REVIEW 2013: ASMP-NY Portfolio Review

  from 2010 ASMP-NY Portfolio Review
 Photograph (c) Joseph Squillante/All Rights Reserved

from 2010 ASMP-NY Portfolio Review
The Innocent. Casualties of the Civil War in Northern Uganda
Photograph (c) Heather McClintock/All Rights Reserved

"For eight years ASMP members have had their fine art photography reviewed by influential members of New York's photography/arts community: gallerists, curators, collectors, publishers and dealers. Recent participating organizations included the International Center of Photography, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Aperture, and New York Foundation for the Arts; galleries included Jen Bekman, Flowers, Howard Greenberg, Steven Kasher, Yossi Milo, and Yancey Richardson; individuals included Elizabeth Avedon, A.D. Coleman, Julie Grahame, and Mary Virginia Swanson."
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
Calumet Photographic - 22 W. 22nd St. NYC

PENTTI SAMMALLAHTI: Photo-Eye Gallery Santa Fe

Istanbul, Turkey, 1996
Gelatin-Silver print
Photograph © Pentti Sammallahti

Pentti Sammallahti  |  Here Far Away
Exhibition to February 9, 2013


GALLERY STOPS: New York and Atlanta

Amy Stein and Stacy Arezou Mehrfar | Tall Poppy Syndrome

"In 2010, American photographers Amy Stein and Stacy Arezou Mehrfar embarked on a month-long road trip throughout New South Wales—Australia’s most populous state. They were interested in investigating “Tall Poppy Syndrome.” Is the syndrome even real? Can it be documented or observed? Stein and Mehrfar set out to explore quintessential Australian life and find what evidence they could of the existence of this phenomenon."From the photo editors at Time Magazine

January 10 – February 16  
 Untitled (Boy with Ball)
Evžen Sobek | Life in Blue

Czech photographer Evžen Sobek has been documenting life on the banks of the Nové Mlýny reservoirs in the southern region of the Czech Republic since 2007.
January 10 – February 16  

 Magdalena Sole | Mississippi Delta

"Award winning photographer Magdalena Sole spent a year interviewing and photographing hundreds of residents in the Mississippi Delta, called "the most southern place on earth."

January 11 - February 23
LEICA Gallery, NY
 Starlings (2009) by Randi Lynn Beach
SOAR: Group Exhibition

SOAR featuring the photographs of Randi Lynn Beach, Tom Chambers, Jason Houston, Kat Kiernan, Clay Lipsky, Kerry Mansfield, Michael J. Marshall, Dorothy O’Connor, Emma Powell, Kathleen Robbins, Heather Evans Smith, Gordon Stettinius, Marisol Villanueva and Rebecca Norris Webb

 John Schabel | Passengers
Twin Palms Publishers, 2013

"John Schabel's series of photographs depicting anonymous airline passengers effectively captures the curious blend of impersonal efficiency and poignant humanity that pervades the experience of contemporary commercial air travel."
International Center of Photography
Book Signing: John Schabel's Passengers
Friday, February 8, 6:00pm–7:30pm

 Brown River, 2011. Paper Collage
Casey Ruble Disarmed

"These intimate collages of interior and exterior worlds introduce to us a scene where the description of the main event is absent, but filled in by the supporting details or evidence, suggesting a deeper, often unsettling narrative."
January 16 - February 24
 FOLEY Gallery, NY


EARLY WORKS: Curated by Laura Moya and Laura Valenti Jelen. Entry Details

My First Polaroid Color Pack Land Camera – Maryland, mid-1970’s

When I was about eight, my grandfather gave me one of his cameras – a Polaroid Color Pack Land Camera. My grandfather was a camera buff – always at the ready at family gatherings.  He had recorded his intrepid life as an agronomist for the Foreign Service, taking his wife and three daughters though sojourns in Panama and Africa.

This specific photo of my Aunt Polly was taken by my young self in the back of my grandparent’s house on the eastern shore of Maryland. Polly was my favorite aunt – calm, gracious, loving, beautiful. She had four children but always had time to spend with me as well, patiently teaching me how to sew. When I took this photo, I remember a hot day, and the sound of the camera clicking through its motions. I remember the smell of the developing gel, pink and toxic, and being careful not to get it on my fingertips. Pulling back the sheet after waiting 60 seconds was like witnessing a magic trick – how could something so neat even be possible?

My Aunt Polly died this year at 59 of pancreatic cancer. She never drank nor smoked, or even wore makeup. She grew her own food, tended a flock of 50 Heritage chickens, and had a life-long faith in the Lord. This photo of her is how I will remember her, that specific moment in time my own magic proof of her true self. Laura Moya

Seoul, Korea 1982. Unhappy Kids at My Fifth Birthday Party

This is an image I took on my 5th birthday, in July of 1982. We were living in Seoul, Korea at the time. I love how the kids all look terribly bored. I suppose that even at a young age, I was boring my photographic subjects. Everyone probably wanted to get back to pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, or pass-the-parcel – and I just wanted them to pose for one more shot.

The political situation in Korea was very much in flux in the early eighties. I remember balloons from North Korea flying over that backyard, dropping hundreds of propaganda fliers about how fantastic life was in the North. I’d run around the yard catching them as they fluttered down.

