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Panel Discussion: Tomatsu on the Americans at Aperture

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 15, 2014
Aperture Galelry & Bookstore, NYC

Tuesday May 20
6:00 pm

Join Leo Rubinfein, Dr. Miwako Tezuka, and Matt Witkovsky for a panel discussion on Shomei Tomatsu's work and his influence on the generation of Japanese photographers in his wake.  Leo Rubinfein was the editor and essayist of Tomatsu's recent publication, Chewing gum and chocolate.  Tomatsu (1930 - 2012) created what some could say is the world's view of portraits of post-war Japan; he was dedicated to documenting as many Japan-based US military bases as possible and focus on the systematic impact of American victory and occupation.

Leo Rubinfien is an artist, writer, and curator.  Dr. Miwako Tezuka is the first Japanese director of Japan Society in its over 100-year long history; she is an internationally recognized curator and expert in modern and contemporary Japanese art.  Matthew S. Witkovsky is Richard and Ellen Sador Char of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago.

For more information on this event, please visit Aperture Foundation 

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Aperture Foundation Portfolio Prize Winner Announced

Posted By Administration, Saturday, April 5, 2014

Amy Elkins Named Aperture Portfolio Prize 2014 Recipient 

Amy Elkins was announced as the 2014 winner of Aperture Foundation's Portfolio Prize.  Elkins was selected for work from two series- 
Parting Words and Black is the Day, Black is the Night.  Both series address the depersonalization of the prison and capital punishment systems.  Among the many things that reinforce the quality of the work is the way formal treatment, weather austere or painterly, implicates the viewer in the content of the work. Elkins presents portraits and images of prison-issued or inmate-produced objects and correspondence.  In Parting Words Elkins presents a series of black and white head shots of inmates who have been executed, their image rendered with the repetition of each prisoner's final words.  The portraits are flat and chilling; they give us a window to look through but keep us at a marked distance.  In black is the Day, Black is the Night, Elkins exchanged letters with inmates.  At times she photographically documents the letters themselves, in other instances she drew imagined interior landscapes out the correspondence.  Color works of land or waterscapes evolve as dually imagined portraits of inmates who's visage is then blurred, pixelated, and otherwise degraded within the depicted place.  The faces become obscured relative to the amount of time a prisoner has been locked away.  

For more information on this story, please visit Aperture Foundation

Amy Elkins is represented by aipad member gallery Yancey Richardson

Image Information:
Nine Years out of a Death Row Sentence (Forest) - A pen pal 13 years into his death row sentence describes a childhood memory of taking refuge in the forest throughout.  
© Amy Elkins, Courtesy of the Artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery 

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Discussion: Eyes in the Sky with Aperture Foundation

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 24, 2014

Eyes in the Sky:  The History of the Arial Perspective 

Thursday, March 6
6:30 p.m.

At the New School

Wollman Hall

65 West 11th Street, New York, NY           


Historian Paula Amad, scholar Raphael Dallaporta, and scholar Laura Kurgan discuss the past and present of arial photography, its history, poetics, and challenges to be covered. 

Paula Amad is an associate professor in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa. She is the author of Counter-Archive: Film, the Everyday and Albert Kahn’s Archives de la Planète (2010) and numerous articles, which have appeared in History of PhotographyCinema JournalFilm HistoryCamera Obscura, and Framework, among other journals. She is currently writing a book focused on an alternative history of modern aerial vision across photography and film, for which she has done extensive research in archives across Europe and the United States. Raphaël Dallaporta is a documentary photographer. He is concerned with public issues addressing human rights, as well as more symbolic subjects such as the fragility of life.  Laura Kurgan is an associate professor of architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. She is director of the Visual Studies curriculum and the Spatial Information Design Lab, and is co-director of the Advanced Data Visualization Project. Kurgan is the author of Close Up at a Distance: Mapping, Technology, and Politics (2013). Her work explores digital mapping technologies, ethics and politics of mapping, and the visualization of big and small data.


For more information on this event, please visit Aperture Foundation


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