Benedetta Ristori is a freelance photographer currently based in Rome,Italy. Her work is focus on the tension that exists between a form – such as a human head or a square – and the space which it both occupies and is contained by. Crucial concepts of her stylistic research: decadence, abandonment, emptiness and new approach to classic beauty. In 2014 is interviewed by the magazine Vanity Fair – Style.it in the Emerging Photographers section.Read More
Rana Young is an artist, educator, and currently serves and an Installation Photographer for the Sheldon Museum of Art. Rana holds an MFA in Studio Art from University of Nebraska–Lincoln where she was an Othmer Fellow and received her BFA in Studio Art from Portland State University. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, as well as published online by British Journal of Photography, Strange Fire Collective, C41 Magazine, Lenscratch, and Aint-Bad Magazine, among others. Through her photographs, Rana investigates concepts such as loss, intimacy, identity, and voyeurism. (www.ranayoung.com)
Rana co-founded PHOTO–EMPHASIS, an online platform highlighting work made by photography educators and students, with fellow artist Alec Kaus. (www.photo-emphasis.com) PHOTO–EMPHASIS launches on August 1, 2017.Read More
M. Katie White is a photographer and mixed-media artist currently based in Iowa City. She recently received her MFA from The University of Iowa and has a BFA from The University of Akron in Ohio. Her work focuses on the intersection of environmental activism and personal issues, pulling inspiration from locations with a connection to her life. This work is grounded in scientific research, pulled from sources like Environmental Protection Agency and assorted conservation organizations. In addition to making these issues more accessible, her work communicates an important message: We must all work together to ensure a more sustainable future for all of us.Read More
We Are Ugly but We Have the Music
I had an idyllic upbringing, I grew up in a commune of sorts, with three moms and three dads, and seven brothers and sisters. Our story is serendipitous, unlikely, and beautiful. I relive my memories like reading a novel, as if our past might still be taking place in the present in some alternate universe. In recent years, our family has fallen apart in monumental ways. We mourned losses one after another, as if the tragic momentum was unstoppable. I grew up knowing that falling backwards would mean two dozen hands, outstretched to catch me, and suddenly falling means descending into cold, empty air.
This series, titled ‘We are Ugly but We Have the Music’, is my attempt to understand what is left. My childhood meant knowing, it meant being sure. Now, right in the thick of it, I'm still staring out at what feels like a sea of uncertainty and change. If my childhood was easy to know, a series of stories so magnificent, they sound like fiction- how can I understand my family's present: often full of heartache, loneliness, and banality? What is the reality of what we are now, after our fall from grace? With this series, I explore this reality by delving into my memories, while concurrently attempting to make peace with present.
Marisa Chafetz is a New York based artist who works primarily in photography. She received her BFA in photography from Tulane University in 2017. Her work explores the blurred lines between fictional tableaus and traditional documentary photography. She often deals with topics such as family life, American suburbia, and coming of age. In 2017 she received a George Lurcy Grant as well as a grant from the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography. Additionally, a photo she made for New York Magazine's 'Sex on Campus' cover story won an American Photography Award and was published in American Photography 32. Her work has been exhibited in New Orleans, London and New York. You can see more of her work here.
Rachael's work focuses primarily on family dynamics, relationships, and nostalgia. She is especially interested in social subcultures and identity informed by place. Her ongoing project, Between Home and Here, is a narrative series about guilt, assumed family, and life in a landlocked state. Rachael is an avid supporter of self-publishing, accessible art, zines, and collecting. She is inspired by artists who work in collaboration with each other and their community.Read More
Minjin Kang is a contemporary photographic artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She moved to the United States in 2008 where she received her BFA at School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011). In 2014, she acquired her MFA at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S nationally and internationally such as Asia contemporary Art Show in Hong Kong, Arpny and bcs gallery in NYC, and Aqua Art Miami in FL.Read More
Anna Brody is a photographer and empath currently studying at the Savannah
College of Art and Design in Georgia. She began making images through film and darkroom process in 2005 and now brings her compassionate perspective and seemingly bottomless reservoir of chameleonic emotions to her work in medium and large format color film. Anna is also an editorial assistant at Aint-Bad, an independent publisher of new photographic art. Her work has been shown in exhibitions throughout the U.S., and most recently as part of a digital display at the Louvre in Paris. She instagrams a lot, feels feelings a lot, and goes jogging approximately once a month. Please feel extremely free to contact Anna at any time to purchase prints or ask questions, as she will most likely not be out exercising.Read More
Shortwave radio and Space Race technology cultivate both individual and larger collective experiences that connect us through distance and encourage us to explore the unknown. Distant Transmissions dissects shortwave radio and space travel as landmarks of exploration and includes photographs, shortwave spy codes, and a handmade spacesuit.
