Making A Family: The History and Theory Behind Family Photos

With Thanksgiving around the corner, you will most likely have to endure another terrible family photo. You will have to hold onto your sanity as grandchildren to grandparents are corralled into a line, all fussing and delaying as they fidget with their clothes and hair, roll your eyes as whatever amateur photographer spends what feels like hours getting everyone to not blink for at least three seconds, and then have to start go through all of that all over again when someone inevitably doesn’t like how they look in the photo.

Old Father Thames: An Interview with Julia Fullerton-Batten

From my start as a photographer, the staging of my sets has been cinematic, much like a still extract from a film. My lighting techniques have followed suit and are now more dramatically cinematic. At the end of the day, photography is about light, colour, emotions revealed in my model’s expressions. For me, it’s primarily about lighting and colour. I can make a drab, mundane setting something incredible lighting it cinematically with a mixture of flash and daylight working with cross-lighting.

Haus De la Blanca: 11th Anniversary Ballroom at The Bronx Museum For The Arts

Ball culture, the house system, the ballroom community, and similar terms describe an underground LGBTQ subculture in the United States in which people "walk" (i.e., compete) for trophies and prizes at events known as balls. Some who walk also dance; others compete in drag categories, designed to emulate other genders and social classes. Most participants in ball culture belong to groups known as “houses”

An Interview with Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher

For the past four decades, photographers Angela Beckwith and Carol Fisher have spent their working lives in Africa documenting the lives and communities of several cultures throughout the continent. In their newest book, African Twilight, Beckwith and Fisher have compiled over 15 years of work in order to capture some of the oldest and most varied cultures in human history before they disappear forever.

An Interview With Mona Kuhn

“I would like to bring attention to a new feminism, where artists like me decide to bring light and hope to this conversation.  Women’s bodies and natural beauty is what makes us powerful. We will only be cherished and respected when we respect ourselves.”

'Testing' - Interview with Sara Greenberger Rafferty

Sara Greenberger Rafferty has exhibited widely since 2001, including solo exhibitions at MoMA PS1, New York; The Kitchen, New York; Eli Marsh Gallery at Amherst College, Massachusetts; Fine Arts Center Gallery at University of Arkansas; and a commissioned sculpture for the Public Art Fund. Gloves Off, the first traveling survey of her work with accompanying fully illustrated catalogue published by SUNY Press, completed a three-venue tour last year

Vote After Reading

We are living in a time of fear that is substantial, consistent, and bipartisan. Today, as people began congregating at the pools before sunrise, the general consensus was that of a universal anxiety, but this is not a new feeling. Fear has long been manufactured and promoted advantageously in the political sphere, with visual media serving at the forefront of our contemporary political dialogue.

Art Installation Pushes Voting in the Midterms

A rectangular box fitted with red framing and a rotatable wheel sits holding an array of note cards in Chelsea’s Cristin Tierney Gallery. The note cards started out as a way for Neil Goldberg to keep track of his thoughts and plans, some twenty years ago, before they turned into an immersive exhibit. In the artist’s self-described “suicide-note” style font, he has turned his handwritten note cards into a political statement under the title VOTE IN THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS.

Batture Ritual Shows the Importance of the Mississippi River

A dark room with ambient sounds and stunning visuals was packed with an overflowing audience (including two dogs) for the final day of Jeff Whetstone’s Batture Ritual at the Julie Saul Gallery in Chelsea. Consisting of six photographs and a 24-minute film, the exhibit focuses on the banks of the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana. Whetstone spoke on the exhibit’s closing day about his inspiration and the work’s larger significance given the pivotal role the river plays in the global economy.

Suppress The Vote

The stench of cheap brandished Trump steaks can be likened to the new Republican party and the men hiding behind red — not for country, but for power.

Georgia’s race for governor is drawing national attention and for good reason. The voter suppression tactics are an act of cowardice by Secretary of State Jeff Kemp who is desperate to win the election.