(s) of the Day: Jane Tam

I love the work of my Nymphoto cohort Jane Tam. Below an image she recently posted on her journal:

"Buddhist Offerings"©Jane Tam

And a few from the very atmospheric "asleep at sea" series:

from "asleep at sea" ©Jane Tam