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Jessica Auer

Jessica Auer is a photographer and visual artist from Montreal, Canada. Her work is broadly concerned with the study of cultural sites, focusing on themes that connect history, place, journey and cultural experience. Since earning her MFA from Concordia University in 2007, she has participated in several international residency programs including the Leighton Artist’s Colony at The Banff Centre in Alberta, the Brucebo travel residency based in Gotland, Sweden, The Chilkoot Trail AIR in Alaska/Yukon and the Skaftfell Centre for Visual Art in Seydisfjördur, Iceland. Recent exhibitions include: Oslo8 gallery in Basel, Switzerland; The Gotland Museum of Art in Visby, Sweden; Sporobole centre en art actuel, in Sherbrooke, Quebec; VU Photo in Quebec City; The Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal; Patrick Mikhail Gallery in Ottawa; and Newspace Centre for Photography in Portland, Oregon. She currently teaches photography at Concordia University in Montreal and is represented by Patrick Mikhail Gallery. Saga Lands “Based in oral storytelling, the Icelandic sagas remain the most extensive literary source on the history of early European exploration. As the word …

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Kyler Zeleny

Kyler Zeleny is a Canadian visual sociologist. He is interested in Found Images from family albums, conscious/unconscious construction of ‘deviant cultures’, alternative culture movements, and how this defines and influences social policies. His personal interests in photography, which is reflective of his rural upbringing relates to open space, landscape portraiture, and the archeology of rural decay. He received his bachelors in Political Science from the University of Alberta and his masters in Sociology at Goldsmiths College, London in Photography and Urban Cultures. He is a guest editor with the publishing house The Velvet Cell and is a member of the Association of Urban Photographers (AUP). His first monograph—Out West—was launch this summer with The Velvet Cell.   AB: What was the first polaroid that really captured your attention? Describe it physically and how it peaked your interest. KZ: I have a lot of favourites, but one that stands out is one that is on the website, Polaroid #95. It is a straight on image of an older man who looks deadpan into the camera, as …

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Micah Cash

Micah Cash is a photographer based in Charlotte, North Carolina. His work examines how land use, landscapes, and their social histories influence cultural geography. Themes of ownership, demarcation, and utilization are explored across media. Cash received his MFA from the University of Connecticut and his BFA from the University of South Carolina. His work has been exhibited nationally, and his paintings and photographs have been featured in Places Journal, Dotophotozine, Light Leaked, Two Coats of Paint, 10 Journal, and Another Place. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Today we share a conversation with Micah about his series, Dangerous Waters. Dangerous Waters investigates the landscapes and contemporary social impact of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) hydroelectric program. These photographs explore the tenuous balance between spaces designed for hydroelectric generation and public recreation. While these dams have become symbols of social and economic prosperity, they also remain visual reminders of loss, population removal, and eminent domain. The ecological and personal sacrifices are privately internalized and the social benefits …

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Thad Russell

Thad Russell is a fine art and editorial photographer whose work examines contemporary American life and landscape in all of its beauty, perversity and pathos. Born and raised in suburban Boston, Thad is a graduate of Stanford University and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he received his MFA in photography in 2006. His work has been published in the London Observer, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, New York Magazine, and the Photo District News Annual. His national exhibition record includes Fruitlands Museum, the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Houston Center for Photography, the Photographic Resource Center, and the Vermont Center for Photography. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island with his wife, Josephine Sittenfeld, and their two children. He has been teaching photography at RISD since 2007. Northeast Kingdom This series documents my parents’ lives as my mother struggled against and finally succumbed to cancer. For two years, I spent much of my time with her and my father in their northern Vermont home helping them deal with a unique period of challenge and fear. With their consent and collaboration, I tried to record and make sense of a …

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Felix Odell

Felix Odell (b. 1976) is a photographer currently based in Stockholm, Sweden. After his studies in art and photography, Felix attended KTH, The Royal Technical College, for a degree in engineering, but decided to follow his instincts and make a break for it in photography instead. He began assisting many of Sweden’s most reputable photographs until I eventually started to find my own expression as a photographer. Felix currently is working editorially for several magazines and some of clients include Volvo, Conde Nast, Monocle, to list a few.  Today we share Felix’s work that he shot for Monocle on the Sami people, once indigenous peoples who inhabit the northern Arctic Sápmi region, which is comprised of the Arctic regions of modern day Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Russia. AB: Hey Felix! Nice to have you, can you start off by telling me where you started as a photographer? FO: I began by photographing simple, ordinary landscapes of open spaces and horizons. I consciously stayed away from showmanship, and learned how to use natural light and its variations …

