"Leo" from "Transcend" project
​Photograph © Sandra Chen Weinstein

"Asher and Hart" from "Transcend" project
 ​Photograph © Sandra Chen Weinstein

 "Lee" from "Transcend" project
 ​Photograph © Sandra Chen Weinstein

 "Sandra and Lee" from "Transcend" project
 ​Photograph © Sandra Chen Weinstein

 “Untitled” from "SHE/They" project
 ​Photograph © Sandra Chen Weinstein

 ​ "Dignity for Palestine”
Photograph © Sandra Chen Weinstein

My adult child came out recently as queer, transgender, non-binary at age 28. I was surprised, but it took me no time to embrace my child as who they are. I am there for my child in the delicate transition of identity, psychological complexity, depression, challenge and discrimination.  My love for my child is infinite and unconditional; I support them and hope our example will help others.” 
Sandra Chen Weinstein
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I first became aware of Sandra Chen Weinstein's exceptional work several years ago at a private Portfolio Review at The Griffin Museum of Photography. Since then, her series "SHE/They" made a great impression in many of the exhibitions I've worked on. As she describes it's importance within the context of our time, "This series of candid, yet intimate, women portraits illuminates the dynamic and complex feminine psychology, the perception of tradition, love, identity and ideals in life. As a whole the work seeks to demonstrate how women inhabit diverse bodies and express complex forms of self-determination."

Sandra Chen Weinstein is a self-taught photographer whose work focuses on documentary photography, emphasizing social identity, culture, and minorities. She has dedicated long-term projects on women, minorities, and American pop culture, receiving numerous distinguished awards including 1st Prize in 2017 Kuala Lumpur' International Photo Awards, winner of Robert Cornelius Portrait Award and two-time winner of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award, among others. 

Curator Carol McCusker wrote about Chen Weinstein's exhibition "Dignity for Palestine” shown at the 2018 Auckland Festival of Photography, "Sandra’s images—often artfully framed, with a disarming intimacy—reveal a vibrant, complicated community, one we rarely see in the American press. Chen Weinstein walked the streets of the Arab West Bank, from Jerusalem, Jenin to Hebron, and took photographs. For many Palestinians, Chen Weinstein was the first Taiwanese/Chinese woman they had encountered; there is an openness toward her because of this. "Dignity for Palestine," a piece of instructional history comes quietly but indelibly across—the Palestinians are survivors"

And more recently I've had the honor of working privately with Ms. Chen Weinstein on her most personal project to date, "TRANSEND". I've been very moved by her early struggle whether to reveal her own private history within this series, ultimately spotlighting her story to bring awareness to other families.  I interviewed her between her travels about this new series so close to her heart.

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Elizabeth Avedon: An exhibition of 24 portraits from your latest series “TRANSCEND” was showing at the Rokko Photography Festival in Kobe, Japan and opening as a solo exhibition at the Mirage Gallery in Kobe June 15 to July 31. Tell me about the portraits that make up TRANSCEND.

Sandra Chen Weinstein: Like me, parents and fa­milies have gone through a lengthy and sometimes difficult time with their loved ones through some struggles during the transition of their child feeling “lost and found”. Sadly, however, a number of families have left their children to struggle on their own because they cannot accept such changes.  Parents who support their child are constantly in living fear for their child because the discrimination and retribution.  

These intimate portraits are of the LGBTQ community, their families and their loved ones. The subjects are photographed in their own environment to allow a more engaging view from their perspective and their families. They are displayed with their own quotes and audio recording of their voices about themselves and their loved ones. 

My goal is to unveil and celebrate the identity for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer with families, friends, and allies showing unconditional love and equality.  The work seeks to aid social justice against stereotype and stigma long existed.  

EA: How did this series begin? Was it personal in any way?

SCW: I started this project during 2016 while I was working on another series "SHE/ They."  It was mirroring the emotional journey I was on myself, as well as being inspired by my child on both projects.  It is very personal since my child came out as transgender non-binary at age 28, preferring the pronoun “THEY” in the beginning of 2016.   

