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Valery Katsuba

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VALERY KATSUBA

I was born in the village of Sergeyevichi in 1965. At that time the village was in the Soviet Union - now it is in the Republic of Belarus. Space flight was already under way, and my father liked it when my mother put on high-heeled shoes and styled her hair into a "babetta" for village festivals.

My father and elder brother taught me how to work, while my mother and younger brother indulged my penchant for the arts and sciences. At school I was friendly with the history teachers Galina Drozd and Natalia Demidova. On dark winter evenings Galina would often tell me about her sailor nephew's voyages around the world. When I left school at 16, I went to study at the Admiral Makarov Naval Academy in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad).

I graduated from the Academy with distinction, thanks to Professor Vladlen Adamenko, but I did not spend much time at sea. I met the writers Sergey Kalinin and Catherine Phillips, and began to write myself, with encouragement from the artist Bella Matveyeva.

Just before the year 2000 I became interested in old photography. My new friends, the wonderful stylist Katharina Flohr and the well-respected photographer Neil Kirk, realised the seriousness of my intentions and said "You should take pictures yourself!". I started doing just that. And my first experiments were supported by Olga Sviblova at the Moscow House of Photography and Carine Roitfeld.

Keiko Nomura

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Keiko Nomura (Kobe, Japan) studied photography in Los Angeles and graduated from Visual Arts College Osaka. Before that, she left the Department of English, Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts without a diploma. She has published 6 books. Nomura received the Newcomer’s Award from the Photographic Society of Japan in 1999 and New Photographer Prize at the 16th Higashikawa International Photography Festival in 2000 and has been exhibiting regularly in Japan in the last years. Women and water have been the motifs in her overarching theme of life’s infinite cycle beyond time and space.

Deana Lawson

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Deana Lawson (American, born 1979) received an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004 and currently lives and works in New York. Lawson refers to the subjects of her photographs as “her family.” Although she is not related to them by blood—in fact, they are nearly all strangers—the pictures are remarkably intimate. Lawson composes almost every element, often sketching scenes out on paper before working with the camera. Reflecting Western and African portraiture conventions, the works examine “the body’s ability to channel personal and social histories, drawing on the various formal and informal languages of the medium and its archival capabilities,” the artist says. The result is an alphabet of body compositions demonstrating humans’ seemingly limitless variety. The size of these photographs ensures that although they are intimate, they are also confrontational; viewers are invited into the world they depict, but strictly as spectators.

Gigi in blue grotto with light, Capri, 1997

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Nan Goldin - Gigi in blue grotto with light, Capri, 1997

Cibachrome, 50.8 x 60.9 cm - Collection Fotomuseum Winterthur

It was in the bars of Boston that Nan Goldin began work on The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. In this major project she photographed her-self and her friends—directly, intimately, close up. The result is a portrayal of sexuality, relationships, power, and identity that is at once tender and hard-hitting. For a long time she photographed without natural light, using harsh, even blinding flashlight.

Christian Cravo - Roma Negra

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Debaixo das sombras escorre uma sombra mas densa. Ela se move a procura do mágico. Não mágico prestigitador, aquele que engana, mas o mágico que é mistério. Atrás das sombras existe uma profunda magia. Movimento de bicho, elo perdido, gasto no sonho de um dormir provocado, derrubado, induzido por desespero certeiro. Corpos caídos, por cima, a sombra, o negror.

Real, material-prima para quem o sabe moldar a imagem de seu sentir e, assim, retratar sua busca interna. O mistério do próprio eu transmitido nas imagens. A magia do que procuramos em nós através desse lado de fora que enganosamente chamam de realidade.

A faca que penteia deixa ver a cicatriz que não é dor, apenas tensão do que esta por vir. Por debaixo das sombras esta não a vontade de mostrar, mas aquela de deixar sonhar, de soltar a imaginação. Aquela silhueta no mar, afinal, estará se envolvendo em espumas...?

Miguel Rio Branco

Nascido em 1974, de mãe dinamarquesa e de pai brasileiro, Christian Cravo foi criado num ambiente artístico na cidade de Salvador, Bahia.

Julie Blackmon - Homegrown

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Following the sold-out success of Domestic Vacations (Radius Books, 2009), Homegrown (co-published with Robert Mann Gallery) captures Blackmon’s ever-evolving talent for portraying the tension between the harmony and disarray of domestic life. As Seattle Times arts writer Michael Upchurch said of her work, “Visual jokes and puns are plentiful. But so are family mysteries, childhood psychodramas and painterly richness.”

The influence of the 17th-century Dutch painter Jan Steen can be seen in photographer Julie Blackmon’s kindred sense of humor and colorful attention to the absurd at home. Though playful and entertaining, her depictions provide an analogous observation on the struggle between living in the moment versus escaping to another reality, two opposites that strive to dominate.

Included in this new volume are 40 works made from 2009-2014, an interview of the artist by Academy Award winning actress Reese Witherspoon, as well as an insightful introduction by the renowned poet Billy Collins.

 

Julie Blackmon is an award-winning photographer who has amassed several honors since beginning her career just a few years ago. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Kemper Museum of Art in Kansas City, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Portland Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, among others. Her work has been in such publications as New York, TIME, VOGUE Italia, New York Times and The New Yorker.

Brian Oldham

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multidisciplinary artist, currently based in los angeles.
original works and limited edition prints available for sale.
 
exhibitions
2016, whispering stills, never apart, montreal
2016, fresh faces, saatchi art, los angeles
2014, 20 under 20, milk studios, new york
2014, sweatshop, warehouse, london
2014, 25 under 25, the galleries at csu, cleveland
2013, a temperamental view, invisible line gallery, london