Residents of New York

More Art Presents: Andres Serrano: Residents of New York from More Art on Vimeo.

Residents of New York is a public art project by Andres Serrano. Using a 4×5 view camera, he spent months photographing the homeless residents of New York in response to the changing city and the issue of affordable housing. These photographs will be on display in the West 4th Street subway station, Judson Memorial Church, Laguardia Place, and several phone booths scattered in the city from May 15-June 16. Serrano says that this project was not produced out of a need to address a social issue, but rather, the notion that “if people pay attention to the photos they will go back outside and see the real people.” Early in the semester, we introduced our Future Imagemakers to Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York, and I think it’s really interesting to compare the approaches of the artists who both isolate individuals of the city but circulate their images in different ways.

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Unique Board

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Unique Board is a website recently created by Tisch alum Dan Kim (class of 2013) to connect artists working with film & photography, dance & performing arts, design, fashion, fine art, technology & science, and music. Artists can submit projects that they need assistance with or post their talents for others to see in a Craigslist-like fashion. Unique Board makes use our increasingly tight-knit social networks in a productive manner and encourages collaborative work between artists.

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Classroom Connections

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Eight years ago, Classroom Connections was started to build a community between two Bronx schools—University Heights High School, a public school in one of the poorest congressional districts in America, and the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, a private school with a $43,000/year tuition. Students of each school exchange letters, engage in community service projects, and visit each other to discuss issues such as race relations. This article details a group activity led by Narrative 4 in which students first paired off to tell share stories about their lives and then regrouped to tell their partners’ stories in first person. As someone who attended a prestigious public high school in Manhattan with tremendous resources, I always felt like I was in a bubble and sheltered from truth of the inequality between schools in New York. I was touched by the article and the initiative to foster understanding and empathy between these students, and I definitely believe that there should be more collaborations like this to increase awareness of the state of the school system in New York.

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Maine Media Workshop + College

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One of the coolest opportunities I have ever come across for photography summer programs for high school students is the Maine Media Workshop. The way it works is a student applies for a twelve week residency (there are shorter options if you cannot spare the whole summer) that they will devote to a specific category of photography. Some of the choices include:  Digital Photography & Printmaking, Traditional B&W Printmaking, Alternative & Historic Processes & Printmaking, Fine Art Photography, Documentary & Photojournalism, Nature, Landscape, & Travel Photography, and Commercial & Studio Photography. If accepted into the program the student is given a mentor that is an expert in the category they chose. The student will spend their twelve weeks being taught one on one by this mentor as well as attending master classes and workshops. When they are not in class or meetings they can spend their time on the beautiful Maine campus near the sea and develop a project to work on for the summer. They also can choose to design a program that combines multiple categories if they cannot pick just one. It is open to all levels and allows the student the opportunity to escape the demands of real life and focus on developing their craft and a fully realized project that they can use for a portfolio.

 

To learn more about the program and how to apply visit:

www.mainemedia.edu/workshops/photography/photography-residency

To see work produced by previous students:

www.mainemedia.edu/workshops/galleries

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A Thousand Words: Writing From Photographs

 

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A Thousand Words: Writing From Photographs

This article by Casey N. Cep in the New Yorker discusses her switch from using a notebook to her phone camera to prepare for writing a piece. She explores how writing from photographs has changed the way she writes and remembers event. Now instead of reading through pages of notes, she flicks through her photostream allowing her to recall minute details that she might otherwise have forgotten.

Writing from photographs seems as though it should produce the same effect, sharpening the way we convert experiences and events into prose. I suspect that it also changes not only what we write but how we write it. It’s no coincidence that the rise of the selfie coincides with the age of autobiography.”

Her views on writing from photographs are both enlightening and inspiring. It makes you consider how pairing prose and photographs can affect how both are interpreted. Often times authors believe that writing from photographs can deaden the prose, but Cep describes how it can also bring it to life. Photographs jog memory, but also create an alternate reality simply by taking a moment out of its own time stream.  This affect allows a writer to connect moments that were nowhere near each other or related prior to the two photographs being next to each other. It allows an author to re imagine a past event based purely on what was captured in the frame. Writing from photographs can be a helpful tool for journalists, but I also think it would be a helpful exercise for photographers to explore what the thousand words there photographs are worth actually are.

