All in Features

Rachel Lee Hovnanian : The Women's Trilogy Project

As women, possessions, gender roles, stereotypes drive us to actions and limitations that are artificial rather than real. By producing work under a male pseudonym, I believe I have overcome the preconceptions of work being created by female artists. For me the gender is irrelevant in terms of my ability to create this work.

CAREY YOUNG: The Peeping Tom

Almost all the courtroom doors at the Palais de Justice in Brussels contain circular windows, through which one can view the trials in progress. This design expresses the idea of fairness in legal trials, it indicates that there is a transparency to the process. In order to create my video piece Palais de Justice (2017), I shot a lot of footage of trials in progress through these windows. 

Elle Verhagen and Carmen Freudenthal: "To recognize the same urge in the other is special and stimulating"

“It's not only the similarities that make the working together easier. It's also the differences. We each have our own qualities, and over the years they became more clear. Now we are able to divide the roles, and therefore have more time to perform. These differences are also our strengths as a duo. We respect them, thus making it easier to give in in case of possible disagreements.”


ANDREA BLANCH: I know that your family owns pharmascience and your mother started this collection, but how did you get engaged with it?

DEBORAH GOODMAN DAVIS: I’ve had three careers in my life. First, I was an art historian. Right out of school I was a museum curator working at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Yale University Art Gallery. I was working in European paintings; I did my master’s degree in post-impressionism.

Street Photographer Pau Buscató: "This demands being fully aware of what's going on around you"

The world as it is is already strange and zany enough. I think I'm just bored of the conventional view of reality, where we give everything for granted: a tree is a tree and that cloud is just a cloud. But what if the cloud and the tree could become something else, when viewed from a different angle or put together in a frame? When I said that I'm not documenting the world, I meant that I'm not interested in showing the obvious view of things. I'm more interested in the 'far side of the moon', if you know what I mean.

Terri Loewenthal explores "the intersection of landscape and psyche" in Psychscapes: "Who would I be in that place?"

In a way, our impression of ourselves is the most unmediated experience we have. And yet, it is wholly ephemeral. Our connection to physical places gives us a starting point for the exploration of our psyches. Because we define ourselves based on the experiences we’ve already had, we gravitate towards the familiar. Psychscapes utilize elements of actual landscapes, so they offer a comfortable first step into the unknown. 

Feature: Deborah Roberts

Well, you know I have this idea that when people see people of color, especially black people, they don’t see them as a whole person. Sometimes they see them as a partial person or one person. I wanted to express that we are different in skin tone and facial features, things like that. So that’s what’s important about the collage work. I used to paint faces and images, which I felt portrayed black people, but those weren’t the images I was seeing portrayed in the news, magazines, and on TV. There was a big discrepancy and I thought, how can I best speak to that in my work? So collage has been a perfect vehicle.

VIDEO: CAMERALESS/LENSLESS: Vanessa Albury's Cyanotypes

In a world oversaturated by digital imagery, Albury returns to one of the medium's earliest practices; she inverts traditional methods of photographic image making to instead show the viewer the deconstructed process of photography itself. Photography is light, and Albury's images in the Cameraless, Lensless series find themselves at the very heart of this remarkable medium.

Emilee McGovern on Photographing Stoneman Douglas Rallies: "I wanted something even more raw"

You can watch the video of their speeches 100 times, but there is something about those portraits that brings it home for a lot of people. This is why i’m obsessed with the still image. It has such lasting effects. It’s important to also know that neither of them were prompted by me on how to pose, or not to smile. I told them I simply wanted to capture them genuinely, in this moment, and that is what they shared with me.

Feature: Andreas Gursky

The power of his photograph’s scale is in the beating values of color and the tactile quality of voluminous details. There is an undeniable implication of the Earth in nearly every frame of Gursky’s. Fields of solar panels surf across the hills in the image Les Mées, 2016, an impeccable pattern of repetition that absorbs light as it skirts the green hills even on a cloudy day. Our closest star, the sun, stares into the eyes of all these rows of machines, reflecting back into Gursky’s camera, and then sinking into the pupils of viewers.

"They have mastered the space and their emotion": Maika Elan on Photographing Reclusive Japanese "Hikikomori"

Some call them lazy, but in reality they are paralyzed because of too much social fear, and become stuck there and cannot escape. They know that it is a negative behavior, but locking themselves in their rooms makes them feel "safe,” and they do not want to change. Parents also know that their status in society will be affected if they disclose their children’s lifestyle, so they often expect them to return to normal for months or years before seeking help. 

VIDEO: If It Rained an Ocean: Danna Singer's Vision of the American Landscape

For Philadelphia-based photographer Danna Singer, the themes of family and class struggles dominate her powerful photographs of the contemporary American landscape. Singer initially turned her lens on her own family, consisting of her sons and herself. Over the course of ten years and two photo series, Singer was documenting the space her small family carved for itself as the single mother was putting herself through undergraduate education.