EA: There are some very moving portraits in this series. How did you find the subjects in your photographs?

After my child came out to me, I sought support during the process of transition with my child.  I met some parents and family members of various groups that support the LGBTQ community.  I was fortunate to also learn of other subjects to photograph from friends and by word of mouth. 

EA: Is this series an evolution from your past work or how do you view it in the context of your overall career?

My portfolios, “Transcend” and "SHE/They," are both more intimate subjects to me perhaps than prior work. These capture the subject in portraits that are in a more personal space for them and for me. I was looking for inner emotion and dynamic range when the moments arose.

My photography is focused on the human condition and the complexity of both the physical and the psychological.  My sincerest hope is to use photography as a tool for social change in the humanity of the world. My work is greatly inspired and influenced by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sebastiгo Salgado, Susan Meisela, Eli Reed when I started my photographic art.

EA: You have an eclectic array of subjects in your past work, all exceptional images, but all basically people. I’m thinking of your cowgirl at the rodeo in the Texas Photographic Society exhibition, your 17 images from your series “Facets of India” in La Revue de France Culture (N. 23), and your portraits and street photos in Palestine showing at the Auckland Festival of Photography.

SCW: I am interested in challenging subjects in photography and photographing people are the most challenging I’ve found.  I have been working on exploring identity in the complexity and diversity of social and cultural backgrounds.  I feel people are the key element to make any possible changes for a better world. People are continuing to evolve through differences and celebrating both their common and unique heritages.          

EA: How does your series “TRANSCEND” differ from the images you’ve shown at the Auckland Festival of Photography?

SCW: “Dignity of Palestine” is about the Palestinians’ struggles and surviving  in oppression, occupation, and life in an apartheid state and how that impacts lives, environment, their land, and country.  “Seoul Searching” is showing the extreme contrast from the North and South Korea across the DMZ contrasted with the pop culture life style for the South Korean. “Transcend” is about love and relationship in LGBTQ and their family portrayed in their homes or in a familiar environment. To me, they are all connected to who we are and our lives in both social and political subjects.            

 Sandra Chen Weinstein
June 15 to July 31, 2018
Mirage Gallery
Kobe-shi, Hyogo,
Japan  650-0012

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Dignity for Palestine 
Seoul Searching
Auckland Festival of Photography2018


SHERI LYNN BEHR: BeSeeingYou at The Griffin Museum of Photography

Photography Without Permission
Photograph © Sheri Lynn Behr

Photographs © Sheri Lynn Behr

Sheri Lynn Behr's upcoming book!

Sheri Lynn Behr
June 14 – July 15, 2018

Reception: June 14, 2018 7-8:30 PM
Gallery Talk: June 14, 2018 6:15 PM

The Griffin Museum of Photography
67 Shore Road , Winchester, Ma 

Sheri Lynn Behr’s work deals with photography without permission and our surveillance society. Her photographs have been widely exhibited, at spaces including the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, The Griffin Museum of Photography, and The Center for Fine Art Photography. They also appear in American, international and on-line publications, including Harper’s Magazine, Slate: Behold blog, People’s Photography (China), and The Boston Globe. In 2012 she received a Fellowship in Photography from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. A shout out to Griffin Museum Director, Paula Tognarelli, always ahead of our time. And thanks to the Puffin Foundation for funding this exhibit.


DANIEL W. COBURN: Elizabeth Houston Gallery

Untitled, 2017, from the project Becoming a Specter
Photograph © Daniel Coburn

June 6 – August 17, 2018

"Some photographs faithfully record the world in front of them. Others bend the objects presented to the camera through the mind’s lens, transforming them beyond surface appearances. This latter approach reveals the surrealism already present within the real, confronting us directly with the ambiguities we too often deny."