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Grace Ahlbom

Grace Ahlbom is a Brooklyn based photographer currently pursuing a B.F.A. in Photography at Pratt Institute. Although her photos are not of herself, in a way she is shooting self-portraits. Her work explores her fixation and envy towards boys while taking a playful approach toward her confusion and exploration of her gender identity. Grace started taking pictures in elementary school, photographing her friends riding BMX bikes off of homemade jumps. This eventually led her to documenting everything her friends did. Now, her style is more pseudo-documentary, placing her subjects in an environment that she finds interesting or stimulating, often dressing them in clothes from her own closet, and improvising from there. I use photography to create an image that reflects my identity through a subject other than myself. By capturing characteristics and mannerisms typically associated with the male gender, my work explores my gender identity and adolescence. This area of focus has helped me continue to create my own terms of gender identification that transcends the antiquated dichotomy that dictates gender in society today. My …

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Daniel W. Coburn

Daniel W. Coburn lives and works in Lawrence, Kansas. His work and research investigates the family photo album employed as one component of a visual infrastructure that supports the flawed ideology of the American Dream. Selections from his body of work have been featured in exhibitions at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art and the Chelsea Museum of Art in New York. Coburn’s prints are held in collections at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), the University of New Mexico Art Museum, the Mulvane Art Museum, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, and the Mariana Kistler-Beach Museum of Art. He has been invited as a guest lecturer at national and international photography events including the International Festival of Photography in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, the Ballarat International Foto Biennale in Victoria, Australia, and the Helsinki Photo-Media Conference. His first artist’s monograph, The Hereditary Estate, was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2015.  Daniel’s work has been published widely, most recently appearing in the International New York Times. Coburn received his MFA with distinction from the University of …

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Neal Slavin

Neal Slavin is a world class photographer and film director. His well known photographic books include Portugal, When Two Or More Are Gathered Together, and Britons. He has produced and directed countless TV commercials through his own production company, Slavin-Schaffer Films. In addition Slavin’s feature films include FOCUS; written by Arthur Miller, which stars William H. Macy and Laura Dern and features Meatloaf and David Paymer. Slavin’s photographs are extensively represented in both private and public collections worldwide. Neal Slavin shows in both individual and group venues throughout the world and is represented by Ricco Maresca Gallery in New York for both sales and exhibitions. His work has been featured in the solo exhibition at New York’s International Center of Photography and England’s National Museum of Photography, Film & Television. He has also been honored with a retrospective exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and has been shown at the famous Les Rencontres D’Arles in France. He is currently preparing work for a large solo exhibition at Foto/Industria 2 in Bologna in October 2015. Slavin’s teaching credentials …

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Brandon Tauszik

Brandon Tauszik hails from the moors of northern England, where one can trace his roots back through many generations of noble serfs. Amid adolescence Brandon was relocated to the United States to continue education and impress schoolmates with his novel accent. Upon vindication from the halls of academy in Florida, Brandon continued further education between venturesome crusades across the European continent. These solitary voyages found Brandon as far east as Kiev and Istanbul practicing the art of photojournalism whilst procuring purposeful employment as a videographer in Spain and The Netherlands. For two years Brandon then whiled away his hours in the Art & Film department at Invisible Children, a media based non-profit organization. Currently Brandon resides in the Bay Area where he directs commercials and music videos at Sprinkle Lab while pursuing personal photography projects. Today we share with you an interview, and his series, Tapered Throne. AB: How did you first become interested in the barbershop environment and when did you decide that you wanted to create from it. Did you start going to these barber shops …

