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(L-R) Jabari Wilson sits next to his cousin Korwin "Quan" and mother Ellen in the dining room of the home he shares with his mother, sister Nikki and her girlfriend Dominique in the Baptist Town neighborhood of Greenwood, Mississippi on Saturday, November 6, 2010. Jabari and his sister Nikki both work to support their mother who has a number of health problems and is unable to work. Quan (center) lost his mother in a car accident as a child and has been raised by his grandmother ever since.

Matt Eich

Matt Eich (b. 1986) is a photographic essayist and portrait photographer born and based in Virginia. He holds a BS in Photojournalism from Ohio University and is currently pursuing his MFA in Photography from Hartford Art School’s International Limited-Residency Program. Eich recently relocated to Charlottesville, Virginia with his family and continues to accept commissions of all kinds while working on long-form photographic essays about the American condition AB: Hey Matt, can you introduce yourself and tell us about your background and when you became a photographer? ME: I am an independent photographer living in Virginia. I started making pictures when I was a kid, maybe 10 years old, and this is my language for communicating an array of complex thoughts and feelings to the world. I studied photojournalism at Ohio University from 2004-2008 and started working as a freelance photographer in 2005, for my local newspaper. As tough as it has been, it is hard to believe I’ve been doing this for ten years … it feels like I’ve gotten away with something. My clients …

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Parker Stewart

Parker Stewart (b. 1992) is a Savannah, GA based photographer and a native of Greensboro, North Carolina.  He recently received a B.F.A. in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design.  His work focuses on the place and he uses photography as a tool to observe and record these scenes which move him the most.  Typically drawn by the complexities of banal and vernacular architecture of different regions across the world, he has a special tie to the the American South and the southern scenes he sees on a daily basis.  Parker is currently a contributor for Aint-Bad Magazine and a new employee of Maine Media Workshop and College.  His work has been featured on Oxford American’s Eye’s on the South, Lenscratch, Booooooom, and been exhibited in Savannah, Atlanta, and Augusta, Georgia, Washington, DC, Greensboro, North Carolina, and Lacoste, France. AB : You recently went on a very long road trip on assignment as a field intern for the Western Environmental Law Center, and we talked pretty extensively in the past about how it changed your …

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Sarah Elizabeth Borst

Sarah Elizabeth Borst is a documentary and portrait photographer from the humble town of Davidson, North Carolina.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Photography from the  Savannah College of Art and Design.  Finding brilliance in seemingly banal, everyday occurrences, she is intimately and obsessively drawn to situations that stimulate the narrative documentary portrait.  Sarah’s mother will tell you that she does not know a stranger.  With adoration for humankind, people become characters and characters become her subjects.  She thirsts to understand and relate to their condition through making their picture.  For Sarah, photographing is an approach to process, understand and explore questions about America and the social gallery we have oh, so carefully and comfortably constructed for ourselves.  In addition to being a finalist in the Lucie Awards in New York City this past Fall, Sarah has most recently been working in Hong Kong on Scholarship from Savannah College of Art and Design, and will be exhibiting five of her series in Sham Shui Po in January of 2016.  In May, Sarah was named …

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Carson Sanders

Carson Sanders is a cowboy from Dallas, Texas, who has found a home in the southern tip of Georgia. He graduated in 2013 with a BFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. His work is a blend of documentary photography and visual anthropology. His passion for cultures and locations that are not his own motivate the images that he creates. A southern gentleman at heart, Carson strives to photograph in both a traditional and contemporary aesthetic to appropriately capture the beauty of the American South. In 2011, Carson co-founded Aint-Bad Magazine, an independent contemporary photography publication that focuses on emerging photographers from all over the world. Today he lives in Savannah, Georgia and focuses much of his energy and efforts on the growing success of Aint-Bad Magazine. He is also in charge of the Savannah College of Art and Design’s imaging lab in the photography department. He spends most mornings processing color film of all shapes and sizes and enjoys being surrounded by chemistry and negatives while blasting hip hop in …

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Kory Jean Kingsley

Kory Jean Kingsley (b. 1993) is an emerging artist currently living and working in southern Vermont.  Kory received her B.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2015.  Using medium and large format film, she is most attracted to the ephemeral aspects of light.  She has exhibited her work at various venues around the U.S. and internationally including Cairo, Egypt and Southern France.  Kory was recently chosen to be showcased in the “30 Under 30″ exhibition at the Vermont Center for Photography.  She is an editor for Aint-Bad Magazine and this Fall she will intern at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon.  Today we take a look at her newest series titled, To Be Here. To Be Here “After living in Savannah, Georgia for the past four years, I have developed a 
connection with the locals and culture of the Southeast. As a white female, I find myself 
 being pulled at by stereotypes during every day interactions, especially with black men; and a whole different set of stereotypes undoubtedly dashes through the minds of these men during their …

