JONATHAN BECKER: Elaine's Kitchen in Drugstore Culture's Inaugural Issue

Elaine at Elaine’s, 2002, with some regulars (L to R): 
Lewis Lapham, Frederick Seidel, Father Pete Colapietro, Mayor David Dinkins, George Plimpton, Terry McDonell, Chuck Pfeifer, Josh Gasparo, Nelson Aldrich, Bobby Zarem, David Black & A. E. Hotchner
Photograph © Jonathan Becker

John Paul Getty III, Linda Hutton, Averil P. Meyer
and Fred Hughes in Elaine’s kitchen, 1976
Photograph © Jonathan Becker

Brassaï’s 80th Birthday at Elaine’s, 9 September 1979
Photograph © Jonathan Becker

Elaine’s was a form of inheritance to me, and I didn’t squander it.  Both my mother and my father were part of an intellectual and theatrical New York culture - intelligencia, litterati, glitterati, whatever - that made the city glow in the Sixties and Seventies… 
 – Jonathan Becker

A special portfolio by Jonathan Becker of his brilliant photographs documenting the heyday of Elaine’s Restaurant in New York, illustrated with his personal reminiscences,  is published in the first ever glorious Inaugural Issue of DRUGSTORE CULTURE.

DRUGSTORE CULTURE's Publisher, Charles P. Finch

"Is it a book? Is it a magazine?...." asks British GQ's Charlie Burton. 
I don't know, but I do know it's about Culture and Politics • To be published 6 times a year • The first issue has Film, Art, and Soul and the aforementioned fabulous Portfolio by Jonathan Becker • A digital platform will be live shortly • To receive a copy of the Inaugural Issue, DM/instantmessage your address to @finchandpartners on #instagram for your free issue!

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PHOTOVILLE 2018: United Photo Industrie's 1st Annual Photo Picnic in Brooklyn Bridge Park • Plus 93 Exhibitions • 50+ Talks • Workshops • Special Events • Free To Public • Dogs Welcome

"United Photo Industries' Photo Picnic" 
Brooklyn Bridge Park 
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Experience a special preview of Photoville and explore innovative visual projects under the Brooklyn Bridge while enjoying libations by Brooklyn Brewery and Kings County Distillery, and cuisine served by our friends at Smorgasburg!

With the purchase of a picnic basket  you will be supporting UPI’s free public programs - see below for more information on the evening. And if you can't attend - consider donating to UPI!
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September 13–23! Free To The Public! 
Photoville will present work by more than 600 artists in 90 photography exhibitions and outdoor installations, providing an accessible venue for the public to experience both challenging and entertaining visual stories from a diverse group of artists, curators and organizations.

In addition to exhibitions in and around the freight containers, Photoville offers panel discussions, artist lectures, professional development seminars, hands-on workshops, extraordinary nighttime programming, and our Education Day that brings together hundreds of public school students for a unique photo-based field trip.

Photoville remains open to the public— dogs included—free of charge, making it unlike any other photo festival in the world.

 93 Exhibitions • 50+ Talks • Workshops • Special Events



 Photograph © Oskar Alvarado, from his series Lucernario

Photograph © Oskar Alvarado, from his series Lucernario

A Work In Progress

"This work in progress speaks of people struggling to change their mental reality in order to improve their emotional balance. A reality probably inherited in childhood or adolescence, or forged with the becoming of our existence and in which sometimes we are permanently stagnant without being able to leave it.

After becoming aware of this, the fragmented episodes of one of the hardest personal processes through which we go: change our mental cartography. That map of rituals in the form of thoughts through which we travel, which brings us again and again to self-regulation.

Often we are prisoners of ourselves, we live in anguish, in the permanent sensation of being trapped in invisible blocks. But we are moved by the idea that our limits can be crossed and thus stop dwelling in recurring nightmares that tell us about the need to overcome fears and frustrations.

