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DPI Chair Deborah Willis Featured on HuffPo


Following on the heels of “Black Portraiture{s} II, Imaging The Black Body and Re-Staging Histories” at NYU Florence, the Huffington Post’s Jacqueline Bishop has written up an informative essay and interview with DPI Chair Deb Willis. In the post the two discuss a wide range of topics from the aforementioned event in Florence to Deb’s influences growing up, bad teachers and the dedication it takes to make it in the art world as a woman of color. Read the whole HuffPo article on Deb Willis here.

Image by Deborah Willis


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DPI Alums in the News: Bryan Denton on the NYTimes new Instagram Feed and an Interview with Rachel Barrett


This week The New York Times launched their first Instagram feed @nytimes and the inaugural 6 photos belong to DPI alum Bryan Denton (’05). Bryan shot the intimate photos while on assignment in Sierra Leone capturing the human moments that make up the country’s slow recovery from the horrific Ebola outbreak.

Recently Rachel Barrett (’03) was featured in an interview for American Photo in which she discusses her life and work. She covers a wide range of topics including grad school, photographing communal living and the transitions from school to work and what it means to settle down, start a family and keep an art practice going. Lots to chew on!


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Chair Deborah Willis interviewed on NPR

Broadcast today on NPR’s Morning Edition, an interview with Deborah Willis and Director Thomas Allen Harris: Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photography Fades Up To Joy.  They speak about their work and the film.

Inspired by the book Reflections in Black by Deborah Willis, the film features the works of photographic artists Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Clarissa Sligh, James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, and many others..

Through A Lens Darkly,  will broadcast Monday, Feb. 16, on the PBS program Independent Lens.

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Alumnus Hank Willis Thomas – Creative Time Reports

“What Is Common to All of Us?”
Redefining Black Male Identity

by Hank Willis Thomas

Creative Time Reports.

Drawing from his collaborative transmedia project “Question Bridge: Black Males,” the artist Hank Willis Thomas examines the racial context of the 2012 killing of Jordan Davis as the man who shot the 17-year-old Florida resident, Michael Dunn, is retried for murder.

Screenshot from “Question Bridge: Black Males,” a collaborative transmedia project of Chris Johnson, Hank Willis Thomas, Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair.

Every person has a “day of infamy” in his or her life. For the parents of Jordan Davis, that day was November 23, 2012. For the parents of Trayvon Martin, it was February 26, 2012. For the parents of Michael Brown, it was August 9, 2014. For me, it was February 2, 2000—a Tuesday. That was the day I lost Songha Thomas Willis, my cousin, roommate, best friend and, for all intents and purposes, big brother. He was shot dead in front of dozens of people during a robbery in which he did not resist. [read more]

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DPI Alum Hiro Ito’s ‘After the Rain’: Interview and Show Review


The Photo Journal at The Wall Street Journal has an interview and images up covering Hiroyuki Ito’s recent show in Tokyo “After the Rain.” This most recent show following “Red Rain” and “A Clueless Spectator” shown here at DPI, covers a tumultuous period in the photographer’s life after a difficult breakup, the death his father and cat, Meeno. Hiro says, “I laugh and cry and they are all part of me. I want to show high tide and low tide. That way, I hope, as a group of photographs, they give a sense of one’s journey over a long period of time.”

See more photos and read more of the interview at Photo Journal.



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DPI Alum Aaron Shuman is curator of Krakow Photomonth


DPI Alum Aaron Shuman (’99) was selected to curate Krakow Photomonth. Asked to sum up his ideas for this year’s show, Aaron responded:

I’m fascinated by the relationship between photography and knowledge, as well as how photography often inspires a search for knowledge.

I see photographers as people who go out into the world, and though they might not be experts in a particular field or on a certain subject, wrap a camera around their neck and begin to learn, and to search for knowledge. The knowledge that they seek and often find can be personal, philosophical, scientific, abstract, but the whole process becomes one of searching.

This is why the title of the Main Program is split—Re:Search. In a few words, I wanted to examine the photographer as a researcher, the process of searching that photography involves and inspires, and the relationship between photography and knowledge.

Read the full interview at lensculture.com.

Aaron Shuman is a photographer, curator, writer, and Director and Editor of SeeSaw Magazine, an online photography magazine.