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Brett Gundlock

From Toronto, but based in Mexico City, Brett Gundlock is a photographer and a founding member of the Boreal Collective. After three years as a staff photographer at Canada’s National Post, Gundlock struck out on his own and now divides his time between assignment work and personal photographic interests. Brett’s personal work lead him to Mexico in 2012 and he has been working there since. Future ambitions include creating his first book from his current project, Flowers for Zapata. Contrasting current social conflicts in Mexico with the history of Emiliano Zapata, Brett is exploring man’s lust for control. Today we take a more in-depth look at that project. Three years ago a small Mexican town called Cherán saw its citizens band together to directly confront organized crime. As soon as I heard about this I left Mexico City on a bus and I arrived in the middle of the annual fiesta, the first fiesta since the town revolted. I began to photograph immediately. The pride of their collective accomplishments was infectious, there was an energy in the air that …

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Pablo Lopez Luz

Pablo López Luz was born in 1979 in Mexico City.  His work has been exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions in international museums and galleries such as:  SFMOMA (San Francisco, USA), Fondation Cartier (Paris, France), International Center of Photography (New York, USA), Sommerset House (London, UK), Museum of Modern Art (Mexico City, Mexico), among others.  Some of his most notable awards include: The Syngenta Photography Award, exhibited at the Sommerset House in London, The Alt+1000 Photography Award, awarded by the Alt+1000 festival in Rossiniere, Switzerland.  In late 2014 his second monographic collection, Pyramid, was published under the editorial house RM, and designed by Editions Toluca.  Today we take a closer look at this series and have asked Pablo a few questions about the work. Pyramid Pyramid was born out of questioning two core concepts: history and the role it performs in the contemporary world, as well as the joint creation of our notion of identity. Throughout history, the Mexican population has been victimized by the superposition of different historic layers and cultural impositions, culminating in the creation of a hybrid society that persistently struggles …

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Rob Stephenson

Rob Stephenson is a New York based photographer who has made a name for himself over the past few decades as a documentary photographer. His work has been exhibited at numerous galleries and museums including The Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Jen Bekman Gallery, and The Museum of the City of New York. He has been awarded the Design Trust for Public Space Photo Urbanism fellowship and a 2013 NYFA Artist Fellowship and has been a darkroom resident at the Camera Club of New York. His first book, From Roof to Table, documenting the urban agriculture movement in New York City, was published in 2012. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. Today we take a closer look at Rob’s series, Myth’s of the Near Future. We were able to ask him a few questions about the passion behind this amazing work. The Space Coast of Florida is comprised of the towns surrounding Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral. When the last Space Shuttle took off from the Florida coast in 2011 a population largely defined by …

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Christian Rodriguez

Christian Rodriguez was born and raised in New York City’s Lower East Side, to immigrants of the Dominican Republic. At the age of twelve his sisters and himself were sent to live on the island with his grandmother and extended family. For three formative years he lived outside of the United States. This time away from home would peak his interest in the arts. Upon his return Christian began photographing. After four years of high school in the city he was ready to leave once more. Christian attended the Savannah College of Art and Design. Majoring in photography he quickly began studying Savannah, it’s streets, and it’s lights, the people, and friends. Among many life-changing experiences was the switch to analog methods. Christian graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in the spring of 2015. He has returned to New York City to continue his photographic career. From Here and There. 2014-2015 This body of work deals with many intimate levels of life and family. The home life, the immigrant life, and the …

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Leigh Merrill

Leigh Merrill received her BFA from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM and her MFA from Mills College in Oakland, CA.  Merrill’s work has been a part of exhibitions throughout the United States in venues such as the Phoenix Art Museum, the diRosa Art Preserve, The Lawndale Art Center, the Tremaine Gallery, and the Museum of Texas Tech University. Merrill was a part of the 2011 Fotographia Festival Internazionale di Roma at the Galleria Gallerati in Rome, Italy. Merrill’s work has been included in online and print publications such as the Design Observer/Places Journal, Dwell.com, BLDGBLOG blog, PaperCity Magazine, and the Houston Chronicle.  Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Texas Tech University, the City of Phoenix, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and various private collections. Merrill currently lives and works in Dallas, Texas where she is an Assistant Professor of Art at A&M University-Commerce. Today we share her series, Cinder Blocks and Cherry Blossoms. Cinder Blocks and Cherry Blossoms  My work examines the construction of desire, fiction …