My interest lies in the visual representation of the inner processes of people. How these manifest in their relationship with themselves and their own environment. In this underlying context of hope, where the greatest triumph is none other than attaining inner calm, this desire for self-improvement will undoubtedly move us to a new space of luminous outline." – Oskar Alvarado

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Photograph by Oskar Alvarado, from his series Insomnia
Helsinki Photo Festival 2018

Born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, Oskar Alvarado resides in Barcelona where he combines his personal Photography with his work as a Photography teacher. He holds a Bachelor´s Degree in Fine Arts from the Basque Country University, where he received a grant to develop the photographic project Conexiones in an artist residence in Arteleku Art Center in San Sebastián. He later moved to Barcelona to study at the International School of Photography GrisArt and received an MA on Curatorial and Cultural Practices in Art and New Media. His work has been selected Internationally for the Voies Off Awards in Arles, France; Addis Foto Fest, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and exhibited work from his series, Insomnia, at the 2018 Helsinki Photo Festival in Finland, among others.  

* All Text Courtesy of Oskar Alvarado Website



 The Best of LensCulture, Vol. 2 (Schilt Publishing, 2018) 
Cover Image: Coco Amardeil

 The Best of LensCulture, Vol. 1 (Schilt Publishing, 2017) 
Cover Image: Annelie Vandendael

In "The Best of Lensculture, Vol. 2" there are 162 award-winning contemporary photographers from 38 countries on five continents, making remarkable work right now in diverse cultures around the world. It’s fresh, inspiring, insightful and thought-provoking. 

This book celebrates excellence in the visual language of photography in all genres: documentary, fine art, photojournalism, portrait, street photography, abstract, landscape, architecture, nature, alternative process, experimental, poetic, personal, and more. 

If you are serious about the current state of photography around the globe, you’ll discover a rich variety of photographers and their imagery presented in these pages.

This book is an all-new follow-up on the great success of "The Best of LensCulture, Vol. 1" which is still available.
Vol. 1: Purchase Here + Vol. 2:  Purchase Here


All 50 photographers selected will receive an online Photography Master Class with Joel Meyerowitz or Steve McCurry; as well as included in NY’s KLOMPCHING Gallery exhibition; worldwide exposure to LensCulture's 3+ million audience; and inclusion in "The Best of LensCulture, Vol. 3" Photo Book! 


A great opportunity to show your work to an International Jury of Editors from the The British Journal of Photography and WIRED, Gallery Professionals, Photo Festival Organizers; and every entrant receives personalized written feedback on their work by a Photo Industry Professional. 


Fotobiennalen 2018 International Online Portfolio Reviews: September 1–30, 2018

Fotobiennalen 2018, A new Danish biennial for contemporary photography and lens-based art will be held in Aarhus, Odense and Copenhagen as a collaboration between Brandts, Fotografisk Center and Galleri Image. In collaboration with Portfolio Dialogue, Fotobiennalen invites Photographers from all over the world to take part in their International Online Portfolio Reviews throughout September. 

Fotobiennalen 2018 International Portfolio Review has selected 30 of the world's leading Photography Curator's and Foto-Festival Director's, including Katrín Elvarsdóttir, Co-Director Icelandic Photo Festival Reykjavik; Azu Nwagbogu, Director of the Lagos Festival; Beate Cegielska, Gallery Director Aarhas; Niyatee Shinde, Curator Mumbai; Jean-Christophe Godet, Director Guernsey Photo Festival; Rui Prata, Curator Helsinki; Daniel Boetker-Smith, Melbourne; among many others from Dublin, Madrid, Marseille, Denmark, Berlin, London, Russia, Istanbul, Cape Town, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, and Tianjin.

And from the U.S. book a Review with the extraordinary Christopher Rauschenberg, Board Chair of Blue Sky Gallery Portland; Hannah Frieser and Charles Guice from The Center for Photography at Woodstock; extraordinary Photographer Chris Verene; and myself. 

Check out each of the 30 Reviewer profiles for their available review dates. Should your favorite reviewer be fully booked, use 'Notify Me' to get an email if the reviewer chooses to offer extra reviews My Available Portfolio Review Dates are September 1, 5, 25th and 27th

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ABOUT Fotobiennalen 2018 : A new Danish biennial for contemporary photography and lens-based art, Fotobiennalen 2018 will focus on the post-photographic image and photography's expanded field. This year Fotobiennalen will be held in Aarhus on August 29th, Odense on August 30th and in Copenhagen on August 31st, as a collaboration between Brandts, Fotografisk Center and Galleri Image. Read more about the upcoming exhibitions and artists here.


