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CAIO FERN: Slam Magazine Artist Interivew

Acrylic on Canvas (c) Caio Fern 2010 /All Rights Reserved

Sometimes in Brazil the word ambition is seen as a sin...

Slam Magazine Interview
Interview with Artist Caio Fern by Terri Lloyd
Caio Fern Paintings, BlogJournal, Photography



from the series I Love You Real Fast
Photograph (c) Krisanne Johnson /All Rights Reserved

from the series I Love You Real Fast
Photograph (c) Krisanne Johnson /All Rights Reserved

from the series I Love You Real Fast
Photograph (c) Krisanne Johnson /All Rights Reserved

from the series I Love You Real Fast
Photograph (c) Krisanne Johnson /All Rights Reserved

"Coming of age for Swazi girls is tough. A tiny African kingdom of 1 million, Swaziland reports the highest percentage of HIV positive people in the world, with the hardest hit being women aged 15-29."

I Love You Real Fast by Krisanne Johnson, is a photography project documenting the coming of age rites of young women amid the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Swaziland. PLAY THE VIDEO
produced by Magnum in Motion
The Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund
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2012 Update:
Krisanne Johnson Exhibition at the
2012 International Festival of PhotoJournalism, Perpignan


Lenscratch created an opportunity for photographers to exhibit one image that best represents their idea of FAMILY, which were published today. (Guidelines for future submissions here)


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KERRY SKARBAKKA: Contructed Visions

Blue Tree
Photograph (c) Kerry Skarbakka
/All Rights Reserved

Photograph (c) Kerry Skarbakka
/All Rights Reserved

Photograph (c) Kerry Skarbakka
/All Rights Reserved

Philosopher Martin Heidegger described human existence as a process of perpetual falling, and it is the responsibility of each individual to catch ourselves from our own uncertainty.Kerry Skarbakka



The Family of Man has sold more than 4 million copies

The Family of Man was a photography exhibition curated by Edward Steichen first shown in 1955 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The 503 photos by 273 photographers in 68 countries were selected from almost 2 million pictures submitted by famous and unknown photographers. The photos offer a snapshot of the human experience which lingers on birth, love, and joy, but also touches war, privation, illness and death. His intention was to prove the universality of human experience and photography's role in its documentation. More than 9 million people viewed the exhibit in 38 countries.

The exhibit was turned into a book with an introduction by Carl Sandburg, Steichen's brother-in-law. The book was published in the 1950s, and reprinted in large format for its 40th anniversary. It has sold more than 4 million copies (as of June 2010 Wiki)

The Americans by Robert Frank

With the aid of his major artistic influence, the photographer Walker Evans, Robert Frank secured a Guggenheim grant in 1955 to photograph across the United States. He took 28,000 shots over two years, with only 83 finally selected by him for publication in The Americans.

Les Américains was first published in 1958 by Robert Delpire in Paris, and in 1959 in the US by Grove Press, where it initially received substantial criticism. Popular Photography derided his images as "meaningless blur, grain, muddy exposures, drunken horizons and general sloppiness." Though sales were also poor at first, Jack Kerouac's introduction helped it reach a larger audience because of the popularity of the Beat phenomenon. Over time, The Americans became a seminal work in American photography, and is considered the work with which Frank is most clearly identified.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first publication of The Americans, a new edition was released in 2008. Two images were changed completely from the original 1958 and 1959 editions. (Wiki)

Looking at Photographs
100 Pictures from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art
Edited with text by John Szarkowski

"In 1962, John Szarkowski was chosen by Edward Steichen to be his successor as Director of the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City where he served for almost thirty years. Through his direction and criticism, Szarkowski defined how photography was to be written and spoken about". (The Daily Flashkube)

Originally published in 1973, this collection of photographs with accompanying texts by the revered late Museum of Modern Art photography curator John Szarkowski has long been recognized as a classic. Among the outstanding figures represented here are Hill and Adamson, Cameron, O'Sullivan, Atget, Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand, Weston, Kertész, Evans, Cartier-Bresson, Lange, Brassaï, Ansel Adams, Shomei Tomatsu, Frank, Arbus and Friedlander. Reissued with new digital duotones in 1999.
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What are the Top 3 Selling Photography Books of all Time?

My personal view is The Family of Man, continuously in print since 1955, is the #1 best seller. Informally I polled colleagues, friends and professional acquaintances asking what their considered opinion of the Top Selling Fine Art Photography books (of all time) are. My criteria: stick with what we all generally consider "Fine Art Photography" as the qualifier; and no photo books of cute babies, "Popular Photography" How To or Photo-Help books.