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Alexandra Serrano

Alexandra Serrano is a French-Mexican photographer. She holds two Master degrees, one in Photographic Studies from Westminster University and one in Art History from the university Paris 8. Her practice is mainly autobiographical and self- reflective, tackling themes such as those of family, childhood and memory. Her work features in various publications and has been exhibited in both group and solo exhibitions across Europe and North America. Today we take a look at Alexandra’s series titled Théorie de la Cachette. Théorie de la Cachette is a photographic series that depicts the forest as a boundless space whose immensity engenders admiration, contemplation and fright. Transcended by the stillness and solitude of the natural world, the visitor transforms his wander into a journey of emancipation. Carried by playing and daydreaming begins a quest for identity scattered with obstacles, singular rituals and secret hideaways. A need to tame ambiguous and suspicious places. To transform the landscape by giving it a certain theatricality in an attempt to reinvent a daily life that has been overtaken by the banal and the …

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Julien Mauve

We first fell in love with Julien Mauve’s work when we featured his series Headland of Dreams back in April of this year. So when he shared his latest project Greetings From Mars with us, we realized it was the perfect opportunity to not only share an amazing body of work, but to also get to know a little bit more about him. AB: Hey Julien! Can you start by telling us a little bit about your self & how you first got your start as a photographer? I’ve always loved printed pictures. It started with my family photo albums when I was young, I spent hours looking at them, fascinated by their power over me. My dad offered me my first analog camera at the age of 10 and my first reflex at 25. I found myself really interested in staged photography and started my first project 4 years ago. Since then, things have progressed pretty fast. I’ve been awarded several prizes, including the prestigious SFR Jeunes Talents in 2013, shortlisted for the Leica …

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We Are The Youth

In 2011, I spent the summer in New York interning for Emiliano Granado. To this day, he is one of the nicest people I have ever met. I learned a lot from him and also met some really incredible people while working in the city. One of those people was his studio manager, Laurel Golio. Laurel is also a photographer and we spent tons of time together in the studio chatting about life and dusting photos. Around the time I met Laurel she had started a project called We Are The Youth, and from day one I was interested. I’m happy to say that the project is still going strong, and I was able to ask Laurel a few questions about We Are The Youth and the future of the project. AB : Laurel! Tell us a little bit about yourself and about how this project got started. Hello! I’m a photographer/visual anthropologist based in Brooklyn, NY. My work revolves around the examination of community and its various subcultures, with a focus on using portraiture …

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Valerie Chiang

Valerie Chiang (b. 1992) is a photographer from North Carolina and currently resides in Los Angeles. She will graduate from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Film Production at the end of this year. Today we look at her series recently shot in China titled “As The Dust Settles.” Laundry and bicycle in Beijing The photographs in this series were taken in July on a two-week family vacation to five different cities in the northeastern part of China. This nation has progressed greatly in the past couple of decades to become the global superpower it is today, but it’s also not without troubles, both political and cultural. I did not intend to create a project out of these photographs but as I was scanning and editing them, I noticed they loosely fit together into a quiet portrait of a beautiful yet still struggling country. Empty hanging clips We recently had a chance to discuss Valerie’s recent travels and her experience with her first visit to China. The following is an interview transcribed …

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WHITTEN SABBATINI

Whitten Sabbatini (b.1990) is a photographer currently living in Memphis, Tennessee. His work is included in The Do Good Fund’s collection of contemporary Southern photography. He received his BFA in photography from Mississippi State University in 2013, where he was the recipient of the College of Architecture, Art & Design Undergraduate Student Research Award for his series Of the South, as well as a National Conference Student Scholarship from the Society for Photographic Education. His ongoing project There’s Worse Things Than Being Alone was recently featured on Oxford American’s website as a part of their series Eyes On The South. We recently had a chance to sit down and talk with Whitten about how his work is affecting his post-college life and where he plans to take his photography in the near future. The following is an interview transcribed from a phone conversation. Hey Whitten, how’s it going? Ah this is so crazy; I’m doing really well thanks for doing all of this. So, where are you originally from? Well, I’m from Jackson Mississippi, about …