Photographs are portals to our subjective and objective memories, histories that are both true and fabricated. Distant Transmissions is presented under the guise of the “American Interterrestrial Society", a fictitious organization that comments on our role in history and how our history is informed and changed by technology. AIS believes that technology has greatly influenced our role as archetypal explorers in history and investigates what role technology plays in contemporary life. As our political and social environments become more complex, the American Interterrestrial Society is part of a planet-wide ecosystem of creative engagement that challenges the current trend in alternative history and alternative facts.
Christine Zuercher is a photographer born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. She received a BFA from the University of Dayton in 2011 and an MFA from East Carolina University in 2016. Her research is on shortwave radio, the Space Race, and transmission technologies with a focus in interdisciplinary and alternative photographic processes. She is a Dayton Art Institute Yeck Fellow and an Ohio Arts Council Excellence Award Recipient. She has a national exhibition record that includes the Texas Women's University, Greenhill Center for Art in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery in San Antonio, Texas. Her work can be seen in publications such as The Hand Magazine, Ticka Arts, and Light Leaked. She enjoys photographing interplanetary adventures with collaborators and friends while in her spacesuit. You can see more of her work here.
Deanna Dikeman was born in Sioux City, Iowa, USA, in 1954. She has been an artist- photographer since 1985, when she left a corporate job to try a photography class. She has M.S. and B.S. degrees from Purdue University., http://deannadikeman.com/Read More
Between the years 2000 and 2010, the Hispanic population of Tennessee increased by 134%, making it the third highest growth rate of this cultural group in the country. In 2011, while studying both Spanish and Photography, I began photographing Hispanic individuals who migrated to the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee.
This representation of a growing Latino culture in the hills of East Tennessee hints at the changing social landscape of the area, the symbiotic relationship of the Latino and Appalachian cultures, but also, how both cultures have acclimated. In a visual juxtaposition to Appalachian heritage, Hispanic culture is represented by vibrant colors, a variety of foods, and often traditional decorations. These aspects are seen in photographs of colorful businesses, churches with bilingual signs, artwork in homes, and other aspects of the community as individuals claim and negotiate their sense of place. Through the images, viewers are introduced to the importance of emerging diversity in this historically conservative region of the United States; however, because of the forced fusion of these two cultures, we see similarities between the cultures that allow them to blend indiscernibly at times, creating an illusion of acceptance. Photographing police officers, business owners, my neighbors, and friends challenges the stereotypes fueled by discriminatory political rhetoric that many Appalachians maintain.
Megan G. King is a photographer from Bristol, Tennessee currently based in Syracuse, New York where she is pursuing an MFA in Art Photography at Syracuse University. Much of her work is rooted in exploring social landscapes, subcultures, and relationships with a focus on representing marginalized groups. King received a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and a BFA in Studio Art from East Tennessee State University in 2013. She is a photo editor for Looking At Appalachia, her work has been exhibited all throughout the Eastern United States, and work from her series Hispanic Appalachia, which focuses on the emerging Latino community of East Tennessee, has been featured in several publications including Oxford American's EYES ON THE SOUTH, NPR's CodeSwitch, and Politico Magazine. You can see more of her work here.
