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Great Big Final Alumni Update for 2014


Wrapping up what has been a wonderful year for the DPI alumni community. Here is an exciting selection of current work:

Bonnie Briant designed two books  that were selected for the 27 photobooks that “defined 2014” according to TIME’s photo editors and renowned photography experts. Details.

Sasha Arutyunova has a solo exhibiton of work that is part of a residency at the Center for Faith & Work. The series, ANTE MERIDIEM, features street photographs taken in New York City at dawn. Exhibition will remain on view until early 2015, date TBD. On view: W83 Ministry Center, 150 W 83rd St., Sanctuary New York, NY

Mathew Kristall had great editorial work in Vogue, T Magazine, W Magazine, and Vogue Paris.

Sarah Kehoe was in conversation with APA at the Apple Store in Soho. She shared insights on her creative process and working with a crew.  Details.

Margeaux Walter’s has an installation as part of  The Hunter College MFA thesis show composed of items from the IKEA catalogue and appear to be a deconstruction of our everyday lives as commercialized beings. The photos and videos range from the abstract to the literal to the humorous. The Hunter MFA Thesis show is on view until Dec. 27th and by appointment through Jan. 4th. 205 HUDSON STREET GALLERY Hunter College MFA Campus, New York, NY 10013. Details. Read a review of the project at the blog Tonight at Dawn.

Tamara Porras‘ exhbition ‘Insatiate is presented by En Foco’s Touring Gallery. ‘Insatiate’ explores the cognitive dissonance between social norms of eating and my inner relationship with food consumption. On view: December 6, 2014 – January 30, 2015.  Artist Talk and Reception on Saturday, January 10, 2015, 3-4pm. Details and Facebook Event. Riverside NYPL, 127 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023.

Lili Holzer-Glier photographs of the Art Basel scene in Miami were featured in Vogue Magazine.

Emily Shur self published a book: Playground. Details.

Monique Jaques shot photos for ‘High Heels and Hijabs: In Indonesia, an Islamic Answer to Beauty Pageants” for Al Jazeera America. Details.

Alex Q. Arbuckle has been shooting the many civil rights protest in recent weeks, his photos from the Millions March are featured at Vogue. Slidehow.

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Alumnus Richard Renaldi in the news

Richard Renaldi’s (BFA 1990) project Touching Strangers and exhibition at Aperture continues to receive a great deal of attention.

Sunday’s New York Times Week in Review featured a selection of photographs to accompany the article Hello Stranger
Richard Renaldi - New York TImes Sunday Review, April 27, 2014


Hyperallergic art blog also published a review: Unnerving Portraits Stage Close Contact Between Strangers by Allison Meier

Richard Renaldi, “VIncent and Charles” (2012), Los Angeles, CA (all photos courtesy Aperture)

 From 2007 to 2013, New York–based photographer Richard Renaldi approached strangers across the United States and asked them to pose together, close, as if they were friends or lovers.

“I wanted to know what would happen if I asked my subjects to reach through and beyond their taboos,” Renaldi writes in Touching Strangers, a book of his photographs released this month by Aperture. “I wanted to observe the physical vocabulary that would emerge when a photographer directs strangers who have been approached randomly on the street, and who have been introduced to each other only moments before, to touch each other’s bodies.” [continue reading]

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Recently, Richard spoke to students in our Large Format Photography class. Besides the exhibition at Aperture, Richard’s exhibition This Grand Show is on view at Bonnie Benrubi Gallery on 57th Street.

Richard and Aperture have also launched a social media project where you can share your own Touching Strangers photographs with the hashtag #TouchingStrangers on Instagram or Twitter, and contribute to the Touching Strangers exhibition in New York. Photographs should be of people you don’t know and who don’t know each other, before the photo is taken, who you ask to touch each other for the picture. Click here for more information and to see a book excerpt.

Through May 15, Richard will be picking his favorites to show alongside his exhibition.  Check here  to see the latest submissions, and visit the Touching Strangers Facebook page to see Richard’s favorites.

Congratulations Richard on a great project.

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Headshots for the Philippines

The Department of Photography & Imaging and the Office of Student Affairs are hosting a fundraiser entitled Headshots for the Philippines to provide relief for those affected by the November typhoon. In the past, we have raised money for New Orleans, Haiti, and Japan. 100% of the proceeds from the event are donated to support relief efforts.

On Thursday, December 5th from 2-7pm we are taking headshots and portraits again. From your donation, you will get a headshot, author photo or professional portrait. Use it for your next audition, website, your LinkedIn profile or your next speaking engagement.

See our poster below and please drop by next Thursday!


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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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Todos Somos Ellas (We Are All Them) by: Paul Owen


DPI Faculty member Paul Owen has been working on a project in Mexico entitled Todos Somos Ellas (We Are All Them). Here is Paul’s description:

This project is meant to bring particular attention to the violence against women taking place in Mexico to help bring about the eradication of femicide throughout the world.

The Mexican women in these photographs represent the thousands who have died violent deaths because of their gender (femicide).

The title was derived from the response of a group of woman when asked to be photographed, “Yes, we would like to be part of this because we are all them”. I changed the title from the feminine to include all because this should concern everyone not only women. Men are perpe- trating these acts therefore it is their responsibility to stop it.

Although this is an ongoing project I have presently photographed over sixty Mexican women. An exhibition of Todos Somos Ellas is scheduled to be shown at Centro Cultural Clavijero, Mo- relia, Michoacán, Mexico. The exhibition will be on view from July 19 through August 31, 2013. The intent is that the sixty large photographic prints become a traveling exhibition.

Click through to see the accompanying PDF in which you can view images from of the project, read a review, and see installation shots.

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Alumnus Richard Renaldi ‘Touching Strangers’

Richard Renaldi  (BFA 1990) is featured on NY Times Lens blog with his ongoing project
Touching Strangers.

Richard Renaldi   

The photographer Richard Renaldi is a matchmaker for tense times, asking complete strangers to pose with their bodies touching, as if they were intimates. On a recent afternoon in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, it was not going well. He wanted to pose an Orthodox Jewish man with someone from outside the Orthodox community.

“It’s going to take all the cajoling I can do,” Mr. Renaldi, 45, said. “There’s a lot of barriers.”

There were, in fact, more barriers than he knew. After terse rejections from several people, a man named Abraham Weiss stopped to look at Mr. Renaldi’s large-format, 8-by-10 view camera. Mr. Renaldi made his best pitch. read more

Aperture Foundation will be publishing Touching Strangers.  This will be his third monograph.

Congratulations Richard.

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Now on View: “This is not me: Enduring Syria’s War” by Bridgette Auger

Now on view in the G+W Gallery of 721 Broadway: This is not meEnduring Syria’s War by Bridgette Auger, Tierney Fellowship Winner of 2012. The show opened Thursday  June 13th and is on view through August 10th. Click through to see the statement and a gallery of images as well as pics from opening night >>>

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Studio Diffused Portraits with Tom’s Large Format Class

Tom Drysdale recently brought vintage lenses into his Large Format class for a round of classic portraits. Click through for a complete gallery with process shots by Liam Cotter >>>

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Hiroyuki Ito on the NY Times Lens Blog

Hiroyuki Ito Remembers His Cat, Meeno – NYTimes.com.

Touching and beautifully photographed essay by alumnus Hiroyuki Ito on today’s Lens Blog. As the Times suggests, be sure to view it full screen.


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