PHOTOPLACE GALLERY: Elizabeth Avedon Juried Exhibition

 © Richard Greene

 © Zackery Handler
they are of threaded glass

© Felipe Garza
Hide and Seek

Opening Reception: August 4th, 4–7pm

August 1 – September 1, 2018
3 Park Street
Middlebury, VT 05753

ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAITS: A Juried Exhibition at PhotoPlace Gallery

 Juror's Award: Aimée Hoving  
Out of the Blue

 Director's Award: JP Terlizzi
The Puzzle, from the series The Cedars Run Silent

 Leslie Jean-Bart
Hollis King, Art Director and Collector of Photo Books

 Tom M Johnson
Christiane Leach

 DB Waltrip

 Cyndy B. Waters
Phoebe Home with Her Chicken
Mathare Valley, Nairobi, Kenya

 Sandra Chen Weinstein
The Migrant

 Beata Wolniewicz
Madam J.

 Michele Zousmer
Irish Traveller Children

Daniel Bosler
Venice Beach Fly Girl

“In a short story, environmental portraits are the setting, the part of the tale that establishes mood and creates a backdrop for the narrative to begin.” — Polly Gaillard, Arts Writer

The call for “Environmental Portraits” created a wide range of images entered; traditional, contemporary, young and old, ancient and modern, unique cultures presented from different perspectives.

I want to thank every photographer who put themselves and their work out there for this call. There were almost two thousand images submitted and it was my honor to become very familiar with each of them. As I slowly began to see a “show” come together - some images moving the narrative along in a unique way - I believe in the end the images chosen are a compelling group, collectively taking each of us on a personal journey of our own — Elizabeth Avedon, Juror

August 1 – September 1, 2018
3 Park Street
Middlebury VT 05753

Reception: August 4th, 4 to 7pm

(802) 388-4500


Landskrona Foto Festival + Breadfield 2018 Foto Book Dummy Award Winner: Pietro Paolini

Photograph © Pietro Paolini 
from his book dummy "Buscando a Bolìvar"

Photograph © Pietro Paolini 
from his book dummy "Buscando a Bolìvar"

Photograph © Pietro Paolini 
from his book dummy "Buscando a Bolìvar"

"Only dreams can help us imagine a better future." – Pietro Paolini

Landskrona Foto + Breadfield are very happy to announce this years Foto Book Dummy Award Winner is Pietro Paolini for his dummy "Buscando a Bolìvar.” His book will be designed, printed and distributed by Landskrona Foto and he will present his work during Landskrona's Foto Festival this September 2018, as part of the official festival program. Honorable Mentions go to Dani Pujalte (Spain); Karoliina Paatos (Finland) and Carlos Chavarría (USA). 

A huge thanks goes out to all 227 artists who submitted their dummies! A slide show of the single images they submitted will be shown at Exercishallen during the Landskrona Foto Festival's Photobook Days, September 14-16th.
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Pietro Paolini, from Florence, Italy, graduated from the Fondazione Studio Marangoni. In 2004, he started to take an interest in the South America, documenting social and political change in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador. In 2006, he founded, with three other photographers, the TerraProject Collective, which deals with social and geographical issues in Italy.

Congratulations, Pietro Paolini!
Foto Book Dummy Award  Winner

The Landskrona Foto Dummy Award was arranged for the first time in 2015 and offers photographers, through a jury assessment, to get their photobook dummy published with support from Landskrona Foto. 

The 2018 Landskrona Foto Dummy Jury: Elizabeth Avedon (Curator), US; Jenny Rova (Photographer), Sweden and Switzerland; Gerry Johansson (Photographer), Sweden; Tommaso Parrillo (Publisher), Italy; Tony Kristensson (Gallery Breadfield), Sweden

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14–23 SEPTEMBER 2018

Once a year, the little Swedish city of Landskrona turns into a buzzing photographic metropolis – Landskrona Foto Festival. The art of photography becomes a part of the urban environment, in the parks and the shops, while simultaneously occupying the sanctuaries of fine culture. The love of photography, the commitment and drive to make Landskrona a photo city, reaches its crescendo during ten days in September. You cannot fail to notice the ambition: to become The Capital of Photography in Scandinavia. The festival has established itself as our most important photo event nationally, and it has also made an international impact. This year, over 120 exhibiting photographers from the whole world can be seen in this sixth edition of the festival. Welcome to ten days of exhibitions, artist talks, workshops and much more! Check it out!