Rebecca Sittler is a photographer, writer and Professor of Art at CSU Long Beach. She has exhibited her work in over 75 exhibitions in the last 10 years at venues such as: Sam Lee Gallery, PCNW, Torrance Museum of Art, the Griffin Museum, Atlantic Center for the Arts, RayKo Gallery, and the PRC, Boston. She received her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art in 2003. Her recent series, All the Presidents’ Men received a 2015 Collection Award for Innovation in the Documentary Arts from the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.
Rebecca Sittler is also a co-founder of the institute for Inverted histories (iIh), established to bring lesser known, mysterious, and sometimes contradictory historical narratives surrounding gender, political and cultural identities to a larger public via publications, public discussions, and museum displays. www.rebeccasittler.comRead More
Celeste Ortiz is a chilean photographer dedicated mostly to self portraiture.
Celeste has participated on group shows and screenings in Chile, Argentina, Austria, UK, Spain, Poland, USA, Mexico, Romania, Belgium, France and Indonesia. Also, she had a solo exhibition in 2014 as part of art residency on Valparaiso (Chile). She has been featured and interviewed in a large number of blogs, fanzines, online and printed magazines from all around the world. On 2013 she was included on the "2nd Anthology of Young Photography Fotoespacio Chile 2012-2013". Since 2014 she has self-published handmade fanzines and a photobook.Read More
The photographs in Views Removed render trees, stones and other natural materials in ways that their scale and perspective become ambiguous, sometimes combining more than one negative to create a "landscape view" that exists only in the final print. The composition and contrast in the resulting gelatin silver prints emulate the white paper background and equivocal space in ink painting traditions that are free from the technical constraints of photography. The photographs are inspired by questions about Eastern and Western pictorial space, landscape as construct, and the inherent tension between the real and ideal.
The Views Removed series includes small editions of gelatin silver prints on 20x8 inch or 20x16 inch paper.
Dana Fritz is a Professor in the School of Art, Art History & Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she teaches photography. She holds a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Arizona State University. Her honors include an Arizona Commission on the Arts Fellowship, a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange to Japan, the 2013 Society for Photographic Education Imagemaker Award and Juror’s Awards in national exhibitions. University of Nebraska-Lincoln has awarded several grants from the Office of Research and the Hixson-Lied Endowment that have supported her photographic projects in the United States, Europe and Japan. Fritz’s work has been exhibited in over 60 venues in the last decade including the Phoenix Art Museum, Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Houston Center for Photography, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, the Griffin Museum of Photography and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in the U.S. International venues include Château de Villandry in France, Xi’an Jiaotong University Art Museum in China and Toyota Municipal Museum of Art in Japan. Fritz’s work has been published in numerous exhibition catalogs including Encounters: Photography from the Sheldon Museum of Art and Grasslands/Separating Species and was featured in print magazines Orion, Photography Quarterly, Artland and PDNedu. Her portfolios Garden Views, Terraria Gigantica and Views Removed were selected for the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s Midwest Photographers Project from 2004-06, 2008-12 and 2015-17 respectively. Her work is held in several collections including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; New Mexico State University, Las Cruces; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona; Weeks Gallery Global Collection of Photography at Jamestown Community College, New York; the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art; and Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris. Fritz has been awarded artist residencies at four locations known for their significant cultural histories and gardens or unique landscapes: Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, California; Château de Rochefort-en-Terre in Brittany, France; Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Arizona; and PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon. You can see more of her work here.
Dana Fritz' forthcoming monograph, Terraria Gigantica: The World under Glass, will be published by University of New Mexico Press this fall.
Kristen McNevins is based in Connecticut. She received a BFA from the University of Connecticut, and an MFA in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. Her work has been featured in exhibitions through out the United States, print publications, and online magazines. She currently works as an educator in Connecticut.Read More
Laura Wiseman (b. 1993) is a senior at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Laura was born in London, England and lived in both England and Ireland before moving to the United States in 2007. Her work explores the complications of womanhood while combining old and new practices to stretch the medium’s expectations. Laura is inspired by herexperiences as a multi-cultural woman who has travelled for much of her life and integrates these experiences into her work. After graduating from Washington and Lee University in May 2016 Laura will return home before starting an internship with Sally Mann.Read More