"Corporal, German Navy, 2008" by Jim Naughten, from the "Re-Enactors" series.

Photography has long held an intrinsic relationship with war. As early as the 1860s, photographers such as Matthew Brady, Alexander Gardner, Timothy O'Sullivan, and George P. Barnard all directed their photographic efforts to memorializing — and often monumentalizing — the transitory scenes of the battlefield. So, shouldn't there be a natural, if not necessary, place for such a photographer at a modern-day war reenactment? London-based photographer Jim Naughten (b. 1969), whose exhibit "Re-enactors" is currently on view at Klompching Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, through December 18, 2010, proves that there is.

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Peter Puklus

 

The work of Peter Puklus gives a silent and thoroughly contemporary comment on one of the questions photography brought into discussion of visual media since its invention. Puklus' thinking and acting involves photography and video art's relation to the 'classic' arts like painting. With the miniaturisation of electronic devices the integration of digital cameras into mobile phones was archieved in 1995. Since then taking pictures became omnipresent in more situations than ever before. When using the camera phone consciously Peter Puklus has references to Dutch paintings on his mind.

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© Photo: Egbert Trogemann, Düsseldorf

With NEW POTT. 100 Light /100 Faces, Mischa Kuball has devised a work that examines the multicultural reality of the Ruhr metropolis in Germany. How does one go about depicting the multicultural essence of the region artistically? Mischa Kuball has opted for a participatory project: people and their families from all over the world, now living in the Ruhrgebiet, become active participants in his project. The artist gives them a lamp to illuminate their private space, converting it into a stage - a platform upon which the artist and people from 100 different countries encounter one another. They tell him their life stories and the specific reason for emigrating, as well as reflecting the twilight experience of being stuck between two cultures. In so doing, the bright floor lamps act as illuminated signs of both the encounter and exchange.

 

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Houdini, Pantheon, from Pictures of Ink series by Vik Muniz

Houdini: Art and Magic at The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Avenue (at 92nd Street) New York, NY 10128 October 29th - March 27th, 2011 Artists include, Matthew Barney, Vik Muniz, Raymond Pettibon, and also ephemera on display, which includes historical photographs and films as well as posters and original props. The audioguide is worth a listen, narrated by Neil Patrick Harris, with commentary by the curator, as well as magician David Blaine, and Vik Muniz speaking about the confluence of art, photography and magic for the entry about his piece: "Houdini, Pantheon," from his "Pictures of Ink" series. He says, "If you think of Houdini as a man of art, you have to think of him as a man of science. As most artists in the past, he is always working at the edge of technological development. He knew the latest thing that was invented in technology.

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The Open Society Documentary Photography Project and Arts and Culture Network Program announce a grant and training opportunity for documentary photographers from Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Pakistan.

 

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Installation view of Todo O Nada in Madrid

 

Juergen Teller

"Calves and Thighs"

Sala Alcala 31

Madrid, Spain

June 9 – Sept. 19, 2010

Mario Testino

"Todo o Nada"

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

Sept. 21 – Jan. 9, 2010

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From Zoe Strauss' "America"

Zoe Strauss, Philadelphia-based photographer, will be speaking tonight, Wednesday November 17, at 7:00 pm EST as part of the International Center of Photography's Photographers Lecture Series. The Lecture will take place at the School at ICP and will be moderated by Phillip S. Block. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $15 or the online webcast may be viewed live at:http://lectures.icp.edu/live/

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Burning Room, Fresson color print

 

Bernard Faucon delivered an unforgettable lecture November 15, 2010 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His lecture was introduced by Diego Cortez who curated Faucon's current exhibition, "The Most Beautiful Day of My Youth," at the New Orleans Museum of Art (November 14, 2010 - March 13, 2011). Faucon also has another major solo exhibition at the Kobe Fashion Museum in Japan (October 21, 2010 - January 1, 2011) in which, for the first time, Faucon's mannequins are exhibited alongside the photographs of them. Two of the photographs of staged mannequins are actually reconstructed utilizing the same mannequins that are in the photographs.

 

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Bernard Faucono is a multi-disciplinary project that offers inspiring and empowering skills for youth. Their monthly workshop program exposes kids in Coco Solo, a community in Colon, Panama, to digital photography and media literacy, creative writing and sculpture, urban agriculture and more. The main purpose is to create a platform for the exchange of valuable skills, build self-confidence and motivation among the community, strengthen education and establish an alternative outlet for self-expression. Through these skill-shares, the youth of the community are taught practical means by which they can effect and inspire positive change, embracing the idea that a community's ability to self-represent allows for long-lasting positive change. http://cambiocreativo.tumblr.com/

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