"Daniel Coburn’s Becoming a Specter traffics in these paradoxes, teasing out the tension below the surfaces of our most intimate conceptions of ourselves and others. Although Coburn’s photographs are domestic, they are never banal. The artist does not buy into the tepid reality of mortgages, traditional families, and material largess. Instead, Becoming a Specter speaks to us in the language of our deeper desires—and fears. It is playful, and yet eerily foreboding. Like water, its meaning is mutable, slipping through our fingers just as we begin to grasp it."

"Water, it seems, takes pride of place in Coburn’s photographs. The artist and his kin submerge themselves in the blinding light of the sea, haloed by the reflective stars of its surface. There are biblical precedents, to be sure, in baptism. But water has its own mercurial symbolism, by turns suggesting troublesome times and undifferentiated chaos as much as it does eternal salvation. The world is birthed through water, all of the best and worst of it. Coburn’s landscapes are more than meets the eye. Like the water that features in them, they are psychological terrain, and oxymoron's the law of the land." ....read more at Elizabeth Houston Gallery 

Daniel Coburn is a recipient of a 2017 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.  He was named as a finalist for the Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture the same year.

June 6 - August 17

Reception: Wed June 6, 7-9pm

190 Orchard Street, New York, NY


ADAM MAGYAR: Can You Alter Time

 From the series "Squares” 2007
Photograph (c) Adam Magyar

“Shanghai, 2007” 
Photograph (c) Adam Magyar

#03621  Tokyo, 2010 / from the series Stainless
Photograph (c) Adam Magyar

#03621 Tokyo, 2010, magnified
Photograph (c) Adam Magyar
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VIDEO Excerpt: Shinjuku (Tokyo, 2013)

Recently at 'The Center for Photography at Woodstock' event (The New York Portfolio Intensive at CPW's Founder Howard Greenberg's New York Gallery) I was reintroduced to Berlin based Hungarian photographer, Adam Magyar, who reminded me I had posted his work in 2009 when first starting this Photo Journal. Unfortunately the original images I posted have since disappeared off his post (11.30.2009) so it seems appropriate to update now!  

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Photographer and video artist Adam Magyar is asking the big questions about Life and Time. His work takes us in-between those spaces we normally can't view. Watch his TEDx TALK to get a small glimpse into his larger vision: TEDx TALK

"Magyar has with his latest invention, managed to bend the conventional representations of time and space, stretching milliseconds into minutes, freezing moments with a resolution that the naked eye could never have perceived."

"Traveler, artist, visualizer and a self-taught photographer who is taking the world by storm; it wouldn’t be wrong to call this high-school dropout the Einstein of photography. Adam has successfully invented a new technique of photography which allows him to take high-resolution photos of speeding trains and passengers in the subway and turn this footage of seconds into minutes, allowing his audience to get a slow glimpse into the fast-paced human life."

"Born in Hungary, Magyar started taking pictures in his late twenties. A traveler at heart, he wandered through Asia and captured images of Indian street vendors, holy men, and students. His work evolved rapidly from conventional documentary photography to surreal, radically experimental imagery that reflected his obsession with finding innovative new uses for digital technology." – TEDx Talks, 2015

The Center for Photography at Woodstock Director, Hannah Frieser, with Berlin-based Hungarian photographer Adam Magyar, at the New York City Portfolio Intensive at CPWs Founder Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC, May 21, 2018.



Muxes © Nelson Morales 
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Nelson Morales, NY Portfolio Review 2018

Nelson Morales: 
"This project started eight years ago when I began photographing my culture in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Mexico. During that period, I already knew my sexual orientation, however I rejected the idea of becoming a Muxe. The Muxes of Oaxaca are considered to be the third sex in Mexico, they do not define themselves as homosexuals, they have surpassed this idea. They are rather considered to be a mixture between both genders, and people in a constant search for beauty. They are accepted by society, it is said that for a family it is a blessing to have one Muxe at home, since they are hardworking and care for their parents as they get older."

