Hank Willis Thomas
A collaborative, multi-site exhibition, curated by Diego Cortez, January 20 – March 4, 2011, John Hope Franklin Center and Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina


Interview with Elizabeth Moreno
Winner and Juror’s Pick (Vince Aletti), Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Work-in-Process Prize

august sander

I like to collect things. As a teacher of (and also as a life-long student of) photography, I am always looking for articles, essays, interviews about my chosen medium. At one time, rarer pieces were hard to find - maybe in the bottom of a desk drawer in Xerox form, maybe in an old folder of readings I kept from college, acquired from barter and exchange w/ other teachers, or from just hunkering down at the copy machine in a good arts library. I have physical files and virtual folders of all the images and articles I come across that strike me as worth saving, for one reason or another. They contain articles about my favorite photographers, pictures torn from magazines, future (and past) readings for my classes. The internet has changed everything, though, with its encyclopedic, searchable base of knowledge.

From the project, "The Distance Between Us." © Christopher Capozziello/AEVUM

Christopher Capozziello, a photojournalist currently based in Hamden, Connecticut, has worked on projects all over the United States, but for the past several years he has often stayed at home photographing his twin brother. Mr. Capozziello introduces his project, titled "The Distance Between Us," with the following statement:


Interview with Nandita Raman
Winner and Juror’s Pick (Julie Saul), 2010 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Project Prize

Conducted by students at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University—Jesse Forman (Bellmore, New York) and Danzhou Doujie (Tibet).

We read that the inspiration for the theme of your series, Cinema Play House, came from the fact that your mother used to own a movie theater. Can you talk about the connection you have to the cinema and why it means so much to you?

My inspiration came from the fact that I had spent interesting times of my childhood in a cinema hall where I had access to spaces which are usually out of reach, as an audience. I got to witness the cinema backstage. At that age it was a thrilling experience.

copyright Lois Conner

I didn't intend to make a recurring theme of photographers' birthdays, but I just keep finding out about more and more of them. When there is a coincedence, a meaningful one in this case, it makes it all the more interesting. Lois Conner and Eugene Atget (not to mention Abraham Lincoln) were all born on February 12th, in 1951, 1857 and 1809, respectively. There is no denying the influence of the French master in Conner's work. She uses a Chinese version of a late 19th-century banquet camera to create a 7x17 inch negative of the changing landscape of China, and has been doing so since the Eighties. (A banquet camera was used to photograph, yes, banquets - the annual meeting of the Masonic Lodge No. 223 or the Funeral Directors' Association Annual Gala Dinner; you get the idea.) The images, originally inspired by a show of Chinese Scholar's Rocks, are of lotus plants, unusual rock formations, architecture, and construction, lots of construction.

Image by Agnes Thor

The final exhibition at Capricious space, "THE SHOW MUST GO ON," is set to open this Friday, February 25th.  The show will feature the work of over 30 artists who have worked with Capricious in the past.  Melanie Bonajo, Emmeline de Mooij, Sam Falls, Peter Sutherland, Skye Parrott, Moll Surno, Zack Genin, Nicholas Gottlund, Sheila Pepe, Amy Harrington, Erin Jane Nelson, Anne Hall, Isabel Asha Penzlien, Diana Scherer, Amber Ibarreche, Bunny Rabbit, Jibz Cameron, Venus X, iO Tillett Wright, Collier Schorr, Agnes Thor, Nicky Lesser, Elizabeth Gilchrist, Katherine Hubbard and AK Burns, Christelle de Castro, Andreas Laszlo Konrath, Jessica Olm,Melissa Shimkovitz, Amelia Bauer, Santiago Mostyn, Martien Mulder, Zach Genin, Olivia Wyatt, Andrea Longacre White, Grant Willing, Lee Maida, Sophie Morner, Karen Codd.  

The Show Must Go On

February 25th - March 6th, 2011

September, 2000 by Philip-Lorca diCorcia

Is it art? Is it fashion? I have to say, in this one instance, that I don't care. All I know is that there is more to it than meets the eye, and it moved me. Philip-Lorca diCorcia's retrospective-y exhibition of his Eleven (hence, the title) W Magazine fashion stories is now on view at David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea. The image on the invitation card, and on the cover of the book of the same name, is devastating. That is, if you look at it closely, and understand the artist's whole oeuvre and know what he might think of the world we created and now inhabit, with all its problems of class and indifference. The woman's shadowed face on the right in the image is terrifying, and even more so when you realize where she is sitting, and when.

Scrappin' Upstate by Brenda Ann Kenneally

"Scrappin Upstate", a project facilitated by photojournalist Brenda Ann Kenneally, opens March 8th in Troy, New York. The installation is part of her ongoing "Upstate Girls" project, in which she has worked with women in tough situations in North Troy (next to state capital Albany) for the past seven years, documenting their lives and loves, their joy and pain - in school, at home, in jail, in hospitals, in court.


From March 27th to April 1st, thousands of photographers will gather in Palm Springs for seminars, workshops and highly regarded portfolio reviews with museum curators, gallery directors, magazine editors, art directors and advertising agency creatives at the Palm Springs Photo Festival. 

For $75 a day, your pass includes:

* Admittance to 11 Seminars during the week

* Daily Symposiums: The Business of Fine Art, The Convergence Conference, Advocacy & the Arts, & PDNPresents: Strategies for the Emerging Photographer

* Two Networking events with wine tastings from prominent California wineries