This image is particularly poignant for me, because my friend Noelle, on the left of the picture, her sister, and their parents were killed a year later when the Russian military shot down Korean Airlines flight 007 for mistakenly crossing into Russian airspace just north of Japan. It was one of the most horrific events in the Cold War, and it’s haunted me since. At the time of this picture, we were innocent little kids at a (boring) birthday party, completely unaware of the political drama playing out on the international stage. When I look at it now, I see it as a picture about the last days of innocence. Laura Valenti Jelen

Submission Details
Image & Narrative - Submit a PDF of your image(s) and your narrative piece(s) (limited to 250 words each) to: contact@earlyworksproject.org. Please see Entry Example page for format guidance. Entry Fee – There is no fee to enter your image(s) for initial consideration. Photographers who are selected by the curators for the  exhibition will be asked to contribute $25 at the time of selection. This fee supports printing, presentation, installation, and shipping costs associated with the exhibition. Multiple Submissions - Photographers may submit as many image/narrative pairs as desired. Deadline – Image/narrative submissions are due by Monday, February 4th 2013.

Exhibition Details
Selected photographers will be notified by mid-February and asked to send in high-resolution jpegs of their selected images by Monday, February 25th 2013. Printing services for the exhibition will be generously provided by RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco. Narrative statements will be edited for style and consistency, in collaboration with each photographer. After the physical exhibitions, the project will be moved to a virtual exhibition on this website. The site will serve as a longer-term record of the project, making it accessible to an even broader audience. Laura Moya & Laura Valenti Jelen


MAGDALENA SOLE: The Leica Gallery, New York

June Rhodes at the Hot Spot, Jonestown
Photograph (c) Magdalena Solé

 Gage Copeland (Baby), Stoney Pruitt, and Darrell Copeland with Brownie
Lambert, MS, 2011 Photograph (c) Magdalena Solé

The Mississippi Delta
Curated by Elizabeth Avedon

January 11 – February 23  

 Top: Rene Perez and Magdalena Solé
 Hanging the Show Before, During and After


Jimi Hendrix with The Moving Sidewalks
Fort Worth, Texas, 1968
(left to right): Keyboardist Tom Moore, Jimi Hendrix, Bassist Don Summers, guitarist and lead singer Billy Gibbons (pre-ZZ Top), and drummer Dan Mitchell. Photographer unknown.
ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons pulls up to my house
Houston, Texas, 1973  
Photograph © Elizabeth Paul Avedon 
When the Moving Sidewalks opened for The Doors at the Houston Coliseum in 1968, their hit single 99th Floor was No. 1. It became one of the most famous Vintage Garage 45's.

BILLY GIBBONS, pre-ZZ Top fame, founded the '60's blues-based, psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll group, The Moving Sidewalks. They came into prominence opening for The Jimi Hendrix Experience during Hendrix's first American tour. Billy was still in high school when Hendrix, one of the greatest electric guitarist in rock history, named Gibbons his favorite guitar player on "The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson". Billy went on to ZZ Top fame (Sharp Dressed Man, Legs...).

In a recent New York Times 'ArtsBeat' piece, "The Return of The Moving Sidewalks," Allan Kozinn writes, "Before ZZ Top became a blues-rock band known for gritty, boogie-based rhythms, sizzling guitar flights, humorous lyrics and luxuriously long beards, it was a Houston-based psychedelic proto-punk garage band called the Moving Sidewalks. And though its following was decidedly regional at the time – its biggest hit, “99th Floor,” was a chart-topper in Houston for six weeks in 1967 – the group’s recordings can be found on more than half a dozen compilations of 1960s garage band tracks, not to mention the ZZ Top anthology “Chrome, Smoke & BBQ: The ZZ Top Box.”

"The group recently released an archival trove, “Moving Sidewalks – The Complete Collection” (Rockbeat Records), bringing together its only album, “Flash” (1969), a handful of singles (including a bruising cover of the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand”) and several outtakes. With ZZ Top between tours, Billy Gibbons, the guitarist and founder of both bands, has reconvened the Moving Sidewalks for a gig – its first in 44 years – at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in Manhattan on March 30."  (read the entire
NY Times piece here)

 Former producer and co-writer Steve Ames and his '66 Corvette
Photograph © Elizabeth Paul Avedon  
 Drummer Dan Mitchell and his Jaguar XK-E, 1967
Photograph © Elizabeth Paul Avedon  
Keyboardist Tom Moore, 1966

NY Times: The Return of Moving Sidewalks



Defending Chad: Iriba, Chad, 2008
 Photograph © Mikolaj Nowacki

Street scene. Wroclaw, Poland. 2007
 Photograph © Mikolaj Nowacki
 Defending Chad: Iriba, Chad, 2008
 Photograph © Mikolaj Nowacki

 River Odra: Wroclaw River Shipyard. Poland, 2009
 Photograph © Mikolaj Nowacki

Mikolaj Nowacki was born in Wroclaw, Poland in 1972. He is a graduate of the University of Wroclaw, where he obtained a law degree in 1997. He later renounced law to focus on photography. He worked full-time as a photojournalist for the Polish daily, Gazeta Wyborcza. During this time he also worked with the daily, Polska The Times, and Finland's national newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat. Nowacki also published his photo reportages in the Polish editions of National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Newsweek and the Polish weekly magazine Polityka. Nowacki is represented in the VII Mentor Program.


NADAV KANDER: Bodies. 6 Women. 1 Man

Audrey with toes and wrist bent, 2011. Chomogenic print. © Nadav Kander
Courtesy of the artist and Flowers Gallery, New York/London

Jan 11 - Feb 9
21 Cork Street. London