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Tickle Your Fancy – #32

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Welcome back to our thirty second post in our new section ‘Tickle Your Fancy. Tickle Your Fancy’ includes a round-up of five links to articles from around the internet that have specifically interested us during the course of the week. Ones that we feel are relevant to your interest in photography and art.

Just to explain the title for this section Tickle Your Fancyis an English idiom and essentially means that something appeals to you and perhaps stimulates your imagination in an enthusiastic way, we felt it would make a great title for this new section of the site.

 

Deutsche Börse Photography Prize: Alberto García-Alix

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Lucy Davies at The Telegraph speaks with Alberto Garcia-Alix a 19 year old law student in Madrid as he looks close to scoop the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize. ‘‘I didn’t know anything about photography,’ he says. ‘All I wanted to do was take photos of motorbikes.’ The timing was more propitious than either he or his parents could have imagined, coming within days of the death of General Franco, who had held Spain under his dictatorial thumb for nearly 35 years. Franco’s demise would herald a new era for both the country and García-Alix’.

Read more here


Nan Goldin Druggy Insider Reportage Photography to Children’s Photography

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Nan Goldin is best known for a work she first showed 35 years ago. The Ballad of Sexual Dependency is a series of photographs of her bohemian, drug-taking, sexually avid friends during the hedonistic heyday of Eighties New York. Sensual, sleazy, exuberant, the images were shot in a casual, “snapshot” fashion that would come to influence a generation of fledgling photographers, who fell into her truth-telling wake’.

With all this in mind, it comes as a surprise to learn that her latest endeavor is a book of photographs of children – really fascinating – read more here.


Maids of Lebanon

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There are currently 200,000 migrant domestic workers in Lebanon, a small country of four million. Maids save on rent, bills, and food costs living with their employers.

Caritas Migrant Center, an NGO which aids and shelters maids who have run away from their employers, are receiving between three and six cases of abuse per day, from abuses that range from rape, physical violence, trafficking and starvation.

Fascinating images here


Artist Talk – Lorna Simpson

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Waterbearer, 1986 © Lorna Simpson

Deutsche Börse shortlisted artist Lorna Simpson (b. 1960) speaks about her work.

Nominated for her exhibition Lorna Simpson (Retrospective) at Jeu de Paume, Paris (28 May – 1 September 2013).

Over the past 30 years, Lorna Simpson has created an extensive body of work incorporating performance, photography, text, film, drawing and collage. Her work engages issues including race, gender and aspects of American identity, and it is through her subtle interplay of text, image and other media that she challenges stereotypes and destabilises assumptions.

At The Photographer’s Gallery, London – Sunday 11 May, 2014 – 16:00

Find out more here


Zack Seckler’s Slightly Sarcastic Images

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“Safari,” 2011. “As many people guess, this gorilla was not actually on the top of this vehicle,” Seckler says. “I shot the gorilla for about 20 minutes as it posed for me. It was a star performance” –© Zack Seckler

Zack Seckler started his photography career in a tried-and-true way: shooting assignments for newspapers and wire services in Boston and later in New York City. But he soon decided to break out from straight documentary work. “One thing that frustrated me with photojournalism was having to follow the ethical guidelines of not interfering with a scene or asking someone to do something,” explains Seckler, 33. “There would be times when I was just waiting for a person to repeat something—you’d see them do it once and hope they’d do it again. Just waiting. It can be very frustrating.”

Totally fascinating images view more here.

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: joanne@theappwhisperer.com