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 Reatile Moalusi holding ‘Pigment’
NY Portfolio Review 2018

Pigment © Reatile Moalusi

 Roadside Memorial © Reatile Moalusi
Reatile Moalusi:  
Mmollo Wa Badimo + Roadside Memorial
“Roadside Memorial marks the spot where a person was killed as one drives across the South African landscape.” Describing himself as a social awareness documentary photographer with a conceptual outlook, South African Moalusi said he looks at things that are misunderstood or that have misconceptions around which he then engages. "The portraits within 'Mmollo Wa Badimo’ convey a sense of character through capturing the embodied contrasts of Vitiligo. Now I’m in a phase where I want to also tell a story, so I accompany my photography with videos where the subjects can tell of their experiences."


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Erica Garner’s coffin outside the First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem
Photograph  © Demetrius Freeman

Demetrius Freeman: 
Be a Human First, Then Take the Photo
Demetrius Freeman is a visual journalist based out of New York City who specializes  in documentary, editorial, and portrait photography. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Metro Desk. Demetrius interned at The Chautauquan Daily, The New York Times, The Tampa Bay Times, and worked as a photographer for the New York City Mayor’s Office. His work has been seen on CNN, ESPN, Newsweek, Mother Jones, and more. Caption to his photograph: Erica Garner’s coffin outside the First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem.


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  Laura Bennett, NY Portfolio Review 2018 

  Umbilical © Laura Bennett 
Laura Bennett: 
"My work as an artist has always addressed some aspect of the female experience. As a mother of nine, I spent many years moving to the rhythm of others.” ‘Umbilicus' won the Portfolio Showcase Award at Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado.


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Alexis Ruiseco-Lombera, NY Portfolio Review 2018

"La China" © Alexis Ruiseco-Lombera

Alexis Ruiseco-Lombera: 
Non-Binary Cuban-born Visual Artist and Performer 
Now based in Brooklyn, Alexis' work investigates notions of identity, trauma, and displacement; responding to hyper-masculinity within Cuban culture; prompted by non-binary constructions of gender and sexuality, with works shown at Milk Gallery NYC; Kendal Gallery, Miami; the Leslie Lohman Museum; featured in VICE; Teeth Magazine; and as a performer at the Museum of Modern Art. 

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Ogunjobi Oladapo, NY Portfolio Review 2018

  Mammon Collection © Ogunjobi Oladapo 

Ogunjobi Oladapo: 
Mammon Collection
Oladapo arrived from Lagos, Nigeria the day before the reviews. “Mammon in the New Testament of the Bible is commonly thought to mean money, material wealth and any entity that promises riches. Being aware of how money affects our existence, I’ve chosen to produce a collection on the subject using U.S. and Nigerian currencies.” 


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Susana Raab, NY Portfolio Review 2018

  Familia, Huanchaco, Peru © Susana Raab
Susana Raab: 
Precious Stranger
"Peruvian by birth and father, I left the country at the age of two when my parents divorced.  Estranged from my father for nearly all my life, Peru has always been a sort of enigmatic talisman for me, a key piece of a fractured identity.  When I first started visiting the country about 15 years ago, I was surprised to find myself affectionately called la cholita gringa by my friends and acquaintances.” A forthcoming photobook is excerpted in part on her Instagram @precious_stranger by Peruvian American photographic artist Susana Raab.


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  Lindsey Beal, NY Portfolio Review 2018
Vaginal Tube + Wirework Speculum © Lindsey Beal
Lindsey Beal: 
“... is a photographic archive and written history of centuries past obstetric and gynecological tools. When I set out to photograph these items in various medical libraries, I expected to find gruesome tools; instead, I often found early forms of implements still in use today such as forceps and speculums.  Some were created pre-germ theory and used materials such as leather, wood, horn or ivory.  Others more closely resemble and use materials familiar to us today.” Featured in the New York Times Lens Blog, April 16, 2018.