INTERIORS: Call For Entry | A. Smith Gallery | Juror Elizabeth Avedon | Deadline Aug 20th

Photograph © Amanda Smith

“Interiors” Call for Entry: A Smith Gallery
Juror | Elizabeth Avedon
Entries Due | August 20, 2018
Exhibition | October 5 to November 11, 2018
Reception | October 27, 2018, 4 to 8pm

INTERIORS: inside, details, furnishings, space, indoors, within, internals, contents …. Creativity is encouraged! Jurors Award – $325.00. Directors Award – $250.00. And more ..... ELIGIBILITY |  Submissions are open to all photographers both professional and amateur working in all photographic mediums and styles. International entries are welcomed. Work that has been previously exhibited at A Smith Gallery is not eligible. View Submission Guidelines here


The Picture Review Edition 10: The Brutally Honest Portrait Curated by Elizabeth Avedon

American Gothic © Garret Stanley
Curator's Choice

The Brutally Honest Portrait  began with 200 photographs

Photograph © Leonid Furmansky

Photograph © Wanda Mellette 

 The Picture Review 10 Installation

The Picture Review 10 Installation

The Picture Review is an ongoing exhibition, lecture series, and mentoring program hosted in The Department of Professional Photography (The.DPP) at Austin Community College. Produced bi-annually by Department Chair Sean Perry, Maja Buck, and The Picture Review Team, this program has run through many editions since its inception. 

The Picture Review has collaborated with numerous icons in the field of photography, including Dan Winters, Michael O’Brien, Elinor Carucci, Jace Graf, Ven. Nicholas Vreeland, Mary Virginia Swanson, Susan Burnstine, Sarah Wilson and Clay Patrick McBride.

I was first introduced to this program in 2013 when Sean Perry invited me to visit with his class to mentor his students about strategies for curating and editing a large amount of photographs. I was honored to return again to work on this 10th Edition of The Picture Review curating a selection from "The Brutally Honest Portrait". The students started with 200 photographs that were refined to twelve large scale prints for exhibition. The show, sponsored by Hahnemühle Paper, is widely seen as it runs in The.DPP until December 2018, with past editions being installed in new locations throughout the college.


The Brutally Honest Portrait   
Curated by Elizabeth Avedon

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A Conversation with Garrett Stanley and Elizabeth Avedon 

The.DPP also ran a call for entry on Instagram open to its broader community. From those entries I selected Garret Stanley’s photograph, American Gothic, as my Curator’s Choice. The following is a short conversation between myself and Garrett about his start in photography. 

EA · Where are you from, and what do you love about making photographs?

GS · I am from South Austin, Texas (there is a difference from North Austin!) and I was child during a time in my city where rednecks and hippies were learning not only to co-exist, but to also enjoy each other's company. This city has given me a great appreciation for different perspectives and kindness.

The thing I love about making photographs is the experience of learning about a person. I work to create an image where the audience may feel something for a stranger that they may have overlooked otherwise. My favorite moment is the expression my subjects show when I tell them that I find them interesting and important and that I want to make their portrait.

EA · What interests you about photographing people?

GS ·  I care about people and their stories. I am humbled by the opportunity to honor someone when making a photograph about them. I am interested in contributing to the greater experience of how we each make our way in the world, sometimes feeling alone and yet together.

EA · Who is your dream publication to shoot for?

GS · I have two. First, being a Texan, I have dreamed of being in Texas Monthly since I was in middle school. The storytelling and the imagery has always touched my heart and inspired me to search for the truth.

The other would be Time magazine and Kira Pollack. Their "Person of the Year" issue and accompanying portrait always makes me pause. I still have my issue of Time magazine that was just a day or two after 9/11. I am inspired and encouraged by people helping people, of selflessness and community. Time has also shown me that as a photographer I have a responsibility to document what is going on around me.

