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Big Week for DPI Alumni

Last week saw the publication of works by several DPI alumni:

Bryan Denton (BFA 2005) was featured in Time LightBox with his series, Boomtown,  about oil production in North Dakota created during the World Press Photos Joop Swart Masterclass

photo by Bryan Denton

BRYAN DENTON: From “Boonville,” Bam (center), Lesbo (with beer), and Phillips fool around in the wreck of an old automobile, while on a ‘booze cruise’ after their shift, driving in the badlands near their camp.

Monique Jaques (BFA 2008) at Al Jazeera America has a series about faith healers in Turkey.

Hoca Durmu? Ali Kurum burns a drawing he made of a face during a consultation over the phone in his office in Ba?aras?, a neighborhood in Izmir, Turkey.Monique Jaques for Al Jazeera America

 “Popularity of healers challenges Turkey’s modern, secular self-image,” Al Jazeera America

Jonno Rattman (BFA 2014) is featured in the New Yorker with photographs of the best youth bull riders in the U.S.

A young rider races to the stands of the Taylor County Expo Center. Photo by Jonno Rattman

JONNON RATTMAN: A young rider races to the stands of the Taylor County Expo Center.

Elizabeth Moran’s (BFA 2007) “Photographing the Invisible” in New Yorker Photobooth. Her exhibition Record of Cherry Road is on view in our Gulf & Western Gallery until January 17.

ELIZABETH MORAN: "Measuring Visual Disturbances #1,"  Record of Cherry Road

ELIZABETH MORAN: “Measuring Visual Disturbances #1,” Record of Cherry Road

American Photography profiles Michael George (BFA 2011) as one to watch.

MICHAEL GEORGE: "Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River in northern Arizona"

MICHAEL GEORGE: “Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River in northern Arizona”

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On View: Social in Practice Exhibition

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DPI Chair Deborah Willis and Photography & Imaging alumnus Hank Willis Thomas curated an exhibition entitled Social in Practice: The Art of Collaboration, which will be on view at NYU Tisch Gulf + Western Gallery & 8th floor galleries from October 16th through November 29th, 2014. The featured projects, each addressing a specific social issue, span an array of mediums and represent artists’ initiatives around the world.

Pete Brook at prisonphotography.org reviewed the show at its debut venue, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, and describes the “innovative” show as “teeming with powerful and important works.” The review goes on to give to great descriptions of all of the included projects. Link.

The exhibition showcases the work of DPI faculty Lorie Novak, Paul Owen, and Bayeté Ross-Smith, and DPI alumni Wyatt Gallery, Kristina Knipe, Richard Renaldi, Alexandra Diracles, Petrushka Bazin Larsen, and Hank Willis Thomas. Other artists and collaborations, both local and international, include Sonia Louise Davis, Russell Frederick, Lonnie Graham, Eric Gottesman, Ayasha Guerin, Jamila Mohamad Hooker, Lara Stein Pardo, Noelle Théard, Hong-An Truong, Christine Wong Yap, Be The Witness, The Laundromat Project, and Question Bridge Interactive.

Event Date and Time:
October 16, 2014 – November 29th, 2014
Gallery hours are 9am-7pm weekdays, and noon to 5pm Saturdays.

Opening Reception:
Thursday, October 16th 6-8pm

Gulf + Western Gallery (1st Floor)
8th Floor Galleries @ DPI
721 Broadway @ Waverly Place
New York, NY 10003

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Alumnus Monique Jaques On The Ground in Gaza

On The Ground in Gaza – Esquire Magazine
by Elizabeth Griffin
Photographs by Alumnus Monique Jaques

Amidst the landscape of war, civilian lives are thrust into chaos. Homes are destroyed, lives are lost, families are fractured. And then there are the things—the things you keep, the things you cannot carry, and the things you have no choice but to leave behind. Some seem trivial—a pillow, a piece of paper, a box of vitamins—but they tell a story of a life. They tell of the small and big parts.

When the latest round of fighting began between Israelis and Palestinians in July, we asked photographer, Monique Jaques, to create a record of those things from where she was stationed. “During the ceasefires, families would go to see their homes, not knowing what remained until they arrived. Their reactions were devastating. Whether it was shock or outcry, no one was without emotion,” she says. “Many were lucky, some weren’t. They searched through the rubble, looking for anything that was intact. I met several families searching for ID cards and official documents—anything proving their identity and place in the world. The smallest toy or shoe would bring cries of excitement. It was one more thing they had, one more thing that survived. Just like them.” read more

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DPI Alumnus Jessica Ingram > Civil Rights Memorial

A Civil Rights Memorial at the National Civil Rights Museum.

A Civil Rights Memorial is a collection of thirty photographs, taken by alumnus Jessica Ingram, of marked and unmarked locations that hold historical significance for the Civil Rights movement. Ingram travelled across the American South, capturing the present day appearance of sites where Civil Rights era atrocities, Klan activities, and slave trade occurred. From the site of the Neshoba County killings in Philadelphia, Mississippi, to Ringold, Georgia where Mattie Green was killed in her home by a bomb in 1960, the exhibit remembers well known and forgotten events associated with the Civil Rights movement. With these images, Ingram provides captions with historical information she gathered from interviews of family members and local people. [read more]

More about the project at jessingram.com

Jessica Ingram received her BFA from DPI in 1999, and her MFA from California California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where she is now Chair of the Photography Department.

