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“Despite many fantastic women working with photographic media, the industry continues to be dominated by male counterparts. Firecracker assists the promotion of women photographers by showcasing their work in a series of monthly online gallery features.” -Firecracker
Firecracker is an interesting project started by Fiona Rogers, who works in Magnum’s London offices, focused on supporting women photographers from Europe. A new photographer is featured each month, running the gamut from photojournalism and documentary to art photography, and photos are always interesting. Here are a few of the featured photographers that really caught my eye: Tessa Bunney, Dana Popa, Sophie Gerrard, Jane Hilton, and the current featured photographer Melinda Gibson.
Firecracker also runs a grant for a female photographer to complete a documentary photographic project. The 2012 application period has just ended, and a winner will be announced soon.
I’m honored to be among the contributors to the latest issue of Andy Levin‘s 100eyes Magazine, China: The Past is a Foreign Country. I’m especially excited about the issue for a couple of reasons: my essay China Everbright was included and used on the cover (above), there are a few Chinese photographers included in the mix, and the issue moves beyond the usual surface look at the country’s development and foreignness. I feel out of place among the talented group of photographers that comprise this issue: James Whitlow Delano, Markel Redondo, Katharina Hesse, Ryan Pyle, Xiqi Yuang, Wayne Liu, Carolyn Drake, Rian Dundon, Tim Franco, Eric Guo, Christian Als and Holly Wilmeth. You can see the whole issue here.
IM Magazine is being created in order to extend Inge Morath’s legacy of encouragement to more of the many talented young photographers who apply each year for the Inge Morath Award. Beginning in fall 2010, IM Magazine will present monthly, web-based presentations of notable projects by Inge Morath Award winners and finalists, as well as by invited applicants for the Award.
The Inge Morath Foundation has just unveiled IM Magazine, an online publication that will feature new work by young and emerging female photographers. The schedule of work to be published on the site is promising. This is a great step towards a more diverse photographic community.
Andy Levin continues to one-up himself with each issue of 100eyes, which is now one of the leading publishers of photojournalism online. Take, for instance, the recent issue featuring exclusively Bangladeshi photographers. We all know Munem Wasif by now, but so many of the photographers presented here, with eye-opening documentary photography, need a wider audience. Remember all that hubbub a while back about cultural diversity in the photography industry? This is one of the answers.
From the introduction:
This issue of 100eyes shows a country as seen through the eyes of its own photographers. There is nothing remarkable about that, except in this case the country is one of the poorest nations in the world, known for being a subject for photojournalism rather than as a provider of photojournalists. Photographers flew into Bangadesh from New York, Paris, or London, that is, when they weren’t headed for nearby India. Photographers will still be flying to Bangladesh, including myself hopefully, but we won’t be alone.”
Eleanor Magazine has a great little presentation of Wayne Liu’s “The Past is a Foreign Country.” From the project info, “These sketches are a sort of landscape “ruins in reverse”, a melancholy before the melancholic journey arises, dissipation before the completion of the capitalists’ dream, a preemptive strike upon the memory of the future…In these ambiguous fields shall my studies further dwell.”
These pictures strike me most in how they present familiar scenes (well, familiar to someone living in China) and in such a radical way. The stylistic liberties might be a bit much for some viewers, but it hits me just right. There’s poetry in these images…
Here’s a short interview with Wayne Liu, about his method and style, found while searching, in vain, for his website.
100 Eyes’ “Upfront: Our Children” ranges from Rebecca Drobis’ work documenting childhood on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana to Stephen Shames’ work getting children to school in Uganda. I was initially apprehensive about the subject matter–it’s hard to make photos of kids transcend cutesy-ness or overwrought emotional manipulation. Not all the essays or individual pictures presented in the issue work on that level, but much of it does.
Ahorn‘s more on the art side of photography than what we ordinarily mention here on dva, but I like the work nonetheless. Both Ben Alper’s “The Family Dig” and Nicola Kast’s “How Can We Be So Different” approach identity through a great mix of portraiture, details, and found morsels. The issue’s rounded out with text, including an interview with Andrea Diefenbach and “Fear and Photography: Opening a discussion on lost images” by Ian Aleksander Adams. I especially love Ahorn’s design. No flash, minimal clicking. Just pictures and text, easy to read and see.