EA · What’s next for you?

GS · Immediately next is applying to and attending PhotoNOLA this fall. I am filled with a mixture of anxiety and confidence, and I want to learn more about what others find as strong and weak points in my work. I want to be present, vulnerable, and sure all at the same time.

My fear of writing down what’s next is that once I write it, I am accountable to it. That said, I am working on a photo story about women incarcerated in Texas prisons. There are over 12,000 women in the Texas prison system. 10,000 of these women are mothers. This has tremendous impact on families and children’s futures.

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 Photograph © Andrew Welch
“The Hahnemühle Fine Print Award”

 Photograph © Christopher Newland

  Photograph © Malinda Baum

 Photograph © Andrew Porras

Photograph © Raeann Alcorta

Photograph © Justin Hopkins

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Sean Perry attended Berklee College of Music and was a working musician before turning to photography in 1996. He began his service as an Adjunct Professor of Photography in The Department of Professional Photography (The.DPP) at Austin Community College in 2001, and served as Adjunct Professor of Photography for the School of Visual Arts in New York City beginning in 2006. In 2016, he accepted a position at ACC as full-time Associate Professor.

Perry was awarded the The.DPP’s first ever Innovation Grant, which was used to create “The Picture Review” — a mentoring program featuring a series of exhibitions and lectures with special guest curators mentioned above. In 2015, he was honored as Adjunct Faculty Teacher of the Year and presented with the John and Suanne Roueche Award for Excellence for his role with this ongoing project. He is now Department Chair of Professional Photography at ACC in Austin.



Southern Stories #3
Photograph © Jessica Hines

Southern Stories #10
Photograph © Jessica Hines

Odd Stories #48
Photograph © Jessica Hines

The Beginning #56 / My Brother’s War
Photograph © Jessica Hines

I Pray For Your Spirit #10 / My Brother’s War
Photograph © Jessica Hines

The Reconciliation #13/ / My Brother’s War
Photograph © Jessica Hines

The box stood packed away high on a closet shelf for over twenty-five years. Packed by my mother, it contained the letters, photographs, medals, and important papers that had once belonged to my deceased brother, Gary. It was serendipitous that I came to open the box and read the letters. Not having read them since I was a child, the time period was brought back to life for me. It was as if I could hear my brother speaking – it was as if he were still alive and I was listening to him talk about his life. –Jessica Hines, My Brother’s War

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Artist and storyteller Jessica Hines, uses the camera’s inherent quality as a recording device to explore illusion and to suggest truths that underlie the visible world. At the core of Hines’ work lies an inquisitive nature inspired by personal memory, experience and the unconscious mind. Don't miss her exhibition now showing in Edinburgh, Scotland and her Gallery Talk in person July 10th!

Jessica Hines: Dreamland
thru July 31, 2018
Studio Bizio
20a Raeburn Place
Edinburgh, Scotland

 Artist Gallery Talk:  July 10, 7pm

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My 2014 Interview with Jessica Hines for 
L'Oeil de la Photographie Magazine 

I was honored to be asked to work on Jessica Hines beautiful and moving project, My Brother’s War. I was impressed with the amount of research Jessica put into locating and speaking with her brother's wartime friends and attending the reunion of her brother's units in Viet Nam: The 178th ASHC, The Boxcars and the 132nd ASHC, Hercules, as well as traveling to Viet Nam to retrace her brother’s “footsteps”.... Here is an excerpt from our 2014 conversation:

Elizabeth Avedon: Was your image, Southern Stories #15, part of an ongoing series?

Jessica Hines: Yes, Southern Stories developed out of my own curiosity, frustration, and fascination with life in the southern United States – a place where I have lived for years. This is “home” now and the place has cast a strange “spell” over me with its “dark” past that still haunts this landscape. At the same time though, the South has a quirkiness that I love, and a memorable beauty and charm – a place like no other. The images I produced for this series are made serendipitously, without anticipation or planning.

EA: Can you tell us something about the experience of shooting this image? What captured your attention to take this photograph? 