The Family of Man and Robert Frank's The Americans were mentioned by almost everyone for the Top 3. Diane Arbus and Ansel Adams tied, followed by Szarkowski's Looking At Photographs, Beaumont Newhall's History of Photography, Robert Capa's Images of War and Richard Avedon's In The American West. No one mentioned Cartier-Bresson, but he should be right up there. Several people mentioned Larry Clark's Tulsa and Susan Sontag's On Photography. Where do the books of Steichen, Brassaï, Weston, Bill Brandt, Andre Kertesz, Margaret Bourke White, Dorothea Lange, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Irving Penn, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Lee Friedlander, Tod Papageorge, Elliott Erwitt, Weegee and Edward Curtis fit in? I look forward to your thoughts about the choices I've posted.

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Rixon Reed, Director of photo-eye Books and Gallery. Family of Man is right up there along with Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus book and of course, Jock Sturges. Two of our all-time bestsellers are Larry Clark's Tulsa and Teenage Lust. What we need here are cold hard facts. Publisher print runs are hard to find. Certainly the number of printings a book goes through helps in surmising its popularity. Michael Kenna's Japan would be on photo-eye's list too, but I doubt that it ranks up there with more widely distributed titles.

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Andy Adams, FlakPhoto.com, Publisher + co-curator 100 Portraits–100 Photographers at the Corcoran Gallery. I'd certainly assume that The Family of Man is in the mix, probably followed by The Americans. Do Uncommon Places or American Prospects make the cut? John Szarkowski's Looking at Photographs was an early favorite for me, and now that I'm reading Geoff Dyer's The Ongoing Moment again, I'd say it certainly belongs in there somewhere, though I doubt it'll best-sell anytime soon ;)

Paul Kopeikin, Director of Kopeikin Gallery
Arbus? The Americans?

The History of Photography, Fifth Edition by Beaumont Newhall

Darius D. Himes, Acquisitions Editor, Radius Books + co-author of Publish Your Photography Book. "I would have to say** Family of Man, The Americans, and 100 Photographs by Szarkowski. But I would argue that The Family of Man doesn't qualify for Fine Art Photography Book, at least not the way we think of it now. Why? Because in it's day, it was designed (I'm talking about the show and the book) as a generalists approach and view of photography and the world and the show was extremely successful from a numbers viewpoint. Tens of thousands of people came through MoMA's doors and it had unprecedented popular support. The photographers included were almost all exclusively magazine shooters and the reading public was already familiar with much of their work through the popular magazines of the day (Life, Look, etc). (This has nothing to do with whether I think the photographers included were good or not or artists or not. Obviously, they were; Frank, Cartier-Bresson, Smith, etc were all included and they have all been canonized as artists.) So if we include The Family of Man, we probably have to include many of the National Geographic books from the last three decades which easily sold more than Frank's The Americans (again, my guess).

** This is based on a whole bunch of subjective opinions on a Friday morning no less, and not many facts... It's like guessing which book made the most emotional/overall impact on the consciousness of the fine-art photography community. If you had asked the question that way, I'd probably still say the same three books I started with. I guess I might switch out 100 Photographs for This History of Photography by Beaumont. If you think about it's use as a textbook over the last 5 decades, it's probably a bestseller."

On Photography. Essays and Critism by Susan Sontag

Eric Miles, Director photo-eye Auctions & Rare Books
For sure Family of Man; Diane Arbus Aperture monograph....but this is just anecdotal. Realistically, you might be looking at either some sorta kitsch like Anne Geddes, or something unexpected from a Time-Life series.

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Melanie McWhorter, photo-eye Books, co-founder of Finite Foto
The Americans by Robert Frank, Sontag's On Photography, Edward Weston's Daybooks and Beaumont Newhall's History of Photography still continue to sell and be reprinted. I am sure I can think of some others soon to throw on the list. I am not sure how you would find out who is the "winner," so to speak.

In Wildness is the Preservation of the World. Photographs by Eliot Porter

Alan Henriksen, Photographer
Eliot Porter's "In Wildness is the Preservation of the World" has sold over 1 million copies to date
! (read about it here)

Russ Martin, photographer
Upton and London's textbook Photography (10th edition)

Tulsa Photographs by Larry Clark
William Eggleston, 2-1/4 (Twin Palms)

Lauren E. Simonutti, Photographer Edelman Gallery
Robert Frank 'The Americans', Joel Peter Witkin 'Gods of Earth and Heaven' and Larry Clark 'Tulsa'

Todd Walker, Photographer
William Eggleston's Guide
(Essay by John Szarkowski, MOMA)

In the American West
Book and Exhibition Design by Elizabeth Avedon

EJ Carr, Photographer
Avedon. In the American West

Joseph-Philippe Bevillard, Photographer In my opinion, Diane Arbus, Robert Frank The Americans, and Richard Avedon The American West. These were shown most of the time in photography courses all over the world.

