SANDRA CHEN WEINSTEIN: Kuala Lumpur International Photo Award Portrait Prize + Talk

1st Prize “Untitled” from "SHE/They" project
​Photograph © Sandra Chen Weinstein

KUALA LUMPUR INTERNATIONAL PHOTO AWARDS ( KLPA) Portrait Photography Prize was awarded to Sandra Chen Weinstein's photograph, “Untitled,” the 1st prize winner for Open Category in this year’s contest “Defining Family."

"The inside of "D's" mind is wonderland, chaotic, and unorganized. The only thing that makes sense in her mind is that nothing does and the only order, is no order. "D" had a tough time growing up - constantly bullied at school. She left home as a late teen from Los Angeles. Women in every society face the task of transforming these expectations of others in order to match their own sensibilities and ambitions. The 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." 

 ​ "Woman of Nablus"
Photograph © Sandra Chen Weinstein

 ​"New Home" from Refuge in America
Photograph © Sandra Chen Weinstein

 "L.A. Women"
 Photograph © Sandra Chen Weinstein

 "Child Shiva"
Photograph © Sandra Chen Weinstein

KLPA 2017 Awards Ceremony Presentation + Opening of the Exhibition on September 9 includes an Artist talk by Sandra Chen Weinstein “PERSONAL STORIES’ Presentation at the White Box Gallery, WHITEBOX, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, 10.  

Weinstein will present stories from a selection of images mainly focusing on intimate portraits of women with attention to their diversity, community, culture, and empowerment. The selection of images (above) are from women refugees in America, Middle East, India, and California.

Opening of Exhibition + Artist Talk 
September 9, 2017
White Box Gallery, WHITEBOX
Publika, Solaris Dutamas, 10

September 9, 2017–September 19, 2017
Whitebox Gallery, PUBLIKA
Sandra Chen Weinstein
Untitled from SHE/They project



Photograph © Henrik Saxgren

Photograph © Henrik Saxgren

Photograph © Henrik Saxgren

Photograph © Henrik Saxgren

Danish photographer Henrik Saxgren's new book ULTIMA THULE, published by GYLDENDAL, is work from the Thuleregion in the Northern part of Arctic Greenland. To order Ultima Thule: www.saxo.com

LANDSKRONA FOTO FESTIVAL 2017 : Danish photographer Henrik Saxgren will talk about his latest book “Ultima Thule – a photographic journey through the hunting grounds of northern Greenland” at Landskrona Theater, Landskrona, Sweden. Friday, September 15. 4-5PM

AMY ARBUS: The Outsiders

Photograph © Amy Arbus

Photograph © Amy Arbus

One Long Walk
Photograph © Amy Arbus

AMY ARBUS presents black and white photographs from a new series titled, ‘The Outsiders’. Taken in and around the parks in her New York City neighborhood these riveting new images capture homeless and disenfranchised people. ‘The Outsiders’ began with photographs of the Women’s March in Washington DC and continues to consider the entirety of the arc of social change happening now. Arbus’s new work offers the immediacy of photography’s capabilities to document the moment while reaching deep into the medium’s history and connecting with its Lions. As always, she offers the viewer dazzling technical and formal satisfactions while provoking story, emotion, a sense of place and time and an incomparable relationship between photographer and subject. ‘The Outsiders’ consists of ten new photographs and premiers at this exhibit. –  Schoolhouse Gallery

AMY ARBUS, The Outsiders, Opening September 1, 6-8 pm at the Schoolhouse Gallery, ptown, MA.

The Outsiders
September 1 – 27
Schoolhouse Gallery
Provincetown, MA

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October 27 - 29, 2017
Day of the Dead: The Single Narrative Portrait
Los Angeles Center for Photography
Los Angeles, CA


MEG BIRNBAUM: Losing The Farm

Orange Shirt © Meg Birnbaum

Gone © Meg Birnbaum

Rabbits © Meg Birnbaum

Many Colors © Meg Birnbaum


"On a spring day in 2015, I entered a call for entry from a local arts organization seeking to match 10 artists with ten farms. The hope being to build community, and educate the public about the local raising and growing of food. The 10 artists, of all mediums, were tasked with telling the story of a year in the life of a small Massachusetts farm. I was matched with ‘Pete and Jen’s Backyard Birds’ a pig, chicken, and turkey farm."

"I learned, among many new things, that unless a person inherits a preexisting family farm it is common practice to lease land from a larger farm that is not able to use all of what they own. Pete and Jen did that and shortly after I started my project they were told that their time was up. The mood and tone of the farm changed to a heaviness that matched the crushing heat."

"I followed the farm through moving day, sadly watching the farm deconstruct day by day. The animals went to market, the greenhouses came down, the fruit trees dug up. The farm was lost."

"Pete and Jen are still farming but in a completely different venue. They are stewards for a community farm owned by the town of Lincoln MA. Jen is the Director of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, a beginning farmer training program at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy." – Meg Birnbaum

Meg Birnbaum is a photographer, graphic designer, and educator living in the Boston area. Her work is held in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, the Lishui Museum of Photography in China, the Meditech Corporation, and private collections.  



The Horace Williams House
610 Rosemary Street
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
September 3–24, 2017



 © Dawn Watson

© Dawn Watson

© Dawn Watson

“Message from GRACE: Imaginings of an Altered World” 

“…the places are what remain, are what you can possess, are what is immortal. They become the tangible landscape of memory, the places that made you, and in some way you too become them. They are what you can possess and in the end what possesses you.” – Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Dawn Watson's “Message from GRACE: Imaginings of an Altered World,” was top winner from the Fourth Annual Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) Members’ Exhibition. Her work was selected for solo exhibition by juror Paula Tognarelli, Director of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA.

Dawn Watson writes, "High above the Atlantic, suspended between time zones and uncertain outcomes, sleep comes fitfully. In the dark, the world shifts. Midnight reading offers a distraction but also deeper evidence for concern. Earth’s axis tilts, gravity pulls, seasons change, ice melts, flooding waters rise, or the earth is left parched, the natural world changes beyond recognition. Human activity contributes to these seismic shifts in Earth’s mass and atmosphere. Heightened awareness of our ever-changing world leaves bodies and spirits under stress from this increased vulnerability. Adapt and change to a new way of being or turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to the  comprehensive observations from both elders and science warning of the consequence of denial. “Message from GRACE” offers an inverted reality, present but not yet seen. Delicate details or vast landscapes are familiar yet strange, hold both beauty and decay, alarm and possibilities. How to make sense of our off-kilter politics, environment, relationships? How can we shape our near and distant future?"

“NASA’S GRACE Mission satellites, (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) relay data that has transformed analysis of changes in the Earth’s system. GRACE-FO, scheduled for launch in late 2017, will continue the work of tracking Earth’s water movement to monitor changes in underground water storage, the amount of water in large lakes and rivers, soil moisture, ice sheets and glaciers, and sea level caused by the addition of water to the ocean. These discoveries provide a unique view of Earth’s climate and have far-reaching benefits to society and the world’s population. “https://gracefo.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/overview

I offer my deep gratitude to juror Paula Tognarelli and the Los Angeles Center of Photography for their dedication to the photographic process and community.

Dawn Watson's "Message from GRACE: 
Imaginings of an Altered World"
August 12, 5-8pm
 Los Angeles Center of Photography
515 Wilcox Ave., Los Angeles, CA