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Felli Maynard, NY Portfolio Review 2018
  Investigation into Self © Felicita “Felli” Maynard

Felicita “Felli” Maynard: 
Investigation into Self
"I create artwork as a way to further understand myself, and help others understand themselves. I focus on themes revolving around the African diaspora, the Black body and issues concerning gender and sexuality.My work focuses a lot on dismantling history's romance with the exploitation of Black bodies by non Black protagonists. I work across alternative photography processes, digital art, altar work and an exploration of organic materials.” Felicita “Felli” Maynard is a first generation Afrolatinx genderqueer interdisciplinary artist. 

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  Emma Horning, NY Portfolio Review 2018

  Spiral Season © Emma Horning
Emma Horning: 
Spiral Season
"As night approaches, two realms form, bound by a central core. At center stage, the players assemble and prepare, the audience arrives, and the scene comes alive with light and sound. Controlled by focus, tightly wound and built on history, a feeling is created unique to this time right now….I spent four seasons attending high school football games. Having scant knowledge of the sport, I entered the grounds with my own agenda and history, seeking to understand and exist in both spaces, while allowing the night to take me where it wished."


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Renluka Maharaj, NY Portfolio Review 2018  
Finding My Place © Renluka Maharaj

Renluka Maharaj: 
Finding My Place
Renluka Maharaj was born in Trinidad, West Indies and moved to New York City as a child. Her work investigates this bisecting of place through the usage of photography, installations and personal narratives. References to Hindu iconography, displacement and colonialism are themes that run throughout her work.


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Jingna Zhang, NY Portfolio Review 2018

Porcelain © Jingna Zhang

Photographs © Jingna Zhang

Jingna Zhang: 
Fantasy Series
Jingna Zhang was named on Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list 2018, Photographer of the Year at ELLE Awards Singapore 2011, and a recipient of the 7th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers. Now living in New York City and Tokyo, she has a keen eye for painterly and romantic imageries in her fashion and fine art photography. At 20, Jingna had worked with Mercedes Benz and Ogilvy & Mather, Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, and held her first solo exhibition at Singapore’s Arts House. In the years since, Jingna's works have appeared on multiple editions of VOGUE, ELLE, and Harper's BAZAAR. Her fine art works have exhibited in New York, Hong Kong, Lisbon, and Singapore.


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  Debbie Lerman, NY Portfolio Review 2018 

Grandmothers Flower Garden © Debbie Lerman

Debbie Lerman:

Debbie Lerman is a writer and photographer living in Philadelphia. Her project "Uncovering Bodies" challenges traditional gender roles and relationships through non-traditional print and photographic techniques. What does it mean to be gendered or non-gendered? Is there such a thing as women’s art vs. everything else? What are societal expectations of male and female bodies and behaviors, and how might they be subverted? “Uncovering Bodies” raises these questions and more, inviting active participation and interpretation and suggesting new ways of seeing ourselves in, with, and through each other.

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It was an honor again to be a Reviewer for the 6th annual New York Portfolio Review, sponsored by The New York Times Lens Blog, the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism and United Photo Industries. This year, 70 leading editors, museum curators, book publishers and gallerists reviewed the work of 160 photographers over the weekend of April 21st and 22nd. Saturday was a full day of portfolio reviews for photographers 21 years and older and Sunday was devoted to young photographers between the age of 18 and 27 and included not only portfolio reviews, but also free workshops and professional development sessions. 

The Reviews are completely free for all photographers chosen to attend. Free to enter and free to attend thanks to the tireless work of the organizers and producer’s James Estrin and David Gonzalez, Co-Editors of The New York Times LENS Blog; Laura Roumanos, of United Photo Industries; and Ania Bartkowiak, Producer of The New York Times LENS Blog. The Reviews were held at the impressive CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. 

All genre's of photographic work — from fine art to photojournalism — were included. From a Reviewers standpoint, the quality of work is always extremely high as it’s first been vetted by top photo professionals. Today I’ve shared the 13 photographers I reviewed with you.