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Kickstarter : Caught in Nepal (photographs by Tibetan refugees)

I recently discovered a kickstarted campaign that recently met its crowdsourced funding to publish a book containing photographs taken by Tibetan refugees living in Nepal. Mikel Dunham, an acclaimed author who frequently investigates and writes about the situation of tibetan diaspora living in exile decided to give 10 inexpensive digital cameras to young tibetan refugees living in camps in nepal. Since majority of the Tibetans that escape their homeland in order to be closer to the Dalai Lama first make their way as refugees in Nepal before heading to India. Since the pressure by the Chinese is ever increasing on the Nepalese government, Nepal now has imposed sanctions on tibetans flee from Tibet so much so as to not allow them to publicly celebrate the birthday of Dalai Lama, own businesses or even any kind of property. This in turn has led to widespread poverty in these refugee camps where even the basic rights such as registration of new borns and marriages have even been denied to exiled tibetans.
According to Dunham, he wanted the tibetans themselves to document the plight of their community and the increasing encroachment of their basic rights by the Nepalese government. Despite the fact that a lot of westerners visit these places, their photographs seem to romanticize the culture and and deem it as exotic whilst not really examining the present adversity the community faces everyday. Though the photographs are not as beautiful to look at, they still serve as an important piece of  evidence in a long struggle for freedom. By empowering the community to document their own stories, Dunham gives us a significant perspective that is lacking in the documentation of the Tibetan Struggle. The project can be found here.

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Teaching exiled Tibetan children photography

Last summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to reside in the Tibetan community based in Palpung Monastery,India, where I had been working on my ongoing project on the exiled Tibetan Diaspora. Initially when I arrived at the place, I was quite nervous since being in a completely new environment among strangers seemed a daunting task to search for a story.
After a lot of introspection I decided to approach the  Rinpoche of the Monastery to allow me to teach the small monks photography  in their free time. This activity, that began as a way for me to ‘find a story’ quickly became something that I looked forward to everyday.  Besides that it was really interesting to see from the perspective of these little children who had never held a camera before. Everyday I would devote an hour to gather a group of kids interesting in learning the skill and slowly they started treated me as their own; I didn’t feel like an outsider anymore. It is in fact that very trait of successful photographer that allows them to assimilate so well into the communities they  are photographing that they do justice to the stories and aren’t merely romanticizing the struggles of people.
Before leaving the monastery I dropped off two point and shoot cameras with the children hoping to come back after a year and see how they have documented their own narratives. This summer I will be creating a blog comprised of all the images they have taken hoping to find a story that I couldn’t document myself.
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Instagram and Photojournalism

Coming into photojournalism I had a strong opinion about Instagram. I believed that Instagram had no place in photojournalism; that it should never take the place of a photojournalist’ dslr images. I was against primary coverage of war using Instagram, against coverage of Hurricane Sandy using Instagram. But as Instagram has grown older it seems that it has now become an integral part in photojournalism and documentary. Rather than taking away from the value and tradition of photojournalism, it seems that Instagram has added a layer of beauty. Instagram has made the world that much smaller and continues to chip away at the sense of othering that photography often brings. I now believe that Instagram can be used in interesting ways to help add on to the documentary field.

 

Here are some interesting Instagrams by photographers  Marcus Bleasdale Lynsey Addario Randy Olson.

I have also started to use Instagram for my documentary work. Harlem Still is my Instagram that follows my exploration and interest in Harlem. It’s about exploring the change and searching for the fleeting soul of Harlem.

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Future Imagemakers 2014 Exhibition & Web Launch

photo by Jessica Jones

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Friday, May 9, 2014, 5:30 to 7:00pm, Room 804

FUTURE IMAGEMAKERS Exhibition & Web Launch

This semester we  have been running two workshops: one on Saturdays and one on Monday and Thursdays. You won’t want to miss the work of these 21 creative young artists.

2014 Pariticipants:

Student Photographers: Hayoung Ahn, Jason Bravo, Karla Cortes, Vanessa Deng, Justyn Diaz, Vanessa Escobar, Aminat Fakunle, Elisa Freeland, Lateisha Freeman, Jasmin Garcia, Treasure Goddard, Jessica Jones, Amandeep Kaur, Krutika Khatri, Devin Liu, Britanie Montero, Sebastian Perez, Jhamir Rahsaan, Carlo Raimondo, Renee Sanders, Cimani Squires
Teachers: NYU students Megan Hilliard, Joann Lee, Karanjit Singh, and Bria Webb
Faculty Katie Kline and Lorie Novak

To see some of what has been been happening this semester check out our Tumblr.

Hope to see you March 9. Pizza and ice cream cake will be served!

We are part of the Tisch Future Artist Program. To be added to our mailing list, please email future.imagemakers@nyu.edu.

 

 

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Future Imagemakers and Future Film Scholars Book Collaboration

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Throughout the semester the Saturday Future Imagemakers have been working on a collaboration with the Future Film Scholars. The goal of the collaboration was to create a book of the Future Imagemakers photographs and writing about the photographs that the Future Film Scholars wrote. We just recently got the writing back from the Film Scholars and were thrilled with the results. In the next few weeks we will put the book together.. Above you can find the pages of the book. The Future Imagemakers were really excited about the way the Film scholars interpreted their work!

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