JH: What I love so much about the photographic process, as I experience it, is the unexpected chance encounter. I was driving the back roads with my camera one day when I decided to stop at the remains of an abandoned store. Scattered around the yard were broken pieces of pottery, odds and ends and old furniture that had been left to weather for maybe a couple of decades or more. No one was in sight and the only sound I could hear was that of a nearby barking dog.  After making my way around the yard, I ventured further out to the edge of an open field where, against a tree, and poking out from underneath a pile of leaves, I saw an old toy ship. It was weathered, too, and looked as though it must have lain there, undisturbed, for at least ten or maybe twenty+ years.  What a treasure! I picked it up and set it on top of a branch, the barking dog and doghouse were right behind it. It all came together very suddenly. Perfect.

A few weeks passed and I returned to this spot, not far from my home, only to find the dog and doghouse were gone. No signs of life remained. Several months later, I returned again to find only an empty lot – the old store had been completely demolished and the area stripped bare of any signs that a building had ever existed in that space. Bare earth. When I pass that way again now, I feel mournful at that “blankness” that remains.

EA:  How did you originally get involved in photography?

JH: My father was an artist who liked to use the camera and it was through him that I received my introduction to the “magic” box. When I was thirteen, my next-door neighbors bought for me my first 35mm camera as a Christmas gift, allowing me to further explore photography. Eventually, I earned a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My path led me to teaching photography at the university level for the past three decades at Georgia Southern University.

EA: Is there a photography icon you met, would like to meet, or wish you had met, that has influenced or inspired you? 

JH: Duane Michals has long been a figure who impressed me with his creative genius, charm and wit, his sensitivity, humor, and profundity. My dream of meeting him came true, on what turned out to be several occasions, and I later invited him to speak at Georgia Southern University where I teach photography. I even cooked dinner for him at home and it was as if I was seeing a vision when I happened to look over and see Duane sitting at my dining room table. Grateful for that.

I would love to meet Sophie Calle. When I was in Paris in 2010, I had the good fortune of seeing her show: All About Her Mother at the Palais de Tokyo. I feel a deep connection to her via our constructed imagery and intimate stories involving those close to us. Maybe one day our paths will cross and I will be lucky.

EA: Apart from developing a great body of work, what are your objectives; what are you working on next?

JH: For the past eight years, I have been dedicated to a story-telling photography project, My Brother’s War. The story is a long and complex one but in short, my brother, Gary, went to war in Viet Nam, returned with PTSD and committed suicide about ten years after returning home. Because vets from that war were not welcomed back home in the US, he moved to Colorado to escape the hostile society and to try to readjust to civilian life. I was a young child when he left and was sent away to live with a number of foster parents until I was in high school. I never had the chance to really know Gary because we didn’t live in the same state. When I did visit my parents twice a year, Gary was either in Viet Nam or Colorado so we met only once in that time and I didn’t see him again until I was much older. Our time together was cut away and cut short.

I’ve retraced his “footsteps” using his letters, photographs and memorabilia. Twice I’ve visited Viet Nam to see the place where he was stationed, Chu Lai; and I’ve made so many discoveries. At this point, I am nearing the end of this work and finishing the final images and text before looking for a publisher.

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Jessica Hines has won a multitude of photography awards, the most recent was 1st Place in the Kuala Lumpur International PhotoAwards, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Tokyo International Photography Awards, Silver Place; Moscow International Foto Awards, Honorable Mention; 1st Place in NEXT: New Photographic Visions, Castell Photography Gallery, curated by Elizabeth Avedon, Asheville, North Carolina; Winner of the 2013 PDN Photography Annual; The Kolga Award for Best Experimental Photography, Kolga Tbislisi Photo in Tbilisi, Georgia; Humanitarian Documentary Grant in the WPGA Annual, Pollux Awards, juried by Philip Brookman, Chief Curator and Head of Research at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC; First Prize in Fine Art Portfolio in the World Wide Photography Gala Awards; Grand Prize for portfolio in the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards 2010; and her work was exhibited in the New York Photo Festival 2011 in Subjective/Objective, curated by Elisabeth Biondi, New York, New York. There's more!