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Alumnus Elizabeth Moran featured on NY Times Lens Blog

Exploring the Photographic Spirit by David Gonzalez, NY TIMES Lens Blog

An amazing little camera caught Elizabeth Moran’s attention at a family reunion. It was as tiny as a spy camera, cartoonishly so.

And her aunt said it photographed ghosts.

“My aunt had learned about it from this ghost-hunting group she and my uncle had started working with,” Ms. Moran recalled. “They said ghosts were not as sensitive to this camera because it was tiny.”

The whole ghost thing was not exactly alien territory for Ms. Moran and her relatives. She had been fascinated since childhood by her mother’s tales about growing up in an old Memphis farmhouse where footsteps were heard each night going from the basement to the second-floor bedrooms. When her Aunt Sue, who married her Uncle George, said they were going to start investigating the family’s old house — using that tiny camera and other contraptions — Ms. Moran was hooked.

“We grew up with stories about this house,” she said. “It wasn’t a big leap. It wasn’t anything they were ashamed to tell us about. They just wanted to try and research things that may have been behind what happened at the house where my mother and her siblings grew up.”

The result is “Record of Cherry Road,” a series that looks at a possibly haunted house, as well as other, more symbolic, family ghosts. An exhibit of the images will be at New York University later this year. [continue reading]

Elizabeth Moran received in her BFA at Tisch in 2007 and MFA in 2013 and MA in Visual and Critical Studies in 2014 at California College of the Arts. She was the department’s recipient of the 2013 Tierney Fellowship, a 10 year program supporting emerging artists in photography. An exhibition of this project will be on view in our Gulf and Western Lobby Gallery December 4, 2014 – January 17, 2015. A selection of the work will also be on view in the Tierney Fellowship exhibition at Photoville in September 2014.

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Juliana Beasley | Creative Time Reports

Alumnus Juliana Beasley (BFA 1990) writes in Creative Time Reports about her 10 year project at Rockaway Beach. Great photographs and touching descriptions of the people she photographed.

Excerpt: Hurricane Sandy marked the abrupt and unplanned end of my 10-year project photographing the once-forgotten neighborhood of Rockaway Park, known to the locals as Rockaway Beach. I first came out to the boardwalk at Beach 116th Street in the summer of 2002. I stood outside the Sand Bar and was instantly mesmerized when I witnessed a bartender jump over a bar with a baseball bat in his hands, chasing a disruptive and unruly customer off the premises. As I looked around the bar at the patrons—a mix of disheveled, raucous regulars and sunburnt beachgoers guzzling down cheap beer from plastic cups—I immediately became enamored with a scene that appeared to be a hundred miles away from the gentrified and homogenized streets of Manhattan. The neighborhood felt untouched by time. There wasn’t one Starbucks to be found on the entire peninsula. I decided to return the next week with my camera. read more

 Slate Magazine also features Juliana’s project



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DPI alumnus David Gilbert commissioned for “About Time”

DPI alumnus David Gilbert has been commissioned as the first artist in Performa’s “About Time” project. From Performa:

[Through photographs, David] explores the life span of commonplace materials such as paper-towel rolls and bits of cardboard, fabric, and string; tracing their presence from situation to situation, as the detritus from one installation is revived obliquely in another. The materials live on capable of having several lives and incarnations simultaneously: as sculpture, as photograph, as jpeg.  Gilbert makes sculpture as a photographer, tactile yet flat, making reference to how we see images today: online, on screens, where they are perpetually refreshed and seen anew…

It is this intent that we wish About Time to encourage: knowing the impossibility of, but yet still acting on, the impulse to stop a moment from disintegrating.

For details check out Performa’s website.


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DPI Summer High School Update #1

We’re one week into DPI’s 4 week summer high school program and it’s time for an update. Read more + a gallery!

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Interview with Elaine Mayes

GYÖRGY LÁSZLÓ, on his blog L1GHTB1TES, has a great interview with Elaine Mayes discussing her ‘Autolandscapes’ series. She covers a wide range topics including spontaneity, the passage of time and new camera technology. Here’s a taste:

I chose digital for practical reasons. The world changed, and I needed to change with it. I did not decide to minimise blur, but I found that my digital camera when set on automatic can render a sharper image because it uses faster shutter speeds. I learn with every effort, and I try always to keep learning. I wish the world had stayed the same, but life in fact is about change, and the cultural changes that I don’t much like are the way it is. I feel it is important to go with the flow, to embrace what is necessary in our changing culture.

Head over L1GHTB1TES for the full interview and more photos.


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Elaine Mayes @ the TIME Lightbox Blog


Autolandscapes of the American Road

TIME magazine LightBox

…As one of the very first women teachers of photography who learned her craft primarily in art school, Mayes has influenced generations of photographers while quietly, steadily and tenaciously pursuing her own vision as a creative artist. This summer, Mayes’ work from her seminal Autolandscapes series will go on display through January 2014 at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, alongside work by Steve Fitch and Robbert Flick.
Read more 

Fantastic slideshow of images by Professor Emeritus Elaine Mayes accompanies an article written by the photo editor of LIFE.com, Liz Ronk. Liz is alumnus of our program who went on to get her MFA at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY.


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