Photograph © Simon Johansson

 Curious Cooper
Photograph © Jamie Pflughoeft (Jamie Piper)

 I Can't Breathe
Photograph © Amy Gaskin

 A Day in The Life
Photograph © Frank Hom

 Havana Taxi Co.1
Photograph © Markku Lahdesmaki

Photograph © Sandra Chen Weinstein

Music + Dance = Love I
Photograph © Cassandra Plavoukos

"Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution." - Ansel Adams  

I was honored to be invited to curate APA-LA’s sixth annual 2017 OFF THE CLOCK photography exhibition. This was an exciting opportunity for me to view the original, creative and truly inspired personal photography of respected professional photographers.

The task of jurying work is never easy. I was to select 100 images through a blind jury process from almost 1000 entries – a daunting task. I spent hours each day over several weeks getting familiar with all the entries before making final selections. There were a wide range of genre’s, including classical fine art, fictional narratives, documentary, travel, satire, still life, and nudes; all in black and white, duotone, color, wet-plate collodion and other photographic processes.

So much care obviously went into creating each image entered, I decided this was not going to be an exhibition focused around one general theme. Instead, I chose to go for an eclectic range - individual images that captured my attention over and over each time I went through the collection. Outdoors, indoors, studio shots, professional models, demonstrators, whatever caught my eye each time I witnessed it. In the end, I feel there is a diverse movement running through the exhibit, beginning quietly and then shifting into drama, a little humor, some very fine portraiture, dizzying landscapes, and finally driving us into the face of current real-life protests.

Above are just a few of the 100 images in the exhibition that will rotate through some of the most creative advertising agencies in Los Angeles, including Saatchi + Saatchi Los Angeles and Ignited. I thank everyone who entered!

Gala + Exhibition 
Curated by Elizabeth Avedon
April 29, 7-10pm
Santa Monica Art Studios
Free and Open to the public


MANCA JUVAN: Guardians of the Spoon

"Martina Košak’s silver spoon. She carried it with her when she was in jail, in a camp or part of the National Liberation Army. Martina kept it until her death, when she chose me to be it’s guardian."  Photograph © Manca Juvan

 Guardians of the Spoon
Photograph © Manca Juvan

 Guardians of the Spoon
Photograph © Manca Juvan

 Guardians of the Spoon
Photograph © Manca Juvan

 Guardians of the Spoon
Photograph © Manca Juvan

 Guardians of the Spoon
Memories of Internment in Italian Fascist camps 1941–1943
Photographs:  Manca Juvan
Text: Saša Petejan, Urška Strle
Foreword: Slavoj Žižek

I met photographer Manca Juvan while reviewing for the 2016 Fourth Annual “New York Portfolio Review” sponsored by the New York Times LENS blog and the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Graduate School of Journalism. Manca's long term-photo project, focusing on preserving memory of Italian Fascist Concentration Camps, has since been published in a unique book which has already won the 'Award on 32' at the 2016 Slovenian Book Fair for best design among monographic and bibliophilic books and was a winner in the 2017 International PhotoBook Awards in Los Angeles.

Her description, “This photography book relates to a historic period of World War II, when Kingdom of Italy occupied part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia’s territory, and when Fascist camps served as an instrument of political and racial persecution. Its importance lies in the general present day historic amnesia in Italy and beyond, where shock is experienced learning that Mussolini’s Italy was not only the aggressor at the time, but it created a network of hundreds of places of internment, not only within the borders of Italy as we know it, but also on territories of today’s Slovenia and Croatia among others. The exact number of the camps remains largely unknown; the number of victims also remains unknown.”

"History has little if anything to say about the Italian camps; as a result, names and places like Rab, Gonars, Visco, Monigo, Chiesanuova, Renicci, Colfiorito, Fraschette di Alatri, Cairo Montenotte and others, where more than 50,000 Slovenes, Croats, Montenegrins and other South Slavs were interned, mean nothing to many, particularly the younger generations."

"This book sheds light on some fragments of the destinies of Slovene victims of these Italian camps; it is an attempt to give voice to the politically induced loss of historic memory and it represents an act of remembrance - a way to pay respect to the past victims and survivors of Italian camps and their relatives."

Guardians of the Spoon



The Center for Photography at Woodstock
May 19-21, 2017

Meet with some of the most illustrious photography professionals in the field, who will provide feedback, advice and potential opportunities.

A Q+A Mixer will be held at CPW on Friday, May 19, with review sessions taking place Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21, 10-4PM. Review sessions are 20 minutes each. 

REVIEWERS: Elizabeth Avedon, independent curator and contributor to L’oeil de la Photographie;  Jesse Blatt, photography agent; Elliott Brown, fine-art photographer and Curator and Exhibitions Coordinator at MoCADA; Clinton Cargill, Bloomberg Publishing; Karen Davis, Davis Orton Gallery; Elizabeth Dubben, Executive Director, Collar Works; Elizabeth Ferrer, BRIC Arts Media;  Hannah Frieser, CPW; Charles Guice, gallerist;  Jan Nagle, CPW; Fabienne Powell, Assistant Curator of the Governor Rockefeller Empire State Plaza Art Collection; Elizabeth Renstrom, VICE Magazine; and Roger Ricco, Ricco/Maresca Gallery; Miriam Romais, CPW. 

May 19-21, 2017 

59 Tinker St, Woodstock
New York 12498


SOUTH X SOUTHEAST PHOTOGALLERY: Grand Opening with Karen Klinedinst Exhibition

Early Morning, The Hollow
 © Karen Kleindinst

Along The River © Karen Kleindinst

Resurrection © Karen Kleindinst

Karen Klinedinst
Opening Reception 
South x Southeast PhotoGallery
6 Springs Road, Molena, Georgia
 April 8, 2017, 5-8 pm

Grand Opening of Nancy McCrary's
South x Southeast PhotoGallery
6 Springs Road, Molena, Georgia
 April 8, 2017, 5-8 pm

Molena, Georgia, GA 30258