Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – 11 May 2018

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round up – photographer and book editor Régina Monfort’s exhibition Beyond Grand Street, Brooklyn, New York, plus a new exhibition by Melbourne photographers Kip Scott and Craig Adams opens at Fox Darkroom & Gallery, and in Washington DC the impressive Pictures of the Year: 75 Years of the World’s Best Photography is on show.

Before turning to this week’s blog post, last night Melbourne’s Fox Darkroom and Gallery hosted a capacity crowd of around 100 for a fantastic presentation by photojournalists Paula Bronstein and Nancy Borowick.

Both women are highly accomplished and their talks were, as always, thought-provoking and insightful.

Bronstein presented work from her award-winning book, Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear, a 15 year survey of this war-ravaged country.

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Borowick spoke from the heart about how she visually documented her parents simultaneous battle with stage four cancer. It was an intense, emotional journey that culminated in her book, The Family Imprint.

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Both women generously stayed long into the night to sign books and talk with audience members.

Here’s a photo from gallery owner Tom Goldner in the last moments of the evening when all the pizza and wine was gone! Bravo to Tom and his team for putting on such a great event.

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Exhibition: New York

Régina Monfort – Beyond Grand Street, Brooklyn, New York

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Monica and Joel on Union Avenue, 1999 -RIP
*A few months after this photgraph was taken Monica died from a gunshot wound. Ten years later, Joel was shot to death.  It must be noted that their deaths were unrelated and did not occur in their Brooklyn neighborhood,” says Monfort.

As a book editor for FotoEvidence, French-born, Brooklyn-based photographer Régina Monfort spends most of her time looking at other people’s images, so it is enormously gratifying to see her project Beyond Grand Street, Brooklyn as a long-term installation at LaGuardia Gallery of Photographic Arts.

Monfort talks about the project which she began more than twenty years ago. “In September 1994, when I first walked beyond Grand Street, in the tightly knit Puerto Rican and Dominican communities of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, I began a nine-year journey photographing teenagers growing up fast, competing for love-respect, status, and finding ways to cope with life.

My photographs became collaborations born from trust as I met Ricky, Louie, Monica, Joel and their friends. Listening to their dreams, hopes and frustrations, I remained committed to expose the tenderness so often concealed by the necessity to be tough in order to survive. I followed my intuition, exploring social codes, sexuality, motherhood, love and loss through my lens. There were days spent in the neighborhood not photographing. Sometime the camera gets in the way of seeing.

Some of the children I grew to know have since died tragically. Despite the many hardships and losses along the way, there are those who went on to pursue their dreams.

I have been asked: Why are you here? Nothing is beautiful here.

These photographs are my answer.”

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This exhibition comprising 20 gelatin silver prints was originally produced by the Open Society Foundation’s Documentary Project as part of their annual Moving Walls exhibitions series.

Venue: LaGuardia Gallery of Photographic Arts, First Floor Gallery, B Building, 30-20 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens, New York.

Exhibition: Melbourne

Craig Adams & Kip Scott  – Chittagong Steel and Mambo

This joint exhibition by Melbourne photographers Craig Adams and Kip Scott opens tomorrow. Both bodies of work address the way in which the West can influence the culture of other countries, in this instance Tanzania and Bangladesh. 

 

12-27 May – Fox Darkroom & Gallery, 8 Elizabeth Street (via laneway), Kensington 

Exhibition: Washington DC

Pictures of the Year: 75 Years of the World’s Best Photography

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A crowd gazes in wonder as bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger flexes his muscles at a 1976 symposium at New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art. The event connected classical art to body building. (Co Rentmeester/People)

This impressive photography exhibition showcases a selection of winning photographs spanning seven decades from the archives of Pictures of the Year International (POYi), one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious photojournalism competitions. 

The exhibition was curated from POYi’s archive of more than 40,000 photos, tracing the evolution of photojournalism from World War II to today.

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Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is surrounded by equations and an upside-down photograph of Albert Einstein in 1988, the year he published his bestselling book about the universe, “A Brief History of Time.” Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 21, leaving him unable to walk or speak. (David Gamble/Time)
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On a visit to Savannah, Ga., in October 1970, President Richard M. Nixon stands on the hood of a motorcade car to greet the hundreds of people gathered to see him. In a speech that day, Nixon spoke about his plan to end the Vietnam War. (Rodney Mims/United Press International)
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg puts up her fists in mock anticipation of a fight during her 1993 Supreme Court confirmation hearings. From fighting for gender equality as an ACLU lawyer to becoming the second woman on the Supreme Court, Ginsburg has broken barriers throughout her career. (Larry Downing/Newsweek )
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Fierce competitors, practice partners and sisters, Venus and Serena Williams conquered the tennis world with 30 Grand Slam singles titles between them. Venus is older by a year. This image was taken in 2012, when Serena won both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. (Damon Winter/New York Times Magazine)
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Unrest in Baton Rouge (Jonathan Bachman/REUTERS)

Until January, 2019

Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC

 

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