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Andrew Wertz

Andrew Wertz is Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. His photography addresses the social landscape and built environment of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast United States with a particular attention to the Anthracite Coal Region of Pennsylvania. He speaks to the changing nature of our cities and the marginalization of identity endemic to the unmitigated pursuit of capital. Also, life… he speaks to it’s charms. Not hopeful per se, but diligent when it comes to work. He is the delighted father of Samuel David, and husband of Kate. He resides in Andover, CT. Everywhere Under Your Feet These photographs are part of a long term body of work exploring Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region, a place that holds special significance for me as the place where my parents and grandparents were raised and called home. It is both a revisitation of past memory, personal mythology, and present day interrogation of place and meaning. The coal region’s long and steady decline from prosperity and it’s continued march toward obsolescence is not presented here as …

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Nikki Krecicki

Nikki Krecicki (b.1992) is a fashion and portrait photographer who currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. She is a recent graduate from the Savannah College of Art & Design, where she received her B.F.A. in Photography. She began making pictures while living in a humid subtropical climate in North Carolina. Her work illustrates dreamy narratives and cultural nuances inspired by her global explorations. Nikki’s objective is to further explore conventional and innovative aspects in fashion. Today we share Nikki’s newest series titled Jane & I. Jane & I “The days were long but filled with the most intense tomatoes the vines could barely hold up. The sunbeams radiated through our quaint but impressive garden that my grandfather tenderly takes care of even with his hunched back. My summer consisted of waking up in the rural area of Denver, NC and walking out to the garden to hear the cicadas buzzing with hostility and routine. The dewy branches were dripping with vibrant yet evolving peaches and pears. My mom’s parents have lived with us the past four …

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Garrett Grove

Garrett Grove (1982) is a photographer based out of Leavenworth, Washington. He has spent the last seven years as a freelance photographer in the editorial and commercial world of travel and adventure sports. Up until last month he was a self-taught photographer but is currently enrolled in the Hartford Art School’s MFA in Photography program (2017). His work and clients have included Patagonia, Outside, National Geographic, ESPN and others. Today we share our interview with Garrett, discussing his three year series titled Snow Dome photographed in Hokkaido, Japan. Snowdome (Hokkaido, 2012 – 2015)  “This project began over the course of my first trip to Hokkaido in 2012.  I was enamored by the juxtaposition of Hokkaido’s dense population and the sheer volume of snow which falls throughout the winter.  During my second trip in 2013/14 thirty feet of snow fell between December 14th & January 14th.  I found some of the most magical times were when I would wake with the residents at 4am and observe the nearly robotic gestures they made in order manage the accumulating snow before the city would populate.” AB: Hey Garrett, tell us a little about how you …

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Michael George

Michael George (b. 1988) is a photographer living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Michael’s formative years were spent in Fort Myers, Florida where he grew up with the ocean, “snowbirds,” and probably your grandma. He moved to New York City six years ago and has somehow maintained his sense of child-like optimism. Based in Brooklyn, he considers himself a freelance photographer/adventurer. In 2010 he biked across the country and in 2012 he walked across Spain. Next, he will be crawling across Russia. Not true. Michael loves photographing people and often uses his camera as a vehicle for sharing their stories. Today we share Michael’s most recent work from his visit to Zion National Park. “Last May, my friend Matt and I spent ten days exploring Zion National Park and the surrounding areas. We make a good travel team because he is a reckless Eagle Scout that likes to push boundaries and I am a middle-aged soccer Mom stuck in a twenty-something man body. I grew up surrounded by alligators and cottonmouth snakes in southern Florida …

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Anna Brody

Anna Brody is a photographer and empath currently residing in Savannah, Georgia, where she is pursuing a BFA in Photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She began making images through film photography and darkroom process in 2005 and has since developed, in both film and digital work, a detail-oriented perspective and emotional vision of light. Her work has been shown in exhibitions across the U.S., and most recently in a digital display at the Louvre in Paris. This collection of images has been compiled from the visual journal I have been keeping since moving to the South. It is not intended to be anthropological, nor is it meant to communicate any narrative. It is a documentation of what has captivated my eye, scenes and details which I now understand to be extraordinary in their ordinariness. I had an utterly normal upbringing, in a nice suburb in an unremarkable state, and – after years of traveling and living abroad, running as far away from normal as I could manage – I’m surprised to …

(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 …