Photograph © Andi Schreiber

Photograph © Andi Schreiber

Photograph © Andi Schreiber

Photograph © Andi Schreiber

Family life, while blossoming with promise can feel like slow suffocation. WonderLust is a visceral response to my immediate surroundings - a world where I’m at home yet hovering on the periphery, an insider and outsider at once. Through these images I find my place within my family’s framework and that of a larger existence.  My photographs are small rewards; sublime bits risen from the everyday.

 I live here.

A sense of wonder and thrill of attraction is at the core of this series. I’m struck by the accidental image: a flash of color, a passing gesture. Details make me tingle.  I need to experience deeply what is here, right now.  

WonderLust embraces sensation in a world brimming with stand-ins for what is authentic. I find it all quite stirring. It's as if I have no choice but to turn my irresistible desire into something tangible, into a photograph. I want to seduce the viewer to feel as I do – to know pleasure, to be alive. – Andi Scheiber


Nicholas Fedak II   nicholasfedakii.com

Daphne Chan  daphnechanphoto.com
Joana Cardozo jpcardozo.com

Cassandra Zampini  cassandrazampini.com
Jae Hee Schin  schinster.com

Andrew T Foster  atfphotography.com
Greb Brophy  gregbrophy.com

Anna Yeroshenko  annayeroshenko.com
Karen Johnson  karenjohnsonfineartphotography.com

 Sandra Jetton  sandrajettonphotography.com
Vittoria Gerardi  vittoriagerardi.viewbook.com

Maciej Markowicz​  maciejmarkowicz.com
Joel Simpson joelsimpsonart.com

The 12th Annual powerHouse Portfolio Review was held on March 6, 2016Combining both professional guidance and dynamic insight, the powerHouse Portfolio Review has been educating and inspiring up-and-coming photography professionals for over a decade. I reviewed 14 or so photographers work at the Review. Check out their websites above to view a lot more images not shown here.

"Each attendee received five personal one-on-one 20 minute portfolio review sessions; each with a different photography expert. Featuring magazine editors, professional photographers, publishers, artists, agents, gallerists, book packagers, and more, the diverse pool of reviewers is equipped to advise and guide a myriad of different styles, aesthetics, backgrounds, and intents. By giving photographers real-world industry advice, expert analysis, and hands-on insight, the powerHouse Portfolio Review is a rare opportunity to energize an emerging photographer’s career with clear and distinct direction, and unparalleled photo world networking connections and referrals." (powerHouse) 


SUSAN S. BANK: Piercing The Darkness

Monograph Piercing The Darkness 
Photographs by Susan S. Bank

Photograph © Susan S. Bank

Photograph © Susan S. Bank

Photograph © Susan S. Bank

Piercing the Darkness 
Photographs by Susan S. Bank
Preface by Susan S. Bank
Essay Waiting for the Invisible by John T. Hill
Susan S. Bank


FOTOFEST BIENNIAL 2016: Portfolio Reviews Founders and Reviewers

FotoFest Co-Founders, Wendy Watriss and Frederick Baldwin

 Photographer Rania Matar with Marta Sanchez Philippe, 
FotoFest Projects Coordinator

 Reviewers Robert Morton, Robert Morton Books
and James Estrin, The New York Times LENS

 Christopher Rauschenberg, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland; 
Reviewee; Ricardo Viera, Lehigh University Art Gallery
Itala Schmelz, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City

 Texas Art-Insider, Clint Willour, The Galveston Art Center

Roy Flukinger, Harry Ransom Center, Austin; 
Geoffrey Koslov, Foto Relevance LLP, Houston

 Debra Klomp Ching, Klompching Gallery, Brooklyn;
Geoffrey Koslov, Founder, Foto Relevance LLP, Houston

Rixon Reed and Vicky Bohannon,  
photo-eye Bookstore, Santa Fe, NM at FotoFest

"Over its 30-year history, FotoFest’s Meeting Place Portfolio Reviewshave been a launching pad for the careers of hundreds of photographic artists. Many artists have been discovered by this program and many reviewers have found new talent to exhibit, publish, collect, and represent. In 2016, FotoFest brings 165 international, professional reviewers to meet one-on-one with registered artists. They include museum curators, editors, publishers, gallerists, collectors, and photo agency representatives to review the work of 450 registered artists." (FotoFest)

I was honored to be one of the almost 50 Reviewers for the 1st of 4 Sessions for FotoFest’s Portfolio Reviews from March 12–April 24th. These are snapshots of a few of my colleagues during our short breaks. A complete list of Reviewers here.