Ansel Adams The Camera/The Negative/The Print

Anthony Jones, London-based Photographer
Susan Sontag's On Photography and
Ansel Adams
The Camera/The Negative/The Print

Randy Magnus, The Kona Times
Ansell Adams

Danae Falliers, Photographer
Robert Frank The Americans

Cartier-Bresson The Decisive Moment, 1952
"There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment."

Cartier-Bresson achieved international recognition for his coverage of Gandhi's funeral in India in 1948 and the last (1949) stage of the Chinese Civil War. He covered the last six months of the Kuomintang administration and the first six months of the Maoist People's Republic. He also photographed the last surviving Imperial eunuchs in Beijing, as the city was falling to the communists. From China, he went on to Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), where he documented the gaining of independence from the Dutch.

In 1952, Cartier-Bresson published The Decisive Moment. It included a portfolio of 126 of his photos from the East and the West. The book's cover is by Henri Matisse. For his 4,500-word philosophical preface, Cartier-Bresson took his keynote text from the 17th century Cardinal de Retz: translated "There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment". Cartier-Bresson applied this to his photographic style. He said: ""Photography is simultaneously and instantaneously the recognition of a fact and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that express and signify that fact". (wiki)

Robert Capa and Paul Strand

Anthony Jones, London-based Photographer
I just bought 'Images of War' by Robert Capa, some book!

Observations, 1959. Photographs by Richard Avedon, Commentary by Truman Capote. Nothing Personal, 1964. Photographs by Richard Avedon, Text by James Baldwin

Not Big Seller's - but awe-inspiring Book Design! Observations designed by Alexi Brodovitch Nothing Personal designed by Marvin Israel

Matthew Smith, Photographer PYMCA
Not sure about how many copies they sold but Exiles by Joseph Koudelka and The Lines of My Hand by Robert Frank should both be in there...

Jean Ferro, President of Women In Photography International
Since Time/Life did the series on photography books (including the Art of Photography, 1971) would their series of books make this list? They had a huge distribution arm. Still think someone knows the TOP 3. How else do publishers decide to run with a book unless they feel it can meet a sales quota.. that compares to...? What top 3!

Walker Evans

Susan May Tell, ASMP/NY Fine Art Chair, Photographer
Family of Man was my 1st photo book ever - a gift from my college roommate (now President of the Phoenix Art Museum's Contemporary Forum). I used to look through it all the time and is probably one of the reasons I bought a camera and became a photographer. Roy DeCarava & Langston Hughes - Sweet Flypaper of Life and Walker Evans & James Agee - Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

Marla Bane, Reach Media Inc., Senior Vice President
Walker Evans Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

The Lines of My Hand by Robert Frank

Robert Frank's autobiographical The Lines of My Hand, considered by many to be one of the most important photographic books of the 20th Century, was first published in Japan in the early 1970s as a deluxe, slip cased edition. In 1972 it was issued as a paperback edition by Ralph Gibson's Lustrum Press, New York.

Garry Winogrand Animals

The Animals was first published as a paperback by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1968; they brought the title back into print as a hardcover book with dust jacket 36 years later. John Szarkowski, then Director of Photography at MoMA: "Winogrand's zoo, even if true, is a grotesquery. It is a surreal Disneyland where unlikely human beings and jaded careerist animals stare at each other through bars, exhibiting bad manners and a mutual failure to recognize their own ludicrous predicaments." —Szarkowski, 1977

Peter Beard Eyelids of Morning and End of The Game

Ptolemy Tompkins, author The Divine Life of Animals and Paradise Fever
Eyelids of Morning, The Last of the Nuba (
Photographs by Leni Riefenstahl), and The Book of Life come to mind...And there was a time when A Very Young Dancer was inescapable.

Blake Andrews, author Rumblings From The Photographic Hinterlands...

Read Blake Andrews contribution of current Amazon rankings

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Except for Images and Where otherwise Noted:
Content Copyright © Elizabeth Avedon 2010, All rights reserved.