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Alumnus Alan Chin on the Tiananmen Square Anniversary

Today on the 25th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, Edward Wong writes in the NY Times about DPI alumnus and documentary photographer Alan Chin and his experience photographing in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Small crowds of civilians confront soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army on Chang’an Avenue on the morning of June 4, 1989, after the night when soldiers had begun firing on civilians. Photo by Alan Chin

Live Blogging the Tiananmen Square Anniversary
by Edward Wong – NYTimes.com Sinosphere blog

As a photojournalist for The New York Times and other publications, Alan Chin has covered wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo. We traveled together in 2005 to the city of Basra in southern Iraq, where we worked on articles for the Times about the power of Shiite militias. More recently, we collaborated on stories in southern China.

What makes one choose a career as a war photographer? For Alan, who lives in Brooklyn, it was witnessing the violence of the Tiananmen Square crackdown that began the night of June 3, 1989. At the time, he was an 18-year-old high school student from New York making his first trip to Asia with his parents. They had visited their ancestral village in the Taishan area of Guangdong Province, in southern China, and were touring Beijing in late May and early June. They had already heard about the protests while in Guangdong and Hong Kong. Once in the Chinese capital, Alan walked through Tiananmen Square and shot scenes of the protests on black-and-white film using a Leica M3. [continue reading]

For a more detailed account of Alan’s trip to China in 1989, read his photoessay on the Reuter’s Blog: Eyewitness Views: From hope to horror in Tiananmen Square

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Deb Willis on NYU Stories, ‘The Bitter and the Sublime’ of the Black Body, Slideshow and Interview

In this short and impactful video DPI chair Deb Willis discusses her early inspirations in the imagery of the black body.

For more details and other ‘NYU Stories’ click through.


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Kieran Kesner, DPI Alum, on Czech TV



Kieran Kesner’s work focusing on the Roma communities of Eastern Europe (posted earlier) along with a live interview in English, has been featured on Czech TV!  Kieran connected with and photographed the Roma communities while attending NYU’s semester abroad program in Prague.

The project was presented in Senior Show 1 earlier this spring and can be seen again in our BFA exhibition in May.

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DPI Lecture Series: Jill Magid


Who: Jill Magid

Where: NYU Silver Center, 24 Waverly Place, Room 300

When: Thursday April 17th from 7:00pm – 8:00pm

**Space is limited. Pre-registration is required to attend. RSVP at http://jillmagid.eventbrite.com/ **

New York University’s Department of Photography & Imaging in the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts will present a talk with Jill Magid, artist and adjunct professor at Cooper Union. Jill Magid is the second lecturer in the DPI Lecture Series, following Walid Raad in Fall 2013.

In this presentation, Brooklyn-based artist and writer Jill Magid will discuss a selection of her projects, which probe seemingly impenetrable systems such as the NYPD, The Dutch Secret Service, surveillance systems and, most recently, the estate of architect Luis Barrágan. Her work focuses on forging close relationships within bureaucratic structures—flirting with, seducing, and subverting authority.

A photo ID is required to enter the Silver Center. RSVP for this event here. For further information, call 212.998.1930 or visitwww.photo.tisch.nyu.edu.

Brooklyn-based artist and writer Jill Magid forms intimate relationships with systems of power, including police, military, secret service, corporations, and CCTV surveillance. For Magid, power is not a remote condition to contest, but rather something to manipulate—drawing it closer, exploiting its loopholes, engaging it in dialogue, infiltrating its structure, repeating its logic. With solo exhibitions at institutions around the world including Tate Modern, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Berkeley Museum of Art, California; Tate Liverpool; the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam; Yvon Lambert, Paris and New York; Gagosian Gallery, New York; and the Security and Intelligence Agency of the Netherlands, Magid has received awards from the Fonds Voor Beeldende Kunsten and the Netherland-American Foundation Fellowship Fulbright Grant. Magid has participated in the Liverpool, Bucharest, Singapore, Incheon, and Gothenburg Biennials.
She is an Associate of the Art, Design and the Public Domain program at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, and a 2013-15 fellow at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. An adjunct teacher at Cooper Union, Magid is the author of four novellas.
Jill is also the recipient of the Eyebeam Artist-in-Residence Fellowship (2006), Basis Stipendium (2006), The Reverse Torah Project grant (2002), and Mama Cash Grant for Arts Culture and Media (2005). Her books include Failed States, Becoming Tarden, Lincoln Ocean Victor Eddy, and One Cycle of Memory in the City of L.

Photo: Jill Magid. I Can Burn Your Face, 2008, Neon, 12 x 38 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Yvon Lambert, Paris.

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