BEN LOWY: FotoFest Biennial 2016

 Walkscape © Ben Lowy

Walkscape © Ben Lowy

Walkscape © Ben Lowy

 Walkscape © Ben Lowy

As Seen at FotoFest Biennial 2016

"We live in a time of radical documentation; cameras are within easy reach and CCTVs record our every move. Our landscape and street corners are painstakingly documented. Time and space are mere elements to be observed, recorded and stored away. My response has been to deconstruct and compress all these elements into a kaleidoscope of overlapping imagery. Walkscapes presents both sides of our visual tendencies: the obsessive documentation of the quotidian, and our growing need to retain a modicum of anonymity. The images are made from 30-100 merged pictures taken as I walk down a city block. All are made “in-phone” at the moment of capture."– Ben Lowy

 "The world is over documented. I aim to compress the space"


DONNA HIXSON: FotoFest Biennial 2016

Quiet © Donna Hixson

Unseen Florida © Donna Hixson

Street Dogs © Donna Hixson

I met Donna Hixson at FotoFest Biennial 2016. Born in Louisiana, Hixon has had an impressive career as a documentary filmmaker, producer, news photographer, and was the first camera woman for NBC in Chicago. Hixson  founded Cresta Group, creating corporate images for some of the biggest name companies. Today she wanders around the world from place to place. 


SUZANNE PAUL: Exhibition in Houston Texas Deborah Colton Gallery

Self Portrait. Suzanne and Bob Paul, 1960's, Houston, Texas
© Estate of Suzanne Paul / Deborah Colton Gallery

 Edward Albee, 1999 Playwright 
© Estate of Suzanne Paul / Deborah Colton Gallery

Dick Wray, Abstract Expressionist Artist
© Estate of Suzanne Paul / Deborah Colton Gallery

PROOF : Photograph’s by Suzanne Paul
Deborah Colton Gallery
2445 North Boulevard, Houston, Texas
to April 23rd, 2016

Read More:
March 14, 2016

Profile of Suzanne DeYoung Paul
April 2, 2012


KALPESH LATHIGRA: Lost In The Wilderness

Lost in the Wilderness
Photographs (c) Kalpesh Lathigra

Lost in the Wilderness
Photographs (c) Kalpesh Lathigra

Lost in the Wilderness
Photographs (c) Kalpesh Lathigra

Lost in the Wilderness
Photographs (c) Kalpesh Lathigra

Lost in the Wilderness
Photographs (c) Kalpesh Lathigra

 Lost in the Wilderness
Book Launch: Webber Space Gallery, London, March 17  

Lost in the Wilderness / Kalpesh Lathigra 

It’s funny how, as children, we don’t question the games we play or the slow burn of what we take in through films and books and the simple conversations we have. It’s hard to think of a child of my generation not playing cowboys and Indian or watching John Wayne and Gary Cooper in action against the Indians, who always were the enemy.

In these games I was always the Indian, never the cowboy. Why? Because, as a child, India – the subcontinent – is where I was seen as coming from, even though I was born and raised in Forest Gate, London and still live there today.

This fact alone made it my destiny never to be the hero. Later I would read "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" by Alex Haley, "Soul on Ice" by Eldridge Cleaver, "Notes of a Native Son" by James Baldwin; books that were not part of the school curriculum but rather the curriculum of friends who felt abandoned by the school. Those texts transformed many of us marginalized kids growing up in the 1970s and ’80s; they were the words and experiences I could genuinely identify with.

In 2006 I was in New York and a family friend Mark Hewko gave me a copy of "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," Dee Brown’s history of the American West, told from the point of view of Native Americans. I read it with an urgency that led me to Ian Frazier’s "On the Rez," about the Oglala Sioux who live on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. I became determined to visit  some of these places. I found a charity, Lakota Aid, run by Brenda Aplin in Devon, England. Brenda had spent time on Pine Ridge and seen first hand the challenges faced by the community on Pine Ridge. The charity was raising funds for propane gas (for heating) and better housing during the harsh winters. They put me in touch with Garvard Good Plume, Jr, an elder at Pine Ridge, who would become my guiding light.

I made my first trip in the summer of 2007. At first I photographed very little; I wanted to meet the community there, to see and feel the land. I was concerned about voyeurism and stereotypes and whether I would be able to connect with the people. But those fears were soon laid to rest by the ease with which people accepted me. They told me stories about life on the reservation – how it used to be, what their lives were made up of now, and about their hopes and fears for the future. They treated me with kindness, guidance and dark humor. More often that not I was called “the real Indian”.

There are serious problems on Pine Ridge: there is poverty, unemployment, alcoholism, violence and a high rate of suicide among the young men and women. But it is important to consider the belief that lies behind their determination to preserve their traditions, to keep the Lakota language alive despite the challenges faced. I wanted to make a series of photographs that would not add to the cliches about Native Americans, but would be more lyrical and metaphorical, using ideas around historical landscapes, still life and portraiture. These photographs are of people, places, moments, and things I connected with. They say something about my own experiences as the child of immigrants seen through the experiences of others that I can relate to.

“Lost in the Wilderness”
Available at kalpeshlathigra.com
Exhibition and Book Launch  
Webber Space Gallery, London on March 17  
I asked Kal about the beautiful production of his book: "My brother Jay Lathigra, who is NYC based, did the design and he has made it sing. The printer in Istanbul has done a wonderful job in their care and attention, plus John Wesley Mannion, a master printer at Light Work in Syracuse, made the match prints. All are part of the team who made the book what it is."