Congratulations to Javad Parsa who has just won the FotoVisura grant for his work “My Iranian Journey”. Parsa is an Iranian photographer currently living as a political refugee in Norway due to his work as a photojournalist. In this series he documents his transition from life in Iran to life in Olso, as well the lives of other immigrants’ currently living in Norway. 

To see a sample of this work, visit the fotovisura website.

FotoVisura is an international self-publishing community for art and documentary photographers.

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The exhibition Purity is currently on display at Fotografiska: The Swedish Museum of Photography in Stockholm. This exhibit features the work of Swedish photographer David Magnusson as he explores the American phenomenon of Purity Balls.

These ceremonies, popular in the American Mid-West, hope to elevate young women’s expectations of their relationships by taking vows with their fathers that they will remain chaste until marriage. Commonly rings are exchanged. 

Through Magnusson’s lens we see fathers and their daughter(s) dressed in tuxes and ball-gowns standing in the foreground with the vastness of the American Western landscape behind them. While the composition remains the same throughout the edit, the subjects’ expressions and interactions bring a delicate and intimate nuance to the images.

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The Archive of Documentary Arts has partnered with Daylight Books, the Sallie Bingham Center, the Center for Documentary Studies, and Spectre Arts to bring documentary photographers Vincent Cianni and Mariette Pathy Allen to Durham for a series of talks, presentations and conversations.

The series will culminate in a book signing and exhibition of work by the artists to celebrate the release of the artists' monographs TransCuba and Gays in the Military. Refreshments will be served and the artists will be on hand to sign books and answer questions

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Angkor Photo is now accepting submissions for their 10th Annual Photo Festival and Workshops. This year they are including a new submission section “THE IMPACT PROJECT” alongside their traditional “OPEN” catagory. “THE IMPACT PROJECT”  hopes to attract stories of individuals, groups, and organizations striving to make positive change.

Angkor Festival and Workshops is the oldest photography event in Southeast Asia. It offers a free and international platform for emerging and established photographers.

Deadline for submissions: May 30th, 2014 

To learn more about the event or to submit, follow this link.

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New Mexico based CENTER has just released its 2014 Project Launch Grant recipient, Guy Martin. Martin is an English documentary photographer. His winning work City of Dreams takes a critical and cinematic look at the 2013 civil uprising in Turkey using parallels with Turkish soap operas to explore themes of modernity, conflict, and secular uprising.

To see a sample of his work, visit this page.

To learn more about CENTER and the work they do to support emerging photographers visit this page.

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On May 1st the Steven Kasher Gallery will be hosting a launch for Empire, Daylight's newest publication. Empire features a compilation of photographs by Martin Hyers and William Mebane taken on road-trips through the American South and West. In a style reminiscent of Eggleston, they focus on found objects in American homes that together describe with specificity what life in 21st century America looks and feels like.

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On April 10th, LA Based Society of Publication Designers & Studio 1342 will be hosting an ispirational line up of six well-established industry leaders as they they present their favorite West Coast Artists. Presenters include Charlie Hess (Design Director), Cat Jimenex (Lucie Foundation), Mateiu Young (Photographer), Lisa Thackaberry / Dan Chavkin (Photo editor & Photographer)

Drinks are served at 7pm. Presentations begin at 8pm.

Click here to find out more and to reserve tickets (which are free, but require reservation).

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 This month Ace Hotel Downtown LA will be exhibiting of the work of LA-Based photographer and renowned filmmaker Matthias Koeningswieser entitled CHIAROSCUO.  Koeningswieser’s cinematic training is clear in the style of these photographs, which expertly use light and shadow to evoke a film still quality, while drawing the viewer into mysterious narratives. The exhibition runs through April 27th.

The opening will take place on Thursday April 10th, from 7:00pm-10:00pm.

For more information, click here

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 TONIGHT is the release party for the late photojournalist Chris Hondros’ book Testament, which will take place at the Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn. The book includes work spanning over a decade; it includes images from Afghanistan, to the West Bank, from Libya to Egypt, all of which capture the human element of international conflict. As his website notes, in his photographs we see “a jubilant Liberian rebel fighter exalt during a firefight, a U.S. Marine remove Saddam Hussein’s portrait from an Iraqi classroom, American troops ride confidently in a thin-skinned unarmored Humvee during the first months of the Iraq war”. This book is the most thorough complication of the Pulitzer Prize nominated photographer's work to date.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 9th at 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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Photo magazine Fraction Magazine dedicates each and every May issue to Fraction readers and the talented photographic community they've helped foster. The month of May will soon be upon us and Fraction Magazine is calling for submissions for their 6th Anniversary Issue. Fifty images will be selected, which will represent the best of what is noteworthy in contemporary photography. Photographers are asked to submit a single image that best represents his or her work to fractionsubmissions@gmail.com with "Sixth Anniversary" in the subject line. The deadline is April 13th, 2014 at 5PM MST so start sifting through your work for this wonderful opportunity to showcase your skill and effort.

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