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Hank Willis Thomas – Unbranded

ALUM Hank Willis Thomas current NYC exhibition, Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015,  at Jack Shainman Gallery in Chelsea closes tomorrow May 23. It has gotten a huge amount of press which we have excerpted and linked to below.

The essays from the excellent exhibition catalog are online at Africanah

[excerpt from The truth about adverts: selling the White Woman in The Guardian]

Hank Willis Thomas’s work examines the ways in which advertising has fabricated notions of gender and race, and then convinced us all to buy into them. “I always talk about racism as the most successful advertising campaign of all time,” Thomas says. His work serves as a sort of counter-campaign; one that aims to muddy the myths we’ve been marketed. “I want to complicate the way that I’m seen and the way that I look at other people.”

Chained to perfection, 1965/2015. Photograph courtesy Hank Willis Thomas and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Chained to perfection, 1965/2015. courtesy HWT & Jack Shainman Gallery, NY

His latest exhibition is Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015, in New York. It follows Unbranded: Reflections in Black by Corporate America, 1968-2000, his 2007 exhibition that surveyed the branding of blackness. A Century of White Women examines how advertising has helped construct gender ideals over the last 100 years. If racism is the most successful advertising campaign of all time, then sexism, as the work illustrates, isn’t far behind.

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More Press

You don’t have to try so hard!, 1958. Artist Hank Willis Thomas and NPR’s Linda Wertheimer used this “unbranded” ad from 1958 — with a man mischievously smiling as a woman laps up beer — as an example of the growing sexualization of women in ads from the late ’50s.

Interview on NPR

 HyperallericThe Unchanging Portrayal of White Women in 100 years of advertisements

Brooklyn Rail: Hank Willis Thomas in conversation with Allie Biswas

HANK WILLIS THOMAS, an essay by Shelley Rice

ForbesHank Willis Thomas reveals truths about women in advertising

IJ Review

NY Magazine

Musee Magazine

Town and Country Magazine

Huffington Post

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2015 Senior Reviews

Congratulations to our Class of 2015. As they participate in graduation celebrations, it seems like a good time to report on our annual Senior Portfolio Reviews where graduating seniors meet with an exciting range of reviewers ranging from curators, photo editors to commercial agents to discuss their work.

We thank our reviewers for their time, generosity, and insight:

  • Samantha Adler, Photo Editor, vogue.com
  • Marcia Allert, Director of Photography, Daily Beast
  • Sam Barzilay, Creative Director, United Photo Industries/Photoville
  • Kalia Brooks, Curator
  • Isolde Brielmaier, Curator & Director of the Contemporary Art Initiative at the World Trade Center
  • Christina Caputo, Special Projects Producer at BOND Strategy and Influence
  • Conni Choi, Curator, Brooklyn Museum
  • Whitney Johnson, Photo Editor, National Geographic
  • Peter Kayafas, artist and book publisher, Eakins Press
  • Paula Kupfer, Managing Editor, Aperture Magazine
  • Olivier Laurent, Chief Photo Editor, TIME Lightbox
  • Myles Little, Photo Editor, TIME magazine
  • Jennifer Miller, Photography Director, Conde Nast Traveler Magazine
  • Whitney Richardson, Photo Editor, New York Times Lens Blog
  • Laura Roumanos, Executive Producer, United Photo Industries/Photoville
  • Anika Sabin, Managing Editor and Assistant Publisher of Capricious Magazine
  • Jeffrey Henson Scales, Photo Editor, New York Times, Sunday Review & Book Review.
  • Sam Shahid, Creative Director
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2014 Senior Portfolio Review

May 13 was DPI’s second annual Senior Portfolio Review where 25 graduating seniors met with 20 reviewers ranging from curators, photo editors to commercial agents. Thank you to our reviewers for their time, generosity, and insight:

  • Marcia Allert, photo editor, Daily Beast, (alumnus)
  • Sam Barzilay, curator, creative director, United Photo Industries/Photoville
  • Phil Bicker, photo editor, TIME magazine
  • Jacqueline Bovaird, Commercial Agent, (alumnus)
  • Whitney Boyd, photo editor. New York Times Lens Blog
  • Isolde Brielmaier, independent curator
  • Mia Diehl, photo editor, Fortune, (alumnus)
  • Marvin Heiferman, independent curator and writer
  • Rujeko Hockley, curator, Brooklyn Museum
  • Whitney Johnson, photo editor, New Yorker
  • Peter Kayafas, book publisher, artist, Eakins Press
  • Paula Kupfer, Managing editor, Aperture
  • Jennifer Miller, photo editor, Traveler Magazine (alumnus)
  • Sophie Morner, magazine editor and gallerist, Capricious, (alumnus)
  • Emma Raynes, Magnum Foundation
  • Kay Reichart, commercial agent, Creative Circle
  • Laura Roumanos, Arts Producer, United Photo Industries/Photoville
  • Jeffrey Henson Scales, photo editor, New York Times, Sunday Review, OpinionSection, BookReview, The Year In Pictures
  • Sam Shahid, Creative Director, Shadid & Company
  • Julie Saul, gallery dealer, Julie Saul Gallery

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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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Vladimir Gintoff @ American Suburb X

Alumnus Vladmir Gintoff (BFA 2012) has written another insightful review for American Suburb X

EXHIBITION REVIEW NYC: Thomas Ruff – “photograms and ma.r.s.” 2013 « ASX | AMERICAN SUBURB X | Photography & CultureASX | AMERICAN SUBURB X

By Vladimir Gintoff, ASX NYC, April 2013

The German photographer Thomas Ruff is the anomalous schoolchild of the Dusseldorf Art Academy and Bernd and Hilla Becher’s tutelage. Breaking and reinventing the rules of photography for over three decades, his body of work remains peerless in its insight, diversity and envelope pushing tactics. Two new projects at David Zwirner, photograms and ma.r.s., extend Ruff’s flair for innovation, and his mining of photography’s past to reveal its future. Almost always working in series, Ruff frequently develops new technologies to facilitate concepts that are at the edge of visual and technical vanguards. read more


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Vladimir Gintoff is writing for ASX

Alumnus Vladimir Gintoff (BFA 2012) is now writing for the photo blog ASX (American Suburb X). Read his first review:

“Trevor Paglen” at Metro Pictures 2013 

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