KRISTINE POTTER: Women In Photography

Untitled, 2009 From The Gray Line
Photograph (c) Kristine Potter /All Rights Reserved

Untitled, 2009 From The Gray Line
Photograph (c) Kristine Potter
/All Rights Reserved

Untitled, 2009 From The Gray Line
Photograph (c) Kristine Potter /All Rights Reserved

Kristine Potter’s first solo exhibition at Daniel Cooney Fine Art, culls from images made during the last four years as she has been mining her complex feelings toward the military, a subject which she has long, familial connection. For many generations most of the men in her family earned their living and defined their purpose as military officers. Growing up in this military culture, Potter’s childhood was saturated with orderliness, hierarchy, patriotism and a certain knowledge of “the enemy”. Being a child (and adult) interested in nuance, culture, progressive ideas and non-conformity, she was often at odds with the governing forces in her life. She says of her childhood, “True respect aside, I struggled to understand war and how one could take command to engage… I wanted to understand the organization of violence and power, and I yearned to humanize the tough exteriors of these men against all of the anxieties I felt when thinking of their jobs and of their structure.” Despite the long line of military men in Potter’s family, her generation has declined to enroll, ending the long lineage. read more here

Nov 4- Dec 23

THE GRAY LINE: Photographs by Kristine Potter

Daniel Clooney/Fine Art

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Women in Photography is a project of the Humble Arts Foundation, Co-curated by Amy Elkins and Cara Phillips



from Anaya-Lucca's 2009 Adam & Eve exhibition
Photograph (c) Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca

Photograph of Tyson Beckford by Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca

I had a beautiful childhood in Puerto Rico, very magical, and I guess that kind of sets the way you experience and see life in the future. My boyfriend and friends always say I am like a 5-year-old, which its kind of true. I get very excited every morning about what the day might bring. I guess I managed to keep that child inside of me. When you are excited about life in general, you feel very grateful and that breeds a very positive state of mind. And only a positive state of mind is able to see the endless beauty surrounding us. My inspiration always comes from every day life. People, places, history, art, society. It’s the way we see ordinary events, objects that leads us to creativity and then the way we experience those things that leads us to our unique style. But my way of seeing things was definitely influenced by the works of Richard Avedon, Bruce Weber, Steven Meisel and Herbert List‘s magical photographs.

I always loved taking pictures but never dreamed it could become a career for me. When I was in high school, one of my older brothers, Abel, started taking pictures and I got the bug. On my 18th birthday, my parents bought me my first camera, a Yashica FX3 (I still have it) I told my parents I wanted to major in photography but that did not go over well. My Dad was a cardiologist and to him photography could only be a hobby, so I went to college and majored in Finance. I became a yearbook photographer at my College (I went to school in Kansas City, Mo.). To this day all my college friends think of me as always having a camera around my neck and to them this career is not a surprise but it is to me.

After college I moved to NY and after being turned down 4 times…yes, I got 4 rejection letters in one year, I landed a job with Ralph Lauren at the Polo Mansion on 72nd St. in the spring of 1988 in the men’s clothing department selling suits. You see I had become a bit obsessed with Ralph Lauren and my dream was to one day work along side “The Man” himself.

Photographs by Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca

After 4 1/2 years in the mansion I got my big break in the beginning of 1993 and was offered a position in Ralph Lauren’s Men’s Design Studio. I was now working and developing Men’s Lines with Ralph…my dream became a reality or so I thought!! I was still taking pictures but design was my focus and I loved it. It was Ralph’s eldest son, Andrew Lauren, that inadvertently opened my photography’s Pandora’s box in late 1994. Andrew’s then girlfriend and my best friend, Rebecca Indri, told Andrew that he should ask me to photograph him as he was interested in becoming an actor and needed a head shot. She told him that my hobby was taking pictures and that I was good. I photographed him a few weeks later and the result was amazing. I shot him in my apartment with daylight b&w portraits against a white wall. He looked like a 1950′s movie star in my photos. A month later I was in a design meeting with Ralph he pulled out the photos and said, “Your pictures of Andrew are unbelievable…you captured him like no one has in the past and he has been photographed by many top fashion photogs!” He said,“You have a gift, an amazing eye and I want you shoot an ad campaign for me.”

Photograph by Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca

Well he kept his word and 3 month’s later I photographed Tyson Beckford for the launch of Ralph Lauren’s high-end men’s brand, Purple Label. The photo ran in American GQ in the fall of 1995. It was my 1st published photograph and still one of my favorites! My photography career was born and in the summer 1997 I left Ralph Lauren after 10 years in the company to pursue photography full-time with Ralph’s blessing. He became my most loyal client. That’s the real dream for me, shooting Ad campaigns for my mentor, Mr. Ralph Lauren.

You can read the full Interview with Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca and photographer Navo on The Minority Reports. Thanks so much to Navo for letting me excerpt from your Interview.
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It was Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca who "discovered" my son Matthew Avedon, took his photograph and brought it in to Next Model Management. Matthew signed up for a modeling contract and has been working ever since. Thank you Arnaldo!